Well, the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins last night 4-3. [Insert torrent of profanity here] Why? We got suckered into a fight, a fight we should have fought, but one that we had to fight. Alexei Emelin speared Tyler Seguin in the side with his stick, breaking it on impact. Seguin surprised and hurt, crumpled and slid into the ice. At the end of the play, Bruins Zdeno Chara tracked down Emelin and beat the stuffing out of him.
The Montreal fans went crazy. Emelin has a plate in his jaw and fighting is not the best idea for him. A few Habs fans even suggested criminal charges. My only thought on that whole mess is this. If Emelin had been playing hockey like a professional and not risking another players safety, his own wouldn’t have been at risk when the biggest player in the NHL decided to correct the referee’s error. So, instead of being on the power play, we lost our best defenseman for seventeen minutes and the Canadiens capitalized. Here is a quick recap of the event.
I have not been a life long fan like some of you. A lot of my hockey knowledge has been compressed into my brain in these last few years. I can not recall a time when Coach Claude Julien would call out a team in a post game interview. It looked like he was channeling his inner Tortorella for a few minutes(sans profanity). He had little love for the refs, next to none for Subban, and had some serious loathing to dump on Montreal. In Julien’s defense, the referee’s were terrible last night. In complete honesty, the odd calls went against both teams, although Boston seemed to be down more.
With Chara gone, we had some defensive breakdowns. That is what cost us the game. I’m starting to feel bad for Dougie Hamilton. Every time he scores a goal, we seem to lose the game. I mean no disrespect to any of the Bruins. They have a job that I wouldn’t survive a series in. I just want to see the Andrew Ference of the last two years back on the ice. He earned that ‘A’ for his work on and off the ice for the team. I’d hate to see our team’s eco-activist get sent away. I know he’s in a slump right now, but a shortened season going into a contract year is the worst possible time to have one.
On the bright side, Tyler Seguin’s hands finally have seem to cleared customs and are back working at full speed. Dougie Hamilton made a great play on his goal. He swung around the back end of the net to go high side, tapped his stick, let them know where he was and was served a pass. He handled a bouncing puck and got it in on the open side of the net. I don’t care what Yahoo’s Puck Daddy thinks, Hamilton should be considered for rookie of the year.