All it took was for P.K. Subban to swoop across the ice inside the Colorado Avalanche blueline and turn over the puck, and the Montreal Canadiens lose again.
Another loss, this time 3-2. Maybe that’s all that needs to be mentioned.
It doesn’t matter anymore if they play well or not, if they look sharp and remind us a little of the glory days back in October and November.
They still lost, which they do on most nights in this most pathetic of seasons, and if I heard correctly earlier today, they now have to win 17 of their final 24 games.
A season to forget and I’m already working on it. If you’re interested, the Chicago Cubs are the betting favourite to win the 2016 World Series. This means a lot considering they haven’t won it all in 107 years.
If the Canadiens were to go 107 years between Stanley Cups, it would be 84 more years, in the year 2100. So we’ll probably miss it if it happens.
The boys played a decent game, though. They were more alive than they’ve been lately. Much better than in Phoenix on Monday, although that’s not saying a whole lot, I suppose. They skated well, they had their chances, they held the lead twice, and they lost.
They lost after P.K. decided to swoop when less swooping was called for, when he should’ve just got it in deep, and down the ice the enemy came, ready to stuff yet another dagger in the hearts of Habs fans.
Future HOFer Jarome Iginla, after tying the game late in the second, netted the winner with just 2:03 left in the third.
And soon after, with Ben Scrivens pulled and the Canadiens looking for the equalizer, P.K. sat on the bench.
He sat on the bench. What good was that? A key offensive threat paying for his sins while a goal was needed?
Penalize him by making him buy the beer at the golf course in a couple of months. Not when the team is desperate for a goal and he’s one of the guys who might help get it done.
Basically, Michel Therrien would rather punish PK than win the game.
Andrei Markov and Lars Eller were the two Montreal marksmen.
One of Montreal’s standouts was Lucas Lessio, back from injury and in just his second game with the CH. The Ontario-born fellow was flying, and was involved in several fine chances around the Avs net.
Canadiens outshot the Avs 34-28 and were 0/3 on the power play.
Next up – Friday in Montreal, when the Philadelphia Flyers pay a visit.