When they couldn’t score on the five-minute power play, it sort of summed up the entire season.
And then there was Ryan Malone.
The Habs were down 2-1, which would eventually be the final score, and Malone lost his mind because he didn’t like the way Alexei Emelin was using his body to crush him and others. And although Emelin’s big hits were clean and almost always are, they hurt, and poor Ryan forgot this was a hockey game and hitting is what happens.
Maybe some of these millionaires need to be reminded now and again that hockey isn’t for the weak of heart, it’s supposed to be hard hitting, and if you don’t like it, go to work in the mines or accounting department where your father works.
Anyway, the Habs came away with a five-minute power play because of this, and failed miserably. Again. One doesn’t have to be a genius to know that if Montreal’s power play was a normal, reasonably good power play, we’d be wondering who we were going to meet in the first round.
But back to Alexei Emelin. This guy plays hockey in a way that is pure and and tough as nails. He harkens back to defencemen like Bob and Barclay Plager and Gilles Marotte and Bob Baun. But I don’t want to say it’s old school. It’s being a hard-hitting NHL defenceman, there will always be these types of hard-rock players, and Ryan Malone, who has been an asshole before against the Canadiens, showed big time that he’s quite a baby and maybe should take up horseshoes or full-contact croquet instead..
Yes, the Canadiens lost again, their 5th straight, but there was much about them I enjoyed on this night. In fact, if it wasn’t for Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon playing an outstanding game and coming up with a half dozen or more stops that were nothing short of sensational, it would have been two points for the Habs and the beginning of their 19 game winning streak.
Habs new guy Brad Staubitz laid a beating on P.C. Labrie. Not sure if it was meaningful in any way, but I kind of liked it.
David Desharnais, one of the team’s best and most consistent, went end to end to tie the game, and I can’t say enough about this guy. Small but just excellent.
Montreal outshot Tampa 24-22. Erik Cole had six shots and skated like the wind.
Thursday, Minnesota Wild pay a visit to the Bell.