So much for my guaranteed win.
Those who read my commentary regularly know that I prefer to be tougher on the Habs when they win, and I prefer to look for positives when they lose. The logic in that philosophy is that you are never as good as you appear to be when you are winning, and you are never as bad as you appear to be when you are losing. Tonight’s performance in Buffalo is the exception to that rule. What transpired on the ice was absolutely inexcusable, to the point where I have never been this angry or disappointed with this Montreal Canadiens team over the course of the 2009-10 season. Anyone who watches the Habs consistently knows that there have been many times this year when it would have been very easy to lose patience, so hopefully you can use that as a gauge to comprehend my level of frustration.
I will sum up the game for those who did not watch. The Canadiens were much better through 2 periods. They really looked good, especially Carey Price who needed a good performance more than anyone and Andrei Kostitsyn who scored 2 goals. They even played a good first half of the third period. Then in classic Habs fashion they were assessed 2 very avoidable penalties at a critical time and that was it. A Tim Connolly PP goal at 18:01 and another goal (after a couple of chances to get the puck out) at 19:12 by Steve Montador tied the game up and sealed Montreal’s fate. Anyone who thought the Canadiens were going to win the game in OT or a shootout after blowing that lead is crazy! The person who I feel the worst for is Carey Price who just can’t catch a break. He went from probably starting back to back games and having the chance to take the team on his back, to Halak reclaiming the number one job by default, because the team lost focus in front of Price for just over 1 minute.
How can a team battling for a playoff spot blow a 2-0 lead in 71 seconds, after playing so well virtually the whole game; coming off of 2 consecutive losses where they should now be desperate; with 8 games left in a season; and against a team you might be playing against in the playoffs? That is completely unacceptable at this point in the season on so many levels. If the Habs were 10-15 games into the year my reaction would be completely different. You need experiences like this to help a team grow over the course of a long season, but not at game #74. I welcome anyone to tell me that I am overreacting because I don’t care; that 71 seconds was the worst display of hockey I have seen this year. To the city of Buffalo – you’re welcome for the gift.
As a final thought; I’ll defer to this audio to help you understand how I feel right now, especially to those with the mindset that there’s no reason to worry because they’re still going to make the playoffs….
I just hope they can bring it against the Panthers on Thursday.
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.