There were lots of goals, a few heart-stopping mistakes, and a delectable, come-from-behind charge, and in the end, it was a roof-raising 5-4 win by the Canadiens over a dangerous Rangers squad, and definitely an eye-popping hockey game that puts a big smile on all Habs fans.
The Montreal bars will be lively tonight!
Mike Cammalleri scored three, including the winner in overtime, and is the hero as we speak. Cammalleri could probably get a free car if he stopped at any car dealership on his way home tonight. He’s probably the most loved guy in the province of Quebec, at least for now and not including Mr. Beliveau, and is a perfect example of why stars around the league should line up to play for the Habs.The ones who refuse to go to Montreal because they don’t want the pressure, just don’t have the balls to be a hero like they could be.
Cammalleri is probably thinking that right now, there’s no better place on the planet to be a professional athlete.
What a game. But there are a few things that need to be tightened up. Several tense, worrisome times, Montreal couldn’t get the puck out of their own end, and that needs to be addressed. And I’ve come up with a simple answer to the problems Marc-Andre Bergeron has with giving the puck up in his end, which he did on at least two glaring occasions tonight, one which led to a goal. When both Ryan O’Byrne and Andrei Markov are back, turn Bergeron into a forward. He’s a smallish defenceman but would be a good-sized forward. He’s a good skater, and wouldn’t have to concentrate on defensive situations he has problems with. And he can still play the point on the power play with his big shot.
Bergeron could be the new Bernie Geoffrion, who always went back on the power play because of his big shot and added an extra dynamic to the man-advantage. It’s a luxury to have this. And Bergeron could always take a spot from one of the non-existent forwards who I won’t bother to name. But there’s several I can think of.
That was a gutsy and tremendous win by the Canadiens, and even though they’re probably still a few weeks from really becoming a team, this was a huge step. They didn’t quit, they skated hard, D’Agostini and Lapierre combined for a beauty, and best of all, the gang once again showed they are an exciting and offensive bunch that can score more than one or two goals a game.
Jaroslav Halak won his third straight in nets, but maybe now it’s time to see Carey Price for Mondays clash with the Islanders. Why not?
Montreal came back from down 4-2, with Bergeron making it 4-3, then Cammellari scoring the tying and winning goals.
Because I didn’t quite understand everything that was going on up in the RDS booth, I’d like to know who that young boy was who took over the play-by-play from Pierre Houde for a few minutes. I thought he did a good job, and is he the son of someone, or did he win this?
I will not be applying for any play-by-play work myself. My phobia won’t let me. My voice would quiver and I’d forget where I was.