Saturday, January 10, 2009

Canadiens 6, Maple Leafs (sic) 2.

Thursday night, the visiting sub-.500 Leafs (sic) decided that they would out-tough the Habs (24-10-6). And out-penalty them. And out-dumbass them. Two minutes into the game, Sergei Kostitsyn scored a PP tap-in goal off a sweet feed from Patrice Brisebois (3 assists, 1st star) and, helped out by bad Vesa Toskala goaltending, the Canadiens skated to their easiest win of the season. Toronto laughingly macho-jammed Jaro Halak's crease after every stoppage, but the Czech keeper was never rattled and played his second straight solid game. Six different Habs scored, including a wicked wrister by Alex Kovalev (11Gs, two-game goal streak), and impressive American rookie Max Pacioretty's 2nd. Notes: ex little-Hab Mikhail Grabovski earned himself a three-game suspension by shoving a ref during a non-fight with fellow Belarussian Kostitsyn—read the whole back-story here (scroll down)... Montreal's on an 8-1-1 streak...Cap Saku Koivu won't be back until next week...Tom Kostopoulos and Francis Bouillon, both giving up much size, both lost decisions in their fights with Jamal Mayers and new Leaf goon Brad May, respectively...Habs lead season series 2-1...Next game: tonight against the hot, dangerous, 27-12-3 Capitals. Later today, I'll post more pics/notes from our wondrous visit to MSG...

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