Habs Get Their Behinds Booted As Goalie Drama Continues

A lovely woman in a tight, white sweater sat behind the Habs bench. The camera never showed her face, but she was lovely. You could just tell.

Do you think the Penguins put that lovely lady in the tight, white sweater in a seat behind the Habs bench as a distraction?

Montreal had their chances. Brian Gionta hit the post on a shorthanded rush with Scott Gomez. Tomas Plekanec has his split-second moments. But again, using the Penguins first goal as an example, the Canadiens have problems getting the puck out when the other team is forechecking, and this is leading to goals. I might have to round up a posse of some of you readers and get this straightened out. 

Penalties late in the game made it a completely lost cause for the good guys. Hal Gill tried the old push-the net-off-its-moorings trick which didn’t work because THE REFEREES AREN’T ALWAYS BLIND, HAL. And with only a few minutes left, Pittsburgh had their way with Montreal and probably didn’t even say thank you.

Sidney Crosby, as usual, played great against the team which used to be his favourite when he was a kid in Cole Harbour with icycle boogers hanging from his nose and dripping on to his little CH crest . Three goals for The Kid. Just once I’d like to see him injured when the Habs and Penguins clash.

Carey Price was in goal to start the third, and thus begins a new saga of “who’s the main goalie in Montreal now?” Was Halak that bad in the first two periods? He wasn’t standing on his head, that’s for sure, allowing four goals. And until the goaltending situation gets solidified, the Habs will never be great. It’s crucial to fix this.

Take the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury, for example. This guy is the undisputed number-one goalie for his team. He’s won a Stanley Cup. He’s a superstar. He wins games for his team. And Frozen Pond memorabilia company in Toronto says Fleury’s autograph is the number-one seller, past and present, in the business.

We want Price or Halak to achieve this status. Price could be, although his career hasn’t exactly started out so well. Halak probably can’t.

It was just one of those nights. A trouncing. An ass-kicking. A sad state of affairs.

Random Notes:

Habs see another good team on Friday - Chicago. My crystal ball says Price will start. Doesn’t mean he’ll finish, though.

12 thoughts on “Habs Get Their Behinds Booted As Goalie Drama Continues”

  1. Can’t read too much into a blowout where one team pounces on the other team’s miscues. Games like that happen, and someday it’ll be the Habs’ turn to catch someone on a bad day and win big without having to try too hard. (It’d be hilarious if it happened against Chicago.)

    Because it’s the Pens and the Habs, people will be singing the Champions’ praises and bemoaning Montreal’s sucktitude, but I can’t shake the feeling that if the Habs had caught the Pens D or Fleury on an off night and won big, they wouldn’t have gotten the same treatment. ;)

  2. MathMan – once again you’re making too much sense. You’re right, it wasn’t a blowout in the true sense of the word. Montreal could have caught them flat at another time. It wasn’t at all like the Vancouver 7-1 nightmare. Not at all. They played reasonably well. Thanks for that.

  3. The icicles are an image I don’t remember from Roch Carrier’s The Sweater.

    Team defence was a problem again. They all just stood there watching Sidney score the hat trick. It’s bad enough that the highlight reels focus on all of his goals. Seen one, seen them all. Whereas every shot of a tight white sweater is unique and merits its own highlight.

  4. The tight, white sweater tells me they are good cameramen working the game. Sidney’s not a real man until he moves out of Mario’s place.

  5. Exactly, this wasn’t a game like Habs-Islanders I or Canucks-Vancouver where a team just outplays the other over the course of a whole game. A few times through a year a team encounters a night where things just don’t work and every miscue they have ends up in their net — hockey is such a fast-paced game that games can rapidly get out of control over a small number of mistake (even if they are egregious).

    I’m reminded of a game against Ottawa in 07-08 where the Sens scored three goals in the first five minutes and went on to win something like 6-1 — what is a game like that supposed to tell you, really? Or from later the same year, when the Habs took advantadge of Sens miscues to build a whopping 7-1 lead after 2 periods (and rapidly showed the flip side of this theory as the game ended 7-5).

    I’d be a lot more worried if they’d gotten schooled on possession before the game was out of hand, but I don’t get that vibe here.

  6. I remember that 7-5 Ottawa game, MathMan. Maybe that was a real hint that the Canadiens had problems. I wanted 10-1. Instead, we got 7-5. Montreal will rebound tonight.

  7. But it doesn’t hurt as much as the Canucks game, Jan. In Vancouver, it was very disturbing. Last night was a little less so. Mainly because they had some good chances that if they would’ve buried, it would have been much closer. Vancouver wwas just a mess.

  8. I have a problem with Hal Gill’s playing last night. He had ample opportunity to hit Sidney Crosby but didn’t. Was it because he just left the Pens and did not want to bruise a former teammate and/or buddy? Was it because he just received his Stanley Cup ring and forgot what team he was playing on? On one of the early goals Gill just stood by like a statue and did nothing while Crosby put it in. Off Gill’s skate!
    Anyways, I thought the Habs did well the 1st period (against the Stanley Cup Champions no less) and should have come out ahead after 20 minutes, but Fleury stood on his head and was the only reason the Pens were ahead after the first. After that, the wheels fell off the wagon…
    Now to the important stuff…
    Was the tight sweater a distraction? Yes, it could be a sinister Penguin plot to get everyone’s mind off the game. I must say, it did have a somewhat hypnotic effect on me and my buddies. I say the Habs should counter that by positioning some of Montreal’s finest and most exceptional cleavage behind the visitors bench for all remaining home games at the Bell Centre.

    All’s fair in love and war – and hockey…

  9. The entire row behind the bench at the Bell Centre should be occupied by Hooters girls. And about Gill – he needs to use his big body more for sure. Otherwise, down the road he may find himself on the outside looking in.

  10. “I remember that 7-5 Ottawa game, MathMan. Maybe that was a real hint that the Canadiens had problems. I wanted 10-1. Instead, we got 7-5. Montreal will rebound tonight.”

    That was in 07-08, if that team had a problem it was over-reliance on special teams. Montreal had a true domination of Ottawa later that year, winning 3-0 on the road to close out the season series (and clinch top spot in the East by the same token).

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