There are those of you out there – you know who you are – who simply don’t believe I’m capable of penning a positive Top Shelf blog post. Oh yee of little faith!
At some point in that absurd second period Thursday night, I tweeted – ‘Price is back. Okay let’s hang on to him.’ That was the period in which the Hurricanes outshot the Habs 21-5 – at one point it was 11-0 – and Price may not have stole the game but he most certainly stole the period. At the end of the second, the Canadiens had blown the dreaded two-goal lead and it was all tied at two but it easily could’ve been 5-2 ‘Canes at that point.
Pat Hickey from the Gazoo quotes Price saying that kindly ol’ coach Michel Therrien had a message for the players after that sad-sack second period – “I won’t go into the details, but we got the message loud and clear,” said Price. “It was all deserved and well put.”
Given the white-bread, corporate spirit of the “reality” series 24CH, don’t expect to see that fiery Therrien speech on TV any time soon.
Whatever Therrien said, it worked and Les Boys woke up in the third, scoring two more, to win it 4-2 and hang on to the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Any hoo, I am here today to say loud and clear myself – Price had a great night and if it wasn’t for him, Montreal would not have won this game. (Though he was weak on that second Carolina goal, but let’s not dwell on that.) He made a Patrick Roy-like glove save on Justin Faulk in the first and he stared ‘Canes captain Eric Staal down on a penalty shot in the second.
“At that point in the game, it was kind of important,” opines Price in Hickey’s column, once again displaying his unique What-Me-Worry Hey-Dude-Chill-Out style of hockey analysis.
Quick someone check this guy’s pulse. Is he awake?
But the other reason the Canadiens came out of Raleigh with two points is Brandon Prust. Man my Twitter timeline was just awash with love for Prusty. The best line, as usual, came from Les Justiciers Masques – ‘On ne veut pas que Marie-Pier Morin soit jalouse, mais on veut clamer haut et forte notre amour pour Brandon Prust.’ For those living in a cave in rural China, Morin is Prust’s girlfriend and this eye-catching Quebecois TV star – who launched her career via a memorable appearance on saucy reality show Occupation Double – is one of the main reasons Prust is wearing a Habs not a Rangers uniform this season.
Prust had a three-point night Thursday, with a goal and two assists, his first-ever three-pointer in the NHL. And it just underlined what we all already knew – Prust adds the kind of toughness the Habs haven’t had in a decade (thanks to Bob Gainey’s wrong-headed philosophy that tough guys were no longer needed) and he’s the first Hab maybe since Chris Nilan who can duke it out and actually play hockey. I mean did you see that pass on the Josh Gorges goal?
And he’s funny. “Backhand saucer pass, my specialty,” Prust said. lol
Yeah, a pretty good night at the office. So there. A Top Shelf post with hardly a negative word. Put that one in your pipe and smoke it.