Islanders “B” Team Embarrases Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders

Written By: Iain Carnegie, BBBR

The best summation that could be used to describe last nights event at the Bell Centre would be “Ugly”. In what could be heralded as one of the worst attempts at a hockey game on home ice by the Canadiens this year, it did not – and should not – bode well with fans.

The Habs have had a few very disappointing games this season in their own barn. They have been shutout five times on home ice this season (yes, FIVE). They have been blanked by the Kings (6-0), the Capitals (5-0), the Sharks (2-0), and the Rangers (1-0). But last nights fiasco had to be the worst.

The Islanders cruised into Montreal last night, 25 points behind the home squad. They also had a depleted lineup that was filled with 12 rookies. The only missing player of note for the Habs was Alex Galchenyuk (lower body injury).

It was obvious once again that Les Boys stepped up to the challenge in a wonderful game against the Chicago Blackhawks, and then decided to step down from the challenge of a much inferior team in the Islanders.

The #HotLine of Pacioretty, Desharnais, and Vanek showed moments of brilliance, as did the fourth line, but the other two lines failed to show any energy or even a glimpse of hope at throwing up some points. An area that Michel Therrien has to be concerned about heading into the first round of the playoffs.

With the loss last night, La Flanelle also gave up the steering wheel to guide themselves into home ice advantage for the post season. Tampa Bay, with their victory last night, has taken away Montreal’s ability to dictate it’s playoff future. The hope for Les Glorieux now, is a loss for the Lightning tonight (against Columbus), plus a minimum single point in tomorrow nights season finale against the Rangers.

A three game losing skid heading into the playoffs is far from desired, and the team needs to be well prepared for the game against New York on Saturday night.

Puck drops at le Centre Bell just after 19h00.

Join us on Twitter (@BleedBBR) for in game live tweeting, and watch live on HNIC on CBC.

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About Iain Carnegie (@emann_222 on Twitter)

I have followed the Montreal Canadiens for over twenty years, even while living in the heart of Toronto. I spent 5 years in the mecca of hockey, moving to the Plateau region of Montreal in the summer of 2009, I've been writing extensively on the Habs franchise at Bleed Blue Blanc Rouge BBBR has now moved to it's new home here at WordPress, , where content continues to matter.
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