With Bob Gainey and Don Lever behind the bench, with Carey Price playing like Jacques Plante, with Alex Tanguay scoring and Gregory Stewart answering the bell, and with Alex Kovalev taking another high-sticking penalty, the new Montreal Canadiens take a big 1-0 lead as the first period closes.
The action stops, the Canadiens go to the dressing room, and I go to the bathroom and fridge.
With Carey Price looking like Ken Dryden, with Glen Metropolit scoring his first goal as a Hab, and with the Edmonton Oilers taking it to the limit and outshooting Montreal 23-9 TWENTY-THREE TO NINE over these first two periods, it’s now 3-2 Edmonton. (Have you ever been to Edmonton? Damn dreary. Unfit for mankind.)
Edmonton scoring and taking the lead is like a hard rain suddenly falling on a bevy of beauties at a swimming pool.
Second period comes to an end and as the Canadiens go back to the dressing room, I go back to the kitchen for beer and aspirin.
Saku Koivu scores in the third to tie it up. It’s reviewed and it’s a goal, making people, well, some people, jump for joy. And equally delightful, the Canadiens are outshooting the Oilers 13-3. I run to the fridge for more beer.
Carey Price is looking like Georges Vezina. Third period closes, tied at three.
SAKU KOIVU SCORES!!! Montreal wins! All is right with the universe.
Alex Tanguay earned his pay.
Islanders on Thursday.
Did I mention Montreal won 4-3 tonight?
Did I mention this was a huge win?