I made the decision not to do a game report.
Because I didn’t see the game.
It was a 4-3 shootout win for the Canadiens after picking away at a three-goal deficit, and I know what I read at Mike Boone’s live blog at Hockey Inside/Out and from an email from Danno who found the game on some obscure local Ottawa channel.
They both stressed very clearly that Scott Gomez played a really fine game. He assisted on the first of two Max Pacioretty goals, and scored the tying goal with the goaltender pulled. He set up nice plays, skated well, passed smartly, and probably feels great about how things turned out on this night in Ottawa.
It’s good drama and a screenplay needs to written. The underachiever, picked on by fans and media, comes off the worst season of his life, is embarrassed, and after promising that things would be different this year, goes out and plays his best game since……well….since Moses sported a brush cut.
Of course he has to keep it up and his team goes all the way for this to be considered film-worthy.
Ricardo Montalban’s grandson will be playing Gomez in the made-for-television movie.
Danno writes that Max Pacioretty was flying. Max scored two goals plus another in the shootout, and also managed to hit two posts. Like I said the other day, every great team needs a sensational power forward, and the Canadiens have two – Max-Pac and Erik Cole.
Mike Boone gave high marks to young Brendan Gallagher, who has looked good in a Habs uniform, and whether or not he can up his game even more and stay with the big club remains to be seen. But regardless if he stays or not, the near-future looks very bright for Mr. Gallagher.
If computers hadn’t been invented, this sort-of-game report wouldn’t have happened. Thanks to Danno’s email and Boone’s live blog at Hockey Inside/Out.
Habs outshot Ottawa 33-29, which is also good.
Next game? Saturday night when the same two teams clash at the Bell Centre.
Carey Price stopped 15 0f 18 shots, with Nathan Lawson blocking all 11 fired at him in the second half. Lawson also assisted on Max’s second marker.
This has to be a very satisfying night for the boys.