Blanked in Winnipeg


It was the fourth time this season the Habs had back to back games – their record now is an abysmal 0-4.  

It took four games for Randy Cunneyworth to make his first big decision in his tenure as coach of the Montreal Canadiens.  The healthy scratches for the game against Winnipeg were Lars Eller and the slumping PK Subban.  The result was a 4-0 game to continue a losing streak of five games.

The first period featured a four minute high-sticking penalty to Hal Gill – On the ensuing power play Blake Wheeler scored on a one timer with assists going to Byfuglien and Enstrom.  Later the Jets padded their lead on a nice passing play on a turnover by Chris Campoli – Tanner Glass scored on passes by Kyle Wellwood and Nik Antropov. On twitter, @mikehaggett wrote – Heart, Pride and Determination were definitely healthy scratches.  And quite frankly it is difficult to argue with that sentiment.  The Habs managed a measley 4 shots on Pavelec.

The second period started off extremely badly for the Habs – Hal Gill was caught flat footed by Blake Wheeler who powered to the net putting the puck through Carey Price for his second of the game.  The Jets got into some penalty trouble, however, true to form this season of mal-content, the Habs did not make them pay. The positive news is that Emelin drew a four minute penalty when he was high sticked and then he drew an obstruction penalty – thus confirming that his presence made a difference with the incoming forwards. Hopefully he made a positive impression with his new coach.

The third period was a difficult watch. Once again the Habs did not come up with an effort for the third. Stapleton scored a goal on a decent shot to finish up the scoring for the home team.   

Now there is a pause for the holidays - hopefully a time for reflection for the players before starting once again next week.


George Prax's picture

That entire game was difficult to watch. I appreciate what Cunneyworth was trying to do by sitting Subban but it didn't make any sense. They don't have anyone of his caliber now matter how poorly he's been playing and that showed tonight. Gill, Campoli, even Diaz just as easily deserve to sit and would have been more palpable choices. You sit your top defenseman only if you have a viable option to replace him, and they don't. Either way, they weren't winning with him so it's not Subban's fault they lost tonight. It's utterly ridiculous. I think the whole situation here in Montreal has basically destroyed the motivation of anyone involved with this team. The season is over.