There was a bright side to the dismal display in Dallas Tuesday evening. The cameras at the American Airlines Center in Dallas seem to be lower than in most rinks, the players were closer, and the view reminded me of telecasts out of the Forum and Maple Leaf Gardens instead of the eight miles high sightline we get on most nights now.
I even wrote a letter to the Canadiens after the new Molson (Bell) Centre opened, complaining about the cameras being too high, but I guess the letter somehow got misplaced.
Forget that Montreal outshot the Dallas Stars 29-17. They lost big, a 5-2 spanking, and have now racked up five losses in six tries. Stop the madness. They never dominated, were sloppy, Carey Price wasn’t Georges Vezina, and if there was ever a time for Jacques Martin to swear like Bruce Boudreau, it’s now.
The team was simply out of sorts for the most part. Passes were off, pucks were bouncing, Dallas seemed bigger and stronger, and Brian Gionta once again missed the net a bunch of times and I’m getting tired of listening to myself go on about the guy doing this. Hit the net for goodness sake.
I think if he was a little more accurate he’d have about twenty goals right now.
I’m also not a fan of sloppy passing, giveaways, and shorthanded goals, and you’re not either. What discriminating Habs fan would be happy with the bleu,blanc et rouge on this night and many nights lately. In fact, one of the more satisfying displays by the team was in Detroit, where they also happened to lose, but at least they looked good losing it.
But looking good wasn’t the case with the Stars and Avalanche and a host of other teams, including the sad sack Leafs who appeared to be world-beaters ten days ago, thanks to Montreal. Leaf fans shouldn’t hate the Habs, they should love them for what they do for their team.
On a more upbeat note, it’s good to get a lousy, stinking slump out of the way before Christmas so they can buckle down for the big ride toward the playoffs. That’s the theory anyway. The power of positive thinking once again giving 110%.
Mathieu Darche and Brian Gionta were the Canadiens goal scorers. Josh Gorges also scored on a beautiful deflection. Unfortunately, it was into his own net.
Stars coach Marc Crawford had this petrified look on his face whenever the camera zeroed in on him. I don’t recall him looking like he’d just seen a ghost when he coached in Vancouver but he does now. Maybe the job’s getting to him.
Maybe the job’s getting to Jacque Martin too.
On to Carolina where it’s time to sort this mess out.