Finally a fun game to watch!!
Four goals for Lars "do you want me to sign your jersey" Eller!!!
You have to read my posts from last year to get that one...
Lars Eller is congratulated by his permanent linemate Travis Moen after scoring in the Canadiens' 7-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell Centre.
Which makes me wonder: why the hell was this line broken up in the first place!?
We first saw the threesome play together last year with strong results. Injuries forced them apart. Together again, and loving it.
Keep 'em together Randy!!
Travis Moen was probably the best player on the ice on the night... but as is often the case, he was left out of the three stars. No matter, he knows what he needs to do to succeed.
And he did it en masse tonight against the upstart Jets. Win puck battles. Throw pucks at the net. Hit everything that moves.
Mr. Moen made all the right moves in the 2nd period when he fought off 2 Jet players to muscle out a 2-on-1 with Tomas Kaberle, who scored his first goal as a Hab (and of the season). Kaberle hadn't scored for over 40 games going back to last season.
Andrei Kostitsyn? Now that the Habs have turned their backs on their no-negotiating player contracts during the season with the much-needed signing of Josh Gorges to a six year contract (which should have come over the summer), why not sign Andrei Kostitsyn!? The guy is big, he's got a great shot and he's an amazing passer.
As you all should know, I love the guy. He's still young, and how many players do we have on this team who consistently pot 20 goals per season??? Who else on this team pulls poutine-ladened bums out of their seats like Brother Andrei!? His play on Eller's 3rd goal of the game was unbelievable. It was like he had the puck on a string. I'd kiss the guy if he weren't so ugly.
Last Hab to score 4 in a game? Jan Bulis (remember him?) in 2006. Seems a lot longer than that.
Eller's fourth tally was the result of a questionable penalty shot call by the referee. I say questionable only because the Habs rarely get this sort of call (is it because Martin is no longer behind the bench?). In fact, it was the right call if you take the rule to the letter, because Eller was in alone and was hooked to the point he couldn't get a shot off.
The big, gangly Dane knew exactly what he was doing when he pulled a spin-a-rama and deked Mason out of his pants, sliding the puck into the open net on the backhand. What a night for Mr. Eller!! And good for you Lars, you're slowly making us forget Jaro. Speaking of which, the Blues are coming to town next week. But chances are Halak won't play, since Brian Elliott has been playing so well.
The Habs needed this win and winning big at home could go a long way on this homestand. Good for the team to score some goals for a change, especially on a night where Carey Price seemed a bit shaky.
2011 couldn't end fast enough for the Habs.
2012? Hopefully it only gets better. And after the highly publicized rough stuff between PK Subban and Plekanec this week, maybe it's time for this team to start making headlines with some wins instead.
The team has a few days off for some more good practices and Captain Gionta looks to make his return on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.