Singing the Halakian Blues
In his return game to the Bell Centre in Montreal Jaroslav Halak recorded the 18th shutout of his career. It was a game where the bigger, speedy St. Louis Blues shut down the diminutive Habs. Clearly the better team showed up and took the game. Halak did not have to be spectacular just ready to play. The Habs did not go to the net or have any puck possession.
The line of Tomas Plekanec, Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta was on the ice for two of the three goals scored by the Blues and quite frankly appeared to be disinterested throughout the game. The first two goals were scored on the only two times in the game Michael Cammalleri went to the net and played observer while the man he was supposed to be checkiing scored. The few times the Habs went into the Blues zone on this night the shots were either perimiter and under full view of Jaro or went high and wide. The Habs did well on the penalty kill going a perfect three for three.
The Blues played a complete game and won all of the one on one battles for the puck thus eliminating the Habs dump and chase game. Bottom line - the Blues showed they wanted the points a lot more than the Habs did.
The fans voting for the three stars had Jaro getting the first star and he was given an ovation by the crowd which was nice to see and well deserved as he single-handedly brought Montreal to the eastern final a scant two years ago. Now, however that seems so long ago.
Carey Price was presented with the farce that is the Molson Cup before the game and the team record in every game that has happened is in tact.....yes another loss.
Next up The Boston Bruins - this ain't gonna be pretty.