Or just lousy?
Facing an Islanders team missing seven regulars and dressing 11 rookies, the Canadiens were outhustled, outscored and humiliated in their own building.
The Islanders outshot the home team 30-19 and got second-period power-play goals from Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson.
The Canadiens were sluggish from beginning to end, and the crowd went home thoroughly POed.
Not even close to a comeback
Trailing 2-0, the Canadiens managed five shots on goal in the third period.
Evgeni Nabokov unsurprisingly stopped them all.
Which of these teams is going to the playoffs?
Douglas Murray took another match penalty and Ryan Strome opened ther scoring for the Islanders.
With the period winding down and Thomas Vanek in the penalty box, Brock Nelson beat Carey Price short-side to make it 2-0.
The visitors had a 14-6 shot advantage.
The home team is in disarray.
Oh, and George Parros lost another fight. To a smaller guy.
Lucky to be scoreless
The no-name Islanders started fast against the no-game Canadiens.
Shots were 9-2 for the visitors, who had the best of the early going.
Final tally was 10-8, but the Islanders had the better looks and chances.
Will Canadiens-Islanders at the Bell Centre match Wednesday night's classic at the United Centre?
But it's an important game for the Canadiens, who are edging closer to home-ice advantage against Tampa Bay in the first-round of the playoffs.
"Fat load of good it did them last spring!" the skeptics will say.
To which I reply: New season, better team ... and a first-round opponent that won't goon the Canadiens like Ottawa did a year ago.
But first, the mighty Islanders, who will have 11 rookies in their lineup.
The Canadiens will be going for a three-game sweep of their season series against the Tavaresless visitors.
Puck drops 7:40ish.
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