Well that was fun wasn’t it?
I feel like I just got off a really intense roller coaster and shouldn’t have eaten so much beforehand.
Three times the Habs had a lead on the Bruins and three times they let it waste away. For every nice shot, pin point pass, and dazzling display of skill, there was a blown coverage or a bone head play.
For a team that seemed to be controlling the pace of the game, the Habs looked tentative on too many occasions. Every time they built up a lead, they looked like they knew they were about to blow it.
Too be honest, I have no idea why. Their top goal scorer has been a complete non factor and Tim Thomas hasn’t been able to control a rebound to save his life. Also, and they proved it in the third period of game three, when they’re on their game, the Canadiens are a better team than the Bruins.
They are clearly faster, have more productive forwards, a stronger goalie, and have yet to show any signs that their size is an issue.
Make no mistake, this is a huge letdown for the Habs. They could have taken a stranglehold on this series and they choked. They lost home ice advantage and gave the Bruins the confidence they need heading into game five.
Before I get carried away by how far this team missed the boat last night…here are the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from last night’s contest.
Patrice Bergeron has been the B’s best player thus far. In four games, he’s a plus three, has five points, 12 hits and is well above 60% on the draws. Last night, he had two points and made Gomez’s life miserable all night. If the Habs are to win this series, they need to find a way to shut this guy down.
Mike Cammalleri has once again proven that he is an absolute beast in the playoffs. He was a nightmare for the Bruins in the offensive zone, had three points and was relentless on the forecheck.There was an instance early in the game in which Gill had him wide open and decided to wind up and blast one instead. I’m just saying.
Despite promising a goal, Lucic was once again kept off the score sheet. Hey, on a night like this, you take your victories where ever you can find them.
Although he scored the game’s first game, Sopel did not look good on this night. He had two giveaways, was on the ice for three Boston goals, and was especially at fault on the fourth one, where he simply lost the puck in his skates. A buddy of mind turned to me after that play and mentioned Josh Gorges. If only…
That line change in overtime was absolutely horrendous. This is the playoffs. You make sure you properly cleared the puck before you go off for a change. There is simply no excuse for that brain fart.
Keys to Next Game
As mentioned earlier, the Habs need to shut down Bergeron. I would put Plekanec up against him. We’ve all seen what he did to Kreici in the first few games.
If this can’t be done, at least get Gomez away from him. He simply can’t keep up.
Also, the team need to refocus. They came out ready to play tonight, then simply lost it. I won’t pretend to know why, but here’s to hoping the coach does.
Enjoy game 5!