Habs in Washington tonight as you know, with Ryan O’Byrne finally back in the lineup, which is good news but would’ve been even better news if Brian Gionta hadn’t had gone down. This “add one, subtract one” isn’t the kind of mathematics I’m crazy about.
I saw the Habs in Washington 20 years ago, and every time since then, when they go there, I hope for major payback. Because it’s a terrible thing when your team gets bombed 5-0 in someone else’s barn, and seeing the hometown fans happy, laughing and cheering was just sickening.
But aside from the “Washout in Washington”, it was a dandy trip. Six of us rented a van in Ottawa and saw games in Hartford, Washington and twice in New Jersey. We even sat near the players wives’ section in New Jersey, so naturally I didn’t see much of that particular game.
I also don’t exactly remember, but I’m sure the hangover back in Ottawa was world-class.
So tonight, once again, I’m hoping for not just a Canadiens win, but major payback for that 5-0 embarrassment all those years ago. Because when it comes to things like that, I have a long memory.