If ever there was a game that showed that the players of today were aware and cared about the history of the Canadiens, then last night was it.
A whole city felt down about losing one of their own. Jean Béliveau was an iconic figure that loomed large and helped make the CH brand one of respect and of greatness.
The city needed to know that their hockey team would respond by giving all they had. The team could have given the city a boost by playing well in honour of a fallen icon, one of their own.
Instead, we were treated to a disappointing first two periods in which the habs were outshot 30 to 10.
I like what Geoff Molson is doing with the team. Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien are steering the ship in the right direction. But last night was a chance for the players to show that they too are aware of the rich history of the habs. They didn’t show it. They did come out strong in the third but by then, Minnesota was playing defensively so I’m not sure if it was habs playing better or the Wild not thinking offense so much.
Its not that the habs lost, it was they way the lost. I am aware of the parity in the league and that the Wild are a good and fast team. That being said, the habs could have made a statement to a city in mourning. They could have said that we are with you in the pain of losing an icon like Béliveau. We are not mercenaries who don’t care about the past glories. Instead, they showed us just that.
It was a disheartening display to this longtime fan.
Last night was the chance to show that the players of today care about the players of yesteryear. The players of yesteryear that the owner and management keep trotting out to show fans the glory of the past. That chance came and went last night.