It was wild and wacky, this 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars, and there’s nothing wrong with wild and wacky. Not for me, anyway. Keep those goals coming that make us smile, those Georges Laraque moments when he finally banged one home and then tackled the glass. Brian Gionta taking a stick in the teeth and potting two. Benoit Pouliot showing that even though Guillaume Latendresse is playing well in Minnesota, Pouliot, the one who came the other way in the trade, is also doing it, and scored his seventh.
And Mike Cammellari taking a rink-long pass from Roman Hamrlik, faking, doing a little spin, and confusing the hell out of Marty Turco as the puck found the back of the net.
These were all goals to make a Habs fan smile. It was one of those nights.
In fact, I’m feeling so good I’m not even going to bring up the dumb penalties some Habs players, who I won’t mention, took. Don’t worry, Max Pacioretty and Glen Metropolit, I won’t mention your penalties for holding and hooking respectively that were obvious infractions and could have cost the game. Your names are safe with me.
Carey Price in goal was, on my scale of 1 to 10, somewhere around a seven. I don’t know if you agree with that or not, but I didn’t see a spectacular Carey Price, I saw just a pretty good Carey Price. And on my scale, that’s a seven.
Ottawa visits Montreal on Saturday and then the Canadiens pack up and head to Manhattan to take on the Rangers Sunday evening. Two huge games. Can’t get much bigger at this stage of the game.
They should take the train to New York the way they did in the old days.
Several good enemy losses tonight: Toronto beat Philadelphia 4-0. Ottawa shut out the Rangers 2-0. Atlanta lost to Buffalo, and Tampa Bay lost to Florida. These are all excellent losses. It’s just too bad Ottawa had to get two points.