Habs were brilliantly sloppy Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals. Award-winning sloppy. The Keystone Kops giving the performance of their life. And in the process the team falls 4-2 to the streaking vistors, fails to keep pace with Boston (who won tonight), and never really deserved to win anyway.
It was a night to forget, even though, with a little help from above, the Habs could have actually won it. But they were running into each other, their passing was off the mark much of the time, they screwed up many good chances when they got them, including several by David Desharnais, and with some man-advantages they allowed odd-man rushes to the Caps.
All in all, if I were coach I’d burn the video.
Still, from time to time, they managed to tie the game a couple of times and make us wonder if they could actually pull the thing out. They didn’t, that’s all.
And to cap off a lousy night, Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern left early and at this point we’re left wondering if we’ve lost a couple more for awhile which would be par for the course I guess.
The only bright light was Carey Price who once again was sensational and who was responsible for letting his teammates have at least a shot at winning the thing, even if they didn’t deserve it. Price faced 41 shots while the Canadiens fired only 26 at young Braden Holtby in the Caps net.
It’s not the end of the world, however, except for the part about Plekanec and Halpern leaving the game. The boys are still nicely entrenched in a solid playoff spot and who knows, maybe it’ll be Boston as the first-round opponent.
Travis Moen potted Montreal’s first goal, and Andre Kostitsyn with a wicked wrist shot, scored the other.
PK Subban played well but partner Hal Gill was stuck in quicksand.
Washington’s first goal came with the puck coming off the glass in a weird direction, catching Price completely out of position. But Moen’s goal came only 20 seconds later when Holtby was caught out of his net. It was a strange beginning to a strange game.
Next up – Thursday, when it’s Tampa Bay’s turn to visit lovely Montreal.