Habs 4, Tampa Bay 3, in a shootout.
I don’t care. I’ll take the win. No matter how it happened.
Up until the 14:04 mark of the third period, I was mostly concerned with whether or not Carey Price would record a shutout. Then the Lightning scored.
Then I became concerned that Tampa Bay might somehow score again. And they did, with 1:43 to go.
Then, of course, when Tomas Plekanec took a tripping penalty with just over a minute left, I knew what would happen next, and it did. Tampa tied it on the power play with 34 seconds left.
So the boys went from winning handily, with Carey Price racking up a shutout, to finally winning 4-3 in a shootout after falling apart with just six minutes remaining. They’re been good at this sort of thing lately. They blew it in the third against Boston, then again in Buffalo, and after getting hammered by the Leafs, incredibly found a way to blow it again in the third in Tampa Bay.
I wish they’d stop doing this. The combination of stress and having my blood boil can’t be all that healthy.
But they won it with a David Desharnais goal in the shootout, and I don’t care, it’s still two points and an end to their three-game losing streak. And when we look at this later on, as the season goes by, it was simply a win on a road trip in Florida. The gruesome details will fade, I think. As long as they don’t do it in Sunrise on Thursday, and anytime soon after.
It was a win. How did it happen? I don’t remember.
Shots on goal Montreal 34, Lightning 24.
Montreal goal scorers were Brian Gionta, from Pleks and PK; then PK, from Eller; and finally, Moen from Eller and Armstrong. So the fourth line managed four points, which is nice to see, especially when I think they, along with Ryan White, who didn’t play again tonight, had totalled just five points between them up until now.
As mentioned, the Canadiens take on the Panthers Thursday, then it’s back home to meet the Flyers on Saturday night.
A loss tonight, especially how it almost happened, would have been unbelievable after the results of the past three games, but the Habs dodged a big bullet and I think most of us still cheer for them. Although they don’t deserve it.