The numbers pretty much say it all, don’t they? I mean, does that really require any description or explanation? Imagine, if you didn’t see this game, what an 8-3 loss would look like. Imagine the kind of defense that would lead 6 goals-against in the 1st period. Imagine what might happen to the Habs when Huet has a really, really bad day. Now you’ve more or less seen this game. Please, if you’re a Habs fan, don’t watch the highlights, you don’t need that kind of pain.
In a way, I feel a certain affinity with the Senators, because they are in some ways very much like the Canadiens- another very inconsistent team who seem to only have two ways to play, fantastic or abysmal, and who often alternate between the two within the same game. The difference is that the Sens' ‘fantastic’ is truly glorious hockey, whereas the Habs' ‘fantastic’ game is still a work-in-progress with a lot of unrealized potential. Not that it mattered in this game, because the Habs didn’t bring their fantastic game, but you know, for future reference.
1. Evidently the Habs have decided to cap the number of hits per game, and since Komisarek hits so much, there aren’t enough left for the rest of the team. Is there any other reason for not backchecking at all? Is this some sort of hockey strategy with which I am unfamiliar? Is there a good reason to give Alfredsson all the freakin’ space he needs to repeatedly punish you? And, oh yeah, I bet there are some people in Ottawa now who might be just a little bit glad that they didn’t decapitate him back in November.
2. Now that the Sens are finally free of that Spezza guy, they really seem to be finding their game. Nothin’ but dead weight, he was.
3. Notes: Souray breaks even, scoring one goal for each side. Komisarek lays a characteristically hard but uncharacteristically nasty thwack on Vermette in the 2nd which worries me on many levels. Aebischer, unfortunately, might be the goalie-of-record for this loss, which is unfair because he played quite well. The Habs’ 1st line was quite possibly the worst I’ve seen them in any game to date, while ironically the 2nd did, if not exactly well, not particularly badly. Also, just to point out again: The Canadiens outshot the Sens, and took fewer penalties, and lost. This is one of the customs of our people.
4. Most distressing fact about this loss:
Platitudes to make me feel better: It’s the same 2 points in the standings as a 2-3 loss. At least it wasn’t 2-10 against