It was everything you might expect from a Habs-Leafs game – classic hockey atmosphere, lots of scoring chances, great goaltending at both ends, hard hitting.
And another surprisingly bad pass from Leaf Mike Komisarek who put the puck directly onto the stick of Mike Cammalleri in front of the net which sealed the 2-0 victory for the Habs and which caused Leaf goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to scream an f-bomb for all to see.
It was a beautiful pass from Komisarek. Right on the tape. Just the wrong team, that’s all.
Thanks a lot. Please do it again.
Leafs GM Brian Burke was heralded as the one guy who could turn this sorry Leaf franchise around. He’d won a Cup with Anaheim, and managed to secure not one but two Sedins while boss in Vancouver.
But one thing has always puzzled me. He went out and got free agent Komisarek, fresh from a mediocre career in Montreal, gave him solid money (five years, $22.5 million) and it was announced far and wide that the Leafs’ defence problems were a thing of the past with Komisarek on board.
The first few days after signing Komisarek you would think the Leafs had somehow invented a knee-healing time machine and now had Bobby Orr in the lineup.
The question lingers – How come schmucks like you and me have seen mistakes in Komisarek’s game for years, and Burke and the gang have somehow missed it? What Komisarek does is lay on a few punishing bodychecks, take ill-advised penalties, and make sorry decisions with the puck as he did tonight when he gave Cammalleri an early Christmas present.
Habs fans at the Bell shouldn’t be booing Komisarek, they should be applauding him.
But enough about number eight for the enemy.
Carey Price grabbed another shutout, his fourth of the season, Jeff Halpern scored a shorthanded goal in the second period, and Cammalleri via Komisarek notched a power play marker with four seconds left in the Leafs penalty.
Just a lively, great shutout win for the Canadiens and a night where the paying customers got their money’s worth. The Canadiens definitely played better than in their prior outing, against Nashville, but scorers remain scoreless, which has been going on far too often this year. That 7-2 trouncing of Carolina seems about a year ago, not four games back.
Shots on goal 38-30 Habs.
Next up – Montreal travels to Philadelphia Monday for a game where PK Subban might not show respect to Mike Richards.