A West Coast Trip Makes Or Breaks A Team
Do The Players Want Martin Fired?
After coming off a lackluster display in a loss in Anaheim, the Montreal Canadiens put in a better effort. They skated hard, they hit harder and overall they played a better game. But in the end it was the same defensive mistakes that lead to another loss.
It was all going to plan with less than two minutes left in the game. Goals from Michael Cammalleri, David Desharnais were countered by markers from Jamie McGinn and Logan Couture. Both teams showed off a free flowing style of play making me wonder if the Habs would fit the Western conference better.
It was nice to see a game with so much open ice and see the speed that the Habs could display every night if given the chance. Erik Cole potted a third period goal giving the Habs another lead. All the team had to do was hold on for twelve minutes. They did, well almost did, but Ryane Clowe pushed the game into overtime scoring the tying goal with less than a minute and half remaining.
The overtime solved nothing and the game went into the shoot out. Both teams had the chance to salt away the win but only until Joe Pavelski beat Price and P.K. Subban was stopped by Anti Niemi did the Sharks get maximum points.
Some would say a point in San Jose after losing to the Ducks the night before would be worthy of some comfort but not in light of how the Habs have been playing this season. They are stuck out of the playoffs and seem to be sputtering.
Raphael Diaz logged the most minutes out of any skater, yes Diaz. Erik Cole again only got eighteen minutes and change of ice time. Four D-men played over 22 minutes while Yannick Weber only logged less than twelve minutes. Carey Price had to stop 41 shots. The power play only had once chance to click but once again it was a mess as it has been for the past four weeks. The players are trying, the players are skating and working hard. It just doesn’t seem to be working. Something has to change.
As you see teams around you in the standings making changes, big changes, you wonder what you should be doing. You wonder what your team could do to make a difference in the dressing room, in the board room or on the ice. Consensus says that the easiest change to make is to fire someone. That someone is usually the coach.
Three teams of done it in the past week. The Anaheim Ducks did it right after the buzzer sounded Wednesday night. So would firing Jacques Martin cure all the problems the team is having? Of course it wouldn’t. Would it help push the team in the right direction? Of course it would. The organization not only has to fire Martin but it has to clean house.
The coach and the assistant coaches must be relieved of their duties and a new regime must be brought in now. If you wait any longer, the goal of at least making the playoffs keeps getting farther away. Am I being a little too rash? Well, yes I am but so are 75% of Habs fans and so were fans of three other teams that made the same decision this past week.
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Shahab Khan the Schoolboy