If losing after taking a one-goal lead isn't enough of a kick in the pills, Sheldon Souray left the game due to a knee injury in the first period. Souray was carrying the puck through the neutral zone when Dan Hinote caught him with what Sheldon thought was a knee-on-knee hit. It looked innocent enough, as Souray took the time to discuss the issue with Hinote and possibly threaten him with bodily harm. No word yet on whether he'll miss any further time.
A funny but wise cat named Garfield once said, "It's amazing what one can accomplish when one doesn't know what one can't do." Apparently, someone forgot to tell Marek Svatos that you can't beat NHL defensemen one-on-one, because he performed the feat several times last night. It would have been nice if Richard Zednik had explained this fact to his countryman early in the game so the rookie wouldn't have foolishly embarrassed Hab defensemen over and over again.
I took note of the regular line combinations last night:
Higgins - Koivu - Ryder
Bulis - Bonk - Zednik
Kostitsyn - Ribeiro - Kovalev
Murray - Begin - Sundstrom
Aside from Bonk's general apathetic play and defensive gaffes, I thought his line was quite effective.
Patrice Brisebois made this comment in this Gazette article:
"Hockey is a beautiful sport. I'm enjoying the game and I'm enjoying seeing my family happy."
And when was the last time Brisebois had fun playing the sport that has made him a millionaire? "I don't remember. I don't want to answer that question."
It is a sad state of affairs when playing hockey for millions of dollars is no fun. It says a lot about the disturbing amount of pressure placed on players in Montreal by the fans and media.