Old Fashioned Come-Back
I feel bad for anyone who stopped watching this game after Erik Cole scored.
Right after that, the Canucks decided that they had enough and had given the Canadiens just enough rape to hang themselves.
I watched this game on the regional TSN feed and there was a lot of Montreal heartbreak in this game.
Dave Randorf started the third by saying “Habs fans are no strangers to collapses at home this season. This is as important a period as the team has played all year. They need two points, even one isn’t good enough when you’re struggling like they are.”
The Eastern Canadian road trip is a good reminder that there are fan bases just as passionate as we are and instead of putting 12,000 Coyotes fans in a mild hour long funk the Canucks enraged an entire city last night and may have forced the Canadiens hand in dealing for Tomas Kaberle today.
But hey that’s hockey, c’est la vie.
The Canucks comeback was sparked by a beautiful shorthanded goal by Mason Raymond. Just his second game back, Raymond was pushed unto the second line after the dual injuries to Chris Higgins and David Booth.
His slick toe drag on the goal proved there’s no rust on this good and riled up the Bell Centre faithful.
Forgetten in the shuffle this year, Raymond’s making sure you remember him now.
Speaking of young forwards, the Canucks’ second goal of the night came from Cody Hodgson.
After PK Subban blocked a shot but had it deflect right unto Hodgson’s stick, Cody wired it top shelf and made everyone realize this game wasn’t over.
Hodgson stepped up in the shootout and got the winner as well. He now sits 6th in rookie scoring, three behind Matt Read.
The Canucks had a lenghty 5-on-3 in the first period already down a goal. They didn’t score, but they still put on a puck moving clinic in that way only they can.
Now that I know it didn’t have any outcome on the game, it was a fantastic sequence by the league’s best powerplay.
Plus it tired out Hall Gill so much it gave us this tender moment.
I was talking to my dad during the second period away from the TV when he stopped mid sentence and started making weird noises. The Habs had scored. It was a bad goal he told me. How bad? Luongo did the “head tilt”, he said. I immediately knew what he meant.
Despite coming up big in the shootout, mainly because the Habs didn’t know to just wait him out, Luongo did his best to please the hometown crowd last night.
2. Albert Albert
The Andrew Alberts at forward experiment was a huge bust with Alberts on the ice for both first period goals.
And yet at one point Alberts had played 4:23 to Cody Hodgson‘s 3:41.
It looks like Higgins will return to the lineup tomorrow, but it could just mean Bill Sweatt coming out instead of mercifully avoiding Alberts more embarrassment.
Finally, all context aside there aren’t too many hockey games where you can spot your opponent a three goal lead and storm back to win (despite never leading).
The Canucks should have left the arena quietly and quickly last night because the police were no doubt after them for the robbery they pulled in front of 20,000 witnesses.
Just put these two points in the back pocket and never talk about them again.