After losing the last three games and allowing 16 goals while doing so, it was certainly nice to see the Habs shut out the Leafs 3-0 and climb slightly back into our good graces again. But it was only the Leafs. We have to keep this in mind.
Montreal tightened things up, never really allowed Toronto to cause us to hold our breath, and maybe they learned something from the previously disastrous games against New Jersey, Boston, and the Islanders. Maybe it was the proverbial wake-up call. Whatever it was, they handled the Leafs in fine fashion and we expect more of the same in upcoming games.
Don’t forget, it never seems to matter how lousy the Torontonians are from year to year, they still manage to play like champions of the universe when they meet the Habs. But not tonight. And if Montreal had looked sad tonight after recent events, maybe I wouldn’t blame fans for trying to re-create the 1955 Richard Riot.
For some reason I jotted down the fact that the first time I noticed Benoit Pouliot in the game came at the 12:52 mark of the second period. Two and a half minutes later he scored the winning goal.
Brian Gionta and David Desharnais, who had a strong game, scored the others.
Shots on goal – 39-27 for the good guys.
Carey Price notched his sixth shutout of the season and gave his buddy PK a little hip check as they left the ice. These two and their hi-jinks have become the entertainment business’ newest comedy team. Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Cheech and Chong, and Price and Subban.
Next up – Buffalo pays a visit on Tuesday. It would be nice if Mike Cammalleri returns by then.
I’m saying loud and clear – Max Pacioretty better not have a broken bone from his late-game injury when he was slammed into the boards. He left the game and didn’t look happy while leaving.
Scott Gomez and Andrei Kostitsyn elevated their game to mediocre tonight. Mediocre is a big step up from pathetic. Gomez even made a nice play when he found Desharnais with a pass that DD converted. That’s one nice play, Scott. Maybe on Tuesday it can become two nice plays. What do ya think?
Before the game it was mentioned that the late Roger Neilson, known for his leading-edge use of video, once thought he couldn’t get the remote to work and it turned out he was holding a calculator. He also thought on one occasion that a microwave oven was a fancy television.