Sabres 5, Habs 3.
The Canadiens failed to score on a five-on-three power play in the first period and also should be ashamed of themselves for such boring hockey that left me with glazed eyes staring at the wall during this opening frame.
The only interesting thing about the Habs-Sabres first period was the intermission that followed. And even that was only mildly interesting. Bob McKenzie said the Canadiens could slide right out of the top eight teams in the east. “I like Carey Price,” said McKenzie, “but I don’t think he can duplicate what Halak did last year.”
Matthew Barnaby disagreed. “These guys are for real,” he said.
Thank you, Matthew. You were slightly nuts as a player but you’ve become a fine human being as an analyst.
In the second period, Ryan O’Byrne gave a nice little puck away to the enemy and the team fell behind 2-0. But they would somehow, in their slumber, tie it up before they fell into the penalty-taking routine. Buffalo, unlike Montreal, made the most of their own five-on-three, scored again, and presto, it’s 4-2 in the second.
Basically, it boils down to a lousy power play (0 for 5) and mediocre penalty killing ( 2 PPG against) for the boys in red.
So far, after two periods, the Canadiens have failed to punch the clock. C’mon Captain Gionta, stand up in the room and give them a pep talk.
During the second intermission we saw a new Alex Ovechkin commercial in which he’s a talking head stuck in a guy’s school locker and he gives off a laugh he must have learned from watching dubbed scary movies back in the old country. Without really giving my opinion of this commercial, I’ll just say I think it’s………….stupid.
It’s now the third period and a 5-2 Buffalo lead just got narrowed to 5-3 when Tom Pyatt scored.
And then…. Kostitsyn scored…or did he? Yes? No?
Maxim Lapierre looked fine in his little fight with Mike Weber. Both stand at 6’2.
Ryan White showed some jam and continues to not look out of place.
Saturday it’s the Habs and Islanders at Le Colisee in Quebec City.