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McLean’s Pub Call of the Wilde: The Captain Scores in OT
November 11, 2017
By Brian Wilde
– Charles Hudon showed a lot of hunger in this one. He was charging the net hard and fighting for pucks well. It’s getting to the point despite only two goals that you feel some sort of breakthrough to a higher level is close. Until it happens though, it’s just a concept.
– Alex Galchenyuk has been the best forward on the Habs here for a while. It was Galchenyuk who had the breakaway early and he could have made the difference with an early goal. Let’s credit him for being the guy who the offence seems to be revolving around most at the moment.
– Charlie Lindgren is the third string goalie of the Montreal Canadiens and absolutely the number one considering his play. Once again, Lindgren holds the Habs in the game. He’s been their best player every night since he started with the team in support of the guys who were supposed to be the difference makers.
– Andrew Shaw is the best surprise of the campaign. He has four goals after counting the one that tied it. He is playing an in-your-face game and making it difficult to win any battle with him whether the puck is there or not.
– Max Pacioretty sure scores important goals for a guy who is allegedly not there when it counts. Feels like he saved the season twice already. He scored in overtime in Winnipeg and he put on the deke of his life to win it over the Sabres. If not for Max, where would they be at the moment. He cares. He’s coming through.
– I don’t know how much I want to single out anyone when it kind of feels like everyone. This just wasn’t a hungry game for the Habs and it stayed competitive only because they were playing a club that also isn’t very good at finishing their Grade A chances. Simply put, they just weren’t an intense club in my mind. This isn’t going to be a popular opinion because they won: This was one of their poorest games strangely. When they were losing early in the season, when it was all doom and gloom, they were outshooting their opponents 40-20 and you knew that that would turn around. I liked a lot of the process at the time. What we saw here was a team that couldn’t look better than Buffalo who are one of the league’s worst teams and who played last night at home and lost 4-1 to Florida. They also were missing their best, and their only truly good, defenceman Ristolainen. I know all that sounds harsh considering it went to overtime and they won but this was one of those nights that I said this: I don’t think this team is all that good in its present form. I don’t see a playoff team here. This may be premature right now to say but that’s how it feels sadly when the Sabres who even played last night are a tough out. Sorry if this doesn’t make sense to a lot of people but I look at the process and I didn’t like the process as much in this one than when they lost and outshot their opposition 40-20 but got no puck luck.
– The Habs announced why Al Montoya missed action since the Winnipeg game. He suffered a concussion. This was likely on a Dustin Byfuglien slap shot that hit him square in the face. He stayed in the game. Sometimes symptoms show up after. He displayed no symptoms of a concussion during the game. He showed symptoms of being in great pain, but not dizziness or any other notables.
I’m with you, Brian – Habs do not look like a playoff team. How long before it gets too late to keep saying “there’s still time”?