The Montreal Canadiens lost yet another game falling 2-0 to the New York Islanders Thursday night. Careless, second period penalties led to Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson scoring the only two goals for the Islanders.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 19 shots to earn the Islanders shutout victory. This is Montreal’s second straight loss, and puts them in danger of losing home ice advantage in their upcoming playoff round.
The Montreal fans showed little mercy to their team, serenading them with a chorus of boos throughout the game. I believe the fans were a little harsh in doing so. Yes, Montreal didn’t play well, but the players certainly don’t need to be booed right before going into the playoffs.
The Canadiens play their last regular season game on Saturday against the New York Rangers. Head Coach Michel Therrien will have to use this game to select a replacement for the injured Alex Galchenyuk.
The bottom line here is, Montreal really need a win. Every team hates ending the regular season with a loss. But losing home ice advantage would be an even bigger blow for the Montreal Canadiens to have to take.
And this next game will be a tough challenge for Montreal. It’s the King Henrik Lundqvist against Carey Price. It’s Brad Richards against Tomas Vanek. This game will certainly be exciting for both these teams.
I can’t think of a better way to end the season. Both these teams are very well matched in my opinion. They both have exceptional goaltenders and two top lines that have been scoring goals consistently recently.
I believe both these teams have a good chance of winning this next game. It’s all going to come down to which goalie makes the first mistake. Also, it will depend on which team is able to stay disciplined and not take any unnecessary penalties.
I’m sure unnecessary penalties will be the first thing Michel Therrien addresses ahead of Saturday’s game. I can’t wait to see if Montreal will be able to end their season with a win on the weekend.
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