Punchless Canadiens drop another one

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The Tampa Bay Lightning brought an NHL lineup to the Bell Centre, including super sniper Steven Stamkos and promising rookie Brett Connolly.

Each had two goals in TB’s easy 4-0 win.

The Canadiens had two good lines, a fourth line of future Bulldogs and a goaltender who is going to keep Carey Price busy this season.

Dwayne Roloson, who turns 42 on Oct. 12, recorded the shutout.

Trailing 3-0, the Canadiens mustered all of two shots in the third period.

Meaningless game, but …

PRE-GAME AUDIO: P.K. Subban | Michael Blunden | Brendan Gallagher | Jacques Martin

637 Comments

  1. snowdonsteve says:

    i’ve noticed that Mr. Boone is very excited about Diaz, don’t forget that the Ligue National A suisse season is a 50 game season. with 12 teams… this allows players to have much needed rest time and also note that the matching of fowards versus deffense is nothing like the NHL… the guys over there know each other like husband and wife.

    there is no doubt that diaz has talent but he is also 25 years old and a bit light IMO … i think there’s no place for both Diaz and weber on the habs but, i would rather have Weber for 3 more years or a good trade then Diaz for a 2 years and nothing in return. just my opinion.

    Go HABS Go

  2. habstrinifan says:

    In the halcyon world of HIO and PG and JM, where last year was a ‘successful’ year, reality is NOT ALLOWED! So raise questions about what we have seen thus far from the team and its coaching and you can expect to hear the chant “Chill it’s PRE-SEASON”.

    In the past week or so I have made two posts which I had hoped would garner some feedback. They were totally ignored!

    One concerned the apparent lack of work done by the coaches to design/devise/implement strategies and teachings to improve our 5 on 5 play.

    Another post simply asked the question, “Are we missing an integral part of our coaching from last year?” and no one is cueing in on it.

    Least 48 hours since the last game. And much talk in the press by the coach about time to get to work.
    But the team looks as disorganized as the last game and if the goose-egg against Tampa does not open some eyes.. I dont know what will alert fans and JM and PG to wake up…

    I agree totally with everything written below in the post by HabFanSince72.

    “This was our team.

    Who was missing at forward? Moen and White? And Eller?

    We generated no offence whatsoever against a team noted for its suspect defence. Gomez is back to his old peripheral puck carrying to nowhere self. Cole is pining for Eric Staal. Desharnais may not be an NHLer. Sure, Plex, Cammy and Gionta will come good. But it is very difficult to be optimistic.

    It’s going to be a long season folks.

    Best case: we start 0-7 and Martin gets the boot.”

    • Landof10000lakesHab says:

      Listen up Chicken Little – we have just as many regular season points as every other NHL team.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Some names are so cute you can’t be offended being called them! Chicken Little is one of them. I remember everytime I was called ChickenLittle, Mommy was near to kissy and make better. Brings back good memories LOL!

        Thanks! I really feel better now.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Yes we will be better with full team.

        Other teams will be better with their full teams. Duh…

        For the record – my vote is to hate jm – not even blame – just hate

        And any of you who really believed in gomez… Well that’s just sad for all of us.

    • snowdonsteve says:

      1) PG will never fire JM

      2) JM is the same coach he was last year… the same coach he was ten years ago and the same coach he will be when he retires

      btw… you can love or hate him, he’s got a record that allows him to have the benefit of the doubt (regular season) he’s no newb he’s not a modern let’s do push up if you mess up drill kind of coach but… he gets teams into the playoff

      Go HABS Go

    • Mark C says:

      How about this for reality: Montreal is 0-0-0 for 0 points, tied with all 29 other NHL teams.

      Both your questions are pointless and unanswerable until we get into the season. Even if Montreal has strategies for better 5-on-5 play, would you really want them being showcased to league scouts in the pre-season? How can we possibility have an idea as to if the team misses Mueller.

    • gp52 says:

      u bet. We are going to soon find ouy how important Kirk Muller was to this team. JM is lost without him.

      Brendan Gallageher the next Jeff Skinner

    • Shane1313 says:

      You’re right. This is our team. What did you expect, for our team to never lose a game? I don’t get it.

    • Tony McLean says:

      So who is your candidate then?

      You have two choices: Break Chara’s nose and win or grab your ankles and lose. There are no other choices. Make a choice.

  3. Shane1313 says:

    I think its important to realize Carey is our best player and the guy who stabilizes the whole team. Without him(or much chemistry yet and practice as a core) it was tough tonight. We had to get this out of the way. Let’s see what happens in the coming weeks. But I am glad we have some minds on here that aren’t panicking. Give it some time boys

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Team is never as bad as we think it is, never as good as we think it can be.

    Still, hard to get over how this team’s veteran leadership seems to let them slack in the low-compete games.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    Looks like we are over a month away from the start of the season.

    No need to hurry, weeks of time to get ready for the Toronto game.

    We will start to get ready when the season starts. It is only pre-season anyway.

    No urgency, all the seats are sold out for every game, win or lose.

  6. PeriodPain says:

    Are they going to be able to “turn it on” once the season begins?

  7. joeybarrie says:

    So since the Bruins went 1-4 vs NHL teams last season in Pre-Season, does this mean we are gonna win the cup????????????

    People are CRAZY, these games do not count, and are full of players who will not be here next week. Listen to Pricey and relax.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  8. Gerry H says:

    I wonder if the Bruins’ fans are all booking appointments with their therapists after they fielded their NHL roster and lost to Ottawa (which arguably doesn’t HAVE an NHL roster).

    Some observations:

    1) If that was JM’s system, I’m an aardvark. I don’t know whether it fell apart because the D just couldn’t get organized in their own zone or whether something entirely new is going on. The transition game was atrocious.

    2) The D is VERY worrisome. Guys constantly out of position in their own end. Risky, low percentage plays in the neutral zone. Completely panicked and disorganized in their own end. Uggh.

    3) The goose egg on the scoreboard notwithstanding, this team will score goals. They were threatening steadily throughout the first and second periods (the third period was dreadful on every level). Cammaleri whiffs on two golden opportunities and two posts get hit. Whatever. The goals will come.

    4) There will be no goaltending controversy in Montreal this season.

  9. timothy13 says:

    Saturday night will end and the Montreal Canadiens will either be 2-6 or 1-7 but no matter this is sheer terrible hockey. Again, I ask and propose the question when will this team win and actually get their act together and not be shut out. I mean how many times were they shut out last season and really destroyed by lesser teams. I don’t understand the make-up of the Habs anymore. They appear to merely go through the motions and get destroyed. Price woke up recently but still is not 100%. Scorers are not doing their job. The back-up is not stopping pucks either so is the season over yet? Okay no, 82 games begins Oct 6th against the Leafs who always play 110% against the hapless Habs. Come on, where is the thrill and desire to win….? !

  10. Everlasting1 says:

    Meanwhile, in the weak West, the lowly Blues eke out another win.
    Did I mention they also beat the Bolts twice already?

    ——————————————————————-
    When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Anyone mention lately last time the Blues made the playoffs?

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        Most significant moments in St Louis Blues History:

        - Scotty Bowman cuts his teeth as an NHL Head Coach, than leaves to coach the Habs to 5 Stanley Cups.
        - Brett Hull plays there with Adam Oates.
        - Chris Pronger wins a Hart Trophy playing for them.
        - Wayne Gretzky plays 31 games there including playoffs.

        - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
        SF09 on Twitter

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Your forgetting the acquistion of Jaro Halak and the impending sale to anyone who will purchase them.

        • Everlasting1 says:

          You young’uns remember ’93?? Dynasties are over. No resting on laurels, past accomplishments and gloating about it. It’s all loser talk, and frankly, quite pathetic.

          ——————————————————————-
          When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

          “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            I remember that the St Louis Blues have not done anything memorable in the past or even in recent memory nor are they really poised to rise to the top either.

            - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

          • Everlasting1 says:

            You remember nothing. The past matters? You clairvoyant?

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • kempie says:

            Please stop. Just stop it.
            Christ!

      • Everlasting1 says:

        Water under the troll bridge.
        FYI, the Habs would not have made the playoffs last year in the West. But your modern day Habs fan aspiration of seeing any post-season action is very inspiring.

        ——————————————————————-
        When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

        • HabinBurlington says:

          When you say the Habs wouldn’t have made it in the West, you realize that is an assenine argument given the schedules are weighted within the conferences right?

          • Everlasting1 says:

            http://youtu.be/iwGFalTRHDA

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

        • Trisomy 21 says:

          They would have if they got to keep playing teams like Edmonton and Colorado…

          • Everlasting1 says:

            And like the Isles, Panthers, Thrashers, Ottawa?

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • LL says:

      Thanks for that, now my night is complete. ;)

    • Mark C says:

      I guess it’s ok to celebrate pre-season wins when your team hasn’t won a playoff game since before the lockout.

    • SBAH says:

      none hockey related: interesting profile pic, looks reptilian,
      almost as if the same image is still worshiped with the modern version of a lady and a baby ;)

  11. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I understand it’s only exhibition but come on guys, put a body or two in front of Grandpa Roloson. Can’t get an easier shutout than that.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

  12. punkster says:

    How many points did we throw away tonight?

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  13. --Habs-- says:

    Easy boys and girls. It all begins in a week! 6 games after that if we’re in the same predicament we can start worrying.

  14. Montrealer2 says:

    What’s the Excuse tonight ? Oh yes , it’s pre-season game & doesn’t matter. Read about the Habs team that took on the Philly Bullies in the 74-75ish season,they wanted to beat them from beginning to end & did.
    What will be our excuse in November,? Same old cr,ap ,no need to have a winner,if your filling the seats & selling your boutique cr,ap then why change …..Losing since 1993

    “I’m not blind,I’ve just seen enough”

    • --Habs-- says:

      remember the 7 – 0 loss to Boston near the end of the season. Everyone was in a panic. I said it then that was the best thing that could happen to the Habs back then. Bruins over confident and the Habs nowhere but up. Same here. Nothing that a 4 or 5 game winning streak will won’t fix. My point is if we’re going to drop meaningless games make it now not next week. No excuses here but I’m not panicked at all.

  15. adam76 says:

    Bad on the D, embarrassing goaltending, zero offence – a joke in the faceoff dot…

    why worry?

  16. JIMVINNY says:

    I don’t know what everyone is freaking out about. I watched the game from the pvr, so i got to skip the pauses in game play, and also missed all the doom and gloom in the liveblog. I saw a team that controlled the play very well at times, and though they missed several good chances, it looked to be more a case of rust and unfamiliarity with others on the ice. It might be a slow start to the season, but I’m pretty confident that by seasons end, we’ll be among the top ten teams in goal scoring.

  17. GUNKA DIN says:

    I read that the Canadiens are trying to fight against counterfeit sweaters being sold.
    I think the sweaters on the ice tonight might have been genuine, but someone is counterfeiting the contents.

    see my blog at noroomatthedump.blogspot.com

  18. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Damn those posts! How many posts the habs have hit this pre-season games? Anyone know? I know Gallagher hit lots of times.

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  19. punkster says:

    I believe it’s time to tuck away calm rational thought and start the season in uncontrolled panic. I mean there’s no way they can improve, right? It’s over before it even starts, right? No hope, right?

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  20. PrimeTime says:

    Ok. Everyone go into their bag of critisisms and bring ‘em out. Let’s see how many we can accumulatively collect and share tonight…..then “chill”.

  21. Jim Edson says:

    What is Lawson’s cap hit?

    Budaj was hardly an NHL goaltender tonite looked out of place. out of control and out of the lineup!

    Budaj makes Auld’s dismissal questionable at best.

    Ya Ya its only exhibition but does that make lack of effort/skill between the pipes acceptable?

    ———————————————————————-
    …..My empire is crumbling, my international sponsors are deserting me, my authority is questioned, I am held in contempt wherever I go.

    Who am I: Mohamar Ghadaffi or Gary Bettman.

  22. The Dude says:

    So in all these pre-season games how many goals did the Habs score so far?

  23. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Budaj was awesome tonight, he made the easy saves look unsavable. Was he in pre-season mode or he is still trying to warm up to regular season mode?

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  24. billylove says:

    Yeah, its only the preseason, but damn it was disappointing to watch on many levels. Trying to maintain some optimism but ……

  25. arcosenate says:

    I would like to think goaltending would have made a difference but that was a 6-0 game. Not scoring was not good with one game left in the preseason. TB looked pretty good, miles ahead of the Habs for the stat of the season.

    Oh well, loads of time…

    • Naslund26 says:

      I couldn’t have said it any better.

      We looked like that was the first time on the ice together, while TB looked season ready.

      The whole point of minor tinkering with a roster, is to keep the core intact so everyone knows the teams strenghts and weakness. Some times they looked like the Habbies were trying to make their team mates look bad (ie Subban)

      ….. whatever only pre-season right?

      Keep in mind we only made the playoffs last year because of our great start last season.

      The team needs a big team hug + Markov

      On the plus side, in my opinion the follow Habbies looked pretty good.

      D: Campoli, Georges (ironman), Gill and Diaz (offencively)
      F: Plets, Cami, Gomez and a few others in spurts

  26. Captain aHab says:

    I understand this is pre- season but they need to cut the crap, play their line up for the last game, and start working out the kinks….working out the kinks for the first 10 games of he season isn’t good.

  27. punkster says:

    See, this is where you guys aren’t seeing the big picture. Some of these teams are in mid season form, yes, and by the time we hit March they’ll be burned out and the Habs will be cruising into the playoffs with that extra 2-3 weeks of rest they had in September.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  28. zak says:

    I don’t care who is in nets, If you can’t score a goal you won’t win.

  29. zozotheclown says:

    5-0 with a near full NHL squad, whats the excuse this time?

  30. Chris1138 says:

    Wow, 6-0.

    We’ll be good to go for the regular season though.

    –| Brad Marchand | Starley Cup Chanpiar 2011 |–

  31. Seps says:

    Is it just me or does it seem like the Habs dropped the ball on this preseason. Considering the Lightning are already meshing their team meanwhile with one preseason game left the Habs still need to make half a teams worth of cuts

  32. LL says:

    In search of the Holy Goal again.

  33. O-ZoneVertigo says:

    “3P 1:11 Crowd is not happy. Connolly again”
    Uh… duh! They paid full price- for a preseason game! in which their own team got shutout in their own barn!

  34. scrowe21 says:

    Pyatt……F.Pyatt….

    Looking forward to Yakupov.

  35. avatar_58 says:

    How in the hell did this guy crack the NHL? It’s not even funny how terrible he is

  36. HabFanSince72 says:

    This was our team.

    Who was missing at forward? Moen and White? And Eller?

    We generated no offence whatsoever against a team noted for its suspect defence. Gomez is back to his old peripheral puck carrying to nowhere self. Cole is pining for Eric Staal. Desharnais may not be an NHLer. Sure, Plex, Cammy and Gionta will come good. But it is very difficult to be optimistic.

    It’s going to be a long season folks.

    Best case: we start 0-7 and Martin gets the boot.

    • Chris1138 says:

      I thought Gomez was one of the best forwards. He created a lot.

      –| Brad Marchand | Starley Cup Chanpiar 2011 |–

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Jacques Martin, breaking the will of his players to score goals, RIGHT.

      This team has a serious mental issue the second a bad goal happens against them and if that’s the case, they don’t deserve to a goddamn thing. Blackhawks had to carry Huet and Niemi for a damn year to win the Cup. That and they can’t finish the scoring chances.

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • nunacanadien says:

        You could see it again like you saw in the last two games against Boston, the insistence that people play their position on the five on five mentality that JM thinks will get us a cup.

        In order for that to happen, JM’s five on five style requires players who can either hold their positin or skate around with the puck. This kind of style hinders natural puck carriers like Kostysin and Gionta. Every now and then you see them try to do what they do best and they end up confusing their wingers who may try and hold their spots on the five on five.

        Having said that, most of our players are no taller than 6 feet, no heavier than 200 pounds, typical rookie size and weight. It is no wonder we cannot hold the five on five, nor defend our zone, and we saw again, what happens. A small skinny d-man like Gorges almost injured his knee again!

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Im not ready to throw in the towel yet. This season may, yet again, come down to Jesus Price. Too early to call yet though.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  37. Figures that Pyatt would even score!

  38. HabinBurlington says:

    Oh crap Pyatt did score….

  39. Captain aHab says:

    Yemelin won’t stick around for long.

  40. Captain aHab says:

    Oh look…a 1st rounder who can score.

  41. HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

    WTF was that GOmez??

  42. UK-HAB says:

    Horrible pre-season and Stamkos said it right – you cant just turn it on when you need to.
    Hate not seeing Kirk Muller behind the bench

  43. HabinBurlington says:

    So maybe Budaj is a 3rd period kind of guy?

  44. rogieshan says:

    Sure, the Habs are still in preseason mode. But teams we need to surpass are already in MID-SEASON form!

    • nunacanadien says:

      Don’t forget we have to contend with Winnipeg and they have signed a pretty large size team compared to the mighty mites we see in the east, minus Boston which is not exactly small.

      That is the problem, we end up signing players like Campoli who no team wanted at year end and even over the summer. You could tell Campoli missed out on a summer of training.

      Why do we keep doing this? I know taxes are part of the problem, but honestly, with such a wide selection of players out there including the KHL we just look for a typical 6 foot tall 200 pound player regardless of what position they play.

      This plays into JM’s regimented style of play. So we have JM’s cookie cutter mold, which is a 6 foot tall, 200 pound player, heck that is what you need for the Olympics and International Hockey where they don’t exactly have the NHL’s dirty grinding style of play.

  45. Big Ted says:

    Dave Jackson, what a terrible terrible ref. Every time we get him, he puts his whistle away for 40 minutes then calls one late in the game against us.

  46. C_exacte says:

    JM should’ve stole boucher’s notebook

  47. punkster says:

    Budaj is pulling a Price. No goals, no assists and he’ll take the blame for the loss.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  48. Captain aHab says:

    Shut out at home…

  49. From what I’m reading from you guys, The System needs a bit of tweaking!

  50. OneTimer says:

    I’m not a JM hater, but, TB just plays like a well-coached team. Their players are always where they need to be.

  51. Chris79 says:

    ihope Blunden starts the Season in Toronto because RW53 is out on that Date.


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