Okay, let me put my rosy glasses on.
Wooo, yeah, it feels great!
What a nice game yesterday! Finally, a good, clean, injury-free win. And it was against a good team the Pens!
I only watched the first period, and even if the score was just 1-1 at that time, I went to bed satisfied. Once again, the game against Boston was not a bad one, but it’s the injuries suffered by Lang and Latendresse, and the Kovalev situation that really caused a lot of worries for the fans. And it was really relieving to see the Habs play with energy and skating hard during that first period. Montreal had a good reaction after the not-so-pretty-but-it-still-counts goal scored early by Luca Caputi on his very first shift in the nhl (great name, and great start, kid…).
The 3 first lines worked great, each getting at least a goal. The Lapierre-Pacioretty-S. Kostitsyn line was really exciting. I think those 3 should stay together. Lapierre is playing out of his mind this season. Sure, he doesn’t have Malkin-like numbers, but the energy level he brings is almost unmatched in this team (I say almost because Kostopoulos is having the same kind of effect, even if he is totally unable to score a freaking goal). He seems to make his linemates perform a lot better. Case in point: Sergei Kost, who played his best game in a while yesterday.
Higgins has fresh legs, and is finally scoring some goals. And his last two goals were huge. The first one, saturday against LA, tied the game with about one minute to go in the third, and the one he scored yesterday was a shorthanded tie-breaker that really hurt the Pens.
And finally, the Pleks-Kovy-A. Kost line showed signs that the chemistry they had last year may not be lost forever. This would be great news.
On defense, the habs shut down Crosby, and limited Malkin to one point. Of course, this is one big reason for the win, given how good those two are.
So overall, this is a great rebound performance for Montreal, and a very important one. Now, the next game is gonna be really important too. The habs have to play as hard as they did yesterday, to get over with this win-loss-win-loss rythm, and get out of their slump.
Wow, those rosy glasses are really working, I’m all optimistic!
And look, it seems I’m not the only one seeing la vie en rose: Gary Bettman met “some of the top leaders in the Canadian business community” in Toronto yesterday, and here is what he said:
“The champion’s panel on the Cup will make no mention of the state of the economy in the relevant season. That panel on the Cup will pay no attention to whether the salary cap went up or down, whether the Union re-opened the Collective Bargaining Agreement or it decided not to, whether one team sold all its tickets while another team did not, whether television ratings rose or fell, whether banks failed, whether people lost their jobs or their savings or their homes.
“Our Cup talks hockey and nothing else. Our Cup is 116 years old. It has seen worldwide crises before and it will see them again. It has endured them all. It is tougher than time. It is resilient. It is the symbol of all things strong and good in our sport.
“It is our job as a League to maintain the standards for our game that are symbolized by the Cup, and I can assure you that everyone at the National Hockey League directs every possible bit of energy, every minute of every day, to that pursuit.”
He also said this:
“Despite the fact the economy has dramatically slowed down and will continue to slow down and that unemployment will reach levels that none of us have seen in our lifetime, some people are still spending money,” Bettman said. “(Some) businesses still continue to advertise and our demographic, as far as sponsor reach, is as strong as any brand can deliver.”
And finally, he concluded that “the NHL is a vibrant business”. (I can only assume that by “vibrant”, he really meant “shaky”)
Wow. What a speech. What a great way to cheer people up! Hey, listen up! Yes, the economy is so bad we may soon travel by horse and carry swords to protect ourselves. Yes, global warming is turning the Earth into an hostile planet and endangering mankind. Yes, fanatic terrorists are trying to acquire nuclear weapons all around the world. And worse of all, yes, the Bruins are on top of the nhl standings, a clear sign of the upcoming apocalypse…
But who cares? The Stanley Cup is tougher than time! It is RESILIENT!