Budaj Blanks Blueshirts

Inconsequential cleavage shot.

Budaj

Canadiens helped open the newly-refurbished Madison Square Garden by shutting out the home team 2-0 in a game that at times was so boring it made Perry Como look like Little Richard.

I’m willing to bet that many in the seats wished they would have saved their two or three hundred bucks and watched game five of the World Series on TV instead.

It was two big points for the good guys, with Peter Budaj doing a solid job in nets without ever really having to stand on his head. I’ll probably never be able to relax completely when I see Budaj between the pipes, and I thank him for his job tonight.

Thank you Peter.

Of course it’s the Rangers but still.

Tomas Plekanec notched his sixth goal of the season on the power play, with Michael Bournival getting yet another point – his sixth, with Brian Gionta in on it too, and the kids finally came through late in the third when a puck banked in off Alex Galchenyuk’s skate, with both Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher helping out.

Just when I though the kids were becoming mired in a slump they came through.

A fine two points, even though it wasn’t a classic. My eyes are still glazed over.

Random Notes:

Shots on goal – 27 apiece.

Yvan Cournoyer and Rod Gilbert were there for the ceremonial faceoff. Two great players, looking healthy and not tremendously fat like so many long-retired guys.

PK wasn’t brilliant and a tad on the quiet side, and I suppose anytime now Rene Bourque might look like a power forward. We see a couple of seconds of it almost every game.

I understand that having Douglas Murray is probably good for depth, but other than that, why exactly was he was signed? Maybe he’s only a shell of himself in his first game as a Hab and very soon will explode into the second coming of Scott Stevens!

Maybe not.

Next game – Tuesday at the Bell when the Dallas Stars are in town.

6 thoughts on “Budaj Blanks Blueshirts”

  1. Murray looked awful, but it’s only his first game, so we’ll see what happens going forward. Budaj was very, very good, I thought (Cue the inevitable “Price should be benched!” chants). Pleks is red-hot, which is never a bad thing.

    Interesting side-note: The Habs have now shut out the Rangers the last three times that the two teams have played………

  2. That’s a great stat, Ian, about shutting them out three times. I didn’t know that. I guess it’s safe to say we have their number right now.

  3. I fell asleep somewhere at the end of the 1st. What a boring game. We won but with a team like the Rangers we should’ve have beat them 5-0. Oh well, maybe I shouldn’t complain, a win is a win.

  4. Marjo, I honestly feel sorry for those in the seats at games like this. Especially games in the states where it might make them decide they’ll never go back. The best way to promote hockey is the barnburner, and that last night was far from it. But like you say, a win is a win.

  5. Certainly, this was not a great artistic success, but Montreal got two points while a conference rival ended up with zero. The thing is, until all of the injured bodies come back, this might be the way the Habs have to win games.

  6. I’ll take a boring win over an exciting loss any day.

    Actually, I found the final 20 minutes were pretty entertaining. Probably because the shut out was at stake. One thing is for sure, the Rangers are painfully dull to watch – especially without the side show of John Tortorella flipping out behind the bench and after the game.

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