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Dec. 31, Habs vs Stars, 8:30 PM

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Credit where its due, Niemi had a hell of a game. 

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Nice to see them pull it out (and actually make a good play in OT, an area where they've struggled this season).  4-2 on the road trip, not too shabby...

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Byron, Domi, Petry as the first three over the boards in OT... all can really skate.  Looks like Julien is finally figuring out that speed and offence is the key in overtime. 

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8 out of 12 points on the holiday road trip is quite the accomplishment. 

 

Habs back in the playoffs, but the Bruins and Islanders both have games in hand. 

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That OT winner was a perfect cap to 2018. Petry!

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Two games above .500 — I’m happy!

 

And Niemi played a good game, too. Hopefully that’s not just an aberration.

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A small note from this one - this was game #40 for Kotkaniemi which means he has now officially accrued a season towards UFA eligibility.

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20:18 for Tatar?

Danault 2g 6shots, 68% FO

Kotkaniemi, 4 shots, at least 1 more post hit, 67% on FO. (Pettersson has 19g with just 2 more shots than Kotkaniemi has)

Byron led team with 5 hits.

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And he’s accrued those 40 games for all the right reasons... can’t wait till those posts and potential assists start going in  more frequently.

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Saw on Reddit that this was the first game since March 23rd, 2018 that Niemi let in fewer than 3 goals.

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38 minutes ago, Trizzak said:

Saw on Reddit that this was the first game since March 23rd, 2018 that Niemi let in fewer than 3 goals.

 

He only played two more games after that at the end of the last season. And then the struggles this season, which are all too familiar.

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55 minutes ago, tomh009 said:

 

He only played two more games after that at the end of the last season. And then the struggles this season, which are all too familiar.

 

ya, 13 games. Still a concerning trend.

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1 hour ago, Trizzak said:

ya, 13 games. Still a concerning trend.

 

It's really this year that things fell apart. And he was even OK (though not great) at the beginning of the season: after five games he was still at a 3.3 GAA and a 4-1 record. But in the next five games he allowed over 25 goals (GAA over 5) and looked very shaky.

 

Why? I suspect it's (almost) all mental. But what got him into that state, and is he out of it now, or was the Dallas game just a one-off fluke, I really have no idea.

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On 1/1/2019 at 10:57 AM, dlbalr said:

A small note from this one - this was game #40 for Kotkaniemi which means he has now officially accrued a season towards UFA eligibility.

 

Maybe if we sign him after next offseason we can get him on a deal that becomes a bargain down the road!

 

 

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