The Canadiens drop a 4-3 decision to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers, but it was a game to be had for the home team.
If they had any kind of power play.
One goal on nine power play attempts. Is that lousy or what? Tomas Kaberle may have been brought in to improve this feeble man-advantage problem with the Habs, but it was the same old song and dance again tonight.
One for nine. With several minutes of two-men advantages. Just not good. And the team will never truly become a threat until this part of their game is straightened out.
They still could have won, though, even with such shortcomings. The Habs fought back three times to even things, but just couldn’t do it a fourth. Even though Maxime Talbot went to the box with just 2:21 left in the third, thus handing it back to the Canadiens once again on a silver platter.
The man-advantage feebleness was in the forefront, the tiny two-game win streak brought to a halt, and Hal Gill was held off the scoresheet. Damn.
The charge up the playoff spot ladder fizzles out like a dud firecracker. For now anyway.
At least I don’t have to eat toxic maple syrup anymore. (Kind of a local joke for those unaware).
There was, however, one extreme highlight on this disappointing night. Louis Leblanc scored his first NHL goal, a goal in the second period that had tied the game at two, and for a short period of time, all was right in our little world. And after the Flyers had gone ahead 3-2, Erik Cole scored the lone power play marker with just 16 seconds left in the frame, and this game was ours for the taking.
But it wasn’t, because the power play sucks the big one.
David Desharnais scored Montreal’s first goal, hauling it out from behind the Flyers’ net and firing it home.
Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec had chances – Pleks on a clear-cut breakaway for instance, and Cammalleri with a pile of shots. But none fooled Philly netminder Sergei Bobrovsky. It’s easy to stop pucks when they’re fired at your chest.
PK Subban and Alexei Emelin had puck problems tonight, and unfortunately, it hasn’t been just tonight for these two.
Shots on goal – Montreal 29, Philadelphia 25.
Next – Devils in town on Saturday. I think I’m done making predictions, at least until the power play starts to click.
It was announced tonight that Chris Pronger is gone for the year with concussion problems. This is a great loss for hockey, and these head problems have reached critical proportions. Start with getting rid of some of the ridiculous over-the-top armour these guys wear.