Montrealers like to think of themselves as sophisticated sports fans, especially when it comes to hockey. In truth they are ignorant, arrogant and obnoxious hockey snobs who view the Stanley Cup as their birthright. Nevermind the fact they chased the Expos out of town by ignoring them, or the fact their CFL franchise died twice before moving to a minor league stadium, leaving the city with just one major league team to obsess over. They were at their moronic best in mocking Carey Price as the Canadiens were swept by the Bruins.
Watch for the split screen toward the end of the video comparing Price’s actions with those of Patrick Roy in 1995.
The comparisons to Roy’s antics when he was left in net to face an onslaught by the Detroit Red Wings were easy and immediate. Will Montreal fans boo Price out of town the same way they did with Roy? Or will both the fans and the goalie shake it off and forget about it? Price will likely shake it off but I can’t imagine the Montreal media will let him forget about it as they will be seeking scapegoats for why the 100th Anniversary season went awry. Coach and GM Bob Gainey defended his goalie immediately after the game but Habs fans have long memories.
No hockey player ever wants a long summer simply because it means he had a short season, but this summer might not be long enough for Price to escape the wrath of Montreal’s fans and media. Price has one year left on his contract before becoming a Restricted Free Agent. Assuming Gainey is taking the long view and that Price can shake this off there should be no need for either side to be considering a change of scenery. But if the Canadiens’ greatest goalie in team history can be run out of town then anything is possible.
With apologies to Patrick for rubbing salt into a wound long since closed, this video shows the low-lights of his last game in Montreal, concluding with his verbal attack on then-president Ronald Corey.
After much bitching and moaning on my part about the goalie-rousing antics of Sean Avery, a young Russian who speaks almost no English has turned the tables on the pestilent Ranger. Turns out speaking very little English is one of the keys to combating Avery’s antics in front of the net. That, along with a quick little chop to Avery’s nether region, got under Avery’s skin (along with his protective cup) and resulted in Avery getting kicked out of the game!
This YouTube video is the best way to watch Simeon Varlamov’s response. Color commentator Ray Ferraro is none too impressed with Avery’s punch to the goalie’s head but fails to mention anything about Varlamov’s upper cut with his stick. Watch for it at the 39 second mark.
Asked afterward what Avery was saying in his verbal attack, the Russian goalie pleaded ignorance saying you’d have to ask his defenseman because he didn’t understand Avery’s English.
So goalies take note, the best way to deal with Avery or someone like him (if there is anyone like him) is to forget your English, turn the other cheek and have a quick wrist on your stickhand.
Sean Avery was up to his old tricks tonight in Washington, pestering Jose Theodore on a number of occasions. I see Alexander Ovechkin jumping on the glass and his teammates to celebrate goals… why doesn’t he jump on Avery?
If all the goalies of the world chipped in $1 I’m sure we could hire Tonya Harding to take a crowbar to his knees. Tonya gets out of debt and no longer needs to step in the ring to make money and goalies everywhere never have to see Avery again.