Late game blog here on the holiday weekend. The pens are going to be very motivated tonight. Lets hope for a more productive game from Gomez and Gionta, as well as the premiere of Cammalleri.
Last night was a great and much needed victory for the Habs as they battled a very chippy, motivated, and frankly, dirty Pittsburgh team. I’m not one to have the blinders on to the things my team is guilty of, but there was an intentional and sustained effort from the first drop of the puck to run Price to get him off of his game. Crysby, Cooke, Talbot, Malkin and many others took liberties with Price after whistles, and on many occasions hit our goaltender in places nowhere near where loose pucks could be. This is definitely something that needs to be addressed on ice by the players in front of Price. A guy like Travis Moen or Ryan O’Byrne has to step up in these situations. I couldn’t believe some of the stick work after whistles the referees were letting go.
Anyways, a great win for Montreal to set up the homecoming. Price was fantastic. I was hoping that he would have a couple solid regular season games under his belt before returning to the watchful glare of Montreal. I think he’s done a lot to diffuse what could have been an ugly scenario. He outplayed a former Stanley Cup champ in Fleury, and lost only to an amazing performance by JS Giguere, mainly due to the bi-polar defense in front of him.
After watching two games what is your assessment of Benoit Pouliot? How about Lars Eller? Gomez scored last night late in the game on what was his FIRST shot of the regular season? Is that the kind of start we need from a guy who commands such a high portion of the cap hit? How would you rate the start for PK Subban? Has there been a more dynamic player for the Canadiens than Tomas Plekanec through 2 games?
Lots of intriguing questions surrounding the club who could have easily been down 0-2 to start the year, but somehow found a way to re-create the magic of last season’s playoff success against the Penguins to steal yet another game from the NHL’s darling model success-story franchise. You know, the one who on the verge of losing their franchise tanked so successfully that they were able to draft an all-star team to lure back some of the most fair-weather fans in the sport to fill a brand-spanking-new state-of-the-art building? Can you tell how I feel about the Penguins?