Yesterday, Montreal played 59 minutes of good hockey, and let Atlanta score three time in the remaining time of the game. Like the game against the Islanders last week, this is a game they should have won easily. The habs dominated the thrashers during the two first periods, scoring three unanswered goals. The new lines seemed to work: D’Agostini got his first nhl goal, Koivu and Kovalev had two points each, Plekanec scored a nice goal, Andrei Kost had a 3 points night.
But there was this weird minute. A bad line change, a PP goal, and a thrid goal only 7 seconds later… Ouch! Once again, the team confidence is obviously still fragile after a difficult stretch of games in November. I’m an optimistic guy, so I want to see this bad minute as one of the last manifestations of this fragile confidence. The fact that the team did not completely choke after allowing those three goals is something positive.
Also playing with fire: Sean Avery.
I won’t be too long on that one, since virtually avery single hockey blog spoke about his suspension.
His quote was moronic, and it’s just another manifestation of his complete lack of class. I also understand that the league is probably fed up with his antics, like most of the fans are. I’m just not sure Avery’s comments can really damage the league reputation that much. Everyone who follows hockey knows what kind of player Avery is. As far as I know, the nhl doesn’t really have a history of terribly controversial or offensive quotes. When the nhl image takes a hit, it’s usually after an ugly on-ice incident.
Some believe that the nhl suspended Avery precisely to avoid such an incident. If this is the case, then fine, that was the right thing to do. But that’s not what the nhl said. What they said was more like “Shut up Sean, you’re just embarrassing yourself, and the rest of the league.” The rest of the Stars, yeah, probably. The rest of the league? I don’t think so.
Anyway, honestly, I won’t lose any sleep over it. If you want to read more on this, Ken Campbell, from The Hockey News, wrote the most interesting article I read today.