Notes on the third:
-Price is proving the "high glove" critics wrong, at any rate.
-I wonder if McBain is playing with the 'Canes so he can hide from Mendoza?
-Why was Price's foot not nailed to the post on that Staal goal? I hope that's not generating Easter metaphors too early.
-You know, Lapierre was better when he had that crazy-ass long biker hair. He needs it back.
-I hate Cam Ward with the burning, festering hatred one bears for one's greatest nemesis.
-If this is what we get in a "must make the playoffs" game, they might as well not bother. It'll just be embarrassing.
-Ah, Price, no wins for you!
Notes on the second:
-Watching the TSN panel during the intermission makes me think a wise GM would be waiting for the Flames to panic on Bouwmeester and try to dump him. I think if he doesn't start tearing it up next year, he'll get dumped for much less than it would have cost to get him a couple of years ago, and I think his kind of skill doesn't just go away. It just needs the right team to let it shine.
-Is it wrong of me to laugh every time TSN shows Pierre McGuire in the "1 Down" box?"
-Price honestly has no luck at all. Four shots against, and a goal off his defenceman's ass. Who else does that kind of crap ever happen to?
-Announcers are boo-hooing about Carolina missing Staal and Ward for a lot of the year. Not a word about the Habs missing Markov, Gionta, Gomez, Cammalleri, Pouliot, Kostitsyn, Hamrlik, Spacek, Metropolit, O'Byrne, Spacek and Bergeron for good portions of the season.
-Cammy still looks just that liiittttlllle bit off.
-What's not working is asking the fourth line to dig out the puck. They're just not doing it.
-I really, really didn't want a defensive battle tonight. I wanted a blowout. How come we NEVER get a blowout when it matters?
-Shots are 25-10 in favour of Montreal, but the game is tied. This does NOT bode well for a positive finish.
Notes on the first:
-Price looked like he was already sweating during the anthems. I hope he's on tonight, and actually gets some support for once.
-The crowd WANTED to cheer for Kerry Fraser's milestone, but decades of hatred made it pretty lukewarm.
-I hate these three and four-day layoffs. The team always looks like it completely forgot everything it ever knew about hockey after them.
-Note to Jacques the Knife: Never, if you have last change, have Gill and Lapierre on the ice at the same time. That's just irresponsible. You might as well be coaching drunk.
-Oh my, Price gave up a rebound. Alert the goalie police. Or, at least the ones who keep a running tab on how many times the puck comes off Halak.
-When Bergeron isn't firing bombs, he's useless. But when he is, oh, baby!
-Reasons to hate Carolina: the 2006 playoffs, Cam Ward, Brind'Amour, Cole and Samsonov. Reasons to like them: Kostopoulos and destroying the Devils and Bruins last playoffs.
-I think Gorges must be made out of the stuff they use to make black boxes for airplanes. The whole thing will go up in cinders, but the black box survives.
-I'd like to see one of those "History Will Be Made" playoff commercials with "What if Williams hadn't tried to remove Saku Koivu's eye with his stick?" as the tag line.
-This feels scarily like the Buffalo game. Habs were in control, but the other goalie robbed them enough to keep his team close. Wardo the Weirdo is all over them.
-The Habs need to pop another one quickly in the second. It might be fun to be the spoiler for a while, but spoilers tend to get demoralized easily.