So many things to be concerned with. Christmas presents, lousy weather, Scott Gomez, global warming, Andrei Markov and Ryan White coming back, the Habs making the playoffs, the European debt crisis, what Kim Kardashian has decided to do with the wedding presents, and plenty of other things too.
But first and foremost, we need to beat the Islanders on Tuesday night.
The last time these two teams met, it wasn’t pretty. Here’s how it went down on November 17th on Long Island:
Montreal managed to find themselves down 3-0 in the second period, but would eventually wake up slightly and begin to scrape and claw. Twice they came within reach, narrowing it to 3-2 and then 4-3. But overall it was mostly the Islanders on this night, the game ended as a 4-3 Habs loss, and from that point on, the Canadiens have won just four times in twelve games.
I remember this game on Long Island well. (Not really, I looked up my post from that night, but whatever). Peter Budaj was the goalie that night, he misplayed a puck behind his net that spurted out to an Islander, and the boys were behind the eight ball faster than you can say, uh, Petteri Nokelainen, who has 17 letters in his name which is tied with Michael Cammalleri for most on the team if you’re interested.
And before the Islanders began to grab their three-goal lead, they were all over the Habs, hitting posts and crossbars, and it was all quite disturbing to say the least. John Tavares was allowed to roam freely, and what he needs is a stiff crunch from Alexei Emelin to stop this nonsense.
Presently the Islanders sit in 14th place in the east, and surely we can beat these people and create a dizzying two-game winning streak. It’s not too much to ask. And can we please beat them properly and not in overtime or a shootout or a flukey goal after being outplayed or blowing a nice lead.
This is a plea from the far reaches of the Sunshine Coast. Show some moxy, you crazy Habs. Outplay these basement dwellars, and do it with sharp play and hard work. For one of the few times so far this year, impress the hell out of us.
We demand these two points. It’s our right as Habs fans.