The culprit wasn’t Dion Phaneuf, although at first glance it might appear that way. Phaneuf rocked and rolled and played like an old-school son-of-a-bitch. But he wasn’t the culprit.
The culprit during this 1-0 loss to the Calgary Flames were the Montreal Canadiens, and one doesn’t have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out. The Habs have scored two measly goals in three games. They should be scoring at least a goal a period. Two goals in three games means you’re going to lose.
Phaneuf on the other hand, played like a hard-rock defenceman should, and I’m talking about the enemy here. If you want to get a good idea of how Doug Harvey played, then take what Phaneuf did tonight, the way he bowled people over and took no prisoners, then add pin-point passing and a controlling general on the ice, especially on the power play, and you have Doug Harvey.
Phaneuf still has to work on the pin-point passing and general part.
And as much as the Habs could use Doug Harvey on the blueline now, they also need Maurice Richard and Guy Lafleur to put the puck in the net. Something the Little Big Three and everyone else hasn’t been able to do lately.
So, if you’re trying to decide if the team’s in a slump or not, just ask yourself, are you happy with the recent goal-scoring situation?
I’m also going to say it loud and clear. Ditch the old-style sweaters, end the centennial celebrations, put the big crests back at centre ice, and stop the madness now. How long are we going to have a 100-year birthday party? For 102 years? Maybe 103?
Scott Gomez had a clear-cut breakaway and didn’t score.
Mike Cammalleri had a semi-breakaway and ……yes, you’re right.
Jaroslav Halak was fine in nets, stopping 30 saves. But Newton’s Law says that if your team doesn’t score a goal, you can’t win. Or was it Toe Blake?
Canadiens in Phoenix on Thursday. The Habs are always a big draw in the southwest, so in Phoenix, there should be at lest 6 or 7 thousand fans in the stands!