My dear brethren, my very dear sisters. Michel Therrien asked his followers to keep the faith and his followers agreed.
Although dominated in shots on goal in a fifth straight game, the Canadiens, once again, defeating the Boston Bruins.
This time he needed 41 saves from Carey Price and some of the small miracles which he has the secret to overcoming their rivals 3-2 on Tuesday night inside the Bell Centre.
He also needed the touch of Paul Byron, author of the winning goal with 62 seconds to go in the third period.
“It’s a very good feeling to score a goal too late,” commented the hero of the match, after returning to the locker room.
Therrien has been lucky inserting Byron on the top line. The small Ontario striker had previously been behind the fifth goal of the season for Alex Galchenyuk, thanks to a rapid recovery in favor of Alexander Radulov.
A young into the pit
For his part, Claude Julien, who the day before had enjoyed his 400th victory behind the Bruins bench lost his bet by choosing to trust the young Zane McIntyre. The American was only in a third NHL start.
Why throw the athlete of 24 years to the lions as a Christian in the Roman Empire, while Tuukka Rask shut out the Sabres 24 hours earlier?
Possibly because Tuukka Rask has always struggled against the Habs as evidenced by his five thin victories in 23 starts against the blue-white-red.
Three goals in 70 seconds
Great is the mystery of faith. So it is not surprising that many have feared that the Canadian would know another tough night after the first 20 minutes saw unconvincing visitors the locker room with a lead of 14-5 in terms of penalties.
Were then primed the most exciting 70 seconds of the second period, both teams exchanged three goals in that time.
After Weber cannonball, Price had bad luck when shooting off target Collin Miller ricocheted off his leg before finishing his race in the net.
Galchenyuk ended the exchange by accepting a precise relay Radulov.
“Byron had a great game. He used his speed and created many chances to score. This was the case on this goal, “Galchenyuk said.
Nothing to worry about
The discipline is, once again, came close to play a dirty trick the Habs. With Alexei Emelin in jail, David Pastrňák had managed to create equality. Until then, the top scorer in Bruins had been silenced.
Nothing to worry about then, to the Canadian who recorded his 11th win in 13 games. Basically, it’s true. Because when writing his lines, the real concern was south of the border.
The Canadiens will play its next match tomorrow by receiving visiting Los Angeles Kings. Until then, go in the peace of Christ.