He flew through the air like Bobby Orr, and although it wasn’t a Stanley Cup-winner, it sure as heck makes a Habs fan happy after a reasonably unremarkable night at the Bell Centre.
Thanks a lot, Andre Kostitsyn, for your overtime winner. But a little bit less thanks to the Montreal Canadiens in general for being a kind and generous bunch in making the Phoenix Coyotes, sitting 14th of 15 teams in the west, look like a force to reckoned with. The Coyotes had as many shots as the Habs (29), had way too many dangerous chances, and if they played like that every night they might put a few more bums in the seats back home in the Jobing.com Arena. (I really hate that name – Jobing.com Arena. Damn).
But a win is a win is a win.
It was a humanitarian gesture by the Canadiens that we don’t really need to see too often.
Canadiens win 3-2 in overtime as a rejuvenated Andrei Kostitsyn scores, (and also played well in my books), and Montreal can thank their lucky stars that Carey Price came up big from time to time, because they easily could have blown it to the hapless Coyotes.
Montreal is now tied with Tampa and Pittsburgh for first place in the east.
Habs marksmen, along with Kostitsyn, were Tomas Plekanec and Mike Cammalleri with a power play goal, something we don’t see much of, like the Northern Lights, or Don Cherry praising the Habs. Or Habs games on English TV in the west.
Lars Eller got his first point of the year as he assisted on Kostitsyn’s game winner. Maybe this will get Eller going. And maybe because they scored tonight, Plekanec and Cammalleri will take off.
That’s five goals and three assists in eight games for Kostitsyn. He’s now one of our best players and it feels good to say that.
I’ll just back off from whining about Gionta and Gomez’ lack of scoring so far.
Wednesday it’s the Islanders visiting the Bell. This is good news. The Islanders are playing well, just a point out of first place in the east, and doesn’t Montreal stink against lousy teams and look great against good teams? So on Wednesday the Habs should be just fine.