It was like a rerun of Tuesday’s Canucks game. Jaroslav Halak stopped 45 shots, including a slew of beauties, and the Habs skate away with an anxious 3-2 shootout win in Boston. It’s a beautiful thing, regardless of the wide margin in shots, 47-25, because the Habs rebounded from a 2-0 hole and stole two big, honkin’ points.
It’s the kind of thing that drives Bruins fans to drink.
Glen Metropolit lit the fuse by kicking things off on the power play with less than three minutes to go in the second period, and Roman Hamrlik tied it 39 seconds later. And all this happened after I’d begun to get antsy and started looking for some head cold pills in the kitchen.
So from now on, when the team needs a goal or two, I’m going to look for some head cold pills. It could be what we’ve been missing all along.
Brian Gionta scored in the shootout after Tomas Plekanec and Scott Gomez failed to connect. Like the first two batters striking out in the ninth and the third guy hits one over the fence.
With Halak, I hope he’s in good shape because he’ll be getting the lion’s share of the work from here on in. Halak has been outstanding, solid as a rock, and he gives his team, as he did tonight and against Vancouver, a chance to win with his heroics. I’m sure the boys have whipped up a healthy appetite tonight in Boston, so when they go out, they’d better spring for a big steak and a couple of cool Samuel Adams for their goalie.
Hell, they should carry his bags.
Whats’ become more annoying than fingernails on a blackboard or listening to Mike Milbury? It’s Benoit Brunet’s constant muttering of “ei yi yi.” We heard “ei yi yi” about 25 times tonight. Or was it 2500 times?
Sergei Kostitsyn, on the strength of his good game against the Canucks, got to see what the penthouse looked like, playing with Plekanec and Benoit Pouliot. And especially early on, Sergei had good chances.
Pittsburgh’s in Montreal on Saturday for a matinee game. I think it’s a 3:00 PM eastern start, but you’d better check anyway. I don’t want to be responsible for you turning the thing on and the first period’s over.
Atlanta has traded Ilya Kovalchuk to the Devils for a package that includes suspended Rouyn-Noranda forward Patrice Cormier, who is now in the bad books of just about everybody in the free world for his lethal use of an elbow.
Kovalchuk had turned down an Atlanta offer of over $100 million over 12 years even though he said he wanted to remain a Thrasher. Hey, with the way things are nowadays, with the price of groceries and everything, $100 million isn’t what it used to be. So I understand completely.