MONTREAL - As Sergei Kostitsyn's time with the Bulldogs stretches on, the 22-year-old has continued to prove that he can battle with the best in the game.
Since joining Guy Boucher's squad early in the season, the younger Kostitsyn brother has re-discovered his offensive touch. In 10 games including the Bulldogs' lone tally in a 1-0 win over the Binghamton Senators in Ottawa this past Sunday.
Kostitsyn was named the game's third star, behind goaltenders Cedric Desjardins and Mike Brodeur. Kostitsyn's three tallies have come on only nine shots, showing that he can still thread the needle against opposing goalies. To go along with his trio of goals, Sergei has assisted on four others for a total of seven points. His performance on the farm has him seeing the positives in Hamilton, especially where his plus-minus differential is concerned.
Should certain trends continue, No. 74 could find himself in the running for the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award, given annually to the player best exemplifying sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey. Prior to last night's game with the Rochester Americans, Kostitsyn had yet to serve a single penalty, his high level of intensity never once compromised from a lazy play or being caught out of position.
Kostitsyn’s work ethic should have him fitting in nicely on the current edition of the Bulldogs, where “lazy” doesn’t seem to be in the team’s vocabulary. With just two regulation losses in their first 14 contests, including the loss to Rochester on Tuesday night, the ‘Dogs have dominated the start of the campaign. As it stands, the Americans remain the lone AHL team with a single regulation loss.
With the number of call-ups heading to Montreal these days, Boucher has been giving Kostitsyn more responsibility than ever. No matter where the shifty winger is asked to play, he’s proving that he’s definitely up to the task. Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translation by Robert Lefebvre.See alsoCammalleri supports the courage of our troops Kidding around at the Bell Centre Jay Leach claimed off waivers Habs call up Ryan White, Tom Pyatt The Voice of the FansMy Top 10