The Canadiens didn’t show up to play in Colorado but they almost squeaked by with a point or 2 thanks to Cristobal Huet. The Habs goalie did everything he possibly could to keep the Canadiens 1-0 lead facing over 37 shots from a potent Avalanche offense. For much of the game it looked like the Canadiens would ‘get by’ with a very lucky 1-0 win because of Huet. Enter Radek Bonk. What can you say about Bonk? I don’t think anyone would argue he has done anything good for this team and it’s become increasingly hard to care at all that he is a Hab. Bonk saucered out a weak, poorly timed, poorly planned pass that was intercepted and a few seconds later it was in the net. Bonk has been guilty of this EXACT same error in the past giving it up to the Leafs and giving them a goal. If you ran the tape next to each other, it’d be identical.
The Canadiens just don’t get it done. Instead of being down 2 or 3 nothing in the first like they probably would have been had Jose Theodore been in net, they get game saving play from their goaltender. Only then to go and make Novice mistakes like sending the puck up the middle. It’s a team game and one guy or one play won’t win the game. It won’t get any easier this month and it looks more and more like we’ll be sitting on the outside looking in after the long road stint ahead.
Sheldon Souray left midway through the game with a knee injury. Probably from the knee to knee collision with Dan Hinote in the first period. Souray played a few more shifts after that but disappeared and didn’t return. It’s too early to say how serious it is, with the Habs luck he’ll be out for at least a few games.
Next up, Joe Thornton and the Sharks.