I thought the Habs would benefit from getting right back on the ice after that solid effort in Calgary. I was wrong.
I'm watching the third period of the disaster in Vancouver as I type this, and there's no real need to wait for the end of this to know the Canadiens left their game in Alberta. Hopefully, it will be waiting for them Saturday in Edmonton.
You've got to feel for Carey Price. He finally gets to make the start in his home province, he comes in on a hot streak, and his teammates totally let him down. Breakaways on the first two goals (though Price definitely could have stopped the second one), a man left all by his lonesome at the side of the net on the third, a tough bounce on the fourth, a brutal line change on the fifth and guys parked right in his crease unfettered on both the sixth and seventh goals.
It's hard to commend a goalie after giving up seven goals, and I won't do it for Price, but there's not much he could have done on at least five of those seven goals. After having to watch from the bench in his first game in Vancouver last year before being sent in by Guy Carbonneau for mop up duty, I think Price might have wished the same thing happened this time around.
The lone positive I took from the game was the way the Habs came out for the second period. Down 3-0 after a horrendous first period, which is a trend that started in the pre-season for this team, the Canadiens fired 14 straight shots on Roberto Luongo to start the second before the Canucks got their first with about nine minutes to go. Something happened in that dressing room between the first and second, and whatever it was, it worked.
But when Henrik Sedin got his first of two on the night to make it 4-1, it was lights out for the Habs.
There's no real point in dissecting this performance, because I don't think it's indicative of this team. One thing it did show, however, is that the solid effort in Calgary one night earlier may not be a very good indicator of what kind of team this is either.
The clock appears to have run out on Jacques Martin's patience with Max Pacioretty, as he was on the fourth line after only a few shifts, replaced on the Tomas Plekanec line by Matt D'Agostini (who I thought played a pretty decent game).
Meanwhile, Yannick Weber didn't have a great night either. He allowed Ryan Kesler to come in alone on the opening goal, and a misguided pinch in the neutral zone resulted in Mason Raymond coming in alone on the second goal as well. If Marc-André Bergeron was watching, I would hope he went to ride the bike for an hour afterwards because if Weber keeps making bad judgments like that he won't be in the lineup very long.
The team looked tired in Vancouver, and they can hardly be blamed for that. It's been a treacherous road trip to start the year, and with a win in Edmonton the Habs can still come out of it with a winning record. That would be a huge victory for this team, despite the embarrassing loss it took in Vancouver tonight.
The game's not done yet, but I am. Good night.