I’m not about to gush about Montreal’s fine display tonight at the Bell Centre because Habs haters would vomit in their gruel if they read it.
Maybe I’ll just say really nice things instead. After all, it is just a pre-season game.
But some of these games are way more fun than others.
So many nice things happened to the Montreal Canadiens and their fans tonight that I simply have to get it out. It’s important. Black evil clouds were lifted, at least for now, because of an extra solid display by a team that needed just that.
The Canadiens trounced the Florida Panthers 6-2 in game 5 of the Habs’ seven exhibition games, and in doing so, hopefully turned a big corner in both the scoring and goaltending departments.
Six goals! Do you know how good it feels feel writing that? Of course you do. Most of you are Habs fans, and you and I and the team needed something big, something that feels good besides having to get into the mescaline. Things were just getting way too serious in the workplace.
And as long as my keyboard is feeling the love, I proudly tap tap tap that Carey Price stopped 19 of 21 shots. Those bad memories are fading, and tonight is something to hopefully build off. I’ll bet he feels great right now.
Florida opened the scoring but Montreal answered with five goals before both teams traded one more near the end. Several of the Habs goals were beauties – Tomas Plekanec racing down, cutting around the back of the net and finding a hole; Ryan White storming down and taking a hit to get it over to Tom Pyatt, who blasted it home; Ryan White breaking in on his own and finishing in fine fashion.
There were fights and big chances and intensity. Some of these pre-season games, like this one tonight, rival much of what the regular season brings. The crowd at the Bell Centre must have had fun. I know I did.
Also scoring for Montreal on this fine night were Jaroslav Spacek who evened it at one in the first period; Tomas Plekanec ended with two and is basically on fire right now; and Mike Cammalleri restoring that four goal lead that we wanted to see after Florida had narrowed it to 5-2.
Travis Moen got into a nice tiff and handled himself well. This is what Moen needs to do on a regular basis. But of course, I’m not the coach.
Maxim Lapierre was awarded the Jean Beliveau Trophy before the game for his charitable efforts. Always nice to see Jean, and good for Max.
1. Tomas Plekanec
2. Ryan White
3. Lars Eller
Next – Buffalo on Thursday. What, no game every day? What came over the schedule maker? Did he make a mistake?