Montreal-Atlanta: Canadiens Taste Victory With a Hint of Deception

Francois GendronSenior Writer IFebruary 26, 2008

The Montreal Canadiens were hosting the Atlanta Thrashers tonight at the Bell Centre.

The Thrashers sent Marian Hossa to Pittsburgh before the trade deadline today. In return, they received Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito, and a 2009 first round draft pick. It was a big trade for the Penguins.

The star player was interesting for Montreal but General Manager Bob Gainey wasn't able to convince Atlanta's GM, Don Waddell. The only move made by Gainey today was to send goaltender Christobal Huet to the Washington Capitals for a 2009 second round draft pick.

The fans' wish to improve the team through a trade before the deadline today was never granted. Many fans believe that the Canadiens did not get enough in return for Huet and should've kept the goaltender for the remaining portion of the season.

The Canadiens played a good game versus the Thrashers, winning 5-1.

The winning surge for Montreal came during the third period. Montreal scored a total of four goals in the final frame. Christopher Higgins scored twice to break the 1-1 tie before preparing another Montreal goal from Andrei Markov. The young Sergei Kostitsyn completed the scoring with his seventh goal of the season.

Higgins, with the three points during the third period, was declared the game's first star. For Carey Price, it is now obvious that he was chosen to be the number one goaltender of the franchise. He blocked 26 of the 27 shots from Atlanta.