When was the last time you saw goaltending like that? And when was the last time you felt such energy, belief, and love for the team from the great fans at the Bell Centre?
The Canadiens made magic in this game six, beating the Capitals 4-1, evening the series, and creating a monstrous game seven. They won the game with heart, desire, and hard work. Jaroslav Halak put on a performance matching Bill Durnan and Jacques Plante to Gump Worsley, Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy. Simply put and understated, Halak put on one of the finest goaltending displays you will ever see.
Add Mike Cammalleri’s two first-period goals, another late by Max Lapierre, an empty-netter by Tomas Plekanec, combined with the penalty killers killing every Caps power play including a two-man advantage by Washington late in the first period, and you have all the ingredients of a greater-than-great win that not only ties the series but brings the whole thing together after all the trials and tribulations of a rocky and depressing regular season.
This was the most outstanding Habs game of the year, regardless of the onslaught by the Caps in the second period. And regardless of the shots on goal (54-22), Montreal didn’t just win because of out-of-this-world goaltending. The team played well – Maxim Lapierre was a demon, and young PK Subban won’t have to worry about paying a restaurant bill in Montreal for awhile. This is the new toast of the town. He was excellent, showing poise and confidence as he skated and rushed with the puck, and seemed to thrive in the Forum-like atmosphere that was thick like fog.
Rarely do you see a diving call in a game. Montreal had three tonight, two by Lapierre and one by Brian Gionta, and all three were, in my humble estimation, silly, borderline calls.
Will Jose Theodore return to the Washington nets Wednesday?