Seven members of the Canadiens have memories of the NHL-imposed lockout of eight years ago. Four of them rode out the dispute with European teams, the other three played in North America, two in the AHL and the other, Scott Gomez in his hometown of Anchorage Alaska.
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Because of the injury to Brian Gionta, which took him out of the seaason’s second half, right wing on the Canadiens became a serious problem. Gionta’s replacements were a mixture of rookies and fourth line players and the results were predictable. Gionta returns next season but the Canadiens still have a major third line iissue to deal with.
Witness the strange season of Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec. Mont consider it a failure despite the fact that he finished the year only five points behind his team leading total of 57 points of the year before. The big difference is his five-on-five defensive record. Plekanec’s problem’s stemmed from an inability to find the right kind of forwards to play with him.
In an eventful day at the Canadiens Brossard training centre. Brian Gionta probably will return to the Canadiens lineup tomafter missing eleven games. Alexei Emelin in hit in the face with a Yannick Weber slapshot, in the same area where he suffered a serious injury when he was playing the KHL. Krys Barch of Florida Panthers gets a slap on the wrist for what, in the end, were very mild comments directed at the Canadiens P.K. Subban. And the NHL players association says “no” to league re-alignment.
Among other things on our Sunday review – Max Pacioretty has an appointment NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan Monday morning. The league will also be talking to the game officials about the way Saturday night’s Pittsburgh game ended. The Canadiens penalty killers make news and the Hamilton Bulldogs are worse off than the Canadiens in the injury department.
Canadiens played three games last week, losing at home to Edmonton and then taking road victories in Phoenix and Nashville. With the back to back wins they again moved to even .500 for the season. Outstanding performances came from Max Pacioretty, Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta and David Desharnais.
Chris Neil scored his second goal with 28 seconds remaining in regulation time as the Ottawa Senators edged the Canadiens 3-2 at the Bell Centre Saturday night. The goal came just as a penalty to Brian Gionta expired. Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators while both Canadiens goals came off the stick of Michael
Along came Max Pacioretty. When he was called up from Hamilton in mid December, Pacioretty was leading the American Hockey League in goals. He was immediately fitted into the Gomez line. For 35 games, until the Pacioretty’s injury on March 8th, the line scored 29 goals. Twenty eight of the 29 goals came from Pacioretty and Gionta. Gomez had only a goal and 10 assists.
Everybody seems to have an opinion about what Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier should do in order to upgrade his team’s offense. It runs the gamut from sending the unproductive Scott Gomez and the remaining three years of his contract to the Hamilton Bulldogs to signing, and then trading Andrei Kostitsyn.
Gauthier doesn’t telegraph his punches a la Brian Burke, so like everyone else, we can only guess the direction he’ll take. .
This one had all of the makings of the disaster. The early going of the game had the eerie look of the Canadiens last game in Philadelphia just before the break when they dug themselves into a 2-0 hole and had no ability to come back On this night the Canadiens dug in, got their game together and dominated the second and third period and thanks to Brian Gionta’s three goals, two in the game and another in the shootout, they won 3-2.