I say we give thanks to the Nashville Predators for whitewashing the Habs 3-0.
As greedy as we are, the Canadiens aren’t going to win every game. Sometimes they have to lose, which was the case tonight. And maybe, after a four-game winning streak, the team needed their bubble burst. They weren’t world-beaters against the feisty Preds by any stretch of the imagination, they deserved to lose, and I hope their wives make them sleep on the couch tonight.
It’s an empty feeling to see Montreal not score even once after they’ve been slowly-but-surely breaking out of an offensive drought lately. Now it’s almost as if it’s back to square one. Are they in or out of their tiresome slumps?
If they’re going to lose, it might as well be tonight before they take on the Leafs on Saturday and the Flyers Monday. I just would’ve preferred if it was another five or six games before they fell flat.
Now they have to regroup, work harder than tonight, play with more jump, and last but not least, score some goals for goodness sakes.
They had their chances to be sure. Pouliot, Gionta, Gomez, and especially Jaroslav Spacek all could have buried it. Spacek was sent in completely alone in the second period, and why couldn’t it have been a Plekanec or Gionta and not the less-than-nimble Spacek?
But it’s hockey, where the unexpected is expected, and sometimes it can make us want to take up cricket.
Carey Price, for much of the game looked reasonally solid, although the third goal from far out might remind a few of the Price of the past. But he’s not to blame for this loss. No way. Every player must own up to this disappointment.
And although Price isn’t to blame, tonight would have a been an excellent time for Alex Auld to see action. Price can probably use a slight break and Auld played great in his one start of the year, a 3-1 win in Long Island. And losing to Toronto and Philadephia isn’t an option, so we need a fresh and sharp goalie on these upcoming nights.
It was just an evening at the Bell when things weren’t exactly clicking, even with some good chances, and when the Predators, with a man in the penalty box, came down on a three-on-one rush, a long night could be expected for Habs fans. Not to mention shortly after the one-sided rush that Nashville had two men in the box and Montreal still couldn’t get the job done.
This is the kind of game we move on from and not dwell. Shit happens.
But we need a much better Habs team now that they were taught a good lesson by the Nashville Predators.
Shots on goal – 30 apiece.
Lars Eller seemed to have picked it up a little but I must say, management has been extremely patient with this fellow who has managed just one assist in 18 games thus far.
Next up – Toronto pays a visit Saturday.