Certainly for the Canadiens it was a much better effort in San Jose than it was the previous night in Anaheim, but the scoreboard still showed another loss, their fourth in a row, and California Dreamin’ has quickly become California Bummer.
But they looked better, for what it’s worth. And they gained a point, if it’s any consolation.
I must give full discloser here. I forecasted this. But no way am I to blame. Is a weatherman to blame when he forecasts rain?
In the second period, with the score tied at two, my wife Luci asked me how I thought it would turn out. I answered, because I’m feeling slightly depressed about the team right now, that Erik Cole would score in the third period to put the boys ahead, and late in the game, San Jose would tie it. Then I added, no one would score in overtime and the Sharks would win it in the shootout.
So what happened? Cole scored in the third period to put the boys ahead, San Jose tied it late in the game (with 1:26 left on the clock), no one scored in overtime, and the Sharks won it in the shootout.
My wife is now blaming me for this loss. But it wasn’t rocket science. Cole was as good a bet as any to score for the Habs, and we know one-goal leads aren’t safe with these guys. And Carey Price hasn’t exactly been stellar in shootouts.
So I’m not responsible for this loss. No way. Maybe a little negative, but not responsible.
David Desharnais had a goal and two assists, plus a goal in the shootout, and played a fine game. And both Cammy and Cole had a goal and an assist.
There were two bone-rattling bodychecks to speak of, one dished out by Alexei Emelin, who is showing he can punish with the best of them, and Erik Cole was on the receiving end of another when he had his head down and bell rung. But to his credit, he got up and carried on.
Shots on goal – Sharks 41, Habs 32
Now it’s back to LA to take on the Kings in what I think is a 3 pm ET game but you might want to double-check that.