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Against the Bruins, the Canadian's pride ate honest

Against the Bruins, the Canadian's pride ate honest

The theory that the Canadian systematically plays well against good teams took a hit against the Bruins. On Saturday evening, in the middle of Boston's TD Garden, the 9 to 4 lodging staff was humiliated.

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Humiliation is not a weak word. As their favorite team beat their old rivals, Bruins fans began chanting, as a sign of irony, the song “Olé!” Ole! “Olé” is very dear to Canadians. We even waved for several seconds. Another custom for Montreal hockey fans.



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Embarrassed by the way his troops behaved, Martin St. Louis called on their pride, while TD Garden employees were busy collecting dozens of hats that had littered the ice rink.

Danton Heinen had just scored the first hat-trick of his career.

“Show some fucking pride (Show some fucking pride) », We can read in the words of the coach who was ruminating his anger.

St. Louis was right to be angry. Clearly, his teammates have thrown in the towel.

Samuel Montembault, who started for the seventh time in the last ten matches, was able to shower after allowing eight goals on 30 shots. We were then about halfway through the third post. But Quebec isn't the only player in red responsible for this setback.

Maginot Line

In the morning, Saint Louis defended his team's defensive play by emphasizing that he was satisfied with the performance they were presenting on their home soil. However, it seemed that his men did everything to make him look bad. Six of the Bruins' nine goals were scored on shots taken near the Montreal net. Another was from the top of the pocket.

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And that's without counting the occasions when Montembault had the last word. Because he saved his teammates on a few occasions during the first two periods. In short, the pocket was as protected as the Maginot Line.

In certain goals, we are hypnotized by the disc carrier, forgetting that there is an opponent in our blind spot. On other occasions, Canadian players lost coverage simply by stopping skating. This was the case for Jordan Harris on Brandon Carlo's goal and Nick Suzuki on Charlie Coyle's goal.

Speaking of the captain, he earned another penalty kick in the offensive zone. A penalty for laziness that allowed Heinen, a few moments later, to exploit a tremendous attack to complete his hat-trick.

Incidentally, the Habs have just conceded their 15th goal in two games.

Slightly positive

The score doesn't indicate that, but the Canadian was in the game for 40 minutes, and oddly enough, thanks to his massive attack, the Habs capitalized on two of their three numerical superiorities. It was only the fifth time this season that the rushing offense produced a double. Against the best penalty killing unit at home, no less. It is worth mentioning.

In this losing cause, Cole Caufield became the youngest Canadian player, since Steve Schott (1974-75), to pull the strings in a fifth straight game. Sean Monahan had three assists (good for his value) and Joshua Roy had the second point of his career.

You can't accuse me of only seeing negative things. But there is work to be done.