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by The Upper Canadien on 03/30/11 at 11:40 PM ET
That was a big game to lose. 6-2 for Carolina. Not good for your Montreal Canadiens is an understatement.
Some players looked decent, such as PK Subban, Mike Cammalleri and Mathieu Darche, who was a pinball all over the ice. At times, it looked like it was the Hurricanes vs. David Desharnais. So the good news is that there were some bright lights.
Ellers, I mean others, looked terrible. Such as Lars Eller.
Do I sound like a broken record?
Eller isn’t NHL calibre right now. He’ll have one good shift, and then 5 bad ones. Is it disappointing? Sure. I wish he was dominating. But the reality is he is not. And there really isn’t anyone to step into his place. The trade deadline was a month ago. So the cavalry ain’t coming.
Here’s the really worrying factor: Carey Price looks off. Not just off, he looks tired. Really tired.
But they have to nail down a spot. Can they do that with Auld if they give CP30 a bit of a rest? I’m not sure they can.
Bottom line: two weeks ago, the Habs looked like they were moving on up in the standings as the playoffs approached. Now, they’re dragging themselves across the finish line. And their schedule isn’t exactly easy over the final five games. New Jersey always plays them hard. And you know the Leafs want nothing more than to knock the Canadiens out of playoff contention again. Don’t count that out: it happened four years ago and it could happen again.
And don’t say lightning never strikes twice: it hits the top of Place Ville Marie dozens of times a year.
I’m starting to get nervous. The stars aren’t aligning, they’re combusting. Jacques Martin needs to get a lot more out of his horses, notably Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez and Mike Cammalleri.
Otherwise, I fear a first round playoff series of Alex Ovechkin, or Mike Richards, versus David Desharnais. And that, probably, wouldn’t be pretty.
But it would be prettier than the alternative: no playoffs at all.
Come on, Jacques, get this team together and start circling the wagons. It’s the most important time of the year. Time to get this ship on the right course.
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