Unlike their lousy performances against Toronto, Ottawa, and the two Florida teams recently, Montreal played a nice, tight game against Philadelphia tonight on Hockey Night in Canada, and won 1-0 with Carey Price earning his first NHL shutout. Ottawa lost to New Jersey, which puts the Habs just two points behind them, the closest they’ve been all year.
So life is good, for 24 hours at least, when they play the Flyers again, only in Philly instead. Imagine if Montreal wins this game too? It’d be like peeking through a keyhole at Pamela Anderson, Angelina Jolie, and Sophia Loren cavorting in a hot tub. It’d be like Pamela, Angelina, and Sophia seeing me peeking through the keyhole, and waving me in.
It’d be that good! Well maybe not as good as that, but pretty darn good.
On Coach’s Corner tonight, Don Cherry got into a rant about good Canadian players taking a back seat far too often to European players. This is the thing I like about Cherry. He defends the Canadian boys, says Canadians are the best, just like he speaks highly of our Armed Forces people. And for anyone from another country reading this, no offence. Don’s being patriotic. And good for him. You would be too.
Anyway, for your reading pleasure, here’s a breakdown on Montreal players and where they’re from:
10 Canadians. ( Begin, Kostopoulos, Lapierre, Latendresse, Ryder, Brisebois, Dandenault, Gorges, O’Byrne, and Price.)
4 Americans. (Higgins, Bouillon, Smolinski, and Komisarek.)
2 Russians. (Kovalev and Markov.)
2 from Belarus ( Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn.)
2 from the Czech Republic. (Plekanec and Hamrlik.)
1 from Finland. (Saku Koivu)
1 from Switzerland. (Mark Streit)
And 1 from France. (Christobal Huet.)