The Canadiens stalled Ottawa’s charge, ruining the Sens’ chance to catch the Boston Bruins in the Northeast Division by winning in a shootout 3-2, and I have to admit, for some reason I’m not feeling bad for the Senators.
Frankly, I could care less where Ottawa sits, or 28 other teams for that matter. All I care about, aside from the fact that the Habs are going to find themselves without that top three draft pick very soon, is that the Canadiens look slightly better now, are playing with some jump and as a team, but they’ve left it too late.
That’s what hurts. They’re showing they can play after being horribly comatose for way too long, and I’d like to know how this new act affects the fallout. Will the team change plenty in the off-season or keep plenty? It scares me. I want plenty, and if the boys keep getting points, ownership and management might be fooled once again, or forget to take their blinders off, and we’d have to endure another tortuous season like this one. And if we do, I’ll be suing the team for a new television after a brick gets lodged in the one I have now.
So the bottom line is, if the Canadiens play well to close it off, we can only hope the brain trust isn’t hoodwinked by the improvement. I don’t trust these guys in suits. Not any more.
Tomas Kaberle had the night off to be with his girlfriend and brand new baby, Scott Gomez is feeling the effects of a concussion compliments of Buffalo’s Tyler Myers, and Alexei Emelin didn’t dress and I’m not sure why. I hate this. We need Emelin.
Erik Cole skated miles tonight against the Senators, and opened the scoring when he grabbed his own rebound and beat 6’7″ Ben Bishop, apparently the tallest goalie to ever play in the league. Tall and slim, the absolute polar opposite of Gump Worsley.
David Desharnais scored Montreal’s second goal just 24 seconds into the third period, and notched the lone goal in the shootout. This guy is a beauty, and an inspiration and example to small guys who might think they don’t have a chance in hell of landing a big-league job.
Andrei Markov took a puck in the face and although pucks in the face hurt, and it’s always good not to lose teeth or have a nose flattened, it still usually means it might not be serious. But Markov looked very upset, the way Brian Gionta did when he tore his bicep, and at that second, my heart stood still. But he was fine, and was back for the third.
Sorry, Ottawa fans. Better luck another time. And if I could give one piece of advice to you, now that your team is doing so well, try not to be so freaking smug like Canucks fans.
When Cole scored, the referee nearby put his arm up to signal the goal and Cole skated by and high-fived him. One of the funnier things I’ve seen lately.
Shots on goal – Sens 37, Habs 26.
Next game, Friday in Ottawa. If only Montreal still had a chance. It would make things so much more fun.