They could have done things a little differently, made it a little easier on their fans nerves. The Habs led 5-2 after two periods against the dynamo Washington Ovechkins, and all they needed to do to keep our blood pressure at a more normal rate would be to score a sixth and put the game out of reach.
Instead, three unanswered goals in the third period by Washington and before we knew it, the score was tied at five, it was going into overtime, and I was wishing I had a bottle of whiskey in the house.
I was also ready to copy and paste world cricket standings and Powell River ten-pin bowling results when, like an unexpected sweepstake prize, the Canadiens won it with eight seconds left in overtime as Sergei Kostitsyn made a nice play to Tomas Plekanec. thus making us glorious winners and finally putting to bed the Capitals 14 game winning streak. It also begins Pierre Gauthier’s brand new one-game winning streak.
It was a tough one to watch. So much firepower on the Capitals, with of course Ovechkin leading the charge. Backstrom, Semin, Knuble, Green. But that’s all I’m saying about these guys. I’m not a fan of talking about players on other teams. They lost, the Habs won. Hell, Montreal even outshot Washington 39-38. So all these big shot players Pierre McGuire salivated over all night, and were bettered by the little team that could, the team all beaten up with American league callups and a tornado that has just passed through the inner offices of the Bell Centre.
I’m pretty darn proud of the team tonight, even though they almost blew it.
Carey Price played tonight and the only reason I was surprised by this decision was that Price hadn’t played in awhile, Halak has been on top of his game, and the opponent was the powerful Washington Capitals. So they threw him into the fire and he came out a winner, even though he allowed five goals. Was this decision pure craziness or pure genius on coach Martin’s part.?
Friday, Canadiens are in Philadelphia, then the same two teams go at it on Saturday back in Montreal. After that, light a fire and settle in for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Canadiens resume play March 2 in Boston.
And last but not least – Josh Gorges, being the honest, blue-collar player he is, blocked a shot with the side of his head and was taken off the ice and didn’t return. Reports say he’s fine, and thank God. What a selfless, heroic, brave play by Gorges, a defenceman any GM in the league would like to have on his team. We’re lucky to have Josh Gorges on our Canadiens.