The first period has ended at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, and the Canadiens hold a nice little one-nothing lead after Brian Gionta blasted one home. And although the Sharks hold a 15-10 shots-on-goal advantage, I’m satisfied, because Montreal has had some quality scoring chances, six in fact. The Sharks, on the other hand, have had ten but I don’t want to talk about that.
And best of all, Carey Price seems to be in a groove, playing with confidence and stopping often in fine fashion this high-powered offence we see from the opposition.
Who knows what the second will bring, but we’ll see in five minutes…….
The second period began not exactly as planned as the San Jose scored while shorthanded, which always sucks. But not long after, Scott Gomez and the Habs regain the lead. Montreal hasn’t won in San Jose since Nov. 23, 1999, and needless to say, this is a pretty big game, especially considering that Boston, who the Canadiens are in a playoff dogfight with, won tonight.
Tomas Plekanec has been a feisty little bugger, and Carey Price is magnificent, stopping everything in every which way, flipping and flopping, rocking and rolling, slipping and sliding. There’s also been a Sharks penalty shot, several hit goal posts, and some flat-out nastiness. It’s a wild one in this city just south of San Francisco.
That’s it, buzzer sounds, second period over, and the Habs maintain a lovely 2-1 lead. Of course it’s too close, but a lead is a lead. It’s way better than being behind or tied.
Can they do it in the third? ……….
Sharks score two and win 3-2.
Just too many chances by San Jose, and Carey Price couldn’t hold the fort forever. But he was outstanding, the Habs best player on this night, and I can’t remember when I’ve seen him perform like this.
I doesn’t get any easier. Habs in LA on Saturday night, and the Kings are a good team. Upper echelon team. With young stud Drew Doughty manning the defence.
As mentioned, Montreal hasn’t won in San Jose since 1999, and although they came close tonight, this lousy streak continues.