Habs Goalie: Auld (L)
Opposition Goalie: Pavelec (W)
Habs goalscorers: None
Opposition goalscorers: Peverley (2), Enstrom
You don't often get credit for doing nothing, but, in a game when the whole team does nothing, Auld's stone-cold breakaway strategy worked for me. At the time, we were down by one and Atlanta wasn't playing well enough to have me thinking that we were out of it. A Ladd breakaway had me nervous, but Auld did well to out-wait the speedy Thrasher. A shot over the net kept the game close and gave the team a chance to rebound.
A few nice plays and attempts on goal were noticed tonight as I felt that the effort was there. I know he can play better, but the margin between his best and tonight's performance was not as great as that of most of the other Habs.
He never stopped trying and his fight versus Kane was well appreciated. I like that, no matter the situation, he tries, maybe not his best, but there is still effort.
Hitting the back of the net would have be welcomed, but 4 shots on net and a certain feistiness towards the end of the game showed good spirit from the skipper.
By default the Czech brothers (and their tight slacks) are back in here tonight. In reality, Hamrlik was our best in this game and was probably the only one who wasn't bad at times.
Subban - bad, no moustache; Picard - below average, no moustache; Gorges - bad, brutal moustache; Gill - brutal, bad-ass moustache. Sadly, Gill almost got in here based on the moustache alone; shows what type of game this was.
Alex Auld - Game Puck
Auld played well tonight and was the only real bright spot on the team. Tonight shows me that he is worthy of getting some more work as I believe that he can be trusted. I would have liked saves on one or two of those goals, but, when we think of it, two of them were pretty unlucky. He was also the busiest Hab as he made 44 ssaves on 47 shots.
It was a hard game to watch tonight, but games like this happen. The bottom line is that we didn't need the points, this loss won't derail us and we know that tomorrow we have the ability to play like the best team in the league. I am not thrilled with what I saw, but after the hot start I am willing to let this game go and not worry one bit. Buffalo, on a Saturday, at home, is the priority; tonight will be forgotten very, very fast.