It was a win, and wins are good I suppose.
The Canadiens edged Carolina 2-1, but it took a shootout to do it, and without Ben Scrivens flapping around like a fish on a line, it would’ve been just another loss in this long, heartbreaking season.
Because the team in front of him, as usual, lacked fire.
I suppose I shouldn’t complain. It’s two straight for the boys, which is something we haven’t seen since late November when they put together four in a row, and which seems as miraculous as can be now.
But two wins still doesn’t sit right. Not for me, anyway. Not the way they won today.
I’ve tried to stay upbeat and as positive as possible throughout this ridiculous campaign. But this is a team that on most nights disappoints, even with a rare win, and I’m tired of being disappointed.
Real life can be disappointing enough. I don’t need more from my friggin’ hockey team. But maybe I’m selfish. I’ve been alive for 18 Montreal Canadien Stanley Cup wins, so I shouldn’t be greedy.
And reality tells me I probably won’t see 19.
And this year, not even playoff action.
Although the 3-on-3 overtime gave us good old fire wagon hockey that had fans oohing and aahing, we saw the Canadiens be the second best team for the three regular periods. Like they’ve been so often.
It’s a win, but whatever. They didn’t play well.
Carolina outshot Montreal 35-34.
Max, with his 20th, tied thing at one apiece in the second period.
Galchenyuk, Flynn, Max, and Eller failed miserably in the shootout, but Andrighetto came through.
Next up – Tuesday, when it’s the Tampa Bay Lightning in town.