Habs Handled By Sharks


The Canadiens found themselves in tough against the San Jose Sharks Saturday night. Overmatched I suppose.

Although I usually hate to admit that.

But as Confucious once said, “He who doesn’t bulge the twine, doesn’t win.”

Les Glorieux simply had no real flow to their offence, which of course showed on the scoreboard as they weren’t able to muster even a single goal, which translated to a 2-0 win by the ungrateful guests.

It’s a good team, these San Jose Sharks. But they got a major break in the third period when a shoot-in deflected badly off the glass with Carey Price behind the net preparing to corral it, and suddenly a 1-0 game became 2-0.

And at that point, the way the Sharks were playing, the way they were checking the Habs into the ground and ringing pucks off posts, the siren might as well have gone off and everyone head home.

It was 0-0 after the first, and the Canadiens were showing that they could play with this Western Conference team. They were step to step with them, and a goal might have given them the extra adrenaline they would need on this night, not to mention the extra vibes from the crowd.

But it began to look dismal when Montreal took their third straight penalty, the Sharks finally broke the ice, and from then on the Canadiens looked ragged and a tad confused. And then that horrendous bad deflection off the glass and it became one of those nights.

Basically it was a one-goal game throughout, aside from that fluke. And aside from the couple of posts the Sharks hit.

Carey Price was once again solid in nets, but a goal or two at the other end would have helped. But as long as hockey has been played, shutouts have happened. It’s as normal as jock itch.

Random Notes:

Shots on goal – Sharks 37, Habs 22. So I guess the home team basically took a spanking.

Travis Moen took a puck in what appeared to be the forehead, and blood came gushing out. But I feel he’s fine because I can remember when I was playing beer league hockey in Ottawa and a puck fluttered my way at about two miles an hour, hit me in the forehead, and there was so much blood it looked like I’d need about ten stitches at least.

It was one measly stitch. Apparently there’s a large storage of blood above the eyes that will flow like Niagara Falls if hit just right. But of course I’m no Dr. Recchi so I can’t say for sure.

Next up – Monday, when the Canadiens hit Broadway for a meeting with the Rangers. Then it’s a quick trip home to take on the visiting Dallas Stars on Tuesday.



12 thoughts on “Habs Handled By Sharks”

  1. Last night was a case of men against boys, Dennis, and we know which team was which. I’d like to think that a healthy Habs squad would have been able to generate more against the Sharks, but I’m not convinced of that.

  2. I think we played like men and they played like semi-Gods. We didn’t lose that badly. We couldn’t penetrate their zone that often (thanks to Robinson) and when we did, the goalie was top-notch…even from the blue-line.

    Price only let in two goals. The first was not his fault. The second one though, even though it was a weird bounce, I hate it when he doesn’t see the urgency in rushing back. He did that a few times in the past and it drives me crazy.

    We didn’t lose by much and the first period, no one scored. We weren’t expected to win and with all those call-ups we held our own in a not-too-bad way. It could have been worse.

    What bugs me is when the camera was on Thornton and they mentioned that he played for Boston besides the Sharks, my young son said “huh, he played for two very good teams”. We’re not a good team in the eyes of the young and THAT hurts the most.

  3. Marjo, tell your son that the Bruins and Sharks have had bad years, Montreal is getting better and better and very soon will be terrific. And you’re so right, we held our own and it could have been worse. It wasn’t a stinker, just a matter of going up against a really good team.

  4. I believe they could have, Ian, with Max and Prust back and with Emelin finally back. They weren’t blown out, just couldn’t beat the goalie, all with a very thin lineup.

  5. In a way, it was a victory of sorts that they didn’t lose too badly considering who they were up against and all of the injuries. When they’re back firing on all cylinders the Habs will be competitive with any team.

  6. Agree Danno. And as far as the Sharks go, they’ve been a force to reckoned with for several years, but have never got it done come playoff time. Sort of like the Canucks. So we’ll see in June if they’re golfing or drinking from the Cup.

  7. Ian maybe you & me are pessemistic, but I didn’t see much good last nite—-in Hab-land at least!!! In the Sharks corner I see Big Bird showing the lads how to get it done. I read an article on Larry and how he was shunned by Habs manegement after retiring— same goofs that ran rOY OUTA TOWN AND DEPLETED ANY HOPES OF A WINNER FOR A WHILE. Capital letters reflect my ineptness on the keyboard, sorry But I remain aHabs Fan

  8. I think the home team is always expected to win, unless they suck which we don’t. However the home team is also supposed to get the breaks on fluke bounces off the boards. Did we contract the San Jose rink maintenance team to install them?

  9. Christopher, there’s been so many of those over the years it’s weird the problem has never corrected 100%.

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