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You have to give Scott Gomez credit: He takes a whackin’ and keeps on crackin’ jokes to the assembled media.

His last words, as Gomez left the Canadiens room and headed toward the showers, were a reminder to beat reporters that “I don’t read the s–t anyway.”

He said it with a smile on his face, a good humour Gomez displayed during a lengthy postgame grilling during which he talked about a heart-to-heart conversation with Bob Gainey.

Gomez described the former general manager as “always a big supporter.” This would make Gainey rather unique in a city where Gomez has been the target of  intense scrutiny – and bitter criticism – since he was acquired two summers ago.

Gomez also talked about the pleasure of playing “in front of people who are passionate” – an enthusiasm that was kind of kept in reserve through the early, nervous moments of the game.

It took almost 13 minutes for the Canadiens to finally break a scoreless drought that had lasted three games. The jinx-busting goal came off the unlikely stick of Roman Hamrlik (Carey Price joked about the defenceman’s soft hands); and 21,273 stopped chewing their fingernails long enough to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Did you have Hamrlik in your pool?

Neither did I.

Price joked that the veteran defenceman’s goal won him a donut that Benoit Pouliot had won by rolling up the rim to win. But Mathieu Darche said Hamrlik’s goal was a reward for the Canadiens’ direct, north-south play and typical of the kind of shots that beat goaltenders at this time of the season.

“I think five guys touched the puck in the blue paint,” Darche said of the scramble that left a loose puck near Hamrlik’s stick.

Darche scored  his 10th, matching a career best, and his industry – particularly in the offensive zone – brought a physical, puck-dogging  dimension that Gomez and Brian Gionta have lacked on their line since Max Pacioretty was hurt.

Darche had three of the Canadiens’ 23 hits – a section of the stat sheet dominated by Andrei Kostitsyn, who had six and played an outstanding two-way game before scoring a 95-foot empty-netter.

I’ll break down some more numbers in the morning.

For now, enjoy the W.

It was hard-earned, well-deserved and meant the Canadiens could breathe A LOT easier on their late-night flight to North Carolina.

29 Comments

  1. Montrealer2 says:

    I knew those fools singing their soccer song are curse.Sing at the end of game if you have to.

    “I’m not blind,I’ve just seen enough”

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    2011 is the Year of the Hab (can I still say that?)

  5. Bill says:

    Well, that should pretty much seal the playoffs for the Habs. If the Canes win all their remaining games, you still have to think the Habs will pick up 3 of their 10 remaining points. So that’s a positive!

    It’s virtually a mathematical certainty that the Habs will meet either Boston or Washington in the playoffs in the first round. My gut instinct is to prefer Boston. Offensively, the Habs know how to crack Thomas somehow … noone else in the league seems to.

    To be quite honest, I didn’t watch the game. I had better things to do. Actually, I had two better things to do. And among all the pleasant results, one was that the Habs won! I will be hungover at work, but I can’t say I will be unhappy, because tonight was win-win-win-win. In keeping with my superstitious nature, I will try to keep game nights filled with entertainment. It is the least I can do.

    In his cup-winning year, John Tortorella said, “safe is death”. I am inclined to agree just at the moment. When the playoffs roll around, the Habs need to “cry Havoc! And let slip the dogs of war.” Wouldn’t it be awesome to see Gomez go a point-per-game, with Cammalleri and Gionta scoring frequent timely goals, with Plekanec chipping in and shutting down the opposition’s top lines, while Gill dominates on the PK, and Subban carries the play, and Price puts the exclamation mark on a brilliant season by recapitulating his playoff success from junior and the AHL?

    Will history be made? if it is, the caption might read, “What if the Canadiens didn’t have the most boring coach of all time?”

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  6. rocketsglare says:

    That was a hard fought 2 points. The team showed more spirit and
    determination in grinding out their win. It’s a start and hopefully will
    carry over into tonight’s game against the Hurricanes. A win definite-
    ly puts the Habs in a better playoff position and hopefully the jolt to
    spark this team into the playoffs. Lets hope so.

  7. brettly says:

    with all that cash those lineman are making…perhaps they should invest in a big fat pair of glasses to make sure they see all those misscalled penalties…

  8. NorthernHab says:

    Let’s build on this boys. It always starts with a win. I can smell the second season in the wind.

  9. habs63 says:

    Wait, someone in the habs dressing room found a winning roll up the win cup?

  10. habs001 says:

    well 2 goals and one empty netter vs the 3rd worst goal against team in the nhl…i suppose it is a start…

  11. Timo says:

    In the grand scheme of things I suppose this is better than what we have witnessed last 3 games. That’s all I am going to say.

    Good night.

  12. avatar_58 says:

    Great game save for the BS subban call and the missed Gill high-stick. Should have been a shutout

  13. HardHabits says:

    The Habs can thank Carey Price for making those big saves early and throughout the game that kept the Habs in it.

    2 goals in 11 seconds and an empty netter isn’t a scoring explosion unless your name is Count Systemula. But that’s all that was needed in view of Price’s brilliance.

    Guess who lead the forwards in ice time?

    S. Gomez 18:17
    M. Cammalleri 19:27
    T. Plekanec 19:44
    B. Gionta 21:03

    That’s exactly the kind of numbers that got the Habs to the ECF’s in the play-offs last season. Looks like Martin is going to live or die by the sword-stem.

    Albert Einstein said Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    So am I to assume that JM is a Genius of Einsteinian proportions because he is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results?

    Taking a closer look at Bugs man Pouliot, who has all the tools but lacks all the confidence, and a training regime, had the least amount of ice time (8:14) of the forwards but was an awesome 0-0-0 +/-0 for another inconsequential evening, but hey, he didn’t take any stupid penalties.

    Gomez in his defence, which is painful to do, played a good game until he started chirping away again but in the final analysis it’s better that other teams focus their frustrations on him rather than any of the Habs’ young stars like PK, Eller and Price. One good thing is late in the game with 3 minutes left to play in the offensive zone when the Gomez line was battling for the puck and Atlanta started to slowly get repossession of it, even though Gomez eventually coughed it up, at least he didn’t take one of Saku Koivu’s patented late game offensive zone hooking calls.

    J. Wisniewski 24:24 and R. Hamrlik 23:33 had the most ice time for D men as the new top pairing and were both +1. Mara 16:10 who had the least amount of ice time amongst defense men, believe it or not was a +2.

    What does this say? Typical JM hockey. The system. We hate it when it loses and we begrudgingly accept it when it wins. Please. Everybody raise your hands who says they love it. I thought so. The rest of you are in denial. ;-)

    You know what the problem was with the Habs? The gel came unglued.

    They just need to gel… again.

  14. habs_1993 says:

    If Gomez can play with that intensity every game, man he’d be one heck of a player down the stretch and into the playoffs!

  15. Goalie coach says:

    Halak who?? Carey has put the demons aside

    It all starts with the Goalie

  16. Ian Cobb says:

    No sense trying to have a conversation on Boone’s page anymore.

    The thumbs up and down discourages back and forth conversation. I will go back to the main page.

  17. HalifaxHabs says:

    Another stellar game by Carey, too bad he got robbed of his 9th shutout by a missed call.

  18. Ian Cobb says:

    New page?


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