I suppose it was a brilliant move on Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher’s part to start Cedrick Desjardins in goal in his first-ever NHL game. Montreal is skating in quicksand and can’t score goals, and of course Desjardins was property of the Habs not long ago.
Naturally for Desjardins, the adrenaline was surely flowing.
So put the guy in, all he needs to do is play reasonably well, and his chances of a win in his first game are good. Which is what happened as the Lightning breezed over the basically listless Habs, a team completely out of sorts, and a team with a coach who I feel is certainly hovering near the edge of a cliff and moving closer and closer as the minutes go by.
Another Habs loss tonight, 4-1 to the Lightning, and I know you’ll see the gruesome details almost everywhere but I’ll mention them anyway; Montreal has lost eight of their last ten and in their last three games have scored a total of two goals while allowing eleven.
But what is almost as unacceptable is the fact that the Habs received two penalties in the first couple of minutes play in the second period, and both for too many men on the ice. And one of these undisciplined errors provided the Lightning with a two-man advantage in which they scored, broke a one-one tie, and the rest, as they say, is history. Or Bob’s your uncle if you’re so inclined.
Carey Price was replaced by Alex Auld midway through the third period. Can it get any more depressing?
James Wisniewski, in his first game in a Habs uniform, played well, showed some jam, and hit the post with his big shot. In hindsight, if that puck would’ve gone in instead of hitting iron, it would have been a 2-0 Habs game at that point, things might have been different, and Wiz would have been an instant hero.
But that’s hindsight, and that, with a buck or two, will get you a cup of coffee.
Steven Stamkos almost single-handedly made it look like men against boys, and the guy’s only 20 years old.
Next – Florida on New Year’s Eve to end this dreadful road trip.