It could’ve been the perfect night. It was almost a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins, with Carey Price earning a huge shutout, Glen Metropolit scoring the lone goal, and the Boston Bruins going more than three full games without scoring.
But instead, it was a shootout win for the Canadiens after Boston’s Patrice Bergeron scored with only 52 seconds left in the third to tie it and ruin all the good things that would have happened.
52 seconds left in the third. May Patrice Bergeron’s crops die every summer.
Just as important as the win was that the brakes were finally put on a horrific streak – nine straight losses to the Bruins. It’s finished, gone, never to be seen again. In fact, lets start a new one, with the Habs going nine or ten straight wins against these Beantowners, who, at least judging by tonight, aren’t nearly the same team as we’ve seen in the past year or so. They seem very average.
I think they miss Milan Lucic a great deal, not just for the power forward, locomotive style he brings, but also for the mean attitude that I’m sure rubs off on his teammates. There was nothing to fear about the Boston Bruins on this night. That’s why they need Lucic in the lineup.
And believe me, it surprises the heck out of me that I’m even admitting this. I don’t even like the guy. But I wouldn’t complain too loudly if I saw him in a Habs uniform.
Andre Kostitsyn had a somewhat better game than he’s provided lately, getting a few chances and setting up Metropolit after making a nice play coming around the net. Maybe it’s baby steps with Kostitsyn, and by Christmas I’ll be thankful I picked him in my hockey pool.
It was interesting, however, when TSN announcer Gord Miller, in describing the play, said, “Andrei Kostitsyn gives the puck away, and Jacques Martin shakes his head at the bench.”
Canadiens had centres Ryan White and Tom Pyatt in the lineup, along with defenceman Mathieu Carle. All three held their own, with White getting an assist on Metropolit’s goal.
I’m a little concerned what Pierre McGuire pointed out, and what we also saw. Maxim Lapierre is a player who goads others but rarely drops the gloves to back it up, and apparently everyone around the league knows it and talks about it. I don’t like this. I don’t like the reputation it brings with it. C’mon Max. Drop the gloves and flail away. So what if it hurts sometimes. It’s something you have to do.
Tampa Bay in Montreal on Saturday. Maybe Kostitsyn can have another decent game.
And maybe Carey Price will play again. In my books, this was the best I’ve seen him in ages.