I was actually going to say that I thought that the Habs did well tonight all things considered. “Was” being the operative word here. After leading the Islanders 3-1, the PK unit went to sleep tonight and the Islanders got in another goal. I could have lived with that if the Habs had either scored more or if they had just hung onto that tiny icky lead. But nooooo. The Habs had to make my hockey life a mess by losing. They somehow managed to completely ruin their chances of winning the match by promptly scoring on themselves. Price left the net when the Islanders were called for some penalty and they – okay, Ryan O’Byrne – promptly accidently scored on the empty net. I mean HELLO?! What in the name of the crappy ice was that? And yes, the ice seemed to be crappy again. I don’t know what’s going on there, but this is the third game that I’ve noticed them playing in the Bell Center where there seems to be something wrong with the ice. Either that or no one remembered how to skate and control the puck. I guess it’s possible but I still think it’s the ice. Doesn’t happen when they lose err play in other arenas. Anyway, once that stupid event happened, it was lights out from then on as they went to OT and the lost in shootouts. There was no way that they should have lost that match – game, whatever. No way. Boston I can understand. They’re second in the whole league now. But this???!!!!! And the way we lost it?!!!! I mean c’mon…. how stupid can you be to score on yourself like that? I know it was an accident and I refuse to put all the blame for the loss on O’Byrne. Accidents happen. That was not what cost them the game. The Islanders gave the Habs every chance to beat them 5-0 tonight. Every chance. But what do they do? Die in when the Islanders had a power play, miss the net a lot (there’s only so much credit I can give to the Islanders for blocking shots) and roll over and die when a stupid accident happens. There should have been no need to go to shootouts….no need! I really feel for O’Byrne right now. He’s going to get it a lot by a lot of people which isn’t fair.
I thought for the most part the offense had it together (Tanguay looked dead though) and the defense was good until the Islanders got a power play. What happened to that great PK when we played the Wild? Okay, that was a while ago, but it was good. Tonight wasn’t. If that whole little debacle hadn’t happened at the end then I would have almost said it went really well. I mean, yeah they looked good for a lot of it but then again, we were playing one of the worst teams in the league… I think the effort was good on both sides. If the Habs could just fix the PP issue and pretend the PK didn’t die, then I think this game could be looked upon in a fairly positive note.
All that being said, I think I may just have to skip what will probably be a totally mauling by the Red Wings…hockey is proving bad for my nerves! I wonder if it will end up worse than the totally stomping that San Jose gave to Washington. 7-2?! Against a team that has Ovechkin and Semin? Not cool….
Oh and before you start blasting me for the title, I was actually thinking of picking a team in the KHL to follow. I want to practice my non-existant Russian. Metallurg Magnitogorsk is looking interesting. They’re sitting in 5th out of.. I think 25 or 26. Malkin played for them before splitting for the NHL. Maybe Dyanamo Mascow….. We’ll see… Lugano plays tomorrow against Zug again. Haha, I love these European teams.