It wasn’t the most exciting hockey game ever played.
In fact, I’ll bet many eyelids drooped, especially from those in the building who don’t have hockey fever, but excitement doesn’t matter at this point. A much-needed Canadiens win was the order of the day, and thanks to Josh Gorges who buried one from the slot, the Habs get the two points they came for, and for the time being, the ship is righted ever so slightly.
The snowbirds wearing their Canadiens sweaters at the Jobing.com Arena were sent home happy after Gorges ended it with a 3-2 score, and I’m sure the players breathed a huge sigh of relief after losing the past two games. They heard the boos at the Bell the other night, and it hurts their ears.
But I suppose if you want to look at the glass as half full, the boys have won five of their last seven games.
And you thought they were lousy.
Phoenix opened the scoring in the first period, and then Tomas Plekanec was helped off the ice after slamming awkwardly into the boards. Sure, why not, I thought. Once again, the team isn’t scoring and a key guy gets injured. Just another day at the office.
But Pleks came back in the second, a black cloud was lifted, and he proceeded to work hard on the boards to the side of the Coyotes net, which led to Brian Gionta grabbing the puck, sweeping around, and tying it up. It was a nice goal, a heads-up play by the captain, and the snowbirds took the toothpicks out of their eyelids.
Travis Moen then put the Habs ahead with a great shot, and you have to wonder why Moen is able to find the back of the net on occasion (5 so far) but many of the so-called marksmen can’t. Maybe he has extra determination that others don’t. Good upbringing? Maybe he’ll score 30!
Phoenix tied it in the third, but Gorges’ heroics in overtime quickly ended any Coyotes ideas of sending those snowbirds home unhappy.
Now it’s off to Music City U.S.A to take on those Preds on Saturday, and I’m expecting a revitalized Habs team after Gorges woke them up to the fact that winning is much better than losing. I’m tired of the rollar coaster ride and am looking forward to the day when losing is a rare and uncomfortable feeling. I’m also wondering if Faith Hill will be in the stands.
They’re a mirage, this team. A slight-of-hand magic trick. We thought they stunk, but like I said, that’s five wins in seven games. How come that looks good when they’ve looked so bad?
Shots on goal – 36-34 Habs.
Only three penalties in the entire game – Gionta and Lars Eller with two of them, and that might have been a major factor in the less-than-exciting affair. And imagine, just two Habs penalties. What a nice change.
And of course the Habs didn’t score on their one power play.