What is there to say?
Canadiens didn’t show up in Dallas. Lacking heart and conviction, they were beaten by a superior team and, in the process, allowed their general manager to be embarrassed by a player Bob Gainey had traded away.
The Canadiens had 18 shots on goal. Roman Hamrlik, their best defensive defenceman, was minus-four. Carey Price continued his habit of giving up at least one bad goal per game.
As Christopher Higgins said afterwards, the Canadiens couldn’t complete two passes, lost all the battles on the boards and were consistently second on the puck.
Price said Dallas had taken the Canadiens to school. The Stars, he added, are good with the puck and Canadiens gave them too much time to play with it.
As was the case when Detroit visited the Bell Centre, it was men against boys – timid, feckless boys at that.
Canadiens are young. They are skating up a learning curve, and what’s important is the lessons derived from humiliating losses, the most fundamental of which is "that sucked: what can we do so that it doesn’t happen again?"
For all that, your team is still sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. They took three of a possible six points on the first half of their holiday season odyssey.
Canadiens have two days off before boarding a Boxing Day flight to Florida.