Nice to see a 5-1 game for a change. Even though though the Devils didn’t have their usual Habs-killer - Martin Brodeur in nets, and were also missing their best player, Zach Parise.
But we were also without Andrei Markov, and PK Subban was having a rest, and it’s a win we’ll take. Gladly. A loss on this night would have …..(please insert several obscenities here).
I would have preferred a few goals in the third period to really complete the demolishing, but 5-1 is just fine, thank you very much.
Lars Eller played with more command in his game, and contributed a goal and an assist, and I’m hoping this young Dane’s best games are still ahead of him in 2011.
Scott Gomez scored a power play goal and almost notched another later on, and thinking back, I don’t know if could handle a two-goal game from Gomez at this point. It just seems too much to absorb at this stage.
Two goals…….nope, too much.
Tomas Plekanec was stopped on a first period penalty shot, which is too bad. But at least he had a point in the game, an assist on Brian Gionta’s opening marker. And Tom Pyatt managed his first goal of the year and there’s another monkey off someone’s back who must have been sick and tired of this smelly ape breathing down his back.
Benoit Pouliot rounded out the night with his sixth of the season and his 14th point in 26 games, and if you’re still comparing Pouliot to Guillaume Latendresse from the Minnesota trade, Latendresse has 3 goals and 3 assists in 8 games with the Wild. But of course, none of that matters anymore. I don’t even know why I brought it up.
Shots on goal – 32-28 Habs.
Next Up: Saturday when the San Jose Sharks pay a visit. This should be a good test for both clubs.