The Canadiens have beaten the Bruins 9 of the last 12 times they’ve met. Another statitistic you can take to the bank.
Not so easy to pigeonhole is the Canadiens confused performance last night. The importance of the game was clear. And yet the Canadiens overall performance could be politely termed “flat”.
The talkshows and the internet are busy trying to apportion “blame” for the poor performance. Of course there is a lot to go around. There was a host of passengers. The Canadiens’ game was messy, undisciplined and unemotional. Would it have been different if the Canadiens had scored the first goal instead of the Bruins. Maybe. But…..I doubt it.
And so we move on. This wasn’t the first stinker the Canadiens have played this season. We can only hope it’s the last. In professional sports you can’t afford to dwell on `yesterday`. The Habs have finished with the Bruins and now have to worry about the Washington Capitals tomorrow night and then Atlanta, Carolina and New Jersey next week.
The Canadiens have this disconcerting habit of tailing off at the end of the season. Last season they won only three of their last ten games and got into the playoffs on the heels of a shootout loss to Toronto in the final game of the season. Two years ago they were winless their last four games and again backed into the playoffs. They’re not walking that tightrope this season, but they do need to get their house in order. They haven’t scored a goal since last Sunday in Minnesota. The defensive side of their game has come apart. The Bruins didn’t do that to them. They did it to themselves and it’s up to them get it back.
The Standings After Games Thursday March 24th
GP Pts. Next Game
1st -Philadelphia 73 98** vs. Boston Sunday
2nd –Washington 74 96** – at Ottawa Friday
3rd – Boston 73 92** vs. Rangers Saturday
4th – Pittsburgh 74 94 vs. New Jersey Friday
5th – Tampa Bay 73 89 vs. Carolina Friday
6th – Canadiens 75 87 vs. Washington Saturday
7th – NY Rangers 75 85 at Boston Saturday
8th – Buffalo 73 81 vs. Florida Friday
9th – Carolina 73 78 at Tampa Friday
10th-Toronto 75 78 at Detroit Saturday