Habs dropped a 3-2 game to Pittsburgh tonight. The referee made sure of that.
But first things first.
Because I don’t speak French, I don’t have the luxury of understanding pre-game and post-game Habs shows on RDS and what Pierre Houde and Benoit Brunet and the rest have to say about things. There’s so many little scoops and thoughts and strategies I could glean from all of this if I spoke this flowing and romantic language.
It’s no one’s fault but my own. I know that. And in a couple of paragraphs from now, I start to try and change my sad situation.
But I know what I see, and that was a good, crisp, back-and-forth game, the kind of game people don’t mind spending a hundred bucks a ticket to see. It was a suspenseful, tight, controversial affair, and in the end the boos rained down.
Some nights it’s like the players are skating in mud. Tonight, they had wings – both teams, although Pittsburgh had the edge early on. It’s never unusual to see the Habs take their time to get things moving. Why is that?
And because of my great respect for the French people, the culture and Quebec, I’d like to attempt to say the next few lines in my grade 10 French which was a long time ago. Please don’t laugh. Maybe if I practice more I’ll get better. (And no, this isn’t some kind of Google translation, this is me giving it a shot).
“Les Canadiens et Les Penguins joue un tres rapide premier period c’est soir. Les clubs a partout sur le glace, et apres the premier periode fini, Les Penguins de Pittsburgh fait le but pour un-zero score. Mais c’est une bonne match mais je desire tuer Sergei Gonchar pour fait c’est but a mon club Les Canadiens, le meilleur club du monde.”
The Canadiens tied it in the second when Sault Ste. Marie’s Matt D’Agostini banged one home and things seemed good. The big CH crests have returned to centre ice, the score is tied, and I just slurped some pumpkin soup.
Roman Hamrlik then scored a power-play goal, I scared my cat when I cheered, and if I didn’t have to go to work later on for a graveyard shift, I’d think I was living in a perfect world.
“Roman Hamrlik, avec un but superieure numerique, fait the match a deux et un, et je suis tres heaureux. Mais, les Penguins fait un but et maintenant c’est deux et deux. Tabernac.”
Pittsburgh went ahead 3-2 by an anonymous Penguins player, anonymous because I don’t believe, for the most part, in giving the enemy any kind of mention unless it’s negative stuff, but Montreal tied it later on…….oh wait a minute, the referee said they didn’t tie it. BUT THAT PUCK WAS IN BEFORE THE WHISTLE BLEW. Did they not go upstairs to review it? And why not? The overhead camera and mic clearly showed it was a goal.
“Le referee mange le merde.”
Les Notes du Random”
Les Canadiens allons a Atlanta Samedi soir. Habs in Atlanta Saturday.
Je suis tres fier du Canadiens c’est soir. I’m very proud of the Canadiens this evening.