Yes, they lost 4-3 to the New Yorkers. And yes, this isn’t good. But at least they got a point. And there were a few good things to focus on. Like Alex Kovalev playing quite well except for those times when he was a puck hog.
Then there was that move by Maxim Lapierre to tie the game at two. He looked like Jean Beliveau the way he swooped in, made a nice little deke on the defenceman, got the goalie going the wrong way, and fired it home.
Andrei Markov played as good a game as I’ve seen him play this year. And young guys Max Pacioretty and Matt D’Agostini worked hard and drove to the net.
These were all good things. And there were only a couple of bad things. The problem is, these couple of bad things were pretty important. Montreal again allowed a lot of shots on net. Thirty nine’s way too many, but it’s a normal night for the Canadiens.
And the only other bad thing about the Habs tonight was that Carey Price, although looking good during the game, couldn’t stop a beach ball in the shootout.
Thursday night, the Habs are in Ottawa. They’ll win that one, then they’ll beat Toronto, then whip Atlanta, then destroy Tampa, then paste Buffalo, then kill Chicago, and so on.
Last but not least, there’s something I have to say. I feel I’m being a man about this, mature, when I say – Sean Avery played well, looked absolutely like a well-adjusted human being, and I didn’t see one smirk from him all night. There, I’ve said it. That took balls.
This is the new Sean Avery. We’ll see how long this lasts.