Crazy game or what?
Your Montreal Canadiens blew a 2-0 lead.
François Beauchemin scored the weirdest goal of the season.
Video replay in the Shootout?
Are you kidding me?
And then Andrei Markov, who didn’t sign a new contract before Trade Deadline day, smokes one past Jonas Hiller to get the Canadiens two valuable points.
Look peeps, it’s almost 2 a.m. in Montreal and the Ol’ Blogger needs his beauty sleep to get ready for another late night in Phoenix.
So ALN is going to be short and as sweet as I can make it.
I’ll leave most of the heavy lifting to the Commentariat … if y’all are not too tired after posting 1,900 Comments to the Trade Deadline story and another 1,100 to the live game blog.
So just a few bullet points:
• Making his first NHL start in almost two years, Dustin Tokarski didn’t see an Anaheim shot on goal until the game was almost 11 games old. From 10:45 on the first period through five minutes of Overtime, the Ducks fired 42 shots at Tokarski, including 19 in a wild second period.
• The only thing bigger than Brendan Gallagher’s heart is his sack. He tormented the Anaheim D all night, and the mighty mite’s 16th goal exceeded his rookie total.
• Jarred Tinordi had six hits and is starting to look like a regular.
• Gallagher and Max Pacioretty each had six SoG, and Max-Pac scored his 30th goal. Through the first 21 games of the season, Pacioretty had scored twice. You do the math on how hot he’s been.
• Then put down your calculators and put on your thinking caps to figure out how Thomas Vanek should be slotted in Thursday night.
Here are my lines against Phoenix: Max-DD-Gallagher, Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta, Galchenyuk-Brière-Bourque, Weise-White-Moen.
Yes, I’d sit Lars Eller for at least one more game.
And I’d play Mike Weaver … maybe.
It’s hard to sit Douglas Murray, who had three hits, blocked three shots and played a shade under 19 minutes against Anaheim. But three games in four nights … and if Michel Therrien played George Parros as a homecoming gesture against the Ducks, he’ll want to do the same for Murray Saturday night in San Jose.
Much to discuss – after a very good day for the Montreal Canadiens.
• Classy guy George Parros on Twitter after the game: Thanks to the great fans of the OC and the @AnaheimDucks for giving me such a warm reception… It truly meant a lot.