It’s 3:30 pm Pacific, and in just over half an hour the Canadiens take to the ice in Boston to meet those dastardly Bruins. I’m going to be doing what I did last night, and that’s a sort-of-live blog after each period has ended. Vanhouse said he liked it and that’s all I needed to hear.
So welcome to the pre-game show. If this was the 1970’s, Guy Lafleur would have already smoked half a pack of cigarettes after being at the rink about six hours early.
A good way to make a bunch of easy money is to bet on the Habs now when oddsmakers think they still stink, and there’s no shortage of places to plunk your money down at. The Canadiens get no respect in the media, and no respect with the bookies. But we’re used to it, right?
If you want to see Zdeno Chara in a pink bunny costume, you can see it here The Bruins Blog. Although this time the overgrown lad deserves kudos because it’s all about making kids in the hospital happy. Every team makes these visits and it warms the heart, but I’m not sure anyone has ever dressed up in a pink bunny costume before.
It’s not necessary to say how much we need this game. Maintain the momentum earned from last night, keep the warm and fuzzy feeling, grab two beautiful points, and send Bruins fans home cursing and mumbling about how much they hate the Habs.
A brief sequence of events ruined what was a decent, hard working, slightly conservative first period for Montreal, and I know Carey Price is a relaxed type of player, but sometimes he has to be slightly less relaxed.
It began with a Petteri Nokelainen interference penalty. Then, with the faceoff in Montreal’s end after Nokelainen went to the box, Tomas Plekanec did what he had to do. He won the faceoff and drew it back.
Unfortunately, Cary Price for whatever reason, wasn’t quite set, or was too relaxed, or didn’t expect Plekanec to win it that way, but the puck skirted by him and the Bruins now lead 1-0 as both teams sit in their stalls and wipe sweat from their brows and think about the goal.
What a shame. And equally bad was their penalty taking. PK Subban punched a guy in the face for no apparent reason, and was sent off. And interference was called on both Nokelainen and Plekanec.
Price will suck it up and take full responsibility for this, and because he’s such a cool cucumber, he won’t let it bother him, and he’ll continue to be relaxed and terrific. But he needs his team to start scoring.
Such a crazy mother of a period. Erik Cole continues to snap out of the slump we were mad at him about, and the big guy tied it for the Habs by deflecting a Spacek shot from the blueline.
But the biggest sub-plot on this entertaining night where folks are getting their money’s worth, is the feud that has developed between P.K.Subban and the guy that makes me grind my teeth just typing his name, Brad Marchand. These guys were apparently friends off the ice, but maybe not now. Their third scuffle in just minutes resulted in a free-swinging affair that went on and on, the crowd seemed electric, and both fought a warrior’s fight.
I believe it’s the first time I’ve seen PK in a full-tilt bout like this, and he almost ended it quickly by just missing with a haymaker. He almost fell on his rear end while doing it, but didn’t, and that’s the main thing. And now I know that he handle himself when called upon. I wasn’t sure before.
I wonder how these two will behave in the third.
Montreal has taken 9 penalties to Boston’s 5, and this has to stop. We’re not going to win if we have to keep killing penalties.
Shots on goal to this point Montreal 24, Boston 19. A real barnburner at the OK Corrall tonight.
A goat in the first, a hero the rest of the way through as Carey Price stands his ground, he and his team knock off the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Boston, and that’s two in a row on the almighty ride back to respectability. They’re returning from the doldrums, and to quote that fat man, comedian, bus driving pool player, Jackie Gleason…”How sweet it is!!”
Tomas Plekanec scored the big winner as he rang it off the post and in, and they held the fort after that. I’m exhausted, and my wife said she was going to have a heart attack. I said not now dear, the game’s on.
Price was excellent, and him being the cool cat that he is, didn’t let his early gaffe distract him from the business at hand. He robbed the dangerous Bruins many times, especially Nathan Horton with three minutes left.
Once again, very proud of the boys. They’re answering their critics, and watching the Habs is so much more fun when they’re playing well.
Saturday the two teams meet again, this time at the Bell, and imagine another win under our belts. I’m already visualizing it.
Props to Travis Moen for skating like the wind and showing pure toughness in the face of adversity. Pk Subban for showing flair and character and moxy, and also skating like the wind. It was a big night for PK. As it was for Gionta, Eller, Desharnais, the defence et al.
Final shots on goal tally – Montreal 35, them 30.
I’m going to celebrate with a cinnamon bun. Where the heck did I put it?