Thursday February 10, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders
Before I get into tonight’s game, I wish to reflect on the madness that happened in Boston last night. Carey Price, you are the man. Never before have I witnessed a game where a goalie let in 8 goals and was still the best player on the ice. You showed courtesy in not pounding Tim Thomas into the ice, something that the Bruin thugs were not willing to do. Words to Boychuk. Beating up on Spacek? Are you serious? When a guy turtles, it’s time to lay off. You won champ! Way to go! Words to Thornton. I thought the true “tough guys” in the league would only fight other tough guys? Beating up on Hamrlik? Give me a break! Words to Campbell. Listen pal, when your hard elbow pads slip down over your hands, this is not an invitation to start pounding your opponent with them. That should be a suspension. I think Pyatt’s bloody mug was evidence enough. Words to Marchand. You are a cheap artist. Twice you should have been tossed from that game for dirty hits. The hit you threw on Hamrlik in the corner was dirty, dirty, dirty. If Hamrlik had been hurt, you would be suspended. As he wasn’t, you are instead a hero in Boston. I’m sure one day Martin will pull the reigns off Subban and let him fight you. You will be hurting.
Now. On to tonight. A battered and bruised Habs team will return to the Bell Centre tonight to face the New York Islanders. I feel bad for the Islanders. If Wisniewski playing his former team isn’t enough to put a chip on their shoulder, the madness that happened last night ought to have the Habs right riled up.
The team announced today that Ryan White has been called up from the Bulldogs. It seems clear that management has received the message that some toughness is dearly needed in this lineup. Thank you Boston. You are in trouble now.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Mike Cammalleri (Shoulder)
- Alexandre Picard (healthy scratch)
***With Ryan White getting a call up for this game, I am forced to speculate on who will be a healthy scratch in his stay. While I would love to see Martin make a statement and sit Gomez AND Kostitsyn in the press box. I don’t see it happening. Eller has been the fall guy all year long and I expect him to be sitting down again. Maybe a demotion of Gomez to the 4th line will wake him up. I am dying to see Desharnais get a chance on a top line. He has been fantastic.
- Evgeny Nabokov (suspended by team)
- Trent Hunter
- Mark Eaton
- Mike Mottau
- Doug Weight
- Blake Comeau
- Rick DiPietro
- Mark Streit
- Nathan Lawson
- Kevin Poulin
Keys to the Game
The Habs need to use last nights game to their advantage. They need to take advantage of a lowly Islanders team and pound on them, physically and on the scoresheet. This team needs a moral boost after last night and the Islanders at the Bell Centre seems like a perfect candidate.
Montreal 7 – Long Island 3