Now on to hockey. Gulp.
I'm going to make this quick as I'm headed to a new year's day brunch at noon and, well, given how bad the Canadiens have been lately, the brunch is much more exciting.
If you're a Habs fan, this morning, things are looking decidedly grey. Montreal lost, yet again, last night. This time to the Florida Panthers. It was a game which the Canadiens once again saw an early lead slip away.
And that is the trend for this team this year. Early lead. Losing the lead. A powerless powerplay. Lack of consistency and scoring punch. That's pretty much been the recipe of the Canadiens demise in 2011.
As much as Carey Price looked shaky against the Panthers, we have to remember that this was a 2-1 Florida lead until the last minute of the game.
There is no question that the second Panthers goal broke the Habs back and was one Price should have had. But while many will once again point to Price as the culprit, the team in front of him just can't score goals.
But hey, at least Alexei Emelin is still dishing wicked body checks like his hip check on Kris Versteeg that sent the latter end-over-end. Didn't see it? Here's the vid that will put a little smile on your face:
Hockey Inside/Out - About 2012 … with audio
RDS - Un effort trop tardif
TSN - REPORT: BARCH EJECTED AFTER RACIAL SLUR IN WIN OVER HABS
TSN - SIEGEL: FAMILIAR FRUSTRATION FOR LEAFS IN WINNIPEG
BEYAK: JETS FINISH HOME STRETCH ON A HIGH NOTE
LINDROS LEADS FLYERS OVER RANGERS IN ALUMNI GAME
PowerScout Hockey - Penguin Precautions: Crosby Attempting to Avoid Same Fate as Lindros
ESPN.com - Lindros was feeling the love
THN.com - VIDEO: THN Puck Panel – Favorite fights of 2011
Spector's Hockey - New Year’s Eve NHL Rumors – December 31, 2011
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