It was wild and wacky, this Habs-Wild clash, with bodies flying and infirmaries busy and nastiness reigning supreme. And in the end, when the ice chips settled, the Canadiens earned their two points. The freakin’ hard way!
5-4 Habs. It should have been 4-1.
Was it a full moon on this night?
It was a Ryan White fight to kick things off, followed by an Aaron Palushaj stick in the eye, and hopefully the young buck is okay. We saw PK Subban blast one home on a 5 on 3 power play, and we saw Lars Eller convert a Scott Gomez pass during the same power play.
Then we saw Alexei Emelin take out teammate Erik Cole after mostly missing his Wild target, and Emelin also took an errant Yannick Weber stick in the face before Ryan White got two, a five, and a ten for pummelling a Wild player who was jabbing away at Carey Price.
Have you got all this so far?
Things got vicious every few minutes it seemed. Cal Clutterbuck, who seems to be missing a few screws, took out Rene Bourque’s knee in what could have been an unhealthy situation but wasn’t, and Alexei Emelin was driven dangerously into the glass by this Peters dude. Emelin was hurt on this play, and it seems players around the league have decided to go after our stud defenceman.
Which brings me to my new rant.
Two nights in a row, opposing players have taken exception to Emelin’s hard but clean hits, and they’ve come after him like he’s done something so terrible it defies description. No, he didn’t give their brother a wedgie, or danced with their mother’s brassiere on his head. What he does is throw bodychecks, and these panty-wearing sucks behave like an act of war has been committed.
Is this what hockey has evolved into? Players taking exception to being hit cleanly? Get used to it boys. Emelin will hit you hard the next time you play against him. And he’ll hit you hard after that too. I really hadn’t realized there are such babies in the league until now.
Aside from all the commotion that usually involved the penalty box, there was also a hockey game, and when it’s the Habs playing, you know it means blowing a lead. Which they did of course.
They had the Wild in the palm of their hands. It was going to be wrapped up clean as a whistle. But it wasn’t. It became 4-2. Then, with 1:43 left on the clock and the Wild goalie pulled, it was narrowed to 4-3.
And of course, with just 10 seconds to go and the goalie still on the bench, it became 4-4. A three-goal lead down the drain. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Those crazy Hab bastards.
To make the story short because it’s two in the morning and I want my bed, the overtime drew to a close, and on to the shootout they went where David Desharnais got the job done and Devin Setoguchi did a Broadway number on his way in and lost the puck to end this long and weird affair.
Montreal scored three power play goals, which is rarer than a duck-billed platypus.
Minnesota remains 6 points out of a playoff spot and it’s their own fault.
This snaps the Canadiens five game losing streak, and with 17 games remaining, I’m thinking they need to win 16.
Saturday night Toronto pays a visit. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Habs could hammer another nail in the Leafs coffin?
Here’s the Setoguchi shootout attempt.