There were times throughout when they were far from sharp. Dozey in fact. Definitely brain-dead in places.
But enough about the referees.
Canadiens double up the visiting Bruins 4-2 in a game that should turn more than a few Bruins fans into babbling glue sniffers. Their team had the Habs on the ropes. And then they didn’t.
Funny how that happens sometimes.
Somehow, although outplayed for much of the game, this first place team hung in against a surprisingly tough Boston squad. Tougher than I thought, considering the Bs sit in 19th spot overall with just 13 points, while the Canadiens, from the highest perch, can barely see them with binoculars.
But in the end, when the score was tied and just over a minute left in the third period, David Krejci decided to crosscheck Tomas Plekanec, several times in fact, and while he was cooling his blades in the sinbin after his numbing stupidity, David Desharnais buried the puck and the knife.
Soon after, Max found the empty net, and fans exhaled.
A fine ending to a tense game, and Bruins fans scurry to the local Army Surplus to buy knives to slit their throats.
Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period after the Canadiens were called for a tremendously dubious ‘too many men’ infraction, which was one of several weird refereeing decisions. But because of the final score, I won’t bitch. Except for the first paragraph of course.
The team was stifled constantly. They were bottled up, scrambling, all out of whack. I couldn’t wait for the period to end.
The only fun I had in this 20 minutes was seeing Andrei Markov blast a slapshot into the Bruins bench after taking a tripping call when Colin Miller embellished in fine Brad Marchand style.
No one was hurt on the Bruins bench, which is good I suppose. But it was a great moment. An excellent Markov moment.
Just as the Bruins had scored early in the first on the power play, the Canadiens did the same in the second, when Tomas Plekanec finished off a feed from Brendan Gallagher at 1:09 into the frame.
The Canadiens power play is clicking now. They promised, and I believed.
The Bruins took the lead in the second when Frank Vatrano, from the legendary Vatrano/Gambino mob family and playing in just his first NHL game after the family made the Bruins an offer they couldn’t refuse, notched his first big league goal.
Now we wait for news of a horse’s head found in David Krejci’s hotel bed after he gets home from Crescent St.
A Bruins lead going into the third period, with Boston stifling the boys and simply being the better team, ready to collect two big road points.
The Canadiens were in trouble, and possibly let down emotionally after a Plekanec goal in the the third, which would have tied things up, was ruled no goal because of Gally causing havoc in the crease.
It was a sad time at the old Bell barn. The team getting whupped by the rival Bostonians. Things just weren’t going the right way on this Saturday night.
At 8:58, Lars Eller slipped one through Jonas Gustavsson’s legs and the score was tied in dramatic and surprising fashion.
At 17:57, David Kejci lost his mind and not quite a minute later, DD put his team in front.
And with 17 seconds left, Max found the empty net.
The Bruins and their fans once again hate the Habs more than anyone they’ve ever hated.
Montreal outshot Boston 33-31.
Canadiens went 2/3 on the power play, while Boston was 1/5.
Too many turnovers, loose play, a plethora of icings, too many penalties, and the boys still won.
Next up – Canadiens take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
A little humour to close with. The Leafs allowed a goal with just a second left in Washington, and then lost in the shootout.