Yes, they won the game. All it took was shootout, a concussion, several posts, a near head-crunching to Scott Gomez, and great play by the Gomez, Gionta, Cammellari line.
Marc-Andre Bergeron was left woozy and wobbly after a head-slam into the boards by Colby Armstrong. He continued to play after that against the advice of doctors Bob McKenzie, Mathew Barnaby, Gord Miller, and of course, Pierre McGuire, and whether these TSN guys were right or not, I’ve no idea. All I know is, it didn’t surprise me that the guy brought in to help out the power play and add some relief to the Andrei Marlov-less blueline would almost get injured and almost never to be seen again. Didn’t surprise me a bit. Heck, it wouldn’t surprise me if the entire team came down with swine flu.
But he came back. Although the power play was zero for a hundred.
The biggest problem was, the Habs ran into some guy with pads on named Ondrej Pavelec who stood on his head and probably played the best game of his life. And of course, it had to be against Montreal.
But I still have a hard time gushing praise on the Habs, even though they won, outshot Atlanta 36-23, and hit two or three posts. They’re still not finishing, they’re still turning the puck over (which Pierre McGuire, when he wasn’t spreading love for Ilya Kovalchuk, wouldn’t stop harping about), and there are still too many players not earning their paycheques.
But I’m in a giving and forgiving mood. They won the game. It’s two huge points. The fans at the Bell Centre saw exciting hockey and went home happy. And Pierre McGuire might have hoped he could go home with Kovalchuk.
Mini Rant on a Night I’m Feeling Good:
In many ways I admire Pierre McGuire. He’s not my guru like he is for some, but I appreciate that he knows his hockey. But sometimes, I wish he’d shut up a little. He just couldn’t help himself in his non-stop criticism of the Canadiens. At one point he said it was unacceptable that the Habs only had ten shots on goal. But he didn’t mention that Atlanta only had half that at that point. He couldn’t stop going on about Habs turnovers, about the power play, the lack of aggression, and probably even off mic about the lousy coffee and hot dogs at the Bell Centre. Very little made him happy when it came to the Canadiens. And there was almost no critique of the other team. Yeah, that one. The one that was outshot and lost.
I just wanted him to stop.
It will be nice to see Glen Metropolit back. Maybe with his work ethic and leadership, he’d light a fire under some of those who need a fire lit.
Islanders next up at the Bell Centre on Thursday night. Dare we dream of a two-game winning streak?
Jaroslav Halak was solid in net. Will he play Thursday night?