A nice display by the Canadiens Saturday evening as the team dominated and controlled throughout, and a 5-1 lopsided affair re-affirms that the sky isn’t falling and the world isn’t about to end anytime soon.
At least until December 21, 2012, which is when the world comes to an end according to some.
But aside from the fact that the team played well with Scott Gomez continuing along his comeback trail, it’s the antics of Tampa’s Ryan Malone that need to be discussed. The league wants to get rid of headshots? Then we wait for Officer Shanahan to hand down ten big ones to Malone, who was an asshole all evening, but in particular later on when he provided a dangerous head shot to Chris Campoli that had concussion written all over it.
These things are just so ugly and we’re all sick to death of it. Throw the book at him. This was a very similar hit as to what Malone’s ex-teammate Sidney Crosby experienced, and who still remains on the sidelines.
These hits may never stop. Shanahan can suspend half the league and some will still do it. Maybe Sean Avery was right when he said many of the players in the league are quite brain-dead.
Campoli could have been, or even might be, concussed from this play, and it’s his health we worry about first, and then we consider the fact that he’s our Andrei Markov replacement at the moment and we can’t afford to lose him.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out with the league and their ongoing crackdown.
I just glad preseason has now come to an end. I’m tired of it, and we almost lost Gorges the other night when he seemed to twist his knee, and hopefully Campoli says hello to his model girlfriend tonight and remembers her name.
Brian Gionta opened the scoring while shorthanded when he intercepted a weak Stamkos pass and waltzed in alone. Gomez, Darche, Cole, and Cammalleri were the other Habs marksmen.
Full marks to Josh Gorges for stepping in in support of Campoli. This is leadership and being a team player at its finest.
Nice to see hockey in Quebec, and it’s fairly funny to think that the league might consider abolishing fighting and also might place a team back in Quebec at some point. Because we all know what happens when a team in Quebec and a team in Montreal begin a rivalry. It’s not pretty.
Now we wait for October 6th when the real fun starts. Habs in Toronto. Hopefully Campoli will be there.