I’m overcome. Like Josh Gorges was as he congratulated his good friend Carey Price and it seemed if he was crying tears of joy. I went back and looked again at the recording and yes indeed, Gorges was crying tears of joy.
Tears of joy on a sensational Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when Price, maybe the most criticized and debated hockey player in the NHL, played like we dreamed of seeing him play, standing on his head time after time, and keeping his team tied and then within one.
In the end, like a Disney movie, two goals 12 seconds apart from the big guns with the third period coming to a close and the Canadiens waltz in and waltz out of the brand new Consol Energy Centre in Pittsburgh with an amazing 3-2 come-from-behind win.
It becomes Montreal’s first win of the season after falling to Toronto Thursday night, and I feel terrible that the Pens have played two games in their new digs and have yet to win.
PK Subban continues his march to rookie of the year with another exciting, dashing night of carrying the puck with attitude, blasting away, (one hit the post), and drawing delicious boos from the Pittsburgh fans. Imagine, Subban, a rookie in the second game of the season, getting the full-blown star treatment from enemy fans.
We love that. Thank you Pens fans.
Travis Moen showed some rare offensive drive, and Benoit Pouliot was more noticeable than what we’re used to, and these are good signs too. But this sort of thing has to be every night. Montreal is a nice team when everyone’s earning their pay.
Maxim Lapierre got into another fight and we need him to be front and centre in the feistiness department without taking too many penalties. And Tomas Plekanec, looking all the world like an all-star, did the pretty work in Mike Cammalleri’s first goal of the night.
Then the thing that makes hockey a beautiful sport and makes Habs fans everywhere jump for joy, was first Cammalleri tying the game with a couple of minutes left and like poetry in motion, Scott Gomez with the winner 24 seconds later.
I’d say this was a very satisfying couple of hours in front of the television screen.
Carey Price. What can be said? After all he and us have been through with the Halak thing and some mediocre outings that drove us to drink on too many occasions, he came out tonight and put on a performance we’ll be seeing examples of on sports news for the next several days at least.
If this is what we’re going to get from Carey Price, this will be a fun year. He showed us what he can do and now has the critics re-examining their thoughts. He’s got to do it again and again, though.
Price made a couple of unbelievable stops on Sidney Crosby, and PK mauled the star several times. I love seeing Crosby mauled. He doesn’t like it but I do.
Canadiens don’t play again until October 13 when Tampa Bay pays a visit. I’m not sure what to think about this. On one hand it allows Roman Hamrlik to get ready, but on the other hand we don’t want the highs of this sweet victory and the all-important momentum to settle down.
Montreal’s power play is now a dismal 0-6.
Shots on goal – Pens 38, Habs 27