Let's take a look at the last 6 games played by the Habs.
They beat San Jose 3-2, and by they I mean Jaroslav Halak. They were outshot 48-21 and if it wasn't for awful goaltending by backup Brian Boucher, the Canadiens are never in that game.
They get absolutely embarrassed in Buffalo, losing 5-1. Granted Carey Price had a poor performance but a 5-1 loss to a team whose playoff hopes are on life support is unacceptable at this point in the season.
They follow that game up with a pathetic performance in Atlanta, losing 2-0 to an awful Thrashers team. The Habs combined for 13 shots in the first 2 periods against a defense composed of 3 rookies, 1 sophomore and 2 veterans.
The next game, Guy Carbonneau's last, the Candiens are not emotionally engaged, and Carey Price needs to stand on his head to beat Dallas 3-1. The Habs are once again outshot 31-19 but find a way to win, with credit going to some spectacular penalty killing.
In Bob Gainey's debut as head coach, the Canadiens are outshot 23-9 through 2 periods and are forced to come from behind to win it in overtime. Most objective viewers agree that the Habs had no business winning the game, especially considering it was against a fringe playoff team, the Oilers.
Most recently, Montreal found themselves at home facing an Islanders team, which I would venture to guess has no more than 3 forwards and 2 defenseman that the casual hockey viewer would know. The Canadiens end up losing in OT against the worst team in the entire league. As per usual, they were outshot badly, this time 39-26, and they looked especially bad when they had a 5 on 3 for a full 2 minutes late in the game and couldn't do anything. They were lucky to come away with a point.
So, that's 6 games in a row where Montreal has been outplayed, and I must have a mental block or something because I can't even remember the last time they had a good game.
The quality of play from this Montreal team is remarkably inconsistent from game to game, even from period to period. That's not a good quality to have with less than 20 games to go until playoffs start. I might take some heat for this because most Habs fans will say “they have 5 points out of a possible 6 in their last 3 games, how can you say that they look bad?”
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.