Martin Brodeur earned his 552nd win tonight over the Chicago Blackhawks in a home game at the Prudential Centre in New Jersey. The win made him the winningest goalie of all time, surpassing my childhood idol, Patrick Roy. Fantastic game, fantastic goalie, and fantastic guy. He even cut the net as a souvenir as is often done in other sports. I’d be surprised if he isn’t part of Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
More than one record was broken tonight. Patrik Elias also became the record holder for points in the New Jersey franchise (702), by assisting on a goal by Brian Gionta.
What a great start to the 08-09 season. After losing its first regular season game in a shootout to Buffalo, the Montreal Canadiens have been on a roll, winning 5 in a row. I watched the game this past Saturday against Pheonix and it was a great show of positioning and passing skill. Pheonix has a great group of young players, but they weren’t able to match the speed and experience of the Habs. Carey Price was outstanding (again) in goal, stopping some unbelievable opportunities by Reinprecht and Doan.
But everything wasn’t perfect. I found towards the end of the Pheonix game especially, things got very undisciplined, and I don’t just mean taking penalties. Passes were messy and there were a ton of turnovers by both the Canadiens and Coyotes. It just looked like a bit of the edge was lost.
Here’s to hoping for another great season. Lang and Tanguay especially are fitting in quite nicely, despite a lot of moaning by rival fans that they were a waste of money. The Koivu-Tanguay-Latendresse line has been dynamite.
After a 3-1 MontrÃ©al series lead, the Boston Bruins battled back to even it at 3. The Bruins clearly outplayed the MontrÃ©al Canadiens over the past several games. But game 7 is where it was all decided and MontrÃ©al rose to the occasion. After a slightly shaky first period, the Canadiens burst the game wide open, finishing off at a 5-0 score. The Bell Centre was absolutely ridiculous towards the end of the 3rd period.
MontrÃ©al will face Philadephia if the Flyers win their series; otherwise, they’ll be facing the Rangers. OlÃ©, OlÃ©!
For the last quarter of the regular NHL season, I returned to being a fan of my favorite childhood team, the Montreal Canadiens. My reason back then was an idolization of Patrick Roy, but now it’s because they’ve achieved so much, even with analysts writing them off at the start of the season. They’re like the Little Steam Engine That Could…
After winning the Eastern Conference, Montreal has gone on to beat Boston 4-1 in the series opener. Price looked a little shakey at the start, but rebounds were completely under control after the first period.
Go Habs! The playoffs make me want to dig out all my Canadiens paraphenalia.