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The Canadiens were victimized in Vancouver, as the Habs were trounced in GM
Place for an eighth consecutive time. The last time the Canadiens won in Vancouver was November 30th 2000.
Since then the Nucks have outscored the Habs in BC by a 37-15 count. Montreal had a combined +/- rating of minus 20 – one for every player in uniform – and in one way or another, they all deserved it.
The Canadiens seemed gassed after pushing hard with Calgary for three periods the night before, but no one stepped up and led this team and despite the first ten minutes of the game being slow and boring, the Canucks were able to bust it open with great outside speed and soft hands around the net.

If head coach Jacques Martin can take any positives from tonight’s game it will be how his team played in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd period, outshooting the Canucks 14-0, but other than that they were outplayed for every second of those other 50 minutes, being out shot 35-14.

Forget the "Positive" and "Negative" in this article. There was
too much of the latter and not enough of the former. On to the grades…




Seven goals on 32 shots sucks no
matter how you slice it. The first two goals were tough but if he stops even
one of those the game may have ended quite differently.
D He needs more seasoning in
Hamilton and although he had a decent shift or two he really looks out of
place. There is no point in keeping him up if he is going to play less than
10 minutes per night.
Alright on the draws and some decent puck movement on the power play but a
goose egg on the scoreboard just wont cut it.
C+ He was all over
the ice but was ineffective in getting to Luongo, was frustrated at even strength.
He was flying tonight and creating a lot of space for himself and his line
mates but in the end had zero offensive contribution. Did lead all Canadiens
with 5 shots.
B+ One assist and
once again he was the best forward on his line. He seems to have the small,
physical edge back in his game and he is finding ways to get into scoring
areas but he needs some help on the 2nd line.
He FINALLY SHOT THE PUCK and guess what? It went in. Other than that he was
once again invisible. 7 shots in 4 games for him is unacceptable.

Afraid and slow, Gui was not an influence tonight. Zeros across the board including hits. For him to be successful he has to use his body.
His worst game of the season, he was dominated in the face-off circle and
his inability to help at even strength or the penalty kill really hurt.
D Looks like he
misses Hamilton. Might be a victim of Martin’s system as it looks as though
he is unable to play both offence and defense. The play that showed it all is when he decided a soft pass over a shot while coming in on a two-on-one with Chipchura.
On the ice for 4 goals against, -3 no shots and unlucky bounces made Mr
Moen look like a rookie tonight.
D He is working hard
but that just does not seem to be enough. He was over 50% in the face-off
circle and did manage 2 shots but had no positive effect at all.
So he threw three hits but they were all way too late in the game to mean
anything. The only reason he does not get an F is because he managed to stay
even on the +/- scale.

 Roman Hamrlik
Invisible is the best way to describe Roman, no shots. On for two of the
three Vancouver PP goals.
C Needs to move the
puck forward quicker and shoot the puck more on the power play. He was
caught one the ice for two of the 3 Vancouver power play goals.
 Paul Mara C-
Picked up his 4th point in 5 games but he was on the ice for two of the three power
play goals that Vancouver scored. Sometimes blocking too many shots is a bad
thing when you can‘t clear the zone soon after.
B+ Far and away the Canadiens best defenseman managed to stay even and led the team in blocked shots. Lots of second effort helped at both ends of the ice.
 Hal Gill C
Minus two, lots of mental lapses and clumsy play led to some scary moments
all night long. 17 minutes may just be too much for him on a nightly basis.
 Yannick Weber F Not sure why he is
up with the big club if he is not going to get power play time (not one
second on the PP until the third. Also was a -3 and out of position all
night long.
 Powerplay B+ Nothing wrong with
25% and there was lots of positive puck movement and scoring chances. Things
do not look too terrible on the back end without Markov so far on the PP.
F Fail
rate of 40% is awful, shot blocking was ill timed and resulted in way to many lose pucks floating around the slot. Only three teams have a worse PK to start the season Edmonton Detroit and LA.


This article was written by
Jonathan Rebelo