It certainly couldn’t have been the way Jaroslav Halak planned on passing the reigns back to Carey Price. Halak’s stint as number one goalie was drawing to a close, and he’d done a good, solid job for the team. Soon it would be time for Price to take over.
But in Atlanta Tuesday night, after Halak had let in three goals and the team was down 3-0 in the second period, Guy Carbonneau decided it was time. And so Carey Price is back, and Jaroslav Halak probably isn’t feeling all that great right now. In fact, I wouldn’t blame him if he snuck on down to the hotel bar later on and chug-a-lugged about ten shots of bourbon.
But no blame should be put on Halak’s shoulders. The Canadiens were asleep for most of the game, especially the first period. And there’s no excuse for that. And in the end, they fell 4-2 to those southern cotton pickers.
Montreal lost to a team that isn’t very good. And Wednesday they play a team that is very good, the New Jersey Devils. And if they lose that one, they head into the long All-Star break on a skid, which is the last thing they want. The Canadiens have officially shot themselves in the foot.
But they did this to themselves. They deserve it. They stunk.
Will I do my job and mention Montreal goal scorers and such?
Will I say anything good about Montreal?
Are you kidding?