Tonight the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens squared off, and no more fitting summation of the game can be made than to reach back into the annuls of time and borrow a bit of literary history for the game so recently entered into the books:
It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,
The vibrancy, effort and discipline of the two squads was just that different. Every Bruins fan watching knew that when the deeply slumping Johhny Bombchuck blew open the scoring with a strike on the Canadiens net that would have sent shivers down the spine of any of the Gaddafi supporter. Next up would be Greg Campbell’s first of the night, with Chara collecting the second assist in as many goals. Then Horton would ice the game with goal number 22. Despite their being forty minutes left to play, the Habs really only had about five minutes of sustained pressure spread out across the middle period, with none at all in the third. The final period was particularly woeful from a Canadiens standpoint because they got several powerplays, including a 5 on 3 in which the coughed up a shorthanded goal to supply Campbell with his second of the night.
Other highlights of the night:
- Mark Recchi is now twelfth on the all time scoring list thanks to his 33rd assist of the season.
- Watching the Habs players bounce off Chara was a thing of beauty, I’m sure the Bruins could sell a two hour video of that by the thousand.
- Michael Ryder was possibly the only Bruin to have a bad night.
- Patrice Bergeron needs to have his home, car and locker cleared of all snakes.
- Tom Plekanec deserves a fine for his deliberate chop to the face of Nathan Horton
- Tim Thomas had a masterful shutout.
- Adam McQuaid solidified his hold on the #3 spot for Bruins defensemen in scoring.
- Happy Birthday Jack Edwards! ( @NESNJackEdwards)
While I’m sure he didn’t quite express himself thusly, it makes a fitting way to mark the end of the night for both myself and Carey Price: “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”