Break out the champagne! We squeaked past the Islanders

Posted: December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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It’s come to this. The Habs squeak by the low-flying New York Islanders – one of the worst teams in the East – and it’s seen as a cause for celebration. Oh well. It must be 2011.

Tout le monde en parle head script guy André Ducharme hit the nail on the head with this tweet: ‘On joue contre les Islanders. Partie serrée. Ca veut tout dire. #déprimant’

The Canadiens were up 3-1 in the third period and guess what? The Habs blew the two-goal lead and the Isles tied it up 3-3. Which had me wondering aloud – don’t we all just love coach Jacques ‘Mr. Personality’ Martin’s system? Trap us to death! It’s boring as hell and more often than not turns out badly for us. I mean, what’s not to like?

Around then, another thought passed through my mind (and made its way right on to Twitter) – can Geoff Molson and Pierre ‘Major Major’ Gauthier fire Martin before the OT? Then Finnish wonder Petteri Nokelainen – the Wayne Gretzky of Imatra – put the good guys ahead with a blooper from the blue line that anyone but Al Montoya could’ve stopped. With one non-save, this goalie managed to keep Martin employed for at least one more game. C’mon Al, what were you thinking? Stop that puck and Martin’s maybe on the dole.

Then Hal ‘Skillsy’ Gill of all people seals the deal with an empty-netter. As my Daybreak colleague Andie Bennett put it so aptly (on Twitter, of course): ‘The offensive juggernaut that is Hal Gills puts in the insurance goal!’ Result 5-3 final for Les Boys.

Pretty funny. Cammalleri couldn’t put a puck in the back of the net if his life depended on it and here are non-snipers Nokelainen, Gill and Mathieu ‘Did I Just Score’ Darche potting goals.

I can’t wait to see the power-play Thursday with all these sharp-shooters on the first wave.

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