How depressing is it that the Canadiens lost 3-2 to the Leafs in a shootout Saturday night?
Really freaking depressing.
Of course it would happen after the Leafs Suck So Bad contest wrapped up and after I posted the Tide advertisement and the dubbed Brian Burke press conference. Sure, after a bunch of us had just spent the last 10 days making fun of the boys in blue. And where the heck was Dishonest John’s lucky shirt? What’s going on with that?
It’s enough to drive me to drink.
Naturally the Canadiens would be flat after CBC’s Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, and Glenn Healy spent the first third of the game telling the world how the Leafs didn’t stand much of a chance, especially with Montreal’s formidable power play, which ended up a dismal 1 for 7.
And sure they lost when they had a chance to catapult into fifth place over the Senators and Flyers, both of whom lost tonight. For the Habs, it was a loss that ended a six-game winning streak, and it had to happen against the cellar-dwelling Leafs, who always seem to pull up their socks when they meet Montreal.
Habs were flat for 55 minutes in this game, right up until Brian Gionta tied it with his second goal of the night, but before the goal they were checked into the ground and frustrated time after time. And suddenly, Hughson and company began talking about how small the Habs are which will kill them in the playoffs. At the beginning of the game the Canadiens were a machine. After that they went from heroes to bums for these boys in the booth.
You could say this game was similar to the Canucks losing to the struggling Islanders the other night. But the difference is, the Canucks don’t desperately need points and aren’t fighting for a playoff spot. Vancouver’s sitting pretty while the Habs aren’t.
Fifth place would’ve been nice. Now we have to wait until Monday when the Senators visit the Bell Centre. And the Habs have one last chance to redeem themselves against the Leafs as the two teams meet again on their final night of the season, on April 10th.
Photo from fOTOGLIF
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