Notes on the third:
-Pacioretty in the between-periods interview had so much adrenaline and testosterone coursing through him, the effort to speak coherently nearly made him gag.
-I like the little slingshot move Cammalleri has on the boards. He nearly always gets it out to his linemate.
-What the hell is with the "hurry-up" faceoff? That's the stupidest thing I've ever seen, including the over-the-glass delay-of-game penalty and Mike Milbury.
-Oh, Pax. I think they taught shooting angles in the *second* year of college.
-Every time I see Pleks pass to Hammer, I think "Czech sausage."
-Does anyone else think Spacek should be wearing leiderhosen and a little feathered cap?
-If they'd lost, Martin should have been skewered for having Bergeron out there with two minutes to go. That second goal was on the coach.
-I like Mara. He's like an old dog in the corner...you don't notice him until he growls at the intruder.
-Solid game by Price, Pleks and just about everyone. I was proud of them tonight.
Notes on the second:
-Everyone in the league fears Ovechkin, but I fear Fleischmann. He hurts the Habs every time.
-Could it be? Was that a second line I saw there? Yes, by George, I think it was! Beautiful work by AK on the Pleks goal.
-Pax made a beautiful birthday play to get himself into a 2-on-1. He needs the confidence to shoot, though.
-I think Latendresse is actually playing some fantastic hockey this year. He's just playing it in an alternate dimension. It's not his fault.
-Very nice period. I'm having fun, and that's the thing that's been missing all year.
Notes on the first:
-It's not a good thing that my only hope going into this one is that it not be a blowout. Be gentle with us, Ovy!
-Gorges must have a real love-hate relationship with Price. If he's not falling on him himself, he's knocking other guys into him. He's going to seriously hurt Price one of these days.
-There's something wrong with the sound on my TV, so all I can hear is the crowd. The announcers are just a dim background noise. It's glorious!
-Spacek is working on a Guiness World Record for most giveaways before Christmas. He's hoping to hit a thousand, and he's already halfway there. Go Spatch!
-Moen on the top line is helping create some space for the midgets. Too bad he doesn't have better hands, but you can't win 'em all.
-Man, oh man, Ovechkin goes through the Habs like a machete through cheese.
-Bergeron is like diarrhea. It's embarrassing, stinks and you'll do anything to get rid of it.
-The plan there was to stay out of the box, right? Okay then. Just checking.
-Damn...announcer sound is back. Pierre McGuire Homoerotic Comment of the period: "It hit Carey Price right on the knob and knocked the stick right out of his hands."
-Poor Metro looks like he's dragging a 260-pound piano around on his line.
-Speaking of which, Laraque just discovered not everyone follows the Code. Erskine didn't even wait for a properly-worded reply before knocking down the "Heavyweight Champ of the NHL." If he can't even win a fight, it's time to cut him lose.
-All in all, not a bad start. I thought they'd be in a deeper hole than a hard rock miner by now.