Apparently the Habs beat the Leafs 3-2 in overtime. I say 'apparently' because I only caught the first period live due to family/holiday obligations (I use the term "obligations" precisely - if you, too, have had more shots over the past several days than the Habs opponents' just to get through meals with family you schlepped across continents to escape, you know what I'm talking about).
You know what? I think I've see this game before, so here is your game summary:
- Canadiens score early and then hold on for dear life.
- SuperPleks is a god - or is at least playing like a bona fide first line centre.
- Gomez is looking much better.
- Big Tits is on a role; Saggy Tits, not so much.
- It's good (no, GREAT) to have Markov back.
- The Energized Bunny has nothing on Jaro.
- It's fucking sweet to beat the Leafs, no matter how ugly or undeserving.
- Suck it Dou$charek. Third star, my ass, you pylon.
Besides the gratuitous Leaf bashing, sounds like any one of the past 3 road games.
If the definition of a 'system' in sports is that a team plays the same way every game, the Jacques Martin Era has officially begun in Montreal. JM's version of The System is apparently to get outshot by a ton but deposit more of our shots in the back of their net.
Maybe it's the mix of copious amounts of tryptophan and Captain Morgan's still circulating through my pulmonary system, but I can't figure out if I'm happy or not about this. On one hand, a win is a win. On the other, getting outshot 50-10 every game doesn't sound like a Stanley Cup-winning formula.
I could talk about not letting an inferior opponent back into the game. I could write about taking bad penalties. I could discuss relying too much on your goaltender. There are any number of cynical and/or negative observations I could add about this game.
You know what else? Fuck it. I'm just going to enjoy a win over the stupid fucking Toronna Maple Laffs on HNIC. Go Habs Go. Leafs suck. Plan the Parade along the usual route. Yadda yadda. I'm too worn out and beaten down by the "holidays" to be negative or cynical.
Just don' t think you're off the hook, Canadiens. Because when I do have the energy to care about anything other than when the holidays (and family visits) are over, you're in trouble.
Unless, of course, they keep winning. Then we'll talk about the System working.