Nothing's working for the Montreal Canadiens. The once feared power play the Habs had last season is non-existent this year.
"You can write whatever you want, right now our power play is non-existent because we get outworked by the opposition," coach Guy Carbonneau said. "We have an advantage and we don't take advantage of that."
They were 0-for-8 last night against the Washington Capitals.
Alex Kovalev, who was the Habs captain last night since Saku Koivu's injured and was used on the point during the power play for the first time this season, didn't see the importance of a fourth line.
"I don't think it has anything to do with a message or anything like that," Kovalev said. "You get to the point where you have to try different things. They're all good players, hard-working players, and he decided to try them. Everybody's got to get a chance."
Was there a message from Carbonneau to his regular players on the power play?
"Definitely," Carbonneau said. "If we're not last in the league, we can't be far now. We were 0-for-8 tonight and that's the difference. Last year we'd score two or three goals on eight chances, instead of giving up a goal at the end of the game and losing 2-1, we're ahead 3-1. That's where we're losing games right now. There's no other reason."
It seems the players have lost the will to play. Missing empty nets, taking stupid penalties, players not giving a 100 percent. And what happened to the once-feared power play?
Has Guy Carbonneau lost his locker room? I know it's the 100th anniversary of the Montreal Canadiens and he was part of this glorious franchise, but should he step down? Or risk losing it all at the end of the season?
Usually when a player is bad the coach benches him for a game or two, but what do you do when most of your players have stopped playing for you?