Will Alex Kovalev, Tomas Plekanec, and Andrei Kostitsyn Continue To Produce?

Charles L. GareCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2009

It seems like this top line comes through at times, but not on a consistent basis. Last night they showed up and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal. I hope this will be the beginning of many more.

When this season began, there were such high hopes for the Canadiens. Last year all the prograstinators had them finishing dead last in their division, but they finished first. This year they would say the Canadiens can do no wrong and will finish first again, possibly being in line for their 25th Stanley Cup.

Along with many injuries and, at times, some very poor play, they still have a good record, but a slide started just before the All-Star break and continued after.

It seems like Mr. Gainey is needing to shore up this team with possibly a major trade both up front and on defense. I find Bob like a magician—he never shows his hand—and I wonder if he will do anything at all.

The game against the Penguins was well played, but you're always on the edge of your seat with this Canadiens team. They have talent, speed, and can put the puck in the net, but then it often seems like the net isn't big enough and they couldn't hit it with a mack truck.

I also know the top line is not the whole team—everyone needs to carry their weight to make this a winning season. Do I seem like I've given up on the 100-year club? I haven't, but at times I feel a little frustrated with them. The season is not over yet, so go Bleu, Blanc, Rouge. We love ya no matter how it all turns out.