It was tight, that’s for sure. Tighter than Richard Simmons’ tights. A game that could’ve gone either way.
Except Montreal has Shea Weber on their power play and the Leafs don’t.
Weber let go a rocket in the third period that broke a 1-1 deadlock and crushed the hearts of Leaf fans, who thought maybe, just maybe, their team might actually do it.
You know how silly Leaf fans can get sometimes.
Just joking. Seriously.
It wasn’t to be, Leaf fans, although your team played well and almost came through.
And these same fans can now focus on November 19th, when the two teams clash again. But they have to always keep in mind one thing. The Canadiens have Carey Price or Al Montoya. And Weber. And Radulov and a whack of other beautiful bastards.
But again, your team played well if it’s any consolation. And there’s some real nice young players on that Leafs squad and could be a force in the near future.
I’ve said for years that a winner in Toronto is good for the game. It’s just the Toronto media that might be insufferable. And maybe a few million fans.
The Leafs were the better team in the first period of Saturday’s contest, but the second frame would see Alex Galchenyuk finish off a great pass from Alex Radulov, and the Canadiens regrouped slightly after that.
In the third period, Toronto would score with the man advantage, but Weber, on a 4-on-3 power play, wound up and that was that. And Price stuck out his pad with about half a second left to save the win.
An 8-0-1 October for the Canadiens, and try as you may to compare it to a perfect 9-0 last year that went south in no time, you just won’t be able to. Because Carey Price is playing. And those other guys.
Last year went like this: Montreal won their first nine, then lost to the Canucks and Oilers on their western swing, where Carey Price suffered his then-mysterious injury.
Into November, with Mike Condon in nets on most nights, and they’d win a few and lose a few. But in December, January, February, and March, they fell off the cliff and fell out of the race. Simple as that.
Price even managed to get back in nets for three games in late November last season, but that was all, and Condon, Dustin Tokarski, and Ben Scrivens manned the nets for the remainder.
I’m hoping to stop talking about it. I just thought it was interesting for you. And it’s all about you!
Next up – The Vancouver Canucks visit the Bell next Wednesday.
Radulov assisted on both goals, and Weber leads his team with four goals and six assists.