Notes on the third:
-Too funny...Gill lost his stick and Desharnais donated his to the cause. Gill looked like he was holding a pencil.
-Winning faceoffs makes such a huge difference. So does forechecking and winning the puck along the boards. Amazing.
-I don't know what he did in Tampa, but I'm pretty sure Darche just had the game of his life.
-For all the undrafted free agents Brian Burke bragged about getting, the one he missed was Brock Trotter. Thirty teams wanted him and Gainey got him.
-From now on, nobody should be allowed to play for the Canadiens unless they're first trained by Guy Boucher.
-CBC's Hughson: "Brian Gionta has a pair." Yes, Jim, indeed he does. A big, clanking brass pair.
-Red shirts were on the puck first all game long. If they'd only done that all year...
-Stupid Bell Centre fans started singing goodbye with more than five minutes to go against the Cup champs. The ushers should be allowed to tranq anyone who does that.
-Price on the bench looks like he's thinking, "Well, I guess I'm not playing tomorrow either." Hang in there kid. You'll get another shot.
-What a game!
Notes on the second:
-SK on the PK!
-If only Darche didn't have such a bad case of Higginsitis. The unfulfilled chances he's had have been just glorious.
-Gionta has more guts than a butcher shop.
-The fourth line is drawing penalties like Picasso drew lopsided faces.
-Spacek is making me dread the last two years of his contract. I hope the Olympic break gives him a second wind.
-Ah Jaro! He can't let those in when everything's going in his team's favour. I really think he doesn't play as well when he's not getting bombarded.
-It'd be really nice to see the kids pot one in the third. If the Habs pull this off, it's because of them.
Notes on the first:
-When I think of the Habs injury situation this year, I think of junior high science, when we learned the difference between "saturated" and "super-saturated." I think we've achieved the latter.
-If the NHL is supposed to separate the men from the boys, I see a lot of Bulldog boys becoming men today.
-You wander, you pay the price, Fleury. Pads don't make you sacrosanct.
-Wild start. Would have been nice if Markov could have controlled Dupuis better.
-Darche is taking first-line duties seriously. He's a man on a mission.
-The ice must be awful. They're falling like rain.
-Desharnais might be five-foot nothing, but he plays bigger than Gill.
-Speaking of whom, that one shift Desharnais played with Gionta must have set a record for shortest line in NHL history.
-Habs had more chances than an apologetic drunk. The no goals thing is going to come back to sober them up pretty quickly though.