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.

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

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.

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