A little flat, a little sloppy, as if the events of the past few days took some of the wind out of the Habs’ sails.
Which was to be expected, I guess. I suppose a psychologist could explain it properly.
The lights are dim right now for the Canadiens as they lose 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues, and the team played much like they did in the third period of the Boston Black Night. There was little fire, and mistakes by Benoit Pouliot who was stripped of the puck leading to the Blues second goal, and then a bad pass by PK Subban making it a 3-1 score for the Blues, translated into a night to forget.
An empty-netter salted it away for the Blues, and Habs haters everywhere rejoice.
Since Mike Cammalleri returned from a shoulder injury nine games ago, he’s been but a shell of himself. Gone is the explosiveness we’ve seen in the past from this guy, especially in last year’s playoffs. And Tomas Plekanec isn’t exactly setting the world on fire either.
Is it just me who detests Scott Gomez patting opposing goalies on the top of the mask or tapping their pads after a great save? I can’t stand this gentlemanly gesture. Even the man who invented class, Jean Beliveau, meant business and understood that the enemy is the enemy in an important game. C’mon Scott, lose the Mister Nice Guy routine. Please.
Jeff Halpern was the lone Montreal marksman.
Shots on goal – 28-27 Montreal.
A five-game winning streak has ended and now it’s time to start another.
Next up – Habs visit Pittsburgh on Saturday, where the new streak begins.