Montreal Canadiens-Carolina Hurricanes: Potent Power-Play Silences Hurricanes

December 23rd, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 5 Carolina 1 (RBC Center) It's the holiday season, time to give thanks.

Three wins in a row for the Canadiens prior to the Christmas break! Thank you Steve!!

Who's Steve, you ask? I'm referring to Steve Hatze-Petros. His official title is Senior VP, Scheduling with the NHL but usually referred to as The Schedulemaker. In a year where the schedule has been compacted by two full weeks to make room for the Winter Olympics, Hatze-Petros' handiwork has received a great deal of abuse by coaches, general managers, fans and especially bloggers.

Although he would never challenge Gary Bettman for volume of hate mail, Hatze-Petros gets his share while trying to juggle the variables of a balanced schedule, travel considerations and building commitments. It's not a job that will yield too many happy clients.

So let's take a chance to tip our caps to Steve. A three game pre-break road trip could have been much worse. The Canadiens were fortunate to face a middle of the pack team in the Thrashers, who play in one of the deadest buildings in the league. There's no worries about the fans being a seventh-man factor at Philips Arena. The other t ...

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