Hosni Mubarak is right: Democracy sucks!
The new system of fanvoting deprived the best player on the ice of a star.
Michael Grabner, a former Vancouvewr first-round draft choice whom the Islanders claimed off waivers from Florida, scored twice and spent the night in Alex Auld’s kitchen, untroubled by an proximate red jerseys.
But the native of Villach, Austria, got jobbed as the homer fans voted stars to Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty.
They both played well.
An indicator of Pleks’s all-around value (no news there!) was the 26 faceoffs he had to take. He topped Canadiens forward with 22:31 minutes of ToI and scored the goal that gave the Canadiens the last of the three leads they relinquished.
Pacioretty, who hasn’t played a bad game since his call-up, continued to shine: A lovely one-timer goal, SEVEN shots on goal, three hits.
Hometown star selectors might also have considered any member of the Canadiens’ best line:
Centring Benoit Pouliot and Ryan White, David Desharnais, who had trouble on draws when he first came up from Hamilton, won 10 of 14, set up Pacioretty’s goal and played 22 shifts.
Scott Gomez played 23 shifts. He was better than he was in Boston – how could he be worse? – but Gomez continues to make bizzare plays that befuddle his easily-confused linemates, Lars Eller and Andrei Kostitsyn. They were all minuses, for the second straight night.
When asked whether his team had experienced an emotional letdown after that wild game in Boston, Jacques Martin conceded that possibility but pinpointed wear and tear on his aging defencemen as a more pressing issue in letting the lowly Islanders erase three leads en route to winning the game in a Shootout.
An injury to Hal Gill meant Jaro Spacek (teamed with P.K. Subban) and Roman Hamrlik had to play brutal minutes: 27:07, in the case of Hamrlik. That’s a lot for an old geezer in the second game of a back-to-back – the third such set in 10 days.
The Canadiens have Friday off and then try to break their three-game losing streak against the Leafs – another team, like the Islanders, playing with no pressure.
More in the morning.