Let’s hope the Sunday brunch menu includes Valium.
It was just one game in a long season, right? But man, did your Montreal Canadiens suck or what?
The Rangers dominated every aspect of the game, most notably desire. They wanted it more.
Home teams usually do – not that it helped the Boston Bruins. But this was different.
The Rangers came out skating, hitting and battling for every loose puck. The Canadiens came out soft, slow (did you ever see so many of them fall for no apparent reason) and tentative.
The power play was 1-for-8 including two lengthy 5-on-3s – and by the time it clicked, the Rangers were up 4-0 and the issue was no longer in doubt. If other teams pick up on the technique of pressuring Alex Kovalev, the PP will need adjustment.
As will the attitude. Canadiens were due for a bad game, but there are bad games and there are no-shows.
This team isn’t good enough to win with anything less than 60 minutes of hard-working, high-energy, ultra-competitive hockey.
Thus endeth the Sunday sermon.
So enjoy your morning OJ and tranquillizers. There’s no need to panic … yet.
The game on Long Island will be very important. Guy Carbonneau would not commit himself as to who will start in goal on Tuesday.
And down on the farm, Carey Price was beaten five times on 13 shots and was yanked halfay through Hamilton’s 7-3 loss to Rochester.
So it was a crap Saturday night all around, unless you’re a New England Patriots fan or a Leafs-hater: they blew a 2-0 lead in San Jose, and the front office massacre should come tomorrow.