Habs 8, Wild 1. Yessiree
Is it too late to apologize to Alex Auld for saying several times in the past that he wasn’t a good enough back-up goalie?
And do you think people like myself who haven’t been paying a lot of attention to Ryan White should maybe start doing so?
Auld has just played five straight periods of excellent backstopping. He’s been more than solid, allowing just two goals in these five periods (one, a penalty shot to Mikko Koivu), looking poised and confident, and I’m more than happy to give him his due and admit I had counted him out before he really had a chance to prove himself.
Ryan White showed again that he’s no pushover with the knuckle sandwiches as he took on big Clayton Stoner and gave and received several good licks. White also scored a goal and added two assists which means, as was mentioned about ten times during the CBC broadcast, that White achieved the coveted Gordie Howe hat trick, meaning a goal, assist, and a fight.
It’s a great thing, and if you feel so inclined, you could also call it a Rocket Richard hat trick. At least I think so. Because not only did Rocket get his points, but he could also fight with the best of them. Don’t forget, he took boxing lessons and entered Golden Gloves tournaments as a junior. But I suppose I shouldn’t ruffle feathers so I guess we’ll just go with Gordie Howe hat trick.
No offence, Howe fans. I just prefer the Rocket.
The third shining light of the night’s big three was of course PK Subban, who scored three great goals and played with vim and vigour throughout. I’m thinking now that there should probably be at least a day or two of rave reviews for our young phenom before they start whining and wailing again about how he cheats.
Our young stud’s star now shines even brighter, and may cause even his biggest detractors to watch the highlights from wherever they are and nod their heads in appreciation before they get back to their video games.
The Canadiens were a focused bunch in Minnesota and it wasn’t just the big triumvirate who caused the eruption. Benoit Pouliot assisted on Montreal’s first three goals and redeemed himself after being in Jacques Martin’s doghouse recently for a few ill-timed penalties. The Wiz notched a goal and an assist. David Desharnais had a couple of helpers, as did Mike Cammalleri. And Scott Gomez assisted on Travis Moen’s goal.
This team isn’t supposed to behave like this. They too small and banged up, aren’t they?
Jacques Martin and his gashouse gang has fooled them all.
Next up – Buffalo on Tuesday. Thursday it’s Boston. And Thursday is also the day Luciena and I fly the big silver bird to Ottawa.
Did you see Carey Price on the bench drying Roman Hamrlik’s face with a towel?
One of PK’s three goals came when he took the puck on the right side, skated along the top, nearly going offside in the process, and then veering down the left side and banking it in off a Wild defender. There’s not a lot of defencemen in the league who would even think about attempting this sort of play.