In the category of “what if”….. what if the Canadiens had scored on a first period power play instead of St. Louis scoring while shorthanded?
It became 1-0 for the home team at that point and it was an early dagger….and soon after it became 2-0, and then 3-0.
And the Canadiens were screwed.
And I couldn’t help thinking, are the St. Louis Blues ever a nice big club. Who can skate. And score. How nice it would be to see a Habs club with that kind of size and mobility. We’ve got guys so small the fans in the nosebleeds think it’s a bunch of red, white and blue pucks on the ice.
Ottawa beat this Blues club 3-2 in OT last Monday. How’d they do that?
Brendan Gallagher made it close for awhile, scoring just his second goal in 18 games, which came in the second period and which gave us hope for awhile. And although the team did begin to make a game of it, the third period saw the Blues tally twice more and the Habs fall 5-1 and basically got whupped.
If all goes as planned, Montreal will win on Saturday in Nashville, if only to keep the mediocre “lose one, win one, lose one, win one” thing going.
Brandon Prust took four minutes for hooking and roughing, but the boys killed it. That sort of thing that got them going the other night against Phoenix, and they did pick things up a notch. But with a 5-1 final score, they obviously didn’t pick things up enough.
Shots on goal – St. Louis 29, Montreal 26.
Alexei Emelin might have wished he missed the plane. A stick in the mouth and on the ice for four of the Blues’ five goals.
Back to the drawing board. These thumpings probably don’t affect the players nearly as much as losing heartbreakers, but it affects lots of us.
When they get their asses kicked, the shortcomings are magnified. It makes for a dismal night all round.