It’s not a time to gloat.
Although beating the Ottawa Senators 7-1 is indeed a lovely thing.
But the Habs were playing a team in trouble, with a coach (Cory Clouston) on the cusp of becoming unemployed, with a captain (Daniel Alfredsson) barely noticeable, and with two goaltenders (Mike Brodeur and Brian Elliot) not exactly having a stellar night. Not to mention Alex Kovalev.
It’s a team in turmoil, these Ottawa Senators, which the Habs took advantage of. Now, if the Canadiens can score more than a few on Saturday against a better outfit, the Anaheim Ducks, and then next Tuesday against Philadelphia, maybe I’ll gloat then.
However, it’s a night to be enjoyed for Montreal players and fans. Seven goals is a nice round figure, although I was hoping for eight or nine.
We’ll take it. It doesn’t happen often, the last time being November 13th when the team surprised the Carolina Hurricanes 7-2, so these blowouts are few and far between. We’re used to two or three goals at best.
But I’m not gloating. I prefer to say I just really, really enjoyed what happened tonight.
Tomas Plekanec was flying, scoring two goals – one on a big shot, and the other on a breakaway where he, a Flying Czech, looked like a Flying Frenchman of days gone by.
Many played well, which is usually the case when a team scores seven times, and it was nice to see Max Pacioretty with a goal and an assist considering the last time we saw him he was being wheeled out of the Buffalo rink strapped in a stretcher with an intravenous tube attached to him.
Saturday with Saku Koivu, Maxim Lapierre, and their Ducks visiting. I won’t feel bad if the Canadiens only score five this time. I’ve said it many times – when it comes to Montreal scoring, I’m a greedy bastard.