Canadiens lose 4-2 to the incredibly exciting New Jersey Devils, a team the league should look long and hard at. GM’s and league brass rack their brains at meetings trying to figure out how to make the game more interesting and they curb much of the clutching and grabbing and take out the two-line pass, which have helped.
But have they ever considered banning the Devils? Sure they’re a good team, very effective, but really boring. It’s like watching workers drill holes on an assembly line. I have no idea why a Devils fan would spent 10,000 bucks on a pair of season tickets. They need to pop wake-up pills just so they can drive home after the game.
New Jersey at the Bell Centre, however, got it done and Montreal didn’t And although I’m confident the Habs will be in the playoffs, it very well could be the 8th and final spot, which means they’d take on Ovechkin and Backstrom and company in Washington.
Tonight’s game was really no surprise. Not much happened, just another day at the office for the visiting team with horns. I did, though, have one trick up my sleeve, and I, not the Habs, almost pulled it out. Yesterday I’d been watching Dateline about a doctor in Oklahoma accused of killing his wife, and I was halfway through it when I had to go to work. So I recorded it.
Tonight, after the Devils went up 2-0 and I was yawning so much I woke the cat up, I decided to check out how the doctor was making out. He wasn’t doing so well, seemed like a guilty verdict on its way, so again, I decided to return to the game. Turns out Andrei Kostitsyn had scored and it was now 2-1.
This non-watching has worked a few times in the past, and I was on my game again tonight. Kind of like Dishonest John’s lucky shirt, only this was non-shirt strategy.
I then returned to the doctor and surprisingly, the blood expert brought in by the defence turned the tables by announcing that he thought the doc was guilty, which is quite strange considering the expert was supposed to be helping.
Again I returned to the game and found that Tomas Plekanec had scored and it was now 3-2.
So again, back to the doc and he’s found guilty and sentenced to life without parole. No thanks to the defence witness.
What? Back to the game and no Habs goal? My strategy had worn out. But in the end, Dateline was still more exciting than the game.
Habs lose, they didn’t look strong on this night, and I’m thinking that the doc might have been watching this snoozer in prison and became so bored, asked to be sent to solitary confinement where there was slightly more excitement taking place.
Glen Metropolit left with some kind of injury. It’s a surprise as the Habs have been so lucky about injuries this year.
Next up? Carolina’s in town on Wednesday. Is that good or bad?
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