After the Ottawa Senators had tied the game at one with just eight seconds left in the first period, I began to get this sinking feeling that the Canadiens might let this one slip away.
And when the score was still tied at one after two periods, the feeling remained.
But three goals in the third and a big 4-1 win by the Habs showed that my sinking feeling didn’t sink and maybe sinking feelings are overrated.
Jeff Halpern, Brian Gionta, and Roman Hamrlik broke it wide-open for the Habs, Carey Price once again was a rock between the pipes, and PK Subban watched it all from his perch high up in the Bell Centre.
And even though the Habs aren’t a huge scoring team, they look like the 1976 gang compared to Ottawa. Montreal is 75 goals for and 54 against, while Ottawa sits at 62 for and 85 against. And because Ottawa is having such trouble putting the puck in the net, they gave the Canadiens ample time to find their punch and put the thing away.
Thank you, Ottawa.
What would a season be in Montreal without at least some controversy. It wouldn’t seem right. Now we get PK Subban sitting in the press box while the power play, although better than it was, still remains in first gear, and we knew the youngster was taking care of business in this department after Andrei Markov was lost for the year.
So on one hand the point can be made that yes, PK has some bad habits and needs a spanking and fixing of some things. But on the other hand, he’s the straw that stirs the drink on the power play.
And when Pierre McGuire says PK will be back soon because of the ineptness of the man-advantage, I have to agree with him. But neither you, me, or Pierre McGuire are Jacques Martin, so we’ll wait and see how this plays out.
There’s also the side plot of a security guard following PK around the Bell Centre and I have no idea what this is about. But it’s more to add to what we can only hope isn’t some kind of growing soap opera. Although like I said, if we didn’t have any controversy, I don’t know if I could take it.
But the end result is all that matters, it was a nice win, a nice two points, and a nice two points the Senators didn’t get.
Maybe Carrie Underwood should write a country tune about the dog dying, love on the range, and her team not scoring.
Lars Eller is picking up steam more and more every game now. Keep it up Lars. Habs fans and Danes everywhere are rooting for you.
Montreal looked reasonably sad on the five minute power play with just two shots on goal, and this is when McGuire began his rant about how we’ll see PK back quickly.
Scott Gomez has some kind of lower body injury.
Shots on goal – 35-28 Montreal.
Next up – Friday in Detroit. This should be a beauty, and a good test for the Habs against one of the league’s best teams. But I see no problem for the boys.