Habs Fever: A night to forget
Published Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:21AM EDT
Allow me to list all of the ways that the Montreal Canadiens stunk on Tuesday night in Ohio. Actually, allow me to save some time by simply saying instead that they stunk in every way, and leave it at that.
Every skater has nothing to be proud of in looking at this performance. If they were to take exception to this claim, they would have to take a lie detector test to convince me that they weren't fooling themselves.
There was only one Canadien who seemed to have any idea that he was even in a professional hockey game and you know who that is without me saying don't you?
Carey Price was a world-class goalie in Ohio playing by himself, looking to the left and the right and finding only an ocean of blue. His own mates were nowhere to be seen. Price was lucky to get out of there allowing only three.
The breakaways or partial breakaways totalled about seven or eight against Price. He stopped almost all of them. The quality of stop was as high as it can get. Price is showing that he's got game. No one else showed they got any idea game was played.
They might need a shake-up
Perhaps a shake-up would have been in order from head coach Jacques Martin. He threatened to put in the press box Jaroslav Spacek and give a chance to the top plus minus player on the team Alexandre Picard to take to the ice against the Blue Jackets. That type of move was in order considering what we saw in the game. It felt like one of those nights that get described as mid-season blahs. Unfortunately, it's quite early for those.
Now the truth is that this wonderful start to the season doesn't look so good. Two losses in a row with the Sabres in Buffalo on the agenda Friday night.
U.S. elections more interesting
The only positive I can find besides Price that I can say about the night is the American elections were entertaining at least. Through the course of the night, the balance of power in the U.S. changing hands pulled me in, while the Habs total lack of power pushed me away.