It was going so well. Really well. Outshooting the Leafs 14-4 in the first period, throwing the puck around like it was March, not October. We knew a goal would come soon. Maybe many.
Bring on the second period. Let the Habs dazzle the opposition and the ACC crowd.
The big goal came all right. From the freakin’ Leafs. Shorthanded. The balloon was pricked. And in the end, the Torontonians earn a 2-0 win over Montreal, and as the Habs have done so many times over the past couple of decades, find a way to make the Leafs look like a great team.
How much of a bummer was it?
*No goals by a team which has had a knock against them in the past for not scoring goals.
*P.K. Subban caught twice which led to both Toronto goals.
*The Leafs changed everything by scoring shorthanded just 33 seconds into the second period. After that, the Habs lost any edge they had. The Leafs kicked it up a notch and the Canadiens didn’t.
*New Habs defenceman Chris Campoli, who already has had way too much press for the wrong reasons after the Malone hit and non-suspension, left the ice after getting his legs tangled up, and who knows, maybe we’ve lost him for awhile.
I just can’t stand it when we open the season in such a disappointing way. Behind the eight ball right off the bat.
Next game – Sunday afternoon in Winnipeg as the Jets open their season in what should be an emotional occasion. How great would it be for Montreal to ruin the Winnipeg Sabbath.
None of the Canadiens did much to rate a mention, although Carey Price came up big from time to time. Imagine if it would’ve been a Leafs blow-out? We can thank Price for this not happening.
If Campoli is out for any length of time, maybe Alexei Yemelin will come in, raise his game, and finally show what he’s made of.
It’s too early just yet to go on about Scott Gomez.