Canadiens Game Story

SLOPPY!!! Carolina-6 Canadiens-5 (Jan. 25, 2018)

Jan 25th, 2018 | By

It wasn’t dull. Sloppy yes. Dull no.

Coaches spend hours drilling systems, puck management and discipline into their teams and then stand back and watch everything they’ve been preaching come off the rails.

This was one of those nights. Alfonse and Gaston could have been playing this game. Or Abbott and Costello. Maybe Fric and Frac.

PLAYING SPOILER – Canadiens-4 Colorado-2 (Jan. 23, 2018)

Jan 23rd, 2018 | By

It was clear two minutes into the game what the Canadiens wanted to do against a team that was on it’s second game in 24 hours. Starting with two hard hits by Brendan Gallagher on the first shift, they piled on seven in the first four minutes.  Execution was near perfect.  They kept up the hitting.  The classic way to beat a road-weary hockey team.  At the end the hits favoured the Canadiens 43-23 and ended Colorado’s ten game winning streak.

TALENT DEFICIT – Boston-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 20, 2018)

Jan 20th, 2018 | By

You have to hand it to the Canadiens. Saturday night’s game against the Bruins was their second in 24 hours, their third game in four nights and their fifth in eight nights. And unlike in Boston on Wednesday, the Canadiens showed up and worked hard for sixty minutes.

TAKING ADVANTAGE – Canadiens-4 Washington-3 (Jan. 19, 2018)

Jan 20th, 2018 | By

We are warned “never to look a gift horse in the mouth” and for some reason the Friday night version of the Washington Capitals was “a gift horse” for the Canadiens. The Capitals were playing their second game in 24 hours coming off their five day break. Whatever the reason, the Friday night Capitals were a shadow of the team that whipped the Canadiens 6-1 in early October and the Canadiens are not going to give back the two points.

OUT TO LUNCH – Boston-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 17, 2018)

Jan 18th, 2018 | By

To start the game against the hottest team in the NHL on Wednesday night the Canadiens centremen were Jacob de la Rose, Paul Byron, Tomas Plekanec and Byron Froese. The most qualified member of that group was Plekanec and he went into the game with one goal in his last 28 games.

So could anyone expect any different result?

It started well. The Canadiens scored in the first minute. After that, mostly downhill.

Things started well – a goal in the first minute. Then it was mostly downhill with the exception of Carey Price who kept it pretty close until the third period.

ANOTHER LOSER POINT – NY Islanders-5 Canadiens-4 (Overtime) Jan. 15, 2018

Jan 16th, 2018 | By

What we had out on Bell Centre ice Monday night was the NHL’s worst defensive team up against the 29th ranked offense. What could go wrong with that?

The worst defense in the league blew two two-goal leads and wound up in overtime while the NHL’s third worst offense produced 56 shots on goal and still couldn’t produce enough to win the game.

That’s the way it has been and will be with the 2017-2018 edition of the Canadiens.

ENTERTAINING LOSS – Boston-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout) Jan. 13, 2018

Jan 14th, 2018 | By

It’s another one in the loss column which was more than half expected considering the current state of the Canadiens compared with that of the Bruins who have been one of the league’s best teams over the last month and a half.

At least they weren’t boring and playing dull uninspiring hockey had been a team affliction until the game against Tampa ten days ago. Like the game against the Lightning, also decided in overtime, it was a matter of rising to the occasion. Some might more accurately say, playing over their heads. Win or lose, the paying customers at the Bell Centre were entertained after being forced to sit on their hands for most of the month of December.

HOLLOW VICTORY – Canadiens-5 Vancouver-2 (Jan. 7, 2018)

Jan 7th, 2018 | By

The Canadiens made it two wins in a row for the first time since before Christmas which is a good thing. They did a lot of things right to get their 2-0 lead except they worked hard enough to make it 4-0 and couldn’t. Anders Nilsson was yet another goaltender who was made to look like the second coming of Georges Vezina. Their failure to pile it on allowed the Canucks, who were playing their second game in twenty-four hours to come back to tie the game

CROWD PLEASER – Canadiens-2 Tampa Bay-1 (shootout) Jan. 2, 2018

Jan 5th, 2018 | By

The Canadiens have been a poor hockey team for most of the first half of their season. They have also been something worse. They have been dull.

Thursday night against the team with the best midseason record in the league, they were anything but dull.

You have to look at the context. The Canadiens entered the game on a five game losing streak in which they scored only four goals. Nothing changed much in this game. The Canadien scored only once.

PASSIVE PERFORMANCE – San Jose-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 2, 2018)

Jan 3rd, 2018 | By

Tuesday night against San Jose, the Canadiens lost their fifth game in a row and dropped a little deeper into the abyss of the NHL’s nether regions.

The team has lost 23 of it’s 40 games this season. Although there have been a variety of reasons for the losses, there is one thread that is constant – the Canadiens can’t score. Their lone goal against the Sharks came on a five-on-three power play. They have four goals their last five games. Through almost every one of their games this season the inability to score, especially five- on-five hangs over the team on a nightly basis. The Canadiens have scored 23 goals while winning three of their last 12 games.

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