David Desharnais can sit down with his kids some day and tell them about the night he scored his first NHL goal.
“I made it 2-1 for us on a beautiful deflection,” he’ll say.
But his story won’t have a happy ending as he’ll also have to tell his wide-eyed kids about how his team then proceeded to take five straight penalties, the Penguins scored a total of four power play goals, and first goal or not for dear old dad, his team fell apart, losing 5-2 to the visitors.
I hope he also adds, while talking to his kids, that as good as it was to score that first goal, a win would have been even better. Of course, he’s playing for a regular spot in the lineup so maybe he’s not quite thinking that way at the moment.
Regardless, Habs fail to make headway.
Maybe it was playing the night before, flying home from New York in a snowstorm after the game, feeling stressful, and practicing the next morning. All of that must have been tough enough.
Maybe they felt like I feel after coming off a stretch of graveyards, which is a feeling of weirdness and being almost stoned. If so, I can’t blame them too much for having this off-game. As long as they correct it next time out.
Shots on goal – 36-27 Pittsburgh.
One of Montreal’s penalties was an inexcusable too-many-men call in which the Penguins scored with just eleven seconds left in the second to make it 3-2. This is a backbreaker if there ever was one.
Tomas Plekanec tied the game at one just eighteen seconds after Pittsburgh had opened the scoring.
Next up – Rangers come calling on Saturday.
It was mentioned from beginning to end on TSN about Carey Price’s “arm pose” and how it wasn’t cool, and in the end, Fleury did it to rub it in. It think the whole thing is childish and Price did nothing wrong. All he did was be unique. And why can skaters go nuts when they score but a goalie must stand like he’s in a coma when he stops shooters in a shootout?