Leafs 5, Habs 4.
So much for the fun and games in Vancouver just two days ago. It’s like coming down hard after a big night of crystal meth.
Two days ago the Canadiens received stellar goaltending from Carey Price throughout. Tonight? Umm. Let’s just say Alex Auld is probably a fine and decent man, one you would be proud to have your sister go out with, one you would hang out and play some pool with.
I would just prefer if he played for Boston.
Two of Toronto’s first three goals were extremely weak deals with Auld manning the pipes before being replaced by Carey Price. But it’s not Auld’s fault, it’s Montreal management’s for not scouting the guy properly in the first place. All they had to do was ask me and a couple of million others and we’d tell them that this isn’t the guy to back up Price, and this isn’t the guy to force a million bucks on to play maybe ten games in the entire season.
If I was Auld, I’d take the money too.
Do I have to say nice things about the officiating? Scott Cherrey and Brad Kovachik sent guys to the box for chewing their mouth guards the wrong way. Or, like Auld, maybe it’d not their fault either. Maybe we should look at the NHL director of officiating Terry Gregson for ordering his refs to call everything they can think of so the game will become slower and hockey fans in the deep south will be able to follow the game better.
Why don’t I just blame most of the Canadiens? They did manage four goals which hasn’t happened since they popped six in Boston while losing 8-6. But in general, they were quite a sad sack bunch and as much as I was proud of them in Vancouver, I’m not at all with them now and I hope their wives make them sleep in the garage or the tent in the backyard, or maybe a Motel 6 out by Ste. Hyacinthe.
Nobody, I’m sure – me, you, their wives, their dogs, the neighbours, even bill collectors – wants to see them right now.
Carolina pays a visit on Saturday.
Regular reader Mike Williamson lost 20 bucks on this game to his Leaf fan co-worker.
Shots on goal – 35-28 Habs.
Montreal goal scorers – No, not Scott Gomez of course. They were Jeff Halpern, Mike Cammalleri, Wiz, and Max Pacioretty.