Canadiens showed lots of life Thursday night in Philadelphia. After the game had ended when Brendan Gallagher and Brian Gionta showed displeasure with Flyers goalie Steve Mason.
Before that, most everyone was comatose.
Habs lose their second straight, 2-1 to the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. They didn’t deserve to win.
Remember the good old days when they were 9-0-1 and we were gleeful and full of merriment? That’s gone now. But I remember it well. Mainly because it was less than a week ago.
At least they scored a goal, although they didn’t until 56 seconds left when Alex Galchenyuk squeaked one over the line. And at least Galchenyuk came to play. Most didn’t for the second straight night. Third if you count the listless win against the Sabres last Saturday.
Again a disappointing effort from the boys. There wasn’t much drive, or pinpoint passing, or crashing the net, or any big blasts from P.K. But there was lots of dazed and confused play from way too many and that’s not the way it’s supposed to work.
If we’re expected to pay 11 bucks for a beer when we go to the Bell Centre, then the team is expected to at least give a solid effort whenever they play. That’s the deal. We cheer and pay through our noses. They play hard and cash six-figure cheques every two weeks.
We’re keeping our end of the bargain. Right now at least, they’re not.
I wonder how much beer is at the Wells Fargo Centre. Is it eleven bucks? Or is there a law in place saying Flyers fans shouldn’t drink?
Daniel Briere returned to his former home, and now we can only hope the charter leaves without him.
Brian Gionta barged in on a three on one and fired the old biscuit into the one place he shouldn’t – Mason. He had a bunch of options, none of which he decided to choose. He could’ve dropped it back, or sent it over, or maybe tried some kind of move, or even, and I know this sounds farfetched, shoot it where the goalie wasn’t.
Instead, right into the gut. The mark of a guy who might have had half-decent hands once upon a time but doesn’t now.
Carey Price was solid, the kids were fine, and most everyone else wasn’t.
Alexei Emelin got thrown out of the game for what the officials deemed a head shot on Steve Downie. I watched the replay several times and to me, Emelin nailed him in the upper chest and Downie acted like he was shot by a cannon. Either the camera angle didn’t show the true picture, or Steve Downie performed a magnificent embellishing act that would make Brad Marchand proud.
Next up – Canadiens on Long Island Saturday to end this short yet disturbing bummer of a slide.
Philadelphia, a team that began the night 12 points behind the Habs, outshot the boys 27-21, with Montreal managing 4 big shots in the first.