You can call the Habs a lot of things (and I have) but predictable isn’t one of them. At the beginning of the season who would have predicted:
Lapierre, Begin and Greek Lightning becoming in many ways the number one line. I’ve nicknamed them the “EB’s” (energizer bunnies); they just keep going and going and going. Lapierre is really coming along nicely and Begin is definitely a keeper.
Brisboises' on ice performance is better than last year. He has really gone beyond the call of duty and on some nights been the steadiest player out there. He’s also been contributing offensively, which has been a Godsend with the team in a worrisome scoring drought throughout the first 30 games.
Pleks is our Spezza, and I ‘m saying that not out of any disrespect for his talent, but when the going gets tough, Pleks is gone. He doesn’t get involved in any physical play, in other words, he doesn’t like getting hit. Even Kovy and the brothers K can bring a little grit when needed, I’ve have yet to see that from Pleks and that won’t bode well for him come playoff time. Here’s a little tip Pleks, get your hands on some nasty pills and see how that works for ya.
Komi got off to a shaky start, and in some games had more giveaways than an infomercial. I think having the “spa” break did him a world of good. He’s refocused, driven and he brings confidence and leadership to the team. A picture is worth a thousand words, and I vividly remember a photo of him comforting Price after we fell to the Flyers in the playoffs. He will be the next captain.
Kovalev going 20 games without a goal, oh the horror! I was so stressed out, having dreams about it, waking up in the middle of the night wondering if he would ever score again, I can’t even imagine how he felt. Saks injury came at the right time (if there ever is a right time), don’t misunderstand me, I love Saks and I can die happy once he skates around the rink with number 25, but if that’s what it took to get Kovy going, then it’s just what the doctor ordered. Wearing the “C’ brings him a heightened sense of responsibility and commitment to the team. Maybe a solution would be to have “C1 and C2” logos made, I think Saks would be fine with that. he never struck me as someone who needs recognition as the team’s Captain, he’s quietly confident in himself and leads naturally by example. Wearing the “C’ seems to bring out the best in Kovy, he needs the recognition much like he thrives off of the cheers from adoring fans, one feeds off the other. Rumor has it there are already construction plans being drawn up to add a solarium to the dressing room…. hmmmm.
Wee Dags scoring 5 goals, what a great start, SK being sent to his room with a time out, Carbo’s honing his babysitting skills.
All in all I’m happy with my team so far, and I really feel they can go all the way exactly as they are. I was recently reading an interview with Elmer Lach, his two favorite players are Saks and Komi. He also thinks this team can win, but cautions that the coach is the key, by setting the pace and being able to adapt to whatever comes their way. Well, there you have it boys, listen to the coach, number 25 depends on it. Oh and by the way, Elmer, I’m glad you agree with me, you’re one smart cookie!