I’m not going to gush about the Canadiens big 6-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers Tuesday. But I’m adamant that the Stanley Cup parade route should make its way down Ste. Catherines past what’s left of the old Forum. I feel it’s only right.
It didn’t start out well for the Habs. Atlanta had more three-on-ones than Hugh Hefner. And when the Thrashers tied the score at two after Koivu took a penalty for holding the stick, I thought it was all going to fall apart. There were an assortment of bad passes, (but I’m not naming names, Patrice Brisebois.) There were the usual too many penalties. And as far as Koivu’s penalty goes, I can understand most infraction – high sticking, elbowing, you name it. But I can’t understand holding the stick. You never get away with it. It’s called every time. It’s something that can and must be avoided. But I forgive you, Saku. You came through in a big way. Just don’t do it again.
The big line erupted.
Alex Tanguay netted two goals and three assists, Saku Koivu had one goal and two assists, and Alex Kovalev finished with two goals and one assist. It felt great for the fans. Imagine how it must have felt for these three? And Kovalev getting a couple was almost a given because my wife went and got her lucky Grand Canyon rock and made a wish on it that Kovy would score a couple and he did. I don’t know why she hasn’t been utilizing her rock more often.
Glen Metropolit scored the other, which is nice. The poor bugger gets picked up by Montreal and sees all the nonsense going on around him and probably wishes he was back in the low-income, inner-city projects in Toronto where he grew up.
Such a big win, which is an understatement to end all understatements. They were an absolutely different team than the one that skated against Toronto. Now they wait for Tampa Bay to show up for Thursday’s tilt and you can bet the farm you’ll see Koivu, Tanguay and Kovalev together again. It’s going to really interesting to see what they do then.
Andrei Markov had three big assists, and Carey Price played great sometimes and not-so-great other times. But that’s fine.