Caught up in the booing of the crowd, the Carbo chants, the listless late-game power play that could have tied it up, I think I was unduly harsh on the Habs in my post-game blog hit.
Because really, playing without Andrei Markov, Alex Tanguay and Mathieu Schenider, not to mention Robert Lang or even Francis Bouillon, the Canadiens played their hearts out Monday night in an effort to extend this series and maybe give some of those guys time to get back.
Unfortunately, they came up short against a team that plays such a tight system, they don't get rattled easily and stick with their game plan even when their opponent is dominating them in every facet of the game.
Bob Gainey said after the game that all of his injured players will be re-evaluated for Game 4, meaning all or some or one of Andrei Markov, Mathieu Schneider, Alex Tanguay and Robert Lang could be in uniform Wednesday night. But honestly, Monday was the Canadiens last stand, and while I still believe they came out for the third playing as if they had already lost, their effort up until that point needs to be commended.
It's 12:30 and I'm wiped, but I invite you to read what I wrote for the CP and for cbcports.ca. I'll check in Tuesday after the Canadiens and Bruins practice.