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Radulov To Galchenyuk


Above, the Joe Louis Arena (the white building) in Detroit, taken a few months ago when I was visiting my old friends Mike and Diana Williamson in the Windsor area.

Yes, the Joe Louis Arena. Where on a Saturday night in late November, Alexander Radulov fed Alex Galchenyuk in overtime, the net bulged, and the Canadiens begin their five-game road trip with a 2-1 win over the Red Wings.

I might as well save the next sentence and just copy and paste it after every Habs win…….. Carey Price saved the day once again.

The Wings opened the scoring in the third period of a slightly dull game, but Brendan Gallagher would soon even things up, and for Habs fans, it wasn’t as dull anymore.

Gally, who hadn’t scored since Oct. 24th when he deflected a Radulov shot on the power play for the game winner against Philadelphia, hopefully now has that great big mother of a piano lifted from his back.

Random Notes:

Shea Weber was penalized in overtime for slashing but Price and the boys held the fort. Soon after, Weber came out of the box and rang one off the post. One of the more exciting moments of the night.

Charles Hudon was out, due to a fractured sternum (breastplate). These young guys. Can’t even play with a lousy fractured sternum. Hell, in my day………..

Replacing Hudon was Arturri Lehtonen, who was absolutely robbed by Wings netminder Petr Mrazek with a glove save that you’ll see for the next several weeks or months on TV.

Detroit outshot Montreal 33-24.

Next up – Tuesday in Anaheim, which means a late night for eastern time zone fans.

Russian Juniors Move On To Meet The Canadians

It was some kind of hockey game in Calgary Monday night, as the Russians and Czech juniors clashed in a battle of goaltenders, with the Russians coming out it with an 2-1 overtime win and the right to meet the Canadians Tuesday evening.

What a game. Chances galore at both ends, but the goalies, Czech Petr Mrazek and Russian Andrei Vasilevski, stood tall, making save after spectacular save, and it was such a treat to see these old rival countries perform like they did.

Exciting times, and my wife, who is Russian, went from eyes semi-closed to eyes wide open, especially in the third when pucks flew and goalies sprawled and glove hands darted out, and back and forth it went. And in the end, just 1:30 into overtime, Russia’s Grigori Zheldakov blasted one past Mrazek with a Czech forward injured and out of the play, and like they say, Boris is your uncle.

Who is my wife going to cheer for tomorrow?  “If Canada wins, I’ll be happy,” she says. “Russia did it last year, and enough is enough. Go Canada go.”

I second that. Go Canada Go!