A quick thought over yet another double-decker peanut butter and jelly sandwich (hey, diapers are expensive, so something has to give):
After games like last night comes the inevitable sentiment that the whole one point for a shootout or overtime loss is a pathetic consolation prize. There’s no question that column does water down the standings, and if ever there was a night when the Rangers deserved to go home empty-handed, it was last night.
And yet having said all that, there’s still really no other way around it. I doubt I’m breaking any new ground here, but it’s worth repeating that the up-and-down, gambling nature of 4-on-4 bears little resemblance to the three periods that preceded it; and that the shootout has about as much to do with deciding the better team as a contest over who has better uniforms.
The point is that if the Canadiens had another few minutes of regulation to work with, they probably win the game outright given their momentum. But as it was, the hockey game itself ended in a tie. Everything that followed falls into a new category.
That’s my opinion at least. But that might just be the peanut butter talking.