Notes on the third:
-I counted three completely unprovoked and ill-timed falls to the ice by Carle. If blunting his skates was his rookie initiation, it's NOT funny!
-Gionta came to play tonight. Too bad he didn't bring half the rest of the team with him.
-Tonight's petition: Dear Mr.Gainey, we, the undersigned would very much appreciate it if you could bring back our best player next year. And no, I do NOT mean Marc-Andre Bergeron.
-I have a feeling if we're icing the same defence on Thursday, the Bruins' scoring issues will be at an end.
-Well, for all the complaining I've heard about the Habs only winning in OT, I would have been really happy to see OT tonight. This game was painful.
-Did they win a faceoff tonight?
-The conclusion we must reach, yet again, is this is not a very good hockey team. I hope it will improve, but when you're getting owned by Atlanta, I don't hold out great hope for games against the Caps, Flyers, Devils, Bruins, Sharks, Wings, Pens...well, it could be a really long season.
Notes on the second:
-Habs remind me of a dog that's fallen out of a boat: swimming in circles, trying to keep its head above water until it slowly tires. The Markov-led defence was the boat.
-Nice laser by Gionta. I was thinking we might have to soon send his picture to the milk-carton people.
-This game is hurting me. My jaw is sore from clenching my teeth every time the third line or Bergeron is on the ice.
-I wonder why Pacioretty keeps passing to the linesman? Maybe he's colour blind. Seriously.
-I have a hard time believing Latendresse and Lapierre would be getting the icetime they do if they were born in Belarus. Kostitsyn might be doing jack, but it's better than doing dick. I think.
-Have I mentioned I hate Bergeron? Really, really hate him. He's as good an NHL defenceman as Laraque is a runway model.
-Price is doing the best he can at keeping order when his defence leaves the room.
-Speaking of which, if a dramatic comedy is a dramedy, what's a tragic comedy? Oh, right. The Habs current D.
-Cammalleri is the best sniper this team has had in recent memory. Whatever else happens, nobody can fault Gainey for bringing him in. I just wonder how long it'll take for him to realize he's gonna have a lot of hard nights in Montreal?
Notes on the first:
-I like that Mara greets the flag-bearer kids. That's nice.
-Price looked a little sheepish about accepting the Molson Cup. With Cammalleri and Plekanec looking on, I don't blame him.
-Spacek reminds me of the reply my colleague gives when asked how he is: "Not bad, for an aging fat man."
-Looks like Price is going for the points this year, with the stretch passes. Nice to see he's not treating the puck like a vial of ebola these days.
-The RDS "ay yi yi" thing is going to drive me to mute yet another Habs broadcast. Holy crap, that's annoying.
-Pavelec is damn good. Mostly damn.
-I don't know why the weirdest goals seem to go in on Price. Maybe it has to do with the Habs' D looking like the puck might explode on contact in their own end.
-No excuses on the last one, though. Twelve seconds to go? Not only does this team not have killer instinct, it also seems to lack survival instinct.
-I can see the bright point tonight being that at least I have Peverley in my pool.