Overtime!: December 2010
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Montreal Canadiens: In A Downward Spiral.

After a very good start in the first two months of this 2010-2011 season, the Montreal Canadiens are experiencing a very difficult month of December.

The team went from fighting for the top spot in the Eastern conference to the eight position in a matter of four weeks. The Canadiens are having problems defensively while their offensive weapons aren't producing to an acceptable level.

The team's General Manager, Pierre Gauthier, has acquired defense men James Wisniewski this week in an attempt to stabilize his defense. Interestingly, the price tag wasn't too high; a couple of draft picks.

The Canadiens have lost once again yesterday. The Washington Capitals blanked the Habs by the score of 3-0. Despite playing fairly well, the team failed to finish around the opposing net on numerous occasions.

Montreal has won only once during the first five games of their seven-game road trip. The Habs will finish their trip in Florida to face the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers before heading back to Montreal.

A couple of wins could attenuate the tension in the locker room. There is always tension between the players during losing a streak and the Canadiens are right in the middle of one right now.

We already heard a couple of players complaining about some individuals this season. We even saw some pushing and stick jousting between Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban a couple of days ago during a team practice. One more sign that the tension is slowly boiling over.

Let's see if the Canadiens can win a couple of games before this year 2010 is over.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Canadiens-Bruins: Montreal Snaps Three-Game Losing Streak.

The Montreal Canadiens bounced back from their deceiving 3-5 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers with a solid performance at the Bell centre yesterday.

The Canadiens played well enough to collect a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins, a solid rival who was only two points behind Mntreal in the standings before the game.

Michael Cammalleri opened the score early into the game when the referee awarded him a penalty shot. A first goal into these conditions for Cammalleri in career.

Still into the first period, Maxim Lapierre scored his fifth goal of the season when his shot went off the post before hitting goaltender Tim Thomas in the back to finally trickle into the net. Blake Wheeler pulled the Bruins within a goal but Max Pacioretty answered right back with his first goal of the season, making it 3-1 in favor of Montreal.

Boston refused to let go and during the second period, Marc Savard put one past goaltender Carey Price to make it once again a one goal game. But Brian Gionta added another goal for Montreal when he tipped Pacioretty's shot, beating Tim Thomas for a fourth time.

The Bruins did score once more, this time during the third frame, but it was too little, too late. The goal from Milan Lucic added some suspense but the Canadiens held on to win it by the score of 4-3.

It was a night of ''first timers'' for Michael Cammalleri. Aside from his successful penalty shot early into the game, he was involved in a fight with David Krejci during the second period.

P.K. Subban also made his presence felt in this game with a highlight reel of a body check on Brad Marchant. Marchant was skating hard towards the Canadiens territory when Subban checked him in an unusual way.

Montreal will play the next seven games on the road to finish 2010. An important sequence for the Habs who tries to stay with the top teams in the conference. The Colorado Avalanche will be their next opponent Sunday.

(Picture: Michael Cammalleri.)

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Favre's Streak Ends At 297.

This weekend, Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre did not play against the New York Giants. The right shoulder injury that he suffered a week ago against the Buffalo Bills was too much for the veteran player.

For the first time in 297 games, Favre was unable to start.

But this wasn't the only news out of Minnesota this weekend. Sunday morning, the roof of the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of the snow. Fortunatly enough, nobody was inside the stadium at the time of the collapse and no injuries were reported.

The match scheduled between the Vikings and the Giants was played on Monday night in Detroit. The Giants won the contest rather easily and took away the last playoff spot available for the Vikings.

Brett Favre could return to action before the end of the regular season and it will be the last chance to see Favre in uniform. The Vikings' quarterback is more than likely into his very last moments in the NFL.

I will not miss Favre's final moments in the NFL for nothing in the world. The last twenty years have been wonderful and it was a pleasure to follow him. I will always remember his competitiveness and his toughness through adversity.

The Minnesota Vikings will play the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend.

(picture: The Metrodome.)

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Sweet December.

This month of December is giving us great stories to discuss about.

Tiger Woods have dropped a four stroke lead in the final round this weekend, and, for the first time has gone an entire season without a single victory. Tough times for Tiger in 2010.

The Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre are litterally suffering this season. After a rocky start, the Vikings have managed to pull themselves to a 5-7 record and are still sitting in the last wagon towards the playoffs.

Brett Favre have left this weekend's game after the third play from scrimmage with a shoulder injury. His 297th consecutive start was one of his shortest ever and Tavaris Jackson did well in relief. The defense also stood up as they ripped the ball away from the Buffalo Bills a number of times in this one.

The Montreal Canadiens are still ranked among the top teams in the NHL Eastern conference despite the loss of defense men Andrei Markov for the remainder of the season. Markov is about to go through another reconstructive surgery. The Canadiens will have a difficult decision to make as Markov's contract expires this summer.

The World Junior Hockey championships are only weeks ahead and promises another great competition. The bright future from all around the globe will show their potential to the whole world. This competition is always fun to watch during the Holidays. Team Canada will defend their Gold Medal.

I also have to mention that Overtime! has reached 22 000 readers this month. Thank you all for visiting and taking the time to read and comment my articles. It's always a pleasure to interact with you.

Happy holidays to every reader! And once again, 22 000 times thank you!


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