My sense all season has been that something’s missing in
It took until Tuesday night to figure out what it was the Habs lack.
And then it was revealed in about the time it took Chris Kunitz to hit Sidney Crosby with an almost-three-line pass.
The Canadiens’ missing ingredient is combustibility.
That’s why the Penguins were able to win a game in which they were out-shot and for the most part outplayed.
The Canadiens worked and battled and played with discipline and structure and desperation.
And they got beat because the Penguins were able to turn a play that started with Brooks Orpik trying to do nothing more than merely clear the puck away from the crease in his defensive end into a fast-break game-changer.
The Canadiens are only seven points behind the Penguins and have two games in hand.
In the standings the Canadiens are within sniffing distance of the Penguins.
But the Canadiens took the ice Tuesday night with Tomas Plekanec leading them in goals with 12, and the Penguins had four players north of that total.
And the Canadiens took the ice Tuesday night with Max Pacioretty and Michael Ryder leading them in points with 25, and the Penguins had four players north of that total.
And Evgeni Malkin wasn’t one of the Penguins referenced in either department.
That’s a long-term problem for
Make it Pens, Bruins, Canadiens
It’s now incumbent upon