This will be a brief edition because the ol’ blogger had entirely too much to eat and drink while watching Eli Manning concoct another fourth-quarter miracle.
Truth to tell, memories of what transpired at the Bell Centre Sunday afternoon are a bit hazy.
It was, after all, six hours and 600 television commercials ago.
Did Madonna really buy Schwartz’s?
Let’s just polish the hockey game off in bullet form:
• The Canadiens climbed back into 14th place and they have a game in hand on Carolina.
• They were spoilers for the Jets, who are stuck in 10th place. The Canadiens could still out a damper on postseason hopes for a bunch of teams … including Toronto at the Bell Centre on April 7.
• Carey Price faced only 23 shots but made spectacular saves and was full value for his third shutout of the season.
• 21,273 held their breath for a ridiculously long time when it looked like Tomas Plekanec’s shot may have ticked in off Scott Gomez. Didn’t happen … so the drought enters Year II.
• Plekanec had his first two-point game since Dec. 27, and his saucer pass to Alexei Emelin for a shortie was exquisite. Pleks was 13-8 on draws and played 23:46 – 10 minutes more than either David David Desharnais or Lars Eller and 13 minutes more than Gomez.
• A statistical oddity: Nine Canadiens were plus-1. And nine Jets were minus-1.
• Through translator Gennadi Boguslavski, Emelin did post-game interviews for the first time since training camp. He let his body do the talking against the Jets: six hitsThis guy is going to be a mainstay of the Canadiens’ blueline for a long time.
• Max Pacioretty’s 19 goals are a personal high at any serious level of hockey. Max-Pac has bounced back fully from his post-suspension funk and does good things on every shift.
• Hal Gill, who played 8:33 in the loss to Washington, had 19:10 of ice time against Winnipeg – almost six minutes of it on the PK, which was perfect again.
• The Canadiens, who led the league in Too Many Men minors under Jacques Martin, took their first under Randy Cunneyworth … and it didn’t happen until the game was safely in hand.
• Louis Leblanc played double-digit minutes and looked like he belonged in The Show.
• Mathieu Darche played a season-high 20:14, including heroic work on the PK.
• There were 15 scouts at the game, probably because Canadiens-Jets could be billed as Battle of the Trade Deadline Sellers.
The Canadiens have 49 points and 29 games left.
They’d have to go something like 20-6-3 to make the playoffs.
Almost certainly ain’t gonna happen.
But as Super Bowl Sunday matinees go, a 3-0 shutout of the Jets beat the heck out of the 2009 barber-pole uni debacle against Boston.
After three games in four days, the Canadiens are off Monday before playing host to Pittsburgh Tuesday night.