Up until the final three minutes of the Habs-Caps game on Friday night, when Montreal seemed to have things under control, it could have been described by Bob and Doug McKenzie, if they were Habs fans, as a “beauty game, eh.”
But those last three mintues. Whew! Bob and Doug would have been reaching for several Molson’s at this point.
Montreal were leading nicely at 3-1 when the Capitals scored to bring it within one with over two minutes to go. Then Max Lapierre took a penalty, Washington pulled their goalie, and all hell broke loose. It became the storming of the gates, a full blitzkrieg by the desperate Caps, but to no avail.
The good guys pulled off one of their most important games of the year, and definitely one of their better outings also. They shut down Alex Ovechkin, and when you do that, you shut down the biggest part of the Washington Capitals. Could a more obvious thing have been said?
Yes, there were imperfections. Montreal was hemmed in on several occasions and it sometimes took minutes to get out again. Time and time again, Carey Price, with big help from Jaroslav Spacek and Roman Hamrlik in particular (as pointed out often by Pierre McGuire), saved the day. And the forwards, as Jacques Martin is teaching them to do, did their jobs defensively as well as offensively. Travis Moen, Glen Metropolit, Tomas Plekanec really pitched in, and if they’re ever in Powell River I’ll take them fishing if I can borrow a boat and some fishing rods.
Unfortunately, there’s no time to celebrate and buy each other beers while breaking curfew. There’s a Detroit team showing up on time Saturday night.
This wasn’t just a huge road win. This was a huge win, period. Too many close encounters of the dreadful kind with lesser teams. This was the first-place Washington Capitals the Habs booted tonight.
Washington had 34 shots to Montreal’s 22.
Scott Gomez may or may not be hurt. If he’s hurt, I’m looking on the bright side. I think there’s one. (To be announced later.)
Both Plekanec and Cammalleri had a goal and an assist.
Travis Moen tallied Montreal’s first.
Nice looking brunette behind Jacques Martin.