The Montreal Canadiens came back to the harsh reality of Western Conference play as they lost a second game in two nights by the score of 7-1 to the Vancouver Canucks.
Incidentally, Vancouver was looking for its first win this season, and Roberto Luongo had a 4.50 GAA before the game: two very good reasons explaining their solid outing.
The number of goals scored on goaltender Carey Price looks bad, but he is not to blame on five of those seven goals. Three of those goals were scored on breakaways.
The Canadiens' defense without Andrei Markov is not able to match any "top line on a good night" in the league, and Price will continue to see a lot of shots and odd-man rushes in the coming months.
The addition of defensemen Paul Mara and Hal Gill by general manager Bob Gainey is not helping either. Those two players really lack speed and will require at least half a season to get going.
The Montreal Canadiens could dramatically sink in the standings until the new year. A rat race to come back into the playoff hunt is a possible scenario awaiting the team for this 2009-2010 season.
Those of you that think that Price will have another awful season should wait a little bit before saying, "I told you!" A new attitude is noted by the people surrounding the athlete, as unlike last year, a major part of his family is now settled in Montreal, thousands of miles closer.
Head coach Jacques Martin was unhappy with his team and conducted a punitive practice session this morning.
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