But problems revealed over the last three losses run deeper than game-to-game or period-to-period personnel moves.
As has been the case in recent seasons, your Montreal Canadiens are a small and, Brandon Prust notwithstanding, soft hockey team. And their next home game is against the Flyers.
But the Canadiens didn’t lose to the Leafs because they were outmuscled and/or intimidated. From the moment the puck dropped and Grabovski won it back to his blueline, the Leafs were faster and hungrier.
Randy Carlyle and his staff looked at video of their opponent’s losses to Boston and Buffalo and drew the obvious conclusion: Hustle, hit, pressure the Canadiens on the puck and they will wilt.
-Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out after the 6-0 Montreal loss to Toronto last night. More from Boone on the Canadiens.