Montreal Canadiens-Buffalo Sabres Game Recap: Did the Coach Earn a Bag Skate?

March 24th, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Two steps forward, one step back.

A week ago, we were talking about the Canadiens winning six games in a row. More recently, they have lost three straight.

Tonight's 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres was the most traumatic for the players and their fans.

While some will describe this as a colossal collapse for the Habs in the last two minutes of the game after playing a terrific game, I'm not so sure.

Even though the Canadiens looked good at times in the game, the style of play was not similar at all to the formula used during the winning streak.

Tonight, it was back to special teams and goaltending.

While winning, the Canadiens were very effective at limiting shots on goal by the opposition. Since Feb. 4, the Habs have only allowed 40 shots once. That instance occurred on Mar. 4 in a game against San Jose, with Carey Price in goal.

Tonight, Price faced 42 Sabres shots and it was a shooting gallery. From midway through the second period, the Canadiens were out-shot 31 to 12. A very confident-looking Price was turning everything away.

With the Sabres pressing, the Canadiens were on their heels empl ...

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