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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pinch Me, I'm Dreaming!!

Habs blow 3-0 lead with less than 6 minutes left in Tampa but hang on to win in shootout
You know that feeling when you experience something like you've already experienced?

What's that called? Deja-vu?

Uh-huh, that's what it's called.

Though tonight's performance by the Canadiens against the Tampa Bay Lightning could be defined by some as a nightmare.

I happen to be one of those people.

Game well in hand, up 3-0 in the third period, less than six minutes left in the game -- you win!!

The Canadiens almost found a way to lose. Two points yes! A win, yes! But it doesn't feel good.

It feels downright dirty!!

Hard to blame Price on any of the goals though. I know I know, I always take Pricey's side; I'm a goalie.

But the first Tampa goal that got this whole mess started was a defensive breakdown resulting in a two-on-one down low and Price had no chance. The second was a borderline gloved-in goal by Victor Hedman, off of a deflection. And the third with just over a minute left? A Tampa power play goal, after Tomas Plekanec took a tripping penalty in the defensive zone.

Thankfully, the fourth line of Eller-Armstrong-Moen got the message and helped this team over the hump on this night.

Carey Price forces Steven Stamkos into the first move and makes game-winning save in the Habs' 4-3 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. AP

And Carey Price stopped all three shooters in the shootout, including a nice one to seal the deal against sniper Steven Stamkos; while David Desharnais scored the lone goal giving the Habs the win. Tampa Bay goalie Anders Lindback stood on his head all evening, yet still took the loss. But he gave his team a chance to win, which is all any goalie can do.

Two points? I'll we'll The Habs will take it. A win yet the team is still searching for answers. Coach Therrien spun a very positive message after the game, saying the team played an impeccable game for 54 minutes. The message? The Canadiens need to stay focused and put forward that effort for 60 minutes.

A win is a win. So why do I feel so very dirty. Very, very dirty -- on a night that for all intent and purpose should have been a good, clean win!

Habs face off against Alex Kovalev and the Florida Panthers Thursday night.

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  1. Old HAB(it)S die hard...
    Lesson to be learned: don't take the game for granted! Glad Price took care of business in the shootout. Let's focus on the positive: a win on the road is a very good win, regardless of the way you get there. Let's see a string of wins now, home and away.

  2. that's essentially what therrien said. man the lumpy feeling I had in my gut when tampa tied the game -- hoo boy, I can only guess what the coach felt like.