2 points on the road against an energized team that ultimately remains dangerous and is playing really well in front of a rookie goalie on a roll. One post, one crossbar, and their goalie saved them in the second.
Those two points are worth exactly as much as a regulation win. Can't complain. And Boston lost so Montreal gains on them.
Still, bad third. 3 goals on 7 shots in the third. But at some point, losing an entire first line and a star starting goalie has to tell somewhere.
Ottawa with a strong goalie is still a potentially strong team.
For all those who want to gut the secondary scoring on this team in order to get Vinny, take a look at Ottawa right now. They get dominated for 2 1/2 minutes...look dangerous for a minute...then repeat. The habs played very well and every line looked dangerous. Even the 4th line should have potted a couple.
The call on taking down Lats at the end of the 3rd was deserved I guess but it wasn't close to the trip/hook/slash that Andrei K got on his breakaway earlier with no call. I don't know why the refs are calling all of the ticky-tacky crap away from the play but when a player gets taken down during a great scoring opportunity, they keep the whistles in their pockets.
Either way, good win. With better goaltending and a little more puck-luck this is a 6-2 game in regulation. The score flatters Ottawa's performance.