Canadiens' Robert Lang Possibly Out for the Season in Loss to Bruins

Harani T.Correspondent IFebruary 1, 2009

The Montreal Canadiens, in their barbershop jerseys from the 1912-1913 season, were up against the mighty Boston Bruins. The game certainly did not lack intensity due to the already heated rivalry amongst the two teams. 

This won't be a recap of the game but a numeration of the many notable events that took place during pace of the game.


The Injuries

The most impact was caused by the injury to Robert Lang. It was quite impossible to tell exactly what happened except for when we saw Lang down on the ice. His experience, constant effort, and his never-say-die attitude have been exemplary and his contribution has been extremely important for the Habs.  

It was released that he probably tore his Achilles tendon which would mean that he would be sidelined for the remainder of the season. In addition, this may also end the career of the 38-year-old Czech. For a man who smiles even at the face-off circle, he will absolutely be missed specially because he leads all Canadiens forwards in scoring. 

In addition, Guillaume Latendresse also left the game with an upper body injury. Matt D'Agostini was also strongly hit into the boards but returned to finish the game. You also have to note that in Saturday's game against the Kings, Josh Gorges was elbowed by Denis Gauthier and did not play against the Bruins.

The injury bug has hit the Habs again but the Canadiens did maintain a very strong record while they were missing key players. Time will tell if it can repeat itself. 


The Intensity and effort

The Canadiens delivered 48 hits. A notable nine hits by Mike Komisarek who also had five blocks in the game and six hits a piece for Ryan O'Byrne and Guillaume Latendresse.

Overall, the Habs managed to keep the powerful Bruins to a mere two goals (one empty-netter). The team played with urgency and responded quite well to physical play of the Bruins. 

The goals were once again scored on two giveaways by the defensemen which has been issue on the blueline. This is a plus point for the Habs who have been struggling keep momentum rolling their way and keeping the opposition to a low score. 


Alexei Kovalev

The superstar of the Canadiens took two unnecessary minor penalties in middle frame only three minutes apart. Later, during the third period of the bench, it appeared as if coach Guy Carbonneau had decided to bench Kovy. 

In addition he was the least utilized forward on the team with a mere 11:34 of ice-time. When asked, Carbo refused to speak about what had ticked off concerned the Russian player but he did mention that it wasn't the penalties which bothered him. 

Now with Lang on the sidelines, it seems as if Kovy has to step up to carry this team further in the season. We all know what he is fully capable of doing after the last season stretch and a good Kovy definitely makes for a more complete Canadiens teams.