Habs Ground Jets On Bell Centre Runway

The siren had sounded, the cheers lingered, and Lars Eller skated out as first star of the night. He tossed pucks into the stands, but he remained longer than most would, and he applauded the adoring and delighted fans. He smiled and clapped again, and when he finally left the ice, in the corridor he jumped in the air.

Lars Eller had a right to smile and linger and jump. Because after all, the Dane, who is getting better and better, scored four times in his team’s dynamic 7-3 win.

Lars Eller is the most popular person in Montreal right now. Four goals, with the fourth being a fancy spin around on a penalty shot (video at bottom). For one game at least, it was as if we had Guy Lafleur back. How we long for our heroes being heroic.

A huge win for the hometown boys, it goes without saying. A strict thrashing of the Winnipeg Jets. There hasn’t been a lot to cheer about this season, but on this night, it was like the sun came out. A great night for the team and its fans. Something to build on, something to become excited about and cheer and to bring about hope. It was what the doctor ordered, this feel-good Habs story, and now we need this doctor to order some more.

Eller and linemates Andrei Kostitsyn and Travis Moen were as dangerous as can be. Moen contributed three assists, Kostitsyn two, and Kostitsyn’s stick handling and sharp pass on Eller’s third goal was, as they said on TV, a highlight reel assist. And it was a beautiful cross-ice pass to Eller that sent him in when he was hauled down and awarded the penalty shot.

Kostitsyn was named second star and well-deserved, and Erik Cole was the night’s third star, also well-deserved as he added two assists and skated miles.

A big win, maybe the beginning of a much better second half than first. We can only hope. Tonight, though, we can savour this and see all kinds of good that happened on Bell Centre ice. It’s one big step.

Still have to get that power play going, though.

Random Notes:

Josh Gorges, Tomas Kaberle, and Mike Cammalleri also bulged the twine.

Montreal scored four times in the third period to break open a 3-2 lead. Eller’s penalty shot had made it 7-2 before the Jets scored their third.

Shots on goal – Montreal 31, Jets 27.

Next up – Saturday, when Tampa Bay hopefully shows up.

Mike Johnson on TSN said that Alexei Emelin is fast gaining a reputation around the league as deceivingly strong and a devastating hitter. But we already knew that.

Here’s the sensational Eller penalty shot.


22 thoughts on “Habs Ground Jets On Bell Centre Runway”

  1. Hey Dennis, Legion wing nite,I caught the last few minutes in the second period,or so I thought,but when I got there the lady working behind the bar says”Hey Derry ,we have the Habs on for you”.That was the start of a good nite ,no beer,no wine,just tonic water and lime(taking five on acohol after the holidays eh)and a great showing by the boys in rouge,blanc et bleu.Lars must be short for larceny cause he stole the show tonite I’ll say.What a great performance ,he was very happy and he has a good reason to be,I hope this can continue to leak out to the rest of the Habs and salvage this season the best they can.

  2. It was a great win, Derry. Eller had a night to remember and I hope this picks up the whole team. How were the wings? And how can you have wings and not beer?

  3. Eller’s brother (played for Denmark Juniors) has an interesting
    first name at least for NA – Mads……

  4. Hey Dennis, As usual wings were good,no natchos tonite though so they were very apologetic for the chip up.I enjoy wings and beer ,but I like a healthy liver from time to time as well.

  5. I really liked what I saw. Eller, Emelin and Cole are still giving us something to cheer about consistently, and the team clicked well tonight. Eller is a rock star, Montreal needs to hang on to him. Emelin is a huge asset: he is in on many interesting plays, and if he gets traded or gets a nice contract (I hope for the latter) he will certainly be of good value. Cole has been worth every penny. I think it was a great signing by the GM.

    Cammalleri has steadily increased output the last few weeks, which pleases me as I’m pretty sure I predicted he would.

    Not Price’s best game, but not bad. We didn’t need him to be, though, and that’s what this team’s biggest problem has been.

  6. Martin, I didn’t know that. It’s an unusual name for sure – Mads. Another unusual name is Nail (Yakupov). My wife, who is Russian, says it’s very rare.

  7. David, I’d almost given up on Cammy but you’re right, he’s come back. Eller will be thinking about this night long after he’s retired, and it was so fantastic to see. And Emelin. I asked my step=son in Russia at the beginning of the season what he thought of Emelin and he said he was his favourite player in the KHL. He said he was a big hitter and was dead-on about that. I love what I see. And Cole has been the best overall I think. Which leads me to my question – how come Pacioretty has become so quiet? He and Cole were going to be our goal-scoring power forwards.

  8. Boy, did we need that! And with Eller’s scoresheet tonite, it’s like ten cherries on top.

    Like you all, I hope this continues in the weeks ahead. Who wouldn’t want to see W7 (or more), in the standings?!

  9. Is it too soon to start talking about Ellerian spin-o-ramas?

    Unfortunately I missed this exciting game, too busy Skyping tech-support to my mom after putting it off yesterday to watch the disappointing game.

    I saw saw the high-lights, Kostitsyn going for a skate around the Jets net before passing to Eller for the hat trick was my favourite. It shows what a good power forward he can be when he feels like it. The Gorges and Kaberle goals show how easy it can be if the shots just hit the net, no partial points for missing but going through the boards. I actually thought the call giving Eller a penalty shot was a bit weak one, there was a slight hold. Refs owe us a few calls, but I’d rather they wait for a better time to pay us back.

    Finally to blatantly steal from Danno’s comment, the Habs remain undefeated since signing Gorges long term.

  10. I just noticed that we had 7 defencemen playing and Weber wasn’t one of them. Was someone else similarly playing forward? And Leblanc was just sent back to Hamilton leaving no other healthy forwards unless Gionta returns.

  11. I have to post this video: It’s the Lars Eller spin-a-rama goal but taken by a fan at the Bell Centre:


    They even brought back the old goal song last night!

    This is easily the best game I’ve seen all year. They didn’t sit on a lead and went for it. It was so nice to see Lars get 4 and to see that he will make a lot of highlight packages this week! The grin on his face was awesome and that leap in the hallway was a riot.

    It’s only one game, but this was still awesome to see. I think I’ve watched Lars’ penalty shot about 100 times already. Now this would have been a hell of a game to see live.

    And think of how Martin used to play him out of position all the time, barely play him, etc. The guy is getting better and better. Heck – even Andre K is looking a lot better.

  12. Here’s all the Happy Habs fans down in Habsville!

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  13. Darth, it was awesome. The most fun I’ve had watching this year. Now, the question is, how will they play on Saturday?

  14. Chris, maybe some day you can tell me how to get rid of this skydrive photo program that found it’s way unto my computer. I hate it because it won’t enlarge photos I have saved on discs. And if someone sends me a photo through skydrive, I can’t enlarge them either. I don’t know why I have this. I didn’t ask for it.

  15. Danno, that was one of the finest moments in recent memory, the whole puck-throwing, applauding, smiling. It was tremendous, and it really touched my heart. What a breath of fresh air after what everyone’s been through lately.

  16. Happy New Year Dennis,

    Do you get the Danish crime thriller “Forbrydelsen” or “The Killing” as it was translated for UK consumption?

    It was very good and caused great excitement over here.

    Particularly the slow moving, incremental plotlines and the main character, Sarah Lund’s prediliction for wearing knitted sweaters, which has single handidly revived the knitting industry.



    Well after last night, we have another Dane in a red sweater who may be reviving a beloved institution.


    Though not it should be said, alone.

    I think both last season and this, the Eller Moen Kostitsyn combination has proved itself. Let’s hope they can be kept together.

    And Eric Cole is a man that’s earning his money.

    It’s a real pity he’s turned up in a season when the wheels have gone a bit wobbly.

    Ah well hope springs eternal

  17. Hope springs eternal, Blue Bayou. And I’m hoping the Bruins get mono.
    You bet about Moen, Kositsyn and Eller. They have chemistry and it’s too bad J. Martin didn’t keep them together on a regular basis. And with 40 games to go or, I’ve figured that if Gomez can score a goal a game, he’ll have 40!!! Of course, if he comes back. Maybe he got lost on the freeway.

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