It’s ten pm in Ottawa and most citizens have already been in bed for several hours because they’ve worked hard at their government desks all week and are pooped. Except for hockey fans, who stayed up later than normal to watch or listen to the big game, the Senators-Canadiens game. And especially Habs fans in Ottawa, who live life to the fullest, burn the candle at both ends, and walk little old ladies across the street.
I listened on CJAD thanks to Moey and I heard the boos for Alex Kovalev from the many Canadiens fans in the Ottawa stands. But Kovy, like it was scripted, opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal to quiet things. Booing an ex-Hab is a love-hate thing for me. I understand that they’re now the enemy, but they had played hard trying to help the team win when they were in Montreal. Maybe they should be applauded instead of booed. But then again, they’re now trying to beat the Habs, so maybe they should be booed heartily and told their mother wears army boots.
Scott Gomex, in a pre-recorded interview with Rick Moffat, told how Larry Robinson and other old Habs instilled in the New Jersey dressing room the mindset of winning and the swagger that goes with it. “We’d walk in to a rink with the thought that we’re going to win and there’s nothing you can do about” said Gomez. He and Gionta and the other Devils learned this mostly from Larry Robinson because he’d have them sit around and he’d tell old Canadiens stories, how hard the stars worked, and about all the different Stanley Cup wins. Ah, Robinson. There’s a guy I’d like to see back in the Habs organization.
Jaraslav Spacek scored on the power play, which is a good sign because one of his duties this year is replacing Mathieu Schneider as a scoring threat from the blueline on the power play. And without going into the gruesome details, Montreal fell behind 3-1 in the second. And then, 4-1.
And then 6-1.
A goal and an assist for Alex Kovalev. His mother wears army boots.
Not great: Carey Price, but even Jacques Plante had off-nights.
Nice to see: Ryan O’Byrne again showing some feistiness. I’ve been saying for two years now that the big guy should play nasty.
Next up, Bruins, Sunday in Quebec! It’s also on RDS.