This was a game that I would like to erase from my memory permanently if it were possible, but I have a job to and am here to share all of the ugly details of the 4-0 shutout the Canes endured at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens. I don't even need to get into scoring chances to illustrate how ugly this game was for Carolina because through the first 30 minutes, they were being outshot 25-6. They were going up against a team who is dressing three rookie defensemen, including one who was playing his first NHL game, and could only manage six shots through 30 minutes. Let that sink in for a minute. That is unacceptable no matter what team you are. The final stats don't look as ugly because the Canadiens decided to sit back in the third period while the Canes tried to muster up any offense they could to break the shutout. There's not much you need to do when you're leading 4-0 and outshooting a team 32-12 through two periods of play.
TSN color commentator Ray Ferraro called Carolina's play "one of the worst defensive efforts he has ever seen" and I am inclined to agree with him. Although, I felt that the forwards are much more to blame than the defense corps. So many forwards were guilty of lazy back-checking (Skinner on Subban's goal, for instance) and completely forgetting to tie up Montreal players in the neutral zone and it forced the defensemen into a lot of bad situations. To make things worse, the powerplay was lifeless yet again and Carolina wasn't creating much offense at even strength either when the game mattered. It was a pathetic game all-around and hopefully a wake-up call for a team that's now lost six of their last seven.
We'll revisit the disaster after the jump