4:25 pm Pacific – Only a few silent swear words about the game not being on in English where I live. Then I remembered I don’t have to listen to people like Glenn Healy and Mike Milbury, and now I’m happy. Maybe even do a couple of handstands if I could. Plus, I like RDS’s Pierre Houde, who seems like a good guy. Reminds me of a French Ricardo Montalban.
4:29 pm – Explained to my wife that if the Habs win, Carey Price we’ll be one of the youngest goalies ever to hit the 100 wins mark. She smiled and her eyes glazed over. I think she has the hots for Carey.
4:35 pm – The Flames are in town and it should be interesting. Not to see the Flames, of course. They’re just another team in a long list of teams trying to beat my team. No, it’s about how the Habs will play against them. Will the special teams look good? Will anyone get injured? Will Scott Gomez score? Will RDS cameras show any cleavage in the stands?
4:37 pm - Big introduction as it’s opening night in Montreal. Perry Pearn was the only coach who smiled, and Jacques Martin got fair applause. And there’s the flag kids skating around. I was rejected for this job too.
4:40 pm - Players introduced. It warms my heart, as it does every year. Lucy thinks Raphael Diaz is handsome. PK, Max, and Carey get the loudest cheers from the Bell faithful, and I have a warm glow right now as I see the team. And there’s Mr. Beliveau at his seat, looking good.
4:51 pm – I find the overhead cameras at the Bell too high. But maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m high.
4:53 pm – 1-0 Habs!!! Max on a two on one looked to miss the net on purpose, and Andrei Kostitsyn buried it. Yea!!! We need another.
4:57 pm – Flames hooking penalty. C’mon power play.
4:59 pm – Big shots from the point from PK and Weber. Then a penalty to Darche . %$#&^
5:02 pm – Flames score on the power play. &*%*$. I need beer.
5:09 – Another Habs penalty. Gionta for high sticking. Either the Canadiens have to get a little more disciplined, or the ref’s a commie bastard.
5:13 – Puck ricoched off a couple of players, picked up by the enemy, and it’s now 2-1 Cowtowners. Grrr.
5:18 – 3-1. I have no words. And shortly after, they almost scored again. What’s going on? (Insert several nasty swear words here).
5:22 – I’m expecting Scott Gomez to score any month now.
5:25 – Calgary almost scored again. It could be 5-1 now. We need this period over with.
5:27 – Siren goes to end the first. Penalties, one by Darche and two by Gionta, gave the Flames life and sucked some life out of the gang. Lars Eller is back in the lineup for what it’s worth. And from what I see from my TV, there are too many Habs’names not being called by Pierre Houde. I’m waiting for Plekanec and Gomez to arrive. I saw them introduced and then they went away. Maybe they ate some bad shrimp and have been in the toilet for the last 45 minutes.
Intermission babble. Brent Sutter, coach of the Flames, is, of course, one of six brothers who played in the NHL. A seventh brother won a million bucks in a lottery.
Period Two: The “Don’t Take Too Many Penalties” period.
5:59 – Sorry for the delay. I had to re-boot my computer. I’d actually like to take the boots to it. Habs on the power play and almost let the Flames walk in twice during. Kiprusoff just hasn’t had to work hard enough in my book and I’m really beginning to get pissed off about things.
6:04 – This game reminds me of the outdoor one in Calgary last year when the Habs made the Flames look like a true powerhouse, even though the Calgarians wouldn’t make the playoffs later on. And Rene Bourque, who helped kill the Habs in that game, has scored tonight.
6:07 – 4-1 Calgary. Montreal let them have their way and I need some drugs.
6:11 – Price almost shot it in his own net after playing with it for a second. Life sucks. Fire the coach. Blame Subban.
6:15 – Good pressure by the Habs and a penalty to Calgary. One goal and it all changes.
6:17 – Action around the net. Kill the bastards.
6:18 – Period over. Close but no cigar just yet. Okay, it wasn’t that close, but a few chances were had, which is better than normal.
Intermisson babble: If you wrap bacon around a pork roast while it’s in the oven, it’s really good but you’ll burn your hand.
The Final Frame:
6:37 – Of course. Hal Gill wraps his arms around somebody and hauls him down, thus deserving two minutes in the sin bin. I have no patience for this sort of thing.
6:41- Nice play by Eller with a little toe drag, but the reality is, most NHL goalies will stop a shot from far out like that with no problem whatsoever.
6:51 – PK hauled down in what is an obvious penalty. Oh. It’s not called. How come?
6:53 – Flames get a penalty and also a two-on-one break. Didn’t score though, if it’s any consolation.
6:57 – Fans starting to leave. Geez, they’re going to miss the big miracle comeback.
7:10 - Game deodorant. That’s what we used to say when we were kids when a game was over. Game deodorant. I don’t know why. It’s kind of stupid. But somehow it seems fitting here.
Three Stars -
Calgary Flames, Flag kids, Jean Beliveau