Yes Jaro, blocking everything that’s thrown at your goalie hurts.
Just like the first time the Habs and the Sens met this season, I’m in a biblical mood. Seriously, that was a nice little win yesterday night. But if Spacek is seriously hurt, it’s going to get tough.
I stayed away from the internet all day long, because I had recorded the game (don’t ask me how), and I was only able to watch it tonight. That was sweet. As usual, I liked the team character. We’re getting used to it now, but it’s a pleasure to watch a team that seems to care most of the time. Sure, just a week ago, the exact same team forgot to show up for two consecutive games, but overall, since the season began, it didn’t happen very often.
Obviously the big factors yesterday were special teams, and goaltending. Jaro looked awesome, and both the PP and the PK kicked ass. If the PP really starts clicking, the team will definitely be in a better position. And there’s plenty of room for improvment there.
Of course, the troubling part is that the habs were badly outshot, and spent most of the night in their own zone. The Sens werer rarely furiously menacing, but they clearly dominated for long stretches. The habs have won a few of those games where they are dominated and badly outshot. But this is really not a recipe for success. Sure, part of this yesterday was because the habs took several penalties. But precisely, that’s something else the Habs should start worrying about. Right now, only two teams took more minor penalties than Montreal this season: Philly and Anaheim. That’s not exactly good company… I know the PK is on fire right now. It was a pleasure to watch yesterday. But I’m not sure the Habs need to put themselves in this kind of trouble every game.
After 3 straight wins, it looks better for the Habs than it did a week ago. But Montreal is still just above the .500 mark… Another win against Pittsburgh on Thursday night would be a great way to show that this week wasn’t a fluke, and that the Habs can be better than an average team.
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