Failure to capitalize on early scoring chances, lack of execution and the Pens made 'em pay. They've got enough fire power and confidence to role now without Gonchar, getting whipped by them in the end blows but it's not entirely surprising.
Gross, gross, gross.
Montreal should follow the Pens' model: suck, I mean really suck, for 4 or 5 years, pick a couple of superstars and a few stars and we're set for the next 10-15 years. The Lighting is doing that now.
Their owners are hoping they would tank with a smaller payroll but they made their bed on that one. Amazing how much talent has been shuffled in and out of Tampa and yet they continue to suck. It's a damn shame when teams in the sunbelt have a better shot at rebuilding than good ones but it's the nature of the beast. Feels like we've been stuck in this position for a while and I'm starting to think we'll have to really tank for top draft picks. Pittsburgh hasn't had to stick to smart drafting nearly as long, just put out terrible hockey for a few years and then voila, they're saved and own two of the top three in the game. Nearly cost them big time but it worked out for the best.
THAT'S what makes this loss even worse. Gio's the only one skating. These guy's are gonna skate tomorrow.
I dunno. I'd rather avoid injuries at the end of a game that went out of control like that.
I'm NOT, however, happy to see them tail off after a strong first period saw them down rather than up. With the Habs' puck luck lately, this is clearly going to happen a lot and they need to keep at it.