A lovely woman in a tight, white sweater sat behind the Habs bench. The camera never showed her face, but she was lovely. You could just tell.
Do you think the Penguins put that lovely lady in the tight, white sweater in a seat behind the Habs bench as a distraction?
Montreal had their chances. Brian Gionta hit the post on a shorthanded rush with Scott Gomez. Tomas Plekanec has his split-second moments. But again, using the Penguins first goal as an example, the Canadiens have problems getting the puck out when the other team is forechecking, and this is leading to goals. I might have to round up a posse of some of you readers and get this straightened out.
Penalties late in the game made it a completely lost cause for the good guys. Hal Gill tried the old push-the net-off-its-moorings trick which didn’t work because THE REFEREES AREN’T ALWAYS BLIND, HAL. And with only a few minutes left, Pittsburgh had their way with Montreal and probably didn’t even say thank you.
Sidney Crosby, as usual, played great against the team which used to be his favourite when he was a kid in Cole Harbour with icycle boogers hanging from his nose and dripping on to his little CH crest . Three goals for The Kid. Just once I’d like to see him injured when the Habs and Penguins clash.
Carey Price was in goal to start the third, and thus begins a new saga of “who’s the main goalie in Montreal now?” Was Halak that bad in the first two periods? He wasn’t standing on his head, that’s for sure, allowing four goals. And until the goaltending situation gets solidified, the Habs will never be great. It’s crucial to fix this.
Take the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury, for example. This guy is the undisputed number-one goalie for his team. He’s won a Stanley Cup. He’s a superstar. He wins games for his team. And Frozen Pond memorabilia company in Toronto says Fleury’s autograph is the number-one seller, past and present, in the business.
We want Price or Halak to achieve this status. Price could be, although his career hasn’t exactly started out so well. Halak probably can’t.
It was just one of those nights. A trouncing. An ass-kicking. A sad state of affairs.
Habs see another good team on Friday - Chicago. My crystal ball says Price will start. Doesn’t mean he’ll finish, though.