Bobster’s notes: Canadiens/Lightning

Huet! Huet! Huet! Cristobal Huet was in tip-top form for the second straight game. Once again he was especially hot in the first period when Montreal was out shot 15 to 8.

Do the referees have it out for Montreal? Some of the penalties being called are simply ridiculous. It is not just tonight’s game; this has been a trend especially over the last week or so. One of these days Carbonneau is going to lose it and toss a bucket of pucks on to the ice!

Guillaume Latendresse was given an opportunity and I do not think anybody can say he has wasted it. Latendresse is simply getting the job done. The more this goes on, the more difficult it will be for Carbonneau to remove him from the first line when Christopher Higgins returns to the line-up. As I previously posted, I think that Higgins should be paired with Alex Kovalev in hopes of awakening the second line.

The Canadiens power play continues to impress with 3 goals tonight in 9 opportunities. Sheldon Souray added 2 more goals to his defensemen league-leading total of 8. Is Souray on his way to a 30-goal season? Well, if he keeps this pace (which would seem almost impossible), he will net 38 goals!!!

Random points: Sergei Samsonov led all Montreal forwards with an ice time of 19:12. Sheldon Souray had a team high of 6 shots on goal. With an assist tonight, Saku Koivu now has a point in the last 6 games. Mathieu Dandenault made his return to action on the 4th line and led the team with 4 hits!