The thing almost smelled again. Leading 2-0 with three minutes left, and the Florida Panthers scored to close the gap. Just like the previous night in Buffalo. A blown shutout, and maybe another blown lead for the boys in bleu, blanc et rouge.
But it wasn’t to be, and the Canadiens, with two empty net goals by Tomas Plekanec, his 100th of his career, and Brian Gionta, sealed it and for the next day or so, all’s right in Habsland. But they sure don’t make it easy on themselves. Or their fans, the ones who insist on calling themselves “we.”
Oh well. We won. We’ve taken one step closer to a playoff spot. We are le meilleur du monde.
Canadiens opened it up in the first period with goals by Benoit Pouliot and Brian Gionta’s first of two in the night. But as we all know, 2-0 leads are not leads. Not with this team. It must be 6-0 before we can relax. But it rarely gets to be 6-0 with the Montreal Canadiens.
In the second period, Jaroslav Spacek stopped David Booth dead in his tracks with a thunderous check which seemed completely legal. Hockey’s a tough sport, and this kind of check separates the men from the boys. This is also the kind of bone-rattling thump Doug Harvey liked to dish out way back when the team was slightly more dangerous than they nowadays.
Devils in town Saturday night. A real big test for the Canadiens, and if they can win this one, I forgive them for the Buffalo game.
Jaroslav Halak manned the pipes for the Habs. Presently, I’m feeling real bad for Carey Price. It’s like he can’t buy a break. He was in goal when his teammates self-destructed in Buffalo, and so he sits again. He could’ve been the guy tonight.
Here’s how it looks, folks.
Washington 109 – 8 games left
New Jersey 91 – 10 left
Buffalo 90 – 10 left
Pittsburgh 91 – 8 left
Ottawa 83 – 8 left
Montreal 82 – 7 left
Philadelphia 80 – 8 left
Boston 78 – 9 left