The picture says it all. “Have another drink”. Clearly there was something more than Gatorade in the bottles of the officials during the Canadiens game against the Jets tonight.
I won’t make that the main topic of this post, but it is one that can’t be passed up on. Many calls during tonight’s game were soft at best, and on both sides of the puck.
The late first period call on Markov (Hooking) and the early call on Eller (Tripping) in the second were pretty weak. The call on Stuart (Cross Checking) in the second was equally as bad. But the worst had to be the mid-third period call on Prust (Diving) after being boarded by Antrapov.
At the end of it all, the Canadiens came away with two power-play goals, and two regular strength goals to complete a 4-3 victory and advance two more points up the Eastern Conference ladder.
It was their fourth straight win with four goals apiece in each of those victories.
The difference in this game compared to any other this season, was how the Canadiens reacted to a team that is much larger and also on a 3 game winning streak.
They popped out to an early 2-0 lead, but there was a definitive turning point in the second, when it became clear that the Jets were here to play. They answered with three unanswered goals (one on the PP) and you could tell this was a whole new test for the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge.
Having said that, we witnessed once again, a team that refused to quit – for the most part.
On yet another power-play, Tomas Plekanec notched the third in his belt for the season, and put the Habs up 4-3 early in the third. From there on, the team seemed to gather more steam and get some quickness back into their game.
But the power-play became lackluster during a two minute man advantage, thanks to an Enstrom high stick call. They couldn’t find the glue and were all over the ice, running after the Jets in their own zone at times.
That play continued and nearly cost them as the Jets pulled Pavelec, and ran the Habs ragged for the last minute of play.
At the end of the day, Montreal showed real gum-shun in a tough fought battle. Once again, the line of Galchenyuk, Prust, and Gallagher was something to behold, and it earned Gallagher the First Star of the match.
Tomorrow will be equally as tough, as Les Boys go back to back for the first time this season, visiting the nations capital to take on the Ottawa Senators.
The Sens are hot to begin the season, having gone 4-1-1 in their first six outings, and sit 1 point ahead of the Habs in the East with one game in hand.
Tomorrow will be yet another true test as to what this team is really all about. Here’s just hoping that the officials in Ottawa drink less Gatorade than the one’s did in Montreal tonight.