About last night …

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. 



  1. HABZ 24 says:

    That garbage no effort,no show game saturday was just a blip on the screen on the way to a playoff berth.maybe price is dizzy from the bus fumes he’s riding on the farm,shake it off big guy see you soon back in the bigs.go habs go!!

  2. Bill H says:

    I agree with you that we should not trade away our future and I wouldn’t trade AK46 for Marleau either. Those players all look pretty bad in the +/- department, but their stats look a lot better than Dandy’s when you include PP. The comparison by the original poster was between Dandy and those players, not between AK46 and Marleau. I wouldn’t have any problem trading Dandy for Marleau. Unfortunately I don’t think San Jose would go for it. Here are some stats for Marleau – 6’2″ 220lbs Age 28 Centre 55.9% faceoff – best on team. His production the last 2 years 34G 52A 86Pts and 32G 46A 78Pts. But he does have a bit of a problem with +/- so maybe he wouldn’t be a great fit here. He’s also having a bad year and likely won’t come near the past 2 years in production. But I expect he will turn it around.

  3. mjames says:

    Good post. Very interesting . What is it they say “the grass is not always greener” or “be careful what you wish for”!

    Here I am complaining about Smolinski. Can you imagine if we had signed Drury. Briere is not great either at -11 although he has 16 goals. As a comparison AK46 is close in scoring, has more upside and seems more responsible 5v5. All these great players do not seem to be worth the money. Your post quite correctly confirms that we should not trade our high potential youngsters for these supposedly great players. For example I would not trade Marleau for AK46 straight up. I am being serious when I say San Jose would have to sweeten the deal significantly.


  4. likehoy says:

    kane also gets more responsibility (ice time) than the other 2

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