The Canadiens took a 1-0 lead in the game thanks to a power play goal by Andrei Kostitsyn. From that point on, they disappeared offensively. There were two late Chicago goals, the first into an empty net, that made the game more lopsided than it was, but in the final assessment, the Canadiens’ offense was, to put it politely, toothless. They managed 21 shots in the game; eight of those came from one player. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford did what he had to do, but seldom was he under any kind of sustained pressure. The Canadiens are 0-3 under new head coach Randy Cunneyworth and the losing streak is now four.
Sudden Death – The Canadiens were in the game midway through the second period. Two goals in 21 seconds and the air came out of the balloon. Both goals deflected off defenders; first Subban and then Campoli.
Capitulation – Max Pacioretty took a shot on Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford at 6:13 of the third period. At that time the Canadiens trailed 2-1. The final 13:47 of the game they did not register a shot on goal. They didn’t come close to registering a shot. This, in the third period against a team that had played a tough game the night before in Pittsburgh. In the third period the Canadiens were outshot 9-3 and outscored 3-0.
The Canadiens Best – It’s not saying much, but my vote goes to Andrei Kostitsyn. He scored the only goal on his only shot of the game but he was more of an on-ice presence than the rest of the forwards.
Shooting Blanks – Max Pacioretty had eight of the Canadiens 21 shots. Seven of them came in the first two periods. Nothing to write home about on any of them except the save made by the Hawks defense on Pacioretty late in the second period. At the end of the night the only thing that can be said was, he was minus-2.
Is He Hurting? – We’re used to seeing Erik Cole with around four scoring chances a game. He had only one against the Black Hawks. It came early in the third period on a partial breakaway. His only shot on goal the entire night. Did the Dennis Seidenberg hit in Boston Monday, cause more damage than we thought?
Missing In Action – Michael Cammalleri’s slump is now starting to reach Scott Gomez proportions. He had one scoring chance the entire game, around the ninth minute of the first period. From that point onward, he was nearly invisible.
The Defender – Not a great night, especially from P,K. Subban who had a puck go off his skate past Peter Budaj to tie the game and he failed to control the puck on the Hawks third goal.
Trade Bait? –The Canadiens are going to keep playing Chris Campoli until somebody is desperate enough to want to take his contract. Alexei Emelin again was in the press box and Campoli was minus-2.
The Goaltender – How can you find fault with Peter Budaj? He stopped the stopable. The rest? Call it non-support. Carey Price would have suffered the same fate had he been given the start.
Special Teams – At least one encouraging aspect of their game. The Canadiens were perfect on the penalty kill and scored a goal on three power play chances. Although he wasn’t on the ice for the Kostitsyn power play goal, since Tomas Kaberle arrived on the scene the Canadiens have scored five times on 27 power play opportunities. They still rank 29th in the league.
From the Scoresheet – Shots-Max Pacioretty – 8; Hits – Pacioretty 5, Moen,5; Blocked Shots-Kaberle -3; Faceoffs Won/Lost – Desharnais 11/7 – 61%. Time on Ice – Forward – DAvid Desharnais 19:28. Defense – P.K. Subban 23:28.
Ahead – At Winnipeg Thursday night followed by the Christmas break and then road games in Ottawa, Tampa Bay and the annual New Year’s eve game at Florida.