That was some 53rd birthday present the Habs handed their coach.
- The game ended. Thanks Will.
@HunterZThompson I’ll write the “Good” portion of your blog tonight.
— Will MacEwen (@williamandrewm) November 5, 2016
- David Desharnais. His penalty opened the floodgates. Columbus entered the game with a smoking hot power play. “Don’t take any penalties” was surely part of the pre-game message. Four minutes in the Habs captain takes a hooking penalty. (Max – Here’s some free advice: When you lay an egg on home ice and are bailed out by your all-world goalie, take the opportunity in the next game to make an early statement. And if you must take a penalty make it a charging call.) Halfway through the period, Desharnais takes another weak penalty – this one for tripping. Thirty two seconds later Cam Atkinson opened the scoring and a record setting night in Columbus was underway.
- Max Pacioretty. “We need more from him” said John Tortorella on Pacioretty’s effort level for Tortorella and Team USA during the World Cup. “It’s an exhibition game” was Pacioretty’s response. In the first Max-Torts head to head meeting since September, Pacioretty was in full on exhibition game mode.
I just wish someone,anyone would get pissed off
— Chris Nilan (@KnucklesNilan30) November 5, 2016
- Andrew Shaw. What’s happened? Playing with all the energy of a flickering lighter.
— HockeyCool (@hockeypaisan) November 5, 2016
- Andrei Markov. Was not ready to play.
- Alexei Emelin. Yet another weak tripping penalty which helped put the game away for Columbus early in the second. Back to the third pairing. He is going to physically destroy somebody in orange and black at the Bell Centre.
- Jeff Petry. Whooosh.
- Greg Pateryn & Nathan Beaulieu. So soft. At least until the score was 9-0. By then Beaulieu was back alongside Shea Weber.
- Brendan Gallagher. Turned the puck over deep in his own zone while Pateryn played Twister and Seth Jones took advantage to give Columbus a 2-0 lead. Double minor for highsticking led to two more power play goals by the Blue Jackets. Thanks to the Habs, the best power play in the NHL is now firing at 44%.
- Al Montoya. Now in three separate record books (NHL, Columbus, Habs) for all the wrong reasons.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 5, 2016
- Michel Therrien. Shameful. No other way to put it. He can try to talk himself out of it all he wants and his apologists can go on and on about how “once the game was lost you have to protect your #1 goalie” with another game coming up in less than 24 hours but, to quote Joe Biden, that’s just a bunch of malarkey. There is no way any goaltender at any level should be subjected to a 10-0 humiliation. Montoya clearly had a case of the shakes. It happens. With a save percentage hovering around .950 he was due for a stinker. His teammates felt it too. The right time to pull him was in the second period after Alexander Wennberg appeared to have made it 5-0. But Wennberg clearly kicked the puck in. There was plenty of time to make a decision. If Therrien had really thought the Habs could still make a game of it when they entered the second period down 3-0 then surely by the time Cam Atkinson scored his second goal of the night to make it 4-0 he had to want to yank Montoya. There was Carey Price in the shadows, goalie mask in hand. So what happened? Then came the no-goal call. But still no move (let alone a time out). Inexplicable. Did he think his team would suddenly rise to the occasion down by five to prevent further embarrassment? He said the decision not to pull Montoya wasn’t just his. Why not? He’s the head coach. Why do you need input from anybody to know that what you’re doing is just wrong. If they were so concerned about properly resting Price or being eventually forced to put him in during a blow out loss, then why bother bringing him to Columbus in the first place? Oh and one other thing –
@HunterZThompson Why did Shea Weber play 25+ minutes in a 10-0 game when he has a game tomorrow?
— Tommy L (@dawatchdawg) November 5, 2016