I suppose if one would look at the animosity level of the teams in the northeast, Montreal would have very little time for Toronto and Boston, with Ottawa and Buffalo bringing up the rear. The Bruins/Leafs/Canadiens triumvirate is what legends are made of.
Ottawa is coming on fast, mostly because of the close 120 kms apart, and of course there’s all the Habs fans living in Ottawa including massive amounts of francophones both in Ottawa and across the Ottawa river in Gatineau.
Buffalo could make a case though for being in Montreal’s bad books. This is a team which has proved to be a thorn in the side of the Canadiens over the years, and should be considered at least as disliked as Ottawa. They’ve been around longer, and have given the Canadiens fits over the years. Winning sometimes, hurting opposing players sometimes (eg Tom Pyatt), and having Gilbert Perreault, who should have been a Montreal Canadien. He was born to be a Montreal Canadien. Instead, he was the enemy. A Buffalo Sabre. It wasn’t right.
Dennis Hull said in 1972. “I like Moscow. It reminds me of Buffalo.”
The Habs lost their opening game last year to this team, but tonight, in Buffalo’s season opener, Habs got revenge with a lovely 2-1 overtime win with a goal by Brian Gionta, and the boys get it done again. It’s just a little theft, twice now, but the Habs can steal games all year long as far as I’m concerned. Two points are two points. That’s the bottom line.
Two for two, with Andrei Markov out and Carey Price being the Carey Price we all know and love. But Ryan O’Byrne and Glen Metropolit are being looked at. Sure, keep the injuries coming. Make it more even for the other teams.
Good work by:
Georges Laraque, in my opinion, played his best period (the 1st), since he’s been a Canadien.
Travis Moen charges the net, scores, fights (and is a good fighter), and has bumps and cuts and bruises on his face. He’s a Saskatchewan boy, which means he’s tough as nails and salt of the earth. A good old hockey-playing Canadian prairie boy.
I’m tired of mentioning shots on goal. Habs won. And including pre-season, the boys are 6 wins, 3 losses.
Calgary Tuesday night. Yippee ki yay!