Jacques Martin did not go ape-feces after the Habs’ loss in Dallas. In fact, he let the guys go out for dinner and a few beers, and cancelled a practise in Dallas the morning after this disheartening stinky face-wash by the Stars.
Ok, perhaps the acerbic big-eared coach has been delving into his (very brief) psychology manual in order to let all of this sink in and reinforce team spirit in a mellower setting than the hostile rinks of American teams. It’s x-mas time: anything is possible, festivus miracles and all that.
Be that as it may, tonight’s game is eminently winnable, and I for one am looking forward to some of the veterans getting onto our coach’s radar. It seems that the young’uns get the brunt of his telegraphic displeasure, while our veteran friends Spacek, Halpern and Hamrlik blunder away with no call-outs. Let us not forget that we have two young, developing players (PK and Carey) trying to fill the immense void left by Markov’s absence. They cannot succeed without better support from the more experienced players.
A great article about PK Subban and the many perceptions of his talents and responsibilities: