Watched on the old laptop the Habs lose 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Lighting, live from the friendly confines of Buffy’s Pub in Sooke, BC, about 45 minutes from Victoria.
Sooke, home of the Potholes Regional and Provincial Parks. Home of Buffy’s Pub, which at one time was a biker bar and is now a fisherman, logger, trucker bar.
And home of a country highway running through that very well might be the busiest country highway you’ll ever see.
Close your eyes and you’ll think you’re standing on the shoulder of the 401 going through Toronto. Cars zooming by, none stop. And I mean none stop.
But where are they going? Sooke has 11,000 people, and the cars going west from here are headed toward absolutely nothing, with tiny hamlets Jordan River and Port Renfrew miles away. After that, it’s the west side of Vancouver Island, where the waves of the Pacific roll in, a place that was on alert for German subs during WWll, and a place where most cars don’t usually go.
It’s a mystery, like an episode of Twilight Zone.
But I digress. This is suppose to be about the Habs losing to Tampa Bay at the Bell Centre. Those crazy Habs, who allowed Tampa players to break in on Carey Price all night, slipping through like a team of Wayne Gretzkys behind hungover beer leaguers.
It just wasn’t right.
Play like this a few weeks from now and it’ll be a quick exit. C’mon boys, tighten up. And we can only hope that the Lightning get eliminated early so our guys don’t have to face them.
Max scored a shorthanded goal in the second period to bring his season total to 37. Unfortunately, Tampa lit the lamp three times that same period.
Jeff Petry would find the back of the net in the third period to make it exciting for a few seconds.
Montreal went 1/3 on the power play, with PK scoring with the man advantage.
Shots on goal – Lightning 44, Habs 28.
Next up – The Canadiens greet the Washington Capital on Thursday at the Bell.