For much of Tuesday night’s game with the Buffalo Sabres, the Canadiens sparkled, even going up 2-0 and looking like masters of the universe. Maybe it could be three or four or five nothing, I thought! After all, a rarely-used goalie, just called up from the American Hockey League, was between the pipes for the visitors.
But somehow the door opened ever so slightly, as we’ve seen before, and sudddenly and without warning, the game was tied at two.
Hope springs eternal though as the siren sounded and it was still deadlocked, and it remained tied through five minutes of overtime. But it should have been over long before and it wasn’t, and althought the hope is eternal, the confidence was taking a beating. Surely we would solve this inexperienced goalie Jhonas Enroth in the shootout, especially with Carey Price on our side.
For the beginning of the shootout, the Canadiens once again sparkled as David Desharnais and Tomas Plekanec bulged the twine, and visions of two points (abeit the hard way) danced in my graveyard-weary head. But again, suddenly and without warning, Sabres skaters began to fool Carey Price, and before we knew it, this game that was mostly in the bag for the home team became a 3-2 win for the visitors, a team who found a way to grab two points while we found a way to collect a measly, yet possibly huge, one point.
Montreal had goals from Max Pacioretty and Benoit Pouliot. Pouliot’s goal came from a beautiful setup from Desharnais, who is quickly becoming one of the team’s most reliable and exciting players. If only there was a machine that could stretch him another three inches or so, or even a pill. Hey, if Viagra grows one part, why not a pill that grows the whole body?
Carey Price made some incredible eye-popping saves in regulation but was very ordinary in the shootout.
Next up – Now the western swing begins with the team in Edmonton on Thursday before the big Heritage encounter in Calgary on Sunday. After that it’s a visit to Vancouver for a game that I’m working on being at and expect to be at.