LOOKING FOR HELP – Boston-4 Canadiens-0 (Feb. 12, 2017)

Feb 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Canadiens, Canadiens Game Story, Latest News

1 boston riley nashAsk hockey people about the mandated four day mid-season break and you get a variety of opinions.  Players seem to like it.  They had better,  It was their idea and something they demanded in the last Collective Bargaining agreement.  Coaches hate it because they thing it ruins momentum.  In that group, Michel Therrien may be the exception.  His team hasn’t had anything resembling momentum in three months.

Since the end of that 13-1-1 start to the season on Nov. 13th the Canadiens have just the one three game winning streak.  It came just after the new year and in two of those games they had to win in overtime.  So for Therrien, the four days off might stop the win-one, lose-one pace we’ve been seeing since mid-November.

VACANCE

And so they go to their four day break. The fact that the Canadiens are still in first place in the Atlantic Division is a testament only to the horrible weakness of the division. The Canadiens have lost five of their last six games and eleven of the last seventeen and in the last 43 have won 18 games and lost 24.  And they’re still in first place.  But that hold is tentative at best.  They go to their break leading Ottawa and Boston by six points and Toronto by nine, but the teams hold massive games in hand.

1 boston shaw krugWHILE THEY’RE AWAY

Things could change considerably before the Canadiens play their next game against Winnipeg next Saturday.   With five games in hand, Ottawa  will play twice before the Canadiens hit the ice again. Toronto with four in hand also will play twice.

Missing the playoffs entirely was unthinkable two months ago. Unless things change, it’s a real possibility now.

Here’s an eye opener. The Canadiens have more losses in regulation time than both Ottawa and Toronto right now.

ABOUT THE GAME

….Don’t pin this loss on Carey Price. Nothing he could do to save this one. And he made some pretty good saves along the way.

….The Canadiens have found many ways to lose over the last 2 ½ months, part of their problem in this game was an inability to exit their zone cleanly under the Bruins forecheck. Offense starts with the breakout and the Canadiens executed it badly for most of the night.

1 bruins galalgher….The Canadiens had a fairly decent start in the game and it was only 1-0 going to the second period. Then the Bruins took over. 17-7 were the shots in the second period and two more goals and from that point the Canadiens lost their attentiveness. Game over.\

….Shut down Radulov and Pacioretty you shut down the Canadiens. Boston did a job on them. Pacioretty did get five shots on goal but not many of them were good clean looks. I don’t think Radulov had one of his best games.

….Once again Canadiens special teams were awful. The Bruins scored a goal shorthanded, another on the power play and the Canadiens were 0 for 6 on their power play. The Canadiens have given up a power play goal in eight of their last ten games.

AHEAD

An interesting week. We can be guaranteed of a series of long meetings on the seventh floor of the Bell Centre. Marc Bergevin’s confidence in the team he’s put together must be shaken at this point. We are now well past blaming the Canadiens situation on a slump or injuries. Right now the Canadiens are not very good, plain and simple

2 Comments to “LOOKING FOR HELP – Boston-4 Canadiens-0 (Feb. 12, 2017)”

  1. Ian London says:

    If Therrien, who clearly has no clue how to prepare or motivate our team, is behind the bench on Saturday this season is over. If MB thinks he has put together a contender his job is on the line and he has to do something. If not a trade (and right now what would we have to give up to get anyone that can help us now and long term) then behind the bench. No matter what the mother tongue of that coach is.

  2. Ned Stark says:

    Well the pole up Bergevin’s ass finally got to him and he deep sixed Therrien much too late in the day. While many would have loved perennial fan and player favourite Kirk Muller get the opportunity to step up and coach this team. But when you have a GM in Bergevin so hung up on the requirement of having a French Canadian coach behind the bench. I mean this guy passed up on getting one of Canada’s and the NHL’s coaches in Mike Babcock 2 yrs ago in favour of retaining Therrien as coach. Your right in thinking that he should have is head examined to see if there is anything in there. But in the coup of hiring Claude Julien to coach this team he has managed to hit a home run finally. But don’t forget that turning this team around is not going to be done in a cake walk. 4 1/2 seasons of Michel Terrorism is going to be a tough nut to crack. So many of the young players have had their confidence shattered by his total mismanagement of player personnel. While Julien is more than equipped for the task at hand. There will be changes. But as you saw after his hiring he said no changes to the coaching staff for the rest of the season. However, when it is finally over expect to see those Therrien toadies to be promptly dismissed and that will include that troll coaching on the Rock. With the team moving to Laval for next season there will be higher expectations for that team results wise as well as development growth. I fully expect Kirk Muller to be retained as well as Carey’s goaltending coach. It will take him a while or more to have his touch on the lineup he feels most trusted with to take this team forward. Marc Bergevin still can’t pat himself on the back as he has work to do immediately with respect to the Trade Deadline. As I see it he has 3 positions to improve upon: a top offensive centre to anchor the 1st line with Radulov and Max. Secondly, an offensive LW for the 2nd line. Both of these fixes should help the team to generate consistent Offense and goal scoring. The 3rd position is for a capable and again offensive minded puck carrier to play opposite Weber on the defense’s first pairing. This team does not need any more 4th liner types that are for the most part offensively challenged.
    It should be very interesting going forward for the team, Julien and Bergevin.

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