The Canadiens weren’t able to beat a rookie goalie, a kid with just four games under his belt, and found themselves blanked 1-0 by the visiting New York Rangers on a mild Saturday night in Montreal.
Sadly, the beat goes on for so many guys who can’t find the back of the net.
These guys were all scoring stars in midget and junior. Now that they’re big shots, they’ve forgotten how.
Forget trying to pick corners. Just aim for the goalie’s nuts.
It’s amazing how many lacklustre hands of stone make up this team right now. They should be ashamed of themselves. It was a team that decided to apply pressure with five minutes remaining. The rest of the time, they were practicing for their annual Christmas family skate.
How wrong it is to go through the motions, consistently miss the target, stay clear of the rough going as much as possible, stay away from any effort that involves punishing the enemy, hope someone else will do the dirty work, and also expect to get paid handsomely for it.
Geoff Molson should send them out on the trucks and deliver beer for awhile. See how the real world does things.
The kid between the pipes, Cam Talbot, playing in just his fifth game, must wish all games were like that. No pressure from the guys in red. A shot here, another a few minutes later. Shots from well out. Teammates clearing the path.
I wouldn’t blame him if he decided to phone home and tell mom and dad the NHL’s a piece of cake.
Hands of stone, these 2013-14 Montreal Canadiens. Keep the kids off the scoreboard and you keep the entire team off the scoreboard. Basic strategy for other teams.
Dismal stuff. And fans only got their money’s worth when Carey Price whipped his glove out and snagged a handful of tough shots. Price was on his game. The only one who was.
November has seen these guys win twice in eight games. I wish the World Series was still on.
Rangers outshot the Canadiens 34-22.
Alexei Emelin threw his weight around a couple of times, including a solid jolt on Chris Kreider. Emelin nailed the big fellow in exactly the same place and in the same way as was his freight train collision with Milan Lucic last April. So at least we know he didn’t become gun shy, the injury didn’t change his game, and he’s fully recovered. And it shows us this rugged D-man is one tough Russian comrade.
Getting more and more tired of seeing Rene Bourque not earning his money. But why single out Bourque? He’s got a lot of company.
Next game is Tuesday when the Minnesota Wild come to town. Will the beat go on?