Cornwall ON – Mr Markov’s return, to home ice was a bit anti-climactic as the Habs fell to the lowly Florida Panthers 3-1. It wasn’t for lack of shots as Montreal out shot the Panthers 41-31.
They evened the score in the second 1-1, but the Jaroslav Spacek pulled down David Booth which resulted in a penalty shot that Carey Price committed early on.
There is a lot of stick squeezing going on right now with some of les boys. Gomez and Gionta are due to burst soon. I’m thinking one less pass and they should get some rewards, and it’s fun to watch PK Subban get better each game, but his “SubbiKane” move may get him clocked if he’s not careful.
In other NHL scores in a very full night, San Jose scored early and often as they dined on the Ducks 5-2; LA defeated New Jersey 3-1; Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals Torched Mikka Kiprusoff and the Flames 7-2 in Calgary; Former Hab Dan Ellis shut out Phoenix 3-0 as Tampa rolled up another win; Colorado 5-1 over Columbus; Dallas shuts out the Sabres 4-0; The Black hawks 3-1 over the Wild; Kingston’s Jay McClement’s 3 goals rallied St. Louis to comeback and eventually win in the shoot out over Atlanta; Chris Osgood picked up the win as Detroit beat Nashville 5-2; Pittsburgh shut out Carolina 3-0 without Marc Andre Fleury in net; Jeff Carter and Chris Pronger each scored 2 goals in the Flyers 6-2 romp over the Islanders; Tim Thomas and the Bruins shut out the Sens 4-0; and the Rangers shut out and shut down Toronto 2-0 in Toronto.
Whatcha think Hockey Fans? Should Calgary and the Sens blow it up and start a full rebuild? Calgary isn’t as bad as Ottawa, but there doesn’t seem to be any design to the team and they seem kinda light in the Forward department. Ottawa gambled on veterans and simply lost.
Their core base just isn’t there to build on. Alfredsson, Kovalev, Gonchar are still having some value, but the next wave just isn’t there or strong enough. Mike Fisher is too valuable to trade, but the lack of depth in Ottawa is killing them. Jason Spezza doesn’t have enough talent surrounding him to hit his own high notes.
If Ottawa can get some assets for Mr. Spezza,and Alfredsson and maybe even Gonchar they should be able to start a rebuild quickly. If they fail too it should be a long and bumpy road for Ottawa hockey fans.
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