Canadiens-Hurricanes: Habs Fail to Clinch, Then There Was One.

April 8th, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Carolina 5, Montreal 2 (RBC Center)

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from Invictus (adapted)

Nelson Mandela: How long before the Stanley Cup playoffs?
Jim Fleming: Don't get your hopes up. We're a damn disgrace!

Canadiens' fans were in a snarly mood after this one. And with good reason!

Let's trot out the cliches.

The Canadiens showed no intensity, and no sense of urgency. Players lacked passion. The team came out flat.

Those phrases could apply to every member of the team, with one notable exception: Brian Gionta. Yet, it was the kind of game where even Gionta was less than perfect. He failed to corral a rebound leading to the first Carolina goal.

“Leaders get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.” -- Bob Nelson

It's safe to say that coach Jacques Martin hasn't found the formula to motivate his team. Nailing a handful of players to the bench isn't exactly stoking anyone's passion, nor helping them learn
and build confidence.

Martin has his favorites, and those he likes to persecute. Some, like Se ...

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