The Ducks Looked Like The “75 New Years Eve Habs. And The Habs Looked Like Red Army

Too many penalties (8), too many shots allowed (37), and a shorthanded goal spelled a 3-1 loss for our Montreal Canadiens this Sunday night. This game sort of reminded me of the 1975 New Year’s Eve game between Montreal and Red Army. But tonight, Anaheim was the ’75 Habs, and Montreal was Red Army.  ticket.jpg

In a nutshell, Montreal was outplayed but still made it a game, just like Red Army, who were outplayed but still managed a 3-3 tie. 

The Habs were widely outshot, 37-21, but Carey Price was great in nets or it could’ve been worse. Just like Tretiak all those years ago.

But how long is this giving up almost 40 shots a game going to continue? They can’t be doing this in the playoffs, that’s for sure.

And there’s another problem on the horizon. The team flies back to Montreal just in time to take on the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night. And Ottawa’s in town Thursday.

Gotta tighten up, boys.

4 thoughts on “The Ducks Looked Like The “75 New Years Eve Habs. And The Habs Looked Like Red Army”

  1. You are right we have to tighten up are defence— way too many quality shots. Another thing bothering me of late,is Kovelev reverting back to his selfish ways??? He has to relise other teams are going to key on him & he can`t keep taking stupid penelties most of all when the team is trying to overcome being down a goal or two !!! I hope Carbo & Bob set him straight. We`ve got to get back playing like we did when we beat NJ the last time!
    Go Habs Go!!!!!!

  2. Alas, I am currently without cable &, although I tried to download this `itisblue’ free cable tv on the pc it didn’t take so I’m almost back to the `old days’ when one’s imagination was the screen on which the story played out. I say `almost’ because the internet provides me with real-time plays as well as box scores & game sheets so at times I feel like I’m right there in the middle of the action. In any case, I concur with the `defense’ first philosophy if only because it was imprinted upon me when I first became conscious of hockey & the Habs. What people don’t seem to realize is that `fire-wagon’ hockey was build upon defence defence defence. Our guys were always the best or right up there with the top teams in all the relevant defensive cats. The fact that we could also be so explosive offensively speaks eloguently to the superb talent of these great teams. All the offensive stars in the 50s 60s & 70s were excellent players without the puck & on defence. ( It would be interesting for some stats geek to go back & reconstruct the +/- stats for some of these players then project them into today’s context.) For example, Lafleur was no floater hanging out near the line, uh uh, not only would he go into the corners & dig the puck out to initiate plays deep in our own end but he would come flying back to break up plays. In contrast `Oiler’ hockey tossed defence clear out of the arena. . Hey, if the goalie stopped the shot, great, if not, well let’s go score another one or two. So, yeah, the guys have to tighten up their defensive play which isn’t to say, to put it crudely, that they have to go from having the runs to being constipated ….hehehe, like the Devils.

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