No. It's one game, and be honest, Ottawa is a really, really good team.
They have a really, really good line, and if teams admitted that and worked harder at shutting it down, I think Ottawa would get exposed. Anaheim did, though I thought at the time it was at least as much Spezza and Heatley choking that it was defensive work by Anaheim.
Unfortunately, few teams have the players to do so, and it would appear Montreal minus Hamrlik does not.
Having D that doesn't buy into the hype and check them closely would greatly help.
Montreal has to bounce back against the Florida teams and sweep them. Rebuild some confidence.
I think it's just a bad week, perhaps a lot of overhype heading into the week. They will bounce back, but the flaws have been exposed. The offense comes from the Plekanec line almost exclusively and Hamrlik is a terrible loss for the team. And having Brisebois as a #4 this week didn't really help.
IMO, our beloved Bob should look for outside help to spark the Koivu line, and I think that O'Byrne should be called up as soon as he is ready to pair with Hamrlik and give the team an additional physical presence on the blue line. And I would put Streit on the 4th line with Begin and Kostopoulos, with Smolinski out of the lineup. We're still a very good team, but we also have to thank the injury bug for leaving us alone this year!
It's often hilarious at times reading posts after a loss.We'll see it after a win.I can observe the bandwagon emptying as of now.
Their flaws have been exposed,but I think they'll bounce back.Gainey needs to address some of their needs,and as mentioned earlier,some additional physical presence on the roster,preferably on the #4 (O'Byrne comes to mind )defense spot,should be corrected.Also a potent RW'er to renergize the Koivu line and a solid effective 3rd line shutdown gritty centre who can regularly win draws wouldn't hurt either.
Brisebois shouldn't even sitting on the bench at this point.Time for him to retire,for his personal sake and for the sake of this team.
I swear I tried to see something good from Brisebois but he just can't provide anything anymore now... I agree we need to try to build a second line producing, weither you add a guy like Hossa with higgins and koivu or with Higgins and S.Kost and trade Koivu or try another guy from within... It can't stay like this...
I wouldn't mind O'byrne and/or Chipchura back either...
We got some possibilities for a good little push in the post season but this is not THE year so we need to keep our youth...