At the end of last season my biggest concern was our defense, or lack of it. It bothered me to no end that we were so dependant on Andrei Markov. To me it was our biggest weakness and I hoped that during the off season Bob would make it a priority to rectify it. If last night was any indication of what's to come I would say that mission has been accomplished and the addition of Bergeron is the missing piece of the PP puzzle. Well done Bob.
Speaking of Bergeron, his laser from the point brought a tear to my eye, I miss Shelly.
The other concern I had was for the past two seasons the Habs typically played up or down to the level of their opponents and that really frustrated me. They would play a superb game against Detroit one night then barely show up for the Islanders. That mentality cost them in the 2008 playoffs. They went into Boston thinking it would be easy pickings because they had dominated them all season. They managed to squeak by the Bruins and then all the experts had the Habs taking the Flyers in five. We all know how that turned out. I was very happy to see a solid 60 minutes of effort last night against a bottom feeder. It doesn't matter what team it is, play them all the same, consistency is the key to success this season.
Glen Metropolit has been a revelation, I love his attitude and he gives it his all out there. I still want to see an "A" on him. Gionta is unbelievably fast, and as they say, you can't hit what you can't catch. I heard a great nickname for our first line this morning on CHOM, "The Legion of Zoom."
I'm a glass half full type of person and I see a definite advantage to Hal Gill's lack of mobility. He can't get out of the way quickly enough to avoid getting hit in the face with an opposing stick, he could be very useful in generating PP opportunities. Every cloud has it's silver lining.
I can't help but think how our D would be shaping up now if Komisarek had stayed. I don't miss him at all out there. Could Pearn have improved him? What do you think?
For the love of Pete, there is no goalie controversy. People should just be happy we have two good young goaltenders. I say let them split the season, improve their play, enjoy a bit of healthy competition without the added pressure of either one of them being the anointed number one. It also sends a message, not to the goalies, but the fans. Why should the fate of the free world hang on the shoulders of a just turned 22 year old kid. Honestly, some people need to get a grip, or a life.
Rangers will be a bigger test tomorrow night. Let's make it three in a row.