A colleague asked this morning, "Who'd the Canadiens play last night?" The only possible answer was: "They didn't play." As a long-suffering Islanders fan, he didn't get it. For Habs fans who expect a little more, however, there are no words to describe how generally awful the Canadiens were last night. There were so many terrible aspects of the way they played, it's tough to consider them in isolation. It's easier, instead, to pick out the positives. So, here are the top ten notable things about last night's game:
10. Tomas Plekanec finally stopped making Scott Gomez look bad.
9. The power play didn't stick out as the worst part of the team's game.
8. Jaroslav Spacek helped the coaches know their concerns about his play to date were right on target.
7. Brian Gionta is one game closer to his big scoring break-out.
6. Benoit Pouliot only fell down twice.
5. Carey Price whiffed one on the blocker side, so now people can stop whining about his glove hand.
4. P.K.Subban, in solidarity with his ancient defence mates, considerately slowed his game to AHL levels to match their pace.
3. The team's collective no-show helped Ryan O'Byrne feel less bad he wasn't in uniform.
2. The equipment guys work pretty hard when the team's on the road, so the lack of sweat really made their job easier.
And the number one positive from last night's game:
1. It's over.