Excellent! Excellent wake up call.
This is the power of positive thinking hard at work.
Maybe the Canadiens were beginning to believe their press clippings. Cinderella team, a team of destiny, Mike Cammalleri the new Guy Lafleur, PK Subban the new Guy Lapointe, Jaro Halak a combination of Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden, and Jacques Plante.
Forget all that. It’s way too soon. We’re only half way through the playoffs. The Philadelphia Flyers are going to cause as much trouble as the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins and for the Canadiens, getting by the first two giants doesn’t mean it’s a free and easy pass to the finals.
A 6-0 doesn’t call for panic. It means a little bit of tweaking needs to be done. Jaroslav Halak, pulled after the fourth goal and replaced by Carey Price, wasn’t outstanding but isn’t to blame for this debacle. The team just wasn’t sharp by any stretch. There was no desperation, much confusion with the puck, and I’m sure anyone on the team would freely admit they were off their game and can play a whole lot better.
The Philadelphia Flyers, however, had spark and played a tough, smart game. Their goalie, Michael Leighton, was solid, but the Habs made it easy for him for much of the night with shots from the outside and with shots he could see clearly. We didn’t have this guy flipping and flopping around at all, and the Canadiens must find a way to make this guy work harder for his money.
PK Subban can be forgiven because he’s so new to this kind of stage, but he definitely had his poorest night in an NHL uniform. He and the puck didn’t see eye to eye all night, and he was fanning and swiping at the puck and being caught out of position and was, all in all, not great. So it’s a wake up call for him too. A green rookie must learn by making mistakes, whether he likes it or not, and this was simply growing pains for the young buck. I’m sure we’ll see a much better PK Subban on Tuesday.
We’re not mad at you, PK. You’re doing great. Just not tonight.
I’m also sure we’ll see a better Montreal Canadiens team as a whole on Tuesday. They’ve adapted before. They were flat as flat can be in game one of the Pittsburgh series, and Carey Price replaced Halak in that one too. This is where the coaches really earn their money, when they show the players how to adjust.
Use your skill and speed more, boys. Make the goalie work harder. Stay out of the box.
You’ve had your wake up call, now get at it.