A nice little Alex Tanguay move in the shootout Thursday night in Ottawa gave the Canadiens an important 3-2 win.
And it was mostly important because the team looked slightly better than they have lately. There was flow, skating, passing, shots, all the things that hockey is supposed to be, and all the things the Habs haven’t done much of lately.
Granted, the Senators played well and could have won this game. But they didn’t. One word of caution to fans going home after game. Be careful of the sidewalks. They’re usually rolled up after six o’clock in Ottawa. Don’t trip.
I saw lots of good things from the Canadiens. Not great things, but good things. It seemed everyone was ready to play. There were few whistles, few penalties, and good goaltending at either end. I even saw confidence with the puck, which has been missing lately too.
These are good signs. Is tonight’s game a turning point?
If I was a paying customer, I’d feel I got my money’s worth on this night. Which I can’t say the same for most of the previous Habs games.
Now it’s home to prepare for the Boston Bruins on Patrick Roy Night. More than any game so far, this is the one where I want to see the Canadiens simply kill. They were embarrassed 6-1 by Boston last week, something that both players and fans haven’t forgotten, I’m sure. It’ll be a beautiful thing to behold if the Habs return the favour in a big way on Roy night.
A couple sitting behind the bench wore Canadiens sweaters, and the guy looked really nervous and upset because at the time, the boys were losing 2-1. The lovely young lady touched him and whispered sweet nothings in his ear to obviously make him feel better. That’s love. That’s hockey. Two young Habs fans in love.