There’s no single answer to the Canadiens current issues. Those who think the issues are only on defence, or with goaltending need to look at the numbers. Yes, both need to improve, but the offense needs to as well. As defensive stats are on the rise, offensive stats are on the decline, perfect conditions for the slump the Habs are in.
Basically this was Game 8 from last year's playoff series. The Penguins outplayed the Canadiens at points, outshot them by a wide margain. But the Canadiens got big-time goaltending (Carey Price? really?) and capitalized on the few chances they had. It was a vicious, physical game. The Penguins had the game all but wrapped up with two minutes left, but then CEC witnessed its first of what will be many meltdown moments. Really,just a flabbergasting ending.
Favorite Canadiens-Related Photoshop or Gif:
Evgeni Malkin – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Chris Kunitz – Mark Letestu – Pascal Dupuis
Arron Asham – Chris Conner – Mike Rupp – Max Talbot – Craig Adams
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski – Deryk Engelland
Habs lines from Empty Netters:
Max Pacioretty – Scott Gomez – Brian GiontaMike Cammalleri – Tomas Plekanec – Andrei KostitsynTom Pyatt – Jeff Halpern – Travis MoenBenoit Pouliot – David Desharnais – Mathieu DarcheHal Gill – P.K. SubbanJaroslav Spacek – James WisniewskiAlexandre Picard – Yannick WeberCarey Price