Brian Gionta scored two goals and added an assist in leading his team to a 3-1 win over the visiting Buffalo Sabres.
That’s good, but there’s no way I’m getting carried away. Not after watching the team play so lousy the night before in Atlanta. They had no choice but to be better tonight, just for their own self-respect.
And in the last seven games it’s been “win one, lose one, win one, lose one,” so until they start to look like a real contender, I’m not jumping for joy.
But don’t get me wrong. A win is always a good thing. I’m still slightly mad at them because of several losses lately and the way they lost – blowing leads and looking half-dead for example.
And as far as Brian Gionta goes, he did indeed have a big two goal, three point night. But it’s about time he added to his stats. Including tonight, we’re looking at five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 23 games for a guy who is supposed to be one of our dangerous point-getters.
Montreal held the edge in play for much of the game, outshooting Buffalo 36-33, and how sad is it that a puck got by Carey Price with just a minute and eleven seconds left in the game to ruin his well-earned shut-out. But it’s still just one goal, he’s the man, and without him, where would our little team be?
Next Up: Not until Wednesday, when Edmonton pays a visit.