At least watching Detroit wheel and deal was entertaining.
Tonight the Canadiens lost to a terrible hockey team.
They may be able to win without Andrei Markov, but the team is 0-2 without Scott Gomez.
The Canadiens’ worst game of the season?
The Antichambre gang thought so, and I’m inclined to agree.
Toronto is not Nashville or Atlanta.
The Canadiens played a horrid first period. They didn’t skate, were outshot 11-4, were consistently second on the puck, lacked energy, gave up two weak goals and that, basically, was the ballgame.
Were the Canadiens tired on the second night of a back-to-backer?
Did they prepare badly for a poor team?
Should Carey Price have started?
Let the second-guessing begin … and continue for four days, until the Flyers and Bruins – ouch! – visit the Bell Centre.
With two Eastern Conference powerhouses coming to town, the Canadiens have Jeff Halpern centring their second line and a depleted D corps.
Any optimists out there?
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What we’ll hear all through the beginning of the week is how Jacques Martin has broken P.K. Subban’s confidence.
Subban is not the first young Canadien to watch games from the pressbox.
And with the Canadiens pressing and Alex Auld on the bench, P.K. pulled one of his classic, pre-benching moves:
The long wind-up, the ill-advised slapper right at a defender, with plenty of time to make a play.
Puck squirts out, 3-1 and goodnight, nurse.
The kid is going to be a terrific player. P.K. moved the puck effectively and with speed as the Canadiens climbed out of their 0-2 hole and back into the game.
But Subban is a work in progress. He ended the game minus-3. He still takes himself out of position in his own zone.
And Mike Richards is coming to town.
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• Mike Cammalleri was elevated to the Tomas Plekanec line and was a threat throughout the game.
• Benoit Pouliot used his size and skill to befuddle the Toronto D … not that it’s difficult.
• Josh Gorges played 20 strong minutes and was more physical than usual.
• The Canadiens blocked 25 shots.
Enough Polyanna nonsense.
Your Montreal Canadiens lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and that does not augur well for the rest of the December schedule.
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One lousy power play against a terrible team that includes cheap-shot artists Mikhail Grabovski and Colby Armstrong?
Tom Kowal is this season’s Chris Lee.
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Lars Eller on faceoffs:
2-7 in Detroit, 2-10 in Toronto.
The Danish Yanic Perreault he isn’t.
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What the heck did Jaro Spacek do to make Clarke MacArthur, a former Buffalo teammate, attack him?
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Classic moment on L’Antichambre:
While Mario Tremblay is taking a sip froma water bottle, Tony Marinaro asks him why Tom yatt played tonight.
Mario does a Danny Thomas spit take, and Michel Bergeron pisses himself laughing.