They blew a 3-0 lead but won the game anyway. So it’s okay.
The Columbus Blue Jackets didn’t make things easy, that’s for sure. They deserve credit for the way they picked away at the Canadiens and finally tied it in the third on a power play. But Thomas Plekanec surprised Sergei Bobrovsky with a screen shot with the goalie going the other way, and all that hard work by Columbus that put a scare into most of us went down the tubes, salted away, again by Pleks, with an empty netter.
5-3 Canadiens. Four in a row. No way am I going to complain about the blown lead. In fact, I’ve forgotten already.
Another fine night for Carey Price, who was chosen first star and deservedly so. P.K. was amazing in the first half of the game, handling the puck like a Norris Trophy winner, springing Rene Bourque free with a beauty of a long pass, and dipsy-doodling to feed Markov who set up Michael Bournival for the kid’s first NHL goal.
But P.K. and his teammates calmed down, unfortunately, and the boys almost blew it.
But they didn’t. And P.K. now has ten points and showing every night that he’s the finest D-man on the planet.
Andrei Markov notched a shorthanded marker to make it 3-0, which was good while it lasted.
Brendan Gallagher took a beating, even a stick in the mouth, but he carried on because he wouldn’t be Brendan Gallagher if he didn’t. If that’s the game plan for opposing teams, to go hard on Gallagher as much as possible, then we need George Parros to get back out there sooner than later.
This is a good example of why Parros was signed by the Habs in the first place. Gallagher will be completely beaten up come playoff time if something doesn’t change.
Daniel Briere was as invisible as can be and I guess we wait for Saturday when Nashville comes to town to see him break out. He has to soon. I used up all my good jokes on Scott Gomez.