In the “glass is half full, not half empty” department, there were several nice things to see regarding this second-from-last pre-season game for the Canadiens that ended with, yecch, a loss once again to that team from down the eastern seaboard.
Patrice Brisebois accepting the Jean Beliveau trophy for for going above and beyond in the community; seeing Jean Beliveau on the ice, an image that never gets old; and Gregory Stewart finally showing some life by duking it out with a big left-handed lug named Guillaume Lefebvre.
And something else that’s nice to see; Sergei Kostitsyn, who appears to be Jacques Martin’s special project judging from what’s been reported from practices, finally getting a goal, something that will keep the hounds at bay for another little while.
And then there’s stellar work by Jaroslav Halak, Scott Gomez, and a few others.
Of course, for every good comes bad, and that would be the Bruins not only ruining Halak’s shutout but also winning 2-1 in the shootout. Then there was Halak getting run over by Vladimir Sobotka, and most disturbing, Andrei Kostitsyn taking a penalty with two minutes left in the game and Matt D’Agostini taking another in overtime. These ill-timed penalties, whether deserved or not, have been a Habs’ curse for a few seasons now, and absolutely have to stop. These are killers.
And almost as disturbing is the camera work. I don’t know if it’s new camermen this year, but I didn’t see one good shot of a beautiful woman in the stands. RDS used to be good at this. What’s going on?
This has to stop. Tonight was the eleventh straight game, including pre-season and playoffs, that the Habs have lost to Boston.
Saturday night closes off the pre-season with the Sabres invading the Bell Centre. We need more goals and less ill-timed penalties, please.