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The Good, Bad and Ugly - November can't come soon enough for Canadiens
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The Good, Bad and Ugly - November can
Mitch Melnick of TSN 990 looks at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Peter Budaj was solid in his Montreal debut. But he hardly inspires a lot of confidence. Erik Cole's first goal as a Hab. On the power play. Whaddya know.
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Montreal - Oct. 25, 2011 - November can't come soon enough.

THE GOOD

  • Peter Budaj was solid in his Montreal debut. But he hardly inspires a lot of confidence.

  • Jaroslav Spacek looked solid. A useful player, when used properly, who's been unfairly maligned because of his pay cheque.

  • Erik Cole's first goal as a Hab. On the power play. Whaddya know.

  • Newcomer Petteri Nokelainen was a perfect 4-0 in face off circle.

  • Thomas Plekanic was 65% on face offs.

    THE BAD

  • David Desharnais won only 29% of his face offs and there are more and more instances of him getting knocked off the puck.

  • PK Subban. With the Habs pressing for the equalizer in the final minute and Jacob Markstrom lying prone on the ice like some circus act Brian Gionta and others were hacking away trying to find the puck. The Panthers, showing the Habs how it's done, mugged every Hab in sight. PK felt the need to "defend" his forwards by moving in from the point to grab somebody. But with 38 seconds left and down by a goal that move forced the face off outside the blue line. Habs never made it back in.

  • Mathieu Darche back on the power play for 1:43. Less time than Eric Cole & Max Pacioretty. But still 1:43 more than Andrei Kostitsyn. Unreal.

  • Habs record without Scott Gomez 0-1-1.

  • Referee Tim Peel.

    THE UGLY

  • The injury to Max Pacioretty. Whatever (shoulder, arm, wrist, hand) it is.

  • Too many veterans including and especially the line of Plekanic - Gionta - Cammalleri showed very little to no second effort when they didn't have the puck. And with the puck they took too many low percentage shots. On the surface it might look like a strong team effort that was quashed by a rookie goaltender. I don't really see it that way.

  • Season record now 1-5-2 with zero wins on home ice.

  • Last place in the Eastern Conference.

  • Only the winless Columbus Blue Jackets have a worse record in the entire NHL. With the Habs about to face Philadelphia and Boston (twice) they might be getting ready to say goodbye Columbus.


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