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At last folks ... the home opener! How appropriate that we play Colorado with all the recent talk about reserrecting the Nordiques!! For the opening they had all the Habs say "Je Suis" followed by their name. Was nice to hear ... here we go!

1st Period:

20:00 - Start of Period
19:21 - Avs with a chance, Habs with some great defensive work
19:10 - Habs with a chance, nothing gives
18:35 - Jones with a shot, Price makes the save
18:04 - habs with a good chance, nothing gives
16:40 - D'agostini looking weak on the on the rush
15:38 - Price makes a big save on a great play by the Avs
15:15 - Habs with a good rush chance
14:55 - Kostitsyn with a great chance, Anderson makes the save
14:20 - Gomez tripped, no penalty
13:19 - Habs are really working the neutral zone
13:02 - Offside Colorado
12:42 - Great chance for Gomez but he miffed the shot
12:14 - 2 more great Hab chances, nothing gives
11:38 - Colorado Penalty
10:00 - Montreal Goal - PP - Roman Hamrlik - Plekanec & Kostitsyn
09:06 - Ole! Ole! Ole!
08:34 - Mara with a good shot, just misses the far side
07:58 - Habs are applying great pressure, get rewarded with shots
07:26 - Icing Colorado, Penalty Colorado - To Many Men
06:34 - Habs PP unit looking really good, controlling well
05:38 - Colorado Penalty - Tripping, Habs 2 man advantage for 17 secs
03:38 - End of Penalty - Habs PP units looked fantastic but no goals
02:59 - Habs with a rush chance, Anderson makes the save
02:44 - Avs with a great chance, Price stands tall
01:47 - Pleks with a give away in the Habs zone
01:28 - Avs with a good chance, Price makes the save
00:34 - Avs get a 4 - 2, Price makes the save
00:00 - End of Period

What a great period for the Habs! They looked like a full unit for the first time all season and got rewarded with a 1 - 0 lead. Something they have not had in 3 games ...

2nd Period:

20:00 - Start of Period
19:11 - The puck seems jumpy, 2 Hab fans in a row
18:12 - Hab slap shot misses the net
17:19 - Spacek with a great play to keep in it the Avs zone
16:48 - Avs pressing, Price stands tall
16:15 - Kostitsyn with a great shot, Anderson makes the save followed by a scrum
15:48 - Montreal Icing
15:22 - Avs pressing, Habs playing great defense
15:15 - Montreal Penalty - Gionta - Tripping
14:31 - Lapierre looks to be coming alive now, that's an excellent thing for the Habs
13:56 - Great Penalty Killing for the Habs
13:36 - Colorado Icing
13:15 - End of Penalty, Gionta almost had a breakaway .. sooo .. close ..
12:12 - Habs still owning the neutral zone
11:52 - Avs with a nice passing play but gets deflected
10:38 - Wolski and Spacek have a great hockey battle in the Habs end
10:20 - Avs with a great chance, Price stands tall
09:42 - Avs with another great chance but Price stands tall
08:44 - Habs call-up Belle looking good is his own end
08:00 - Colorado Penalty - Quincy - Hooking?
07:06 - Wild play in the Avs end
06:61 - Habs offside
06:30 - Montreal Penalty - Plekanec
06:21 - Colorado Goal - Milan Hedjuk - Kumiskey & Statsny - Score 1 -1
04:04 - Gill with some fantastic Penalty Killing
03:45 - Avs applying some great pressure
02:44 - Habs with a sweet passing play, Anderson makes a great save
01:10 - Gill with a terrible give-away leads to an Avs chance, Price stands tall
00:25 - Colorado Goal - Kyle Cumiskey (Unassisted) - 2 - 1 Colorado
00:00 - End of Period

Not a bad period, but not a great period either. Colorado looked very good and executed on their chances. Throw in a little luck and you get a 2 - 1 lead. Look for the Habs to start the 3rd with intensity....

3rd Period:

20:00 - Start of Period
19:37 - Habs chance missed the net
18:51 - Icing Montreal
17:48 - Lots of mid-ice play
17:21 - Latendresse with a great chance, Anderson makes the save
16:52 - Latendresse with another chance, Anderson stops play with a glove save
16:39 - Habs swam the Avs zone, get chances, no goals
16:25 - Habs top line looking good, Generating chances
15:47 - Colorado Penalty - Tucker - Boarding
15:26 - Habs ring the post
15:22 - Anderson makes a great save
14:49 - Habs PP looking good, Anderson making great saves
13:51 - Anderson makes another great save
13:47 - End of Penalty
12:25 - Habs first line looking good
11:50 - Max Pac with a great chance but misses the net
11:18 - Montreal Goal - Tomas Plekanec - Kostitsyn & Max Pac - Score: 2 - 2
09:41 - Both teams going end to end
09:32 - Habs with a great chance, Avs with a shot block
09:19 - Montreal Penalty - Cammalleri - Intereference
08:56 - Avs with a good chance, Price stands tall
07:59 - Colorado controlling well, leads to a good chance, Price makes the save
07:19 - End of Penalty, Colorado still pressing
06:49 - Habs with a couple great chances, Anderson stands tall
06:11 - Colorado Goal - O'Rielly - Jones - Score 3 - 2 Colorado
05:00 - Habs fans all over the Refs
04:16 - Habs robbed of a penalty
03:03 - Habs with a great chance but miss the net
02:37 - Montreal Penalty - Gill - Interference
02:10 - Colorado Penalty - Tucker - High Sticking
01:25 - Habs ruling the 4 on 4
00:15 - Habs with a great chance to tie but miss the puck
00:00 - End of Game - Colorado Wins 3 - 2

Not a bad game at all. Props to Colorado for maximizing on their chances. I stand with the fans in saying the Habs got robbed of a few PPs. However, such is life on the ice. Except for a couple bits of bad luck the Habs looked very good for the majority of the game. The Jacques Martin puck control system seems to be taking shape. I stand by the prediction of at least 20 games before the Habs really look good and start to win more often then they lose. Up Next: Ottawa Senators - Saturday, October 17th.

Until then .... Keep shooting!
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