Is the glass half full or is the glass half empty?
There are two ways to look at Montreal’s 6-3 win, Tuesday night over the Atlanta Thrashers. The optimistic part of me sees major improvement, while the pessimistic part of me sees a mediocre performance against a sub par team.
The Glass is Half Full
- For the first time in a while, the Canadiens held the opposition to a respectable number of shots against (only 25 by Atlanta).- The Canadiens best players were BY FAR, their best players. They have been missing consistent scoring all year, and they may have found a legitimate number one line in Tanguay – Koivu – Kovalev.- The PP was unconscious yesterday, going 3 for 6. They will need a potent powerplay to succeed in the postseason.- Inconsistency from period to period has been a problem, but the Canadiens came out and scored in the first minute of both the 2nd and 3rd period.- Even though Carey Price was average at best, he won a game, and he made some big saves.
The Glass is Half Empty
- The Canadiens only got production from 3 guys. The other 3 lines combined for 9 shots on goal and were largely ineffective offensively. You can’t expect 5 goals from your first line every night.- They were outshot by one of the worst teams in the NHL.- The Canadiens won 20 of 57 faceoffs. Good teams will make them pay for that.- Even with 6 powerplays and facing a very inexperienced defense, the Habs could only muster 22 shots on goal.- According to ESPN’s stats, the Habs had 19 giveaways compared to only 3 by the Thrashers. Again, against good teams, you can’t turnover the puck 19 times and expect to win many games.
I don’t know what to think. Should Habs fans be encouraged by the progress shown in a 6-3 win at home, or should they take the win with a grain of salt, and see that there are still many areas where the team isn’t sharp? Unfortunately, the Canadiens play Tampa Bay Thursday night, so the answer to that question won’t be revealed until they play against a good team.
PLAYOFF WATCH: The Panthers face the Sabres tonight in Buffalo. Florida is 2 points behind Montreal with the same number of games played. The Sabres have a game in hand, and are 7 points back.
GO HABS GO!
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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.