About Final Night time: Canadiens’ particular groups simply aren’t that particular

Additionally these blue retro jerseys are an issue.

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Particular groups simply aren’t that particular to the Montreal Canadiens. And maybe no different staff has taken benefit of that greater than the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Leafs at the moment are Three-1-Zero in opposition to the Canadiens after their 5-Three win final night time, they usually’ve scored 5 energy play targets in opposition to the bleu-blanc-rouge this season. The Canadiens allowed a pair of energy play markers within the season opener in opposition to the Leafs, a objective at four-on-four in a Four-2 loss Feb. 10, and now three energy play targets final night time.

Two of them coming from one of many league’s greatest abilities in Auston Matthews, who had but to attain in opposition to the Canadiens this yr. Till final night time.

“We weren’t mentally on level and that’s what harm us essentially the most,” Canadiens head coach Claude Julien mentioned. “We skated nicely, we had our probabilities to attain. We created scoring probabilities too. We had sufficient to win, however defensively we made too many expensive errors after we didn’t have the puck. The penalties performed an element in that.”


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This column has already addressed that the Canadiens must be extra disciplined in the event that they need to win extra video games. Solely 4 NHL groups have allowed extra energy play targets than the Canadiens to this point this yr. Montreal’s penalty kill is now tied for 22nd total with the Edmonton Oilers.

A staff can solely accrue so many psychological errors whereas on the penalty kill earlier than adjustments must be made. If this continues, the Canadiens could must go down that street.

Hey Stripes, are you able to clarify one thing to me?

Jesperi Kotkaniemi had a objective disallowed final night time in opposition to the Maple Leafs, during which he tried to place the puck within the web throughout a goalmouth scramble. From my vantage level, it regarded as if he pushed Frederik Andersen’s leg pad into the web, inflicting the puck crossing the road. However some really feel Kotkaniemi didn’t intend to push the pad.


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“For my part, I believe that was a very good objective,” Kotkaniemi mentioned. “I’m not 100 per cent (positive) what’s the rule for that. However so long as I’ve been taking part in, I believe that needs to be referred to as a objective.”

I’m not right here to dispute Kotkaniemi’s opinion. He’s performed 131 extra NHL video games than I’ve. However his objective jogged my memory of an analogous occasion throughout a Maple Leafs-Senators sport earlier this week, the place Joe Thornton had a objective taken away from him as a result of he pushed the goaltender’s pad into the web.

So, I wasn’t all that shocked that the objective could be taken away. However I’m very confused and the way the officers received to that time.

The referees initially reviewed Kotkaniemi’s objective, reportedly, to see if the puck had crossed the road. It was quickly referred to as a objective earlier than the Maple Leafs used a coach’s problem to evaluate the play once more for goaltender interference. It didn’t take the NHL lengthy to find out there was, they usually quickly disallowed the objective.


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Why can’t the referees decide if there was goaltender interference the primary time round? It appeared as if the puck didn’t cross the road till Andersen’s pad was moved. May officers haven’t realized in that second that there was interference? Referees wanted a staff to problem for goaltender interference earlier than they may decide there was interference?

You, a Canadiens fan, may be confused as to why I’m sticking on this one play that led to a objective being taken away out of your staff. It’s the precept of the factor.

The Canadiens at the moment are Zero-Three-Zero in these retro jerseys

It’s a rattling disgrace Montreal followers hate these jerseys as a result of I like them. I assumed they had been one of many higher “Reverse Retro” jerseys unveiled a couple of months in the past. However the Canadiens have but to win a sport in them.

In a sport that thrives on superstitions very similar to individuals want air to breathe, it’s not wanting good for the Canadiens in these in any other case candy uniforms.


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When individuals like “Tito” begin groaning in regards to the Canadiens’ jersey selections in relation to their on-ice efficiency. That’s not a terrific signal.

Additionally. How does one get “Tito” from Christopher? I’m genuinely curious. I digress.

The most effective of final night time’s liveblog, led by Erik Leijon

I don’t see a lot optimism right here. However, I did discover a remark directed at me? Regardless that I didn’t even run final night time’s Liveblog?

Are you gloating now Julian? Yeah deactivated I do know — Dom Gotye

I think about that is in reference to my final About Final Night time column in which I took a moment to gloat a few remark I made about Carey Value previous to the Canadiens’ 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs final weekend.

I’m not going to lie, I’m honoured this remark was even made. It means you guys actually learn my work.  And that’s, actually, one of many greatest compliments you possibly can obtain on this enterprise.

Thanks, Dom! I don’t have any Gotye references for you, however I hope you get pleasure from your Sunday!

We don’t play very nicely in our personal finish. Enable too many second and third probabilities earlier than we clear the zone, Towards a staff just like the Leafs that’s lethal. And after we get scored on we’re reverting to final yr’s behavior permitting one other fast one. Teaching in sport . Fast restoration. Management. Settling the staff down. All in brief provide. We’re higher on paper however the outcomes are beginning to look acquainted. — Derek Stevens

I didn’t like Suzuki and Drouin’s sport in any respect tonight. Anderson was the one one occurring that line — James Toth

Let’s see. 10 targets in 6 video games. Can’t rating. Can’t kill penalties. Can’t win on house ice. Can’t win faceoffs. One other lengthy season. Thank god it’s only 56 video games. — Mark Reaume Sport over. I hate these jerseys. — Jean-Claude Laurent


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