And it won’t get better on Saturday night.
Fresh from being embarrassed by the best French-speaking player in the NHL, the Canadiens face the pride of Nova Scotia and a pretty darn good Russian.
Any optimists out there?
Anyone more disappointed than the Scott Gomez-bashers, who looked forward to the vindication of an inspirational road win with number 11 out of the lineup?
The Canadiens played well for 20 minutes, then it got ugly … against a Philadelphia team lacking Chris Pronger, James van Riemsdyk and Jaromir Jagr.
You just knew all those blown power-plays would catch up to them.
The Flyers had killed off four shorthanded situations when Giroux, fresh out of the box, popped one from a ridiculous angle to make it 1-1.
A penalty to Marc-Andree Bourdon gave the Canadiens a chance to reclaim the lead, but more PP incompetence energized the Flyers and Jakuv Voracek (man, Paul Holmgren makes good trades!) scored the winner.
Giroux added his second during a period in which the Flyers had a ridiculous 18-5 shot advantage.
I thought Eller played a decent game. His 5:50 on the power-play didn’t accomplish much, but it’s valuable experience that will pay off down the road.
The Canadiens desperately need Andrei Markov back to provide point presence on a PP that has become a popgun.
Tomas Plekanec can’t play the point.
The Canadiens hoped Yannick Weber could, but he’s been dreadful and is devoid of confidence.
The lone bright spot was Alexei Emelin’s six hits. The Russian has solidified his status as a starter.
I could go on and on about the Canadiens’ suckitude, but it’s 6 o’clock and I’m meeting friends for a downtown dinner.
Shall we wrap up this truncated ALN by recalling the 2006 draft?
Picking 20th, the Canadiens took Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey.
Picking 22nd, Philadelphia heeded the strong recommendation of their Quebec scout. Simon Nolet likes a slick-skating playmaker who had scored 87 goals in two seasons with Gatineau of the QMJHL.
The rest is woeful history.
Defenceman David Fischer has never played a game in The Show and is currently in his second season with the Florida Everglades of the ECHL.
Claude Giroux is a superstar.
And Giroux grew up in Hearst, Ont., as a fan of the bleu-blanc-rouge. Robert Lefebvre sends this pic of young Giroux in his Saku Koivu jersey: