At some point in this season, Carey Price WILL record his 100th win. Should be any week now.
A 3-1 Sabres win when it shouldn’t have been, and that’s one win in five tries so far for the Canadiens. And regardless of how well many of them played tonight, such as Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais and even Lars Eller, the majority of times any team scores just one goal, the team loses. That’s just the way it is. A law of average.
The only way this team is going to be successful, aside from needing great goaltending, is for the scorers to score, and although they had plenty of chances, especially in the first half of the game, it’s worth diddley if only one goal goes in.
Of course the Canadiens stormed out of the gate and dominated for well into the second period. That’s what they do. Really good for awhile and then somehow the tide turns. And after young Raphael Diaz scored his first NHL goal to give the Habs a 1-0 lead, it was predictable that although they were vastly outplaying the Buffalo Sabres, the visitors would find a way to tie it, which they did, and then take advantage of an ill-advised play by a solid, ice cream-loving member of the Habs defensive corps to take the lead .
Josh Gorges icing the puck with just a handful of seconds left in the second wasn’t the best thing he could have come up with at the moment. Because from the following faceoff in the Habs end, Thomas Vanek fired it home with 2.8 seconds left to give his team a 2-1 lead, and give me a sinking feeling in my beer gut.
Gorges could have just banked it up 20 feet and the period would wind down and the warm and fuzzy feeling would continue. Instead he iced it, the song was sung, and the game seemed over before the third period began.
Just like that, with a snap of a finger, another loss is racked up.
Scott Gomez and Erik Cole are on track for 16 assists this seasons. Wayne Gretzky had seven assists in one game – three times.
Gomez we know about, but Cole was expected to show more than this, and I don’t care if it is only five games in. This was a guy considered to be some kind of power forward, and I’ve seen nothing remotely close to this description. Not to mention zero goals. Max Pacioretty is the true power forward on the team and is doing the job in a big way.
I just though we had two guys in this role and it’s been just one.
Shots on goal were Montreal 41, Buffalo 23. But the Canadiens didn’t deserve to win because one goal on 41 shots isn’t getting the job done.
Next game, Thursday in Pittsburgh, so things aren’t getting any easier.