Canadiens Should Have Won This
January 14, 2012 in Calgary Flames, Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Tomas Plekanec Tags: Andrei Kostitsyn, Craig Anderson, Erik Cole, Josh Gorges, Lars Eller, Max Pacioretty, Mike Cammalleri, Tomas Kaberle, Tomas Plekanec
The Canadiens lose 3-2 to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout, and the depressing beat is starting to wear on my mental state. How much more of this can a good Habs fan take?
Montreal should’ve had it won in regulation time. Tomas Plekanec on a failed breakaway in the first, Andrei Kostitsyn, Erik Cole and Josh Gorges came within a whisker in the second. All kinds of guys had good chances and if they knew how to score like normal hockey players, this one would have been in the bag and we’d be shouting and rejoicing in the street.
But the guy in the Ottawa net, Craig Anderson, came up big. I hate it when enemy goalies come up big. It makes me sick.
So instead of shouting loud and clear, and rejoicing like crazy and lighting up cigars and high-fiving the cat, I’m sitting here mumbling to myself and keeping one eye on Mike Cammalleri as he skates for the Calgary Flames in CBC’s second game after our guys headed off to the dressing room to make sure their wallets were intact.
Plekanec finally lit the lamp just seconds into the third, on yet another breakaway, as it seems he gets about three per game, to make it an exciting 1-0 lead for the home team, but not long after Ottawa rebounded to tie the score after banking one in off Tomas Kaberle. Get the f**k out of the way, Kaberle.
Late in the game it all went crazy. Plekanec took a four-minute high sticking penalty, and of course the Sens scored. But with just 39 seconds remaining, Max Pacioretty tied it up and for a brief moment in time we had reason to perk up and ask ourselves if the team can actually win this one.
But then, with just 28 seconds to go, Josh Gorges fired the puck into the crowd for a delay-of-game penalty which kind of took the shine off things, and killing the thing took almost two full minutes out of the overtime period, thus eliminating any kind of offence for almost half the extra time.
They did kill it, overtime ran out, and after Lars Eller, Kaberle, and Pacioretty failed to score on the shootout, the Sens managed to beat Price, and it becomes another loss on another night, and if this keeps up, I’m not even sure I want to be stick boy anymore.
Tomorrow it’s the Rangers. I don’t see a problem there. Do you?