It’s weird how a team can sleepwalk through the first part of one game (Columbus) and tonight in Pittsburgh jump out of the gate like everyone’s on crystal meth. Of course this energy didn’t last the complete game, but it is curious.
And two notable things happened in the first. The Habs fell behind 1-0 after Sidney Crosby scored with an assist to Paul Mara’s foot. And Sergei Kostitsyn pulled off one of the reasons he was sent down to the minors in the first place for – screwing around with the puck near the offensive blueline, only to lose it and almost cost a goal.
My wife, who wasn’t saying much up until this point, says Sergei must be brain dead in general.
I don’t know what kind of a student Sergei was back in Belarus but I’m guessing he wasn’t an honour student. Like Yogi Berra said, “Baseball (or in this case, hockey), is 90% mental. The other half is physical.”
And to be fair to Sergei, I was no honour student either. I was so far from being a good student I practically needed a visa to go to class.
The boys fell apart in the second period. So they pretty well did the exact opposite of the Columbus game. Things just weren’t happening after the energetic first. When it was 2-0 I kept thinking, “if they could only get one soon.” And then Pittsburgh scored to make it 3-0 so then I started thinking, “if they could just get two, they could make it a game.”
In the end, the Canadiens fell to the Penguins 3-1, but there’s no way I’m saying anything negative about this group. They’re a batterd bunch with guys in the lineup still learning their craft, and I’m proud of them.
And I’ve said all along, if they can maintain a .500 pace, which they’re doing, until everyone gets back, then they’ll be fine.
But the words of Yogi Berra once again ring in my ear. “The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.”
While shorthanded in the third, Tommy Plekanec charged up the ice and got it back to Ryan O’Byrne, who blasted away from about ten feet out. Unfortunately, he shot it right into Marc-Andre Fleury’s glove. Many will say it was an outstanding save, but really, he only had to move his glove about an inch to grab it. This would have made it 3-2 and thing’s could have become very interesting.
Max Pacioretty got thumped from behind when he didn’t have the puck and looked to be shaken up. My first thought, and probably yours too was, there goes another one.
Pacioretty also scored the Habs’ lone goal and on a nice setup from Sergei Kostityn. Good for both of them. These are two we need help from.
Carey Price looked slightly off at times.
Washington visits the Bell Centre on Saturday.