- – This category is usually filled with Habs players. Alex Ovechkin has seven goals in two games. He got the six in the first four periods. There’s no replacement for talent. There’s no way to stop real talent except with talent. That talent wasn’t there on the Senators Thursday to stop Ovechkin, and that talent wasn’t there on the Habs either on Saturday. No one can touch Ovechkin at the moment. That’s talent for you. The Habs had no answer.
- – The Habs PK has been good this season on offence. Danault in game one and Gallagher in game two got shorthanded markers. Both offered a net presence down low to show that the club has an attitude, that they aren’t worried to be caught up in the back on the counter. Byron with the pass from behind the goal line in the corner to Gallagher parked in front. Not a lot of fear of a counter attack in that set up. Very interesting.
- – The power play looks like it has the makings to be an outstanding power play. The first unit was throwing it around with skill to earn a multitude of chances. This was after Shea Weber fired a rocket that sounded like it hit two posts or a post and a cross bar. I didn’t see a replay but how did it not go in? If the power play doesn’t have a strong year, I will be very surprised. As many have noted, that pass that is going to Pacioretty would be a lot better served through the seam to arrive to Galchenyuk who has the powerful one timer on the right side.
- – In this shit show, Shea Weber managed an even in the plus minus.
- – Lehkonen, Gallagher and Hudon were respectable.
- – A decision was made to protect the 19 year old Victor Mete against the high scoring and dangerous Capitals and it very much backfired as Jordie Benn was put out with Shea Weber and the Caps went to work. Benn couldn’t handle the pace with a horrible giveaway on the second goal and it was ugly early. Not just for that partnership but also for Alzner and Petry on the first goal. It was 3-0 after three minutes and the game was over already. The Habs were shell shocked. That portends real issues. We shall see, but it was too fast for the Habs defence in this one. That was the criticism from many, and in this one… there it was.
- – Jeff Petry had a poor camp. I didn’t mention it much because he’s a veteran and what do veterans have to prove at a camp? Jeff Petry now though is off to a poor start to the season too. Petry is soft in one on one battles, but his skating is such a positive that he manages to hide that weakness. Not right now. To put it in simple hockey terms, he can’t check his man.
- – Ales Hemsky has shown just one thing so far… an ability to take soft and lazy penalties. Four minors already. That won’t do. Not sure that tank has any hockey left in it. We shall see, but so far I see very little.
- – Mark Streit. Couldn’t play in the playoffs last year. Not enough speed or strength.
- – If you told the head coach that he got four points out of six to start the season on the road, I am quite sure that he would take that. So let’s just call this one horrible game for now because that’s all it is. The horrible is magnified because it’s early in the season but you can’t project it out to say that it’s going to be a bad year . . . not yet anyway. Wait to see what compete they have in New York and back at home Tuesday against Chicago. You’ll have a much better idea by then. For now, a bad game.