February 21, 2009

Better game today, as the Habs return home and beat Ottawa 5-2. Mathieu had a goal, making that three points in the three games since his return. After logging almost 25 minutes each of the last two games, he got a bit of a rest and only had 18:54 of ice time. It showed as he seemed to be much better positional (at least based on the little that I saw last game).

Patrice Brisebois also scored, giving the 1993 Habs 2 points in this 2009 game.

THE GAZETTE/ Pierre Obendrauf (via habsinsideout.com)

Another interesting tidbit: Since the trade on Monday, Montreal has gone 7 for 12 on the powerplay. Mathieu has been on the ice for 6 of those 7, getting all three of his points on the PP. And here's the post-game audio from the Montreal Gazette. Interesting comments. Everything from what he does on the power play, to eating last night at his favorite Montreal restaurant, to how he plans to survive in hockey-mad Montreal.

Game summary: Schneider (Koivu, Higgins), 3:25 of 2nd (PP); (high-sticking), 3:59 of 3rd.

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