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Canadiens In The Zone…The Twilight Zone


I was watching one of my favourite TV  shows today, The Twilight Zone.

Have you seen any of this classic series? Ventriloquist dummies coming to life, weird things at bus stations, freaky little aliens on airplane wings.  George Stroumboulopoulos wearing shoes the length of a canoe.

Anyway, today’s episode was about a hockey team that one minute was one of the best in the world and a possible favourite to go all the way, and almost at the snap of a finger froze up like they were freaky aliens on an airplane wing over the North Atlantic.

Even the Toronto Bleeding Scabs thought they might be able to leap over them in the standings. It was that bad.

Sports writers were ruthless. Fans considered jumping off bridges. Little kids cried. Bloggers tried to think about what to write.

Why did Rod Serling screw with our minds like that?

Canadiens fall 3-1 to the Washington Capitals, their sixth straight loss, their tenth in eleven games, eleven in thirteen etc. No one’s scoring except Daniel Carr. The team has just six goals in these latest six losses. Marc Bergevin is making calls about Mike Bossy.

It’s enough to send me to the fridge where the brandy is, like a thirsty zombie in The Twilight Zone.

Next – Monday in Tampa Bay, where the boys can drop televisions and drive cars into the hotel pool if they so desire. They’re rich, pampered athletes. They can do whatever they want.

And frankly, dropping TVs and drowning cars to let off steam might be exactly what they need. Christmas at home didn’t help.

Another Day, Another Loss. Why Do We Even Bother?

Doug Jarvis says the team is now concentrating on their defensive play rather than being overly offensive. This is something, he says, that needs to be fixed quickly.

It’s a good thing they’re doing that. They only let in five goals. Imagine if they weren’t concentrating on defense.

This whole thing has gotten way too old. It’s not funny. I mean, there’s slumps, and then there’s slumps. On behalf of all good Habs fans, I say this is way out of control and it’s time to put an end to it. (Bob Gainey, listen to your fans.)

And do you realize just how difficult it is to try to write a Habs blog when they lose every game? I’m thinking of changing my topic. Maybe about a day in the life of maggots and lice and cockroaches and other less appreciated and often misunderstood living creatures. It’s got to be better than a blog about the Habs, who lose every night.

Pittsburgh, the team Montreal lost to tonight, is hoping to catch the Canadiens. Montreal couldn’t have lost to a worse team tonight.

But as good Habs fans, we’re gonna stay with them, I suppose. Maybe vomit a few times, but we’re gonna stay with them.

Random Notes:

Tomas Plekanec had two goals, Andrei Kostitsyn, one, and Mathieu Schneider scored on a power play, if anybody cares.

I have a feeling we’re going to have to get used to hearing announcers say, “Schneider shoots, and misses the net.” And because I was once assistant coach of a tyke house-league team, I feel I’m qualified to offer this advice. If you hit the net, you have a chance to score.

With Robert Lang out, and Alex Kovalev in purgatory, my thoughts tonight turned to Alex Tanguay. How come he’s not back yet? It seems like he’s been out forever. 

Carey Price looked okay but not great.

Ottawa visits the Bell Centre on Saturday. Quick reminder, the game’s an afternoon game. 3pm eastern and 12 pacific. Or then again, if you didn’t feel like watching, I don’t blame you.