I sat down to watch the game yesterday between the Kings and the Canadiens with mixed emotions. Being a Montrealer I was excited about the prospect of seeing my old team play. But at the same time, I have fallen in love with the Kings. What a dilemma! But that dilemma only lasted for a few minutes and then I was back in Montreal watching my hockey. When I saw the Montreal jerseys, I was transported back 50 years. If I closed my eyes, I could hear the announcers yelling “Il Lance” (he shoots).
The Kings could have taken advantage in the first period with all the penalties the Habs had. But they couldn’t control the puck and missed out on scoring during the power plays. They had 14 shots on goal compared to the Montreal team who had 5. But they blew it.
I loved it when Murray lost his temper before the second period. Boy, was he ever pissed off. But look what happened. Penner scored in the first few minutes of the second period. Maybe coach Murray should yell at them more often. The third period for me was the most exciting. I had to stand up and walk around the table more than once just to calm down. What exciting play by both teams. Montreal still managed to stay in control for the most part. But apart from a couple of lousy calls by the referees, it was good hockey. Both teams seemed to swirl around a lot in the neutral zone.
My favorite guys, the goalies both played a good game. I think Price had 26 saves and Bernier played better than what I have seen of him in the past games. The worst part of the day for me was not being at the game with my 2 girls. I think I had better plan to visit L.A. when Tracy has tickets to a Saturday afternoon game.
All I have left to say is “Ain’t hockey grand”? Go Kings