Who would have thought Canadiens would get goals from Michael Ryder, Christopher Higgins, Saku Koivu … and still lose?
Back to the drawing board for the shut-down game.
As Mike Komisarek learned – and he will learn, because Komisaurus is a bright guy – cross-ice passes can be dangerous … especially when you’re protecting a one-goal lead and Evgeni Malkin has just left the penalty box.
As Alex Kovalev should have known, penalties are not good in tie games.
Ditto for Roman Hamrlik, who had Canadiens playing shorthanded for two minutes while they were trying to regain momentum late in the third period.
Mo was fickle last night.
Coming back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits, Canadiens seemed to have the wind in their sails. But the PP during Malkin’s penalty was a mess, and the wind shifted suddenly when he brought the Penguins back.
The list of Canadiens who suffered through off nights would include Andrei Markov, Cristobal Huet, Tomas Plekanec, Kovalev and Guillaume Latendresse.
Gui! has been invisible for a while. He needs either new linemates or a hot dog night.
• The front page of the Journal du Montréal on Thursday had Montrealers smelling the Cup. There was a different smell at the Bell Centre last night, but hey, stuff happens.
• Pittsburgh is good. They have a terrific nucleus of young talent – even without Crosby. And a team with allegedly questionable D held Canadiens to 21 shots on home ice.
• The league’s Russian superstars are doing a number on Canadiens. Alex Ovechkin lit them up a couple weeks ago. Last night it was Malkin. And Ilya Kovalchuk is here on Tuesday.
• Canadiens’ power-play was 2-for-2 before soiling the bed during Malkin’s penalty.
• Saku Koivu was excellent. The Captain is alive and well for the stretch run.
• Sergei K. gets better every game. You don’t want to break up the Pleks line, but I’d love to see the Brothers K together.
• Max Lapierre tries – God knows, opponents find him very trying – but no one sparks this team like Steve Bégin.
• If Michael Ryder had played all season like he’s played the last few games, he’d be closing in on another 30.
• Mark Streit is in a bit of a funk.
Let’s see what Carey Price and some new lines can do on Bob Gainey Night.