Remember those old days, like two weeks ago, when the Canadiens had dropped seven of ten games and life was quite shitty for Habs fans?
Those days now are a distant memory as the Habs win their fourth straight by taking out the Tampa Bay Lightning to cap off a nice little three game road trip in the land of sun, surf, and space ships. And once again, great things were involved.
This 4-2 win means the Canadiens have scored four goals in four of their last five games. This may not mean much to just anybody, but to Habs fans and the team itself, it means the gang that can’t shoot straight is starting to shoot a little straighter. One or two goals a night, like they were managing on a regular basis, just wasn’t turning any of us on.
Ha Gill has continued his torrid scoring pace by finding the twine again tonight, his second in two games, and if I had more time I’d look closely at the scoring race to see if Gill is now up there with the Sedins’s and Steven Stamkos and the like. I just don’t have time right now to check.
There’s a couple of other things too which I’m delighted to mention. Andrei Kostitsyn once again played like we knew he could and added an assist on Montreal’s second goal, scored by David Desharnais. I can’t be sure but is the name ‘Desharnais’ translated from an ancient tongue as “He with the soft hands?”
Maybe best of all, aside from the great win, was the work of Scott Gomez. Gomez to me had a dandy game. He skated miles, created dangerous chances a handful of times, and made a great pass to Max Pacioretty to make the score 4-1. This is the kind of game we need from Gomez every night and I’m proud of him for coming through when things haven’t exactly been coming up roses for the guy lately.
Canadiens now head home and begin to prepare for the big Bruins clash on Tuesday. It’s time to send Boston a message after the disastrous 8-6 spanking in Beantown almost a month ago. Montreal needs to not only win the game, but to do it in forceful fashion. The boys are a proud bunch and I expect Tuesday to be a night to remember.
I have a friend in LA, a cop, who’s a great Habs fan and has booked off next Tuesday at work so he can sit down and watch his Habs play the payback game. I hope LA criminals don’t take advantage of him not being around at this time to keep the streets safe.
Tampa outshot Montreal 45-33, but Carey Price, as we’ve come to expect, was simply terrific and there’s not a better goalie in the league right now.
Brian Gionta played in his 600 game tonight. Gionta, with his assist on Hal Gill’s marker in the first period, has tallied 392 points in his 600 games.
I just checked the NHL scoring leaders and I don’t see Hal Gill’s name mentioned anywhere. Maybe it just needs to be updated.