It was one of those get-your-hands-dirty working days, deep in the heart of a long, long season.
A Monday or Tuesday morning at the factory as opposed to a Saturday night pub crawl.
It was a nondescript and very satisfying 2-0 win for the Canadiens over the visiting New York Rangers, which also translates into 9 wins in 13 games for a team that struggles with scoring and has several major injuries.
They’re getting it done somehow, and in the process are making us very happy. Unless you hate the Habs of course.
How do the Habs keep doing it? By putting on their workboots and plaid shirts, punching the clock, and buckling down to no-frills business.
Sure the Rangers had edges thereabouts, outshooting the home team 35-29, and coming close a little too often. But Carey Price was solid as a rock, the team checked hard and stayed within themselves, and when the siren sounded it became another two big points and keeps the team rolling along like a semi with a full tank of diesel.
I’m giving my new grandson the name “Alexandre Picard Lewis,” although his parents don’t know it yet. It was Picard’s shot that banked off the backboards when Gomez opened the scoring, and it was Picard who had four big blocked shots including one he stopped with a minute and half to go that easily could have been the Rangers tying goal.
Tomas Plekanec iced it with an empty-netter.
Habs got it done without James Wisniewski who is fighting the flu. Speaking of Wisniewski, TSN was flashing news across the bottom of the screen the other day and spelled it “Wiznewski.” I shouldn’t really talk but most of my errors aren’t spelling errors, they come from hitting the wrong keys because of my lousy two-fingered typing.
Tomorrow at 3 pm eastern, the New Jersey Devils pay a visit to the Bell. How nice would it be to grab another two points? A four-point weekend. Yes sirree.