Another Loss Leading Into A Sunday Game Day: NY Rangers Vs Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators 3 Montreal Canadiens 2 (SO)
Sometimes, actually most of the time, the best team always wins. It doesn't make a difference how hard you play the bounces usually go to the team that has the most talent. It doesn't make a difference if you deserve to win because the Gods of hockey always side with the better team.
That was the case last night. The Montreal Canadiens worked harder than they have most of the past few games. P.K. Subban had a goal disallowed in the first period but the team stayed strong. The Habs actually took a third period lead only to have it reversed as the Sens scored two looking to go out winners in regulation. But the Canadiens actually fought back and Max Pacioretty scored the tying goal with only 39 seconds left.
But as the case with most floundering teams, they find a way to lose. In the shootout Lars Eller, Tomas Kaberle and Pacioretty couldn't beat Craig Anderson and when Daniel Alfredsson scored on Carey Price the extra point was lost.
Let's try and look at it in a positive light. The team played well. They fought back after losing the lead in the third and came out with a point. Then again a point doesn't do them any good in the standings. Scott Gomez returned and got over 16 minutes of ice time. It was nice to see him return but he took away ice time from Eller who arguably has been the best Hab in the new year. P.K. Subban was on the ice for over 27 minutes. With all the pundits calling for less P.K. it was nice for him to stand up and show exactly what he is made of. He will always make mistakes but all the team needs is someone to log ice time and occassionally make the great play.
The first worry that I have was seeing Chris Campoli in the lineup. Campoli in means Alexei Emelin out. Emelin needs to play. And the shootout selections once again baffled me. Why is Kaberle taking a shot?
But the team got a point and now on to the next one.
Game Day: New York Rangers Vs. Montreal Canadiens
The New York Rangers sit atop the Eastern conference with 60 points. The Montreal Canadiens sit in twelth place with 40 points. The Habs will not be able to catch the Rangers in the standings but the more important question is will the Habs be able to make the playoffs. Gaining one point at a time will not help. The team has to make a concerted effort to win in regulation gaining maximum points.
If last night's game was over shadowed by the departure of Mr. Mike Cammalleri. Tonight's game will be over shadowed by the arrival of Mr. Rene Bourque. Yes there is a Bourque on the Habs but alas he doesn't speak french. Bourque has finished his five game suspension and will look for a fresh start out from under the gaze of the Sutter's.
As is usually the case when any team comes into Montreal, the opposing coach always puts the Quebec goaltender in nets. But Martin Biron helped the Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs last night. So look for Henrik Lundqvist to get the start. He will look to stop a five game losing streak for the blue shirts at the Bell Centre.
The Rangers look for a seventh win in eight games while the Habs try to look for only their fourth win in their last eleven. With Carey Price playing last night, Peter Budaj should get the start but then again every game is do or die so coach Randy Cunneyworth will have a tough time not playing Price.
As the pundits have all been saying, the Bourque move is not the last one. Is there a taker for Scott Gomez out there? I don't think so. Should Patrick Roy start packing his bags for Montreal or more importantly should Cunneyworth and Pierre Gauthier start packing theirs?
The game can be seen on RDS, TSN for viewers in the Montreal region and broadcast on TSN Radio 990 Montreal.
Shahab Khan the Schoolboy