I distinctly remember saying in late summer that I was more excited about this year’s edition of the Montreal Canadiens than any in recent years.
Then the boys lost six of eight in preseason, and have now dropped five of six in the regular season. Which means they’ve won just three of fourteen games so far.
Boy, is my face red.
It was a 3-1 win for the home team Penguins on this late October night, and I don’t know what others saw in this game, but I know what I saw. I saw a Canadiens team without passion, without drive, with no hunger or flair. They showed little in the way of wanting it badly, of doing whatever it took.
I saw a team that’s driving me nuts.
Fans in Pittsburgh on this night didn’t get their money’s worth because the game was a nondescript affair, compliments of the Canadiens who failed to be worthy and exciting opponents. That wasn’t a good road game for the Habs. It was a mail it in and get it over with and get back to the hotel or onto a plane and have a beer.
Only Max Pacioretty showed drive, as he has on most nights so far. If only the others played the way Max has……
What’s happening? Why has the colour seemed to have gone out of the players’ faces? Has Jacques Martin lost his team and therefore soon loses his job? Are many players unhappy, and if so, why? Are there cliques developing? Are tempers flaring? Have we overrated our skilled guys? Will trade winds start blowing? Is Carey Price’ mediocre season going to last all season?
And how much longer before it’s too far gone to make that eighth spot?
A lot of questions.
Toronto pays a visit to the Bell on Saturday, and once again, Carey Price will attempt to get that 100th win. Tell me, goalie hockey gods, what has the young fellow done to incur your wrath?
Brian Gionta scored the Canadiens only goal on a blast from far out. And speaking of Gionta, there’s not a better time than now to show some fire as a captain and incur your own wrath on your teammates. I’m sure the guys will listen to you before they’ll listen to Martin.
This is one of your jobs as captain, Brian. Giving teammates shit to wake them up. It’s not all ceremonial faceoffs.