In my book, Marc-Andre Bergeron is a beauty. Sure he sometimes puts the puck where he shouldn’t, and sometimes gives opposing players gifts like he’s a major in the Salvation Army, and sometimes he falls over for no particular reason, but overall, the guy who can’t decide whether he’s a defenceman or forward once again blasted one home from the blueline which happened to tie the score at three with less than two minutes to go, and in overtime, he took a nice feed from Tomas Plekanec as he bolted in like Guy Lafleur, and won the darn thing for his team, making it Good Guys 4, Splashers 3.
Bergeron even looks like a good guy. The kind you’d let your sister stay out late with, maybe even for the whole weekend. He looks like he’d be happy to lend you money or change your flat tire. He just has a friendly face, but then again, so do many serial killers so you can’t really go by that.
He also may have hurt himself on the winning play but I don’t want to dwell on that now. Travis Moen may also be hurt, but again, now’s not the time for negatives.
It is, however, a time for questions.
How come the Habs continue to be badly outshot, like tonight’s 50 shots by Atlanta to Montreal’s 23? Why is that? If the Canadiens were the shooters in the warehouse at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, no one would’ve been killed. They don’t like shooting. But guys, it says right here in the hockey handbook – when you play the game, you skate, pass, and shoot. That’s what hockey players do.
Even Tomas Plekanec, who now has 40 points in 38 games, mostly just passes. And maybe Scott Gomez has a really lousy shot and passes so we won’t see his shot.
Bergeron shoots, though. He blasts away and blasts away, and sometimes the puck goes in, like tonight. C’mon guys, fire when ready, like my new favourite player Bergeron.
That’s a big two points, fellow Habs fans and Habs-haters.
Raleigh on Wednesday to tackle the Hurricanes. Three in a row would be nice before the Christmas mini-break.
Habs now have 37 points, the same as Rangers and Florida, which puts them, sort of, in 8th spot, and two behind Boston, who are in 7th. And if you want to keep going, they’re three behind Ottawa who are in 6th.