As usual, Dany Dubé offered cogent post-game analysis on CKAC.
He said the Canadiens were, oddly, victims of the Bruins game.
They beat Boston 7-4. They had 52 shots. There was skating, fights.
It was everything a fan could want. But it wasn’t Montreal Canadiens hockey.
They tried to run and gun with Ottawa, and the Canadiens got run over and gunned down. They’re simply not good enough to play wide-open hockey aginst a team as skilled as the league-leading Senators.
It was disappointing that the Canadiens couldn’t offer a better
defensive showing on Larry Robinson night. Andrei Markov and Mike
Komisarek were each minus-two, even rock-steady Roman Hamrlik made some
errant passes under Ottawa’s forechecking pressure. Cristobal Huet made
some big stops but also yielded the kind of fat, juicy rebounds that
Carey Price never seems to give up.
The Canadiens had 36 shots, but not many of them were dangerous. The
forwards should have done more to obstruct the vision and mess with the
concentration of Martin Gerber, a physically small goaltender who saw
everything and stopped almost everything, except for shots by Guillaume
Latendresse and Christopher Higgins.
Everyone remembers him being bombed out of the Carolina nets in the
playoffs two years ago, but in seven regularseason games against the
Canadiens Gerber has won six times.
Guy! Guy! Guy! played one of his better games last night. He fought off
massive Christof Schubert to score his goal. Michael Ryder continues to
work hard and hit. The Tomas Plekanec line had its moments.
There was a total-domination sequence in the first period when Ottawa didn’t touch the puck for a good 90 seconds.
But in the end, the better team won.
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• Bryan Smolinski is struggling. I hope it’s just a bad spell and not an indication that an older player is fading fast.
• Mikhail Grabovski is not ready for the NHL. And at that size, he may never be.
• Josh Gorges might have helped last night.
• Ominous word from Hamilton: no one stands out as ready to help the big club.
On to Long Island – for a game that’s going to be really tough.