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Beaten In Buffalo

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The thing to do, if you’re a Habs fan, is sit back, have a smoke, pat the dog, fire up the record player, and when you’ve done all that, swallow a bunch more anti-depressants.

Habs lose 6-4 in Buffalo.

But it seemed fine in the beginning, after Max Pacioretty sent a nice pass over to Sven Andrighetto and bam, the boys had the all-important  1-0 lead.

Always good to get that first one. Except the Sabres got the next four.

David Legwand began by tying things, and soon after, Old Man Markov turned the puck over (yawn), and suddenly it was 2-1 Sabres.

Mark Barberio tried to boot the puck out of danger and couldn’t, and the Sabres finished the play to take a 3-1 lead. It also finished Ben Scrivens for the night, with Mike Condon taking over.

In horrific fashion it soon became a 4-1 game, and the Sabres rout was on.

Then it wasn’t.

Alex Galchenyuk scored on the power play, and it was 4-2.

Andrighetto, with his second of the night, narrowed things to 4-3.

Things were going good. But then Galchenyuk was called for hooking Marcus Foligno, who was promptly awarded a penalty shot, and who promptly beat Condon to make it 5-3.

But with 22 seconds left in the middle frame, Galchenyuk, who was great on this night, scored on the power play to put it at 5-4, and there was hope. Lots of hope.

Especially after the Canadiens swarmed Buffalo’s end time after time in the third period, going all out to even things.

It was tense for fans of both sides. At least I’m assuming this. It was tense for me, anyway.

Tense until the Canadiens pulled Condon, and with the puck being sent along the boards towards PK Subban, it suddenly hit the linesman, Evander Kane picked up the blocked puck, and he fired it into the empty net.

Subban was pissed.

Who knows what would have happened if the linesman wasn’t in the way? But that’s hockey. Pucks hit zebras.

The bottom line is, the CH took the early lead and then proceeded to fall behind 4-1 before playing catch up.

It’s not good to dig a hole like that. Especially when the team has a tough time scoring goals at the best of times, and especially when they’re trying to show that the slump has ended.

But at least they didn’t fold and they gave it the old college try. They came close to rebounding from being down 4-1 to actually winning. That’s good, right?

It’s tough being a Habs fan.

Random Notes:

Canadiens outshot the Sabres 30-22.

Montreal, sitting at 21st overall on the power play before the game, were 2/3 with the man advantage.

Next up – Monday in Arizona. Game time 9:00 pm ET.

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Canadian Boys Down Russians In World Juniors Opener

Team Canada Juniors doubled the Russian 6-3 in Buffalo to open their tournament, and unless you’re a Russian or maybe an American, this is a great result on this first day of play.

As we all know, the tournament picks up steam as it progresses, we get to know the players much better, and by the time the thing begins to reach its climax, most Canadian hockey fans are on the edge of their seats and longing for the day NHLers play with the passion of these young fellows.

Heartwarming is the story of Marcus Foligno, son of ex-pro Mike Foligno who toiled in the NHL from 1979 until 1994, playing for Detroit, Buffalo, and Toronto. Young Marcus, with US – Canadian dual citizenship, was told by his mom just before she passed away due to cancer in 2009 that he was going to have his choice on what team he would lace ’em up with – Canada or the US, but she reminded him that he is Canadian and left it at that.

Imagine how proud she’d be to see him wearing the Team Canada unform now.

Young Foligno is also a Sudbury, Ontario native which is special to me because I have a connection to Sudbury myself. I was a 21 year old bartender at the Holiday Inn there and watched, as they unfolded, all eight games of the 1972 Summit Series in this city.

Sudbury gets a bad rap because some of the rock landscape in the area that many compare to the moon. But in reality, it’s a fine place to live and I enjoyed it very much. Great people live in Sudbury.

Canada plays next on Tuesday against the Czech Republic. So far so good.

Go Canada!!!!