What Has Happened to the Montreal Canadiens' Defense?

Charles L. GareCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2009

Where was Carey's defense last night in Edmonton? Another 7-2 drubbing by a team the Canadiens should have beaten.

This is really bringing the Canadiens down.

The Oilers' coach Craig MacTavish said he knew that Carey was a better goalie than what he showed last night. There were a lot of bounces that he normally would have stopped but fortunately went Oilers' way.

The Oilers were in Carey's face all night long. One after another it seemed with Hemsky, Penner, and Cogliano, leaving Montreal with another road lose now totaling seven games.

This win moved the Oilers into eighth place in their division tying them with Vancouver, and the loss drops the Canadiens into sixth place in the East.

As I write this article I'm having trouble making sense of the whole thing, I keep saying there's a better team than this road record shows, but the loses keep piling up.

If something does not change soon and the Habs don't start winning they are in big dilemma that might ultimately ruin their whole season.

The Canadiens now have four more games left on this road trip to hopefully get something out of it, WINS and POINTS. Because coming home to Ottawa isn't going to be a picnic either.

Carey, as he is seen in this picture standing alone in his net makes me wonder at times if that isn't how he feels. In last night's game it looked like his defense was nothing more than statues in front of him. I also felt at times like the whole team left him hung out to dry.

The two goals scored by Montreal where just bounces that went there way, the seven scored by the Oilers seemed to all have eyes.

I can't explain what has happened to the Habs, but I can tell you it is very discouraging. What will they do? Better yet what is Mr. Gainey going to do?

We keep hearing how the coach, the captain, and the GM even the owner Mr. Gillett  have faith in this group.

Boy, I don't know.

But I'm starting to lose mine as I watch the Canadiens falter since the All-Star break.

This season is slipping away Bleu, Blanc, Rouge.

So let's pick it up before its to late or you will be on the outside looking in.

Imagine that, from first a year ago to now sixth and falling, it's just a shame.