Liveblog: Canadiens lose shootout in Carolina

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The Canadiens got a point they don’t need.
Peter Budaj and Cam Ward were brilliant for 65 minutes in the Futility Classic, then Eric Staal scored the only goal of the shootout for a 2-1 win.

Elsewhere, Buffalo lost and dropped out of the playoff race.

And the Leafs won in OT.

Eller: Save

Skinner: Save

DD: Save

Jokinen: Just wide!

Cole: Post!

Staal: GOAL!

• In case you missed it in the morning’s links: Stu Hackel’s brilliant takedown of that schmuck Mike Milbury

579 Comments

  1. NightRyder says:

    Deal the pick for Getzlaf if he’d ink a long-term deal? 27 years old, 6-4, 225-pounder; might be available coming off a down year. Already with a 90-point season under his belt, that would pretty much be the top end of what you’d hope for from the pick. Getzlaf-Cole-Pacioretty would be awfully tough to play against.

  2. naweed235 says:

    Oufff… tough luck for P.A. Parenteau… His knee seems busted real good. Gotta feel bad for the guy… 1 game away from being a UFA that would probably bring him in some good cash and now his career might be on the line!
    RDS.ca has a video in case you are interested

  3. HabFanSince72 says:

    In case it hasn’t been said yet, we cannot finish lower than 3rd (you know what I mean). We can no longer catch the Isles, WIld or Dicks.

    It’s between us and the Edmonton Tankmeisters for the second spot.

    If we finish 3rd last here are our odds of picking in different spots:

    #1 … 14%
    #2 … 0%
    #3 … 67%
    #4 … 19%


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      If you believe the draft rankings it means we will not pick Grigorenko. However Edmonton might take a d-man, in which case Grigs would be available.


      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • The Dude says:

      That’s just wrong,lol!What’s wrong with this world I live in dam -it!

    • alwayssunny says:

      Sad day indeed. I’ll assume you meant “Ducks”. I wish there was a turn of phrase that described what can happen when you assume something. We can still catch the Leafs though, and that is all that matters.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Can’t catch the Leafs.


        Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

        • alwayssunny says:

          Ah bummer. Looks like I’m going to have to put up with Buds fans gloating all summer. Oh well. After years of turning my back on baseball I have decided to bury the hatchet and do what was unimaginable to me decades ago. OK… BLUEJAYS…LETS..PLAY..BALL.

          • alwayssunny says:

            I am sorry Habsolutely it is not allowing me to answer you directly so I have to respond to my own post. You seem like a nice man. I’d even be willing to wager that you are a handsome man. It really is the Christian thing to do and thanks for pointing that out. God bless you man.

    • savethepuck says:

      Don’t think your math is right. there is a 29.7% chance we drop to 4th pick (24th,25th,26th or 27th draws the lottery ball) and we still have a chance at 2nd if Edmonton beats Anaheim tonight, the Canucks Saturday night, and we lose to the Leafs.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    Now Tremblay is criticizing the hiring of Randy Cunnyworth by pointing to the much better hiring practices of other GMs … like Rejean Houle.

    Yes folks.

    He said it.


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    Most people will remember Gino from tonight’s antichambre.

    But the most egregious moment is Mario Tremblay’s extended tirade on the importance for a coach to treat their players well.

    Yes, he said it. You have to be careful and not show your players you don’t like them. Be careful not to offend them.


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  6. HardHabits says:

    How typically unHabs-like. Not waiting until the last game of the season to lock up the draft lottery position. :-)

  7. HardHabits says:

    WTF? Doesn’t Gino own a suit? He even makes PJ Stock look like a sharp tool in the shed. I am almost as embarrassed as the rest of the AC crew.

  8. LA Loyalist says:

    Ok. I need to stop stressing over “Le Tanque” and the draft. Wherever we pick, I think we need to pick the guy with the best name, or nick name.

    Isn’t one of the top guys first name “Nail” ? I mean what else do you need to know? It’s almost as good as “LaFlamme” in Goon ™.

    My personal fantasy hockey player name is “Cadavre” – would that be great on a jersey or what?

    What do you guys think is the ultimate hockey player name? (Allowing that “Barry Melrose” is already taken.

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay Saturday we win! I mean win! Good night all, happy tanking, oh that just sounds weird……

  10. 69HABS says:

    Well, Boofalo is out of the Playoffs. That’s good news.

  11. Dr.Rex says:

    I just wanted to confirm before the Lottery actually occurs that if we win it then everyone wants Yakupov right?

  12. The Dude says:

    The next guy that thinks Gino’s talking like a slow tard should tell him to his face,lol!

  13. LA Loyalist says:

    This tanking is just bizarre. Tonight I had to cheer for Leafs to win, and now Edmonton vs Ducks.

    As for the GM “Francophone” debate, I’m trying to regain my sense of humor. I remember some wag, back when Jean Chretien and John Crosby were both trying to become Prime Minister, quip that neither of them spoke either official language.

    I can’t wait to put the official nail in the coffin of this saison d’enfer.

    • Dr.Rex says:

      The Leafs let down their fans again tonight.

      Being a Leaf fan is like dating an annoying chick that lives in your apartment block. Its kinda convenient yet you know from teh start that it will be a disaster yet you stick with it. ITs hard to feel sorry for someone who voluntarily puts themselves in that position.

  14. Sportfan says:

    Question if we were to tie Anaheim with the same point wouldn’t they still be ahead of us cause they beat us so thats the tie-breaker right??

  15. Lizardking89 says:

    Stop getting points damnit!

  16. jo_maka says:

    This guy really is a tool……
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    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  17. Adidess says:

    It’s really weird to watch your team play and hope for a loss. I have been doing it over the last few games and it’s not the easiest thing.

    At the same time, anyone who still feels too bummed out after losses at this point may be a little bit too idealistic/sentimental. A win at this point doesn’t mean squat and wouldn’t/shouldn’t make anyone feel better about the season.

    I actually want a meaningless win on Sat bc it’s against TO and won’t change the standings one bit :)

  18. habs001 says:

    Good chance that if the habs beat leafs on sat the leafs finish 4th worse..and have a chance at getting the habs 3rd pick…

    • Keener_7 says:

      If the leafs finish 4th last and win the lotto they would get the first pick (formally the Jackets) and we would then get the 4th pick(if we finished 3rd last).

    • Mark C says:

      This scenario has what, like a 5% chance of occurring?

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Can you imagine both teams obviously trying to lose? Wouldn’t that look good on Mr. Gary?

      • Keener_7 says:

        Leafs can try and lose if they want. But our Habs better try and win. I have $20 bucks a game riding on the season series and I really don’t want to have to hand over 40 bucks to this leafs fan…lol

        It only just struck me that I wont get to watch this final game since I will be out of town. aw well guess I’ll just PVR it for Tuesday.

  19. jo_maka says:

    Why is Gino speaking like a ‘tard on AC ? Like his jaws are wired or smth…..

    _________________________________
    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

    • boing007 says:

      Too many concussions. Punch drunk, like a boxer.

      Richard R

    • Keener_7 says:

      Darn wrong place again… I have to look more carefully at the reply button

    • D Mex says:

      Classless comment.
      Gino Odjick might be low lustre, but he is clearly not a ” ‘tard ” as you put it. Integrity and substance resonate with what comes out of his mouth – you on the other hand, not so much …

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

      • jo_maka says:

        Hold on the pantaloons ! I’m not discussing his integrity or substance or the unbearable lightness of his whatever.

        Never heard him speak before (yes that can happen) I’m just noticing he speaks funny, is all.

        boing007 got the point, let’s move on.
        _________________________________
        Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

        • D Mex says:

          Odjick is an aboriginal Canadian and former NHLer who was loved by his teammates for doing a dirty job – well. Since retiring from pro hockey, he works with disadvantaged kids and, quite obviously, invests little energy in trying to impress people.
          You referring to him as a ” ‘tard ” is a lame attempt to grab a couple of laughs at his expense. It’s something that adolescents do; IMO, it’s classless coming from adults. Only a moron would not have gotten ” the point “.
          You might want to consider thinking before talking next time. On your way …

          ALWAYS Habs –
          D Mex

  20. JohnBellyful says:

    Okay, it was nice the Habs didn’t blow everything by getting two points but they still have to be held to account for a truly disappointing season.
    I think the Canadiens should have to grow non-playoff beards as a show of penance — akin to a hair shirt — and not get to shave them off until they DO make the playoffs.

  21. savethepuck says:

    So that pretty well locks us in at 28th overall unless we lose to the Leafs Saturday and Edmonton beats Anaheim tonight and Vancouver Saturday. We have a 14.2% chance of picking first and a slight chance of dropping to 4th if 24th,25th,26th or 27th draw the lottery ball. Hope whoever we get is worth this dreadful season. I’ll be tuned into TSN Tues night with my fingers and toes crossed.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  22. jo_maka says:

    The Tank lost its GPS. Luckily for us, Randy asked for the way. So we can still beat the Weeds senseless like a brain-damaged test monkey on crack AND at least add a Grig or a Galch to the roster.

    I knew Capt Kirk never really left us. Always coming through in time of need :)
    _________________________________
    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  23. Hali_Hab says:

    So if the ducks get at least a point tonight we are def In the top 3 right?

  24. Bripro says:

    So the Habs are guaranteed at least the third best odds.
    If Edmonton wins tonight, that could go as high as second on saturday.
    But if they lose, that’s where the odds will play out.

  25. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @Bripro

    …Brian …it’s called ‘tough love’
    …painful now, but you will thank Us in October :)

    • Bripro says:

      The only time I’ll be content with this is on monday after the lottery selection. We’ll know where we stand.
      Still, it’s bitter sweet. I’ve never seen the team finish this bad….ever.
      And when you think about it, at times, they played some very impressive hockey. It’s still depressing.

  26. Sean Bonjovi says:

    The 29th place team has a…
    18.8% chance of picking 1st
    42%= 2nd pick
    39.2%= 3rd pick

    For the 28th place team…
    1st= 14.2%, 3rd=56.1%, 4th= 29.7%

    “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
    – Sean Bonjovi

  27. harrow15 says:

    JOSH GEORGES IN A SHOOTOUT LOL

  28. JohnBellyful says:

    Love it!!!/hate it!!!
    One step forward/one step back.
    Doin’ the tank shuffle

  29. JF says:

    Islanders win, Toronto gets at least a point, so we’re confirmed for last place in the East. An anxious evening! But, apart from his rather dubious puck-handling, I was impressed by Budaj. Habs need to give him more games next season.

    • Clay says:

      I’m still angry about that breakaway save with seconds left, but yeah – I would love to see him do that in a meaningful game.

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  30. Mr. Biter says:

    I know it good for us to lose but it feels like sh&t.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  31. dtoight says:

    It’s gonna be Forsberg or Grigorenko!! We’re not taking a kid that blew out his ACL 3rd overall

  32. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …good …I am not in the mood for conniptions tonight :)

  33. Bripro says:

    What a bunch of tankers!!! I mean on here!


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