Two goals for the Habs in their two games played this weekend is a bit on the feeble side, wouldn’t you say?
A 2-1 overtime loss to Tampa Bay, and a 2-1 regulation time loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
And at the risk of stretching it a bit, before Montreal’s previous two games in beating Boston and Carolina, they had lost games by the scores of 5-0, 4-1, 5-1, and 5-3.
Yes, a bit on the feeble side. But that’s what this season is and will probably remain. Some fine games and a whack of lousy ones.
The problem is, they’re slowly inching closer to being out of the playoffs. So the whack of lousy ones needs to be less than a whack.
It’s imperative that they get their asses in gear.
We need to be patient, says Marc Bergevin. But Bergevin’s only been the GM for a short while. General managers before him told us in different ways that we needed to be patient too.
I hate the patient thing. I don’t know how to fix it quickly but I hate it anyway. Patience and bad moves isn’t supposed to mean two decades.
Being patient is for disciples of the Dali Lama. Bad moves is me on the dance floor.
And speaking of bad moves….. there was Bob Gainey, who once said “”We are extremely pleased to have acquired a player of the caliber of Scott Gomez. Scott is an elite player who will certainly contribute to the success of our team for years to come.”
The beat goes on, on and off the ice. Don’t worry, front office. We fully expect to see a powerhouse in the next few years. Until we don’t, because we need to wait just a little bit longer than a few years.
And when a few years come and go, we’ll wait a few more.
The Canadiens started slow in the first period on Sunday, which not only happens often, but just seems to me to be inexcusable.
Start slow? How come? I prefer the rarely tested “starting fast” idea.
But they did pick up steam, and in the second period, after the Jets had made it 1-0, Brian Gionta first rang one off the post and shortly after, bulged the twine to give us all hope.
But lo and behold, in the third frame, Carey Price misplayed a puck near the crease and the Winnipeggers grabbed the lead and that was that.
PK scored on his own net yesterday, and Price fumbled the ball today.
Two days, two miscues, two 2-1 losses.
Just not a good time. And now is a chance to use a tremendously creative cliche I’ve just made up and one you’ve never heard before – “we’ll take it one game at a time”.
Because on Tuesday when it’s the Flames in town, the gang might be sensational.
In fact, they might be so good, they could even score three goals.
How great would that be?
Brendan Gallagher played his heart out, worked like nobody’s business, and tussled often with Mark Stuart, who’s listed at 6’2, 213 lbs.
Some players have an abundance of heart like Gally. Others, like…….., don’t.
Flames on Tuesday, Canucks on Thursday, Carolina Saturday. Then it’s the Olympic break.