Getting Two Points The Ugly Way
January 17, 2011 in Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, PK Subban, Tomas Plekanec Tags: Alex Auld, Andrei Kostitsyn, Carey Price, Jeff Halpern, Jimmy Hoffa, Lars Eller, Mike Cammalleri, PK Subban, Scott Gomez, Sigmund Freud
I guess we could say the Habs won the game and got two big points, so we should be happy.
But the way they went about it needs to be recorded, then buried deep into cement like Jimmy Hoffa.
It was a 5-4 overtime win for the Habs over the pesky Calgary Flames, thanks to PK Subban accepting a Scott Gomez pass and blasting it into the net.
That part we high-five and celebrate.
The fact that the Canadiens blew a 4-0 lead is ugly. Ugly as can be. Usually it’s only two or three goal leads we can’t hold. Now it’s four goals. If only Sigmund Freud were alive to explain it to us.
I don’t want to criticize Alex Auld. Maybe he has kids who might see this by mistake and feel bad if I write nasty things. It’s not Auld’s fault. Not because he was weak, but because it was Montreal’s decision to hire him in the first place.
So I’ll say nothing bad about him. But it tells the organization one thing – this is what you’ll get most times from Auld, and although it’s not going to be good to play Carey Price most every night from here on it, it’s what must be done. Alex just isn’t a good goalie, bless his heart.
Auld has won this year, but it was mostly just good fortune. He doesn’t stand on his head, some nights the puck just misses by inches, sometimes it hits him, and he’s managed a handful of wins this way. He’s trying, he’s probably a good guy with a lovely family, but from here on in, we need to see Price.
On the bright side, Lars Eller scored, as did Mike Cammalleri, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Jeff Halpern. Kostitsyn once again played with much more interest and it seems he’s decided to use his great shot more. It doesn’t take Sigmund Freud to figure out that that’s what he should be doing.
Next up – Tuesday in Buffalo. It’s probably a great thing to get out of Dodge for a bit. Fans want a couple of answers and the team probably doesn’t feel like getting into it right now.