Habs Play Two Good Periods, But It Takes Three

Sadly, the Montreal Canadiens will not be challenging the 1979 Philadelphia Flyers’ astonishing record of going unbeaten in the first 35 games of the season. They were on their way, mind you, but got stalled at game three. One little game has screwed up the whole record-breaking process.

Montreal played a great game at the Saddledome in Calgary Tuesday night. Yes, they lost 4-3, and yes, they had a letdown in the second period, but overall, they skated hard. I was proud of them. Fans got their money’s worth. For many of the Saddledomians, there were times when it was even more exciting than chuckwagon races.

Jaroslav Halak was in goal for the Habs, and as an official armchair quarterback, I think Carey Price should’ve been in goal. This was a big game, Calgary’s a strong team, and it’s only game three for gawd’s sakes. Price could’ve played in both Calgary and Vancouver, and then Halak could’ve stepped in in Edmonton Saturday night. Why not go with Price? He’s young, he’s in shape, he’s not burnt out, and he’s been hot. Why change? You think Ken Dryden or Jacques Plante only played two straight and then sat?

Three players earned their first goals in this game – Scott Gomez, Guillaume Latendresse, and Tomas Plekanec. The Gomez line, with Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta, skated miles. They were part of the reason the crowd got their money’s worth. There’s going to be lots of thrills and spills this year with these three. Some good old fire-wagon hockey. Stay healthy, boys.

The Flames wore their old uniforms and it looked like Patterson and Peplinski out there. But on closer examination, it was only Prust and Pardy. And naturally, Montreal fans were scattered throughout, as will be the case in Vancouver Wednesday and Edmonton Saturday.  It goes without saying that when the Habs come to these western cities, it’s a big night for their fans. It’s a beautiful thing.

Of course, it’s much more beautiful when they win.

Random notes:

The Vancouver game is now getting into my territory, with Vancouver only two ferry rides away. It’s one of my big nights, a game I check first when the schedule comes out. It’s very important the Habs win this one. Not just for them and the standings, but for me. I need to have some bragging rights for a change. I’m a goldfish in a sea of carp.

Montreal has done very poorly in Vancouver, at least since 1996, winning just four while losing nine to the Canucks. I can’t stand it. This needs to be changed and I can’t think of a better time to start than Wednesday night.

6 thoughts on “Habs Play Two Good Periods, But It Takes Three”

  1. Sorry about the lost Mr Kane.
    It’s going to be a hell of a game in Vancouver tomorrow night.
    I was kind of hoping that Canadiens would pull off the tie.But it didn’t happen.
    Before you went home from work tonight ,you asked me not to tell you the score of the Vancouver and Montreal game when I show up tomorrow to re leave you because you taping the game.That’s going to be hard for me to do especially if Vancouver wins .
    So when I pull up in my car ,go the other way and jump in your car .Go home and enjoy your Montreal Canadiens.

  2. DK, I agree, give Price the ball and let him run with it to regain his confidence and then give him a rest ! He’s won two for us when things looked bleak . 700 hundred shots to 40 & he held us in there over two games & we won !!! We need him to be at his best, do you pull Brodour after two games & play your back up after two games— no way ! Get with the program JM & let the kid shine !
    Les Canadiens Sont La !!!!!!

  3. Dennis,

    Hard luck last night against the flames, I was really pulling for the habs to win that one. Unfortunately I cant say the same for your boys tonight. It should be a good game though and im looking forward to it. Cheers!

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