Rangers 6, Canadiens 2.
It was a game the Habs needed. A game they led 2-0. A game that would’ve catapulted them into seventh place ahead of New York.
Instead – six straight unanswered goals by the Blueshirts.
My wife sat with me on the couch and asked a simple question – What’s wrong with Montreal, and I can’t exactly answer it, because it’s what Danno said – this is a Jekyll and Hyde team. It’s a team that can play well when we least expect it and stink like a skunk full of beans when we also least expect it.
We never know. The coach never knows. The players never know. Even Pierre McGuire doesn’t know. Imagine.
Carey Price hasn’t been sharp lately, and tonight, Jaroslav Halak, who has been quite consistent this season, allowed six goals. We haven’t seen anything near an imitation of Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden lately. Maybe Andre Racicot, but not Plante or Dryden.
The power play has slowed, and like a kick in the groin, allowed short-handed goals in the past two games. The guys who were on fire – Tomas Plekanec, Mike Cammalleri, Andrei Markov, are simmering ashes, even with a Cammalleri goal tonight. Secondary scoring has slowed to a crawl. The team has become a disappointing and mediocre collection at exactly the wrong time.
Hey Bob Gainey, what’s the plan?
Habs are off until Tuesday when they host the St. Louis Blues. Prediction? Hah!