It seems like only yesterday the Habs were on the bubble for a playoff spot, playing poorly, winning some, losing too many.
For Habs fans, it was more than depressing. Because these are fans who are tired of mediocrity. It’s been too long.
How things can change. With Montreal controlling the game in Manhattan against the Rangers, winning 3-1, they now find themselves racking up six straight and moving within just one point of the Ottawa Senators.
And part two of “how things can change”, it was only a few weeks ago when the Sens were on a serious roll, that hockey panelists and newspaper writers throughout the land were declaring Ottawa a major contender.
Now, like I said, the Habs are within just one point of this team from the Nation’s Capital. Suddenly, like magic, hockey people everywhere are amazed at what’s happened with the Canadiens and the way they’ve come together while still missing key guys Mike Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron.
But I think Habs fans knew all along that the team was a good team. It’s only because the Canadiens have been riddled with injuries since day one, and it’s a team almost completely different from last year’s lineup. It’s taken this long to get it together, but it’s happened.
Bob Gainey should be proud for sticking with his convictions and not signing Alex Kovalev and others and bringing in skaters most experts felt were too small. And Pierre Gauthier should be applauded for doing nothing at the trade deadline and believing in what he had, along with having the foresight to grab Dominic Moore.
Time off now until Saturday when the Leafs do battle with the good guys in Toronto. I don’t have to say anything more about this game.
Habs goals were scored by Glen Metropolit, Sergie Kostitsyn, who is is contributing in a big way now at this all-important time, and Tomas Plekanec who is back on track.
Driving back from Nelson today I was listening to Vancouver Canucks talk radio, and believe me, the radio guys and fans out here are thinking that the Canucks are a bonafide Stanley Cup contender and Henrik Sedin has a chance of winning the Art Ross trophy for league MVP. We’ll see about all that.