The Habs continued to plummet faster than a mono-plagued tennis player in the ATP standings. Oh yes. Down, down, down we go. Oh wait. We didn’t go down. Why? Because Steve Mason saved us by beating the Panthers. The Habs do not deserve to have a playoff spot right now. Not when they made Grabovski and Ponikarovsky look like Ovechkin and Malkin. Not when they made Gerber look like freaking Steve Mason or Martin Brodeur in nets. Not when they made Ron Wilson look like Mike Babcock. Not when they made the Leafs PK look like the Red Wings when they were hot. Not when they made the Leafs’ PP look like Boston’s earlier this year. Hell, they made the Leafs look like Boston, San Jose and Detroit combined playing against some team from Austria tonight. I don’t give a hoot about how the Leafs generally play well when their season is shot anyway. Besides the fact that the Leafs still suck, there’s no excuse for tonight’s play.
There is NO excuse for what happened tonight. NONE.
You don’t deserve to be in the playoffs when Halak decides to imitate Vesa Toskala during the first period (I’m sorry, Jaro). You don’t deserve to be in the playoffs when you’re defense has more holes than sieve (damn, I’m getting really sick of using that phrase). And you certainly don’t deserve to be in the playoffs when only one guy does all the scoring (which was all of two very nice goals if you want to know) and that guy, no offense to Lapierre or anything, isn’t supposed to be the best forward on the team. Where the hell were Kovalev, Koivu, Plekanec and Kostitsyn tonight?! You honestly didn’t expect Laraque do any scoring, did you? Could have totally fooled me.
It was awful tonight, boys, and yes, it hurts a lot more when you lose like that to the Leafs. Words fail to describe how you played tonight. You look like you wanted to get off the ice as soon as Grabovski scored the first goal of the night. You weren’t into it. You didn’t fight for it. You don’t seem to care. And you look like a team that wants to go golfing sooner rather than later. Right now, I hope you get your wish because I don’t want to see four of these types of games against Boston or New Jersey in the playoffs. And I certainly don’t want to see people paying a lot of money to go watch you suck beyond belief. That’s just wrong. You’re not the bloody Leafs. You’re better than that. Don’t go crawl into the playoffs if you’re just going to get swept in four embarrassing games. I’d prefer you missed the playoffs altogether than show up and bring zero to the rink. Tonight you were booed consistently with six whole minutes left in the game. You know what? It pains me to say this, but you deserved it. It’s kind of pathetic that the only ones with energy emotion in the Bell Center tonight were the people sitting in their overpriced seats in the stands.
I’m going to shut up now because I could go and on and on right now but I really need to sleep.
Gah. Despite this rant, I’m not angry. And that’s bad because it means I’m getting the same attitude towards this team that the Leafs’ fans have towards their sucky team: It’s called indifference. Thanks guys. I love this team but there is no way in hell that I’m going to say anything nice about you until you give me a reason to.
In other news, the after losing a bit of a heart-breaker last night, the Bulldogs came back and won 3-2 in shootouts against…… some team… the Wolfs? Are they in Chicago? Or something? Does it matter? No. Okay. Anyway…. Apparently it was a great game (hmm, haven’t seen one of those in a while) and I’m happy for Denis who did a lot of work to keep get the Bulldogs at least one point last night. Yay for the Bulldogs!
Oh and Federer just had to go and lose too. He was taking on Murray for a spot in the finals. Well… As we’re learning, Federer just can’t beat Murray any more than he can beat Nadal. His confidence seemed absolutely shot at random intervals. But at the end of the day, this loss was mainly on Federer’s shoulders. Despite losing the first set, he won the second. He was given a great chance to take the third period when Murray appeared to hurt himself when he tripped. And what does he do? He muffs it completely, drops serve, and promptly lost the third set in a very embarrassing 6-1 fashion. Dare I ask if this is the beginning of the end of the Fed?