Another road win. The Canadiens have 15 this year.
Things got a bit hairy in the second period but Cristobal Huet held down the fort. Tomas Plekanec is the best two-way forward on this team. He had a great second half last year but struggled with linemates Alex Kovalev and Sergei Samsonov.
When Radek Bonk signed in Nashville during the offseason, Plekanec acted quickly and contacted Habs equipment manager Pierre Gervais about taking over his number 14 instead of the number 35 he had for the last two years.
The change has been evident as Plekanec's speed and vision have been on display all year and he, Andrei Kostitsyn and Kovalev have been without a doubt the Habs best line this year.
He has a good shot and a lightning quick release.
There was some debate among my friends and I following the game. They thought Kovalev should have passed the puck over to Plekanec in the hopes he would score into the empty net and register his first career hat trick. They said it was selfish Kovy on display and then Darren Dutchyshen of TSN backed them up by calling him out during Sportscentre.
I honestly Kovalev made the right play by keeping it. He would've risked a turnover and the Islanders tying the game if he hadn't. It would have been nice to see Plekanec get it but he didn't and instead, Kovalev scored his 20th goal of the year.
It's nice to have fans worrying about trivialities like this instead of who our next general manager and/or head coach and/or president is going to be. Here's blogmaster Mike Boone of habsinsideout.com with his learned and extremely well expressed thoughts on the fate of the Leafs.