Since no one else managed to rally a review (I was hoping someone else would, so I wouldn't have to), I guess I will take a crack at it.
This is by far the worst review of a game I had to do for my Montreal Canadiens that I can remember.
Out-shot, out-played and out-scored. The final tally was 7-1 for Vancouver. Who was our lone gone scorer? Andrei Kostitsyn.
Vancouver was obviously looking to make a message to the league. After starting off 0-3, they wanted to dominate a game, and it just so happens that the Canadiens were first in line to receive this pummeling from a more dedicated Canucks team.
So far, all the wins can be accredited to the grit, determination and play of Carey Price. There is no way, if a goalie of a less caliber was in nets, that the Canadiens would have walked away with wins in Toronto and Buffalo if it were not for him.
Vancouver jumped into the game with a huge start, scoring three quick goals in the first period, out-shooting the Canadiens 14-4.
The only glimmer of hope was when Kostitsyn (whose brother finally reported to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs...reportedly on the promise he will be traded eventually by doing so) scored early in the second period.
The score by the end of the second period was 5-1, despite the Canadiens peppering Roberto Luongo with 14 shots.
As for Price, he played surprisingly well, having regretted one or two lone goals at the most.
To quote Dave Stubbs, "every defenseman on his team owes him an apology for having hung him out to dry in front of family and friends before he was mercifully lifted for Jaro Halak when the Canucks made it 7-1."
I think that says it best, our defensive corps did not come to this game eager to help out the net minder. It shows how one key defenseman (Andrei Markov) can make a difference in a lineup.
The penalty killers went 2-of-5, allowing three goals, while the power play went 1-of-6.
Price seemed emotional after the loss. On Thursday, it was reported he punched a hole into the drywall in Vancouver, showing his anger at the situation.
"I was pretty excited for that one," Carey Price said after the game, "It's coming home, you know? It wasn't the way I wanted it to go, but hopefully I'll have a lot more opportunities to play in this building again."
Hopefully next time, his defensemen will be there as well.