I hope the result of this game ticks the Habs off and they finish the season strong.. I think I'd rather the game be a blow out than lose like that...
Miller played a great game and the rest of the Sabres team played great for 3 minutes and they got 2 points.. Tonight's game against Fla will be huge and 2 points the Habs must have against a team they need to win against...
It will be an interesting sprint to the finish and as usual our Habs can't do anything the easy way.. They will make us sweat it out the last 8 games....
The final 4-5 minutes makes me doubt about how our (small) players will do in the playoffs. When the intensity gets to the highest level, I don't know if our players will be able to handle the pressure.
Price played a solid game. He also made the initial saves on those two goals, but the D just couldn't help him out to clear it. I don't understand why AK and Cammy were out there in the final minutes of the game. Cammy tried hard to attempt to clear it but failed and eventually resulted in a goal. I'm not blaming anyone in particular, it's pretty much the teams fault as a whole.
**** happens, should have gotten 2 points, but got 1, Price played well, Pouliot played horrible. Gonna take a couple games for Camm to get going again, hopefully not anymore then a couple. Halak will be in against Florida tomorrow night.
I still am sick of tonight's sudden turnover... I don't even know if I'm willing to watch them play tomorrow... It's going to be much too frustrating to me to handle if they get out without any "pep" and still lose to Florida.
and i wish we could keep a running tally of all the posters who badmouth price this badly, like this jean Beliveau dude, so that when his luck finally changes we can hold em up and say oh look at that, what did you say about him again?
blaming Price for not "shutting down" those last 2 goals is not fair criticism though. It just isn't. A fair criticism would be Price needs to be more solid early in games where the team is flat, like against Anaheim. Yeah, he wasn't totally at fault, but he could have, and should have, been better. What happened tonight though was not on him. That was a total meltdown of positioning and discipline by the team, and a few certain individuals who I won't name, but we know who they are.
It was boneheaded coaching decisions. That's what it was.
Price played a fantastic game, and he deserved a shutout.
And he probably would have got one, too, if not for how we take too many penalties. We have lost a lot of the games this year due to taking stupid penalties late in the third period.
Price had no chance whatsoever on the first goal. None.
On the goal that tied the game, here's how it went down:
Buffalo is buzzing all around the net, just peppering Price with tough shot after tough shout after tough shot. They were pumped up after getting that first goal. Our players can't nab any of the rebounds. We had chance after chance to clear our zone, but keep getting beat to the puck by Buffalo. And, not surprisingly, they eventually scored, costing us the game. Before they scored that second goal, Price made spectacular save after spectacular save. You can't expect the goalie to bail you out forever.
Price could have been better in the shootout, I admit, but it never should have came to that, anyway.
I don't know why Martin has the Habs go into a defensive shell when they have a lead in the third, because the team frankly sucks at it. We might as well keep going for more goals.
The most worrysome is Pouliot's recent play. Gomez's line needs his big body to open up room. Since he has become invisible, Gomez doesn't have room for his end to end rush. Gionta was fighting hard but you can't do much with a two men line. JM needs to find out what is wrong with this "Prince". A big body is worthless if you don't use it to check and hit.
This game is further proof of how effective we are when we have a 2 man forecheck and our D are agressive, and also our useless we are when we sit back. The forwards on this team are just not built to play a sit back, suffocating style. Moore, Gionta, Gomez, Pyatt, Cammalleri, Kostitsyns etc etc... These guys are just so much more effective when they are on the prowl. Taking away time and space from opposing Dman. That's what we did during the win streak and its the ONLY way we are going to have a chance in a playoff series.