Canadiens Pull It Out, Barely
November 24, 2011 in Alexei Emelin, Brian Gionta, Carey Price, Carolina Hurricanes, Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby Tags: Alexei Emelin, Brian Gionta, Carey Price, Erik Cole, Josh Gorges, Lars Eller, Max Pacioretty, Mike Cammalleri, Scott Gomez, Storm Squad, Travis Moen
Brian Gionta’s shootout goal gave the Habs a win in Carolina, and regardless of the fact that the team played fairly lousy, we’ll take the two points and get out of Dodge. But this certainly won’t be included in the next DVD box set of Canadiens Memorable Games.
It began with Carey Price allowing a weak wrist shot from the point to fool him, although it’s possible it was slightly re-directed by an Alexei Emelin glove. Even so, he should’ve had it. And it was only 34 seconds into the game for gawd’s sakes,
It’s not the first time Price hasn’t been focused in allowing a goal, and I wish he wouldn’t do that.
Then, with his teammates caught standing around, it was suddenly a 2-0 Carolina lead, and those Storm Squad cheerleaders at the Raleigh RBC Centre wiggled and smiled and looked lovely. They were nice to gawk at, probably even better in person, even though I think cheerleaders at hockey games look a bit silly.
It wasn’t to be, lovely Storm Squad’ers. (Squadron?) Lars Eller put Montreal on the scoreboard with a shorthanded marker in the second period, then Josh Gorges tied it in the third. Carolina managed to go ahead but Travis Moen tied it again, and eventually, to make a long story short, the Habs nailed it in the shootout when Gionta did what Mike Cammalleri and Max Pacioretty didn’t – beat Cam Ward and give the team the two points.
Of course, the Canadiens were lucky to win this game. They didn’t play well, and their power play was laughable. And I mean literally. After seeing them look like the Keystone Kops, tripping and sliding, giving the puck away and almost getting scored on a couple of times, all on one particular power play, I laughed out loud.
It’s cheaper than throwing a brick at my television.
Scott Gomez suffered some sort of injury, but that’s neither here nor there. He wasn’t doing anything anyway, and the team actually started to have some flow late in the game and with him nowhere to be seen.
Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty skated hard and came close on several occasions, and Eller, along with his shorthanded goal, assisted on Moen’s tying goal. So it seems that Eller is moving along nicely again, but in general, it wasn’t a complete team effort. It was often sloppy and head-shaking, and again, this game will not be on any upcoming DVD box sets.
There were a whack of posts hit on this night, by both teams. And how much is a whack? It’s a boatload. In fact, I’d go as far as saying it’s a shitload.
Montreal outshot the Canes 34-33.
Next game – a 3 p.m. Eastern start in Philadelphia. Then it’s back home the next night to meet Sidney Crosby and those flightless birds. Gonna be a tough couple of days.