Maybe Max Pacioretty misspoke, or maybe he didn’t think it through properly when he told The Montreal Gazette last Monday, “This isn’t rock bottom. Things could be a lot worse right now.”
Technically speaking, he’s right. The Habs could be in last place in the league.
However, in terms of effort level, it’s hard to dismiss Saturday’s 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals during which the Habs registered only three shots on goals through the first half the game—at which point the thirteenth-place Caps had over 20 and were leading by four—as anything but rock bottom.
The lopsided loss being their fourth consecutive, including especially embarrassing defeats at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, further reinforces that theory.
So, the Habs may believe as a group that things can get worse.
For future reference, though, the crowd sarcastically cheering when you simply get a shot on goal? That’s the equivalent of it cheering goalie Patrick Roy when he allowed nine goals in his last game as a Hab against the Detroit Red Wings.
What’s key, though, is that was the last time they ever let in 11 goals in a game. Granted, it’s like climbing Everest in that you tend to pace yourself between expeditions…and, uh, yeah, it’s also really hard to accomplish.
Seriously, you really have to want it—as a team—to even stand a chance at letting in that many…
The point is once you hit rock bottom, you can only go up. The consecutive victories over Carolina and Boston seem to prove just that.