Once again it could’ve been a beauty. Thoroughly outplayed in the first, regroup in the second, come on strong, and do the dramatics.
Didn’t happen. The thing went pfftt.
St. Louis came from behind in the third period after the Canadiens had jumped into a 2-1 lead in the middle frame, but Tomas Plekanec couldn’t beat Jaroslav Halak on a penalty shot with 49 seconds left in the third, and then the Blues did something the Habs couldn’t – they scored in the shootout.
Carey Price played really well. but he doesn’t seem to have a handle on shootouts. Or is it just my imagination?
The good thing is, it’s a point in the standings. The bad thing is, it’s only a point. And once again, our offensive guns were firing marshmallows with a slingshot.
With a game that featured David Desharnais as a healthy scratch and Alex Galchenyuk being tried at centre, the Canadiens fell behind in the first when Douglas Murray flubbed things and handed the puck away. I don’t have much to say about this guy. I’ve said it in the past.
But just one question lingers. Of all the big and strong defencemen around the globe, from rinks far and wide, is he the best we could come up with for depth and muscle?
Just visit cold and damp arenas around the country at 11 o’clock at night. There’s a bunch of hardrock guys playing some mighty fine senior hockey who can skate, thump, and handle the puck better than Douglas Murray. They’d do it for the league minimum in a heartbeat. They’d do it for a six-pack of Molsons.
Rene Bourque tied things up in the second on a nice play by Andrei Markov who drove for the net, and Michael Bournival let go a blast from the top of the circle that put the good guys ahead and teased us all into thinking David could actually slay Goliath.
But the Blues didn’t quit, Montreal couldn’t bury them with an insurance marker, the score would be tied, and in the shootout….well… I don’t want to talk about it.
The Canadiens set a new NHL record by blocking 38 shots, which is an amazing accomplishment. But with two previous losses and now a single point, the team suddenly finds themselves spinning their wheels, with Washington, the Islanders, and Ottawa stepping on their heels.
Shots on goal – St. Louis 32, Montreal 27.
Next up – a huge game on Thursday, a rare Hockey Night in Canada weekday affair, with the Habs in Ottawa.