Amazing Canadiens Find A Way

It’s hard to know how to begin. I’m still in a big of a daze after seeing how the latest Habs and Bruins affair transpired. It’s all quite unbelievable, and because I’ve now turned the dial to the blues channel, I can’t hear the many excuses Bruins coach Claude Julien will come up with as to why his team blew a game to a resilient and crazy bunch of boys from the north country.

Habs 6, Bruins 5 in a shootout, a gunfight at the O.K. Corral, with the Canadiens coming from behind in dramatic fashion and finally, after the sixth round of the shootout, giving themselves two big points and leaving the Bruins muttering and cursing and eating ticks or whatever they do. Not a picture-perfect win, but one of the most satisfying of the season.

Montreal had jumped out to a two-goal lead thanks to Michael Ryder and P.K. Subban, but the Bruins began to dominate the second period and scored four times. I was ready to begin a dismal and depressing obituary. Throw in the towel. Talk about how Bob’s your uncle. But then the puck was dropped for the third period.

It began with Carey Price on the bench and Peter Budaj in goal, and early on, Ryder, with his second of the game, made it 4-3. But Boston once again stuck daggers in by scoring to bring it to 5-3. It seemed over. The Bruins were playing well and getting big chances, but wouldn’t you know it, Peter Budaj came up big time after time, and suddenly, Brendan Gallagher bulged the twine, it was a 5-4 game, and there was hope.

There sure was. Andrei Markov tied the game with nine seconds remaining and a Bruin in the penalty box, and the boys ended up doing what many surely hadn’t expected. They had rebounded in surprising fashion, had tied the game, taken it to overtime, and won it in the shootout when Brendan Gallagher came through again.

In a warm and fuzzy way, it reminds me of the Don Cherry/too many men penalty when the Canadiens came back from almost sure-defeat to beat the Beantowners. They hate us down there and tonight gives them yet another reason to do so. It’s just such a feel-good moment.

We can only imagine the crying from Bruins fans near and far. I wish I had a big stogie I could light up to celebrate their anguish.

What a night. And to think I’d almost given up on these wild and wacky Montreal Canadiens.

Random Notes:

Boston outshot Montreal 41-28.

Peter Budaj was sensational after coming in from the bullpen for the third period and beyond. He stopped 14 of 15 shots, and looked cool as can be in the shootout. There’s not a better example of a backup goalie earning his money as what we saw from Budaj tonight.

P.K. Subban, especially in the first half, was in full control and showed why he’s one of the best, if not THE best. It was nice that he was booed whenever he touched the puck, so I’d like to give a big shout out to Bruins fans for doing this. And I found it funny when TSN announcer Ray Ferraro said Subban COULD be an all-star. What, he’s not there yet?

The Canadiens were solid in Pittsburgh, although they lost 1-0, and grabbed two points the next night in Boston. It’s all just good for the soul.

Rangers in town on Saturday.

The message is sent loud and clear to other teams and the media. The Canadiens need to be mentioned in the same breath as any other serious contender.

Following the shootout, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had a bit of a meltdown which is really funny. We love Bruins meltdowns.
Here it is, via Danno. Poor Rask!




18 thoughts on “Amazing Canadiens Find A Way”

  1. Woke up 3 times thru the night anxious ’bout today—3 times I smiled and went to sleep–we lost to the Pens BUT WE BEAT THE BRUINS!!! AND Bruin enemy #1[Subban] played great ,putting some salt on their hatred cut!! Then # 12 to Pens NOT Boston!! Thurs. morning is good time in Habs land. Some wanted to hang Budaj last year BUT maybe he also hated THE LOSER mentality in the room.Want more good news— keep cheering for the Habs!!!

  2. What a feeling is right!! As far as the media goes, to he’ll with them if they don’t give our team the mention they deserve. WE know what a team we have and that’s ALL that matters.

    Winning against the Boston Bugs is so satisfying and watching Rask have a tantrum as you put it, is the icing on the cake. Not to mention Chara’s tip-in or the help of Seidenberg’s face!!!

    PK!! PK!!! I love that man so, so much!!

    Don’t know about you Dennis, but just how much are the Pens going to inflate the bird?? It almost seems unfair. I say there should be a limitation to this. Play the playoffs with the team that took you there. I find it almost cheap.

    Totally random thought: Therrien needs someone to help him with his ties.

  3. I wonder if Therien will reward Peter Budaj with a start in nets against the Rangers on Saturday. Probably not, for fear of causing another goalie controversy. But he sure deserves it. Stay tuned…

  4. Danno I don’t think there is any reason to start Budaj in NY. He knows that he’s the back-up and he has excelled in that role this year. I don’t think Price looked that bad last night and with a day off Price should play.
    On another note I just watched a clip of Marchand continuing the BooHooins tradition of crying after a loss. Somehow his stick in Subban’s face was PK’s doing! What a terp.

  5. This is the game of the year for me – unless we win the Cup. It covered every base. Highs, lows, screaming fits, laughter, anxiety, anger, joy, and everything.

    Had this been last year’s team it would have been over at 4-2.

    I’m still flying around on cloud 9 right now. And to think they also lost Iginla because even he doesn’t want to be associated with the Bruins! HA!

    I think I scared the hell out of my cats lats night with all my yelling and cheering.

  6. Peter Hab, I want to buy Budaj a beer. He was just great, and what a bonus it is to have a fine back up to come in for the main guy. I think these two bog games were truly successful, even one was a loss. And I love when the camera shows Bruins fans in Boston unhappy. What a freakin’ game!

  7. Marjo, I’m completely with you on this rental thing. I find it cheap too. And TSN was saying that Iginla with his salary will only be in Pittsburgh this year and that’s it. We’re just going to have to find a way to beat them and everyone else anyway. We need our injured back and ready to go in time for the playoffs, and maybe Bergevin will add a body at the trade deadline. The best thing about a team stacking their deck the way Pittsburgh has is seeing them lose and wasting a first-round pick and all that. To see it blow up in their face is the best answer.

  8. Danno, at least we know now that if Price got hurt, it would suck but might not be the earth exploding. But we need Price as sharp as sharp can be and I believe when the going gets tough in the playoffs, Price will play like Jacques Plante.

  9. D-John, I’m sure the crying and wailing will go on for several days down there. Don’t forget – it’s never their fault. To come back late in the game and beat these bastards absolutely makes my month.

  10. Darth, that was a classic. Holy smokes. I’d love to have been standing on a street corner outside their rink when everyone left the building last night. Their sadness is our happiness. It’s a team that’s so easy to hate. I can’t stand Shaun Thornton, but of course there’s the other usual suspects as well.
    And I think I scared my cat too.

  11. Maybe Lurch can soothe his angry team mates and the disappointed Bruins’ fans by playing some sad songs on his harpsichord!


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  12. Marjo, it might be my computer, but I’m not able to bring up the Rask video you sent. It’s not the first time this has happened.

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