Overtime!: October 2010
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Andrei Kostitsyn Leads Habs To Victory.

Yesterday at the Bell centre, the Montreal Canadiens edged the Phoenix Coyotes during the overtime period by the score of 3-2. Andrei Kostitsyn pounced on a loose puck in front of the net to seal the deal.

Kyle Turris early in the second period and Derek Morris at the first minute mark of the third period managed to score on goaltender Carey Price. Morris' goal tied the game up at two apiece until the overtime period.

Carey Price was solid in net for Montreal, especially after the Coyotes tied the score. Price saved Montreal from falling behind on a couple of occasions with spectacular saves. The ''Carey Carey'' chants at the Bell centre extinguished the ''boos'' and let's hope it's for good.

Halfway in the second period, Montreal scored two quick goals. Tomas Plekanec opened the score for the Habs while two minutes later, Michael Cammalleri ended Montreal's power play drought halfway into the second frame with a very precise wrist shot.

Andrei Kostitsyn was named the game's first star with his OT game-winning goal. AK has already five goals this season including two game winners. He leads the team with eight points after eight games.

But beyond those good stats, we can now notice his implication into the play. Andrei makes better passes to his teammates, places himself in better position without the puck, keeps himself in motion all the time and goes towards the front of the net on many more occasions.

I have never doubted his talent and those eight games shows that Kostitsyn can play at a high level. Let's see if he keeps the pace and give the Canadiens a 70+ points season.

(Picture: Andrei Kostitsyn, La Presse.)

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Good Start For The Canadiens.

The Montreal Canadiens managed to gather seven points out of a possible ten after five games. If we compare with last season, the team had only four points. Overall, the team is in better shape after five games.

Despite the anemic power play this season, the team managed to win games playing five on five. With only one goal in 17 attempts, there is room for more.

At the other end of the rink, Montreal did manage to keep their opponents away from the scoresheet during man advantages. Their 90% success rate with a man in the box makes up for the weak power play.

With defense men Andrei Markov scheduled to return to action very soon, the team's defense will be in better shape than last year. At the same point last season, Markov was already seriously injuried and missed the majority of the regular season.

As for goaltender Carey Price, he seems to have found his groove early into this season. His excellent performances allowed the Canadiens to have a chance to win on a regular basis thus far.

Some newcomers have already made their mark this season. Jeff Halpern have already scored two goals while Dustin Boyd and Alex Picard has lit the lamp once. Lars Eller however is still looking for his first goal as a Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens will continue their season as they will host the New Jersey Devils Thursday. We will keep an eye on Andrei Markov as he could make a return as early as this week.

(Picture: Andrei Markov, Canadian Press.)

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Brett Favre Achieves Another Milestone.

The New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings were facing each other in the Monday Night classic this week. Despite Favre's three touchdown passes, the Jets edged the Vikings by the score of 29-20.

Yesterday, Brett Favre became the first NFL quarterback to register 500 TD passes or more in career. During the third quarter, Favre registered his 500th TD pass when he threw a long ball that WR Randy Moss caught in the end zone.

The newest acquisition for the Vikings had a positive impact on Minnesota who was trailing 12-0 before Moss' TD.

Up 12-7, the Jets registered their fifth field goal of the match after a fantastic kickoff return and took an eight point lead, 15-7.

Despite a nagging tendonitis to his right elbow, Favre orchestrated another successful drive. Percy Harvin's 37-yard TD reception brought the Vikings within two points. But the two point conversion failed, the Jets still up 15-13.

Both teams exchanged another touchdown, as Favre registered his 502nd career TD pass when Harvin caught his 2nd TD pass of the night. Jets still up 22-20.

In a last attempt to win the game, the Vikings were unable to move the ball. Dwight Lowery iced the game when he picked Favre's pass and ran into the endzone.

Final score: New York Jets 29- Minnesota Vikings 20.

The Vikings are now 1-3, not a very good start but they will face another 1-3 team in the Dallas Cowboys next week. Both teams will be desperate for a win.

(Picture: Brett Favre.)


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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Montreal And Pittsburgh Collides Again Tonight.

After a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, the Montreal Canadiens will play for the first time in the new Pittsburgh Penguins' arena.

The players on Pittsburgh's side really wants to win this one. Christopher Letang even pronounced the word ''revenge''. The Canadiens eliminated the Penguins and closed down the Mellon arena on Game Seven of the Eastern conference semifinal last spring.

Many players in the Penguins dressing room genuinely hate the Montreal Canadiens for that and are seeking revenge starting with tonight's game.

On Montreal's side, Michael Cammalleri cannot wait to begin his season after serving his one-game suspension. Cammalleri was one of the main reasons of the playoff successes last season with 13 goals in 19 games.

This should be a good one.

(Picture: Sidney Crosby.)

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Montreal Canadiens Opens Regular Season Tonight.

The Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs will both open their regular season tonight at the Air Canada centre in Toronto.

Many veteran players will be out of the lineup on Montreal's side. Michael Cammalleri will serve his one-game suspension, defense mens Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik are recovering from injuries. Goaltender Carey Price could be sidelined by the flu and is a game-time decision.

With Price unavailable, Alex Auld should see action in front of Montreal's net tonight.

The Maple Leafs will turn the page tonight as they had an horrible season last year. A place in the playoffs is of course the ultimate objective but it won't be easy. The Eastern conference playoff race should be very disputed this season.

So let's all enjoy the return of ice hockey tonight.


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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Fishing Ramblings At Backyard Angler.

For those of you who are into fishing and outdoors sports like hiking and hunting, I suggest that you visit Backyard Angler today.

The overall look of the site is neat and is updated frequently. The Backyard Angler is approaching it's 2nd anniversary and contains neat pictures that accompany the author's ramblings. A nice read overall.

Take a few minutes to see what's inside the Backyard Angler today.

This post was sponsored by the Backyard Angler.

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Michael Cammalleri Suspended.

Montreal Canadiens' Michael Cammalleri was suspended for one game by the NHL and will miss the season opener Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada center.

Cammalleri received a game misconduct penalty during the second period of the game between the Canadiens and the New York Islanders last Saturday when he brutally hit Nino Niederreiter behind a leg with his stick.

The one game suspension is a fair penalty in my opinion as Cammalleri clearly intended to hurt his rival. This is a first suspension in career for the Canadiens' forward.

Cammalleri was an important part of the team during the latest playoffs as he registered 13 goals and 19 points in 19 playoff games.

I hope that the NHL will start to increase the number and the duration of suspensions this season. The number of serious injuries is on the rise and a number of them are avoidable. We saw too many free shots from behind in the last few years and it would be a shame to witness a serious or tragic event before the league reacts.

(Picture: Michael Cammalleri.)

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