How To Spell Sloppy Hockey: Montreal Canadiens

Charles L. GareCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2009

The Montreal Canadiens are playing sloppy hockey lately and it's the whole team not playing up to their potential.

TSN put out a poll asking what is causing Montreal's poor play at this time - Carey Price, defence, Alexei Kovalev's struggles, or injuries.

I picked defence, but the majority picked Price, which I find a little hard to believe even though I know Carey has looked a little out of place since his return from injury.

But if the defence doesn't hold up, you cannot expect the goalie to stop everything. 

Price has saved their bacon more often than not, only to find that they couldn't score at the other end of the ice.

In last night's game in Calgary, Jaroslav Halak was hung out to dry twice - two power plays turned into two short handed goals.

As I've already said, sloppy hockey is spelled "Montreal Canadiens."  Because of sloppy puck handling, it resulted in these two goals against.

The Canadiens were leading 2-1 at the end of the first period, by the end of the second it was all in the Flames favour with a 4-2 score.

When the game ended it was 6-2, a very disappointing result, but now it's on to Edmonton with hopefully a different ending and the start of a winning streak.

It seems at times like the Habs players are holding their sticks too tight, almost like they are afraid to make the play for fear it will backfire.

Even their All-Star defencemen Komisarek gave the puck away in his own end, leaving Halak to make a big save.

I still hold high hopes for this trip: one down and five to go, but since shortly after the Christmas break their road record has been sloppiness extraordinaire.

And it's not one player it is the whole team.