They played with determination and spunk, and still managed to lose their sixth straight by falling 2-1 to the Florida Panthers.
In four of the Canadiens six straight losses, they’ve scored just once per game. And they were shut out on opening night in Toronto. These guys fire so many blanks, the Octomom could live with a dozen of them and she’d never get pregnant.
Where have we seen this before? Almost every game, that’s where. The Habs look great for half the game and hold a slim lead, but slowly but surely, the other team climbs back into it and skates away with two points. There are five million Habs fans who are mighty sick of this story. It’s become old with ripped pages and we need a book-burning session.
And of course another injury occured to an important player as Max Pacioretty seemed to twist something down below and we wait for details. Sure, let’s lose Patches now. And then after that, who’s next? Gionta? Subban? Price?
But, surprisingly, there were some positives. Erik Cole played a fine game, scoring his team’s lone goal and creating several good chances as he charged up the ice, moved the puck well, and buzzed around in enemy territory.
Lars Eller played with smarts, skill, and growing confidence, and is fast becoming one of our best and most talented players.
Seeing Jaroslav Spacek back seemed to have a calming effect on things, it did for me, and showed how priceless experience can be in so many subtle ways. It’s like having grandpa come to visit.
Peter Budaj, in for Carey Price, looked confident and right at home, and made a bunch of solid stops along the way. Budaj, in this game at least, showed he could be a back-up goalie we can rely on and not get nervous about when we hear he’s slated to play. Hopefully he can continue to mirror what was a nice game for him in a losing cause, and maybe he’ll prove to be a definite upgrade on Alex Auld.
And last but not least, there are several teams in the eastern conference with not many more points than Montreal, if you can believe it. So even a modest couple of wins could move the Canadiens up considerably.
Wow, is that positive or what?
Shots on goal, 41 Montreal, 31 them. Firing blanks.
This thing could continue to slide. Philadelphia on Wednesday, Boston on Thursday, and then Boston again on Saturday. I suppose if the Canadiens play like they did tonight, with a few more goals scored, anything’s possible.
But I’m not holding breath.