Weber And Gang Win Another

blastA blast from the point from Shea Weber with just 2:57 left in the third period, and the visiting Montreal Canadiens leave town with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.

The major roll continues to roll.

Speedy Paul Byron, elevated to the first line with Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk, opened the scoring in the second period, and this middle frame had belonged completely to the Habs, right up until John Tavares evened things on the power play. But it all worked out in the end so it doesn’t matter.

In the third, after Galchenyuk rang one off the crossbar, Phillip Danault banged home a Weber shot after great fourth line forechecking, and the Habs took the lead, but not for long.

Almost three minutes later, ex-Bruin Dennis Seidenberg (which makes him a natural enemy), tied it after serious Islanders pressure, but it was all for naught, because the guy who came over for PK Subban, which caused some to consider jumping off a bridge or slitting their throat, scored the winner, his third of the season and nine points, which leads his team.

He also scares the daylights out of opposing players near the boards, which may or may not be factored into analytics.

Random Notes:

Canadiens outshot the Islanders 29-28, and were 1/1 on the power play (Weber).

Al Montoya, playing in his fourth game, was solid as usual and has allowed just 7 goals overall.

Years ago Henri Richard and Ralph Backstrom would be timed doing circles around the Forum, with both skaters fighting to be the fastest. Pretty sure Paul Byron would have given both fellows a run for their money, and I think they’d agree.

Next up –

Thursday night at the Bell when the Tampa Bay Lightning show up to get their arses kicked.

Soft and gentle rant – Alex Galchenyuk still isn’t that superstar we’d hoped for, even though he did score 30 goals last season. I thought by now, after 3 1/2 seasons, we’d see him blossom into one of the league’s elite, but we still wait. Maybe it won’t happen, at least the way I wanted it to.

Just want another Guy Lafleur, that’s all.

 

 

12 thoughts on “Weber And Gang Win Another”

  1. Well done Dennis, Weber’s got a demeanor at times which reminds me of the Rocket. I mean he has the stoic look when accepting accolades. Terrific player. Bolts against the Habs ought to be very exciting and of course a different style of play. Very fast and lots of action and with Price, Radu, Weber, and hopefully Patches, Galchenyuk, and Gally and the rest of the boys it shld prove to be a helluva game.

  2. Thanks Bill. A good road win, good goaltending, everyone is contributing. Just the way it should be. Although one guy who remains way too quiet is Plekanec, but whatever. He’ll have his moments. Shaw had a breakaway, and the new guys have been great. It’s just so much nicer when this team is right up there, and although it might not last, it might too. They’ll have their slumps, as long as they climb out of them.

  3. The real test comes tomorrow, we need to win at home against Tampa our main competition for tops in the division. I wish the defence ice times were as balanced as the forwards, we need Markov to have something left in the tank.

    Unfortunately Galchenyuk’s growth was stunted, it’s only now that he’s getting the chance to develop into the superstar we need. It’s hard to learn to be a #1 centre when stuck as a 3rd line winger.

    I believe we had our Lafleur, only our coach had him on a leash and wouldn’t let him fly and our GM traded him for someone I’m hoping will be our Robinson.

  4. Hi Dennis….last night’s game was a signal that this team can persevere when up against a very hot goalie. They have the quality in Montoya to keep going for the win instead of holding on for a tie. It looks promising to me and I am not easy to convert after the past season. So we enjoy what is unfolding now and hope it continues. The Tampa game will be a good one I think. CP will have to be at his best.

  5. Well habby fans your team looks scary good with Weber…

    At least let me enjoy Austin Matthews leading the league in points and goals while I can ….My leafs may have the worst defence in the league…. 🙁

  6. Well DK I think we can put to bed any doubts about Montoya, he held us in during that first period. He may not be as on like a laser like Price BUT who is? Speaking of goalies I read Fucale has been sent down to the ECHL. Does this kid think it was a given he was ordained to be Prices backup and now has his nose out of joint and wants out? I say kid wake up and be careful what you wish for! As for Saturdays game against the Laffs I don’t want a repeat of last nights first period, its pedal to the metal from puck drop to final siren. GO HABS GO!!!

  7. Christopher, I don’t know what kind of minutes they’re giving Markov now, but yes, we need him to go the distance without burning out. I have to think that the coaching staff will do it properly but I’m not sure I trust them anymore. And even though Galchenyuk’s growth was stunted, he just doesn’t seem to be the type of player who will blossom into a true superstar like Lafleur. But I hope I’m wrong.

  8. Hope it continues, Cliff, although we know various slumps are coming. They just better not be the type we saw last year or I’m becoming a cricket fan.

  9. It’s your goaltending too, Leaf Fan. When was the last time you guys had a real goalie back there? It’s been years I think.

  10. We need wins every night, Mike, because we’re greedy bastards. A win against Tampa would be great, and a win against Toronto is a must. As far as Fucale goes, I wonder what’s happened. But no matter, Price and Montoya are the pair extraordinaire!

  11. We may be greedy bastards, but it’s not our fault. We were spoiled when we were younger and grew accustomed to winning all the time. In my case, the Canadiens were Stanley Cup champions on 8 separate occasions while I was still only 10 years old.

  12. We sure were spoiled, Christopher. I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve been alive for 18 of their 24 Cups. And I hope I’m alive for several more.

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