Canadiens blew 3-0 and 4-1 leads and a wild, 70-shot 4-4 game went to a Shootout that Nashville won.
Guy Carbonneau told his players this was the low point of their season.
Cristobal Huet, bombarded with 44 shots in regulation and OT, then beaten twice in the shootout, said the Canadiens were "fragile between the ears right now."
In a somber dressing room where the only sound was tape being pulled off and flung away, Christopher Higgins described the loss as "embarrassing."
"We can talk all we want," Higgins said. "We’ve got to get the job done on the ice.
"We have to play with passion and with pride. How are we going to enjoy a day off (on Sunday) after blowing a 3-0 lead in our own building?"
Carbonneau took a while to amble over to his postgame press conference, and the coach looked good and pissed when he got there.
"It was a bit like our 10 last games," Carbonneau said. "We play a decent first half of the game and then the second half is a total disaster."
Without naming names, Carbo said the loss was attributable to weak play by "guys who are supposed to do the job at the end of the game."
Roman Hamrllik, Mathieu Dandenault and Mike Komisarek were on the ice for the third and fourth Nashville goals.
Carbonneau bristled when asked about Saku Koivu centring the third line tonight.
"Where do you get Saku on the third line?" he demanded. "Did you see my board. I don’t see where you guys get that."
Carbonneau maintained that the Koivu line was his first line – which means Mark Streit and Bryan Smolinski are on the wings of the number one line of the Montreal Canadiens.
As if …
Huet was more candid.
"I feel responsible," the goaltender said. "I didn’t finish the job.’
He had plenty of company at the low point – to date.