Montreal was supposed to win the game. That’s about as big an understatement as I’ve ever come up with. And the reasons are obvious: They’re trying to leave the Florida Panthers in their dust and stay solid in the playoff hunt. And they’re a better team than the young and injury-ridden New York Islanders. As simple as that.
And win they did, a big, old-fashioned, lopsided 5-1 spanking of the Islanders on Long Island. And as an extra bonus, the New York Averys lost 4-2 to Carolina, which means Montreal jumps ahead of these Averys and into seventh spot. Seventh seems like first at this stage of the game.
Montreal’s big line of Tanguay, Koivu, and Kovalev tallied six points and continues to make me feel warm and fuzzy all over. TSN has labelled them the AKA line, but I much prefer ‘The Big Line’ to this initialized handle they came up with. Maybe I could get a job at NHL headquarters naming lines!
The Kovalevian One notched three assists, played well, and easily could have had five or six points if Koivu would’ve finished some close-in chances. But it wasn’t only Kovy who sparkled. Most on the team did. And TSN announcers Chris Cuthbert and Pierre McGuire were absolutely right when they said that if Chris Higgins, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Tomas Plekanec could get it going, then the Habs would be firing on all cylinders, which makes me all aglow when I think about this.
It’s also interesting that the fuss over Guy Carbonneau being fired and Bob Gainey taking over has now quieted down. Although probably the biggest reason Gainey is having success is ‘The Big Line,’ which began when Alex Tanguay returned from his seven week shoulder injury. That and Carey Price finding his game which went into hiding for awhile, although it was Jaroslav Halak who earned the win tonight because Price hasn’t been eating his vegetables and is in bed with the flu.
Now it’s off to Toronto, the team that humiliated the Habs on March 21. It’s payback time, boys. Show these Torontonians that they’re not even on the same planet as you.
George Laraque once again had one of his staged fights. If George is going to fight, just once I’d like to see him absolutely furious. These things he gets into now seem just silly.
TSN cameramen did a very poor job of finding women in the stands with cleavage. RDS is much more proficient in this area.