GAME #23 – NY Islanders -6 Canadiens-3 (March 5/2013)

Mar 5th, 2013 | By | Category: Canadiens Game Story, Latest News

islandersTwo streaks came to an end for the Canadiens Tuesday night at Long Island.  The New York Islanders handed the Canadiens a rather sound 6-3 beating ending the stretch of eleven games without a regulation loss.  It was also the first game in 13 games that the Canadiens had been beaten by a team outside their own division in regulation time.  Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner. Radek Martinek, Matt Martin. Colin MacDonald and John Tavares shared the goalscorer for the Islanders.  Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and P.K. Subban for the Canadiens who outshot the Islanders 32-24.  The Canadiens play the third game of their five game road trip at Carolina on Thursday.

The Canadiens continue to lead the Eastern Conference.  The also lead Boston by a point in the Northeast division by a single point.  The Bruins blew a 3-0 lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to Washington on Tuesday.

 Some Random Thinking –

Is It Carey?   Blaming goaltenders for losses is a mug’s game.   But Carey Price has given up twelve goals in his last two games which is not a stat to Price has now given up twelve goals in his last two starts and that is not good no matter who’s fault it is.   For the first 19 games of the season, Canadiens defensive discipline was winning games.  In the last week, too many members of the opposition are getting good clean looks at the Canadiens net.  Price would tell you he might like two or three back, but what about the other nine?

Doing the Shuffle – Mostly to get Alex Galchenyuk back in the groove, Michel Therrien switched around his second and third lines.  Galchenyuk moved up to play with Plekanec and Ryder while Brian Gionta joined Eller and Prust.

Early Dividend – Galchenyuk paid it back by setting up Plekanec in front for the first goal of the game in the 6th minute.  He also was given a wild ride into the Islander bench by Islander centre Casey Cizikas midway through the period.  All told, his best game in two weeks.

Penalties – The Canadiens penalty kill is a shadow of the one that was Kirk Muller ran when he was responsible.  The Canadiens received their first two penalties in the second period and were gave up goals on both of them.  And before they could get their act back together after Matt Martin made it 2-1, forty-eight seconds later Michael Grabner made it 3-1. In two games against the Canadiens, both of them wins, the Islanders have scored four power play goals.

Returning the Favour – The Canadiens did come back with a couple of power plays of their own to tie the game.  First P.K. Subban with a hard slapper into the top corner and then Brian Gionta, who did a pretty good job of hiding behind the net until Subban let another shot go.  He stepped in front in time be alone for the rebound.  3-3 tie.

Barely Worth Mentioning – Gionta’s goal was the 20,000th in the history of the Canadiens.

Buried – It took just 1:49 for the Islanders to break the tie/  Radek Martinek on an unblocked screen shot with Nielsen parked in front of Price.  It was the game winner.

Mad Scramble – The Canadiens chose to pull off their worst line change of the season with 4:22 left and the Canadiens trailing by the Martinek goal.  It was hard for the officials to miss, there were eight players on the ice.  A minute after they killed the penalty John Tavares scored and then Colin McDonald into the empty net.  6-3 final.

Adding it Up – The Canadiens laid an egg in this one.  Despite the Boston win, which may have been adrenaline-induced, there seems to be a bit of pattern here.  We saw it back when they lost three in a row and had everyone in Montreal in panic mode.  They worked their way of that one.  The operative word is “worked”.  That area of their game was missing on Long Island.

 

2 Comments to “GAME #23 – NY Islanders -6 Canadiens-3 (March 5/2013)”

  1. Andrew in NDG says:

    “2 or 3 back?” on the 12 goals he let in in the last 2 games Ron… Other way around my friend, try closer to 9 of the 12 goals Pricey let in! Tonight was the sequel to the floundering Fish Named Carey … starring Carey Granite Pads himself lol.

    What’s happened to this guy?

    Would you start him Thursday?

    If Therrien is serious about players getting ice time based on performance – Price should be off the ice by the end of the warm-up!

    Andrew in NDG said:
    (after the loss to the Penguins In Game# 22)
    March 3, 2013 at 14:43
    Hi ya Ron … You’re like the ultimate beat writer for the Habs these days! Am not sure about last nights game being ” wildly entertaining ” though …Price was pathetic last night, with gusts of horrific. He seems adept at covering the low end (like a mop) these days but seems like easy pickings on anything around the top corners (like he’s using the mop handle to stop the puck lol).

    Fortunately, the boys have done a good job of keeping the shot count down of late (during their recent streak) but we’re seeing far too much in the way of weak goals. Like the floater the other night from just inside the blue line that tied the score at 1 – all in a game the opponent had no business being in that position.

    He looked good in the first shootout he was involved in this year but looked like the Price of 2012 in his next try …slinking his way backward and giving up ( far too much) of the net .

    And what pray tell was Therrien thinking by leaving him in last night?

    I’d seen enough after the second COOKE-ie … he let in to put the Pens up 4-2

    I like Price, but seriously he has yet to illustrate the kind of consistency that’s inherent to truly ” elite ” goaltenders.

  2. philippe ouimet says:

    Andrew your spot on!!!! I have watched this young man performances and I can assure you Carey Price is no Vezina trophy candidate in fact he will never win that trophy with his current goaltending methods. He spends most of his time MOPPING the net on his knees and looses much to often sight of the puck and with videotape opposing teams have his number and go for the top corners. I’m pretty sure Bergevin/Therrien and the coaching staff have concluded that Price as big as he is will never be in the same league as the Plante’s, Worsley,Big Dryden,Roy or my favorite little 5’6” 135lbs Vezina trophy recipient Charlie Hodge!!! With the CH new team motto NO EXCUSES this last poor performance creates a real problem ……it sure will be interesting to see who tends the net tomorrow night.

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