The pre-game alone was worth the price of admission

The Canadiens are truly an organization whose class – among most of theirs Administrations/Directorates over the years – was and still is today – in a class of its own. Since Chantal Machabée has been part of the Montreal Staff, she has only brought back and nurtured this great organizing class. #Respect

The Canadian paid tribute last night PERFECT to Guy Lafleur. Bands without sponsors but with number, name and signature of Guy Lafleur… Player without helmet for the warm-up… patch 10 on the vests of the players, but also on the clothing of the members of the organization… tribute pictures before players enter the ice rink…

Players who silently enter the rink and go straight to the bank.. Tribute Video before the national anthem…

A ten minute ovation from the crowd who just didn’t want to work with Michel Lacroix and his many attemptsChain

10 or 12 graduates who took their place behind the team bench during the game… ol, ol, ol before the game even starts… players who will salute Guy Lafleur’s flag before retiring to the dressing room after the final whistle…

I cried a few times last night. And I’m sure you will too. The prelude alone was worth the price of admission.

Guy Lafleur was the last Great. After Jean Béliveau and Maurice Richard came Guy Lafleur. Of course there was Patrick Roy, then Saku Koivu, Carey Price and Shea Weber… but it wasn’t (and never will be) the same. Also, where was Captain Shea Weber last night? And Carey Price, why didn’t we see him at all that night?

Unfortunately, last night wasn’t just a tribute to Guy Lafleur. There was also a game on the program. A game against the Bruins…

A positive conclusion of this encounter: the Montreal players never gave up and managed to score two goals in the third period, so that at the end of the game they were only one goal closer to the Bruins.

Negative (or realistic) summary of this game: The Canadian lost the game 5 to 3. It was a NINTH straight loss for the Montrealers. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…

All suffered in the regular time!

Damned that a win last night would have done everyone good. But OK…

He is YES, REALLY Time for the end of this 2021-22 season. The guys sometimes have their minds elsewhere (holidays?), sometimes not enough raw talent to compete with the other team. Often both…

What do I remember of that other defeat?

1. Nick Suzuki scored his 21st goal of the season (59th point). Unfortunately, he finished his evening work at minus-2. Since the start of the campaign, Suzuki has announced a cumulative difference of minus-32, the fourth worst on the Bettman circuit. He will have to find ways to get better next season.

2. Cole Caufield finished his match at minus-3, him. 2021-22 is at negative 28 in the NHL and minus-6 in the American League…

He also gave up his narrow defense for the Bruins’ third goal and scored a goal for Erik Haula.

3. Josh Anderson was probably the best striker in have. He was clearly inspired by what happened before the game and by that matchup against the Bruins. One goal, three shots on goal and five hits in almost 17 minutes of ice time…

4. The officials had a very difficult evening. Shame.

They conceded (too many) penalties (12 total)… including one against Mike Hoffman which led to a (winning) penalty by Erik Haula. Was there really a game violation? Did she really deserve a penalty?

5. The Canadian was good at it power play (2 of 4) and shorthanded (no goals allowed). With the same force it went wrong…

6. No, there was no spirit of forum or center Molson/Bell Last night at the arena…

7. Brendan Gallagher had a point for the third game in a row.

8th. Rem and Tyler Pitlick were reunited on the third row. They weren’t bad, but they couldn’t achieve anything.

9. I repeat myself, but Christian Dvorak would do a good third place center. He’s just not worthy to play on that top six a good NHL team.

10 Laurent Dauphin, Michael Pezzetta (an assist) and Mathieu Perreault (an assist) had a good game down their third row.

11. Mike Hoffman scored but also multiplied turnovers, made mistakes, cheated on his defensive pulls and ended the night at minus-3.

12. Jeff Petry had two assists and was looking for long streaks like the defenseman he once was. It wasn’t perfect, but it was encouraging. Will it be redeemable without having to give too much this summer?

13. Alexander Romanov was once again very good and very influential. How much money will he get for his next contract?

14 Jordan Harris had another pretty tough game. Things are moving fast for Harris, who will certainly need a brief stint at Laval to start the 2022/23 season.

15 William Lagesson ended the evening with zero everywhere, everywhere, everywhere. Was it really necessary to get him to play this game?

(Source: NHL.com)

16 He gave himself several checks, some of them very violent. No, it wasn’t (really) a game for them Soft.

17 Unfortunately, Martin St-Louis’ press conferences – after nine consecutive defeats – are starting to look like Dominique Ducharme’s. It’s hard to be so inspiring and emotional after the failures that are piling up…

18 Damned that Brad Marchand was hateful last night…

19 Patrice Bergeron (two goals, an assist and a difference of Plus 3) was excellent last night. Charlie McAvoy (one goal, plus-4four shots on goal, five hits and four blocked shots) also had a tough night’s work behind them.

20 The Bell Center was, of course fully last night: 21,105 people, the new capacity of the arena since its last renovation. To say that this tribute should have been performed to an empty Bell Center two months ago…

Monday in Canadian

After playing in Ottawa Saturday night and the Bell Center the next day, the Canadiens players have a full day off today. It will therefore be necessary to wait 24 hours before hearing from Carey Price…

Will he train with his teammates tomorrow before the flight (which he won’t take) to New York? Would he rather skate with Eric Raymond or with a sports therapist? Is there another four or five step return to play plan for him?

The season will last FINALLY End in four days (two games), it won’t happen…

This morning, the CH occupies 32nd and last place overall, tied with the Coyotes of Arizona. The Habs have suffered nine consecutive casualties and the Coyotes have suffered 10. The bonus point was earned on that weekend through André Tourigny’s troops, the CH referred to the 32nd level.

(Source: NHL.com)

The Canadiens only have two games to play and the Coyotes three. And the Coyotes are ahead in a tie (wins before penalties)…

Yes, the Canadian is now guaranteed to finish in the bottom two teams in the league… but he also has a high probability of doing so finish last. Let’s recall, less than a year after he extended his season to the Stanley Cup Finals…

Kent Hughes, Jeff Gorton, Martin Lapointe and Nick Bobrov will therefore most likely speak in the top three next July (in Montreal)…or worst case scenario, fourth. At least something positive…

Will Ryan Poehling return to New York for CH training? I think so.

Are we giving Cayden Primeau another start? I doubt.

To be continued tomorrow morning…

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