Winning always feels good. It doesn’t matter how it happens, blowout or close game. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, whether it’s part of a streak or an isolated bright spot in an otherwise bleak slump. The moments of victory are moments of pure exhilaration, pure goodness. There will always be time for analysis later, but after a loss, analysis begins immediately as everyone strives to figure out what went wrong. After a win, you get a few minutes just to enjoy the feeling. Mmmmm…..winning….
1. I’m sorry, but I really didn’t pay much attention to the Blue Jackets. I’d never seen them before, like most people in
2. Overall, the Habs still only had one really good period, just as in the past two games, but their bad periods were improved enough to keep them in the thing, and their good period was truly good. Really, amazingly bounce-up-and-down-on-the-couch-and-scream good. I’ve missed doing that.
3. The new
4. Everyone said that Milroy was brought up to give the Canadiens some scoring. He hasn’t done that yet, but the new 4th line with him, Lapierre and Perezhogin does some interesting things, mostly just skating like crazy in all sorts of directions, grabbing the puck off the Jackets, and generally tossing out manic, demanding energy like they haven’t gotten laid in a month, which I would assume they have, but it’s the best simile I could come up with. I suppose this is what they mean when they say that sometimes you just need ‘new blood’ on a team.
5. Other bits: You won’t believe me, if you didn’t see this game, but Souray actually made several great defensive plays. Really, he did. Ryder looks like he’s been working on his stickhandling, thank God. Samsonov gets a prize for taking the most unjust call of the season, for ‘tripping’ a guy with whom neither he nor his stick made any physical contact whatsoever. Nobody needs me to mention that Markov and Bonk are at least 18 different kinds of wonderful, but I will anyway.
6. And finally, allow me to briefly channel the spirit of the Canadiens’ Message Board: SAKU!! SAKU!! SAKU!!
I don’t think anyone knows what this means for the Habs, me least of all. But it is enough that it has happened, that ahbabi and all their devotees get at least a few moments of relief in this busy rush towards the playoffs. The terrible count of the streak- two losses, than three, than eventually six- is finally broken, and it almost feels like a clean slate. Whatever happens next, we at least get to start counting from 1 again.