DD Nets Winner

The Canadiens clawed back from an early 2-0 deficit, tied the game, and then won in the shootout when David Desharnais gave a little stick fake, found the back of the net, and the questions now are – can he do it again relatively soon, and did Denis Coderre jump for joy?

It wasn’t a great game by the visiting Canadiens, although they did manage to outshoot the Blue Jackets 40-25. But Peter Budaj was steady, and probably more important than anything else, Alex Galchenyuk stripped a defender of the puck with seconds winding down in the first period, waltzed in on Columbus goalie Curtis McElhinney, and narrowed the gap with just eight seconds remaining.

So instead of the team going to the dressing down 2-0, suddenly it was 2-1, and what a boost that must have been.

In the second, Lars Eller tied it on the power play and that was all the scoring until the shootout.

That’s the problem. Only Galchenyuk and Eller could manage. Once again, most of the team remained silent and I don’t mind whining about this. It seems like it’s only a handful doing any scoring while most aren’t. All at the same time. It’s like a guy digging a ditch with six guys in white hard hats watching.

It was a big two points, a huge goal for Desharnais, and did I say it was a huge goal for Desharnais?

Random Notes:

Saturday night it’s back home to meet and greet the Rangers.

Yes, I can sort of remember times when Gionta and Plekanec and Max and Bourque and Markov and Subban scored. Sometimes a few of them on the very same night. I hate to live in the past but it’s such fond memories.

I had confidence in Budaj going into the shootout. I don’t know why. Maybe because Columbus didn’t seem overly threatening.

4 thoughts on “DD Nets Winner”

  1. Believe it or not, I too was glad to see DD pot the winner in the shootout (wait, did the Habs REALLY just win a shootout?!?!)–I take no delight in his struggles, and if he produces points, the team as a whole is better, and that’s ultimately what we all want, isn’t it?

    Let’s see what Montreal does tonight; the second half of back-to-back games is never easy, even against a team that Carey Price and the Habs have owned of late. I’d be thrilled if the Canadiens got another two points…….

  2. It was a great moment for David Desharnais and I hope it is a sign of better things to come for him and for the Habs. You can tell by how DD and the team reacted that his nifty game-winning goal provided all of them with a big lift.

    Winning changes everything. Even Denis Coderre, the current Mayor of Montreal, changed his tune:

    https://twitter.com/DenisCoderre/status/401543519313342464

    Way to go DD!

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