It feels strange after all these months to be writing about an actual game again. And it feels even stranger writing about a game I didn’t see or hear. But Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out had the live blog going, so I have some sort of idea how the thing played out.
And it played out just fine, sort of, with the good guys stomping (squeaking by, almost blowing it to) the Florida Panthers 3-2. The Canadiens outshot Florida 17-7 in the first period, moved the puck around well, especially on the power play, and Scott Gomez fired home the team’s first goal of the season. The boys thumped and bumped and the Black Aces ate hot dogs in the press box and the crowd was happy.
Matt D’Agostini and Mike Cammalleri found the twine in the second, and Boone mentions that both Carey Price, who started, and Curtis Sanford who replaced him, were almost flawless. Andrei Markov, Gregory Stewart and a host of others also sparkled. I think the Stanley Cup parade next spring should go down St. Catherines past the old Forum.
I suppose old habits die hard, because the Canadiens slept through most of the third and let the Panthers back in it. Instead of burying them, the Habs almost buried themselves, and that’s disappointing. For now anyways, forget what I said about the parade route. We’ll talk about that at another time.
After outshooting Florida 17-7 in the first, the final shots tally was only 31-30 in favour of the Habs. I hate when this happens.
Canadiens host the Senators tomorrow night, then travel to Ottawa Saturday and Boston Sunday.
Lots of mistakes were apparently made tonight, but that’s okay, it’s only the first pre-season game. It’ll all be ironed out by Oct. 1st.