A game does not make the season, and a preseason game is nothing more than an exhibition, with no points to get at the end.
But if we say exhibition, what in the world were the Montreal Canadiens trying to exhibit? A lack of cohesion, or a lack of offense? Or both? Or maybe the new centenary logo on the jerseys is too heavy for the players to carry. Go figure.
Hi. My name is Miah. And my team just lost 3-8 to the Bruins.
A little recap for the fun of going back to game recaps! Dear, it feels like Hockey again.
The Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins met tonight, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Among the on-ice roster, the most-anticipated player to be seen was Patrice Bergeron. It was going to be his first game since his injury last season.
It was also Manny Fernandez's big comeback night as well.
On the Montreal's side, here are the lines that coach Carbo and his colleagues came up with:
A.Kostitsyn - T.Plekanec - S.Kostitsyn
M.Pacioretty - B.Maxwell - A.Tanguay
S.Begin - M.Lapierre - M.Dandenault (rumours are he will be taking the road to Hamilton)
R.Flynn - Y.Lehoux - M.Glumac
R.Hamlrik - R.O'Byrne
A.Henry - Y.Weber
P.Valentenko - J.Georges
Halak - Denis
Carey Price, Saku Koivu, and Georges Laraque were among those who remained in Montreal. Price is preparing for the trip to Detroit on Wednesday, along with other veterans, while both Koivu and Laraque are on the sideline due to an ankle injury for the one, and a groin injury for the other.
On the Bruins' side, Vladimir Sobotka impressed with an opening score goal in the first, and tie-breaking one in the second. But Patrice Bergeron won the highlights of the night with a goal and three assists. Marco Sturn, Andrew Ference, P.J. Axelsson, and Aaron Ward scored the other goals for the Black and Gold.
Tomas Plekanec, Ben Maxwell and Mike Glumac avoided the ultimate humiliation for the Bleu Blanc Rouge.
If the Habs could not find a way to generate some decent offense, at least they could make the team look like an actual NHL organization with a few glove-droping sessions here and there.
Shawn Thornton and Steve Begin had a little emotive argument in the last period. Let's just say Thornton won the debate!
Later, 6'0", 230-lb. defenceman Alex Henry faced Andrew Ference, who himself faced Andrei Kostitsyn late in the third.
Henry pulled and punched hard enough to earn the little piece of respect the Habs should not even deserve. At least for this game.
Manny Fernandez and Kevin Regan were keeping the net for Boston, while Jaroslav Halak and Marc Denis shared the duty on the Montreal's side. The Bruins outplayed the Habs with 42 shots, over 19 for Montreal. Halak allowed five out of 29 during the first two periods, followed by Denis with three out of 13 in the third.
Roman Hamlrik left after the first, with an injury and should not face the Sabres in Hockeyville (Roberval) tomorrow.
The next game should feature prospect David Desharnais and veteran goalie Marc Denis, playing in front of their former Chicoutimi Sagueneens fans.
It shall be broadcasted on RDS, starting at 7 p.m ET.
As judging on the second period shots recap (Boston 20, Montreal 9), it seems the principal sport that has been going on for the highly prospected Canadiens was figure skating. Looks like someone forgot his skills in Cancun!
My take on the line-ups: it was interesting to have the brothers Kostitsyn together. I like that line!
Other than that, Tanguay seemed to show the right path to his young rookies on the second trio, with an assist on Maxwell's goal.
As I said, Dandenault is rumoured to take the road to Hamilton any time soon. Indeed, the fight for a spot on the last line made it hard for the former defenceman to make himself comfortable in Carbonneau's roster. Kostopoulos or Dandenault?
It is great to see Bergeron back on the ice. Apparently, and obviously, this player has been doing really well.
But most of all, Hockey is back. The Montreal Canadiens might have looked silly tonight, but they are still back on the ice. It was about time. Chin up, chin up, Hockey's back!