Well, the Habs have wrapped up their Bell Centre appearances this post season. And with a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning (or was that 5-0) on paper it looks like a real stinker! Or was it?
I’ve got a few reasons why this game wasn’t as bad as you might be thinking.
- Scott Gomez played hard again. At the beginning of the game, Scott Gomez was everywhere, once again. Shooting the puck, making good, hard passes, hitting, and moving his feet. I think Scott feels like he has something to prove this season, and he’s right. He does.
- Campoli looks good in le bleu blanc et rouge. Chris has a blistering shot, and for a guy who just rolled into town and has to learn a very demanding Jacques Martin, defensive system, he fit in just fine.
- Yemelin has clearly won a spot in the lineup. This guy is awesome. I think many people have overlooked the fact that, like Campoli, Yemelin is learning a difficult defensive system. Everyone seems to think he should be crushing guys and scoring goals on every shift. I have been happy to see Yemelin focussing on learning Martin’s system and not running around the ice making a fool of himself. As he gets more comfortable within the system he will be a force on the ice, as he showed laying the body to Blair Jones in the 3rd period.
- All the posts that could possibly be hit, are being hit in this preseason. It’s crazy! When does Mike Cammalleri miss a chance like that? I’m sure as I drift off to sleep tonight, I will be awoken by a resounding, “DING!” in my head.
- Josh Gorges knee is just fine. I wonder how much oxygen was left hanging in the air when Gorges went down awkwardly in the corner. I know I found myself holding my breath. Then when he came back on the ice and was fine, I think there were a few extra megawatts of electricity created by wind turbines around the country as Habs fans all exhaled simultaneously.
Look everyone, I know it’s easy to get panicky about this 1-6 preseason record, but if no one else is gonna say it, I will. JUST CHILL OUT!
There will be REAL hockey in a week. Save some for opening night in Toronto.