By popular demand – OK, eight people asked for it – About Last Night … is becoming – well, About Last Night …
It will appear on the morning after Canadiens games and hopefully will reflect some sober, dispassionate analysis and a good night’s sleep.
As its title suggests, the new post-game feature will be a few observations of what has transpired.
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• The Canadiens are winless in November, winless on Tuesdays and winless with Andrei Markov in the lineup.
• Veterans deserve respect. Cavalier treatment of veterans does not play well in the room. That said, Jaro Spacek has to sit for Alexandre Picard.
• Jacques Martin can’t sit Scott Gomez. Or the Canadiens’ captain. But man, they’re struggling. The C on Gionta’s jersey is beginning to stand for “Curse”.
• If the Tomas Plekanec line doesn’t score, this team has no chance.
• Your best have to be your best: Rick Nash, Derick Brassard and Jakub Voracek were excellent for Columbus.
• What is with Québécois goaltenders against the Canadiens?
• The PP took another 0-for. On the season, 3-for-42. Hitting on 7.1 per cent of their chances. I did better when I was single.
• Bertrand Raymond made a good point on L’Antichambre: the Canadiens had a four-day break last month. Did they practice the power-play.
• Then Bert started lobbying for MAB … and I switched channels.
• The insertion of Dustin Boyd affected the game as much as the colour of socks I wore to watch it.
• One bright spot: Carey Price. Blameless on the goals. But his best save of the night was on Spacek.
• Another positive note: There were several flashes of vintage Markov.
• The scoresheet says the Canadiens committed two giveaways. Yeah, on the first wave of the first power-play. Then they stopped counting.
• An indicator of the will to win: Six Canadiens blocked eight shots, 11 Blue Jackets blocked 24. Kris Russell and Rostislav Kresla each blocked five.
• The fat shirtless dancer had more energy than the Canadiens’ forecheck.
• No Canadien had more than two hits. Some guy named Jan Hejda had five and the tough Derek Dorsett had four.
• Tomas Plekanec was 6-11 on faceoffs, took a bad penalty and generally did not play with the zip and smarts we saw in October.
• How significant is SoG? Columbus was outshot 29-24 and won easily. As did Florida, outshot 41-31. maybe we should be talking about quality shots and second shots. Canadiens are getting few and none, respectively.
• I love the kid, but Lars Eller is looking a bit lost.
• The game in a nutshell: Canadiens’ last shot was Hamrlik’s 80-footer. For the first time this season, the team mailed one in.
More tomorrow in ALN.