The Canadiens got a pair of goals from Tomas Tatar, a player whose goalscoring abilities had been sorely needed since the play-in round. He entered the playoffs with four career playoff goals. He nearly matched that tally Friday, scoring half of his career playoff output in one game.
It took him slightly over a minute to break his playoff scoring drought, and he later added his second on the power play in the next period.
“It was nice to find the net,” Tatar said.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who some were prepared to write off (likely in jealousy of Brady Tkachuk two hours west), has been great for the Canadiens this postseason. The 20-year old has four playoff goals before the age of 21, tying him for fourth all-time among Habs players with the late, great Henri Richard.
“KK was outstanding tonight,” Canadiens forward Max Domi said.
Domi can pat himself on the back too after his three-assist performance. He played with Kotkaniemi and Jonathan Drouin after fans pleaded for him to get time with better players and not languish on the team’s fourth line. He especially loved getting to play with Drouin.
“It’s no secret Jo and I are very close off the ice,” Domi said. “We spend a lot of time away from the rink together. We love playing together. So, it was a lot of fun to get out there with him tonight.”
The team as a whole dominated with possession, scoring chances, and their speed which proved to be too much for Philly. It took their opponents most of their first period for them to get a shot on net.
That might be the best @CanadiensMTL team effort I have ever seen in my 29 years on this planet. Pure domination. I love this team
In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadien Rick Green — along with host Adam Susser discuss how Geoff Molson dropped the ball by not addressing the Black Lives Matter movement in a meaningful way.
Canadiens’ Tomas Tatar skates past Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom in front of goalie Carey Price Thursday night in Washington. Patrick Smith / Getty Images
Noted poet laureate, Jay Z, once said: “moral victories are for minor league coaches”.
He’s not wrong. But, the Canadiens sought to be the exception to that line after they earned a moral and literal victory over the Washington Capitals Thursday night. It’s a victory that won’t resuscitate their playoff chances, but they needed one to temporarily forget about the Tuesday night loss to the lowly Detroit Red Wings.
If the Canadiens’ playoff chances were unofficially on life support after picking up two points in four games last week, then Detroit’s comeback win over the Canadiens Tuesday night was enough to call a coroner.
Habs fans will stew on that Detroit loss (better yet, all four of them this season) for a while. Can you imagine how the players must feel?
But since the team still doesn’t wish to quit on themselves, the only victories for them to earn are moral ones from here on out.
The Habs can, at least, say they won a game against a good team while having more high danger chances than their opponent. They can say they won a game while spending most of the contest leading the shot counter. Montreal even had 17 shots on net in the second period while Washington didn’t play their best.
There’s been quite a few games this season where the Canadiens have peppered shots on an opposing goalie but to no avail. You’ll be happy to know that the Canadiens are second in the National Hockey League in shots per game, and have the league’s third-best Corsi For percentage per Natural Stat Trick.
The Habs wanted no part in history either. Alexander Ovechkin was chasing his 700th career goal Thursday. He scored his 699th career goal but did not get the milestone he was chasing.
By the way, it’s totally acceptable to have wanted history to be made Thursday night.
It’s only a temporary feeling of happiness, but the Canadiens can take some comfort in knowing they were able to get a victory over a top National Hockey League team.
Once reality hits, they’ll have to deal with their defensive unit taking another hit with Xavier Ouellet being injured against the Caps. They already won’t have Victor Mete in the lineup Saturday against Ottawa. The Canadiens also traded away Marco Scandella this week.
But hey, the Habs won. Blood, sweat, tears, and all. A victory for a group that has run out of answers for why the season has gone as it has.
You may reply that the standards for Canadiens’ victories may be lowered. But, at this point in the season, this is where they’re at.
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Here’s the best of the liveblog from last night’s game:
From the Caps’ perspective the wrong number 8 scored two goals. Who would’ve thought the Habs’ #8 would outscore the Caps’ #8.
Well deserved. Excuse me while I lose my ability to speak tomorrow. Metro ride home gonna be good.
Who is this team??
We have a shot at catching San Jose – in upside down standings – and draft #6. Just Do what you do best Habs….
A professional golfer was one of 124 people arrested in Florida in a prostitution and human-trafficking sting
December 12, 2019, 9:14 PM
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BARTOW, Fla. —
A professional golfer was one of 124 people arrested in Florida in a prostitution and human-trafficking sting.
Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, 44, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree misdemeanor solicitation, news outlets reported.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Gainey was arrested in an undercover sting called “Operation Santa’s Naughty List,” which lasted six days. The investigation yielded 53 arrests for prostitution, 46 arrests for soliciting prostitution and five arrests for intent to sexually harm a child, according to the sheriff’s office.
County Sheriff Grady Judd said Gainey, a South Carolina native, was in Florida for a charity golf event.
“(Gainey) missed his tee time the next morning,” Judd said. “He was a scratch.”
Gainey turned pro in 1997 and joined the PGA Tour in 2008. He’s known for wearing gloves on both hands, hence the nickname, and has one career PGA Tour win at the McGladrey Classic in October 2012.
It’s unclear whether Gainey has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.
The San Francisco 49ers have suspended radio host Tim Ryan after he said that Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is good at faking handoffs because of his “dark skin with a dark football.”
Both the 49ers and Tim Ryan issued statements regarding the incident.
“We hold Tim to a high standard as a representative of our organization and he must be more thoughtful with his words. Tim has expressed remorse in a public statement and has also done so with us privately,” the 49ers said in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle. “We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience.”
Ryan backed that up with a statement of his own, expressing “regret” over his comments.
“I regret my choice of words in trying to describe the conditions of the game. Lamar Jackson is an MVP-caliber player and I respect him greatly. I want to sincerely apologize to him and anyone else I offended.”
Ryan made the comments in the aftermath of the Ravens 20-17 victory over the 49ers last Sunday. When asked what made Jackson so hard to stop, Ryan said he believed part of the reason was skin color.
“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing,” Ryan said. “I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point and if you’re a half step slow on him in terms of your vision forget about it, he’s out of the gate.”
Ryan played for the Bears from 1990 to 1993. He then called games on television for FOX before taking the reins as 49ers’ radio commentator in 2014.
Now that Khari Jones is returning as the Alouettes’ head coach — the two sides reached agreement on a three-year deal during Grey Cup week in Calgary, the Montreal Gazette has learned — and until the team’s ownership situation is settled, the next order of business will be hiring a general manager.
It would be easy for the Als to hire someone with experience. Should the Canadian Football League team go that route, the three leading candidates could be Eric Tillman, Brendan Taman and Danny Maciocia.
Tillman has experience with British Columbia, Toronto, the Ottawa Renegades, Saskatchewan, Edmonton and, most recently, Hamilton. He has won three Grey Cups and, at the very least, deserves to be interviewed by president Patrick Boivin.
Taman, currently out of football, was the GM at both Winnipeg and Saskatchewan, while Maciocia is a former Edmonton GM and head coach. Now the coach at Université de Montréal, Maciocia has led the Carabins to three Vanier Cup appearances, and one title, since 2014. The Carabins lost Saturday’s championship game to the University of Calgary.
But it’s also possible Boivin and the organization will think outside the box and hire someone with vast CFL experience, but who has never been a GM.
It shouldn’t be forgotten Boivin has enlisted the services of Wally Buono, the former B.C. GM and head coach, in an advisory role. Buono will probably recommend former colleagues Neil McEvoy and/or Geroy Simon — perhaps a combination of the two — for the job.
Those two seemingly would work well with Jones — a key component in this scenario, because the Als have hired a coach before the GM — who came to Montreal after being the Lions’ offensive coordinator.
McEvoy, the Lions’ director of football operations, has held that position five years, but has been with the organization for 24. He handles many of the daily football operations activities, including player contracts, training camp and travel logistics and scouting preparation. He also plays a key role in the evaluation of Canadian talent for the CFL draft.
Simon, the former standout receiver, is the Lions’ director of Canadian scouting and draft coordinator. He has spent five seasons in football operations and, in 2018, said he was ready to become a GM.
Two members of the Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers also deserve consideration.
Danny McManus is the Bombers’ assistant GM and director of U.S. scouting. A former CFL quarterback for 17 seasons, McManus has been with Winnipeg since December 2013.
He scours the U.S. for talent while working closely with GM Kyle Walters in helping shape the roster and the team’s negotiation list. McManus also organizes the team’s free-agent tryout camps held throughout the U.S. during the winter.
Before joining the Bombers, McManus worked as a scout with Hamilton from 2009-13. He originally was hired as a regional scout before becoming the Tiger-Cats’ head U.S. scout. He was an offensive assistant coach with the team in 2008.
Ted Goveia also serves as an assistant GM with Winnipeg along with being the team’s director of player personnel. He has been with the Bombers for six years. He held the same role with Toronto between 2010-13.
Ottawa assistant GM Jeremy Snyder and Jean-Marc Edmé, the Redblacks’ director of player personnel, both spent time with the Als.
Snyder joined the Redblacks in March 2013 as the director of football administration along with serving as a pro and college scout. He was promoted to assistant GM in May 2017.
He began his CFL career with the Als in 2010, working under former GM Jim Popp as a scouting assistant. He became a full-time employee the following season, assuming many key roles in the team’s scouting department. Snyder also has NFL experience with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.
Edmé, meanwhile, spent eight years with the Als under Popp, where his duties included scouting university and pro players. He also served as a defensive assistant under former head coach Marc Trestman.
Edmé has spent 13 seasons in the CFL, including the last four with Ottawa. He joined the Redblacks in January 2016 as the player personnel coordinator before being promoted to the director of player personnel. He’s also bilingual.
The Als’ GM position, however, won’t be for everyone. Normally, the manager is hired first and his responsibility is to find a coach with whom he can work. Because the Als have gone about this unconventionally, any potential GM will want to know how the power will be divided and who will answer to whom. If the GM doesn’t have full autonomy, that could eliminate many potential candidates.
At halftime of Harvard-Yale a sit in protesting climate issues has broken out on the field, at least delaying the second half and the way the protest is growing I would be shocked if the game continues. pic.twitter.com/2BWCU2fLuI