Somehow, a team leading 3-1, playing well, looking sharp on the power play, and having a fine night in general, ends up losing 4-3.
Such is life in the world of the Montreal Canadiens. Unpredictable. And a very disappointing end to things in Tampa Bay.
The Canadiens had it well in hand. Mike Cammalleri and David Desharnais were swarming the net, and both scored. Cammalleri continued his new and improved ways which had begun in Ottawa a few days ago, and Desharnais skated miles and was like a fly you can’t squish. The Habs had fallen behind 1-0 early in the tilt, but these two put their team in the lead, and then Erik Cole, with his 15th, widened the gap to 3-1.
It was only normal to assume that with the guys skating with new zest, with Cammy picking it up a notch, and with a 3-1 lead, it would become a nice two-game win streak. But slowly but surely, the walls came crumbling down. It all just kind of slipped away.
A puck trickled in past Price. A long shot tipped by a stick fooled Price. And a puck found its way to Vinny Lecavalier.
It’s a loss that stings, a loss that should’ve been a win, and two points that were there and then they weren’t.
I still see signs of a team with new life, even in this painful loss. And I see P.K. Subban finding his youth again.
Alexei Emelin had six hits, and at least three of them looked like the kind the other guy feels the next morning.
Carey Price didn’t have one of his sharper games, and a couple of Tampa goals seemed to just squirt through him.
I think it was still 3-2 when the Max Pacioretty failed to bury one at point blank range. It would’ve been the difference.
Saturday in Sunrise to meet the Panthers. It’ll be interesting to see how the Canadiens respond after this bummer.