Habs Win A Big One In Lotusland

For most of my life I watched hockey games in the east at what I thought was an absolutely normal time – 7 or 7:30 in the evening. 

Then I moved out west and now the games are on at 4 or 4:30. And this seems absolutely normal.

Now, with the Habs in California, these 7 and 7:30 games seem so ……..late.

Of course, they’re 10 and 10:30 in the east which is definitely too late.

Does any of this make sense?

Habs in Los Angeles after falling to San Jose a couple of days ago. I have a friend who’s not only an LA cop but also a big Habs fan. I wonder if he’s there?

The first period in this land of the palm trees ended in a 1-1 tie, which is slightly disappointing. It would have been a Habs 1-0 lead if Glen Metropolit, who usually works extra hard, had not had Kopitar blow by him late in the frame to tie it for the Kings. Ryan O’Byrne fought a nice little fight which is great to see even though the guy he fought was a foot smaller. I’d like O’Byrne to be a big, tough, nasty hombre, so fights are good. As long as he wins them.

My Lazy Synopsis of the Second and Third Period because I have to get up at 3:30 a.m.

Dominic Moore blew a long shot by the LA goalie Jonathan Quick to give the Habs a nice, little 2-1 lead, then Pouliot drove one home. LA eventually got within one and put some serious pressure on the Canadiens in the last five minutes until Tomac Plekanec put the thing on ice. Good guys 4, LA 2.

Huge win after losing in San Jose and the boys claw their way back into a playoff spot.

Random Notes:

It’s down the freeway to Anaheim, where not only our old friend Saku Koivu now toils, but also a bunch of gold medal Olympians, including Scott Neidermayer, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry. Then there’s Americans Ryan Whitney and Bobby Ryan, plus Teemu Selanne and Koivu from the Finnish team. And goalie Jonas Hiller was outstanding for the Swiss.

So what I’m driving at is this; Habs are up against a tough team Sunday. But it’ll be nice to see Koivu. Even nicer to see a Canadiens win.

8 thoughts on “Habs Win A Big One In Lotusland”

  1. Montreal found a dangerous new strategy in the second period. By taking penalties, they had more room to skate and have scoring chances.

  2. They play so well shorthanded. It keeps them sharper. Or they’re just so used to it because well…they’ve been shorthanded all year.

    The Kings are not the Sharks. The Ducks are more like the Sharks unless they’re also suffering the Olympic hangover (which could be entirely possible as they just got shutout by the Coyotes but still managed 32 shots)… Kings looked very Eastern Conferency to me. This team has 80 points and is 5th in the West? Really? I’m guessing tonight was an anomaly for them.

  3. Today was a good day.
    Kopitar and Smyth scored for me in my pool.
    and the Habs won.
    It was a very good day.

  4. 31, The Kings are a team on their way up with some great young players. Whether or not they actually become a great team is yet to be seen. That’s why I’m proud of the Habs. They played well and beat this fine, young team. You’re right about the Ducks – maybe a different story. If the Habs can take two out of three it would be a beautiful thing.

  5. Dangerous new strategy is right, Chris. And the one penalty I really hated was O’Byrne holding the stick. Just a stupid penalty. NHL players should know better. Right in front of the ref.

  6. DK, If you watch the replay of Moore’s short handed goal it seems to hit the cross bar & drop staight down & not over the goal line. I was certain LA would ask for a review, but no review & play continued. Maybe my tired eyes missed it going in & then hitting the cross bar, but I’ll take it & enjoy the 2 points and a gutsy game by our team!
    Les Canadiens Sont La !!!

  7. Not to toot my own horn, but having seen Moore’s goal in person, I completely agree with Mike W that it looked a little questionable. I was actually kind of surprised that the goal wasn’t reviewed, but I also wasn’t complaining about it.
    The Kings, who I don’t know much about, looked like a good team that didn’t have all the stops pulled out. I’d definitely like to see them during a good game.

  8. It did look a litle questionable, Rookie, but no one, players, announcers, mentioned it. I never noticed until Mike pointed it out. Are you living in LA, Rookie, or just there visiting?

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