Carey Price, sporting his nice hat, didn’t play tonight as Alex Auld took over net duties. Also in photo, Joel Bouchard describes the big perch he almost caught while ice fishing at Lake Temiskaming. (Thanks to my TV screen for photo)
In a perfect world, the Canadiens wouldn’t spot the other team a goal or two before storming back to win. In fact, in a perfect world, the Habs would clobber everybody 5-0. But such luxury is hardly ever the case. Anyway, who cares how they win? Sort of.
Tonight, after the visiting Florida Panthers opened the scoring, goals by Jeff Halpern, Tomas Plekanec, and Brian Gionta were enough, and Montreal gains two more big points on their way to the playoff rock concert as they beat the Floridians 3-2.
And they did it with Alex Auld in net!
What a bonus to see Carey Price get a big rest and Auld come in and play a really fine game. Auld, who doesn’t remind anyone of Ken Dryden except for his size, stopped 33 of 35 Panthers’ shots, many of the difficult type, and came through when the team and the rest of us needed him to. Thank you, Alex. I have a gift for you at the bottom of the story.
Brian Gionta scored his second game winner in two nights, and maybe the fire’s finally been lit under the captain’s behind. Now we need to get the torch out for Mike Cammalleri once he returns, and maybe an extra-large flamethrower for Andrei Kostitsyn and Benoit Pouliot. Although Pouliot in particular had his moments tonight but we need goal scoring, so ‘moments’ aren’t quite enough at this stage.
Long-legged Max Pacioretty had two assists as did PK Subban, and once again, as was the case in Washington, the entire team needs to share the game puck.
Shots on goal – 41-35 Montreal.
Next up – Rangers come to town on Saturday.
Following Brian Gionta’s three goals in Washington the other night, I decided to name my yet-to-be-born grandbaby Brian Gionta Lewis. My daughter and husband aren’t yet aware of any name change but I’m sure they won’t mind. However, that was the other night. Tonight, grandbaby gets a new name….Alex Auld Lewis.
Somehow I’d like readers to name the baby after games but I’m not sure how to do it. If you have a suggestion, please fill me in. Until then, I’ll just keep on naming baby and someday I’ll get around to telling baby’s parents.