Anaheim Ducks hammer Canadiens 4-1 and we wonder – is Jacques Martin going to survive this Californian road trip?

Posted: December 1, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I know, I know. I’m hysterical. On the Daybreak podcast Wednesday, I was saying – ‘Will Jacques Martin survive the Californian road trip’. And my pal Andie Bennett was – as usual – making fun of me, suggesting I was the perfect example of the crazed Habs fan, always hanging by his or her fingernails off the window ledge.

Well call me crazy Andie. But I’m still wondering if, come Monday morning, Mr. Personality will still be pulling in a pretty big cheque for his imitation of Marcel Marceau behind the Canadiens bench.

The Habs west-coast hols started off in bitter fashion Wednesday night with Les Boys losing 4-1 to the not-so-Mighty Ducks, a team that had lost their previous seven games. Anaheim is doing so badly that the team fired head coach Randy Carlyle even though he just guided the Ducks to one of their only victories in November. (He was immediately replaced by Bruce Boudreau, who had been unceremoniously dumped by the Washington Capitals just a couple of days earlier. Hmmm, wouldn’t you like to see BB in Montreal? At least we could watch his head turning redder and redder as the Hab-nots blow another game.)

It was another sad-sack outing for Montreal who now have a perfectly mediocre record of 10-11-4, giving them 24 points and a perfectly mediocre 12th place in the 15-team Eastern Conference. I was listening to TSN Radio 990 this morning – briefly, briefly, before zipping back to my home base at Daybreak! – and Elliott Price had come up with a projected formula to show how many games the Habs would now have to win to clinch a playoff berth. I can’t remember the exact numbers – help me out here TSN 990 types – but it sounded pretty well impossible. In other words, forget the fine details here Habs fans – at this point, with this crappy record, the Canadiens are going to have a real tough time making the Top 8 in the conference. Remember New Jersey last year? After a horrible start, they came to life in the second half and steamed through their opponents but still couldn’t make it into the playoffs. You snooze, you lose.

And the Canadiens are most definitely snoozing. They went 0-and-7 on the power play Wednesday night in Anaheim and they allowed the Ducks two power-play goals, this after the Habs had gone 11 games without letting in a power-play goal.

“We have to play with a little more urgency, supporting each other,” said Gentle Giant Hal Gill (who messed up big-time on the Ryan Getzlaf goal).

That’s just pathetic. You’re way out of playoff position and you can’t create any urgency? Man. Send the whole bunch to Hamilton. Captain Brian Gionta was just as lame in his post-game comments.

“Unfortunately in the third period, we didn’t create any shots of any sustained pressure,” said Gionta.

Well he’s right. But if you can’t get up for a third period when you’re trailing, then something’s wrong. I know it might seem easy but I’m blaming the coach. Whatever Martin’s doing, it’s not working. These players are just not inspired and the guys who should be scoring – Gionta and Cammy, to name two – appear to be in a deep funk.

So call me hysterical. I’m a big boy. I can take it.

– Brendan


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