The Canadiens played with great gusto, pounding the puck at Patrick Lalime. Power plays and five on five resulted in nothing, with the first period ending in 0-0 tie.
The Habs came out flat in the second period and Carey, who had not played to this point, suddenly had to face shots and that didn't go well.
The Sabres power plays resulted in goals, even a Montreal power play became a Buffalo goal. When a team stops skating it's evident the whole game turns completely around and the end result was a 5-1 win for Buffalo.
The game of hockey is a sixty minute allotted time. If you play for sixty minutes you will win a majority of your games. But if you play it for fifteen minutes and can't score, it's not time to give up, but rather to keep pounding the oppositions net.
That didn't happen and now the Habs move onto Atlanta. Their road record lately has only resulted in two wins in Colorado and Philadelphia. That's not good enough, and their record shows it, as they are only ten games over five hundred
Yesterday's trade deadline resulted in no moves for the Canadiens.
I don't know of course how hard Mr. Gainey worked the phones, but Calgary came out the winner at the end of the day. Do I think the Montreal Canadiens can win the Stanley Cup with the team they have right now?
The only way that will happen is if every eastern team lays down and quits, and we all know that is not going to happen. So I guess Habs fans can kiss the anniversary season goodbye. They probably will make the playoffs, but how long they will last is anybodies guess.