Monday, January 28, 2013

Honest toil pays off for Habs(and other Monday morning musings)

Add "resilient" to industrious, aggressive and opportunistic among the terms applicable to the Canadiens four games into the lockout-shortened NHL season. Despite blowing a pair of two goal leads at the Bell Center last night, the Habs stuck with what was working and were rewarded with an overtime win over last spring's Stanley Cup runners-up. Sure, it's early, but the Canadiens aren't playing over their heads - they're winning on effort and discipline, and that's worth getting giddy about...So where does this leave P.K. Subban? That's a question the Subban camp is expected to answer later today after the holdout defenceman meets with his agent, Don Meehan. The Canadiens already had the hammer in the negotiations with Subban and their hand has only been strengthened by the team's success...Meanwhile, can we please stop describing the club's reported offer to Subban as "insulting"? I'm good with "lowball", but to call five million dollars over two years an insult is an insult to the overwhelming majority of people who struggle to make ends meet...Rene Bourque would have had a hat trick last night if he could shoot straight. As it turned out, Bourque's glove side-wide slapshot from the slot in OT took a fortuitous bounds off the end boards right onto the stick of Andrei Markov, who buried it for the game winner. Bourque's still looking for his first goal but his work ethic has been beyond reproach and a welcome change from last season. As long as he continues to put in the work, things are going to break his way sooner rather than later...I don't have all the details surrounding Max Pacioretty's emergency appendectomy, but according to Dr. Recchi, the surgery was performed during a showing of Django Unchained at Cinema Guzzo...If Bryce Salvador's sister married the Dalai Lama, their kids would be Salvador Dalai Lamas, but you probably already knew that.

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