P.K. Subban put the boys in the playoffs with an overtime power play goal, giving the team a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, and suddenly, in the blink of an eye, the Canadiens have won three of their last four games and are picking up steam just when they should.
And sort of when we’d hoped.
All of this after being shutout three games in a row and being bombed 6-2 in Carolina. Are these guys teasing us on purpose or what?
Chicago on this night outshot Montreal 43-35, but of course we have Carey Price, so go ahead enemy, fire at will. The Habs dare you.
It’s two more games left in the schedule with the Canadiens in Ottawa on Thursday and Toronto Saturday, and now it’s time to play “coach of the Canadiens.” Do you rest Price in one of the games, risk losing, and end up playing, say, Philadelphia in the first round, or do you carry on with gusto and retain 6th spot and meet Boston?
What are you going to do, Jacques?
Oh, and about game details? I couldn’t watch it. This is full disclosure. I’m in full-tilt “meeting old friends from years ago” mode, and where my brother lives, the Habs aren’t shown. I followed Mike Boone’s blow-by-blow account at Hockey Inside/Out when I could, and although it wasn’t the magic of seeing it, I thank Mr. Boone for at least allowing me to keep up in a roundabout way.
I also thank my friends for being my friends. These guys are salt of the earth. Several Leafs fans but anyway.
More than ever I believe P.K. Subban should be the league’s top rookie. Why not, for gawd’s sakes?
Mike Cammalleri scored the other Habs marker.