But give the team some credit.
Playing the second half of a back-to-back, the Canadiens played courageously.
It might have been David Desharnais’s best game of the season.
Louis Leblanc played 14:25, did not look out of place and had the makings of good chemistry with Lars Eller.
Mike Cammalleri had his best game in a while. So did Brian Gionta.
Josh Gorges was heroic, particularly in the third period and OT.
The Canadiens took only one minor penalty.
But the Canadiens injury-depleted, undersized and inexperienced defence was overmatched against the hulking Sharks, who stormed back with forechecking ferocity each time the Canadiens had the lead.
The Canadiens led 1-0 for all of 41 seconds.
Their 2-1 lead lasted 1:37.
The 3-2 lead provided by Erik Cole was the biggest tease. It lasted until there were 87 seconds left in regulation time.
DD, so good in so many aspects of the game, was lax in his back-pressure coverage on Ryan Clowe.
Carey Price, who made superb saves and could not be faulted on the first two San Jose goals, directed a rebound into the slot, right toward an onrushing Clowe.
It was a dagger to the CH heart – yet another goal-against scored in the dying seconds of a period.
And it was an appropriately disheartening end – the OT and Shootout were anticlimactic – to an evening that began with more speculation and rumours about Andrei Markov.
After skating and practicing with his teammates in Brossard, Markov joined them for the trip to California. But he didn’t play in Anaheim and wasn’t in San Jose.
The Canadiens being the paranoid, Stalinist organization they are, there was no information forthcoming on Markov’s whereabouts, his condition or the likelihood we’ll see him in the lineup any time soon.
As the Markov Mystery deepened, the Canadiens played a gutsy game and salavaged a point that left them tied at 25 with the no-longer-mighty Washington Capitals and imminently-bankrupt New Jersey Devils.
Heading to Los Angeles – where Markov purportedly awaits – the Canadiens are within a point of the eighth-place high-water mark they’ve yet to achieve this season.
This isn’t much of an ALN …, but it’s 2 a.m. in Montreal and I don’t know what to make of this team – beyond the certainty that the Canadiens face a steep uphill climb toward qualifying for the postseason.
Their speed was on display against the Sharks.
So was their lack of size – and depth.
Alexei Emelin played the first half of the game like a D-man staking a claim on a Top Six spot.
Over the last 30 minutes, he joined the Swiss Cheeses in making one yearn for the return of Jaro Spacek and Chris Campoli.
One last throught to haunt the dreams of Habs fans:
Travis Moen in the Shootout?