Fly on the Wall: March 24, 2009
Anyone’s game – except the Thrashers’
When asked to sum up how he thought his game went, Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen needed only one syllable: “bad.” What the Finnish netminder seems to be missing, though, is that usually, when the other team “doesn’t get that many shots” they also “don’t get that many goals”.
“It was just one of those nights where every chance they got, they put the puck in the net. I don’t think I even broke a sweat out there – they didn’t get that many shots. That line [Kovalev-Koivu-Tanguay] got some chances, but I think we controlled the puck for the most part. It was anyone’s game; we were just on the wrong side of the numbers game.”
The other “Kovy” on Atlanta’s un-special teams
After watching the Habs’ power play unit convert on 3-of-6 opportunities, captain Ilya Kovalchuk – who added a PP marker of his own in the contest – would have preferred to see his teammates spend less time in the box and more time not leaving Alex Tanguay and company alone and untouched in the Thrashers’ slot.
“I think we played well, it was just that their power play was that much better than ours. They got three on the power play and we just kept taking unnecessary penalties and giving them those 5-on-4 chances.”
Eric Perrin wants his team to be aggressive, B-E Aggressive.
Atlanta center Eric Perrin wasn’t impressed with his team’s lacklustre effort on Tuesday night. A Habs fan growing up, the Laval native knows all too well why you shouldn’t let the Canadiens get themselves into a goal-scoring groove.
“With all of that talent on their power play, those aren’t the penalties we need to take. We definitely struggled when that line had the puck in the slot and they really capitalized on their chances on the power play. I thought we were a little timid out there tonight.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for Canadiens.com
The Numbers Game: March 24, 2009