Late PP Goal Wins It


All it took was an idiotic penalty by the always obnoxious Scott Hartnell to give the Canadiens a late 2-1 win on home ice.

The veteran Hartnell (15 years and more than 1000 games) decided to take out P.K. Subban’s legs with the scored tied and just 2:34 left on the clock, and now he owes his teammates some serious Buttery Nipples.

Such a perfect penalty, because just 25 seconds later, Max Pacioretty sent home a Dale Weise feed to end things.

Canadiens 2, Blue Jackets 1. And the air is thin up there in the standings.

Montreal opened the scoring early in the first period when Paul Byron converted a perfect pass from Christian Thomas, but with just over two minutes left in the frame, Nick Foligno was too quick for Mike Condon on a wraparound and the score was tied.

And it remained so until Scott Hartnell’s brain went into some sort of deep freeze. Or maybe it’s always been in some sort of deep freeze. Don’t forget, he made his mark in Philly.

Fans at the Bell sat through some serious minutes of nothingness, but they saw the boys come alive from time to time and ultimately win their first December game, with only another 20 or so before Carey Price possibly returns.

But in the meantime, Mike Condon, win or lose, just isn’t letting all that many pucks get by him. The guy’s allowed just 30 goals in15 games, and how can you ask for anything more?

Random Notes:

Montreal had three mediocre power plays, but their fourth won the game.

Alexei Emelin was given five minutes and a game misconduct for interference, which seemed harsh.

Nathan Beaulieu and Foligno battled after the Jackets forward took out Tomas Fleischmann’s legs in dangerous fashion. Beaulieu got a couple of early ones in, but Foligno nailed our guy with a late one. But the point is, Beaulieu fought for his teammate, and it’s not the first time he’s done that.

Shots on goal – Habs 26, BJs 23.

Next up – the very dangerous Washington Capitals pay a visit on Thursday.






10 thoughts on “Late PP Goal Wins It”

  1. Hey Dennis, I didn’t get to see the game, blacked out here but listed to it on my phone,sounded like audit a game, was happy to see Max score and hopefully they can keep winning, why is rhere little white dots falling all over your page? Looks like dandruff falling from Bettmans eyebrows.

  2. Fabulous the way the Habs took advantage on that final pp and won the game . Things were looking a bit ragged and risky at one moment there.. and the penalty’s happening was really because Suban had circled back into his own zone a few moments before and came back up and well you know the rest…. It’s also fantastic that Mike Condon and the rest of the gang are pulling their weight along those with dazzling line changes happening as needed. The whole thing’s really working and that in spite of the absence of the Habs Greatest One who else, but Cary Price. And let’s not forget Gallagher the brave! The Habs are stepping up into a new level of sportsmanship this year.
    I have a question: Have all the great goalies, say the top ten or twenty been prone to taking bad injuries? Pretty much every fan of the Habs knows about forwards and defence taking injuries of various sorts throughout their careers (the Rocket being the most celebrated). But how about goalies? Price himself has been beset by injuries almost from the start of his career. Does this pattern apply right across the board? I think you’re a terrific commentator on the game and if you didn’t know perhaps you might be able to suggest books, websites, or histories of the game where I could find out.
    It’s curious you see, because that pattern of being injury prone or delicate in some other way appears to apply in other fields of endeavor like music, and literature. I’m wondering if the same applies among goal-tenders. I am thinking writing either a long article or even a book about the subject.

    Last but not least, it’s always a pleasure to read your blog, and your commentator’s remarks as well. Cheers! and thanking you in ahead. And by the way, I think the Habs are going to wipe the table clear with the Caps.It’s against weaker teams they appear to down play!

  3. HaBByHab, it’s an interesting question and something I need to look into. Or maybe someone can tell us. Most goalies suffer injuries, although with all their padding now, it’s different from the old days when they’d get their noses flattened and have stitches all over their bodies. Nowadays it’s more pulled muscles and such. But I’d like to know more. For example, did Brodeur have major injuries. I can’t right away, though, because I need to go to Victoria for a couple of days. Although I’ll have my iPad so maybe I can start looking. Dick Irvin wrote a good book about goalies called In the Crease, and do you remember Clint Malarchuk’s throat injury that had fans fainting in their seats?

  4. Was it just me who thought that forward 1 and a half sommersaults in the tuck position by Subban was obvious and missed by all except me and Tortorella?

  5. Price & Gallagher will have six or seven weeks less wear and tear, which is just about the time frame to win the last game of the 2015-16!

    Kinda cool having a fourth line more productive than Jacques Martin’s top line, too!!!

  6. Absolutely, Mike. Have them nice and rested for the postseason. It’s the silver lining to injuries. And then there’s Condon, who’s getting it done, and like you say, a very fine fourth line.

  7. Calvert sold it to the refs to give the BJs the five minute powerplay and eject Emelin after he gave him a little bump. Calvert looked fine after he came back in the second period. Then there was that no call on Foligno who made a vicious knee-on-knee contact on Fleischman. So even if P.K. jazzed it up a bit on Hartnell the BJs had it coming to them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *