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Habs For Breakfast - 2008-03-19

One second thought, maybe starting Halak wasn't such a great idea after all!

Surely that is what some people will be thinking after last night's game, but the truth may lie in the fact that the Canadiens as a whole may be guilty of taking this game a little too lightly. In the end, the goaltender is just an extension of the team's effort, and this one wasn't strong.

Continued solid games from the Higgins and Koivu duo, whether they play together or not.

Sergei Kostitsyn and Mikhail Grabovski also seem to be gelling of late.

Are you as concerned as I am getting about the lack of production from the Kovalev - Plekanec - Kostitsyn trio? They are working hard still, but have vanished from the scoresheet of late.

In about three weeks we'll all know whether the shootout point lost was costly or if the overtime point gained was a good thing.

Canadiens Sing Shootout Blues - Gazette

"We got a point out of it, but this is a team we should have beat," said Christopher Higgins, who was one of the bright spots for the Canadiens with a goal and an assist." - Pat Hickey

Price Is Better On The Road, Halak At Home - Gazette

"Jaroslav Halak finally lost a game at the Bell Centre and, by his account, gave up a bad goal to let the lowly St. Louis Blues back into the game." - Pat Hickey

Don't Cut Padding, Price Says - Gazette

"Jaro and I get hit a lot as it is already," added Price, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, of fellow Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak. "If they cut back even more padding, we'll start getting hurt more. You'll see a lot of goalies getting beaned all the time."

Carpe Diem - The H Does Not Stand For Habs

"If you look at the roster of the 1979 Canadiens, just coming off their fourth straight Stanley Cup championship, you'll see they're still shockingly young. Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt...26 years old. Bob Gainey and Doug Risebrough, 25. Yvan Cournoyer, the veteran captain, forced out with back problems at 34, and Ken Dryden retired at 31. Many of them won their first Cup when they were 21 and 22 years old." - J.T.

Habs Fall In Shootout To Blues - Lions In Winter

"Grabo, using his excellent speed, made a great play to come back and help the defence as he stole the puck at our own blue-line. Mikhail then quickly sent a pass to the equally speedy Sergei Kostitsyn who was joined on a 2-on-2 with Latendresse. Grabovski, showing more great hustle and speed joined the attack as the 3rd man in on a 3-on-2. Sergei took a good look at Legace and then at Latendresse and finally at the incoming Grabo." - Tobalev

Canadiens Sign James Wyman - Sports Network

"The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward James Wyman to a two-year contract, as announced by general manager Bob Gainey on Tuesday. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. "

Canadiens Good Health Leaves Veterans Watching From Pressbox - CP

"With 23 players on the roster - 24 since the roster limit was lifted on Feb. 26 - that means some have to sit, and Kostopoulos has found himself among a group of that includes fellow veterans like Mathieu Dandenault, Michael Ryder, Bryan Smolinski, Steve Begin and Patrice Brisebois who have done time in the pressbox this season."

Canadiens Expanding Free Agent Appeal - National Post

"The Canadiens boast the sixth-youngest lineup in the NHL. Goaltender Carey Price, the Kostitsyn brothers, Ryan O'Byrne, Tomas Plekanec, Josh Gorges, Christopher Higgins, Maxim Lapierre, Guillaume Latendresse and Mikhail Grabovski are all 25 or younger."

Bruins Know Drill When It Comes To Habs - Boston Herald

"The Bruins, outscored 32-12 in the season series, know they’re in for a significant test when they face the Canadiens tomorrow night at the Garden and on Saturday in Montreal. The Canadiens won all six games, most in overwhelming fashion, including routs of 6-1, 7-4, 5-2 and 8-2. There were also a couple of more respectable setbacks, both at the Garden, 2-1 and 4-2." - Stephen Harris

Un point perdu - RDS

"Le Canadien a affronté une équipe coriace, qui occupe les bas fonds de l'Association de l'Ouest. Les Blues n'ont donné aucun répit au Tricolore, qui a joué du hockey de rattrapage à deux reprises dans la rencontre. Les Blues ont signé une première victoire sur la route après une séquence de dix revers."

Carbo n'en veut pas à ses jouers - RDS

"On a connu une mauvaise deuxième période. En première et en troisième, on a joué comme on le voulait", a-t-il analysé."

Latendresse:"On jouait comme en début de saison" - La Presse
"On a perdu notre concentration et l'on a essayé trop de petits jeux en dentelle", a observé Latendresse, qui a été muté à la gauche de Mikhail Grabovski et Sergei Kostitsyn en troisième."

Fausse note face aux Blues - Le Journal

"Ceux qui croyaient que les Blues, qui avaient encaissé la défaite dans leurs dix derniers matchs sur des patinoires étrangères, allaient être une proie facile se sont mis un doigt dans l'oeil." - Pierre Durocher

Un mauvais but et une malchance... - Le Journal

"Le Tricolore avait pris les devants depuis moins d'une minute lorsque Andy McDonald a surpris Halak avec un tir haut du côté éloigné, lors d'une contre-attaque des Blues." - Marc De Foy

"Ce fut un grand privilège de jouer avec le Canadien": Rucinsky - Le Journal

"J'ai joué avec le Canadien six ans. C'est ici que ma carrière a pris son envol et que je suis devenu un joueur établi. J'en suis fier. C'est le fait saillant de ma carrière."

"C'est inquiétant": - Carbonneau

"Ils ont beau occuper l'avant dernier rang au classement, leurs jeunes joueurs veulent impressionner leurs patrons tandis que les vétérans essaient de racheter une saison décevante." - Guy Carbonneau