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Habs Fall Short

  • The Canadiens fell short against a good Devils team in a very important game. A tough loss considering the log jam that is the bottom 3 spots in the East and considering the Canadiens win streak will stop at 8 games and not tie the season record of 9 consecutive wins.

    The loss combined with Atlanta and Tampa wins further shuffles the deck. A win could have put the Canadiens solely in 6th spot and only 4 points behind Philadelphia. The loss puts them alone in 8th and 6 points ahead of the Thrashers.

    The Canadiens should finish no lower than 8th if they can manage at least 2 wins out of the remaining 5. But the Lightning have 2 more wins than the Canadiens and if the Habs hope to rise up again they’ll have to put together another streak and beat them in points alone. A tie with either Tampa or New Jersey is no good for the Habs as they would lose both tie breakers. The standings are just too close to call and will change several more times before it’s all over.

    Although they lost, the Canadiens competed. Failing to bury a 2 minute 5-3 advantage late in the first haunted them later. The most troubling though is the injury to Steve Begin. Once Begin went down and needed assitance you knew it was serious. Begin is a key role and character player and it’s tough to see him out of the lineup. It’s unsure how serious it is right now but with a sprained knee he will definitely miss the rest of the regular season and perhaps longer. It looked pretty bad.

    Tampa and New Jersey are both in action today and hopefully tired enough to get beat and give the Canadiens some extra help.

    What’s more interesting though is the expected debut of Jose Theodore for the Colorado Avalanche tonight against Minnesota. Will he fall on his face? Will he dominate? Will he just be average?

  1. With the loss of Steve Begin, the end of the season will fell like eternity for those players. Steve Begin isn’t a 100 point guy, isn’t a good defense man but he is a key player for the habs, he give always give all he can, he is the one pushing the other guys to the ice and play their game.

    Without him, the habs team won’t be the same. They will make the playoff but it will be hard and if Steve Begin doesn’t make it back for the playoff, they won’t last long, they won’t make a second round playoff.

    The ones that tought it was time for another Stanley Cup should wait another years or more. Just hope that Huet is good in playoff, that Gainey sign him back and hope that Huet will be as good as he was this year and that we get one or two key player for this team and we might be able to get the Stanley Cup again.

    I know I am pessimist but I hope I am wrong too !

  2. Brodeur was the difference last night. He looked a little shaky early, giving up a plethora of rebounds, but he settled down and found his form when the Habs couldn’t capitalise early. That was the difference.

    That said, I think it crucial that Montreal take full advantage of a reeling Ottawa team tomorrow night; their defensive injuries have presented Emery with a world of trouble and he’s responded by impersonating a sieve.

    Having said that, I’ll be happy to see the Habs capture 8th if 6th is soon out of reach. I’ll take Ottawa over Carolina any day! Although, the Hurricanes could realistically take back 1st place from the slumping Senators before season’s end.

  3. Also, and needless to say, bouncing back to earn a victory after ending their winning streak would be good for the team.

  4. Oh, and I think that the Habs still have work to do as Atlanta’s remaining 5 games are very ‘winnable’ ones.

    (OK, I’m done polluting this post with random thoughts.)

  5. #5 John says:
    April 9, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    The Habs need to do something about capitalising on their chances. In Ottawa all it took was one opportunity and they kept the game in play, despite being otherwise outplayed in the 1st period. If they had done that on even one of their 1st period chances early last night, it would have been a different outcome. Huet put in a good outing, the defense let him out to dry on 2 of the three goals — give him credit (we Habs fans are way too fickle).

    As for Begin, I think the whole city is worried. I agree with J-Nic and all of you, losing him is a major problem, and it did not look good as they carried him off. Best case is that he’s back for the playoffs; the Habs need to win 2-3 tough ones until then!!

    Go Habs Go!!

  6. #6 riser8 says:
    April 9, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    Last night was obviously a tough pill to swallow for the Habs and their fans. The Habs played fairly well but a couple of major defensive breakdowns cost them the game. Again Brodeur was the difference, as well the Devils played their type of road game. Im confident that the Habs will get back to their winning ways in the next game and they realize its time to put this game in the past and move on. The injury to Begin looked serious(and probably is), but every team has to battle through injuries this time of year and the Habs have been fortunate not to have had too many serious injuries this year. It should be an interesting last 5 games! Go Habs!

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