It only took about 36 minutes before the Canadiens awoke from their slumber, but from then on, they battled and finally bested the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on a night where once again Carey Price was stellar, and Marc-Andre Bergeron came to the forefront, played a forceful game, and scored two huge goals.
It was a night where I began to drift off as the Jackets led 2-1 and then 3-2, but I perked right up when Carey Price let his teammates know he was getting a little sick and tired of keeping it a game, and the boys rallied and beat Mathieu Garon, who had several cups of coffee with the Habs. and players throughout the lineup contributed which is a nice little change.
Mike Cammalleri, Bergeron with two, Glen Metropolit, and finally, Maxim Lapierre, with Sergei Kostitsyn earning a heart-warming assist.
And although TSN’s Gord Miller and Pierre McGuite were quick to point out that the Blue Jackets were tired from playing the night before, the Canadiens aren’t exactly fresh and healthy either. And these announcers also couldn’t get over the fact that Montreal has been quite badly outshot in the last handful of games, but what do they expect? The team is experiencing a gaggle of injuries, for gawd’s sakes.
The 1958-59 Habs would be outshot too if Doug Harvey, Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau were on the shelf and half the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens were called up. Sometimes I need to mute Miller, and I’d also like to give McGuire scalp burns with my knuckles.
Geez I miss Danny Gallivan.
Canadiens visit Pittsburgh tomorrow night. They beat Washington and almost beat Detroit. They can do it against Pittsburgh too.
For the first time this season, I heard rumblings that Carey Price is almost ready to be mentioned as a possible Olympian. Has he ever come a long way since the Vancouver 7-1 implosion. I hope his mom and dad are really happy campers right now.