After just one week, Habs critics are out

Carey Price watches puck in the net after Calgary Flames RenÚ Bourque scored in the first period in...

Carey Price watches puck in the net after Calgary Flames RenÚ Bourque scored in the first period in Montreal Thursday October 13, 2011. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:35 PM ET

Yogi Berra once said "It gets late early out there." He might as well have been talking about the pressure to win in NHL markets now. Just a week into the season, the heat is already being turned up in places like Montreal and Columbus. "The Canadiens, missing four regulars, lost 4-1 to the Calgary Flames in their home opener to drop to 1-2. Coach Jacques Martin was being ripped on the call-in shows for putting grinder Travis Moen on the top line in the absence of scorer Mike Cammalleri and for using Tomas Plekanec on the point on the power play. Martin was being savaged on the message boards for destroying his players' confidence and for his defensive style. Some were taking the opportunity to point out that the absence of former assistant coach Kirk Muller was evident and he was the REAL reason for whatever success the Habs have had. Never mind they ignored the fact no NHL team with a job opening hired Muller. He's coaching in the AHL this season. "At 0-3-1, the Columbus Blue Jackets are off to the worst start in franchise history. Jackets GM Scott Howson spent some serious money bringing in Jeff Carter, James Wisniewski and Vinnie Prospal and the Blue Jackets have a payroll of $63.7 million. The power play is 0-for-20. The players are privately questioning the demotion of rookie Cam Atkinson. The attendance for Thursday's game against the Colorado Avalanche was officially 8,986. Other than that, all is good. chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca twitter.com/CJ_Stevenson

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