It seemed at the time like some reasonable requests to make.
About 15 hours before the Habs stepped on the ice in New Jersey, I suggested they do this: Other guys chip in a little more with some points; take less penalties; Carey Price to quit letting in easy goals; no one gets hurt; shoot more; and win.
How did these requests pan out?
Montreal scored just once, although it was Travis Moen who got it. It was also unassisted so just one player managed a point tonight. One lousy, stinking, feeble point.
Less penalties? Hah. The team managed to make their way to the penalty box five straight times before the Devils got even one. Although if Jaroslav Spacek deserved his, we might as well just close shop. The most bewildered soul in the house was Spacek, who had no idea why he was sent off. How much do these referees get paid? Whatever it is, it’s too much.
Carey Price softies? It was just a high shot from far out, but Price fumbled it, it hit the post, bounced off him, and into the net it went. Price is obviously a lousy baseball player.
No one gets hurt? It wasn’t my imagination that saw Roman Hamrlik be helped off the ice by the trainers, looking in considerable pain. As of now, I’ve no idea what’s wrong with him but I’m expecting the worst.
Shoot lots? I’m thinking 18 shots on Martin Brodeur isn’t a lot. Double that would’ve been good.
Win. Nope. 2-1 Devils.
Every one of my expectations went down the toilet with a big giant flush.
How do Devils fans do it. They buy tickets to see that on a regular basis? Jacques Lemaire and Mario Tremblay should be taken to court and forced to reimburse every single ticket holder with promise to make the team more exciting in the future.
Minnesota comes to Montreal Thursday. That means Guillaume Latendresse gets to come back and make fools of us all.
Four straight losses now.