We saw Tomas Plekanec go down late in the frst period, and we thought, here we go again.
But Plekanec came back, and the team is showing more and more that with a relatively healthy lineup, they’re playing some of their best hockey of the year.
It’s even laughable to say healthy. Mike Cammalleri, Paul Mara, and power-play specialist Marc-Andre Bergeron remain on the sidelines. And Maxim Lapierre is in the middle of a four-game suspension.
But they consider themselves a healthy team now, as Glen Metropolit said. And the boys, for the most part, in this game tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, had things in control from the outset. Ultimately, it ended as a 5-3 win for the Canadiens, their third straight win, and you can see a confident team arising from the ashes.
Head for the playoffs as they play their best hockey of the season. What timing.
And anything can happen in the playoffs.
Jaroslav Halak enjoyed a good-yet-unspectacular game. Scott Gomez, with a goal and two assists, and his linemates Brian Gionta and Benoit Pouliot, were a force to be reckoned with. Mathieu Darche notched a pair. And Glen Metropolit scored his fifteenth to match his jersey number.
Good, solid game. I give them a B plus on this night.
Edmonton is in on Thursday. Habs have to take these two points. It’s crucial, as everyone knows.