Montreal Canadiens at Chicago Blackhawks
Goals: Andrei Kostitsyn (Montreal), Andrew Brunette, Patrick Sharp, Viktor Stalberg, Jonathan Toews (ENG) and Brian Bickell (Chicago)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (.952), Peter Budaj (.852)
After six games on the bench, Corey Crawford was back in net and made 20 out of 21 saves. Some of them, from what I could tell, were just wicked spectacular. Then again, we’re talking about Crow here. He was named first star of the game! He’s…wait for it…crawsome.
Because of Marcus Kruger being out of action, Brandon Pirri was called up from Rockford. To hear Coach talk him up, he did exceptionally well in this game. If I recall correctly, he was in the season opener against Dallas and did well then.
Andrew Brunette and Patrick Sharp scored two goals in 20 seconds. Boston’s not the only team who can do that. And Sharpie’s wife and baby were in the house to see Daddy score his goal! All together now: AWWWWWW.
Brian Bickell ended a scoring drought that had been going since Halloween – he got an assist on Viktor Stalberg’s goal and sank the GWG with seconds to go. Not that we needed it, but it’s nice to gild the lily sometimes.
We missed two guys tonight – Marcus Kruger was rightly scratched after that disgusting hit by Deryk Engelland. Well, there is a bright spot: his hearing is scheduled for Thursday. Cross fingers that it’s not just a fine.
The other guy missing is Daniel Carcillo – the speculation is that he caught an elbow in a scrum at the net during the Minnesota game last week and is suffering from a concussion. He was officially placed on Injured Reserve, but here’s hoping he’s not there for long.
I was told that Montreal’s power play was the worst in the league. They proved that tonight. Oof.
I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the new coach of the Canadiens, Randy Cunneyworth, cannot speak French. The Montreal fanbase is offended and immediately called for his firing even before he coached a game. While I understand that it would be nice to converse with the media and appeal to the majority of the team’s fans, you shouldn’t make that a prerequisite for coaching that team. Your record should be of the most importance – I mean really, what does it matter if the coach speaks fluent French if you’re losing? If you confine your search to only those coaches who are bilingual, you could miss out on a coach that will take your team to another Cup.
vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Didn’t we beat these guys already? Yeah, let’s go for three in a row.