I can’t say enough about how important it was that Montreal looked good against the dastardly and unsavoury New York Rangers on Tuesday night. These Rangers, or the Hell’s Kitchenettes as I like to call them, were down 3-0 to Montreal a couple of weeks ago and stormed back to win 5-3, which was right after Ovechkin and the Capitals had made the team look bad, and this was the beginning of the nightmare which included Toronto beating the Habs, then Ottawa clobbered them 6-1, then Ryan O’Byrne almost got thrown into Sing Sing, then the guys lost to Tampa Bay because everyone had a hangover.
It was a bad stretch, needless to say.
So tonight, I came home and the Rangers were leading 5-0 in the second period. I was already having a bad day, so this was the capper. Carey Price had been pulled after the first three goals. I thought about going to bed, even though it was 4PM Pacific time.
It was a nightmare.
But then, it started. Michael Ryder, in a season long slump, scored a couple. Then Kovalev. Then Streit. And then Kovalev again, late in the game, scored to tie it 5-5. The crowd was in a frenzy. Montreal, in their long and tremendous history, had never, ever, come back from a 5-0 deficit to gain a point. It was drama. Goosebumps. Shock.
The game went into overtime with the crowd singing their Ole song. History was happening. A standing ovation was given to the boys from the Bell Centre fans. I hugged my wife.
Overtime ended and it became a shootout. Nope, nope, nope, nope, Koivu – yep, Jagr – nope.
MONTREAL WON! They came back even better than New York had come back two weeks ago. What a sport! What a game! What a team! I hugged my wife again.
This sure helped my bad day.
And about that Cheez Whiz jar? It involves a roadtrip to Hartford, Washington, and New Jersey in 1988 but I can’t tell you anything else. It’s too immature.
And Jim Wills, who was my hockey buddy back then, and who recently commented on the blog about becoming a Senators fan after a lifetime of being a Habs fan, was the guy who did all the driving while the rest of us relaxed.
He knows about the Cheez Whiz jar.