It’s certainly a double whammy when you not only lose the first two games of the series but you also don’t score a single goal in doing so.
And it wasn’t like the Canadiens were terrible in game two either in their 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. They had chances, although I agree with the CBC crew that Flyers’ goalie Michael Leighton could see most of those chances.
A real telling example of the Canadiens woes came late in the game when PK Subban fired a blast from the point with Habs traffic in front. But as soon as Subban’s stick made contact with the puck, Brian Gionta moved quickly away from the front and gave Leighton a clear view. It was a great save, but the puck would have been in if Gionta wouldn’t have ducked out of the way.
Sometimes you have to let the puck bounce in off your head or face or groin to score. You have to do it for the team. You can’t let the goalie see the puck and the Canadiens are making this guy look like Jaroslav Halak. Halak, though, isn’t playing like Halak.
The wrong guy is playing like Jaroslav Halak.
The team as a whole? Outscored 9-0 in these two games. Can you think of anything more depressing?
Now the Habs are down two games and going back to Montreal. They played better than in game one, which is a good sign. But they have to solve the goalie, and that means not ducking away when shots come in. Bruises and cuts heal.
Sergei Kostitsyn was in the lineup and Benoit Pouliot was scratched.