Some 0f you may have followed the Jack Todd link Boob gave us in the comments yesterday. Some of you may not have. We wouldn't blame you, because Jack Todd bites a big bag of dicks. For the second time in a week, he threw Bob Gainey under the bus. Look, I'm not saying we don't throw people under the bus around here all the time. We make our blogging living (such as it is) telling people (Hall Gill) how much they suck. But it's always deserved. Todd seems to have it in for Bob for whatever reason. Not even ten games in, he was calling the new team a miserable failure. We like to think that last night's game was a big Fuck You to Jack Todd.
For this is a team we can like. Despite our "in Bob we trust" mantra, we didn't know if Bob knew what he was doing this off-season. How could you? Replacing half the team was unprecedented. But we're not afraid to admit it now - we're starting to like this team. You know what it is? It's work. It's battling hard. Moving your feet at both ends of the ice, for 60 minutes. This team seems to be doing that now. How many times last year did the Habs take at least a period off? I'll tell you - 82. You don't get the feeling this team will do that. I don't know if that's JM, the new guys, or some unholy combination of the two. But it's making me happy.
Let's start with the 8 points of the Giant Mexican Squid last night (Suck it, Todd) and Squid's hat trick. Or let's start with Brian Gionta (Suck it, Todd), who in the best Saku tradition, never takes a shift off. Or let's start with a kick-ass working-hard fourth line of CHips-Gui!-Dagger (Suck it, Todd). Or the rejuvenated Pleks (Suck it, Todd). Or the plucked-from-the-scrap-heap Urologist firing bullets from the point on the PP (Suck it, Todd). Maybe Todd would prefer to have Higgins back, he of the penalty that led to our 3rd goal and he of the being benched in the third period.
Look, the game was far from perfect. The Urologist should not be allowed to play defence, ever. There were times in the first period we looked totally lost. Jaro 2.0 had a pretty crappy game. Big Tits continues to be dead. But that's nitpicking. This team kept coming to work, down 3-1, down 4-2.
Work v. [wurk] 1. giving that little extra effort in getting to the loose puck, or the open space; 2. giving that extra effort digging in the corner; 3. the MexiCAN going 1-0n-3 and continuing to the net to try to get a rebound; 4. Gionta getting a beautiful assist while being down on the ice; 5. forwards falling down low in the defensive zone to support the D; 6. all we ever wanted from a hockey team.
Work - something Jack Todd can't seem to appreciate. Suck it, Todd. We like this team.