Well, I don't blame you, because it was yet another example of the Canadiens going into a game where they had absolutely no business winning, and then doing just that. They did it in Washington way back in November and in New Jersey very recently. Good on them.
Positives can definitely be drawn from last night's contest, starting with the inspired play of Sergei Kostitsyn, who finally looked like a forward who belongs in the top-6. Then there was Maxim Lapierre and his rag-tag linemates Mathieu Darche and Marc-Andre Bergeron, who earned every minute of ice time they got (well, maybe not the power play time Darche received alongside Scott Gomez instead of Kostitsyn, but you get my drift). The fact both Kostitsyn and Lapierre along with Tomas Plekanec managed to score at 5-on-5 after a 223:12 drought only added to the euphoria that surrounded the Bell Centre last night.
I was assigned to cover the losing Canucks room after the game and produced this report, and if you feel like reading it, I think you'll be able to decipher my general impression of the game the Canadiens played.
Overall, the Habs were spanked in every area except the scoreboard. The Canucks did everything they could possibly do to win the game, quite handily in fact, except Jaroslav Halak was on top of things yet again and stole another win. This, of course, is what is separating him from Carey Price thus far, his ability to steal victories from the jaws of defeat.
So I give top marks to Halak for his game last night, and even though Jacques Martin alluded to Price's two wins over the Bruins this season, I can't imagine Halak not getting another start tomorrow night in Beantown.
But last night's win did nothing to convince me that this team as currently constructed can make a run to the playoffs. Perhaps another win in Boston will do it, but frankly, if it's another case of Halak stealing two points I still won't be sold. I'd like to see more wins where the team wins the game, as was the case in New Jersey or Washington.
The fact we have so few reference points for just such a win is a perfect case in point as to why this may still remain a lost season for La Sainte-Flanelle.