Canadiens Game Story

TRADE DEADLINE BLUES – Canadiens-3 NY Rangers-1 (Feb. 22, 2018)

Feb 22nd, 2018 | By

If you’re a member of one of those teams that is clearly a ‘seller’ at the trade deadline this is the worst time of the year. And it shows especially in road games. The Canadiens were dreadful in losing all four games in their recent road trip and Thursday night at the Bell Centre the collective mind of the New York Rangers was more concerned about Monday at 3.00pm than what they had to do against the Canadiens.

CAUGHT SHORT AGAIN – Philadelphia-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) Feb. 20, 2018

Feb 20th, 2018 | By

Carey Price gave the Canadiens a rare good night. The Canadiens held a lead going into the final two minutes of the game and they lost. How familiar is that story?

Price kept the game close but never was there a sense that the Canadiens were ever off the brink simply because the talent gulf between the Canadiens and the Flyers was too vast to ever give any comfort level.

SELF-DESTRUCTION – Vegas-6 Canadiens-3 (Feb. 17, 2018

Feb 18th, 2018 | By

When whatever is left of the Canadiens brain trust gets together to do the post mortem on this catastrophic season, one topic of conversation will be the Canadiens lack of mental toughness.

They demonstrate it in so many areas starting with their record on the road this season.  They will talk about the fact that, outside of a few individuals they have little desire to go into the dirty areas for the puck.  And at Las Vegas Saturday another one of those nagging issues resurfaced.   

ROCK BOTTOM – Arizona-5 Canadiens-2 (Feb. 15, 2018)

Feb 16th, 2018 | By

There are two kinds of “statement games”.   One of them involves a couple of credible teams trying to prove who is king-of-the-hill, at least in the moment.  The other is to avoid being dubbed the worst of the worst.  The game at Glendale Arizona Thursday night was the latter and the Canadiens didn’t come out of it looking very good.  

The Canadiens went into Arizona with one win in their last ten road games and ranking 26th in the league. to the Coyotes 31st.   

FIRING BLANKS – Colorado-2 Canadiens-0 (Feb. 14, 2018)

Feb 15th, 2018 | By

How often have we said this year “The Canadiens played well enough to win.” It’s a sad song that’s heard ad nauseum since the season began.

Fact is, the Canadiens again played well enough to win in Colorado Wednesday night win except one thing. They can’t score goals. Forty-three shots on goal and nothing. Zilch. Shut out!

GAME OF THE YEAR – Nashville-3 Canadiens-2 (shootout) Feb. 10, 2018

Feb 11th, 2018 | By

If you can’t be good, at least don’t be dull. Especially don’t be dull in front of your own fans.

And the Canadiens have been anything but boring in their last three home games even knowing that their season is a failure destined to end in Toronto April 7th.

You can carp about the Canadiens long-standing inability to capitalize on their scoring chances but it’s impossible to question their effort against Nashville Saturday night.

ROAD WEARY – Philadelphia-5 Canadiens-3 (Feb. 8, 2018)

Feb 9th, 2018 | By

There is a point where a bad hockey team faces the reality of their shortcomings and begins to drift apart. One of the first signs that a team has lost it’s mojo is their effort on the road. At home, most teams feel a responsibility to perform in front of fans and family. On the road that obligation isn’t the same. And it’s showing.

After the 5-3 loss in Philadelphia Thursday night, the Canadiens have now dropped 8 of their last nine on the road. The only win in that stretch went to Antti Niemi in Washington January 19th. Carey Price has lost his seven starts on the road. At least the Canadiens scored three goals for him this time. They had totaled four in his previous six appearances.

LEHKONEN BREAKS OUT – Canadiens-4 Ottawa-1 (February. 4, 2018

Feb 4th, 2018 | By

For Artturi Lehkonen it hasn’t been the dreaded ‘sophomore jinx’ that caused him to go 24 games without a goal, so much as an untimely injury. Lehkonen scored his first two goals of the season on October 30th at Ottawa. Two weeks later he suffered a lower body injury (knee?) that kept him out of 16 games and put his conditioning well behind the rest of the league. It is only in the last couple of weeks that there has been some of te old jump to his game and Sunday he finally got on the same page as his teammates. Lehkonen scored two goals including the game winner and came within a whisker of completing the hattrick late in the third period.

MAN ADVANTAGE – Canadiens-5 Anaheim-2 (Feb. 3, 2018)

Feb 3rd, 2018 | By

There is a long list of things the Canadiens front office is going to have to deal with when the team’s season ends on the seventh of April. The power play is not one of them. As a matter of face the Canadiens power play is one of the few areas that has improved as the season has gone along.

THE NEVERENDING STORY – Carolina-2 Canadiens-0 (February 1, 2018)

Feb 1st, 2018 | By

It’s become clear since the Christmas break that the Canadiens are closer in talent to the teams behind them in the standings than they are among those who are just a ahead of them. That may make happy those who favour going into the tank through the final thirty-one games but it’s depressing the hard core fans to no end.

It’s become the never-ending story. Against Carolina Thursday night, a lot of individual hard work failed to produce a goal. I

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