Canadiens-Islanders: Michael Grabner’s Two Hands Habs Third Straight Loss

February 11th, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
One day after getting thoroughly beaten physically, emotionally, mentally and, most importantly, on the scoreboard by the Boston Bruins, the bruised and battered Canadiens returned home to take on the Islanders.

New York is, by all accounts, a pretty bad team.

With 41 points in the standings prior to last night's game, the Isles were the second worst team in the league. As such, the Habs absolutely needed to win the game, put two points in the bank, and put the Boston game behind them.

The worry, however, was that Montreal would have little left in the bank after such a hard loss to the Bruins.

Unfortunately, the world was according to Hoyle last night, and that is exactly what happened.

As was feared and perhaps expected, the Canadiens looked spent. They struggled to keep up with the play, committed turnovers, missed assignments and otherwise let the Isles into the game.

To their credit, the Isles played a sleepy, nothing-doing style that put the listless Canadiens to sleep.

Montreal got on the board first with Max Pacioretty powering a David Desharnais one-time pass past Mikko Koskinen—playing his second career NHL game& ...

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