Different game, same result. Last week it was a game
Rivet gave Keane too much room, and Theo makes that save on a good day.
Again a shot Theo could have stopped. Then again Quintal is too slow on that play, yet again, and left Naslund wide open.
Souray has to do a better job of clearing out the front of the net.
Despite the advantage of playing at home, Julien had Ribeiro out against Naslund… I doubt that was part of the game plan.
– It was the second game in as many nights for Vancouver, who on top of that were having problems on the road. They also had Cooke out of the lineup after injuring himself against the Leafs the night before… and he had been a pest in last week’s 5-4 loss. And despite all that,
– The Habs had a few good shifts, where they applied some good pressure in the offensive zone. But they spend too much on the boards and behind the net… you can’t score from there. And when they do get it to the slot, they’re still missing too many chances.
– It was the 3rd time in the last 5 games that the Habs allowed 40 shots, the other two were over 30 shots. This was something Julien had been able to correct so far this year, but lately it has been falling apart. We do have to keep in mind that two of those games were against the powerful Canucks and another versus
– I mentioned after the Oilers game that it might be the perfect time to rest Theodore. It was the first game back after a long road trip, and Theo had taken a lot of abuse and faced a lot of shots lately. I had a feeling Theo would have a sub-par night and that’s what he had.
Habs’ hero: There were no heroes… but a few players played well. Sundstrom played his best game in a long time, he was even promoted to the 2nd line at one point and made things happen. He eventually scored once back with the 4th line, with two other players who gave a good effort in Bégin and especially Langdon.
Habs’ zero: The 3rd line has a tough job description, shut down the opposition’s starts every night. They’ve done well on most nights, but tonight they didn’t even come close… they were lost all night. The Souray-Quintal duo had another tough night, both -2.
Quintal still hasn’t played a good game since coming back from his heart problems. I’m not suggesting his heart is affecting his play, more that he simply hasn’t found his groove since. And this complicates things for Gainey, as he is contemplating trading one of his right defensemen for some help up front.
Claude Julien was so furious after the game that he didn’t go into the room to talk to his players. The players held a meeting, the consensus was they didn’t show up for this game and need to work harder. When asked if he thought the fact the team held a meeting was a good sign, he said talking is nice… but he wants to see it on the ice.
Komisarek was not dressed vs.
Next up, back to back games vs.