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Marinaro: A few questions after Habs' loss to Flyers

Tony Marinaro
12/16/2011 1:24:46 PM
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It was a game between two teams plagued with injuries. The Montreal Canadiens were without: Markov, Gionta, Moen and Gomez, to name a few. Philly was without: Pronger (out for the season), and star forward Claude Giroux. In the end, the Flyers edged the Canadiens 4-3.

Once again, the Habs offence came from the line of Desharnais, Pacioretty and Cole. The line combined for five points. Another positive was rookie Louis Leblanc. In front of family and friends, the Habs #71 scored his first NHL goal at the 13:24 mark of the second period, tying the game at 2. It was probably the loudest the Bell Centre has been this season. Unfortunately, for him, Leblanc only played one shift that lasted 49 seconds in the third.

However, one day later, there are questions surrounding the loss. Why wasn't the Desharnais line on the ice together on the 5-on-3 power play late in the first? After being full of life and confidence after scoring his first goal, why did Leblanc play only one 49-second shift in the third?  Why did Mathieu Darche get more even strength ice-time (11:43) than: Cammalleri, Plekanec, Kostitsyn, Pacioretty and Cole? When asked about the loss at the end of the game, Habs head coach Jacques Martin said the Habs lost due to some mistakes by some of the young players.

The Canadiens had an optional practice on Friday. Travis Moen did skate but is still out with a foot injury. Also out is Raphael Diaz (sick). Next up, the New Jersey Devils are at the Bell Centre on Saturday night. It will likely be a classic goaltenders' duel between Martin Brodeur and Carey Price.

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