Not that the Canadiens really deserved this anyways. So they grabbed a point and scampered out of Atlanta and hopefully are sheepishly saying to themselves at this very minute – “we kind of sucked, didn’t we.”
Atlanta 4, Canadiens 3
And it wasn’t just the wide margin of shots the Thrashers had on the head-scratching Habitants (35-19). We should be used to that by now. It was the amount of scoring chances Atlanta had. Carey Price came up big numerous times, too many times for his liking, and although he allowed four goals, he kept it from being seven.
This game is not my fault. At some point in the second period I said out loud that it was good that Price had a shutout going. Montreal led 2-0 when I blurted this out. Atlanta scored shortly after, and then popped another, and the deep-southerners found their game and hit three or four goalposts. But talking out loud about a shutout does not jinx the goalie. This is something some old goalie probably thought up. Maybe Gump Worsley. Or Suitcase Smith.
The Canadiens, like fine southern gentlemen, politely allowed the host team to get back in the game and, like they say in classy joints throughout the world – Bob’s your uncle.
I basically was looking at two things. Price’s shutout, and whether or not we’d get a penalty in the last minute. Funny how things go sometimes.
Glen Metropolit, who played a fine game and who opened the scoring, whacked a guy in the face with his stick which he might want to think about not doing next time, and alas, the last-minute penalty came true, with the end result being the winner by a guy who skates like Alex Ovechkin and is almost as dynamic as Mr. Ovechkin. And really, the name’s not important.
Sergei Kostitsyn could’ve been a hero with a late-game clear-cut breakaway but a big, sprawling pad got in the way.
Brother Andrei scored a couple of nice ones.
Scott Gomez should try shooting. That’s what wrist exercises are for.
Buffalo at the Bell Centre on Monday. The last time the Habs played Buffalo, the Orillia Midget’s would’ve given those Sabres a harder time. So a little redemption is in order. But this remains to be seen.