Sometimes paying customers don’t get their money’s worth when they take their dates to the big game. It can be an uneventful two or three hours for sure, and can make chess look like a Stones concert. I guess that’s when alcohol sales go up.
Wasn’t uneventful tonight, though.
The Habs got it done against the pesky New York Islanders with a lovely 5-3 win that saw a shorthanded goal, a nasty fight, several goal posts hit, and a penalty shot. An interesting, hard-fought battle with the right outcome.
So don’t bother knockin’ at trailers that’ll be rockin’. Habs win their sixth in nine games and there should be more than just kisses on cheeks tonight for fans of the good guys.
At least you would think. On the other hand, I’ll be a work.
Tomas Plekanec was flying, Andrei Kostitsyn scored again and added an assist, and wouldn’t it have been nice to see Benoit Pouliot either score when he went in alone as he was being tripped, or on the following penalty shot called because of the trip?
Pouliot hit the post as he was sent sprawling, and was certainly less effective on the penalty shot when he saw an opening and shot. But these are NHL goalies and they stop shots like this in their sleep. Like Dwayne Roloson did in this case.
Would’ve been nice, though.
The TSN panel was at it again, going on about whether Jaroslav Halak should have been traded. Shouldn’t they be concentrating more on how well Carey Price is playing? It almost makes a Hab fan hope that Halak bombs in St. Louis.
If only Lars Eller can get going and make the trade look a little better so these guys in the studio can be muzzled once and for all.
Plekanec set up Travis Moen in one the nicest shorthanded goals you’ll ever see as Pleks steamed down the ice, put the puck right on Moen’s tape, and in the net it went.
Moen also went nose to nose with Islanders’ tough guy Zenon Konopka after James Wisniewski was drilled into the boards and Moen got his licks in against the goon. At the risk of repeating myself, our prairie boy needs to play with this kind of fire every night.
Mathieu Darche opened the scoring and Moen, Plekanec, Jeff Halpern, and Kostitsyn with the big insurance marker in the empty net were the Habs scorers on this night. Still no Gionta or Gomez. Patience has never been one of my strong suits.
PK Subban, in my opinion, played maybe his finest game so far.
Next up: Friday on Long Island to meet these same Islanders. Judging by the stickwork and grouchiness seen tonight, maybe the kids should be put to bed early so they don’t see the violence.
My wife felt bad for James Wisniewski when he was slammed into the boards by Moen until I explained to her about his incident with Sean Avery when he simulated oral sex. After that she wanted bad things for him and wondered what his parents thought of it and what his kids will think of it when they’re older and see film clips.
Shots on goal – 35-21 for the Habs.