Now that’s how you lose. None of this loser point crap you get from losing in overtime or shootouts. No, this was a real loss, a deserved loss. A 3-0 shutout loss to the Sabres. Well done, boys.
Nothing worked for the Canadiens on this Wednesday night in Buffalo. Passes hopped over sticks, shots missed the net, the team was flat, and those times when they had a sniff, Ryan Miller was there to shut the door. Montreal outshot the Sabres 34-31, but this was not a 34-31 game. Rarely were the Canadiens ever a threat, and as I watched it, I pondered what I was going to make for lunch tomorrow, and at one point, I got up and flossed my teeth.
My wife asked me what I could possibly write about after a game like that, and I told her I didn’t know. I’m basically just babbling about nothing.
Eight games to go. If they have to lose without actually tanking, which I hate the thought of, this is the way to do it.
I’m very proud of the boys tonight. They sort of tried, and lost fair and square. But some day, when we least expect it, they will hit the net and the pucks won’t bounce and the passes will find sticks. And when this happens, they’ll go into overtime before losing, thus getting one of those points we don’t want.
I’m sure the players can’t wait for this season to draw to a close. Just be done with it, hope management makes the proper changes, and come back next September with renewed energy and faith. And of course it’s the same for us fans. The fun factor has been ripped out of watching these games. It’s like a wasted two and a half hours. Remember when games at this time of year were crucial and tight and tense and we jumped for joy or swore to high heaven? Not now. It’s a different way of watching, one that doesn’t involved any whooping and hollering.
Next up – Friday, when the Senators visit the Bell Centre. I wonder what will happen. Yawn.