Montreal-New York: the Habs Rush Towards the Top of the Eastern Conference

----- -----------Correspondent IFebruary 2, 2008

For those of you living under a rock in Montreal, today's stellar 4-1 win over the Islanders puts the Habs three points back of first place in the East under Ottawa (who is also playing today, against Toronto).

Here's the up and down of the game.

For the first 15 minutes of the first period, this was Habs Country.

Barely any shots on Huet and a string of early first period penaltys led to a few Kovalev Dangles, Hamrlik Slapshots, and Koivu Wristers.

It was everything a Habs fan would love to see.

Except for goals.

At the end of the first, the Habs, who were dominating but still looking at a 0-0 score against the Islanders, found themselves in power play trouble as Higgins took a nasty hit and fell, following a scrum with Ryder.

Shortly after, Plekanec took a penalty, giving the Islanders a one-man advantage, and then Komisarek followed to the sin bin.

Alas, steller goaltending saved us on this one boys, the PK Unit wasn't much to be desired, but Huet held his ground and the fort once more. 

The second period told a different story.

Still killing off a penalty, Plekanec took a nice saucer pass from Alexei Kovalev for a short -handed goal, and first blood of the game.

The Bell Center went up in roar anticipating a shot from Alexei Kovalev, but it was Tomas Plekanec who they cheered for after the goal.

Shortly after, in the most action packed period, Comeau popped one by Huet with a nice assist by Miroslav Satan to tie the game.

But our boys in red, blue, and white, les tricolors, knew how to respond in spades shortly after.

It was Mark Streit, on a beautiful pass from Captial K, Saku Koivu, on the power play after an initial pass from Christopher Higgins.

A nicer goal than this doesn't happen.

In this period you couldn't not notice the Habs defencemen jumping in on each rush to get the odd man in the play.

Wait a few minutes more and wouldn't you know it, our very own Russian Sniper, AK27, Kovalev pops one in on his signature wrist shot move that went right by Rick DiPietro.

The rest of the period, shall we say, was quite even.

In the third period you had nice attempts on both sides with the Islanders getting some lucky bounces as well as the Habs.

The lone goal of this period, which significantly sealed the deal on a flu-ridden New York team, was a goal by Mathieu Dandenault, from Streit and Markov, after returning from recieving a puck in the face no less.

Take this one out of the oven boys, she's cooked and ready to be eaten.

With your Habs collecting points like they are comic books, we find ourselves inches closer to the first-place spot in the East, something we all are longing for.

In the meantime, let's just hope our Habs slip past the radar a little bit more, inching our way to be Conference leaders.