How disappointing was that?
After all the hoopla building up to the Heritage Classic, with much on the line, with injured players Mike Cammalleri, James Wisniewski, and Hal Gill returning, the Canadiens continue their scoring struggles and fall 4-0, thus losing the second of their three-game western swing and in the process upsetting immensely any Habs fan worth his or her salt.
Unfortunately, it’s the Vancouver Canucks next, a team which happens to be leading the entire league and who probably weren’t shaking in their boots at what they saw from the bleu, blanc et rouge in Calgary, and Edmonton before that when the Canadiens lost 4-1.
Montreal has scored three goals in the their last four games, and although they managed 39 shots to Calgary’s 37, their shots came here and there, from the outside or trickling through. The Flames’ Miikka Kiprusoff was good in nets but didn’t have to be great, and Carey Price at the other end was also good but needed to be great to stop this big, dangerous club in white pants who made the Habs look very ordinary on a night when the hockey world was watching.
As much as a spanking as Montreal took, it might have been different if PK Subban and his defence partner Hal Gill hadn’t taken penalties a minute apart in the first period. The Flames grabbed both the lead and the momentum at that point, and being the terrible hosts they are, never allowed the visitors back in it.
After that first goal, the game was as good as done, even when Montreal was getting shots on goal later on. No Hab was a standout, no one was dangerous, many were invisible, and Wiz looked tentative – which I guess can be expected after almost getting his face removed with a puck. Everyone was less than sensational. Way less.
Very disappointing to say the least. And extra disappointed, I suppose, were the many Habs fans at McMahon Stadium in Calgary who paid big money, saw no goals, a loss, and froze their asses off.
Tuesday in Vancouver. After that, the team is back home to meet and greet the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
I wasn’t going to but I’ve changed my mind and decided to say it – Montreal has lost 6 of their last 7. They’re in the process of taking a huge step backwards. They’re not playing well, not scoring, not impressing anyone at the moment.
The highlight of the day was seeing the Snowbirds fly over McMahon. Twelve years ago I went up with the Snowbirds in Comox as part of a media day thing, and not only did the pilot let me take the controls for a few seconds, but we also flew upside down at one point and did a few tricks. It was amazing, unlike the Habs’ performance today.