The Canadiens, playing as if they’d just heard that their wives had run off with the milkman, took it on the chin in Toronto, losing 3-1 to an inferior team who on this night looked superior.
Why do the Canadiens do this to us? Not to mention themselves? They didn’t play well, which is an understatement to end all understatements, and it’s now two straight losses with both Philadelphia and Boston coming up next?
Meanwhile, where was an angry Hab, any angry Hab, to make Toronto’s Clarke MacArthur pay for his mugging of Jaroslav Spacek for what seemed to be no real reason, and which led to some sort of injury to Spacek?
Spacek’s not a fighter, and MacArthur should have paid for his sins, if not at that time but sometime later on in the game. And to make matters worse, both players went off for roughing. Equal penalties for inequality, and an injury to boot.
The boys were a sad bunch tonight, and I’m not buying the theory that they were tired from playing in Detroit the night before. These are young physical specimens playing twenty minutes a game. Detroit and Toronto aren’t far apart mileage-wise so the travel was minimal, and Montreal only played one period in Detroit anyway. They should have come out breathing fire and showed Torontonians and the rest of the country what a formidable bunch they are. But they were anything but, and fell back to earth with a deafening thud.
Now the Habs get four days off . Surely they could have given the proverbial 110% on this big night in Toronto when it was the showcase game.
Did they think the two points would be handed to them?
The teeth-grinding continues.
Mike Cammalleri was Montreal’s lone marksman.
Some folks who bothered got to see a lousy performance by the Canadiens in 3-D splendour. I didn’t bother. Did I need special glasses?
Alex Auld was in nets and looked shaky on Toronto’s two goals in the first period.
Scott Gomez sat out his second game with a lower body injury but he’s skating and such, so hopefully he’s back for next game. We need all hands on deck.
Shots on goal – 24-23 for the Leafs. Grrrr.
Next up – Philadelphia pays a visit on Wednesday. Maybe the Habs will finally be rested by then.