It seemed like only last week, hell, it was only last week, when the Canadiens were on fire, fans were smiling, the wins were piling up. The Islanders were no match, either were the Leafs. Carey Price had found his game and was playing with poise and confidence. The big line of Koivu, Kovalev, and Tanguay were collecting about six points a game. Life was good for players and fans.
But just like that, with a snap of the fingers, with two defencemen getting injured during the Leafs game, things now seem like they were before the fire, when mediocrity was the order of the day.
For some reason, things have changed again. They lost a game they should have won, against Ottawa. And tonight in New York, Carey Price handled the puck like it was a foreign object, the big line of Koivu, Kovalev, and Tanguay were a non-issue, Chris Higgins served up some misplaced doozies, there were too many mistakes, and when you put it all together, things are slightly worrisome because the last two games are against Boston and Pittsburgh.
The playoffs are in jeopardy. Montreal needs some good luck for a change. Not having Robert Lang, Francis Bouillon, Mathieu Schneider and Markov during the final push doesn’t bode well. But the team has to adjust and play harder than they’ve played at any other time this year. Mike Komisarek has to make better decisions. (There’s one of those understatements again). Carey Price – who knows what happened?
It was only three days ago they were world beaters.
The Habs have shown us they’re a good team. But now there’s been two very unimpressive displays on Monday and Tuesday. Hopefully two’s enough. Maybe we’ll see that fire again on Thursday.