Well, the good news is that Carey Price wasn't terrible. The bad news is that Price wasn't good enough to salvage a point or two on opening night for the Canadiens in Toronto, and that leaves the ball rolling in the wrong direction heading into Pittsburgh this weekend.
As a widely-acknowledged borderline playoff contender, the Canadiens are probably going to need every point they can scrape together to make it back to the post-season, and that makes beating teams like Toronto a priority whether it's the first week of October or the last week of March. No disrespect to the Leafs, but if Price and the Canadiens can't solve Tim Brent and Clark MacArthur, where does that leave them against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin tomorrow night, not to mention Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis in next Wednesday's home opener against Tampa Bay?
There's not a lot of time for the Canadiens to find their way. They're not exactly equipped to make up a lot of lost ground in a hurry. One year ago, the Canadiens won their season opener in Toronto and went on to make the playoffs by one point. So, yeah, it's only one game, but when you're on the bubble, it's a game that could ultimately make all the difference.