First, to give credit where credit’s due. The Tampa Bay Lightning, although sitting well out of a playoff spot in 13th place in the east with only 29 points, played a solid game, had their chances, and could have very well pulled it off.
But the Canadiens, in another impressive road win, ended 2008 with six points out of six points on the road, taking out Pittsburgh and Florida beforehand, and now Tampa Bay, with a terribly exciting 2-1 shootout win.
And again, two less-heralded players, Guillaume Latendresse, who tied the game at one, and Maxim Lapierre, coming off a three-goal night in Florida, notched a shootout goal along with Alex Kovalev to win it.
Everything looks good right now for Montreal. The team has won five of their last six games, Carey Price is on top of his game, and everyone is playing well. The only negative right now is Alex Tanguay looks to have some health issues, and Saku Koivu, Chris Higgins, Georges Laraque, and Mathieu Dandenault still need to be fit and ready to go.
Other than that, all’s well in Habland. Watch your back, Boston.
Boston won again, this time against Pittsburgh. And Washington also beat Buffalo.
Enjoy it, you two. You’ll come crashing down soon.
Philadelphia is in Vancouver tonight and it’s just begun. Go Vancouver. (I never thought I’d say that.)