This edition of ALN will be terse and pithy.
What is there to say? Your Montreal Canadiens played pithy … yeth, they did.
Seeing their heroes for the first time in a week, 21.273 fans filled the expensive seats of the Bell Centre. They drank overpriced beer, gobbled overpriced hot dogs, bought REALLY overpriced souvenirs and yelled themselves hoarse – at least until the third period, when the inevitability of the outcome became obvious and the giant arena turned into a sold-out Urgel Bourgie (although booing is considered bad form at a visitation.)
Joceleyn Thibault – who had spent 18 of the previous games 20 at the end of the Buffalo bench, watching Ryan Miller – made 24 fairly easy saves. I can’t remember who was prime minister the last time Thibault posted a shutout.
Here’s the game in a shots-on-goal nutshell:
Christopher Higgins: 1
Saku Koivu: 0
Michael Ryder: 0
Jochen Hecht: 7
And what’s that noxious pall hanging over Montreal this morning? It
smells like …. last season. People who have respiratory problems or hopes of this team making the playoffs are advised to stay indoors.
On to Toronto, where – should the Canadiens lay another ACC egg – the panic will officially begin.