Aside from the fact that the Canadiens lost 3-2 to Buffalo in overtime, it was nice to see Peter Budaj play a really fine game in stopping 34 Sabres shots, although I could temper that somewhat by saying that even though he does come in cold and it must be difficult, he stills makes over a million bucks a year so he’s sort of expected to perform when called upon.
But he was a standout last night to be sure, he must feel good about the job he did, and we all know that it’s important that the backup can come in and help out in fine fashion when the main guy needs a break. That’s the job description, and coming in cold goes with the territory.
Good for Budaj. He played like a first-stringer to be sure. That’s what we want more of. Next year.
Good for David Desharnais too. In the first period he made a dazzling behind-the-back pass to Erik Cole, who gave the Habs a 1-0 lead. And with five seconds remaining in the third, Buffalo leading 2-1, and Budaj pulled, Desharnais sent one home to tie the score and put the game into overtime.
But that was it for Habs drama. Buffalo won it in overtime and we got a point we don’t really need and they got two they really need.
For me, if the Canadiens are going to win games and screw themselves out of a top draft pick, they’d better look really, really good in winning or what is all good for? Montreal didn’t deserve to win this game, they were outshot 14-6 in the first period, outshot 36-28 overall, and outplayed for much of the night. Just like about 50 other nights this year.
It just doesn’t seem to matter anyway. I could go on about Tomas Kaberle and his refusal to shoot the puck, which pisses me off to no end, and I could harp about the Alaskan again but I’m tired of that. So maybe I’ll whine slightly that Rene Bourque is not playing like we had hoped, he shows no pizzazz, no fire, he looks like he’s taken a sedative, he manages no points, he seems to hit no one, and with his size and his nice shot, he’d better shape up or he’s going to start hearing from us shortly.
Did Gauthier get fleeced on this one? Cammalleri for this guy? I’m really starting to wonder.
Max Pacioretty took a puck off the ankle and was gone for the middle part of the game, but he came back for the third and seemed fine I suppose. Hopefully Dr. Recchi will let us know tomorrow.
Alexei Emelin had a puck go off his stick for the Sabres go-ahead goal. It happens from time to time in hockey. Always has, always will. It sucks but it happens.
Habs host the Senators on Wednesday, and then on Friday travel to Ottawa to meet the Sens again. I have no thoughts whatsoever on how I want these two games to go. Win, lose, bus breaks down, cancelled because of snowstorm. Doesn’t matter. I’ve put my emotions on hold.