Despite a well played game by the Canadiens, Ryan Miller and the Sabres got two points in Montreal. Montreal outshot Buffalo 39-18 but Miller was up to task. Despite the loss, the Canadiens remain atop the Division thanks to the Maple Leafs who beat the Bruins 3-2. Vanek, who was listed day-to-day, overcame his injury and scored both goals for Buffalo. Michael Ryder had the lone goal, a powerplay goal, for the Habs. On to the next one.
The Good: The Canadiens totally outplayed Buffalo and never gave up. The Canadiens won 51% of their face-offs which is an improvement. For the second game in a row the Habs were disciplined taking only 3 penalties.
The Bad: Despite their powerplay goal, the Canadiens didn’t have that sense of urgency on their other 2 powerplays and seemed content to just pass the puck around wasting time. Gabriel Dumont only had 6:09 of ice time and considering his recent play its my opinion that he should be played a lot more. P.K. Subban had another 2 penalties, he needs to stay disciplined.
The Ugly: The amount of Hab fans on twitter saying how terrible the Habs are makes me wonder if I’m the only one who realizes its only the second time in TWENTY games that they lost in regulation. C’mon people, its just one game.
My Three Stars: 1st Miller, 2nd Vanek, 3rd Ryder
I’m disappointing Habs nation.
GO HABS GO. I believe. NO EXCUSES!