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?
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.