Two Big Points In Buffalo

Dustin Tokarski and company blank the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Sunday night, and although it wasn’t a classic, the Canadiens were in control for the most part and they have to feel good about that.

Score four goals in less than five minutes on Saturday, and have their third-string netminder pull off a shutout on Sunday. That’s Habs magic to me.

Just a mighty successful weekend that sees the gang remaining nicely lodged in playoff shape instead of slipping and sliding and having us all wondering if the post season is in the cards or not.

The Canadiens, with this win, jump ahead of Toronto into second place in the Atlantic Division, bump Tampa Bay down to a wild card spot, and are a lofty third overall in the east.

Third overall. It’s amazing.

But there can be no serious faltering. That’s when we get mad at them and we hate that.

Both goals In Buffalo came midway through the first, with Dale Weise scoring his first as a Hab and Brendan Gallagher notching his seventeenth. And for Toker between the pipes, it was his first NHL shutout.

Now the task at hand is to prepare for Patrick and the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night. How sweet it would be to win this and there’s no reason why they can’t.

The boys have picked it up, and although some fans are getting impatient with Thomas Vanek, I don’t think it should be the case.

Vanek’s getting solid chances, he and linemates DD and Max have been dangerous often, and whether or not he’s scored, a new and important dimension has been added with him in the lineup even though it’s not always obvious.

Random Notes:

Habs outshot the Sabres 32-28.

Lars Eller skated well and showed confidence. Same with Weise.

And speaking of confidence, PK certainly had his moments. Fine moments. In particular, one play late in the game when he dazzled with the puck on his feet and stick. If only he would’ve scored.

6 thoughts on “Two Big Points In Buffalo”

  1. I’ll take the four points in two days and be happy with that. I’m not ready to say that the team has turned the corner, at least not yet, but I hope that maybe that remarkable comeback on Saturday night can turn into one of those “season-defining moments.”

  2. DK, I agree with Ian about the 4 points & I also hope Saturday is a season changer. Your take on Vanek is OK I guess but at times it appears he can’t keep up with DD & Max. I’ve watched him chasing down a puck but doesn’t seem to have the wheels to out pace his opponent. He just seems to be missing that extra gear Cole had. I do though agree 100% I’d like to see us shove it right down Roys throat!

  3. Hi Mike. No, he can’t motor like Cole but he’s more of a threat than Cole was and I think we’ll see him help Montreal. I just think he hasn’t found his groove yet.

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