The Canadiens fall to the Washingon Capitals 3-2 in a shootout at the Verizon corral, and thus, visions of five straight are down the proverbial toilet because the Habs couldn’t bury the home team when they were leading 2-1 going into the third period.
But it’s a road point, we put it behind us, and focus on the rotten bastard Buds Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
Some of you know about my complicated Habs scientific tracking system whereas yellow means a win and no yellow means a loss.
But I’ve added another dimension, although it’s not on the actual scientific tracking system piece of paper.
I gave each player a tick whenever they made a nice play. I know, there’s flaws. Are small nice plays worthy of a tick or only big nice plays? And then there’s those times I was at the fridge and missed a few seconds.
Regardless, the scientific ticking system shows Markov with five ticks, PK, Eller, Desharnais and Plekanec with four, Gionta with three, Gallagher, Briere, Emelin and Prust with two, and everyone else with one except Bouillon and Moen, who managed none.
The Canadiens outshot the Caps 13-4 in the first period, killed off four minutes of penalties, and led 1-0 after Daniel Briere snuck one in.
In the second period, Washington tied it after Peter Budaj decided to be way too slow and loosey-goosey with the puck behind the net, the puck was stripped and ended up in the net, and maybe that was the game-changer. Even though Tomas Plekanec put the gang in front later on after a nice exchange with Brian Gionta.
But they couldn’t bury them, the Caps hung in, tied it in the third, and won it in the shootout.
I guess we can’t expect two points every night. Okay, we can expect it. Nothing wrong with that.
Eller and DD scored in the shootout but Galchenyuk and Plekanec didn’t.
Next up – the Laffs on Samedi soir. Should be a beauty.
Luci, who’s Russian, informed me that Ovechkin means “from the lamb family” in Russian.
Markov means “belonging to the stamp family”.