Marinaro: Time becoming worst enemy for Canadiens

Tony Marinaro
2/22/2012 2:00:05 PM
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What a difference a week makes. A couple of weeks ago the Montreal Canadiens had put together four straight wins. This past week has been an entirely different story.

The Canadiens began their week with a lackluster effort in a disappointing 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Last night, the Habs' performance reached a new low in a 3-0 shutout loss to Dallas.

Yes, Montreal is decimated with injuries but Dallas was also missing some important players. The Stars were without Jamie Benn, Brenden Morrow and Sheldon Souray. It was a game that featured former Habs Mike Ribeiro, Michael Ryder and Stephane Robidas. When all was said and done it was Ribeiro whose star shone the brightest.

Ribeiro, who was traded to Dallas over five years ago, continues to haunt the Habs. He scored early in the third to put the Stars up by two. In his first regular season game back at the Bell Centre, Ribeiro was named the first star. He celebrated by raising his arms to the crowd and taking a bow.

Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth said he didn't want to make any excuses, but mentioned that he had eight players under the weather. Several players, including Tomas Plekanec and Mathieu Darche, are battling the flu. The Habs took a collective sick day and did not practice on Wednesday. They will practice tomorrow and will charter to Washington shortly after.

Things don't look good in the Eastern Conference for the Habs. They sit 14th and are seven points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. With only 21 games remaining, time is becoming the Habs' worst enemy.

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