Montreal - Oct. 23, 2011 - Saturday night's loss to the Leafs should result in some fist pounding on a table. Maybe more than a table.
Let's get to it.
A new line is born. Lars Eller - Andrei Kostitsyn - Travis Moen. Moen's best game as a Hab. Maybe Eller as well.
The face off circle. Habs won 57% of draws and held David Steckel even.
Hal Gill played inspired hockey all night, no doubt spurred on by wonderful fan reaction to his 1,000th NHL game.
Seeing the Pocket Richard, Henri Richard an inspiration to every player under 5'10".
Mike Cammalleri scoring a goal in career game #500.
The booing of Mike Komisarek. Keep it up.
Captain Brian Gionta was -2.
The penalty call on Gionta when he knocked James Reimer out of the game. Reimer was clearly outside the blue paint when Gionta made contact. If it was a penalty why not a head shot call?
Jay Rosehill & Mike Brown sticking it to PK Subban, Carey Price and anybody else they could get their hands and/or stick on. The Canadiens 4th line answer is Andreas Engqvist & Aaron Palushaj.
Carey Price allowing five goals on 27 shots. He made some truly amazing saves including at least a couple that should have been game savers. And he's not getting much help from a thin blue line. Nor any protection. But he's got to get his save percentage above .900 and go from there.
For the second time in a week the Habs blow a one goal lead on home ice with fewer than seven minutes to play.
Habs were outshot in the third period and overtime 13 - 6.
At least one member of the Canadiens - Lars Eller - didn't even know Reimer was out and The Monster in to start the second period. Eller was almost speechless when asked about the goalie change by Mitch Gallo. Anybody else not know?
Terrible coaching job, just awful. Let's count the ways:
With Engqvist off for high sticking and a face off deep in the Montreal zone Martin has Eller & Moen on to take the draw against one of the best face off guys in the NHL David Steckel. It is standard operating procedure - if your a coach who pays attention to detail once the game starts - to have a pair of centermen on in key face off situations. Naturally, Eller gets tossed, Moen badly loses the draw and Steckel gets the Leafs on the scoreboard with a neat deflection.
Two more bench minors for a team that led the NHL in that department last season. Where's the accountability?
The power play ( 0 -4 now at a 5% efficiency rate for the season) featured 3:12 of Mathieu Darche but not a single second of Eric Cole. When asked about it by Jessica Rusnak, Martin explained that she should have done her research because Cole only scored 3 power play goals a season ago. Well, I've done some research. Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, Jussi Jokinen, Tumo Ruutu & Joe Corvo scored more goals on the power play than Cole did a year ago. Is there a Mathieu Darche in that group? Cole did lead the Hurricanes in game winning goals with nine. A few years back Cole scored nearly 50% of his goals on the power play. We can play with numbers all night, including sample size but just on the surface that statement Martin made, after the Canadiens invested all that term and money for a bona fide NHL winger who can put the puck in the net is insulting and frankly, I believe tells you all you need to know about Martin's head space right now. Here's more research: Darche, as mentioned, spent 3:12 on the power play. Max Pacioretty's PP time? 2:20. And while the Habs enjoyed a full 60 seconds of a 5 on 3 advantage in the first period, Darche was out there the whole time while Pacioretty (and Kostitsyn, Desharnais & Cole) had his ass on the bench. For those of you who believe that Martin knows what he's doing back there, defend this. Four on Four overtime and the Leafs go to two of the quickest forwards in the League, Phil Kessel & Mikhail Grabovski. The Habs have the slowest skater in the league back on defense in Gill. You know what happened. I've tried to explain how important it was to have Kirk Muller behind the bench because Martin was a terrible in - game coach. Seen enough yet?
The Canadiens record of 1-4-2. One win, none at home, after seven games.
The Canadiens in last place in the eastern conference.