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Montreal blows another one

The Canadiens blew a 4-2 lead Friday night, losing 5-4 in a shootout to Piitsburgh. The Habs have now won 1 of 8 shootouts, and scored 4 goals in them. But who’s counting?

Many will blame PK Subban for this loss, pegging him for the Dustin Jeffrey goal that started the comeback. I think that’s bunk. Scott Gomez was out of position, and the rest of the team basically stopped skating. If it wasn’t for PK, it would have been Pittsburgh in the offensive zone against, well, anyone.

I don’t blame Gomez for the loss either, despite that terrible play, and the fact that he missed on the final shot of the shootout - where a goal would have tied it.

Nope, I blame Randy Cunneyworth: and you can start at the decision of having Scott Gomez take a shot in a shootout.

Gomez hasn’t scored since February 5th of 2011. We’re almost at a year, folks. What was Cunneyworth thinking? He had Erik Cole, who had a great game, on the bench, and I have no doubt Cole saw that as a slap in the face. So Cole gets overlooked for the shootout, Subban, without question the best defenceman in Montreal, gets chewed out on the bench for a play where his team abandoned him.

Jaro Spacek called Montreal a circus yesterday, and that’s just what it is. A circus and a joke.

What can make it worse? I am starting to believe that this team and its management have, well, no idea what they are doing. And the media are piling on Subban left, right, and centre. If Montreal trades Subban, it will be a huge, huge mistake, one regretted by Montreal hockey fans for years to come. I am not predicting such a trade - but I do fear it.

As for the present, it’s a Saturday night showdown in Toronto. Based on last night’s collapse, I’m not holding out much hope for a strong Montreal performance. But this team has blown more leads than I could have imagined, so maybe they’ll make it interesting…for a little while, anyhow.

In the meantime, Pierre Gauthier continues to jet set across North America in his quest to fix the Habs. This week he’s been to New York, New Jersey, Anaheim, Calgary…where will he be next? And who could all these teams possibly be interested in? Hal Gill?

The excitements continues, in a season I never expected, and one that I fear I won’t forget - for all the wrong reasons.

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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