Other than the fact the Canadiens won in a shootout over the pesky Carolina Hurricanes, the nicest part about the night was seeing Guillaume Latendresse, Andrei Kostityn and Maxim Lapierre step to the forefront and play the way their coaches and fans need them to play.
It warmed the heart to see these three step it up, sweat and contribute in fine fashion. The puck and cameras followed these guys around more tonight than maybe the entire season combined. And when Andre Kostitsyn tied the game at two late in the third period, it was as if it was written. Like Hollywood had come-a-callin’.
Imagine if he would’ve iced it in the shootout? Or if Latendresse would’ve done the same?
Missing Brian Gionta is most noticeable. He’s such a force, such an offensive threat, and when he’s not there, the absence is glaring. The Habs simply aren’t nearly as dangerous with him out, and if you wonder if Montreal could use another offensive forward, just picture this: Add two Gionta’s instead of one. Now you’ve got a team that could win.
So c’mon, Bob Gainey, get out there and get us another goal scorer.
Carey Price, albeit somewhat hesitant in parts of the game, faced 25 shots in regulation time and was simply tremendous in the overtime and then the shootout. He heard the chants and the cheers, but were those boos echoing throughout the Bell Centre after each of the two goals he allowed?
Carey Price boobirds should be escorted out of the building.
It’s such a treat to see the underachievers achieve. They help the team so much when they pick it up a notch, and let’s keep our fingers crossed that Kostitsyn, Lapierre and Latendresse, and also Max Pacioretty, who scored Montreal’s first goal, can start doing it for real. We need them and all would be forgiven if they start playing.
I won’t say another bad word if they do their part.
Canadiens travel to Washington Friday to visit Alex Ovechkin and his sidekicks. Ovechkin can be stopped, he’s not God. They then host Detroit back at the Bell Centre on Saturday. But Montreal has to feel good about the Carolina game, and hopefully they’ll carry it in to these two tough games coming up.