Rene Bourque, Raphael Diaz, and Lars Eller tallied for the Canadiens in Toronto, the team skates away with a 3-1 victory, and like CBC’s Jim Hughson said when it was over, the Habs are still alive.
Wounded but alive.
The Habs have to be satisfied with their effort on this night. Although outshot 33-23 by the Leafs, they didn’t need Carey Price to perform miracles, and instead, they worked hard, created chances, and buried three when they had to. A huge win, and it feels good.
Everyone did their job in workmanlike-fashion, and PK Subban had a fine and smart game, which was just great to see. Alexei Emelin played it tough once again, and one of these days I like to see an interview with him, even through a translator. He makes such big noise on the ice and has been so quiet off. Maybe you folks in Montreal have seen such a thing, but I haven’t. Not yet.
And regardless of where Montreal and Toronto sit in the standings, it’s always a special night for me to see the Habs in Toronto, winning the game, and looking splendid in their whites against the classic blue of the Leafs. It reminds me of my childhood, when my dad would take me to see the Canadiens at Maple Leaf Gardens, and I still feel an emotional pull, even now. I always seem to pay a little extra attention to things when Montreal plays in Toronto.
A huge two points, but rarely have we been able to put together any kind of streak to really climb back into things. Only three times have the boys managed a modest two-game win streak – once in November, once in December, and once in January, along with a lovely 4-game stretch in late October.
So now it’s time to put together something big. We start with this nice result in Toronto, add two more points on Wednesday against the Red Wings, then we go for three in a row on the 31st against Buffalo.
This is what has to happen. Win, win again, and then win some more. It could end up a beautiful thing. We gotta have hope.