It won’t take much more of this for Marc Bergevin to realize his Montreal Canadiens don’t have what it takes to be a playoff team. The general manager was in attendance on Thursday to watch the Canadiens lose their third consecutive game—this one a 3-1 decision to the Lightning in Tampa Bay—and if he was paying close enough attention he surely noticed some troubling things. If Bergevin didn’t, the stat sheet (and the out of town scoreboard) revealed plenty. Let’s get to our takeaways. Top players bottoming out It has to be most disconcerting for Bergevin to see that the Canadiens’ top players aren’t generating the chances needed to bust out offensively. Granted the Canadiens were playing for the second time in as many nights and against a rested, league-leading Lightning group, but the desperation level just wasn’t what it needed to be for the guys expected to lead the charge. Captain Max Pacioretty, who came into the game with zero goals in his last 10 and one in his last 19, recorded one measly shot on net. Second leading goal scorer Paul Byron failed to record one. And Tomas Plekanec, who came into the action with one goal in his last 23 games, didn’t even register an attempt.
It’s time for Bergevin to turn page on Canadiens’ season
Sportsnet | Dec 29