I saw Friday’s afternoon game 10 hours after the fact. I wish it was ten years.
Without being too harsh here, I’d say Montreal stunk. They played a mostly-uninspired game in Philadelphia, falling 3-1, and showing almost no drive or determination, as Claude Giroux, who was so great just a few years as a member of Canada’s National team during the World Juniors, played like it was men against boys. Giroux was sensational, and just imagine this guy in a Montreal Canadiens uniform.
Something we’re missing from this team. A big-time game-breaker like that. And a francophone to boot.
Petteri Nokelainen opened the scoring, his first of the year, and I guess those who are supposed to score, forgot for some reason. Maybe their paycheques were late by a couple of minutes.
Then Philadelphia and Giroux went to work, scoring three goals, (two by Giroux), the most depressing being the third with just five seconds left in the period.
And did the Habs wake up and pour it on, desperately playing to catch up?
It’s not been a great time lately for the Canadiens and us. In the last eight games it’s been win one, lose one, win one lose won etc. How mediocre is that?
Something has to change. Such lack of energy and enthusiasm. It’s an insult to the great Montreal teams and players who came before. And to us. We’ve become long-suffering fans, and is there a more depressing description than “long suffering?”
When I look at this team now, I decide this – when there’s no life, no energy, no enthusiasm, when not a whole lot seems to be clicking, then it has to fall back on the coach. The Habs need to be kick-started, come to life, and put together better than .500 hockey starting sooner than soon.
With this, it has to be the old adage – you can’t fire 22 players so you fire the coach.
Claude Giroux hails from the same town, Hearst, Ont. as good old Claude Larose, who was a solid if not spectacular Hab forward during part of the 1960’s and into the 1970’s. I remember he wore sort of a greaseball haircut.
Shots on goal, Philly 36, Habs 24.
Sidney visits Saturday night. At least it’s not a day game.