Friday, May 23, 2014
Habs get lucky
The Canadiens were looking for a little luck in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference final. They got good fortune by the boatload.
On a night when they moved like they were wearing cast iron skates and carrying 50 pound bags of sand in their pants, the Habs got back in the series - thanks exclusively to goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who bailed out his teammates in what might have been their worst effort of the post-season. The Canadiens were gawd-awful out of the gate, and only improved marginally during the course of the game. They were slower and softer than the Rangers all night, losing virtually every foot race and puck battle. Their defensive zone coverage and transition game looked like a Chinese fire drill, while the Rangers consistently cleared their own zone with almost comical ease.
Don Cherry might have been on to something when he said the Montreal tank was empty after a physically and emotionally draining series with Boston. Whether Cherry was on to something or just on something, the Canadiens had no business winning that game, and if that's the best they can bring in compete level and execution, last night will go down as a token win in a lopsided series.