The Montreal Canadiens showed resiliency, didn’t back down and overcame some adversity. And that was in the game they lost against the New York Rangers. When the game was 3-0, there weren’t a lot of Canadiens fans with hope. But, they quickly got a goal in the second period from Max Pacioretty and then a 5-on-3 got a goal from Andrei Kostitsyn. After a goal from Brad Richards made the game 4-2, the Canadiens fought back again when they got a late goal from Brian Gionta but the Canadiens then allowed an empty net goal.
The Canadiens had a tough first period highlighted by a lot of penalties, including a two minute 5-on-3. The fact is, despite that – and no matter what you think about the penalties called in the game – the Canadiens found themselves with a chance to come back and win this hockey game and that was something that might not have happened earlier in the season or even in previous seasons.
In the end, the winning streak had to end eventually and given the start of the game, it couldn’t have turned out much better.
The previous night against the Ottawa Senators, the Canadiens opened up a 2-0 lead and then turned away a third period Senator outburst in the third period to come away with the win.
Considering the situation Montreal came into the two games with (an abnormal long period off), two points is what could have been expected. This coming week is a lot more important. Wins are not the only goal. Merely getting points is. Facing Edmonton, Phoenix and Nashville is a good opportunity for a new streak to start because after these three games, the next eight games are all against Eastern Conference opponents and all of those teams are currently ahead of them except for the Islanders and the Bruins.
Having a regular schedule again will allow the team to get back the momentum they had and they better find it. Their slow start was mostly nullified by four straight wins. Now, to get back on track, their last loss must be followed by the solid play they have had as of late.
The Canadiens can’t afford to fall much further behind.