Good Game, Single Point

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Fine game Wednesday night in Chicago, and although the Canadiens grabbed a point, they could’ve had two. But it slipped away in the dying seconds.

Hawks win 3-2 in overtime.

After two periods of play it was a see-saw battle with no goals and just one penalty, a hooking call to Daniel Briere, but in the third, the puck started to find its way.

Dale Weise, in his first game back after injury, banged one home after a fine rush by Rene Bourque. But the Hawks, who held the edge in play many times on the night, tied it soon after.

Just 22 seconds later, Francis Bouillon blasted one home and it became a Habs lead once again.

And then, the one-goal lead almost a two-goal lead when our almost 40-goal scorer came oh so close..

How great it would’ve been to see Max score his 40th when he was set up fifteen feet out but stopped point blank by Corey Crawford. Great play, great shot, great stop.

It was also the beginning of the end, because after some serious Hawks pressure, the home team would tie it with 48 seconds left in the third, and in overtime, Peter Budaj accidentally backhanded the puck into his own net and that was that.

A point on the road but it could’ve been two. But that’s fine, because the Canadiens played a solid skating game, took just two penalties (the only two of the night), and in my book they continue to impress.

They’ve won 10 of 13 games. I feel I’d be a greedy bastard if I complained.

Random Notes:

Montreal outshot Chicago 30-28.

Thomas Vanek and DD assisted on Bouillon’s marker, and the big line continues to roll.

Alex Galchenyuk left the game in the first period after taking a hit from Andrew Shaw and now we wait to hear the damage.

Injuries just before playoff time. Imagine how Tampa must have felt when Ben Bishop went down.

Other guys were hurt too, Bouillon and Ryan White in particular, but both would return. Thank goodness Carey Price, Andrei Markov, and Alexei Emelin were left at home where less injuries could happen.

Much safer at home. Maybe tripping on a roller skate or taking a rolling pin to the head from an upset wife.  But no hits into the boards or hard pucks to the ankles.

In a few short hours (sort of), the boys host the Islanders at the Bell. Then game number 82 on Saturday against the Rangers.

Grab that opening round home ice and please, no more injuries.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Good Game, Single Point”

  1. Saw the last 1/2 of the game—-with a few interuptions—but it seemed pretty up tempo. 2nd intermission talk panel did some P.K. reviews —POSITIVE ONES,no less!!. Like to think he’s back!!! Budaj seemed to be good too from my viewing spot, the winning goal was kinda flukey and I was hoping for better results for him. My man Wiese got a goal from pure team effort. P.S. To fans of Leafs, Sens, you don’t HAVE to cheer for our Habs now that their the only Canadian team in playoffs— our fan base is quite capable of handling THAT!!!!! But come watch some games with us anyway.

  2. Yes, it was a good skating game, Peter, and the Hawks looked quite good. But like the guy on TV said, Montreal has proved they can play with the big boys in the west. Loved your last line and put it in Quote du Jour.

  3. Well that was another dandy by these two teams, amazing speed and many chances. It’s a shame it couldn’t end tied. I hate it when they get a very late goal & then it’s into OT, one team up from tying the other still down from what looked like a win. Still a great game by both teams!

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