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Wednesday, January 30, 2013



WPG:   B. Wheeler (PPG, 16:10 - 1st) , N. Antropov (03:32 - 2nd) , O. Jokinen (11:48 - 2nd)
MTL:   R. Bourque (PPG, 08:04 - 1st) , B. Gallagher (14:22 - 1st) , E. Cole (15:08 - 2nd) , T. Plekanec (PPG, 05:31 - 3rd)

WPG: O. Pavelec (L)
 MTL: C. Price (W)
            Last night in Montreal, both the Jets and Habs had a 3 game winning streak but only one team would leave the rink with a 4th straight win. Before the game Subban was signed to a 2 year 5.2 Million Dollar contract, but we will get to that later on. 8 minutes into the first with the Habs on a powerplay, Markov played the puck to Bourque and he one timed a shot past Pavelec to make it 1-0. A few minutes later, Gallagher skated in over the line and fired a shot into the back of the net to extend the lead. The Jets would answer on the powerplay with under 4 minutes to play in the first with a goal by Wheeler. 2-1 Montreal after 1.

               3 minutes into the second,  Littles shot from the left wing was blocked by Markov and it redirected right to Antropv and he scored to tie the game.  A few minutes later, Kane skated up the left wing and into the slot and dropped it back to Jokinen on the left wing and he took a shot and scored his first goal as a Jet to give the Jets the lead. Late in the second just as Montreals powerplay expires, Kaberles shot misses the net and bounces right back in front, Gallagher takes a wack at it and misses along with Galchenyuk before Eric Cole knocked it in the empty net for his first of the season and the game is tied at 3-3.

        5 minutes into the third with the Habs on a powerplay, Markov played the puck to Diaz at the right point and he played it to Plekanec who one timed a shot into the back of the net to make it 4-3 Montreal. That would be your final as the Habs win their 4th straight by the score of 4-3. In the win, Price made 19 saves. In the loss, Pavelec made 22 saves. Montreal scored 2 powerplay goals in this game and they have scored a powerplay goal every game so far thanks to Markov who currently leads the team in points (4 goals & 3 assists).

        "I remember back when we played with Kovy (Alex Kovalev) and Marky (Markov) and I think we were first in the league two years in a row," Plekanec said."I feel it's pretty much the same now.
"He has a huge impact on our team, not only on the power play." With the win, Montreal sits in 5th place in the East and are just 1 point back of the fourth place Senators and they will take them on tonight.

      Onto Subban now, the Habs signed him to a 2 year contract on Monday night. Subban will report to Head Coach Michel Therrien today in Ottawa to see if hes game ready. If not Subban may be sitting out for a few games until the coach feels hes ready. If i were the head coach, I wouldn't play Subban until Montreal losses because if your winning why would you change the line up?  Thats what I would do.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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