Friday, March 25, 2011
Two words: P-U
That's not the way it was supposed to happen.
The Canadiens were beaten at their own game last night: outskated, outfinessed and taking bad penalties instead of drawing them. They were badly exposed on a night when Carey Price was ordinary - not that this was in any way Price's fault, but the superhuman skills that put Price in the thick of the Hart and Vezina Trophy discussions were not on display last night, while Tim Thomas was perfect at the Boston end of the rink on the rare occasions when the Canadiens generated anything remotely resembling a quality scoring chance. It's the second time in his last three starts that Price has failed to finish the game, raising legitimate questions about that wonky knee that chased him from practice earlier this week, and whether his heavy workload is starting to take a toll at the worst possible time.
It's been clear from the get-go that the Canadiens are only going to go as far as Price carries them. Still, that doesn't excuse the rest of the team from showing up. It was only one game, but in what was by far the biggest game of the regular season, the Canadiens laid an egg.