The thing to do, if you’re a Habs fan, is sit back, have a smoke, pat the dog, fire up the record player, and when you’ve done all that, swallow a bunch more anti-depressants.
Habs lose 6-4 in Buffalo.
But it seemed fine in the beginning, after Max Pacioretty sent a nice pass over to Sven Andrighetto and bam, the boys had the all-important 1-0 lead.
Always good to get that first one. Except the Sabres got the next four.
David Legwand began by tying things, and soon after, Old Man Markov turned the puck over (yawn), and suddenly it was 2-1 Sabres.
Mark Barberio tried to boot the puck out of danger and couldn’t, and the Sabres finished the play to take a 3-1 lead. It also finished Ben Scrivens for the night, with Mike Condon taking over.
In horrific fashion it soon became a 4-1 game, and the Sabres rout was on.
Then it wasn’t.
Alex Galchenyuk scored on the power play, and it was 4-2.
Andrighetto, with his second of the night, narrowed things to 4-3.
Things were going good. But then Galchenyuk was called for hooking Marcus Foligno, who was promptly awarded a penalty shot, and who promptly beat Condon to make it 5-3.
But with 22 seconds left in the middle frame, Galchenyuk, who was great on this night, scored on the power play to put it at 5-4, and there was hope. Lots of hope.
Especially after the Canadiens swarmed Buffalo’s end time after time in the third period, going all out to even things.
It was tense for fans of both sides. At least I’m assuming this. It was tense for me, anyway.
Tense until the Canadiens pulled Condon, and with the puck being sent along the boards towards PK Subban, it suddenly hit the linesman, Evander Kane picked up the blocked puck, and he fired it into the empty net.
Subban was pissed.
Who knows what would have happened if the linesman wasn’t in the way? But that’s hockey. Pucks hit zebras.
The bottom line is, the CH took the early lead and then proceeded to fall behind 4-1 before playing catch up.
It’s not good to dig a hole like that. Especially when the team has a tough time scoring goals at the best of times, and especially when they’re trying to show that the slump has ended.
But at least they didn’t fold and they gave it the old college try. They came close to rebounding from being down 4-1 to actually winning. That’s good, right?
It’s tough being a Habs fan.
Canadiens outshot the Sabres 30-22.
Montreal, sitting at 21st overall on the power play before the game, were 2/3 with the man advantage.
Next up – Monday in Arizona. Game time 9:00 pm ET.