If you’ve been thinking lately about how great it would be to skate for the Montreal Canadiens, now might be a good time to apply. Some job openings have come up.
It was a night in Buffalo we need never to happen again. The 2-1 overtime loss is at least a point earned, and that’s a good thing. But we lost players we can’t afford to lose, two key guys are gone for what looks like a fair length of time, and we came within a whisker of losing about three others.
Buffalo was a dangerous place to be tonight
Mike Cammalleri was cross-checked into the board and may have separated his shoulder and could be gone for weeks. Max Pacioretty took a Wiz slapshot to his ribs and we’re still waiting to hear. Jeff Halpern appears to be in trouble and hardly played in the second half. PK Subban took a puck off the foot but luckily was all right and came back. Hal Gill hurt his hand.
No need to throw in Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges here.
There were glimpses of gold though. The Canadiens got a power play goal from David Desharnais and stellar netminding from Carey Price. The depleted team played with heart throughout, and loss or no loss, we can be proud that they battled hard. And they did get that crucial point.
Now we need to hear some good news along the way to soften the blows. Maybe the Max injury isn’t as bad as it looks and he’ll be back soon. Halpern too. And hopefully Gill’s hand is good now.
Where are those five-game breaks the schedule-maker gave us earlier in the season? We need some healing time. And the question becomes – can they hold on until things heal?
Next up – Friday in Ottawa.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this bad luck isn’t so bad after all.