Erik Cole might want to think twice next time about ramming a guy’s face into the top of the boards.
The Habs took advantage of Cole’s five minute major after the Hurricanes veteran tried to remove Jaroslav Spacek’s face on the top of the boards, Canadiens scored the tying goal and then the winner on the power play, and although the 3-2 win wasn’t a masterpiece, at least it was a win. Something none of us have seen much of lately.
Another loss for the Habs would have been catastrophic. Carolina would have edged closer to a playoff spot, Montreal would have edged closer to no playoff spot, Jacques Martin would have edged closer to filing for employment insurance. Habs fans everywhere would be in an uproar, Montreal sports pages would be vibrating, the work of Carey Price would be questioned, and the romance with PK Subban would be a distant memory.
It just would have sucked.
But for a few days at least, the Habs are back on the winning track, and if they can topple the New York Islanders, next on the list, things could slowly begin to snowball and all could be well again in Habs Universe. We’ll see. We never know quite what to expect from this team.
Roman Hamrlik has seen better nights. His giveaway gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead in the second period, and then he was weak in controlling Erik Cole who scored to put Carolina ahead 2-1. But Cole then took his five minute major, Andre Kostitsyn and Alexandre Picard scored, and Les Canadiens sont la!
Shots on goal – 29-24 Montreal.
Four more games on the road after Christmas beginning on Long Island Dec. 26, then it’s off to Washington, Tampa Bay, and Florida. Four out of four is what I want because I’m a greedy bastard.
PK Subban was in the press box again, and things haven’t been going so well lately for our young prospect. He’s become a real work-in-progress, and visions of rookie of the year honours are fading ever so slightly. Benoit Pouliot also sat, and it’s disappointing in the fact that it seemed Pouliot had finally turned a corner. But lately the drive just hasn’t been there in spades with this guy.
Scott Gomez scored Montreal’s first game and things have picked up for Alaskan lately. But it hasn’t for many who continue to take turns playing well and not playing well.