It’s true; things couldn’t be looking much worse for Habs fans at the moment and this west coast road swing will set the tone for the remainder of the season and could very well dictate whether or not we clinch a playoff spot. With Halak in net the Habs face the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome tonight, the Flames themselves on a four game skid.
Energy in the first period was the key and the Habs were able to gain the upperhand on the Flames with strong play in the Flames zone, good defending and Halak making saves when necessary. It all lead to a beautiful one-timer by Matt D’Agostini from Chris Higgins to open the scoring, giving the Habs (Halak in particular) a much-needed shot of confidence. Mike Cammalarri evened the score after bouncing a puck through some skates in front of Halak but the Habs took the lead back when Alex Kovalev fed Tomas Plekanec a beautiful pass in an example of exactly how to play a two-on-one; the first period just ended after a scrum with the Habs up 2-1 and I know hope again
Bring on the second period meltdown! Habs were outshot 20-4, Calgary scored three goals, two shorthanded, and we sucked in general. Down 4-2 heading into the third period.
Montreal did manage to get a few more shots on goal in the third period but couldn’t get one by Mikka Kiprasoff. Meanwhile the Flames did bury two more on Halak for a final score of 6-2 with the shot count at 41-24.
We need help for Price, Kovalev gone, some help on defense and a big center. Make it happen Bob.