The Canadiens fell behind 3-1 in the third period and refused to give up, which we’ve come to expect from them. They scratched and clawed until the final siren and it was almost another miraculous night.
The boys fell short, losing 3-2 to the visiting Washington Capitals, and maybe it’s a good time to pull out several tried and true excuses.
Let’s say the bounces didn’t go their way, they were snake bitten, the other goalie had horseshoes, the referee missed some calls, and the kids at home were noisy and interrupted the afternoon nap.
Lousy excuses but whatever.
Hey, wait a minute. This year there are NO excuses. They lost the game, everyone sucks it up, and now it’s on to Buffalo Thursday to redeem themselves. I don’t see a problem. Scoring more than two goals might be nice though.
There were a couple of positives. The Eller, Prust, Galchenyuk line made noise again tonight, with Eller notching both of his team’s markers, Galchenyuk adding two assists, which gives him a four-game points streak, and Prust having one assist.
And Rene Bourque, in his first game back after missing 21 games, registered six hits, which is six more than Scott Gomez’ career total.
Maybe Carey Price wasn’t sensational. A couple of long shots with seeing eyes found their way past him. A puck in close bounced up and probably hit Andrei Markov’s stick before going in. But aside from the first period when he was getting it done in fine fashion, he wasn’t tremendously sharp, even though the goals might not have been his fault.
A netminder on top of his game will come up with the impossible in situations like these. Leave fans gasping and the other team pulling their hair out. Price fell slightly short of this on this night.
The bottom line is, they should have beaten the Caps and didn’t and it’s not something to dwell on or be terribly upset about. They didn’t give up, and in the dying seconds nearly tied it. So in a way I’m proud of them. Not overly proud, but proud anyways.
Shots on goal – Habs 29, Caps 27.
Nathan Beaulieu, called up from Hamilton, assisted on Eller’s second goal.
Next up – Thursday in Buffalo and then Saturday it’s the Leafs in Toronto.