They did it. They came through when they were teetering on the edge, and it’s now down to one game Wednesday to decide this terrific and downright stressful series.
Habs 2, Bruins 1. A game where the Canadiens played hard and played with intensity and drive. A gutsy win, a deserved win. And a big thank you to Milan Lucic for taking a major penalty for ramming Jarslav Spacek’s head into the glass, although Jaro might not have been been too crazy about it at that time.
You took one for the team, Jaro. Because while Lucic was removing his skates in the dressing room after being kicked out for his hooliganism, Brian Gionta scored what proved to be the winning goal.
What does all this mean? I think it means the Bruins are casting doubts about themselves now, are in slight disarray, and the Habs are feeling good and understand completely that they can nail the final nails in the coffin in only a matter of hours. The three-game slide has been stopped and reversed. Scorers are scoring (Cammalleri and Gionta tonight), and with Carey Price on his game, fans have every reason to know and believe that the Habs are alive and well and feeling fine.
The puck was blown dead early in the game but shouldn’t have been as it was free as a bird when Brian Gionta shot it in. Boos rained down from the Bell Centre rafters for about five minutes at least.
Don Cherry brought up a good point: When fans were throwing things on the ice after Gionta’s goal was called back, the PA announcer warned everyone that the Canadiens would be assessed a penalty if the throwing continued. But, as Don points out, what’s to stop Habs fans in Boston, for example, from throwing things on the ice after a bad call to the Bruins and getting a Boston penalty out of it when they wouldn’t stop throwing?