Everything was going swimmingly. Matt D’Agostini had opened the scoring, and later in the first period, Tomas Plekanec, on a beautiful set-up by Alex Kovalev, had put the Canadiens up 2-1. And we smiled and said whoopee.
Then, in the second period, everything kind of went to hell. It began when Sergei Kostitsyn, on a Montreal power play, decided he was Wayne Gretzky and thought he’d try some fancy stickhandling at centre ice, only to promply lose it, of course. This isn’t pond hockey. You can’t dangle like you do in practice. Naturally, the end result of Kostitsyn’s fancy stickhandling was Calgary tying it at two with a short-handed breakaway by Matthew Lombardi.
That was it. When you’re fragile, you’re fragile.
The wheels fell off completely and soon it was 3-2, then 4-2, then 5-2, then 6-2.
You know what the greatest invention in the history of the world is? It’s the fast-forward on the remote. The third period was just a blur for me as I watched the score pile up and I didn’t feel like watching it in normal speed.
Jaroslav Halak was in goal for this one. So Carey Price isn’t the only one who lets in five or more goals a game.
This makes eight losses out of ten. And that means that maybe we might want to check the standings a little closer from here on in. Montreal hasn’t exactly locked up a playoff spot. In fact, they’re only six points away from not making the playoffs.
So the show continues Wednesday when the boys head up the road to Edmonton. I’m starting to think that cricket might be a fun sport to follow.