Benoit Pouliot, whom I accused of being an underachiever just hours ago, scored the tying goal and then the sparkling shootout winner as the Habs edge the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 and grab two big points.
They won the game, but they took the gravel road instead of the smooth and freshly paved one, and it appeared they were also going to make Pens goalie Brent Johnson look like every other goalie who plays the Habs. Full of shit.
The Canadiens had several ideal chances throughout and couldn’t finish, and they blew a big chance when Pittsburgh ran into a rash of penalties in the third, creating an extended two-man advantage for the Habs. But Mike Cammalleri especially couldn’t hit the net, no one found the fortitude to bury it, and it took Pouliot’s shootout stylings later on to ice it.
And what a shootout goal it was. Reminiscent of Peter Forsberg against Canada’s Corey Hirsch in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. A puck that just sort of crept in. They put the image of the ’94 goal on a Swedish stamp and we have the image of Pouliot winning a big game for us.
Thank you, Pouliot. Sorry I said you were an underchiever and you’re officially off the hook until Saturday when you and the boys play Boston.
Pittsburgh outshot the Canadiens 32-23 and Carey Price came up big several times.
It looked for a few minutes that Jaroslav Spacek had hurt his hand but he was back out shortly after. Imagine if we lost Spacek? Maybe Chris Chelios is available.
With Markov, Gorges, and Hamrlik out, PK Subban has moved way up in seniority, with Picard, Weber and Wiz coming after.
Here’s the videos of Forsberg fooling Hirsch in 1994, and Pouliot doing the same against Brent Johnson Thursday night.