Boston 7, Montreal 3.
Hate that. Even in pre-season. It sends the wrong message to overbearing Bruins fans.
It started out just fine. Erik Cole sent Scott Gomez in alone, Gomez made no mistake, and the many Habs fans at the Halifax Metro Centre whooped and hollered with glee.
After that, though, things pretty much went down the toilet.
Goaltender Peter Budaj, who will be spelling Carey Price from time to time this year, was shaky at best and might have a restless night tonight, going over what he did wrong, reminding himself that he’s expected to perform an important job this year – winning when Price is resting. So toss and turn, Peter, and fix a couple of things.
This makes an underwhelming one win and four losses so far. With an underwhelming display by the goalie and most of the players in front of him.
More than 10,000 Haligonians packed the Metro Centre for this bummer, and I hope they had a good time. Nova Scotia is good, solid hockey country, some say the birthplace of hockey, (although I think the birthplace of hockey is Orillia) and this lovely province is also home of the Trailer Park Boys, so good pot must grow there too.
Native son Brad Marchand scored one of the Bruins’ goals, as did Zdeno Chara, who’s not from there, and these are two of several reason why I say this night was a bummer.
Along with Gomez, Montreal goal scorers were Brian Willsie and Aaron Palushaj.
Alex Henry fought Boston tough guy Shawn Thornton to a lengthy draw.
Tonight, back to the Bell to meet once again, the enemy.