There goes the winning streak.
It ended at one.
Canadiens lose 3-2 to Columbus in a shootout, and the beat goes on.
For the umpteenth time this year, the Canadiens were out of sorts for most of the game, and although they got a point out of the deal, they didn’t deserve it. The team with the least points in the league deserved it instead. Come to think of it, a lot of teams, whether they’re good or not, seem to look good when they play the Habs.
For the first five minutes of the game, the Habs barely touched the puck, and after that, for the most part, when they did touch it, they gave it away or tripped on it. PK Subban found himself in trouble on numerous occasions, and all in all, Montreal was way too ordinary against a very ordinary Blue Jackets team.
Assistant coach Randy Ladouceur admitted that they’re their own worst enemy, and they are. I also think Henri Richard needs to give them a good talking to.
It’s remarkable that the Canadiens still hover near a playoff spot. The way they’ve played for much of this season, they should have been buried by now. I suppose all that says is that there are a number of teams in the Eastern Conference as mediocre as Montreal.
There were some good things to be found on this night though:
Carey Price made some outstanding saves, and kept his team in it throughout.
Alexei Emelin dished out a handful of bone-rattling checks and is moving up the charts with a bullet. He even had an assist.
Andrei Kostitsyn tied the game at one in the first period with just 1.5 seconds to go, so we had something to cheer about for a short while at least. And late in the game, with 1:21 minutes left, Brian Gionta lit the lamp to send it into overtime, giving the team an unexpected chance to win.
After a scoreless overtime, neither David Desharnais, nor Max Pacioretty, nor Brian Gionta could get it done in the shootout, and that’s all she wrote.
The win streak had to end sometime.
Shots on goal – Columbus – 28, the home team - 20.
Next game – Thursday when the Canucks come to town. A deckhand at work asked me if I wanted to bet on the game and I declined.