Week after week, NHL rumormongers say Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is shopping for an impact scorer.
Week after week, nothing happens. And now the offensive shortcomings are threatening Montreal’s playoff positioning.
The Canadiens have lost three games in a row and they are 4-6-2 in their last dozen games. Their 4-1 loss at Detroit illustrated their recent struggles.
They outshot the Red Wings 31-26 but failed to generate scoring flurries against goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.
“We had some flashes where we had sustained pressure and we have to build on that,” winger Brian Gionta told the Montreal Gazette. “We have to get second and third chances around the net. Their goaltender played solid, but we didn’t challenge him with traffic in front.”
The Canadiens also need to clean up their defensive play as well. They allowed 44 goals in their last 12 games.
“It’s adversity,” gritty forward Brendan Gallagher told the Gazette. “Every team I’ve ever been on, regardless of the level, has experienced adversity. What makes a good team is how you get through it. Right now, we’re talking about the little details. Some nights we show improvement but then we have little breakdowns. But everyone in this room still has confidence.”