The day started with a Habs practice where all players were on deck except for the injured Petteri Nokelainen and Rene Bourque, who is still out with the flu. With that being said, Michel Therrien decided not to switch up the lines at training. However, within the game itself, Habs fans noticed that there was a few switches here and there throughout the match.
The game against the Senators would notch a milestone on Bouillon’s belt. He has officially hit his 500th game in a Habs uniform, something that probably seemed very distant and unrealistic not that long ago. He played 16:33 total in the game, putting two shots on goal, dishing out two hits and blocking 2 shots as well. Not bad at all.
I asked on the AATH Facebook page, “A number of extensions given around the league today. Just looking at the Habs current NHL roster, would you extend any of these players and for how long?” Then I listed these players: Armstrong, Desharnais, White, Nokelainen, Bouillon, Weber and Budaj. I received a lot of feedback with various answers but the two that stood out to me the most were Armstrong and Bouillon. People wanted to keep both of these players on the roster for the next season and even after that. Fans have to realize that these are two replaceable players and that there are prospects in the system that could very well be stepping up to the big league. For instance, Jarred Tinordi seems like the main one on the defensive corps that could make the jump next year. I know that Bouillon brings that veteran element but the size of Tinordi and his leadership value should be considered. The kid has been wearing an ‘A’ on his jersey for a good portion of the season down with the Bulldogs. As for Armstrong, a guy like Dumont could do his job at an even cheaper price. Just something to think about.
Carey Price, Brian Gionta, Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, David Desharnais, Josh Gorges and Brandon Prust will be at AJ Sports World in Vaughan, ON this Tuesday at 7pm ET for a signing. There is different pricing for a regular item to a premium item as well as set prices for if you want all 7 players autographs.
Former Bulldog goaltender Curtis Sanford made 80 saves for KHL’s Lokomotiv Monday but lost in a record-setting triple overtime. Sanford played for Hamilton over the course of two seasons and did exceptionally well there. Unfortunately he fell to an injury that put him on the shelf where the Habs had to bring in Drew MacIntyre in a trade to carry the load. This was the last time that Hamilton saw the playoffs two years ago.
Regardless of arguably outplaying the Senators and of course, outshooting them 45-24, the Canadiens lost 2-1 in a shootout. The Senators received superb goaltending from their quite tall netminder Ben Bishop. Carey Price made key stops in the shootout to give the Habs two chances to end the one-on-one contest but his teammates were unable to capitalize. On the winning attempt, it looked like Price froze up a bit and could not recover in time to make the stop. Even though they did lose this one, the point streak continues as they go on to face the Leafs on Wednesday.
Just a tidbit from @NHL_Stats on Twitter: Carey Price’s last (and only) regulation loss at Ottawa was on Oct. 18th, 2007. That’s pretty good, no?
The Habs will take to the ice at the Leafs practice facility on Tuesday to prepare for their game against their rivals.
– Engqvist was a -1 in his team’s 6-1 loss to SKA Saint-Petersburg. Atlant is now down 3-1 in the playoff series.