Two goals from guys from don’t normally do this kind of thing – Alexandre Picard and Josh Gorges, another stellar performance from the revitalized Carey Price, and the Canadiens skate away with a big road win in Buffalo, edging the Sabres 2-1.
It was a huge win. The boys don’t need to lose any more ground to the silly Toronto Maple Leafs, who won again tonight against New York and once again delay the inevitable bursting of the balloon.
But enough about the Leafs. How ’bout those Habs!
Of course I’m sure, after Derek Roy scored in the third period to close the gap to one, that whether we admit it not, we sat and waited for disaster to rear its ugly head like it has before and which we’re trying to forget. The Sabres smelled blood and had their chances late in the game but Price stopped them all and you can almost see his confidence growing by leaps and bounds like a gangly teenaged boy going through a growing spurt.
The Canadiens played just a little tighter, slicker, faster, with more zip, unlike the previous Tampa Bay fiasco. I’m thinking they must have read all the comments from readers from my recent Jacques Martin post.
Finally a power play goal. Josh Gorges sent a one-timer that looked to be deflected past Ryan Miller, and the monkey is finally off the back. Maybe it’s the start of power play dominance by the Montreal Canadiens from here on in.
Shots on goal – Montreal 28, Buffalo 23. It’s true, you’re reading it right – we outshot the other team.
PK Subban continues to show he’s a work in progress – sometimes playing brilliant, sometimes scaring the bejeeus out of us when he coughs up pucks. I’m sticking with my ongoing theory that he uses too long a stick.
Ottawa in Montreal Saturday night. Two things would be nice here – a win of course, and a game that’s not so close. So far in Montreal’s four games, the scores have been 3-2, 3-2, 4-3, and 2-1. I want a blowout. I want a one-sided laughter that sends the Sens home with their tails between their legs and causes Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood to need marriage counselling.