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Habs Blow Lead, Habs Fans Used To It

I can’t say I’m angry, or down in the dumps, or even disappointed. I’m way past all that. I’m simply resigned to the fact that the Canadiens blow another, can’t score in overtime, and suck in the shootout. The script was already written. We pretty well knew how it was going to play out long before it happened.

The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead and lost 4-3 in the shootout. That’s the long and short of it. The beginning of the end came when Vancouver’s Mason Raymond scored with his team shorthanded in the second period, which made the game 3-1 at that point, and “here we go” and “oh oh” were muttered, I’m sure, by several hundred thousand Habs fans who had been pleasantly pleased by the team’s effort up until that point.

I know I muttered. I’ve been muttering way too often lately.

It was a point, but the point stinks. It’s a point that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Frederic St-Denis, with his first NHL goal, opened the night’s scoring, and that was nice at the time. The boys killed a two-man penalty and Raphael Diaz made it 2-0, and that was even nicer. Then, when Erik Cole fooled Roberto Luongo to raise it to 3-0, it was lovely and all that, but I don’t know about you, but I still had this lousy feeling in my gut that it wasn’t over yet.

Leads aren’t safe with the Montreal Canadiens. Any lead, even big fat three-goal leads.

Of course it wasn’t safe. It began with Raymond’s shorthander, the Canucks chipped away and scored again, and then finally the game was tied after Lars Eller took a cross checking penalty late in the game and Canucks rearguard Sami Salo beat Price on the power play.

I don’t care if anyone says the call was poor or improper, or deserved or not deserved.. The fact is, you have to stay out of the penalty box late in the game when things are close and definitely undecided. It’s one of the unwritten laws of hockey. It’s why many coaches lose their hair. It’s why Jacques Martin almost, but not quite, looked like he was breathing.

I knew Montreal wasn’t going to score in overtime. They can’t score at the best of times. And of course, Montreal’s shooters in the shootout – David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, and Mike Cammalleri, failed miserably.

I really have nothing more to report. Oh geez, wait until Gomez gets back. Things will be different then.

Random Notes:

Shots on goal – Vancouver 31, guys in red – 23. Carey Price made several sparkling saves. But how many goals have you seen on shootouts that have beat him from slightly low on his left side? Seems like most.

Montreal went 0-4 on the power play.

Yawn.

Next game – Habs make their way to New Jersey for a 1:00 P.M. ET start. Where I’m at, that’s 10 A.M. It’s like watching a game played overseas.

 

 

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.