Montreal Canadiens: A Tale of Two Teams

March 23rd, 2010 by Chris Read Leave a reply »
Just when you thought it was safe to get excited about the play of the Montreal Canadiens, an ugly beast reared its head. 

After going 7-1 since the Olympic break, the Canadiens have now lost two straight and sit only four points up on the ninth place Atlanta Thrashers, who also have a game in hand.

On the surface, you may think I am overreacting in my assessment of the team's play of late but it's the way they've lost that is most concerning to me. 

Coming off three full days of rest and having to play in another team's building can be a challenging task, but when that team is ranked second worst in the league, there really are no excuses.  Losing a much needed point to the Toronto Maple Leafs made it an even harder pill to swallow.

Sometimes you can take some good out of a loss but there is never good in losing to the Leafs.  The Canadiens were outworked, outchanced, and needed a late power play goal to even force the game to overtime.  After a six-game win streak, the Canadiens were nowhere to be found in this contest and were lucky to take home a point. 

You would think afte ...

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