The Canadiens came through in the shootout to edge the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 at the Bell Centre, and after the way things ended in Colorado on Wednesday, this two-pointer should have fans kissing strangers in the streets.
It’s always a fine thing when the Habs win a game of course, although it’s too late. But after what we’ve been through, we deserve a win.
It’s like the hockey gods got together and said “They deserve a win.”
And the heart-stopping overtime kind of made up for some of the Dead Men Skating we’ve seen too much of lately. Frantic three-on-three, and those who paid scalpers’ prices at least got a nice five-minute return on their money.
PK turned the puck over a couple of times, but because of the sensitivity carried over from Wednesday, I don’t dare mention it.
I’d also like to apologize for not talking about Max Pacioretty’s role in my recap after the Wednesday debacle.
I was so blinded by PK losing the puck and the Avs scoring the go-ahead goal with two minutes left, that I didn’t notice how dazed and confused Max was at the other end when he went one way and the player he was covering went the other.
I was also writing the recap, with the TV turned off, when Michel Therrien threw PK under the bus.
Sorry for missing these key events. You can throw me under the bus if you want.
Tonight, Friday, everything’s good. It’s Good Friday! And I have no idea what the coach or players are saying, because my two fingers are tapping away as I bathe in the glory of this big win.
Which is too late. Unless the hockey gods say we deserve the playoffs.
PK collected two assists.
Dale Weise opened the scoring when he banked the puck off a Flyers rearguard. Unfortunately, just ten seconds later the Flyers tied it up when a long shot flew past Mike Condon, who must’ve been eyeing female ushers in the corridor at the time.
A Tomas Plekanec turnover in the third period gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead, and although I don’t know for sure, I’m thinking that Michel Therrien will probably tread lightly when asked about this.
Max would tie the game on the power play after letting go a great wrist shot from the right side, and in the shootout, Max, along with Paul Byron, would get it done to the cheers of the faithful.
On this night, kudos to Max. Folks have been hard on him, and he’s deserved much of the criticism, mainly because he’s been quite shitty.
But tonight Max came through and helped the cause in a big way.
The Flyers outshot Montreal 37-31.
Next up – Monday, when the Nashville Predators creep into town.