For those of you who find a whack of Habs game blacked out in your area over the course of the season, I can only offer one suggestion. Move to Powell River.
Yes, Powell River, where all 82 games, whether they’re on RDS or Sportsnet or whatever, are shown. I don’t know why. It’s good, though.
Okay, it’s not always good.
Like tonight, when the Canadiens fell 3-1 to the San Jose Sharks at the Bell Centre, and which becomes six losses in the last eight games.
The slump continues, regardless of the win over the Ottawa Senators when they fired 27 shots at the enemy net in the first period alone.
I suppose I could say the obvious. We need Carey Price back.
Dustin Tokarski wasn’t good, allowing three goals on 12 shots, and replaced by Mike Condon midway through the second period.
Imagine Toker now. He’d started the previous two games, played well, including a nice job in his team’s 3-1 win over Ottawa, and could sniff a possible return to the show after almost blowing it permanently to Mike Condon.
Now he’s back to square one. Replaced by Condon again. That’s a stay awake pill if there ever was one.
It has to be a tough life being a backup. Jason LaBarbera might say so. LaBarbera, currently in the Philadelphia system, has bounced back and forth between the NHL and the minors, mostly as a backup, for sixteen years, and says he’s had 16 different goalie coaches along the way. And almost every year he packs up the wife and kids and moves to a new city and a new team.
But backup goalies are backups for a reason. They’ve got the tools but they’re inconsistent. It must be frustrating for all of them.
Canadiens outshot San Jose 27-18.
Dale Weise, with his tenth of the season, was the Habs’ lone scorer.
Torrey Mitchell played his first game since Nov. 19th when he suffered a lower body injury against Phoenix.
Carey Price was introduced to the crowd and looked happy, healthy, and rested. Earlier today (Tuesday), Price was named winner of the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s athlete of the year.
Next up – Thursday, when it’s the L.A. Kings in town.