The 2017-2018 season is one Habs fans will want to forget, but it’s legacy could have long lasting implications. Plenty to be determined in the offseason and the seasons to come for a team in a bad place. But before all that, the Habs had one more game to play and – appropriately enough – it finished ugly, just as it deserved.
Taylor Hall continued to make his case for the Hart Trophy on a night Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for first all-time in games played by a Montreal Canadiens netminder. Price was solid on the night, looking like his old self for a change, but the Habs anemic offence was still enough to keep them from collecting any points and bettering their odds for that coveted first overall pick.
Brendan Gallagher scored a pair of Gallagher-esque goals on the way to leading your Montreal Canadiens past Detroit in the standings (not good) but at least Gallagher hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career. Paul Byron edged closer to the 20-goal plateau with his 19th and Carey Price looked pretty normal.
Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals rolled into the Bell Centre on Saturday night, catching the Habs coming off an ultra-rare road win on Friday night, though it was in Buffalo, so does it really count? It did in the standings! But on Saturday an offside review and another poor performance from Carey Price saw the Canadiens reeling once more.