Habs Blast Jets


Such a fine way to begin November, with a dominate 5-1 win over the visiting, and sometimes belligerent, Winnipeg Jets.

But Dustin Byfuglien and his pals can take solace in knowing they got hammered by the best team in the league, which should make them feel better when they’re out breaking curfew tonight.

Backup goalie Mike Condon, between the pipes for injured Carey Price, allowed just one goal, which means the big fellow has let in just six goals in his first four starts, all wins, which is impressive to say the least.

Also impressive is the Habs scoring a total of 21 goals during these four Condon games.

Adding to the impressiveness – the David Desharnais, Tomas Fleischmann, and Dale Weise line, which tallied seven points in all. This line was flying all game, Fleischmann was on fire, but the team as a whole had their legs moving in fine style.

It’s hard to imagine these guys in another 30 years when they’re fat and can hardly skate.

The Jets, meanwhile, sat quietly on the tarmac, not going anywhere.

And then there was Paul Byron, listed as 5’7″, 153 lbs, playing like the much bigger Henri Richard, listed as 5’7″, 160 lbs.

Byron opened the scoring in the first period when once again, as he had done in Calgary two nights prior, burst in on a shorthanded breakaway to light the lamp. A fine deja vu moment to be sure.

Two goals and an assist for Byron in his three games, while Alex Semin sits in the press box each night now, wondering, drinking coffee, eating hot dogs, and asking Marc Bergevin if he can get him anything.

The Canadiens opened the scoring in the first, which is always such a nice thing, when lefthanded shot David Desharnais burst down the right side the way the Rocket once did, and after being stopped, Tomas Fleischmann banged home his first of the night.

In the second period it would be Fleischmann doing the bursting down the right side, with his shot eluding Jets goaltender Michael Hutchison. The starting goalie would soon be replaced by Ondrej Pavelec after allowing a fourth goal, a DD marker when he barreled in with Fleischmann and Nathan Beaulieu on what was basically a 3 on 1.

Lars Eller would direct the puck off his skate on the power play to widen things to 5-1, and in the third, the lone goal past Condon came from Winnipeg’s Chris Thorburn, who looks like the Band’s Richard Manuel, who’s been dead for 29 years.

Random Notes:

The 7 points from the DD line included Fleischmann with 2 goals and 1 assist, DD a goal and 2 assists, and Weise 1 assist).

Canadiens outshot Winnipeg 26-19.

The team has now recorded 50 goals in 13 games, an average of 3.84 goals a game. Some serious fire wagon hockey going on with this league-leading team.

Next up – The dastardly Ottawa Senators pay a visit to the Bell on Tuesday.


9 thoughts on “Habs Blast Jets”

  1. Great game…however can’t figure out why Mike Condon didn’t get selected as one of the 3 stars of the game.
    ok, he only had to face 19 shots…but he played a hell of a game and with Carey Price out for at least 3 more games..Mike Condon IMHO deserved a “star”.

  2. I didn’t see the three stars but I’ll bet Fleischmann and DD were there. Condon wasn’t very busy early on but there were times in the 2nd and 3rd when he came up big. It’s so great when the backup does more than expected. Four wins from the guy, but it’ll be a tough week and interesting to see how he plays.

  3. To Ed: Paul Byron was the third star on RDS as announced at the Bell Centre, but it was Mike Condon who was the third star on SportsNet.

  4. Okay Dennis here’s a question for you. I just watched “Behind the Mask” with Mike Condon. It was interesting to hear the explanations behind the graphics on his mask. I liked how he payed homage to his schools. My question is this, is there a rule that prevents everybody but the goal tender from decorating their helmet? I think if I was a player I’d definitely have some art work on my helmet. You? Oh yeah, great win tonight against a team that had me a little worried.

  5. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your site. Always a pleasure to read your comments the day after… win or lose. 🙂

  6. I think there is a rule, D-John, goalies excluded. The league wants all the same, and that includes the centre ice design also I think. I think it’s a great idea and the first time I’ve heard it. Cool thinking my man.

  7. Love your Leaf observations, Mike. Good, quality stuff. Including the “fore” one you sent the other day on Facebook.

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