The Canadiens failed to earn their playoff clinching point with a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
The Canadiens made a couple mistakes that the Sabres took full advantage of but were not badly outplayed. Ryan Miller was fantastic in goal for the Sabres and that really was the decisive factor. Even the 4th empty net goal was one of the flukiest ones you could ask for. But the bottom line remains the same, that Habs earned no points and are not safe yet.
It would have been great for the Habs to clinch earlier but look at the positive – the fate of the Canadiens is still theirs to decide. The Canadiens remain in 7th place. They have a final game and they can clinch with a win or overtime loss. They aren’t dependant solely on other teams. Although a losing combination can get them in as well.
Everyone knew it would come right down to the line as it always does with the Habs.
There is no goaltending controversy. Bob Gainey was not wrong in starting Aebischer and it’s not Aebischer’s fault the Canadiens haven’t clinched. Maybe Gainey is a little ahead of himself in trying to keep opposing teams guessing heading into the playoffs with his goalie switching. But had the Canadiens clinched already everyone would be saying how we’ve beat Ottawa with our backup goalie twice and they’re done for. Or how we have 2 hot goalies like no other team in the East.
Instead the Habs have not clinched and people are looking to place the blame.
There’s one more very exciting game to go. How will it all end?