I miss the old Canadiens. The ones of a month or two ago, when they were racking up wins all over the place and guys were finding ways and the goalie was stopping pucks left and right.
Where did they go? And who are these guys?
The expectations were high on this night. Get back on track after a dismal 5-1 loss in Toronto. Enjoy the drama of Carey Price redeeming himself after getting pulled for Peter Budaj.
Unfortunately, sometimes the best laid plans……
On this night at the Bell, with expectations high, Carey Price was a notch less than ordinary almost from the opening faceoff. Early on the team was forced to play catch up after falling behind 2-0, and they did, with two power play markers from Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. It was good for a brief moment.
We just needed some goaltending after that and it could be a fine night. But it didn’t happen.
The goaltending, defence, forwards backchecking, not much of any of it was there. Not by a long shot. The game was soon out of reach, way out of reach, and the visiting Philadelphia Flyers skate away with a 7-3 win over a confused gang of Montreal Canadiens who ran around and allowed Flyers skaters way too much room, and in general, really were the shits.
And once again, Price was replaced by Budaj, and the best I can say is that I’m grateful we haven’t had to endure many of these stinkers this year. There’s only been a few.
I hope this is simply a classic case of taking the foot off the pedal after clinching a playoff spot, and things get turned up again when the playoffs get going. But I’m not real confident about this. That team out there was as mediocre as can be, and it’s a cause for concern.
Where’d that old team go?
Philly outshot the Habs 33-28 if you’re interested. I’m not really.
Alex Galchenyuk scored the team’s third goal, which was nice. It was 4-3 at that point.
P.K. Subban earned two assists and had a good night, all things considered. The march to the Norris continues.
Michel Therrien’s job now is to find the old team. There’s a Jack Adams Award waiting to be won.
Wednesday in Pittsburgh.