Overtime!: November 2009
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Dramatic Victory For The Montreal Alouettes.

The Montreal Alouettes won the 97th edition of the Grey Cup by the score of 28-27 in dramatic fashion during the last play of the game.

A penalty for too many players on the field during a field goal attempt by the Alouettes costed the Saskatchewan Roughriders the title. Kicker Damon Duval didn't miss his ultimate chance and made a 34-yard field goal on the following play to complete the dramatic comeback.

Trailing by 16 points in the fourth quarter, the Montreal Alouettes held on and scored two touchdowns to get within two points with under two minutes to play. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo threw his best passes of the game at this crucial point of the game.

Also, on the last Riders punt of the game during the final minute of the game, Etienne Boulay saved the Alouettes from a disaster when he recovered the fumble by the kick returner. Without Boulay's intervention, Saskatchewan would have taken the ball and would have been crowned Grey Cup champions.

The action and suspense of this great championship game will be remembered as one of the most dramatic ending in CFL history.

Congratulations to the Montreal Alouettes for their great comeback.

(Picture: Anthony Calvillo, team mates and the Grey Cup at the airport, Canadian Press.)

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Montreal Canadiens' Last Five Games: Seven Out Of Ten.

The Montreal Canadiens did a little better than expected during the last five games. When we look at the opposition the team faced, (Carolina, Washington, Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh) seven points out of a possible ten is a great harvest.

A couple of players have played very well during this successful string: goaltender Carey Price, Tomas Plekanec, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Matt D'Agostini. With the important number of injured players, those players took the extra work load and delivered. I am giving them all a 7 out of 10.

Only Mike Cammalleri deserves a higher note. The Canadiens' fans are discovering Mike's explosive and accurate shot. After a slow start, he now has 12 goals, leading the team in this department. I am giving him a 9 out of 10.

After spending the whole month of November under the .500 mark, the Habs are currently at 12-12-1. The team should be in a lot more trouble but have found a way to keep themselves in the playoff hunt.

Also, General Manager Bob Gainey have traded Guillaume Latendresse to the Minnesota Wild for Benoit Pouliot earlier this week. Latendresse's work ethic and on-ice production did not please the organization and are the main reasons for his departure.

The Canadiens has thrown the towel on yet another 22 year-old player. Latendresse saw his ice-time drop dramatically this season and was aware that his time with the club was counted. We can only be concerned about the team's ability to fully develop their young talent.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Montreal Canadiens Wins In Overtime Once Again.

The Montreal Canadiens are still undefeated during extra time this season as they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes by the score of 3-2, after a long shootout session Tuesday evening.

Both teams sent six skaters each to finally end the contest. Maxim Lapierre's shot made the difference. As for goaltender Carey Price at the other end, he was perfect during the shootout and made a highlight reel save on Matt Cullen at the end to confirm the victory.

Max Pacioretty and Andrei Kostitsyn both scored for Montreal during regulation. Kostitsyn's goal came with under three minutes to play in the third period, forcing overtime.

Brandon Sutter and Jussi Jokinen scored their goals in a 2:52 span during the second period, giving the Canes a 2-1 lead until the late stages of the game.

The Canadiens has won eight straight games during the overtime/shootout session without any loss this season, tying a NHL regular season record.

(Picture: Carey Price, Canadian Press.)

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Monday, November 16, 2009

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Carey Price Saves The Canadiens From A Catastrophy.

The Montreal Canadiens were in Nashville, Tennessee, to face the Predators on Saturday night. The Canadiens played one of the worse game of this decade allowing Nashville to fire 55 times on the net defended by goaltender Carey Price.

Price was fantastic in this game as he managed to stop 53 of those 55 shots in this 2-0 loss. I sincerely hope that all the doubts about Carey Price's talent vanished with this performance. As I stated in an article after an humiliating loss in Vancouver: Carey Price is not the problem.

Saturday night in Nashville, the team in front of Price simply did not show up. The players were watching the Predators circle around them without lifting a finger. The domination was to a point that the Nashville Predators looked like a powerhouse of the NHL.

The lack of effort and character looks to be generalized and everyone knows that you cannot win hockey games on a regular basis without putting some serious effort during practice session and during games. Head coach Jacques Martin has the duty to raise the minimum effort given by his players.

The Canadiens will play their next game on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

(Picture: Carey Price, Canadian Press.)

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Maurice ''Mad Dog'' Vachon At The Hall Of Fame.

The legendary wrestler Maurice Vachon nicknamed ''Mad Dog'', today at 80 years old, is now a part of Quebec's Sport Hall Of Fame this week.

Born in Ville-Emard, Quebec, on September 1st 1929, Maurice Vachon had a very successful amateur wrestling career. At the 1948 London Olympic Games, Vachon finished in 7th place. Two years later, he won a gold medal at the 1950 British Empire Games, now known as the Commonwealth Games.

Vachon had an impressive stature. A strong, massive man with a mad look in the eyes. He was able to defend himself as he had to shrug off a couple of drunk spectators at times. One of those encounters earned him his nickname when Don Owen, a wrestling promoter, yelled at him: ''You're just a mad dog!''.

A brilliant professional career followed for Maurice ''Mad Dog'' Vachon who's fame had no boundaries. An approximate 13,000 live events all over the world. I personally remember him as I was a kid when I used to watch wrestling on TV. His WWF days where great as he made a fantastic heel. A bad guy that everyone loved.

Maurice Vachon retired in 1985. One year later, an accident forced the doctors to cut Maurice's right leg under the knee. This event did not undermine his morale as he continued to appear on various TV shows.

The enormous charisma of this generous and tender man is now recognized. This is a well deserved honor. Maurice Vachon will always have a warm place in our hearts.

Congratulations Maurice for your fantastic journey and thanks for the memories.


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Friday, November 06, 2009

Carey Price Ends His Losing Streak Against The Boston Bruins.

Despite a sixth consecutive loss against the Atlanta Trashers on Tuesday evening, the Montreal Canadiens sent Carey Price in net Thursday for their game with the Boston Bruins.

The Habs' goaltender was sharp and stopped 42 of the 43 shots he faced, helping the Canadiens in that 2-1 victory acquired at the shootout session. A victory that will feel like a breath of fresh air for Price.

Mike Cammalleri was the only player from both teams able to beat the goaltender in that shootout session. Tim Thomas was fooled by a good wrist shot from Cammalleri.

As for the scoring during regulation, Glen Metropolit put Montreal on the board on a great effort around the net from Andrei Kostitsyn. Patrice Bergeron tied the score at 1-1 with under a minute to play in the third period.

The Canadiens will host the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday and I think that Carey Price should be sent in net by head coach Jacques Martin. The Canadiens are still hovering at the .500 record with 8 wins and 8 losses.

(Picture: Canadian Press.)

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Monday, November 02, 2009

Montreal Canadiens 2009 October Recap: Halak wins, Price doesn't.

The first month of this 2009-2010 NHL season is already behind us and I thought it would be a good time to check out how the Montreal Canadiens initiated their season.

The injury to defense men Andrei Markov during the first game of the season revealed the fragile state of the Canadiens' defensive unit. The team allowed a ton of shots a few games later resulting in an ugly five-game losing streak.

The departure of Mike Komisarek, Mathieu Dandenault and Francis Bouillon was patched by GM Bob Gainey with the acquisition of Hal Gill, Paul Mara, Jaroslav Spacek and later on, Marc-Andre Bergeron. I don't see any significant improvement at that position from last season.

But on a positive note, I really liked Paul Mara's physical contribution and on-ice presence during the first month. Also, Bergeron and Gill registered their first goal with the Canadiens during the month of October. But that's about all the positive points I could ever find about this defensive unit.

On the offensive side of the game, the Canadiens' top line performed to the expectations. Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez produced well early on while Mike Cammalleri took a few games before taking off. Tomas Plekanec on the second offensive line did well but his linemate Andrei Kostitsyn has not been sharp.

A.K. has been under the scope for a while and many think that his work ethic is a problem. Nobody ever doubted the raw talent of the two brothers. The results on the ice and the criticism around him and his younger brother Sergei opens the door to a much deeper problem than those two players: The organization incapacity to fully develop their young talent.

Finally, in the late stages of the month, goaltender Jaroslav Halak helped the team to get back to the .500 record with a winning streak at the Bell centre. In fact, during the last 12 games, Halak registered five wins and two losses while Carey Price suffered five straight losses. Halak also leads Price on the GAA and Save Percentage stat sheet for the month of October.

The burning question in the early stages of November will be asked to head coach Jacques Martin. Which goaltender is your No 1 man? Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak?

Stay tuned for the continuation of this already exciting 2009-2010 season.

(Picture: Jaroslav Halak.)

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