Andrei Kostitsyn didn’t fly down the wing tonight the way Guy Lafleur did all those years ago, and he didn’t scoot and skate miles the way someone like Tomas Plekanec might, and he didn’t lift fans out of their seats whenever he had the puck the way I did when I was a smallish-yet-shifty right winger for Orillia’s Byers Bulldozers bantam squad. (Hah!)
But did he ever contribute anyway.
Kostitsyn, on the forecheck in the first period, fought and won a big battle behind the net and spotted Lars Eller for a nice delightful set-up. And in the third period, it was Kostitsyn popping the game winner on the Habs’ one power play chance as the boys win a crucial game against the Carolina Hurricanes and in doing so sort of put themselves back in our good books again.
And not only did they regain some breathing room in the playoff battle, but they also won this 4-3 game with Alex Auld in goal in place of a flu-ridden Carey Price.
How’s that for a bonus win? A big game, with Auld in nets, and Kostitsyn doing his best Rocket Richard impression.
I think the league should give the Canadiens three points just for these things.
Certainly Auld had his weak moments tonight but his team won the game and he chipped in in the crunch. That’s good enough for me. Auld stopped 28 of 31 shots but I have to admit, he’s not helping my nervous system a whole lot.
Scott Gomez had….nope, no goals, although he did receive a four minute high-sticking penalty in the first period, so at least he got his name on the stats sheet. Scott has all of seven goals so far this year.
Huge win, and now they don’t play until Tuesday when they travel to the home of Coca-Cola – Atlanta.
Brent Sopel, in his first night of wearing the CH, was fine but not outstanding. But this can be expected. New teammates, new dressing room, new system. It reminds me of when I played my first……..never mind.
PK Subban is playing more and more like a veteran. It seems like a long time ago when PK was making us laugh, cry, and hold our breath. Now he’s into the solid, workmanlike mode.
Habs scorers, besides Eller and Kostitsyn, were Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec.
Montreal sits in 6th spot in the east with 73 points while Buffalo in 9th and just out of a playoff spot, has 65.