What can you say about this effort by the Canadiens except this?
If they keep getting outshot by this wide of a margin, they are in trouble.
Was I impressed by Jaroslav's shutout?
Why yes—who wouldn't be!
But I also know that the Flyers are next and if the Canadiens do not get more shots on goal than they did on Luongo, they will lose.
Halak was the star of the show last night, along with his defence who blocked shots and his goal post, who also saved the day. Giving the Canadiens a win over Vancouver at home for the first time in eight years.
But again this kind of effort will not continue to be rewarded against the Flyers at their barn, and the Sharks, who are in Montreal on Saturday. Don't get me wrong, I was the one of the happiest Habs fans in Canada when they got the shutout—but reality says this lack of shots on the opposition's net will not continue to result in wins.
Luongo said he felt they outplayed the Canadiens, and he was right. Alex Kovalev hit a post, and recieved a penalty and had an assist on Markov's goal, so he wasn't heard from very much in this game. Tomas Plekanec also received a penalty shortly thereafter putting the Habs in a three-on-five situation.
The Canadiens spent a lot of time in their own end of the ice. Koivu, who was a game time decision because of the flu, saved their bacon. Diving for the puck, he was able to get it to Plekanec, who then stuck it in the net on Luongo's glove side.
The next goal was a nice setup from Kovalev to Plekanec, then on to Markov and in the net for a 2-0 score. Vancouver then pulled Luongo for a six-on-five chance but it resulted in Montreal's third goal with six seconds left in the game.
I am not a pessimist. I know the effort was there. But the Habs can not expect to be trapped in their own end against the up coming competition and pull off another win.
Halak or Price, it will not matter—the end result will be more loses for the Habs. The only way there will be a continuous string of wins is for them to get more shots for than against.