This is going to be the all-time short version of ALN.
What is there to say, really?
Playing the biggest game of his career, the franchise goaltender was, at best, mediocre … while the guy at the other end of the ice put on a playoff performance of Halakian brilliance.
David Desharnais, signed to a contract extension during the season, is turning into a slower, smaller Scott Gomez. In 19 minutes of ice time, including 5:11 on the power play, DD had ZERO shots on goal. And we won’t even mention he was kicked out of the faceoff circle more often than Charlie Sheen’s been thrown out of bars.
Josh Gorges and Raphael Diaz were a combined minus-5.
The Canadiens had 27 shots in the second period – in addition to 10 that were blocked by Senators and five that missed the net.
In their long and glorious history, which has featured some very good playoff teams, your Montreal Canadiens had never fired 27 SoG in 20 minutes of postseason hockey.
Not with Howie Morenz.
Not with Maurice Richard.
Not with Guy Lafleur.
But they did it with Brendan Gallagher and P.K. Subban, who played their hearts out against the Senators.
And still the Canadiens lost – because Carey Price is not Bill Durnan, Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden or Patrick Roy.
After that 27-shot second-period bombardment of Craig Anderson, Ottawa scored on two of their first four shots in the third period. And that was the ballgame.
And maybe the series because in addition to their goaltending woes, the Canadiens have lost their best centre.
Eric Gryba is not Raffi Torres. The Ottawa defenceman probably will draw a suspension, but that was a classic open-ice hit of the type Scott Stevens used to deliver, sending Eric Lindros et al to La-Laland.
With Lars Eller in the hospital and Desharnais struggling, the Canadiens have a hole at centre that 19-year-old Alex Galchenyuk will be hard-pressed to fill.
Granted, one game does not a series make.
But the Canadiens have a steep mountain to climb …. and less than 24 hours to get their poop in a group.
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Comment of the Night, from Blondemon:
Price basically started the 3rd the way he started the 1st in most of the games during the slump. Three goals on six shots. Deflated the team faster than an air mattress shared by Oprah and Rosie O’Donnell.