MONTREAL CANADA - DECEMBER 16: Brian Gionta #21 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his second period goal during the NHL game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on December 16 2010 in Montreal Quebec Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Just a quick recap, as the family flu bug may be finding a way past my impregnable immune system.
It certainly was a night of firsts, milestones and surprises as the Montreal Canadiens snapped a three-game losing streak, with a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins.
Montreal came out the gate early with a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes, but the Bruins were not about to make it easy for the hometown heroes as they were looking to snap thier own two-game losing skid.
In between periods, fans watching on CBC were subject to the other HNIC loudmouth, Mike Milbury, who during the second intermission, said that the Canadiens were a bunch of cockraches. His comments were likely directed at his disatisfaction with the play of P.K. Subban and Maxim Lapierre, and not at the team as a whole. Someone needs to 1) shut Milbury's yap and 2) remind him that this is 2010, and not 1974.
The commentrary of Milbury and also PJ Stock rose the ire of Hab fan and friend Richard McAdam, who wrote this "open letter" to the CBC on his FaceBook account and blog. An excerpt is shown below, and I should mention that Ricahrd wrote this based on the first intermission remarks and not Milbury's cockroach remark.
"These are two men that have often railed against what they call the "pansification" of hockey, yet when a player makes a big hockey play, they condemn him for not doing something illegal that is penalized by a major penalty.
They thus picked up on the long-running theme of another CBC commentator, Don Cherry, in proclaiming that Subban does not have any respect for his fellow players, and needs to earn the respect of not only his opponents but his own teammates. "
The whole issue stemmed from Lapierre's typical chirping of opponents and the after results of this huge blowup hit by Subban on the Bruins' Brad Marchand.
The hit is perfectly clean, but I do agree that the elbow he threw after was uncalled for. Of course, Milbury jumps on the Don Cherry train and puts his own spin on it.
Back to the play, where during the second period Thomas was back on track to the form he has been showing all season. You just knew that the Bruins were going to score in support of their netminder's play, and they eventually did, putting them within one.
It was Cammalleri's first NHL fight, and went with his first penalty shot, in the first period, that opened the scoring. Alas, he missed the assis to earn the Gordie How hat trick. The battle gave the momentum swing back to the Habs, as Max Pacioretty and Scott Gomez set up captain Brian Gionta fwaht would be the winning goal.
Pacioretty has earlier scored his first goal of the season, getting an assist from Gomez, who now has four assists in his last two games. As I mentioned yesterday, the placing of Pacioretty with the two veterans has certainly put a spring in their step. But, it is also just two games. A real test awaits as the Canadiens close out the month with a string of road games.
|01:04 MTL||Michael Cammalleri, 11 (BOS: 30 MTL: 13)|
|06:24 MTL||Maxim Lapierre, 5 (Mathieu Darche, 6 Alexandre Picard, 3) (BOS: 30 22 21 11 55 63 MTL: 52 40 45 31 76 81)|
|15:52 BOS||Blake Wheeler, 7 (Mark Recchi, 13 Patrice Bergeron, 11) (BOS: 28 30 21 37 26 54 MTL: 75 15 32 26 57 31)|
|19:30 MTL||Max Pacioretty, 1 (Scott Gomez, 8 Jaroslav Spacek, 9) (BOS: 30 33 21 11 26 46 MTL: 11 21 6 45 31 67)|
|06:54 BOS||Marc Savard, 1 (Andrew Ference, 5 Tyler Seguin, 6) (BOS: 30 91 21 73 44 19 MTL: 11 21 45 31 76 67)|
|16:54 MTL||Brian Gionta, 11 (Max Pacioretty, 1 Scott Gomez, 9) (BOS: 30 91 21 73 44 63 MTL: 11 21 45 31 76 67)|
|15:10 BOS||Milan Lucic, 16 (PP) (Patrice Bergeron, 12 Marc Savard, 2) (BOS: 30 91 33 18 37 17 MTL: 6 32 14 31 76)|
A Milestone night: For the Bruins, and former Habs forward Michael Ryder, who played in his 500th career game.
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