Having trouble sleeping? Do you lay awake at night tossing and turning, not able to drift off into dreamland?
Well, do I have the solution for you!
Just play a tape of the Montreal Canadiens during the first half of their game against the Washington Capitals Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Before you know it, you’ll be sawing logs and waking up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the world.
The Washington Capitals aren’t THAT good, are they? They only have two more points than the Canadiens, but tonight (Saturday), they looked like contenders while Montreal looked like pretenders. Oh, the Habs had brief flashes of scoring chances, and yes, Alex Kovalev once again hasn’t scored (only 19 games), but when I think back to the game which ended only a little while ago, I think that if it wasn’t for Habs’ goaltender Jaroslav Halak, the Caps may have won by four or five.
This group, led by the whirlwind named Alex Ovechkin and choreographed by NHL coaching-find of the decade, Bruce Boudreau, stifled most Montreal attacks, albeit there weren’t that many. The Caps seem to have as solid a team as most any in the league, but it’s like they’ve flown under the radar so far this season as the Sharks and Bruins get most of the ink.
And I hope you’re sitting down when I tell you this; The Canadiens didn’t score on the power play.
I don’t think anyone can defend Montreal’s effort tonight. Am I ever glad I hadn’t decided to fly across the country, get a hotel room, and hurry on down to the Bell Centre and buy a couple of scalper’s tickets for four hundred bucks or so. That would’ve sucked.
I probably would’ve ended up drinking quarts of beer instead of pints afterward.
Too bad Georges Laraque is injured and didn’t play. I would’ve liked to have seen a Laraque-Brasheur dance.
And one last and confusing note.
I distinctly remember the Russian National Junior team goalie of a year or so ago named Varlamov who was embarrassingly fat and looked like he should be at the buffet table instead of sprawling around making big saves. But then I see this Caps goalie tonight named Simeon Varlamov, stopping pucks with a fit-looking 6’1′, 185 pound body.
What gives? Is it a different guy, or is it the same guy only about fifty pounds lighter?
And should I see a doctor because I’m getting confused easily?