Winless in November. Four straight losses and falling.
All because they’ve stopped scoring. The Canadiens have bulged the twine just seven times in four games. Joe Malone once scored seven in one game.
They do this to us every year. Most of the team decides to go for a coffee break at the same time. Cripes, they’re not cops. Can’t they go at different times?
Imagine if three lines were contributing on the scoresheet. Even two. The team wouldn’t be in this pickle. And the pickle means very shortly finding themselves out of a playoff spot.
But at least the kids showed some fire, especially Brendan Gallagher, and thankfully P.K. had some fine moments. But if I were to list guys who have stopped producing, I might run out of internet space. (And Ian Sirota is right, Gallagher was in the box four times, which isn’t good).
Andrie Markov opened the scoring in the first period, set up by P.K. and Plekanec, but just 28 seconds later Bobby Ryan tied it for Ottawa, and all the good work the Canadiens had put in up until that point began to fade away. And in the second frame, Ottawa scored a pair just 36 seconds apart and the way the Habs artillery has dried up, coming back from a 3-1 deficit was way too much to expect.
Especially when Montreal took two terrible penalties late in the game – Rene Bourque, who had a lousy night in general, for holding a stick at 11:30 of the third, and Michael Bournival for wrapping his stick around someone’s throat at 14:50.
An empty netter in the dying seconds made it 4-1 for Ottawa and as they say, Gaston’s your uncle.
Shots on goal – Habs 34, Sens 24.
Next up – Sunday, when the Islanders hit the Bell.