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Montreal - Jan. 10, 2011 - Item: Habs Score Twice in Final 2:22 to tie Bruins; Win in OT

Unlikeliest victory of the year followed - by about three hours - the unlikeliest NFL playoff upset of the year (more on that later). What struck me about the comeback was Jacques Martin's post game comments. Yes, he did say something significant. When asked why his team couldn't seem to play with the same kind of intensity at the start of the game- or through 40 minutes - as they exhibited over the final 24 minutes, Martin said "Certain players do play that way but others are a drag to their teammates". Martin doesn't usually take public shots at his players and everybody assumes he was talking about Andre Kostitsyn but I believe he was talking about Scott Gomez, who was taken away, briefly, from Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty (replaced by David Desharnais) only to respond in the third with his best period of the season. I also think the coach is less than thrilled by the play of Mike Cammalleri who doesn't seem to have the same fire in his eyes, or his belly, and certainly not in his stick, as was the case a season ago. Will Martin deliver the same kind of message to one of the teams most popular players? Should he really have to with upcoming games on Broadway and against the Penguins?

Item: Brees, Manning & Vick Won't Play For Super Bowl

Kind of a drag, huh? The Saints loss to Seattle - Matt Hasselbeck throwing four touchdowns - twice as many as he threw in any single game this season??? - while the Gregg Williams resume suddeny appears a lot lighter - is sure to result in a a change in the playoff seedings once a new bargainning agreement is reached. As wonderful a story the Seahawks are , does anybody really believe they could have pulled it off inside the Superdome? A 7-9 division winner in the playoffs? Sure, it's never happened before and who knows when it might happen again. But it will. And when it does that sub .500 team should be forced to play on the road.

Peyton Manning had a weird season but nothing about the Colts this season indicated they were going to play beyond the second week of January. Anybody who pins the Colts exit on Manning hasn't really been following their mediocre and injury - riddled season.

Michael Vick threw a late interception to seal the victory for the Green Bay Packers but man, he came close to pulling off a minor miracle. No way the Packers - with Aaron Rodgers leading the way - should have been in a position to possibly lose late. Now maybe Andy Reid can spend some time climbing a stair or two.

Item: Nine Year Old Granddaughter of Former Major League Player And Manager Dallas Green Among victims of Deranged Gunman in Arizona.

America the ugly.

Mitch Melnick can be heard Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the Team 990.

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