We’re hunkered down on a wintry-feeling night, ready for the excitement and derring-do of a Devils-Canadiens game. Or as much derring-do and excitement as a Devils game without Pando can have. Our intro from Doc and Chico highlights the Pando/Madden/Clarkson line’s stats from the last five games, and Doc takes on funereal tones when regaling us with Pando’s misfortune. There is all kinds of subterfuge and mystery surrounding who is going to be taking his place on the line – apparently when they did 3-on-2s in warm-ups, Clarkson and Madden did them without a third guy. It’s like a missing man formation for hockey.
19:38 The team is clearly lost without Pando. As are the officials. Rachunek gets called for hooking on a play that leaves Chico flummoxed for its glaring lack of anything resembling a hook on it.
18:35 A two-on-one chance by Pelley is turned aside by Price, and Montreal responds with a crazy good rush, replete with tic-tac-toe passing and a great set-up for Plekanic by Kovalev, but Marty is emphatic in showing off he’s not starting this game as slowly as he started the last one.
18:01 It looks like Greener did a great job of watching Mottau playing when he was scratched in the last game, and makes a monster save in place of an out-of-position Marty on the Habs’ wildly aggressive power play.