Chicago Backhawks Vs Montreal Canadiens

Charles L. GareCorrespondent IApril 1, 2009

MONTREAL- MARCH 31:  Cristobal Huet #38 of the Chicago Blackhawks stops the puck on a shot by Saku Koivu #11 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre March 31, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens played a young Chicago Blackhawks team last night and was ready for them from the opening whistle.

An icing that was ultimately waved off turned into a Montreal goal 25 seconds into the game and the Canadiens never looked back from there.

Both Koivu and Kovalev came down the ice with Saku peeling off to the right, and Alex pursuing the puck with Duncan Keith depositing it on to Kovalev's stick from there it was in the Chicago net. 

The one thing I really noticed though in the first period was the lack of effort by the Canadiens forwards. 

They where not back checking and helping the defence when the Blackhawks entered the Habs end.

But as the game progressed, the forwards picked up their checking role and helped out the defence.

Carey was on his game right from the get go, not allowing Chicago to score, a part of Price's game that had been missing for sometime.

That is squaring himself to the shooter and making himself big in the net, and that showed in last night's game.  

On Carey's drive to the Bell Centre he came across Huet on a street corner. 

In a later interview Price mentioned how much he was surprised by the Huet trade at last years trade deadline.

Also saying he felt sad by the trade, looking up to the 33-year-old French goal tender like an older brother.

Looking to Huet for advice, with Cristobal saying he didn't know if was a real mentor to Price.

But that he felt the young goalie was going to have a great career.

Also he felt that Price's game last night was excellent, Patrick Sharp ended Carey's bid for a shutout.

With Kovalev scoring in the first minute, Guillaume Latendresse, Andre Markov and Mathieu Schneider scoring for Montreal who are (39-27-10).

The Canadiens who are still just one point ahead of Florida due to the Panthers 5-2 win over Ottawa, the Canadiens win cost them though.

They lost Sergei Kostitsyn and Roman Hamrlik with what the team is calling upper body injuries. 

The plays did not look like they would have resulted in any serious injury but apparently they did.

The Canadiens have gone (4-3-3) in their last ten games, which included a nine game home stand.

Four of their last six games are on the road, beginning with the New York Islanders on Thursday, who the Habs lost to in overtime during their recent home stand.

The Habs were scheduled to wear their vintage pajama uniforms but opted instead for a visually quieter jersey from 1913-14 with CA on the front instead of the CH.

Are the Habs back?

I really do hope so.

I know if the Canadiens had not won last night they would have been in a world of trouble. it wasn't just a win it was a convincing win.

And so lets see how the last six games go and then find out how this all works its self out.

The usual suspects sat out last nights game Ryan O'Byrne, George Larague, Matt D'Aogostini and Greg Stewart.

O'Bryne may be back soon if Hamrlik's injury is very serious, we will know soon when the Canadiens hits the ice Thursday night.

Lets hope its a win in New York, GO HABS GO!