Montreal - Nov. 4, 2011 - Jacques Martin's favorite kind of hockey game. His goalie is superb. His offense jumps on turnovers. His defense protects (sits on) a lead most of the night. Two points in the bank.
But he's playing with fire.
Carey Price. He stopped every non - backhand shot directed at him.
Eric Cole's third goal of the season. A work of beauty thanks to linemates David Desharnais & Mike Cammalleri.
The 4th line of Petteri Nokelainen - Mike Blunden - Mathieu Darche. Again. Have they had a single bad shift since being put together?
20 more blocked shots.
Lars Eller's perfect feed to Andrei Kostitsyn after embarrassing Erik Karlsson.
The huge smile on Kostitsyn's face on the bench while waiting for the third period to start. Imagine if he got a few seconds on the power play.
Habs record without Scott Gomez now 4-1-1.
Habs record with Randy Ladouceur behind the bench is 4-0.
Kostitsyn (4G 4A 8 PTS) still not on the power play. Another 1:00 of PP time for Darche (1G 0A 1 PT). Ridiculous.
The disturbing lack of finish by Mike Cammalleri & Brian Gionta. A matter of time, I believe, for Cammalleri (5 SOG tonight). Don't know about Gionta.
Max Pacioretty. Looked a little out of it, especially after taking a clean hit from Chris Phillips. Maybe his head was already home in the NYC area.
The Habs in the face off circle. Everybody (36%) was rotten. They got lucky, especially late in the game with Jason Spezza winning every important draw.
PK Subban's early penalty for tripping. PK is going to have to learn, quickly, that he cannot stick his leg out to upend an opponent who's beaten him, whether it's a teammate during practice or an opposing forward. He's going to seriously injure somebody. And then himself.
The pool started by Mitch Gallo this week on "Melnick in the Afternoon". Who ends the season with more goals - Scott Gomez or Ryan McDonagh? (McDonagh leads 3-0).