I’m going to make this short and sweet.
By the end of the second period, the Habs were leading 3-0, had killed two 5 on 3 penalites, missed on a couple of clear-in chances by Travis Moen and Brendan Gallagher, and then…….when all was said and done, lost 5-4 in overtime.
It was a case of taking far too many penalties, ten in fact, including a bench minor for telling the ref his mother wears army boots which of course turned into the Hurricanes fourth goal.
Don’t blame the referees for any of this craziness. Most of those penalties were deserved. Chalk it up as a pathetic collapse and let’s move on.
Max scored twice, DD had three assists, Markov added two assists, and Eller (from Galchenyuk) and P.K. also bulged the twine.
Really wish David Desharnais would stop this nonsense of giving up great scoring chances near the net and trying to set up others instead. It’s more than maddening. It’s downright disturbing.
And what happened to the solid play of Alexei Emelin? It seems he’s on the ice for nearly every goal scored against.
Shots on goal – Carolina 42, Montreal 25. But keep in mind, Carolina had ten power plays including the aforementioned couple of 5 on 3s. It’s no wonder they outshot the Canadiens. If they didn’t it’d be pretty pathetic on their part.
Next up – Thursday, the Canadiens first game of 2014, when they travel to the Lone Star State to meet the Dallas Stars.
Happy New Year!