How’s this for a quick hit?
Your Montreal Canadiens sucked.
To launch a killer stretch of four games in six days, the team was thoroughly beaten by a no-hope team that has 18 fewer points than the Northeast Division “leaders”.
Here’s the stat that says it all.
Blocking shots is dirty and dangerous work. Like taking a hit to make a pass, blocking a shot shots is a leading indicator of the will to sacrifice your body in order to win
The Islanders had 17 blocked shots by 11 players. John Tavares, Blake Comeau and Frans Nielsen blocked shots.
Seven Canadiens combined for eight blocks. Scott Gomez, Tomas Plekanec, Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, Maxim Lapierre and Benoit Pouloit combined for ONE BLOCKED SHOT, by the captain.
Lars Eller blocked a shot. The only Canadien who had more than one BS was Max Pacioretty, who had two.
Roman Hamrlik had no blocks … possibly because at his age, if he goes down he might not be able to get back up.
Josh Gorges: none. Hal Gill: none.
Carey Price blocked 21 … but I’ll save comments about the goaltender for About Last Night …
Suffice to say, at this point, we can be thankful the Canadiens haven’t been in a shootout this season, because one-on-one does not seem to be the goaltender’s forte.
But Carey Price didn’t cost them the game.
The Canadiens were awful, and they play in Washington on Tuesday night.
Habs Inside/Out was awful because our server crashed before the third period began.
I’m totally bummed.
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Martin F. Brodeur has been pulled more often than he’s won, six times vs. five.