Canadiens lose 4-3 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks, and although it was only one point garnered for the home team, what a night it was.
Saku Koivu came back to an appreciative Bell Centre crowd and proceeded to take three penalties, one which led to Max Pacioretty tying it with 13 seconds left in the third period, which was Max’s second of the night.
It was the tying goal with Saku sweating it out on his big and emotional night.
A lovefest in fact.
My wife asked me why Alex Kovalev didn’t get this treatment when he returned the first time and I had to explain that things are slightly different with the two.
Storming back was a lovely thing for Habs fans, which made up a little for Brian Gionta missing the net several times and looking less than great in the shootout when he made a little move and then fell over. Although Benoit Pouliot and Andrei Kostitsyn also looked quite feeble in the shootout.
It was almost like the Canadiens were spent after dramatically tying it up like they did.
And when I say storming back was a lovely thing for Habs fan, maybe it wasn’t for those who wanted things to be perfect on Saku night. I don’t know. I’m hoping all Habs fans wanted a win regardless of the situation.
I’ve not been happy with Gionta lately but I sure am with Pacioretty. No wonder he complained he wasn’t getting a fair shake when he was sent down to Hamilton in the beginning. The guy’s a goal-scoring power forward and should have been with the big club from the get-go.
Our friend Danno was at the game with his dad and they, like the rest of the monster crowd of 21,000, got their money’s worth, with the Canadiens getting it together in the third period and taking over. In fact, it was only Jonas Hiller in the Ducks’ net who stole this game for his teammates. And maybe Bobby Ryan.
Kind of makes one wonder what it would have been like in Ottawa Friday night if the Senators, who allowed seven goals, had a guy like Hiller between the pipes.
Great game and a big point for the Habs. Two bad it couldn’t have been two.
Mathieu Darche, who has become such an important foot soldier for Montreal, scored the Habs’ other goal.
And although I don’t like to whine too much about officiating, the hooking call on Benoit Pouliot early in the third when the team was working on grabbing momentum, just might be the worst decision this year that I’ve seen by a referee. Pouliot raced back, lifted the guy’s stick in a great play, and was sent off. It’s calls like this that the bosses look at and decide if a referee is worthy of working the playoffs or not.
I’m thinking this guy will be golfing come post-season.
I haven’t liked the Anaheim Ducks since they came into the league named the Mighty Ducks after a stupid Disney hockey movie.
Next up – Tuesday in the City of Brotherly Greaseballs when the Habs take on the orange Flyers.