A loss is never a good thing. It kind of goes without saying. So Montreal losing 4-3 to Buffalo in a shootout isn’t a good thing.
But fans at the Bell Centre sure got their money’s worth. There was on-ice nastiness, hard hits, chirping, and good goaltending, especially by Buffalo’s Ryan Miller. Montreal’s big line of Koivu, Kovalev, and Tanguay had lots of chances once again. There was a big scrap between ex-Hab Craig Rivet and Tom Kostopoulos. And there was lots of shots – 37 by the Sabres to 35 by the Habs. And for the rest of us watching on RDS, we also saw a lovely lady behind the net in a low-cut red dress, and a little boy about two years old having a moment with Youppi.
Carey Price also showed he can perform in a shootout, and this is just another big sign his confidence is returning.
So I’m not treating this as the end of the world. The team got a point at least. They managed 35 shots on Miller, which is nice to see. They showed grit and played well. In fact, for me anyway, they played as well as I’ve seen them in a long time.
Patrice Brisebois has had a good, long career. Over a thousand games, with a Stanley Cup ring in 1993. You can’t ask for more than that. He’s been making good money for years and probably has a nice big nest egg. Now I think it’s time he retired and carry on racing cars and doing the other things he loves.
I think I finally became convinced about this when he and Roman Hamrlik both backed in with an incoming Sabre swooping down, and Breezer, for whatever reason, slid over to Hamrik’s side and the opposing player simply skated in free as a bird. Or maybe it’s been a combination of all those passes up the middle that get intercepted on a nightly basis. Or possibly, it’s those times when he gets outskated. I like the guy, he’s personable, and so I’m only saying quietly that maybe the end is near now.
Alex Kovalev had two goals, while linemates Alex Tanguay added two assists and Saku Koivu managed one helper. Chris Higgins had the other goal. Canadiens were down 2-0 but stormed back and took the lead. But in the end…..
Tuesday, Chicago’s in town.