It wasn’t perfect, and it doesn’t help the draft odds, but it was certainly nice for a change to see the Canadiens play with some life. Of course they came close to blowing it, but we’re used to that. What’s cool is that they didn’t blow it.
Canadiens down the Oilers 5-3, and it was a night when the Habs won by two, the power play clicked for two, Max Pacioretty scored two, and Scott Gomez assisted on two.
They also let a two-goal lead almost slip away. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Edmonton opened the scoring in the first, but PK Subban tied it on the power play, and that’s how the frame ended. In the second, Max had given the Habs a 2-1 lead, but suddenly, and for whatever reason, Tomas Kaberle sent a nice soft pass up the middle, right on to an Oiler stick, and the shot skimmed off Alexei Emelin to even the score. These kind of brain-dead passes to the enemy are what turns hair grey, and Kaberle seems to pull something every night that makes us question his right to put skates on. Maybe he needs to shorten his stick.
But Kaberle also did something we could cheer about and I appreciate it because I checked my hair and yes indeed, I don’t recognize myself. He scored the team’s second power play goal, making it 3-2 Habs in the third. And when Lars Eller made it 4-2, it was a good and fine time, but I’m thinking that twenty million Habs fans, myself included, weren’t all that optimistic that the team could actually hold this lead.
They came close to blowing it. Taylor Hall fired one past Peter Budaj, who wasn’t overly sharp, which can be expected from someone who spends the better part of his life on the bench, and suddenly the game was a 4-3 game. Everything was going according to script.
But the plot took an unexpected turn. PK Subban burst down the ice with the Oilers’ net empty, fought off a checker draped all over him, and unselfishly sent the puck over to Pacioretty who scored his second of the night, which was also his 30th of the season. The entire team will appreciate PK’s nice play, and it’s notch in both Pacioretty’s and Subban’s belts. A 30-goal season is a fine season for Max, he could even end up with 35 or more, and PK showed he’s come a long way in the maturity department.
David Desharnais left the game with some kind of lower body injury. Cripes, we need him ready for the playoffs.
Shots on goal Montreal 31- Oilers 27.
Next game – Saturday in Vancouver. We”ll be there. If the camera pans the crowd, I’ll be the one who strongly resembles Brad Pitt, only with greyer hair because of Kaberle.