Montreal Canadiens lack passion in loss to Pittsburgh
On Thursday night, the Canadiens seemed to give up after the Pittsburgh Penguins' James Neal scored the game's first goal at 8:55 of the first period. The Penguins routed the Canadiens' 3-1 as Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves and was solid in net for Pittsburgh. Joe Vitale and Arron Asham potted the Penguins' other two goals. Habs' dimunitive winger Brian Gionta had the lone Canadiens' marker at 18:24 of the final period.
This is the article that describes the start of the season perfectly to me .. I don't think we are lacking talent, certainly we are not in the top tier in the east, but I definitely think we are amongst 5-6 teams vying for spots 6-7-8 in the conference.
But it just seems that they don't care. Last night except for the last 1-2 minutes of the game, I didn't see any urgency in the 3rd, nobody seemed to be taking it upon themselves to turn the game around. It was pathetic as this article says.
You know, as an athlete, I always had a mind said "Play like your behind by one" that way, if I was up by twenty, I didn't take it too lightly and get too soft, but if I was down by twenty, I convinced myself I was still in it, I could still come back.
I feel as if the Canadiens, right now, don't have that mind set. Its like, once they're down by one, thats it, they give up entirely.
From an outsiders, view, thats just how it seems. Its almost like nobody is confident. PK Subban is one of the most confident players in the league, sometimes too much, and it seems that right now, rather than do his usual stickhandling, sideshow, impressive, undress the other team end to end dramatic puck handling shows, he bats the puck away as soon as it hits the tape. Its like he wants nothing to do it.
Also, it seems main players on teams, be it a goalie for hockey, a pitcher for baseball, a QB for football...It seems they always struggle at milestone times. Carey is dying for that 100th win and I think now he's over thinking it. Not that I blame Carey at all, but you know its on his mind.
Montreal just needs to start winning in some categories even if it isn't the whole game. Its like theyre being beat everywhere. They were beat in hits, shots, and faceoffs last night.
Something needs to be changed. I have a feeling if things don't turn around between the Toronto game and the home and home with Boston, be it transactions between the AHL and NHL, free agent signings, trades, or a coaching change, something will be different by the end of the month.
Montreal is a talented club and everyone knows it. The injuries over the last few seasons have not helped that.
Some chemistry needs to be formed. Some heart needs to be put in. If you put in your heart, the rest will follow.
Hopefully they can turn it around.
I agree that mindset is everything which makes Hal Gill's comment even more disturbing. Win or lose I think generally speaking you know the level of effort exerted. Hal Gill's comment seems to lack self awareness if I'm interpreting post game reaction by the fans and media correctly.
Against Buffalo there was that level of effort. You could be right. Once the first goal was scored last night they decided to throw in the towel.
Maple Leafs-Canadiens Preview
Toronto continues its four-game road trip Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens, who are trying to avoid a fifth straight loss.
The Maple Leafs (4-1-1) won their first four games of 2010-11, then went 1-8-3 over the next 12 on their way to missing the playoffs for a sixth straight season.
The Canadiens (1-4-1) did not lose four straight all of last season, and they haven't dropped five in a row since Dec. 10-17, 2009. They fell 3-1 to Pittsburgh on Thursday, getting their lone goal from Brian Gionta with less than two minutes remaining.
"It's got nothing to do with the bounces, it's the way we're playing," Gionta told the team's official website. "We're just not supporting each other and we're getting away from what we want to do as a team. It's tough to win games that way."
The litmus test that is the Toronto Maple Leafs will happen on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Should the Montreal Canadiens once again come out with a lack of excitement, urgency and offence and lose to the hands of the Buds - heads definitely need to roll. The emotionless Jacques Martin fails to bench his veteran players for their lack of focus and commitment. He would rather try juggling an umpteen number of line combinations in order to improve the Canadiens’ offensive output. How has this worked for you so far Mr. Martin?
With that in mind, the Canadiens went about trying to fix what is ailing them at practice Friday, spending a lot of time working on what coach Jacques Martin pointed at as the undisputed No. 1 reason for this difficult start to the season.
"There is definitely one, and it's special teams," Martin said. "Our practice today focused on that. Our work on the penalty kill has been good at times, but there's no doubt having a power play that can score a goal could have made a difference in a few games."
“We’re definitely not panicking,” captain Brian Gionta said after a brisk late-morning practice the day after the Canadiens’ insipid 3-1 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh. “When the season starts, we want to start out with an early jump on things. That’s not where we are. But let’s face it, we’re six games in and there’s plenty of hockey to be played.
“There’s concern … but you can’t dwell on it. You have to find a way to change it and move forward.”
Maple Leafs extend Canadiens losing streak to 5 games with 5-4 OT win
“Obviously, they battled hard,” Moen said. “It’s disappointing to get the lead and then they get one back. It showed great perseverance to come out and get the next one. We didn’t really let down. We stayed positive on the bench and we fought for every square inch on that ice.”
Montreal did not lose as many as four straight last season and had not lost five in a row since going 0-4-1 from Dec. 10-17, 2009.
What’s in a number: #15 with the Montreal Canadiens
There has been a lot of laughs when Petteri Nokelainen was given (or chose?) #15 with the Montreal Canadiens after being acquired yesterday. #15 in recent years, has been a number set aside for the team’s fourth line center. It started with Glen Metropolit in 2008. Then last year, it was given to Jeff Halpern. Even short-lived Canadien Blair Betts was listed as #15 despite not playing a game.
But, the number has a pretty interesting history. It has been worn by hall of famers, by a future general manager, a playoff hero and disappointing acquisitions.
The sliding Montreal Canadiens will try to get their dreadful start to the season turned around when they host the Florida Panthers tonight at the Bell Centre.
The Habs are 1-4-2 on the year and have lost five straight (0-3-2) since their only victory of the season -- a 5-1 rout in Winnipeg on Oct. 9. The last time Montreal lost six in a row was from Feb. 6-17, 2007.
Habs look to snap 5-game losing streak
A major trade seemed to light a fire under the Florida Panthers.
While a separate, less-prominent deal by the Montreal Canadiens likely won't have the same effect, coach Jacques Martin's team could surely use a spark.
The Panthers begin a three-game road trip Monday (7:30 p.m. ET) against the Canadiens, who will try to avoid losing six straight for the first time in more than four years.
Leafs’ James Reimer ‘doubtful’ after taking head shot
Still suffering “aches and pains” from an elbow to the head, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer said he is “doubtful” to play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
Reimer, who had his mask knocked off during a first period collision with Brian Gionta, did not return after the intermission. A penalty was assessed on the play. But the Canadiens captain avoided supplementary discipline.
Jacob Markstrom had to put in a full 60 minutes to get his second NHL win.
Markstrom made 40 saves and Scottie Upshall scored 5:02 into the third period to help the Florida Panthers extend Montreal's losing streak to six with a 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Monday night.
Montreal fell to 1-5-2, continuing its worst start in 70 years. It is the deepest the Canadiens have gone into a season with only one win since 1941-42, when they got off to a 1-10-1 start that included a pair of losses to the Brooklyn Americans.
"Nobody likes losing," said Erik Cole, who scored on a power play 3:08 in for his first Montreal goal. "We're tired of it. We need to just find a way to get over the hump."
If Canadiens fans think their team has hit rock bottom, forward Erik Cole has a few words that might not comfort.
Don't be surprised if it gets worse.
The clouds over this dullbladed hockey club are so dark that Cole didn't realize he had scored his first goal as a Canadien until I said to him in the dressing room that it probably wasn't much to celebrate, with his new team having just lost its sixth straight game.
'Worked hard'; Can't blame Budaj for loss, coach says
When you've suffered your sixth consecutive loss - including a record five home losses to start the season - it's difficult to find something positive to say.
But coach Jacques Martin gave it the old college try Monday night after the Canadiens dropped a 2-1 decision to the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre.
"We worked hard, we created scoring chances, we scored the first goal on the power play and we had scoring chances on the power play," Martin said. "Unfortunately, they scored on a power play and they scored the winning goal on a deflection. (Goaltender Peter) Budaj played well. You can't blame him."
The skinny: There was no good news from the Bell Centre Monday night as the Florida Panthers beat the Canadiens 2-1.
Montreal is not only winless in five games at home this season, but the Canadiens have lost yet another key player. Max Pacioretty left the game after the second period with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
“We’re ashamed, but we have to sort it out,” winger Mathieu Darche said from his stall in a Montreal dressing room that was funeral-parlour silent.
It’s not that they stank the joint out in losing 2-1 to the Florida Panthers. Quite the opposite.
“I think we only gave up seven scoring chances,” said Martin. “We had about 13.”
Montreal Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty will not play Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers as he is dealing with an upper body injury.
Pacioretty, who left Monday’s game against the Florida Panthers after the second period of a 2-1 loss, was set to see a doctor later Tuesday. He is listed as day-to-day.
Flyers: Life without Chris Pronger was something Philadelphia had to adjust to on numerous occasions last season, and the Flyers will be without their captain for the foreseeable future after a scary incident in Monday's 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. The stick of Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski struck Pronger in the eye, and he's expected to be out at least 2-3 weeks. On the positive side, Jaromir Jagr scored his first two goals since returning to the NHL and Scott Hartnell also connected for a pair to support a 24-save effort from Bobrovsky.
Canadiens: One win in eight games has dropped Montreal to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, not what was expected from a team that battled eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston hard in the Northeast Division last season and in a seven-game first-round playoff series. The Canadiens peppered Panthers rookie Jacob Markstrom with 41 shots, but only Erik Cole's power-play goal at 3:08 of the first period found the back of the net in a 2-1 loss.
Jacques Martin cares not for your wishes to fire him
Jacques Martin is having a rough go of it in Montreal lately. With the Canadiens having just one win so far this year and one of the worst records in the NHL, the call to have Martin fired from fans in Montreal has been growing louder to the point you can’t ignore the voice of the populous. With a battered defensive unit and a team that can’t score goals, things are bad in Montreal.
Well, you can ignore it if you’re Jacques Martin as he’s got better things to do like trying to figure out how to help his team string together some wins. How noble of him.
“I don’t listen to the radio or watch TV or read the newspapers,” Martin said Tuesday. “After 26, 27 years at this level, I’ve been through this before.
“To me it’s just every day getting better and making sure the team’s ready for (the next) game.”
I took a mini HF break, but I am back if you all still want these:
The Engels Angle: Habs Backpedal Their way to Loss Against Sabres
Erik Cole affirmed that the plan was to keep pushing forward, but clearly the Canadiens started the third period by moving backwards, and it cost them two quick strikes that sent this game to overtime with the score tied at two.
Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta missed their chances to deliver a win for the Canadiens, and Carey Price failed to stop both shootout attempts by Tomas Vanek and Brad Boyes.
The news that Andrei Markov is nearing a return should ease the angst of some of the Nervous Nellies out there in Habs nation, but whether he returns soon enough to make a proper difference is still anyone's guess.
The fact is, the Habs need to put a bullet in the Plekanec-at-the-point power-play experiment, and soon - Montreal has given up as many short-handed goals as they've scored five-on-four this season (as per Frankie Gagnon of La Presse who went back and checked), which takes some doing. Not all of them have been the result of having their top centre play out of position, but let's just say it doesn't help.
Markov, Campoli on ice double dose of good news for Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens got a double dose of good news at Monday's practice.
According to The Montreal Gazette, Andrei Markov joined his teammates for the first time since he suffered a knee injury more than a year ago. On top of that, Chris Campoli went through a series of exercises after suffering a leg injury in the team's season opener.