With Andre Markov providing a couple of masterful Markovian manipulations, and Jaroslav Halak doing some Halakian handstands, the Canadiens pulled off a 3-0 win over the Islanders and for this evening at least, life is good if you’re a Habs fan.
A shutout. Holy smokes. I never thought I’d live to see the day.
Andre Markov, returning from his involuntary holiday that began on October 1st, scored two power play goals. Who would’ve thought? He made a difference on the power play and the overall feeling on the bench as well, and now the future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.
If I get a chance, I’m going to a game during a raging snowstorm. Half the rink was empty on Long Island on this night because of a blizzard pounding the New York area, and so anyone in the building could choose practically anywhere they wanted to sit. The best seat you’ll ever have would be because Mother Nature was being bitchy.
Attendance on this night was 7,842 in a 16,234 seat building. And maybe half the seven thousand were wearing Habs sweaters and singing Ole, Ole.
This was not a game that will be considered any time soon as one of the great Habs games. They were outshot 40-28, once again took too many penalties including three in a row from goon Tomas Plekanec, and lost the puck they had no business losing way too many times. But Mr. Halak was there to bail everyone out, and for now, it’s smiles all round for the team, at least until they try to fly out of New York to Atlanta in the middle of a blizzard. I’m betting the smiles won’t be quite so wide when they begin takeoff. The knuckles should be white, though.
Will Halak start again on Monday in Atlanta? It was a shutout, don’t forget. I’d say he deserves it.
Switched over to the last few seconds of the Leafs game and noticed some serious cleavage distraction behind the Toronto bench.
Canadiens might have a little more leverage if they still plan on dealing Halak for a top six forward. Maybe they’re at top four forward now.
Along with Markov’s two power play goals, Glen Metropolit also buried one with the man advantage. This sort of makes up for the boneheaded penalties he’s taken recently. All’s forgiven now, Metro.