Sergei Kostitsyn , you rascal! Scoring the winner with only 21 seconds to go in the game as the Habs inch closer to the Capitals in the standings with a 5-4 win that makes all Hab fans jumping for joy. And doing it not long after taking a poorly-timed penalty which led to Washington tying the game up at 4.
Tomas Plekanec, you son-of-a-gun. Invisible for most of the first half of the season, but now playing firewagon hockey, and scoring a short-handed goal and another in the third.
Robert Lang, you ‘happy-to-be-a-Canadien,’ you. Scoring another big one tonight and lighting the dynamite stick that saw the Habs pot four goals in the third period. You came to the Habs when they couldn’t land Mats Sundin. And now you’re a star.
The Canadiens keep it rolling, having now won nine of eleven games, and on almost every night, a new hero does the deed. Maxim Lapierre on one night, Andrei Kostitsyn on another, brother Sergei, Lang, Plekanec, even sometimes Alex Kovalev.
And of course, Jaroslav Halak, who’s coming through in a big way. Good for RetroMikey in Hamilton for defending this guy all along and telling all of us that Halak is an excellent goalie who just needs a chance. It’s great to see something like this happen. It’s a real feel-good story emerging.
And regardless of what CBC colour man Craig Simpson said about if the Habs want to go far in the playoffs, they have to make less mistakes and keep it simpler. Simpson forgot to mention that these young guys who make the odd mistake are also chipping in in a big way while other regulars are sidelined.
He should be throwing kudos at them, not picking them apart. Don’t worry, Craig, they’ll have it all together by playoff time.
The Capitals played well also and had their chances, but couldn’t get it done. And geez, I make a couple of jokes about Alexander Semin and his fighting ability and the guy comes out and scores two goals. I’m not gonna do that again.
Alex Ovechkin had his chances but that’s not anything unusual. He has his chances every game, against every team.
This is a big, big win. It sets things up for Tuesday’s game in Boston. The Bruins won again today, and they need to be slowed down.
And Montreal is just the team to do it.