This was the game where everything happened. Lots of souvenir pucks are going to be kept by players.
Travis Moen goal? Check.
Tom Pyatt goal? Check.
Hat trick? Check.
Gordie Howe hat trick? Check.
Chicken wings? Check.
More goals by the Habs than any other game this season? Check.
It's no secret that I love Ryan White. I have for two years now, and it's entirely because of the way he plays this game. Now, without a doubt, every Montreal Canadiens fan on the planet loves the guy. He showed energy even before he scored. Which he did. His first NHL goal. That, already, was overwhelming. Then he fought. The first period ended with the probability of a Gordie Howe hat trick. In case you didn't know, I had never seen one happen. (But I really, really wanted to!) I thought White would be likely to get one at some point in his career, but I didn't expect it to happen tonight.
Ryan White makes dreams come true.
|photo credit: Michael Cammalleri|
And that in itself may be enough to make fans dance and cheer and shout, but did I mention that White's assist came from a goal by PK Subban, which was one of three? PK Subban got a hat trick. I REPEAT: PK SUBBAN GOT A HAT TRICK. Even though it was an away game, hats flew onto the ice. (Including Carey Price's.) Everyone should be in awe of this guy. It's his first season in the NHL and he already plays like THIS. Incredible. Did I mention it's the first hat trick scored by a Hab since Mike Cammalleri's in the Centennial game, and the first EVER by a Canadiens rookie defenceman? That's a hell of an accomplishment.
Habs win. Game ends 8-1. Three stars are PK, White, and Auld. No, I would never have expected it.
Yes, I would love it if every game could be like this. Do I have to go back to my regularly scheduled life now? Because I really don't want to.