I honestly don’t know what to write. I’ve changed my opening sentence three times now, and it’s like writer’s block has set in.
Or maybe I’m just weary of describing another Habs loss. Yes indeed, another loss, this a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Florida Panthers. I could say Travis Moen opened the scoring with a nice blast, and I could say that Alexei Emelin thumped a couple of guys withing the space of a minute – one an open-ice deal and another a board smasher, and I could bring up the time Lars Eller waltzed in on a clear-cut breakaway, made some fine moves, but it wasn’t to be.
I could also say that a puck, maybe tipped, found it’s way past Carey Price to put the Panthers in the lead and basically put the Canadiens out of the game.
Another loss, and when I do the math, I see that the Canadiens have won a total of 4 games in their last 17. Is that sad or what?
A couple of disturbing things out there tonight. At the end of the second period Florida’s Krys Barch was ejected for possibly spewing racial slurs at P.K.Subban. If it’s true it’s not cool.
Another instance occurred, just seconds before this incident, when Subban took a bit of a shot in the face in front of the Panthers net and he reacted like he’d been slugged by Joe Frazier. To me it seemed P.K. was exaggerating a great deal, and if so, I wish he’d stop this sort of thing. This is the kind of thing other players don’t like about our young defenceman, and it gives serious ammunition for Bruins fans and such. You’ll never see a guy like Josh Gorges acting like this.
Next up – Winnipeg in Montreal. That’s three days off to reflect and get their shit together. What has hurt the most this year is the pitiful power play, which went 0-3 against the Panthers. Even if they were in the middle of the pack in this department instead of second last like they are, they’d be several notches up the standings ladder. But they can’t get it done with the man-advantage and it’s been their downfall.
And a correction. In a previous story I said the Winter Classic is on Sunday, but it’s actually Monday. Sorry.