Montreal Canadiens

Canadiens-Sharks: Thank You Brian for Being a Lousy Goaltender

Francois GendronSenior Writer IMarch 1, 2009

The impressive San Jose Sharks were in town tonight to face the Montreal Canadiens.

The story of the game is without any doubt both goaltenders involved in it. Once again tonight, Jaroslav Halak was spectacular in front of the Habs net while Brian Boucher looked like an amateur during the first frame.

Despite San Jose's total domination in this game, the Canadiens scored all their goals during the first period. First, Andrei Markov beat Boucher with a powerful slap shot during a man advantage.

Only a couple of minutes later, a good rush by Maxim Lapierre forced Boucher to kneel down, then Lapierre went around the net and fed Josh Gorges who only had to push the puck in the open net.

Still during the first period, Montreal's third goal came from the stick of Saku Koivu who pushed the puck in an empty cage. Boucher's lack of talent was obvious on this goal. He could not even slide to his right to challenge Koivu's shot. Instead, the ridiculous Boucher dove in the air in an attempt to make the save.

The Sharks scored two quick goals early into the second period. Joe Pavelski during a man advantage then Joe Thornton reduced Montreal's margin to a single goal only seconds later. The rest of the game was about Halak who stole the Sharks on numerous occasions. Halak stopped 44 of the 46 shots he faced while Boucher only stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced.

The auxiliary goaltender for the Sharks is clearly not NHL material anymore. I even doubt that he is AHL material.

Tonight's game also marked the return of Claude Lemieux in Montreal. The courageous 43-year-old man returned in action this season and seems to fit in the Sharks' lineup. Lemieux has won the Stanley Cup with three different teams and would be the very first player to win the Cup with four different clubs should the Sharks go all the way this season.

Final score: Montreal Canadiens 3 - San Jose Sharks 2.

(Picture: Jaroslav Halak, Getty Images.)

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