It wasn’t boring, wasn’t perfect, and it wasn’t a win. And because it wasn’t boring, and because it went into overtime before the Habs fell 5-4 to the Leafs, I suppose a certain coach’s job is safe for another day. His wife will be relieved. Or maybe not.
Still way too many imperfections. The Leafs hit four posts. The Canadiens pulled ahead three different times, only to blow it. Carey Price played a great game but still can’t grab that 100th win. Josh Gorges had the puck stripped from his stick that resulted in a goal, and it seems our Mr. Reliable has made at least one ill-fated play on too many nights of this young season.
In the end, after all is said and done, the team has dropped five straight and have lost their first four games at home.
So indeed the night was far from perfect.
But at least we saw some real fire at times. It was a colourful Habs-Leafs tilt, as they usually are, and we knew, unfortunately, that we’d see the Leafs play hard, as they always do against Montreal. But we needed the Canadiens to play harder and come out with a win, and it didn’t happen.
We saw some great goals, such as Travis Moen’s shorthanded marker, and a big shot from Mike Cammalleri that found the top corner. And as mentioned, Price did his job. But for the Canadiens, lively or not, it wasn’t enough and it’s all very tiresome.
So now what. Does anything change? We’re still bringing up the rear.
The Panthers show up on Monday. I threw away my crystal ball a long time ago.
Shots on goal – 28-27 Montreal.
Hal Gill was honoured by the Canadiens for having played 1000 NHL games, and was presented with a silver stick by Henri Richard. Hal’s wife, mom, and kids were there for the ceremony, including their brand new baby boy whom we saw behind the team bench sleeping through most of the game.
Imagine, a great seat like that and he doesn’t even appreciate it. Some kids just aren’t crazy about hockey, I guess.
Of all 30 teams, only Columbus, with just one point, has less than Montreal.