Another tough one to watch. It’s hard to know where to start.
The Canadiens drop a 3-1 decision to the Flyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday, and on paper at least, a 3-1 score looks almost respectable. There’s been 3-1 scores for a hundred years.
But this was no barnburner, no close game with close calls, no “it could have gone either way” game.
It was the Flyers night for sixty minutes. The Canadiens might as well have stayed home and talked football.
How bad were the boys on this night? How about nine shots in the first period, six in the second, and five in the third.
It had to be the airplane food. Or the Philadelphia cheese steaks.
Or maybe about twelve of them are still sulking because they didn’t make an Olympic team, while the eight that did were deciding, when the game was on, how many suits to bring to Sochi.
What’s with this team? Deader than a Texas salad bar. Some nights they’re so completely out of sorts. Uninterested. Boring. I could go on.
If you have a job that pays six or seven figures, being uninterested isn’t an option.
Maybe it’s a subtle form of mutiny against the coach. Or maybe the captain isn’t good at rallying the troops.
And for added enjoyment, when they desperately needed some kind of oomph in the third period, Michel Therrien decided to sit P.K. Subban for several shifts. Did Therrien think Daniel Briere and Rene Bourque and the likes up front would probably get it done? Or maybe the high-powered Subban-less defence?
That’s seven straight losses for the Canadiens in The City of Brotherly Love. It’s ten straight wins for the Flyers. It’s all so very depressing.
With all my heart I hope for a shakeup. A trade. Maybe a Tinordi and Beaulieu call-up. Maybe even, and I know it’s as farfetched as can be and ridiculous to even wish for – a goal or two, and a great game, from Rene Bourque.
Total shots on goal – Flyers 27, Habs 20. Not a huge margin, but if you saw the game, you know it was.
Peter Budaj in nets came up big several times, which is good. But he’s lost his last three starts, which is bad. Budaj’s record now stands at five wins, five losses, and a shared loss with Carey Price, which is mediocre.
Tomas Plekanec, on a nice pass from Brian Gionta, broke the shutout and gave us hope. But most of his teammates were in a coma and so it was a hopeless hope.
Brandon Prust pummelled Zac Rinaldo in the second period, which could have got things going, but on this night, Angelina Jolie could’ve dance the hula naked at centre ice and the boys still wouldn’t have woken up.
Next up – Oh goody, it’s only the Chicago Blackhawks to contend with on Saturday. Should be no problem there.