Tom Kostopoulos of the Canadiens fires his own rebound into the net behind Martin Biron of the Flyers to win Game 1 in OT. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
The Kost of living just keeps going up in Montreal.
Two nights after Andrei Kostitsyn scored his second and third goals of the playoffs, and assisted on his brother Sergei’s third goal of the post-season (Sergei also had an assist) in leading the Montreal Canadiens to a Game 7 win over Boston, they were at it again in Game 1 against Philadelphia.
This time Andrei missed on a penalty shot, but shortly afterwards scored the Habs second goal to tie the game (on a pass from his brother) after they fell behind 2-0, putting Montreal on the path to victory.
And when push came to shove, it was another Kost – Tom Kostopoulos – who tallied the winner at 0:48 of overtime to give Montreal a 4-3 win. It was the checker’s third goal of the playoffs.
The goal sent Habs fans home happy. Perhaps the victory will entice them to put their team’s success into perspective. It was embarrassing the way they booed Daniel Briere every time he touched the puck, just because he didn’t sign with them last summer when he was an unrestricted free agent. It is almost as if booing Briere is preventative medicine, just in case their team doesn’t win. Then they could go home happy.
Here’s a little suggestion, worry about your own team.
In that regard, it was nice to see the Canadiens win to save veteran defenseman Patrice Brisebois from an undue beating. Philadelphia’s first goal went in off his stick and you can just bet if Montreal lost, it would have been all his fault. Even though the goal occurred at 13:15 of the first period.
At the end of the night, Montreal fans had every reason in the world to smile. Let’s just hope, moving forward, they can keep things in perspective.
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Mike Brophy, the co-author of the book Walking with Legends, is a senior writer for The Hockey News and a regular contributor on THN.com. His blog appears Mondays and his column, Double OT, appears Wednesday.
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