A couple of hours till game time and after just waking up from working all night, I had to listen to that guru-of-all-things-real-and-true, Matthew Barnaby on TSN tell us that the Habs remind him of the last year’s Ottawa Senators, who started out playing fine and then promptly fell flat on their ass for the rest of the season and beyond. And if Matthew Barnaby says it, it must be true, right? He’s right up there in the upper echelons of brilliance with Mike Milbury, for goodness sakes. Kind of reminds you of Ken Dryden in an intellectual sort of way.
And just like players who might change their favourite shoelaces to stop the bleeding, I’ve decided to start typing after every period instead of waiting until the final whistle before I try to make sense of things. When the team and its fans are in a slump, you have to change the routine, right?
So it’s the Habs in Denver to face the Colorado Avalanche. And I’d be wasting precious computer space if I mentioned just how important this game is. (Is there such a thing as precious computer space?)
Two seconds have gone by and Montreal’s still doing fine.
Twelve minutes in and Montreal has only given the puck away four times, once by a Komisarek-Markov combo, once by Roman Hamrlik, and twice by Alex Kovalev. That’s pretty good, right?
Three minutes left in the first, Montreal scores! I REPEAT – MONTREAL SCORES ! Frankie Bouillon on a nice set up from Max Pacioretty.
Two minutes left, Montreal scores again! I REPEAT- MONTREAL SCORES AGAIN! Patrice Brisebois on the power play. Holy Mackinaw!!!
Reports of several thousand people found dead in their seats at the Pepsi Center are proved to be false. They’re just asleep.
Georges Laraque loses puck. Shortly after, Avalanche score.
Darcy Tucker is mad at Guy Carbonneau for some reason. Carbonneau wishes it was only Tucker who’s mad at him.
Kovalev loses puck, Avalanche don’t score. Nice surprise.
Midway through period, and the Avalanche, and the fans who were previously thought to be dead, are now wide awake.
Pierre McGuire, near the Avalanche bench, overhears players saying that Kovalev is cruising. I thought this was already understood by players and fans in North America. Man, are Colorado players ever behind.
Things are really starting to suck as Colorado is taking it to Montreal. Hurry up and end, second period.
Period’s over. Still 2-1 Montreal. At least on paper they’re looking reasonably good.
All Avalanche. Pierre McGuire keeps reminding us.
Tie game, 2-2, as Colorado scores on the power play.
But then, Andre Kostitsyn finds the back of the net! And with 25 seconds left, Tom Kostopoulos scored a short-handed empty-netter. Habs win 4-2. If you didn’t see the game, it was a solid win. However, if you saw it, it wasn’t quite so solid.
I’d like to thank the academy, my family, and Jaroslav Halak who faced 47 shots as his team sleep-walked through this game. And even though they won, for this club, all’s quiet on the western front.
Sunday in Vancouver. Hmmm.