This one hurts. Big time. It was going to be a big win and it slipped away. The Canadiens blew a 2-0 lead and lost in overtime 3-2. With Ottawa’s tying goal coming with the goalie pulled and just 23 seconds remaining on the clock.
It caps a lousy day that began at 5 a.m. when I dropped a full cup of coffee on the floor.
Montreal had jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second period with goals by P.K.Subban and Alex Galchenyuk, and things were looking good. Carey Price wasn’t overly busy but was coming up big when called upon. The guys were going, they were forechecking and showing so much improvement over their previous effort.
Visions of a tied series danced in my head.
But it was too good to last. Montreal began to sit back like they were playing for Jacques Martin again, and were outshot 13-4 in the final frame. And not long after the third period got underway, I could sense things might not go so well. Proof that sometimes some of my senses still work.
They were holding on instead of full speed ahead, and the Canadiens can only win when it’s full speed ahead. We needed one more goal, and four shots in the third doesn’t cut it. Their goalie’s pretty good, but he wasn’t exactly bombarded.
Ottawa closed the gap on a puck that I say was illegally directed by an Ottawa skate, but the referee went upstairs and it was called a goal. And with 23 second left and the goalie pulled, the puck found the back of the net. One of life’s lousy moments.
This team is now going to have to bring this bummer to a screetching halt, do a nice u-turn, play like they can, and grab game five. Make it a series again. I’m not ready for no more Habs until next fall.
Unfortunately, all this good stuff might have to be done without Brandon Prust, who left the game in great pain, holding his midsection, and Carey Price also after pulling a groin or something. So we’ll add them to the list of walking wounded and go to plan c or d.
Price was replaced by Peter Budaj for the overtime and imagine the feel-good story it would have been if Budaj could have stoned the Sens in overtime and won the big game. But this isn’t a Disney movie. Unless you’re the Senators, then maybe it is.
We need something good to happen in the days to come. I need a new coffee mug, and maybe it’ll be a lucky one.
Shots on goal – Ottawa 34, Montreal 28.
I thought David Desharnais showed a bit more than he has lately.
I never got a chance earlier, but congratulations to P.K. Subban for being one of the three finalists for the Norris Trophy. P.K. is up against Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild, but we all know our man deserves it.