|What a game. The Canadiens and Flyers fought it out and after trailing by 2 goals on 2 occasions the Habs still managed to send it to an exciting extra frame and then a shoot out to earn a valuable point.
The Canadiens dominated much of the early game but got into some costly penalty trouble. Cristobal Huet showed the first few chinks in his armor and allowed a few “Jose Style” goals for the first time this year. Now it’s not fair to jump on Huet who was just named Defensive Player of the Week in the NHL. Yes it wasn’t his best game, but he came back and saved the game several times allowing it to get to overtime, including a Mike Richards breakaway in the last 10 seconds. Huet looked more fatigued then anything.
Can you blame him? Coming into the pressure cooker that is Montreal and basically leading a mixed up team to a strong playoff chance while having never been an NHL starter anywhere else. Not to mention returning from surgery and being thrown into a starting rotation and schedule he’s never experienced before. He’s only human.
Since when do the Canadiens come back after being down 2 goals? 2 goals on the road, and twice. Everytime I thought “Ok, it’s over.” The Habs found a way back in. They’re playing with confidence and showing character when it counts.
Huet got them into the shoot out and a potentially huge point for the Canadiens. In the shoot out his wheels fell off by the time he had to face the 3rd shooter. The Canadiens may have even stolen 2 points if they could have buried another shot on Robert Esche. I’m a big Michael Ryder fan, but at this point you have to realize he’s not a shoot out player much less the 3rd shooter. Ryder’s missed every shoot out chance he’s had. Ryder is more of a player that knows how to put himself in the right position and fires pucks at the net at any opportunity. When he skates in alone from center ice that strategy doesn’t seem to be the strongest. Maybe he has too much time to think and it usually results in whipping a puck over the net.