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Habs back in the loss column

A PK Subban mistake late in the game, a disallowed goal - regardless, the Canadiens are back in the loss column this morning. Montreal lost 4-3 to a Flyers team that should have been reeling, after the losses of Chris Pronger and Claude Giroux to injury, but instead are firing on all cylinders, with 7 wins in a row.

David Desharnais played what may have been his best game as a Canadien, scoring a beautiful goal, while Carey Price looked fairly regular. For no apparent reason, Mathieu Darche played close to a full period of hockey. Almost time for Jacques Martin to go?

Louis Leblanc scored his first goal as a Hab - and was promptly benched the rest of the game (except for about 40 seconds. Seriously. This happened. It makes absolutely no sense, but it happened). Time for Jacques Martin to go?

On the whole, this team, with its losses late and frustrating lack of consistency, reminds me of another team - the Montreal Canadiens circa 2009-2010.

As you may recall, that team, under then-new coach Jacques Martin, came out of the gate crawling, and played terrible hockey for much of the fall. They still made the playoffs, largely on the back of the play of some guy named Halak.

Can they do it again? The hole is getting deeper. But in Gary Bettman’s parity-NHL, anything is possible.

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I didn’t watch the game, but I get the feeling that Jacques Martin’s stay in Montreal might be coming to an end. They only have 13 wins in 32 games this season. I know they’ve dealt with injuries, but a lack of production from some of their key players has hurt them. On a positive note, Cole, Desharnais and Pacioretty seem to have found their stride, and Kaberle looks like he might be shaking off whatever was plaguing his game in Boston and Carolina.

That being said, I don’t know where this team would be without Carey Price.

Posted by Briney on 12/16/11 at 01:13 PM ET

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