How would you like your orange juice this fine morning?
The glass is half-full because:
• Carey Price is everything he’s cracked up to be. What a stud … Cool Hand Carey.
• Alex Kovalev scored his 12th goal in the Canadiens’ 24th game – a mark he reached in their 48th game last season.
• The Captain played his heart out.
• Kyle Chipchura gets better every game. What an intelligent hockey player!
• Guillaume Latendresse looked at home on the first line, where his job is simplified – bang the boards, lean on defencemen, create traffic in front of the net – and therefore do-able.
• The Canadiens were 31-30 on faceoffs, incuding some very key wins by Bryan Smolinski down the stretch.
• Andrei Markov is earning every nickel of his salary. The pass that set up Kovalev’s first goal was perfect … a typical Markovian tape-to-tape laser. (Why aren’t his shots on goal that accurate?)
• Andrei Kostitsyn skated all night and his shootout goal was a honey.
• The PK killed four shorthanded situations.
The glass is half-empty because:
• The Canadiens gave up 46 shots to a slow, demoralized crap team with one of the worst defence corps in the league.
• It was the fourth consecutive game in which the Canadiens surrendered 30 or more shots.
• 5-on-5 still sucks. The team is minus-35 to date.
• Andrei Markov, Canadiens’ best and most valuable player, is minus-6 on the season.
• Mark Streit is playing like he yearns to taste pressbox hot dogs.
• Michael Ryder worked hard but still can’t buy a goal.
• That sucker should have been wrapped up and deposited in the ATM long before Mats F. Sundin scored the tying goal that we all knew was coming.
• Christopher Higgins and Tomas Plekanec have had better games.
• Until he finished strong, Roman Hamrlik was playing like Sheldon Souray on a bad night.
OK, enough negativity.
It’s a female pig, an SOW, and two points in the bank.
On to beautiful Newark …. where Martin F. Brodeur awaits.