The Canadiens did on this night what doesn’t happen on most nights of this hockey season. They made the Edmonton Oilers, the team with the league’s least amount of points (48), look like Stanley Cup contenders.
Yes it ended in a 5-4 shootout win for the Habs, but it was certainly their least impressive of the past few. They squandered a two-man advantage late in the game while tied at four, they couldn’t get it done with two separate Oilers’ penaties in overtime, and Jaroslav Halak, although solid during the shootout, was quite ordinary during regulation time.
But who am I to quibble? It was another win, another big two points, five out of six wins. But they dodged a bullet from the pesky Oilers.
Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Travis Moen, Sergei Kostitsyn, and brother Andrei in the shootout were the Habs marksmen.
Bruins in town on Saturday. If I had any money I’d bet lots of it that Carey Price will start.