Not much of a game, eh?
There wasn’t much in the way of Habs-Leafs intensity.
Fearless prediction: There will be more nastiness Thursday night in Boston.
Carey Price gave up a soft goal and then was brilliant to record his 38th win.
The two top lines look ready for the postseason. Tomas Plekanec was spectacular, and Mike Cammalleri had at least five good scoring chances.
Scott Gomez, trashed by that idiot Milbury in the HNIC pre-game, set up Brian Gionta for the winning goal.
The special teams were rockin’: Two power-play goals, a perfect 5-for-5 penalty kill, plus Pleks’s shortie.
David Desharnais, playing against some big Dmen, made some spectacular plays.
Paul Mara played almost 19 quality minutes. Jaro Spacek played 19:14 and looked very comfortable – who doesn’t? – with P.K. Subban.
So who are your playoff pairings?
Gill-Subban, Hamrlik-Wiz, Spacek-Mara?
I’m not the coach.
Jacques Martin is. And let’s give some BIG props to Mr. Excitement, who recorded his 600th NHL win tonight.
I’ve said it all season long to the legion of Martin-bashers:
This man is a good coach who took a team devastated by injuries on the back end, hampered by Scott Gomez’s season-long slump and musical chairs among the top-six forwards, and somehow got them to 44 wins and 96 points.
Is there another coach in the league who could have wrung more out of this bunch?
I don’t think so.
And his guys play for Martin. You could count, on the fingers of one hand, the number of games in which this team did not show up.
Ominously, however, one of the no-shows was in Boston.
I’m fighting a killer cold and need my beauty sleep.
Comment away, and let’s talk playoffs in the morning.