There was a time – within the living memory of some of us – when supersatrs wearing the red, white and blue of the Montreal Canadiens would go out and smoke their hapless opponents.
That was then.
Alexander Ovechkin is now.
Last night, the Canadiens were the smokees.
Hey, stuff happens. Ovechkin is a monster. Four goals, crushing hits given and taken (apparently the Francis Bouillon check broke his nose).
It’s too bad the most dynamic player in the NHL has to weave his magic in a half-emty arena.
The Canadiens were outworked, outhustled, outhit and, ultimately, outscored.
But they never quit. Canadiens salvaged a very unlikely point and edged close to Ottawa in the standings.
The Brothers K scored and Guillaume Latendressse came to life.
The Islanders, who are at the Bell Centre tomorrow afternoon, don’t have anyone comparable to Ovechkin.
The Rangers, in on Sunday, have Jaromir Jagr, but it’s while since he played with the kind of indomitable fire we saw from the great number 8 last night.
And we won’t see him again – until the playoffs.