It's a Miracle - Gomez Scores - On A Power Play
The Montreal Canadiens visited the New York Islanders this evening for a tilt in the Nassau County Mausoleum. The scratches on the Habs side were the newly arrived Aaron Palushaj and the injured Yannick Weber (lower body). Earlier in the day the Catholic Diocese of Montreal called for all Catholics to pray for the redemption of the season for the Habs. It has worked before, after all, with 24 Stanley Cups for the team.
The first period began with a flourish for the visitors. Max Pacioretty streaked in on the right side and beat Evgeni Nabokov on a perfect shot over the goalie's shoulder for his twentieth of the season. The lone assist on the play went to Erik Cole. Both teams exhibited a lot of energy. David Desharnais had the only penalty of the period with only five seconds on the clock. The shots on goal were 10 to 10.
The second period started with the Islanders on a power play which is 6th in the league, against the league leading penalty killing unit of the Habs. Carey Price held the fort by stoning Matt Moulson and Franz Neilson in succession and Josh Bailey as the penalty ended. The Islanders had the first seven shots in the period, but the Habs would respond with the next five, with Max Pacioretty scoring his twenty-first of the season and second of the game on another wrist shot, using two Islanders as screens. The lone assist on this goal was the diminutive David Desharnais.
The third period was a good defensive period. The Habs finally got a power play when Tavares was penalized for interference. On the second wave of attack, something totally unthinkable happened - a goal from none other than Scott Gomez! It was a nice shot from the slot that found the back of the net. The Islanders then got a power play goal by Matt Moulson and then another goal a very short time later by Mark Streit to close the gap to 3-2. The Islander then were in full press mode but Max Pacioretty scored as time was running out to bring the final to 4-2 and get the hat trick.
I guess you could say the prayers of the Catholics in Montreal assisted the Habs in beating the Islanders. Not only did the Habs win, but Gomez scored a goal - and a power play goal at that, not to mention Mac Pacioretty's hat trick.
Next up - the Toronto Maple Leafs on Hockey Day in Canada.