Brodeur And Jagr Gang Up On Gang

It’s the schedule maker’s fault. He arranged for the New Jersey Devils to come in after figuring Montreal would have a great game a few nights before.

I’m not going to say it was boring, this 4-1 win by the visitors. Because more than enough Habs efforts have been this sort of thing. I guess it was crazy of me to hope for two high-octane games in a row.

The Canadiens jumped into a 1-0 first period lead when Max Pacioretty blew one by Martin Brodeur, and I’m probably not the only who thought, hah, Brodeur should’ve had that and his last game in Montreal is going to be a mediocre one.

Then he became unbeatable for the rest of the night. A fort holder.

And Jaromir Jagr played like he did when he was a newcomer in the league, about eighty-five years ago.

I thought the Canadiens began to make a move in the second period as they were skating better and getting chances, including a dinger off the post from Tomas Plekanec that would have helped considerably if it was different by a half inch.

But I never say a word when other teams hit posts against the Habs, so forget what I just said.

It was 3-1 at that point, and when Brendan Gallagher’s goal was called back because of the decision that it was a kicking motion, the rest of the night became a lost cause, even though Rene Bourque, Lars Eller, and Raphael Diaz all had great chances to get the team back in it.

I didn’t think it was a kicking motion. It seemed on the replay as more of the puck off the skate as he happened to be moving. Does that make sense?

It’s disappointing that the boys couldn’t reproduce the effort they showed on Saturday against the Hawks, but this team is what it is. Whatever that is.

And their netminder was solid.

David Desharnais sat out with the flu, with Alex Galchenyuk and Ryan White gone, you have to think that Louis Leblanc kneels by his bed every night and prays for a trade. They just don’t want to call him up and it has to be as discouraging as can be for the guy who was chosen in the first round by the Habs, 18th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft.

But I really can’t talk because I haven’t seen him play in a Bulldogs uniform. Maybe his heart’s not in it anymore.

I really liked that feeling when the Habs played Chicago. It was a good feeling. But so short-lived.

Now it’s up the road, through Ottawa, and out yonder to Kanata to play the Senators on Thursday. There’s no sense in trying to predict how the boys will play. They’re a riddle wrapped in a box of frustration, inside a giant CH.

Random Notes:

Canadiens outshot the Devils 30-19 on the night, including six shots to two in the third. Talk about a slow final frame. Snailwagon hockey.

4 thoughts on “Brodeur And Jagr Gang Up On Gang”

  1. Cheers. I enjoy your blog as I do several others that gab on about the fastest sport on earth. Anyways_ The Habs problem is that they are not consistent. They seem to have a continuing inability to maintain their moxy for more than a night or two and when luck’s with them to keep the fire going. However, whenen they are blessed with those two items they are hot;otherwise they’re boys playing a mighty tough sport. One can’t imagine how tough it is. Imagine getting hit by one of these horses as you’re ripping down the ice clad in about 60 pounds of armor, as likely to get smashed up with a concussion or some stupid fight all for pride and ego… Huff and Puff! Boom! Boom ! and all that malarkey! Your head goes to the ice , the pucks smashes off your helmet and you, brother, are down for the count. And if you’re good, you get a couple of million bucks. What a lunacy! hahahaha Anyhow,___ to use a fancy word, it’s called contingency, the unforeseen, and unexpected danger!the glory!, and all the rest of that jazz…. Yes,they are a great team, and so are half of the others. It’s a question of weight, I mean like the quantum of strength they possess on any given night. I also think the Habs are weighed down by their own expectations, the old history of the ‘Canadiens, and, of course, let us not forget, the politics which dominates hockey nowadays more than ever. It might even be a good idea to change the name of the team! I tell you something I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes! no pun intended. Imagine losing a game like that after beating Chicago. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? But then again, hockey’s always been nuts.

    No doubt they and everyone else will analyze the game to death, but it won’t help, not one bit. Here’s the secret; the Canadiens won the other night against Chicago precisely because everyone said they’d lose. The Canadiens only win when they lose, or stand to lose. That’s their secret. I suspect it’s the secret of their whole history. Small fast guys against big tough one. It goes back to Richard. It goes back to Patrick Roi, king of the goalies. Hockey is a crazy sport . There’s no tellihg what’s going to happen. I was there at the Forum when they won in 1993 against L.A. and the great one. We were all elated, and when we came out, the riot was just getting going. Go figure, eh? We won one of the greatest series in NHL history and people went berserk just about all night. What does that say? Psychosis, there’s a psychosis in this team, this city and perhaps even this province about hockey. God knows that I love it but it’s koo-koo, nuts, whacko, and ‘colix’ ya never know what yr gonna get.

    Good-night Sir, and I hope you don’t find my comments badly written! Your own blog is always so graceful and generous.

  2. Good stuff, hockeyfan. Badly written? Hardly. It’s awesome.
    As much of a fan I am, I wouldn’t be able able to handle it if they changed their name.I think I’d concentrate strictly on baseball if that happened. And yes, we want them to win so much it becomes never-ending pressure, for them and us. But I think it’s what makes Habs fans the best,even though it drives us all batty at times, and described perfectly by you. Thanks for such a great comment. It made for a great read.

  3. I was expecting a letdown after the game against Chicago, but the interesting thing to me is that I don’t think that the Habs played that badly–they outshot the Devils 30-19, and if that disallowed goal had been allowed, as I think that it should have been, who knows what might have happened? The Canadiens must be close to setting a record for disallowed goals at this point, and maybe someone in Toronto can explain to me how Gallagher’s goal was disallowed but how Zivajinevad’s (I’m sure that I just butchered the spelling of his name; sorry about that) blatantly kicked-in goal for Ottawa in the playoffs last season was allowed to stand…………..

  4. I don’t understand why Leblanc or someone else isn’t being called up. Instead we played with 7 defencemen again last night. Five forwards had more ice-time than our #3 defenceman; that it was Diaz is part of the problem. Even Parros had a season high 5:41 of ice-time.

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