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Killed By Kings

Things were going swimmingly for the boys on Thursday evening at the old Bell barn. They were displaying some mighty fine vim and vigour, outskating and outplaying the visiting L.A. Kings, and if the hockey gods had any decency at all, the light would be lit soon.

The light would be lit all right. Twice, within 11 seconds. By the other team.

Another loss was on the books. A 4-0 drubbing by the L.A. Kings.

Possibly due to the implosion near the end of the first frame, when the Kings beat Carey Price twice, first at the 18.59 mark, and then again seconds later.

For a team that has trouble scoring at the best of times (except when they put five past Panthers backup James Reimer on Tuesday), having two goals scored against them in 11 seconds, with a minute left to play in the opening period, and trying to come back after such a frustrating turn of events, is asking the impossible.

It’s a fragile group, these Montreal Canadiens. Maybe they need more money. C’mon people, line up for an hour to buy a couple of autographs at their next signing appearance. Tell them how great they are while you’re at it.

I feel bad for their wives and girlfriends. What can I do to cheer them up?

In the second period, the Canadiens again looked hungry, but Anze Kopitar blew a wrister past Carey Price, it was 3-0, and I was ready to turn the channel to CNN to see what kind of an ass Donald Trump made of himself in the last few hours.

In the third, it became a 4-0 rout. Time for fans to head to the exits, even though just four minutes had been played. Maybe head to the exits if the ticket was free, otherwise, suck it up and have another $12 beer.

Random Notes:

Habs outshot LA 40-27 and were 0/5 on the pp.

The Kings beat the CH 5-1 in L.A. last Wednesday.

Fans booed the team and Price was jeered whenever he made an easy save. The world is not unfolding as it should.

I pray I never see a sweater hit the ice. The crest is the crest.

Habs GM Marc Bergevin said at his recent press conference that there are elite teams, and then a bunch of good ones, which he included his team in. You’ve had five years to make it an elite team, Marc. Just being good is loser talk.

Next up – Saturday, when the Rangers pay a visit.

Canadiens Conquer Kings

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They’ve been mediocre at best lately, but they’ve still been winning just about every night.

We’ll take that, I guess.

Tonight they not only won again, but they were also quite excellent, at least in my tired, old eyes, as the Habs proved too much for the great big L.A. Kings and their familiar goaltender, Peter Budai.

Another two points banked, to be withdrawn during desperate times.

A convincing 4-1 over the Californians, and the Montreal Canadiens roll along, even though we get mad at them.

We get mad at them and they’ve won their first nine games at home, four of five games in November, and sit 12-1-1 overall.

We’re a tough bunch. Hard to please. Harsh critics. Possibly a bit silly about the whole state of affairs. But we need that Cup contender. It’s only natural.

The Kings did try and make a game of it in the third period, beginning with an Anze Kopitar shot that Carey Price miraculously gloved, and what left the captain shaking his head. But it’s not the first time Price has left a shooter shaking his head, and it won’t be the last.

With Brendan Gallagher serving four minutes in the box for high sticking, the Kings narrowed things to 3-1, and we were mad at Gallagher.

But after Montreal’s penalty killers held on after Andrei Markov was sent to the sinbin for high sticking (which we were mad at him about), Alex Galchenyuk found the empty net and we were happy about that.

We were happy, except for hearing the news that Leonard Cohen had died during the evening.

Probably every time I’ve ever heard a Leonard Cohen song, I’ve wished I could put words together like that.

Random Notes:

The Canadiens were outshot 24-23, which is way better than having 40 shots sent their way, which has been the pattern lately.

Scoring for Montreal were Paul Byron, Daniel Carr, Phillip Danault (who was great on this night centering Max and Andrew Shaw), and Galchenyuk with his empty netter.

Chucky leads the team with 6 goals and 8 assists.

Next up – The Detroit Red Wings hit town.

 

 

 

 

Spanked

Quite a dismal Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Clobbered 6-0 by the visitors. Back to earth with a thud.

Dismal after the boys had come out in the first and went through several flurries where they peppered a guy named Jones and couldn’t score. Three power plays where even one goal might have changed the climate.

But Anze Kopitar scored with three seconds remaining in the first to make it 2-0, and it was the iceberg that sunk the good ship Habitant.

Goals three and four scored with Kings forward Kyle Clifford making himself at home in the blue paint and interfering with Carey Price.

A big and talented Los Angeles Kings squad sending fans out of the Bell Centre when the game was still in the second period.

Carey Price pulled after four goals on sixteen shots, although not completely his fault. Peter Budaj allowing two more.

Canadiens’ streak of allowing two goals or less in their last thirteen home games, stopped one short of the record of fourteen set back in 1968-69.

And they couldn’t muster even one goal on that guy named Jones.

All things that just leave a sour taste in the mouth. Like sucking on a lemon.

There’s only one thing to do. Remind ourselves that the Canadiens couldn’t continue to win every night. We wanted them to because we’re greedy bastards. But it had to end and unfortunately, it ended by getting slaughtered.

They went through a 9-0-1 stretch, hottest in the NHL. An amazing run. Proud of the boys for that. And now we put it behind us, move on, and watch them win in Philadelphia Thursday night.

 

 

Kings Capture Opener

They’re clapping in Burbank and Long Beach and rattling their jewelry in Beverly Hills as the Los Angeles Kings grab the all-important first game of the Stanley Cup Final by beating the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in overtime.

Anze Kopitar scored the winner, and the thing about Kopitar is that not only is he a big, point-getting Slovenian, but he’s also a big, point-getting Slovenian who speaks English with barely a trace of an accent. I find this very impressive.

Slovenia sits just off Italy, near Austria.

I saw only parts of this big first game, and it seemed the game lacked flow and big-game excitement. Although maybe I just missed the parts where there was flow and excitement. And I didn’t see the overtime.

Some might say I’m a terrible hockey fan. But hell, it’s almost summer. And it’s also been 55 days now since the Canadiens played their last game.

Predictions Are For Gypsies – Toe Blake

I’m with Toe on this, so instead of predictions, I think I’ll just think quiet thoughts about different series, and today I’ll think about the Vancouver Canucks playing the LA Kings because I live near Vancouver and many of my friends, as great as they are, love the Canucks.

They could care less about the Habs, but they love their Canucks.

The Canucks had a good season, better than the Habs (I won’t go into the injury factor with the Habs because as Conn Smythe or Donald Trump or Toe himself probably exclaimed, “excuses are for losers.” The Canucks have the Sedin’s, including Henrik, the twin with a big chance to capture the Hart Trophy for the league’s outstanding player. They have Roberto Luongo in nets, who played a big part in Canada’s Olympic gold medal win. Ryan Kessler is the definitive power forward who shows up every night in a foul mood. And the list goes on of valuable guys people in the east don’t see on a regular basis – Alex Burrows, Mikael Samuelsson, Mason Raymond and others.

The Los Angeles Kings finished just two points behind the Canucks in the regular season (101 to 103), and not only boast several good young forwards like Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Alex Frolov, but also have two of the best young defencemen in the league in Jack Johnson and the guy who should win a bucket of Norris Trophies before his career winds down – Drew Doughty.

And although Luongo is a proven star, his goals-against average sits at 2.57 while LA’s Jonathan Quick is almost identical at 2.54.

So predictions are for gypsies, but when I listen to my gut, I see Vancouver with the possible Hart Trophy winner, and a gold medal goalie. But LA has Drew Daughty and Malibu Beach.

Therefore, I’m picking the LA Kings.