Yeah, things are getting pretty ugly for the Montreal Canadiens.
They still have time to come back and avoid consecutive losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but as of this writing, the risk is real. If that wasn’t enough, the team announced that Daniel Carr is expected to miss three months with the knee injury he suffered on Monday.
Here’s the official announcement:
This GIF captures that uncomfortable, unlucky moment:
As you can see from the video above (not to mention in plenty of articles, especially in Chicago-related outlets), there’s a strong argument that Corey Crawford should be an All-Star selection.
Those takes won’t rotate around what happened tonight.
By no means is this to say that Crawford is the only member of the Blackhawks who struggled in a first period in which the Carolina Hurricanes built a startling 3-0 lead.
Really, there’s only so much a goalie can do on plays like these:
Regardless, it’s the kind of night Crawford will like to forget … and one we’ve rarely seen during what’s been an otherwise excellent season.
The Blackhawks replaced Crawford with Scott Darling during the second period, which is likely for the best.
You know what makes a fight video significantly more entertaining? A local announcer pulling no punches with his or her analysis.
Jack Edwards covers Boston Bruins games, and often does so boisterously. His take on Chris Stewart fighting Torey Krug is something to behold (though not as impressive as Krug having the guts to stand up to Stewart).
You can hear Edwards share his candid thoughts from Tuesday’s NESN telecast in the video above. It’s a real gem.
In case you need it captured, here’s the disparity one more time:
The delicate dance of scratching or not scratching Brandon Prust may end with a trade from the Vancouver Canucks.
Prust wouldn’t comment beyond saying he wanted to play, and his agent Claude Lemieux* said that the rugged winger hasn’t asked for a trade. Still, Lemieux admitted to the Vancouver Sun that it wouldn’t be shocking if the Canucks shipped Prust out of town.
“Brandon wants to play,” Lemieux said. “He understands the situation … But if this goes on, he is probably going to get moved.”
(The full article is worth a look, even if you just go there for the photo of Prust “play-fighting” with Jake Virtanen.)
At first blush, the reaction may be “What’s Prust really worth?”
Still, he’s a tough player who can score a little here and there, something teams value if the asking price isn’t too steep. Don’t be surprised if his name is bandied about sometime between today and the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
* – Weird, right?
On one side, you have a team trying to stay alive (the Hurricanes). On the other, you’ll see one trying to stay on top (the Blackhawks).
Both have the broader goal of entering the All-Star break with a win, so don’t be surprised if these two teams go all-out knowing that they won’t play a game that counts in the standings for a week or more.
This also marks the debut of Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeill, so there’s plenty to watch on NBCSN or online via the link below.
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