Yes it hurt to see Montreal lose like that. It hurt that Washington tied the score at three with only a couple of minutes left, and then won in the shootout. And it hurt when Tomas Plekanec hit the post in overtime.
But what didn’t hurt was seeing Carey Price play like Carey Price. How about that. He comes off some very poor efforts, is benched on the western trip, takes off his red pads, and suddenly and without warning plays with confidence, with poise, makes some great stops, and produces his best game in so, so long of a time. I don’t know if any of us expected what we saw from Price tonight.
And what also didn’t hurt at all was seeing Montreal score three big power play goals with Mathieu Schneider playing a big role.
The Canadiens started this game against a nice looking Capitals squad and looked quite ordinary in the early going, but slowly but surely began to get chances, played with poise, played surprisingly well, and tested Capitals goalie Jose Theodore with many close calls.
I was proud of Montreal on this night. It’s a real shame that they lost, but even in losing I think they won something. Maybe they can build on this solid effort and turn this season around. (Although I think I’ve said those very words before.) This team’s been through a lot, especially in the last few days, and they came through in surprising fashion tonight. They played well enough to win. It gives us great hope.
Alex Ovechkin not only scored a highlight goal, but he also looked mighty dangerous throughout. I don’t think there can be any doubt that at this time at least, he’s the best in the league.
Carey Price wasn’t the only Hab who played well. Tomas Plekanec did. So did Chris Higgins, Maxim Lapierre, Saku Koivu, Andrei Kostitysn, Mathieu Schneider in his debut, and even Georges Laraque.
Washington’s got some power, that’s for sure. Aside from the incomparible Ovechkin, there’s Green, Semin, Backstrom, Nylander, Fedorov, and a host of good-skating defenceman to go along with Green.
TSN were in their glory talking about the Kovalev drama.
Pittsburgh Thursday night.