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Habs collapse for second night

Memories of 2012? The Habs blew a third period lead and lost for the second night in a row, a habit that was far too prevalent last season. Ryan White is the goat, having taken a terrible penalty late that allowed the Sabres back into it, and Michel Therrien is none too pleased. Look for White to be a scratch tomorrow night versus Toronto.

A couple of quick thoughts:

1) The Habs could do much worse than reaching out to Dominic Moore to see if he would be willing to sign for the rest of the year. He'd add a calm, third line presence good on faceoffs, and provide some depth scoring and faceoff prowess. He was great in 2010 as a Hab, and I certainly think it would be a good addition to this club.

2) Peter Budaj has to go. He is not an NHL calibre goalie, and the Habs need a solid backup in case Carey Price ever goes down. Budaj was weak against Buffalo, and the Habs could have won, theoretically, had he simply smothered the puck with seconds to go. Marc Bergevin should reach out to see if any vets are available - if Dwayne Roloson is still looking for a gig, could he be any worse than Budaj?

3) Brendan Gallagher should take Brian Gionta's spot on the second line. Gallagher is simply better, and gives the Habs more offence. Gionta is a great leader, but he's no longer a young pup. Lets see what Gallagher can really do.

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