Rabid Habs

Postgame: Bad. Habs Lose 6-2 to Oilers.

With every passing game, my understanding of what this team is changes.

As long as I’ve been a fan of this team, it seems like good starts are few and far between. Whether it’s the coach’s inability to get his team ready or the players having a hard time getting their legs going, it needs to be rectified if the Canadiens have any chance to be successful. It wasn’t rectified on Saturday night, as the Oilers got off to an incredible start in the Bell Centre.

On a personal note, the first goal might have stung the most. A cross-ice pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins deflected off the stick of Charles Hudon before being captured by (my favorite NHL player) Mike Cammalleri. Cammalleri fired a puck off the glove of Carey Price and into the net. Seven minutes in, it’s already 1-0 for the road team. It was nearly two nothing just a minute or so later, as Jesse Puljujarvi fired a puck of the rush and hit the corner crossbar. It was called a goal on the ice, but was reviewed and reversed. This lucky break could have given Montreal a shot to get right back in the game.

It didn’t.

Before the end of the period, the Oilers had a 2-0 lead on a goal from Jujhar Khaira. Price knocked a puck down behind the net and tried to play it around the boards. Ryan Strome knocked the puck down from his shoulder and found Khaira alone for the 2-0 goal. Price was about as sharp as a bag of socks Saturday night, and his puck handling was an indicator of that.

A new period could have given the Canadiens a chance to rally and get back in the game.

It didn’t.

Just over a minute into the period, Khaira extended the lead with his second of the game. With the puck bounce off the boards behind the net, Khaira took advantage of a lost Price and tucked the puck into the vacant side of the net. 3-0.

And the fourth goal from Milan Lucic ended Price’s horrendous night.

Montreal’s only glimmer of hope came on a powerplay goal from Alex Galchenyuk, who was benched for the third period of Montreal’s last game against Calgary.

The 4-1 score in the second was the closest the Canadiens came to tying the game. In the third, the Oilers added goals from Oscar Klefbom and Johann Auvitu to extend their lead to 6-1. Phillip Danault scored to make it 6-2, but it probably only mattered to Danault, who celebrated like he scored a 3-1 goal.

On a night where the Bruins picked up two points, the Canadiens lose in embarrassing fashion to a struggling hockey team. The playoff picture continues to be painted. The Canadiens’ place on the canvas is becoming more unclear by the minute.

No observations from me tonight. I think we’ve all seen about enough.

Will be a nice four days without this team. Enjoy it.

Go Habs Go.

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