It was a fast-paced, up-and-down deal where the 15th place Florida Panthers punctured the 1st place Habs’ balloon and is a fine example of just how easily a balloon can lose its air.
So much for the feel-good vibes we’ve had running up and down our veins lately. And at the risk of sounding like a paranoid maniac, we’re only two more losses away from a slump.
How’s that for a cheery statement? But we had to lose at some point so hopefully this makes me sound less like a bummer.
I’m not a fan of parity. I’ve decided that this idea that any team can win on any night is old and tiresome. Florida languishes in last place in the east and tonight looked like a Cup-contender. Montreal should’ve come out and acted like Andre the Giant doing a number on Richard Simmons.
It’s the Canadiens’ fault of course. Zero for five on the power play. A big two-man advantage to start the third period. Brian Gionta came as close as you’ll ever come to scoring, but that’s what happens when you’re in a slump. Nothing goes right.
Gionta needs to bank one in off somebody’s face and after that he should be fine.
And this feeble power play is getting on my nerves. Three lousy goals with the man advantage in 11 games.
I’m just going to jump right to the Random Notes now. I’m not in the mood to babble.
Andre Markov looked dangerous from time to time but it also seemed his timing was off slightly.
Florida’s winning goal came on a David Booth penalty shot but that’s not interesting.
Benoit Pouliot got another assist as he and Jeff Halpern did the work on Mathieu Darche’s goal. Pouliot now has five points which is four more than Lars Eller and five more than Tom Pyatt.
Shots on goal were an amazing 41-31 Habs. One goal on 41 shots does not make a Habs fan feel the need to dance a jig. At least not me.
Next up – Tuesday in Columbus.