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Game 66: Habs/Leafs

  • 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!!!

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    March 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I for one would not critcize Price for the colapse, because earlier in the period when Minnisota was pressing he made some good save to keep them at bay. It is always great to say the the goalie needs to come through in the clutch but it is a six man team on the ice and if you are going to let players whack at the puck in and around the crease without anyone taking those players out the goalie general has no chance at stopping the puck unless it hits him. The second goal was cause by Kaberla and Camponi taking each other out in the crease and effectively taking Price out of the play with them. Likewise I believe the third goal was caused by Price being interfered with caused by our own defenceman. And finally and I doing this by memory, the fourth goal Price had already made two saves when the puck went out to the right side of the net for easy pickings. As far as I was concerned the defence looked bad and the forwards made them look bad and Price did what he could within his limits for holding them at bay. It just was a horrible stretch of hockey played by our inexperienced team who let up with it looked like they had the game won.

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