Habs can't beat Buffalo.
Tonight at the Bell centre, the Montreal Canadiens had every reason to be intense and avenge that doubtful penalty awarded to Mike Komisarek costing the Habs yesterday's game.
But nothing worked as planned for the Habs as they looked very disorganized and fell once again in front of the Buffalo Sabres, this time by the score of 3-0.
Jaroslav Spacek and Thomas Vanek gave the lead to the Sabres who then stayed back and defended Jocelyn Thibault's shutout. Thibault was in to relieve Ryan Miller for that second game in two nights. Jochen Hecht added another goal into an empty net during the last minute of the game.
This is already the fifth time those two teams play each other this season and the Sabres have won the last three games. After having a hard time to get a rythm, the Sabres now show a .500 record this season. After losing Daniel Briere and Chris Drury, the Sabres now need more contribution from different players and need a constant effort in order to win. That is exactly what we are seeing now from the Sabres. Night in and night out they put their honest effort during each and every shift, we are now seeing the results of such stubborn work. Winning games.
That is the single reason why the Sabres have beaten the Habs four times in a row this season. They outworked the Habs in each games. Because there is no doubt in my mind that between those two teams, the Montreal Canadiens has more talent in it's roster. But the work ethic isn't there night in and night out. The Habs are on the cruise control way too often for them to produce decent winning streaks. Some seriousness in their work will be needed for them if they ever wish to get into the playoffs. This is Guy Carbonneau's task, get the whip out and make this team get what they really deserve. Winning more games.
(Picture: Jocelyn Thibault, Getty images.)