On a night my daughter goes into labour in Nelson and is set to give me a brand new grandbaby, the Canadiens trooped into Washington, spotted the Capitals a 2-0 lead, and then proceeded to tie and then win in a shootout.
Thanks to Brian Gionta, someone I’ve been less than patient with lately, but now is my new favourite player, at least until tomorrow. If my daughter has a boy, can she name it Brian Gionta? I’ll ask my son-in-law when I get the big phone call.
It was an excellent comeback road win, the team didn’t panic when they were down by two in the first, and if I could, I’d buy them all a beer. Maybe three. No more than that, though. They have to play tomorrow in Montreal against Florida and they don’t need hangovers.
It certainly wasn’t just Gionta who stepped up, although he scored both regulation markers and then the shootout winner, but credit also to Tomas Plekanec and Scott Gomez, who played with smarts and poise, and to a supporting team that should all share in the game puck. Cut the biscuit in twenty pieces. Everyone deserves the huge kudos tonight.
I’m very proud of the team. It was a great way to start the second part of this long season, and can you imagine how many f-bombs were spewing, or still may be spewing, from Bruce Boudreau’s mouth afterwards?
Montreal outshot the Caps 38-29
Carolina, in ninth place, lost 3-2 to Boston tonight. How great is that?
Carey Price allowed one soft goal, the Caps first, but in general was solid and deserves much credit.
Alex Ovechkin wasn’t overly dangerous or impressive. Maybe he’s so busy making commercials he isn’t completely focused anymore.
Florida comes-a-callin Wednesday at the Bell.
Now, back to waiting by the phone.