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Leads Squandered

The Canadiens, on goals by Travis Moen and Max Pacioretty, jumped into a nice 2-0 lead over the New York Islanders in the first period, and visions of six straight danced in my head. Then, after an Islanders power play goal in the second, the Canadiens responded when Max notched his second of the night, and I began to think about a nice “Six Straight” title for this story.

The Islanders wouldn’t quit, closed the gap to 3-2, I stopped thinking about the good stuff and hoped we’d hold on, but like those days we’re trying to forget, the other team tied it in the third and won it in overtime.

It’s a point, though. But only if it could have been two. It would have another big night as Habs express rolls along. But it didn’t happen and that’s life. Can’t win ’em all. Wish we could, but we can’t, and the task now is to rebound on Saturday when the Rangers pay a visit. And carry on in fine fashion after that in Ottawa and Toronto.

One streak ends, another to begin. How great would it be it this is what happens.

Random Notes:

Montreal outshot the Islanders 33-25, including 14-3 in the first period.

Brandon Prust fought, and did well, against the gigantic Joe Finlay, after Finlay had rammed Lars Eller dangerously into the boards. I work with a guy who’s about 6’8, 250 pounds, the same as Finlay, and this is big dude. Prust is eight inches shorter and more than 50 pounds lighter, and as the season goes on, I find myself appreciating and admiring the guy more and more.

Rangers on Saturday. Time to rebound. And time for Erik Cole to start making a difference.