Stealing 2 points 101...Gionta is awesome
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10-04-2009, 11:19 AM
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Have the game on tape and I keep watching Gionta's goal and his reaction. Don't know who that kid was behind the goal but it was fun to see Gionta looking straight at him after he scored and going back to him after the celebrations.
As for the game, I guess I'm among those who overrated this team. Sure it's only 2 games but it's the first 2 games for all teams. Being outplayed by both the Leafs and the Sabres is not reassuring. It's pitiful at times. We get to the puck but it seems like there is no one to pass it to. Martin said his strategy was puck control. Really? He's got a lot of work in front of him.
On a positive note, as opposed to many observers, I am pleasantly surprised with Hal Gill. When Gainey picked him up, I felt a little bit of shame. I thought it was a ridiculous move. Gill was blamed after the 1st game vs Toronto but apart from his goof that lead to the first goal and one lousy pass, he was very solid. He was as solid last night. Very slow but he's so tall and his stick is so long, it's hard to go around him. And when Price makes the save, no one gets close to him when Gill is on the ice.
I don't remember the last time I've seen Habs players getting so much involved in defending each other. That is what Carbo was looking for and what P.J. Stock has been saying for a few years. Like a wolves pack. Seeing Gorges and Plekanec hitting and pushing after the whistle to clear the net; Moen, Laraque, Lapierre, Latendresse getting physically involved; the three smurfs who think they're 6'4". This is chemistry. The only thing left to do is to learn to play the game together.
As for Carey Price, watching him along with Gionta and Gomez, I think the Canadiens have more in common with the old Devils than we might think.
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