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Habs Needing A Super Sunday

I distinctly recall the idea that if the Canadiens can get through the early stages of the season playing .500 hockey with all their injuries involved, then they’re doing fine.

They’re 8-8-1 right now. Not great but it could be worse. They could be the Buffalo Sabres.

Today it’s the Islanders (6 pm EST) with a backup goalie in nets, star left winger Tomas Vanek on the shelf, and star left winger Matt Moulson gone, traded for Vanek.

The Canadiens are now on the playoff spot bubble, in eighth spot in the East with 17 points, with the Islanders just behind with 15. Even someone like Gaston, who blew his brains out smoking gunpowder, should be able to figure out that this is a game the Habs need to win. But Montreal has to score more, has to have guys punch the clock and hit the net much more, and crash and bang and get the Bell Centre walls shaking.

Brian Gionta has four goals in sixteen games. Lars Eller and Rene Bourque five in seventeen, Max has two in eight, DD of course is stalled at zero in sixteen, and although Ryan White isn’t expected to light the lamp or do much offensively, the fact remains he’s zero points in fifteen games.

Alex Galchenyuk, someone we all expect huge things from in future years, is third in team points, but is showing just two goals to go along with his nine assists in seventeen games. But he’s only 19-years old so there’s not much I can say. I just want him to become a superstar as soon as possible, that’s all.

“We’re getting a lot of our shots blocked right now, so that’s a big factor,” says Bourque. Which I think is a feeble excuse. Find a way not to have them blocked. The Canadiens block a lot of shots and other teams manage.

Five straight losses would be dismal, and the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning are here on Tuesday. It could become six.

It’s an important game, this Islanders clash. Even Gaston knows that.

 

Habs Back On Winning Track

Brendan Gallagher came within a whisker of making the club last year, he was cut just a week before opening night, and you have to wonder how the lowly Habs of a year ago might have fared with this kid in the lineup.

Another goal tonight for young Gallagher, who never seems to take nights off and just keeps grinding and scoring and getting knocked down and getting back up again. Would he have helped make up the 15 points the team needed to make the playoffs last year? Or was another year of seasoning the key for this important piece of the puzzle?

The Canadiens beat the Islanders 5-2 on Long Island, but it certainly wasn’t a picnic of any sorts. The boys were sloppy on occasion, they fell behind 2-1 in the second, and had their hands full most of the night with the dangerous John Tavares and Matt Moulson, who seem to thrive on playing the Habs. But Carey Price put up a wall, the team scored four unanswered goals, and now they’re back to just a point behind first-place Pittsburgh, a team Montreal plays after just three more sleeps.

Montreal’s first two goals were power play markers from Michael Ryder and P.K. Subban, and after Brian Gionta converted a nice pass from David Desharnais, Gallagher got his before P.K. notched his second.

The one-game slump has ended and it’s back to working on another slice of winning-streak heaven. Once again I’ll say it – I’m proud of our guys.

Random Notes:

Montreal outshot the Islanders 29-27.

Next up – Those pesky Sabres are back at the Bell Centre on Saturday, just days after beating the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday. So a good throttling of the Buffalonians is in order.

Please note: The original box score had Gallagher with two goals on the night, and is what I had originally written. But the fourth marker was later changed to Subban. Sorry.