Dramatic Turn Of Events At The Bell Centre

 It needs to be said first. The Canadiens scored two goals in the final two minutes of the game, the last with 22 seconds left, to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3, and most importantly, ended their slightly-nightmarish four-game skid.

That was good. That was dramatic. That spells relief.

But Josh Gorges took a serious run-and- jump vicious elbow to the face from madman Denis Gauthier and got up and staggered around the way Ric Nattress did after being cold-cocked by Mark Messier during the old Edmonton-Calgary wars of the late ’80’s and early ’90’s.

It was a Gauthier goon-shot, the very thing the league has yapped about eliminatiing, but yet it continues. Gorges came back, gave the puck away for a Kings goal, and left again. Now, even if he says he’s 100%, who can be sure?

More on this in a minute.

This was one of the biggest wins of the season for the Habs. A five-game losing streak would have been bad, with Boston on deck for Sunday hoping to extend Habs’ woes to six losses. But plans change, and now maybe the Saku Koivu goal to win it did more than just win it. It may have added new life, and could be the goal we look back on as the turning point in the season.

This is called positive thinking. I’ve been working on it since I was eighteen years old when I read Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’.  The doc made good sense, and eventually I’ll get it. However, it’s easy for him to say.

Montreal didn’t play terrible, but they continue their terrible habit of missing the net on good, solid scoring chances. They’re trying to pick exact spots in the top corners mostly, but cripes, you gotta hit the net. The only goals I’ve ever seen didn’t miss the net.

Imagine how big Sunday’s game is going to be. Boston’s been too good lately. They’ve got the Habs’ number this year. They’re in first place. They’ve been full of it. Their fans give me a hard time.

Bring ’em on.

Game Note:

When Gauthier hurt Josh Gorges, no Hab stepped in to confront the King’s maniac. Nobody. So I ask you, shouldn’t someone, or several players, have jumped in to support Gorges and pummel Gauthier? Or do you think they were just being disciplined to gain the power play, which was a five minute power play?

I was surprised when there was no action from the Habs. Don’t you think other teams, in this situation, would’ve dealt with it then and there?

7 thoughts on “Dramatic Turn Of Events At The Bell Centre”

  1. It most absolutely seems to be related to the fact that I never really played the game, only watched it, but I don’t believe in those kind of retaliations. I think a hockey team defines itself trough his ability to play the game. And that means taking your lumps; you want to control the puck? You want to be in front of the pack? If you happen to be successful, everybody will run at you.

    So what do you do? I know, I know, the Ducks. It worked for what, 2-3 years? And even then, there is no telling their thuggishness wasn’t actually dragging their good players down. Compare that to the wings, or to any good team. Heck, look at the Bruins! When you have a Laraque dressed, on the ice while it happens, sure, why not? Or you have him running around talking to guys afterwards (like he did in that games against the Coyotes after AK46 got decked), sure…

    But who should’ve retaliated at that time? Andrei Kostitsyn? I don’t want Andrei in the box for Gauthier. I want him on the 5-on-3 (guess why? ;-)). In fact, there is not a single player on that roster that I’d rather see in the box than on the ice. Wasn’t always the case, but this year, that’s the way it is.

    Yeah, I know, I’m a credulous fanboy…

  2. I tuned in late because I was working, but didn’t we score off of that hit? If we retaliated, that never would have happened, and someone else would have been in the box.

    I remember hearing Don Cherry say one time that when a team is winning, you never want to mess up its chemistry by bringing injured players back into the lineup. You wait until you lose a game to do so. That’s what the Habs did. We’re winning, and Koivu and Higgins come back, and we start losing (up until yesterday). I think he has something there.

    I hope Price yelled at his teammates after the game. The giveaways were brutal, especially on the third Kings goal. Sometimes, the Habs try the long pass, or to carry it out of the zone, when they should just play it safe and dump it out.

  3. That’s right Tom, both about screwing with chemistry and sloppy play. That’s not playoff hockey we’re seeing ou there, not by a country mile. Montreal has some work to do. Big test today.

  4. Olivier and Tom. It’s true that we didn’t need a guy in the penalty box at that time. I just hope that’s the reason and not something else.

  5. I think the reason why nobody jumped in was because Gauthier could have made a really good solid check and the players on the ice were more focused on the puck. It could have been a really good hit and that’s probably what the rest of the Canadiens thought it was, so they continued playing. Only viewers, watching it from their couch, could see that it was a dirty hit. The players were focused and were always keeping an eye on the puck, not watching whether Gauthier lifted his feet or whether he brought his elbow up.

  6. Regarding the Gauthier hit, it’s the first time since Benoit Brunet has been a commentator on RDS that I’ve heard him say something intelligent.
    He mentioned after the hit that he couldn’t believe no one on the Habs bench had yelled out to Gorges that he was about to get run over. Remember, this hit happened about 6 feet off our bench… Benoit said that was a sign of an apathetic bench not to follow the play enough to warn a teammate about to get train wrecked.
    I guess that’s part of why there was no retaliation, in combination with what Gillis said. The guys on the ice thought it was a clean hit, until video proved otherwise.

  7. I was shocked no one stood up for him. I dislike hockey fights, but I’ll take them over attempted murder..

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