Notes on the third:
-I wish this game could have lasted all night!
-Rangers should have started Zaba. He was good in that period.
-When Andrei Kostitsyn gets back, this team is going to have some serious offence on the first two lines.
-Boy, can Tortorella ever give a death stare?!
-PING! Halak has a very good relationship with his posts.
-Nice to see the Rangers goon show end in a 5-on-3. And Plekanec has the sweetest backhand I've seen in a very long time.
-Well, I guess O'Byrne answered the "Who's going to fight with Laraque gone?" question. Voros got Rhino Burn. The big guy played a really solid game all around.
-Cammalleri's little row with Lapierre seemed to have inspired both of them. This game was like make-up sex.
-I wonder if Gainey smiled?
Notes on the second:
-Wow...the Habs lead the league in four-on-four goals. Too bad that pesky five-on-five thing gets in the way so much.
-Gill's a great passer if he doesn't have to cover a distance of greater than his own height.
-I love how Cammalleri holsters his stick after a goal. The only difference between him and an Old West gunfighter is he doesn't blow the smoke off it first.
-Lapierre is playing his best game of the year. He looks like he's really happy to have Darche on his line. Or anyone other than Laraque.
-Cammalleri is the Lundqvist Killer. What is it now? Six goals in three games? I think that should be classified as regicide against the King.
-Pouliot has a very scary habit of passing the puck backwards into his own zone. Fortunately, the goals he scores more than make up for it.
-The crowd is so elated, even the booing of Higgins and Avery is half-hearted.
-Jaro's forays out of the net are more adventurous than Columbus' on the high seas.
-A five-goal lead makes me nervous ever since the big Comeback game two years ago. Not that we've seen many five-goal leads, but still.
Notes on the first:
-Jacques Martin has the ugliest collection of insurance-salesman ties in the league.
-It's the little things that make hockey entertaining. The linesman handed Avery's helmet to him in the penalty box, then discreetly wiped his hand on his pants.
-The Habs passing is more disgraceful than Lady Godiva's afternoon ride through Coventry.
-Spacek finally gets a puck on the net and it turns into a goal. I'd love to see that happen a little more often.
-Metropolit can really handle the puck. I bet he plays a mean yo-yo too.
-Gill and O'Byrne bring to mind the good old days when the Habs' D was known as "The Trees." That's a tall pair there.
-Poor Halak. He looks like the guy in the pie-throwing booth at the country fair. He's standing in there gamely, but he knows he's getting a face full of coconut creme before too much longer.
-Overall, a pretty solid period. I hope the wheels don't fall off in the second like they did last time these two teams met.