I can’t say I’m angry, or down in the dumps, or even disappointed. I’m way past all that. I’m simply resigned to the fact that the Canadiens blow another, can’t score in overtime, and suck in the shootout. The script was already written. We pretty well knew how it was going to play out long before it happened.
The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead and lost 4-3 in the shootout. That’s the long and short of it. The beginning of the end came when Vancouver’s Mason Raymond scored with his team shorthanded in the second period, which made the game 3-1 at that point, and “here we go” and “oh oh” were muttered, I’m sure, by several hundred thousand Habs fans who had been pleasantly pleased by the team’s effort up until that point.
I know I muttered. I’ve been muttering way too often lately.
It was a point, but the point stinks. It’s a point that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Frederic St-Denis, with his first NHL goal, opened the night’s scoring, and that was nice at the time. The boys killed a two-man penalty and Raphael Diaz made it 2-0, and that was even nicer. Then, when Erik Cole fooled Roberto Luongo to raise it to 3-0, it was lovely and all that, but I don’t know about you, but I still had this lousy feeling in my gut that it wasn’t over yet.
Leads aren’t safe with the Montreal Canadiens. Any lead, even big fat three-goal leads.
Of course it wasn’t safe. It began with Raymond’s shorthander, the Canucks chipped away and scored again, and then finally the game was tied after Lars Eller took a cross checking penalty late in the game and Canucks rearguard Sami Salo beat Price on the power play.
I don’t care if anyone says the call was poor or improper, or deserved or not deserved.. The fact is, you have to stay out of the penalty box late in the game when things are close and definitely undecided. It’s one of the unwritten laws of hockey. It’s why many coaches lose their hair. It’s why Jacques Martin almost, but not quite, looked like he was breathing.
I knew Montreal wasn’t going to score in overtime. They can’t score at the best of times. And of course, Montreal’s shooters in the shootout – David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, and Mike Cammalleri, failed miserably.
I really have nothing more to report. Oh geez, wait until Gomez gets back. Things will be different then.
Shots on goal – Vancouver 31, guys in red – 23. Carey Price made several sparkling saves. But how many goals have you seen on shootouts that have beat him from slightly low on his left side? Seems like most.
Montreal went 0-4 on the power play.
Next game – Habs make their way to New Jersey for a 1:00 P.M. ET start. Where I’m at, that’s 10 A.M. It’s like watching a game played overseas.