It’s done – complete. The Montreal Canadiens have once again proven that they will work hard to prevail. Something unusual considering the Jacques Martin years. I couldn’t help but think to myself, as the 3-0 lead melted away that this was possibly a similar team to that of which I’ve witnessed in the past. A team that sits back on a lead and allows the opposition to march right back into the game.
That happened moderately last night, but there seems to be a new “fight to the end” spirit on this team now. One that was vaporous in years gone by.
There is no doubt that a few defensive collapses occurred. Eller sitting on the blue line and being beaten left Markov alone on the tying goal, and realistically – it’s the only goal that was inexcusable on the night. Carey Price once again stood on his head and made some sensational saves, keeping Les Boys in this game when things got late into the contest.
But one of the things that I think needs to be realized in last night’s game was the play of PK Subban. For years I (and many others) have spoken about the incredible vision and skills of Andrei Markov. However, the opening goal by Rene Bourque was all about vision and a superior outlet pass by Subban. It was absolutely brilliant.
Move ahead to the second goal and once again, Subban’s movement on the blue line was magical, with superior skill, and those moves cost Columbus a second goal.
Throughout this season, there is one specific theme that seems to be occurring. This team has started to grow and have depth. A few years ago, when the Habs had their best Cup run in many years, there were a select few contributing players to that success. Today, there is far much more for other teams to contend with.
This is possibly the most positive realization that Canadiens fans should take home with them.
Tomorrow night, La Flanelle will look to continue their success at home in the Bell Center against the Nashville Predators. The Preds are a .500 team looking to rebound, and may prove to be a tougher opponent than some think, but if the Habs can continue with the all-rounded success they have experienced so far, this could easily place them into second place in the Atlantic Division.