Of course, it should never have gone to overtime. Montreal, with goals by Alex Kovalev and Guillaume Latendress, led the game, dominated the game, and yet, they let the lead slip away. And before you knew it, the thing was tied. It was a game that went to overtime, yet the Canadiens should have iced it in regular time by a large margin. After all, they outshot the Lightning 37 to 19. But in the end, Saku Koivu found the twine and the good guys won 3-2 to stay in the playoff picture.
When was the last time Montreal outshot the opposition like that? Maybe in the fall of last year, maybe before? And the new big line of Alex Tanguay, 1 assist, and Alex Kovalev and Saku Koivu with a goal each, looked to spark their teammates and continue their dangerous ways. And they did. Guillaume Latendresse for example, with his nifty around-the-net goal, easily could have been inspired by the big line’s play. Inspirational play rubs off on others.
I was really pulling for Carey Price to get a shutout, but alas, it wasn’t to be. But it could have. Imagine another little slice of confidence he would have gotten by blanking the Lightning?
But he’ll take the win. We’ll take the win.
Have the Habs turned a corner? Even a little one? I think so.
Next up – Buffalo’s in town Saturday. And as much as I thought the Sabres were excellent people who deserved sainthood for coming back and beating Florida the other night, I now feel they’re a bunch of rotten bastards.