Sunday, November 02, 2008

BABY, WHAT A COMEBACK: Habs 5 - Islanders 4- The Player Edition

This is not a new story, simply a modified storyline.

They first did it against the most improbable nemesis.

They did it late in the season, very late in the game.

They did it in the playoffs.

And, of course, they did it for History.

They trail, they come back and they win. Sometimes they're down by 2 with 2 minutes left. Sometimes they're down by 5. But then the blitz is on and the shocked opponent is left with a sense of what-the-hell-just-happened.

So should we even be surprised anymore? Maybe not, but it never gets boring. Even when the team is all busy coming up with the worst 2 periods of this young season. Even when Ryan O'Jeeesus is all busy falling behind his net and crashing into the boards into imaginary Islanders or giving the puck to very real ones. Even when Carey Price negotiates a floating wrist shot the way one would approach Aramaic. Even if Robert Lang has taken a liking to finding the right side of open nets and missing them.

It doesn't matter how bad it gets, the Habs keep finding ways to leave the rink with the 2 cockiest points you'll ever see. We used to think that good teams don't get themselves in this position in the first place, but it's starting to look like very good teams just find a way to win, no matter how stanky the crap at their knees is.

Of course, more often than not, you don't usually mount this type of comeback, 3 goals down on the road in the third period without some bad goaltending. And bad goaltending the Islanders got, Yann Danis made sure of that. How bad was Danis? You could just hear Halak saying "Danis, oh so bad, he never win the Vegina". That bad.

But the Habs dominated the third, thanks in large part to the Kovy, Pleks and Les Grands Seins. They were unstoppable, playing at a furious pace that gave you a sense that this would indeed be another one of those nights. It may well have been their coming out party, but only time will indicate the truth in that.

Two cocky points in the bank.


James Gillis said...

called it

HabsFan29 said...

meh. having to come back in 12 minutes against the worst team in the league when you played like crap for 5/6 of the game is no cause for celebration in my book. sorry

Sonia said...

This Habs team reminds me of Man U in 1998-99, when they were such a powerhouse that they could sleepwalk through the first 85 minutes of a game, then explode for 2-3 goals in the last 5 and win. They were infuriating that way. Just like the Habs last night.

Of course Man U ended up winning everything that year, soooo...........

HabsFan4 said...

@Sonia: They won the Champions League final against Bayern the same way too. Good call Sonia. ]

The Habs shall henceforth been known as Habs United.

grrrreg said...

The Vegina is a great trophy name.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who thinks the keyboardist looks like GangBangLang? And the drummer like Kovalev?