Four straight. Top of the pops. And if it isn’t one guy helping out in a big way, it’s another.
Habs win 4-3 in a shootout with Ottawa after blowing a 3-1 lead, but a couple of guys checked in from start to finish and did what others do on other nights. Helped their team to win.
Tonight, Lars Eller and P.K. Subban were the guys who did much of the chipping in. Subban skated miles, and on two second-period power plays, he scored on one and assisted on another as his team went up 3-1. Eller had opened the scoring in the first, and made a move only guys with good hands can make to end it for his team in the shootout after Alex Galchenyuk had also got the job done using his own trickery.
It might not have gone to overtime and a shootout if Daniel Alfredsson hadn’t beat Carey Price to make it 3-2 with just a second and a half remaining in the second frame. But I don’t want to talk about that. The Canadiens got their two points after Galchenyuk and Eller did the job in the shootout, and it’s a beautiful thing.
Galchenyuk rattled one off the post late in the third with the scored tied.
Guys with assists, aside from P.K., included Gabriel Dumont, Josh Gorges, Max, Andrei Markov, and Tomas Plekanec.
First place in the east with 40 points, third overall. I don’t know what to say exactly. I’m just so proud of the team, and I’m so excited at what’s transpiring. In the near future the Habs play Pittsburgh, and then Boston the following night (Mar. 26, 27), which will be good, honest tests. Handle those two teams and the message will be sent loud and clear.
But first things first.
Canadiens in New Jersey on Saturday night. Yes, I’m a greedy bastard.