From Feb. 9, 2011
Montreal, normally a low-scoring team, scored six big ones against the Boston Bruins Wednesday night.
Unfortunately, the Boston Bruins scored eight.
It was a 2011 hockey game, but it was a Habs-Bruins tilt from the 1970s, a Habs-Nordiques battle from the 1980s, a senior game from small-town Canada. It was scoring, hitting, and fighting throughout, including a weird goaltending disagreement between Carey Price and Tim Thomas and a lovely smack in David Krejci’s mug compliments of Benoit Pouliot.
It was old-time hockey with blood spilt. But the Habs lost a game which would have seen them catch the Bruins for the Northeast division lead and they didn’t get it done. With absolutely no help from Scott Gomez and Andre Kostitsyn who just couldn’t find it within themselves to play hard and give all they could give. I know what I’d like to give them.
These two slugs were on the ice for four Boston goals before they rode the pine for most of the second half.
For some reason, and it wasn’t a full moon on this night, the goalies couldn’t stop the puck. And because it was a big game between two old rivals, with standings on the line and with Boston having lost the last five straight to the Habs, bad blood was the order of the day. Just like the old days.
Finally it was heard out loud – Pierre McGuire said before the game that PK Subban has become a legitimate contender for Rookie of the Year.