Things are going quite swimmingly as the first period of the Montreal-Atlanta matinee comes to an end. It’s 1-1, the Canadiens are outshooting the Georgians 16-5, the gang is playing with jump, and the Wiz continues making an impact by springing Tomas Plekanec free late in the frame on the power play to even it at one apiece.
The Habs look happy to be at home. We’re happy they’re at home. Maybe even their wives and kids are happy they’re at home.
It’s going reasonably well on the ice but I’m not sure about myself and my timing. I need to leave in approximately 90 minutes which begs the question, – can they get the second period going quite soon and can they play two periods in 90 minutes?
It remains to be seen. Depends a lot on whether there’s a parade of penalties. And of course, overtime.
The second period is finally underway and shortly after, Atlanta snuck one through the pads of Carey Price to make it 2-1 enemy. Both Thrashers goals have been weak which leads me to ask myself – should I begin to feel nervous about Carey Price? Is he still a brick wall, or is he becoming a wall with holes in it like some of the places I’ve lived in over the years?
Whooppee! PK Subban blasts one home from the blueline, another power play goal, and it’s all tied up again. Seeing PK do that makes me swell with pride, like I was his dad or something.
Of course. Naturally. Sixteen seconds left in the period and Atlanta scores. I have no words. Except why didn’t you get it done on your breakaway, Brian Gionta? You used to be a goal scorer, remember?
It’s the end of two periods and I need to go in 45 minutes. Can’t they just do a quick flooding with the Zamboni and start again?
The third is now underway and the boys are getting chances. But close doesn’t count. They have to bury their chances and so far, as I slowly get ready to go out the door and off to work, they haven’t been burying them and still find themselves down 3-2.
I wonder what Jean Beliveau is thinking about this team right now.
Furious, frantic scrambles near the Atlanta net, but alas, no finish for the Canadiens. Five minutes to go and I’m edging toward the door. Can they do it?
GIONTA SCORES!!!!!!! GIONTA SCORES!!!!!!! It’s tied at three and I really have to go. I can’t delay this anymore. There’s a minute and a half left.
How will it turn out?
I’m still here, I’m going to be late for work. Only seconds left and I really have go. Overtime awaits. So does my boss.
Okay, I’m at work now and I see how it ended up. Big Buff scores for the Atlanta Byfugliens. 4-3 enemy. Whatever.
Habs host Pittsburgh on Thursday. Maybe several of the Penguins are under the weather following the Winter Classic.