It was one eye on the game, one eye on the U.S. election, and one eye on closing day at Classic Auctions’ fall auction, where I was selling some of my stuff.
But with the first eye I saw the Canadiens dropkick the Boston Bruins 3-2 at the Bell Centre, after Paul Byron notched the winner with just 1:02 remaining, and with Carey Price once again holding the fort and racking up first star on the night.
Better than the Habs’ showing against the Leafs eleven days ago. A slight improvement over their game against Philly four days ago. And it goes without saying, a major league improvement over the 10-0 debacle in Columbus five days ago.
But they were still outshot badly against the Bs, 41-23, but maybe it’s not even worth mentioning. They’re badly outshot every game.
The first period saw the home team with more jump than we’ve seen lately, like they were truly focused on waking from their coma. Either that or the wives kicked them into the spare room in the basement.
But even so, Boston outshot the boys 14-5, so jump or no jump, some cracks still aren’t filled.
In the second frame, Shea Weber would open the scoring on the power play with his patented blast from the blueline, but less than a minute later, Boston evened things up.
And then, just twenty seconds later, Alex Galchenyuk lit the lamp and the crowd, as they say, went wild.
In the final frame, Boston would convert on their power play with Alexei Emelin in the box, and it was finally left to Byron to come through in the end.
You have to think that 10 wins in the last 11 games isn’t all that bad, even with a 10-0 loss thrown in. Kind of what Michel Therrien was saying in his press conference earlier.
The Vancouver Canucks would kill for that record.
Canadiens were 1/2 on the power play (Weber).
Weber’s goal was his fourth power play marker, and his fifth overall of this young season. Chucky’s goal was also his fifth.
Alex Radulov collected 2 assists on the night, and is tied with Weber and Galchenyuk with 11 points so far this season.
Canadiens record stands at 11-1-1.
Worth mentioning, and a play that really caught one of my eyes’ attention – Jeff Petry crushed Ryan Spooner into the boards in Emelin, Weber-type fashion. Beauty, eh?
Next up – Thursday, when the boys host the L.A. Kings.
Finally I can rest one eye. And the other two are beginning to get tired.