So the Leafs who are in a free fall that makes even Habs fans feel sorry for them have fired their coach. For more on the subject, and for your comedic pleasure – the always hilarious Down Goes Brown. It will be interesting to see if Randy Carlyle can get this team to play better than Wilson did. One thing is for certain, they’ll need a goaltender who can make a save.
Speaking of teams who need a goaltender to make a save – its hard to fault Carey Price for Thursday’s epic collapse in front of the Minnesota Wild, but there was something incredibly “Toronto Maple Leafs” about that whole situation. When the team needed a save Price was nowhere to be found and while I’m usually among the first to praise our talented young keeper, I can’t help but notice Price has made a habit this season of disappearing a key times in a game. Whether its a loss of focus or the terrible defense in front of him (I’m sure its a bit of both), Montreal will need him to find a way to battle through at the end of periods and games because its been the story all year long – that the Habs simply cannot hold a lead. 22 times they’ve failed to hold a lead that they’ve gained – good for a full third of the games that they’ve played!
One way to keep the puck out of the net would be for more guys to play like PK Subban has since the all-star break. Yes he was on the ice for 2 of the goals against on Thursday, but the 22 year old kid played over 30 minutes in the win. Adding some depth around him – namely Andrei Markov and a big, effective stay at home guy will be huge priorities next season. His play has been excellent, despite what many in the media have tried to say about him.
Speaking of great plays – Backhand Shelf posted the 10 best plays of the Habs season which in my opinion ignored most of the Canadiens season in favor of some hits from Emelin and saves by Price. The season has been a struggle, but with 169 games there have been better goals scored than Eller’s penalty shot.
Sticking with Backhand Shelf and penalty shots, they caution that while Devin Setoguchi’s fail of a penalty shot was bad, there are some pretty epic failures out there – with some good players making the cut.
Go Habs Go!!!