Stanley Cup Playoffs

JACQUES MARTIN’S BENCH MANAGEMENT

May 8th, 2010 | By

It’s often said, “Nobody pays 150 dollars a ticket to watch NHL coaches coach.”

Outside of obvious line juggling, most in-game moves are subtle and difficult to fathom in the moment.

On Thursday night, the Canadiens trailed 2-1 entering the third period against the Penguins. In the first two periods, Martin ran a traditional bench making use of all of four of his lines.



NO HABS CHANGES FOR GAME 5

May 8th, 2010 | By

Never accuse Jacques Martin of not knowing a good thing when he sees it.  There will be no basic changes in tonight’s Canadiens lineup for tonight’s fifth game of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against Pittsburgh. Jaroslav Spacek is practicing with the club but is still bothered with “labyrinthitis”, that inner ear infection that affects his

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S. KOSTITSYN LEFT IN MONTREAL BY HABS

May 7th, 2010 | By

The Canadiens left for Pittsburgh this afternoon without forward Sergei Kostitsyn. If there was doubt about his future as a member of the club it was all-but-erased with Jacques Martin’s decision this morning.



MARKOV TRAVELS TO PITTSBURGH

May 7th, 2010 | By

What’s with Andrei Markov?

He suffered a knee injury after a legal hit by the Penguins Matt Cooke in game one of the Eastern Conference Semi-final and hasn’t been seen since. Until today. Markov was on the flight to Pittsburgh with his teammates this afternoon.



HABS GAME STORY #4 – Canadiens-3 Pittsburgh-2

May 6th, 2010 | By

For two periods it was all Pittsburgh and then their roof fell in. The Canadiens scored on their first and third shots of the third period for a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Penguins. The best of seven Eastern Conference semi-final series is now tied at two.

Maxim Lapierre scored on a wraparound to tie the game 2-2 at 2:07 of the third period. 1:38 later, Brian Gionta banked a shot off Penguins defenceman Kris Letang for what turned out to be the winning goal.



S. KOSTITSYN BANISHED TO GYM

May 6th, 2010 | By

Today, Kostitsyn did not take part in the team’s morning skate. Jacques Martin met with him and told him to work out in the gym, away from the team, clearly a disciplinary move designed to defuse any residual dressing room toxicity. How permanent it is, remains to be seen.

Disappointed or not, reserve players, because they’re not getting regular ice time in games, must put in extra practice time in order to remain ready for any possible roster contingency. Neither Price nor Kostitsyn has played since game four of the Washington series.



THE ANATOMY OF A LOSS

May 5th, 2010 | By

The absence of Jaroslav Spacek finally cost the Canadiens a possible playoff win last night.

In a 1-0 game, “little things mean a lot” as the old song goes.

The absence of Jaroslav Spacek finally cost the Canadiens a possible playoff win last night.

Hal Gill got a penalty for holding Sydney Crosby with 12 seconds left in the second period of a scoreless game.



HABS GAME STORY – Pittsburgh-2 Canadiens-0 / Game #3

May 4th, 2010 | By

Special teams, again !!! The Pittsburgh Penguins scored a power play goal early in the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury shut the door the rest of the way for a 2-0 win and a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference Semi-final series.

Fleury had to make two outstanding saves late in the late stages of the game to nail down the win. The Penguins second goal came with the Canadiens net empty.



METROPOLIT BACK IN LINEUP FOR GAME THREE

May 4th, 2010 | By

Glen Metropolit will be back in the lineup tonight when the Canadiens host the Penguins in game three of the series at the Bell Centre. Nothing official on Andrei Markov. The rumour mill suggests a torn ACL which would finish his season.



THE ANDREI KOSTITSYN PROBLEM

May 3rd, 2010 | By

There was an optional practice for the Canadiens today at the Brossard training centre. Among those on the ice, Andrei Kostitsyn, who, on his third shift of the game, was too casual on a play that led to the opening goal of the game and found himself nailed to the bench for the final 55 minutes and 22 seconds of the game.



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