Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sergei Kostitsyn picks up a point. Higgins returns to his old home.

Pratique des Bulldogs The next chapter of the Sergei Kostitsyn story had a positive start last night.

The embattled winger picked up an assist on Tom Pyatt’s goal in the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-0 win over the San Antonio Rampage.

Kostitsyn saw limited ice time (almost none in the third period) as he is battling the flu.

The Montreal Canadiens’ AHL Affiliate is 5-0-1-1 to start the season.

Once he shakes off the flu bug, it is hoped that Kostitsyn (5 points in 6 games with Hamilton) will turn his attitude around, after Wednesday’s “ghost suspension” incident, and can ignore other stories fueled by the media.

The most recent, of course, were allegations that Kostitsyn was demoted to Hamilton due to an off-ice fight with teammate Scott Gomez after their final pre-season game.

A Canadiens spokesman confirmed that the decision to demote Kostitsyn had been made after game and nothing to do with the alleged incident.

"It's kind of funny, but there's absolutely no truth to it," Gomez said after Friday’s practice. "But it's a good story. Everyone's calling about it. I guess that's what happens here in Montreal". Another day in the soap opera we call "As the Habs Turn".

Kostitsyn has yet to publically comment on the alleged incident or the suspension.


Christopher Higgins will make is return against his former team Saturday.

Higgins returns!: Christopher Higgins will make his return to the Bell Centre, on Saturday, for the first time since being traded to the New York Rangers on June 30.

“It’s going to be a pretty strange experience, I think,” Higgins said after Friday’s practice.

“I played there (Montreal) for four years, and had my dream come true of playing in the NHL with that organization. So to go back there in an opposing uniform is going to be a little surreal.”

Higgins has yet to record a goal as a Ranger and avoided the media after Saturday’s morning skate.

Scott Gomez, who was brought to Montreal in the same trade, is playing it down more than his counterpart.

“It was different when I played against New Jersey for the first time because I’d been there so long,” said Gomez. “I was only in New York a couple of years.”

My preview of Saturday’s game for Fan Huddle can be found here.

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