Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins
Goals: Jordan Caron (Boston), Milan Lucic (Boston), Yannick Weber (Montreal)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (33/34, .971%), Carey Price (28/30, .933%)
It always feels good to win against the hated Habs.
Jordan Caron‘s goal! Carey Price messed up trying to play the puck and basically gave it away with a gaping wide open net. Caron just popped it right in, no problem!
David Krejci is GETTIN’ STUFF DONE. Having assisted on Milan Lucic‘s goal tonight, he increases his points streak to ten consecutive games. This is a record for the season so far! He was also the target of a perhaps questionable hit by PK Subban, one that initiated a bit of a donnybrook (as Jack Edwards put it). Watch it all here:
Subban, I think, put himself in a LOT of danger by going to the ice and covering his head like it was a tornado drill. Notice how people are still squabbling all around him and sharp skates are all over the place? Terrible idea for him to turtle like that, for his own safety–regardless of his reputation, he should’ve stayed on his feet and tried to defend himself or get out of it.
Other random observations: Tim Thomas was great as usual; it’s such a blessing to have two goaltenders in whom you can place an equal amount of faith. Not every team can say that. Also, Patrice Bergeron seemed to be getting more physical. He’s really showing his depth.
Although Marc Savard couldn’t be there in person to inaugurate the suite he purchased through 2013-14 to benefit patients of Children’s Hospital Boston who have experienced head trauma, the suite still opened to great fanfare and Brad Marchand showed up since obviously he had an open schedule. Savard couldn’t fly out of Toronto due to bad weather up there and said on Twitter that he plans to visit on Jan. 21. See you then, Savvy!
It wasn’t a really exciting game in the first and second periods after Caron scored. In fact, after the game, Claude Julien said he wasn’t really happy with how the game was played. I’ll take these two points no matter how they’re earned, though. If you look at this season’s games against the Habs, they’re the ones who really make us work hard for points–and sometimes we didn’t get them. Maybe they’re the Canadian team that is really the thorn in our side, not, you know, the place in Manitoba.
I haven’t been a hockey fan for too long, but I’ve watched a lot of games and heard a lot of stories. Never before have I heard of a trade happening mid-game like what happened to Michael Cammalleri. That’s cold. He was just taken off the bench, put in a cab, taken back to the hotel and told to wait. Now he has been traded to Calgary as part of a larger package of players including Rene Bourque, who is still serving a suspension for hurting Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom and won’t be able to play with his new team until Montreal takes on…uh…Washington. Stranger than fiction. The official line is a complete denial that it had anything to do with recent comments Cammalleri made (that to me resemble the deeply unpopular but accurate “malaise” speech by Jimmy Carter) and a desire for more physicality or some jibba-jabba like that. I remain skeptical. What is happening in Montreal? Maybe the whole organization needs a “malaise” speech (which never used the word malaise, of course).
Hey, here are the last photos of Cammalleri as a Hab.
at Carolina Hurricanes
The last time we met the Hurricanes was during October and we lost badly in a game riddled with penalties and controversy. Here’s hoping that we learned from that experience and will do better this time now that we’re going to their barn.