Blueshirt Blues

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.

Random Notes:

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?

9 thoughts on “Blueshirt Blues”

  1. Dennis I think what frosts me most of all is Therrien after the game praising their effort levels, saying it’s good enough and they’ll win eventually. Meanwhile Price is obviously not doing his job, not getting shutout every game and expecting them to actually score goals. Habs are right thinking that playing hard only the last 5 mins will get them a win.

    Honestly if they are going to phone it in next Saturday versus the Pens (yet another back to back where I’m sure fatigue and travel will be cited) then honestly I wish some of my deposits were refundable so I could cancel. I barely want to watch it on TV, let alone pay through the nose for a half arsed effort live and in person at mob extortion prices.

    I still owe you that beer!

  2. Tyg – what Therrien is saying to the media is nowhere near to the steam he is surely letting off in the dressing room. The Habs problems come down to three issues: 1 – Their breakout passes from their own zone are tentative and nervous. They are having a bitch of a time clearing their zone due the opposition’s forecheck. 2 – They are rushing their dump-ins. Teams are standing up to them at the center ice red line, and instead of taking hits to make the play, the Habs’ players are icing the puck too often. This is leading to an incredible amount of defensive zone faceoffs. 3 – Their own forecheck is weak. They stop skating too often, and they are doing little to pin teams in their end. The Habs glide instead of stride.

    Fatigue is not an issue. For 55 minutes they played wrongheaded, hoping for a break. With 5 minutes left, suddenly the energy was found? It’s not fatigue – it’s execution. This team plays like it’s little….of wait….

  3. You stole my thoughts, Dennis, and Tyg stole my comments about the “effort level” (if you can even call it that). You all know that I am very critical of DD, but at least I think that he cares if the team wins or not. The same cannot be said of many of his teammates, especially Rene Bourque, who I will go on the record as saying is stealing money. He also has hands of stone, but in that he has plenty of company. Here’s all you need to know about this team: In his last two games, both at home, Carey Price has allowed exactly one goal in each game……….and lost both games.

    Yes, I know that the Habs played on Friday night, and the Rangers did not, but that’s not an excuse for not even showing up. And where was the team in the third period where, 12 minutes into the period, they had generated exactly ONE shot (an utterly harmless wrister from Briere)?

    One other thing–and this goes to what Tyg said about the team’s compete level–Gerard Gallant said that he too was happy with it. What????? Were they watching the same game as me?

  4. A team that is genuinely trying to win a game will generate more than five shots on goal in the final 20 minutes of play.

    Michel Therien might be tossing bouquets in public, but in the dressing room he needs to throw some bricks and have “a little talk” with the players.

    He can open it like this. “Carey, Peter, PK, Lars, Alex and Brendan please leave the room. The rest of you sit down and pay attention to what I have to say…”

    I wish the Habs will have a season where I will not have to trot out this crazy coach video. This scoring drought happens every year and it’s driving us nuts.

  5. I agree with Robert L, especially his point of icing the puck. How many of those have we seen the last three games?

  6. Haven’t been here for awhile. I cannot get excited about this version of the Habs. These are 5 reasons why:

    They have had the same philosophy for the last 20.

    –half our team cannot be be taller than Frodo Baggins

    –We are not going make any serious for any good free agent. We’ll wait till his career is almost done and make sure he isn’t taller than Frodo Baggins

    –We have an aversion to any player who can score more than 55 points

    –Every coach we hire will have to have his Masters degree in defensive hockey

    –We will not make any serious offers to our already existing stars.

    What is it with this management group? Why are they doing this to the greatest team in the world? Why haven’t they changed their strategy. The answer to toughness isn’t to get a fighter (Goerge Laroque or Parros) who doesn’t know how to score. They never (or rarely) beat (on the scoreboard) any team soundly because we have a team with anyone who knows how to score on a conssitent basis. Subban and Price are the only bonafide superstars we have had in the last 25 years and I’m sure they’ll be expendable if Martin St. Louis becomes available but only as his career is winding down.
    We are not getting better. We are not building to win the Stanley Cup. it’s time to get rid of Plekanec, Desharnais, Gionta, Briere, Bourque, Parros and get some grit who can score. Surround Galchenyuk, Eller, Gallagher, Pacioretty, Bournival with grit and dare i say height. We need a couple of players capable of scoring over 40 goals on a consistent basis. When we get a lead of 2-0 don’t quit in the second and third period…..
    Last year’s early exit should have been a wake up call.

    i wonder if we could have bagged Patrick Roy

  7. Agree with what you say, Frank, although I’m not sure about the Patrick Roy part. It’s one of those things we really can’t be sure about until he actually was hired and how the team did. But the part about being too small, absolutely. Three centremen – Gionta, Plekanec, and Desharnais. Small guys. Recently they showed the difference in size between Ottawa and the Canadiens and it was shocking. And I’ve been dreaming about a 50-goal scorer for years. Someone to take the city by storm. Give the team some magic again. But the one thing I do love about them is their speed. Montreal has always had speed. What they don’t have are people who can score.

  8. Dk, last nights game reminded me of those father & son’s games we used to play. You know 11 & 12 year old’s were going to show the old men how the games played. We’d dick around for 35 minutes of a 40 minute game & then turn it on, see guy’s we still know how to play. Well 2 years go by & now they are 13 & 14 & we’re 2 years older & slower. Guess what that doesn’t work any longer! It sure didn’t work for our Habs last night wake up you bunch of prima-donnas!!!

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