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


  1. Clay says:

    That Carolina goal got the biggest cheer from me since the Habs were officially eliminated. 🙂

    ☞ Wow, that’s a nice lookin’ pair of Crocs!” Said no one ever.☜

  2. Mark C says:

    Montreal is locked into a top-3 pick!

  3. dtoight says:

    Anaheim play the oilers tonight!!

  4. Captain aHab says:

    1.03 Malcolm Subban

    You just watch….

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  5. Marc10 says:

    Phew! That was close.

    That last shot by Staal was pure fluke… Thank you Hockey Gods for delivering this one!

  6. Ice Storm says:


    Go for Galchenyuk!!!! 🙂

  7. dtoight says:

    The post!!!!

  8. JIMVINNY says:

    Thank you God. Now if Anaheim gets a single point in their 2 games, we’re guaranteed 3rd last.

    • Captain aHab says:

      The bestwe can do is tie them and they have the tie breaker on us.

      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  9. jols101 says:

    YAAAAAA…..Laffs need to get 2 points and we r all set…

  10. HabinBurlington says:

    Leafs win Leafs win!

  11. Bripro says:

    That was Carolina’s first OT shootout win this year.

  12. HardHabits says:

    The losses still sting. But then again so does getting a tattoo.

  13. disgustedhabsfan says:

    Cmon Stall!!!

  14. Clay says:

    (One point too many though)
    ☞ Wow, that’s a nice lookin’ pair of Crocs!” Said no one ever.☜

  15. Captain aHab says:


    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  16. dtoight says:

    I love the western music for the shootout

  17. Habies says:

    The Maple Leaves got a point and Isles won. We’re guaranteed a third place finish (Edmonton only left).
    Good way to make a dent on a hell of a season. Merry Christmas Molsons, this bud’s for you.

    Matthew in Myanmar-

  18. HabinBurlington says:

    Could this be a 20 round shoot out?

  19. Ice Storm says:

    Shootout list: Nokia, White, Emelin…
    All in street clothes

  20. dtoight says:

    Oh I believe it!!! Lol

  21. Marc10 says:

    I haven’t been this nervous about a shootout all season…

    Come on RC.

    Blunden, Geoffrion, Kaberle

  22. JIMVINNY says:

    Buffalo loses and is eliminated, Islanders win, TO gets at least a point, all in all, a very good night elsewhere in the eastern conference.

  23. shootdapuck says:

    Can anyone on this team shoot?

    Is there a single quick release on this bench?

    Unbelievable ineptitude!

  24. dtoight says:

    @ice storm
    We’re cheering for a higher lottery pick

  25. jols101 says:

    Yes…Leafs in OT as well…C’Mon Tank

  26. Captain aHab says:

    Do they have Zambonis in Carolina? Looks like they used a grader with studed tires.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  27. Ice Storm says:

    <<<<<<New Cam Ward fan!!!! lol

  28. dtoight says:

    alwayssunny… Based on many of your posts I picture you as a guy in a vintage expos hat, glasses like Bubbles, green khakis, and white new balance shoes who occasionally drools on himself.

  29. Bill says:

    @LElle ha, it’s been a long night here in Raleigh. BRB, I have to make my shootout list.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  30. JIMVINNY says:

    Dumont and Palushaj better get to shoot.

  31. Ice Storm says:

    This is nuts.. i am fully cheering for the Canes!

  32. alwayssunny says:

    Time to head to the depanneur. I’ll turn it over to Bartlett and Dollas for the heroics. Goodnight false fans.

  33. Corson27 says:

    Laffs tied it up with Tampa.

  34. Marc10 says:

    Why won’t Markov shoot?

    Oh wait… I want us to lose…

  35. immortalhab says:

    Have no fear boys. The Canes are 0-6 in the shoot out. We wouldn’t be the Habs if we didn’t hand them their first win.

  36. dtoight says:

    Can’t do anything right!

  37. Captain aHab says:

    Come on RC pull the goalie.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  38. JIMVINNY says:

    And even worse, we’re facing the one team with a worse extra time record.

  39. Phil C says:

    Carolina are the worst O/T team in the league. maybe they’re due.

  40. alwayssunny says:

    BUDAJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Earning that 2 year contract. I heard the NHLPA is lobbying for Gainey & Gauthier Inc. to get jobs signing contracts again. At least I’ll keep watching if it goes to a shootout tonight

  41. Marc10 says:

    Budaj the anti tank!

    That’s ridiculous…

  42. Hali_Hab says:

    FFS !!! This team drives me crazy . They are going to loose the best thing to come out of a miserable season

  43. Bripro says:

    How could Larose miss? Oh..wait…

  44. disgustedhabsfan says:

    FU Larose

  45. Peter Young says:

    Tank we know not your name.

  46. Captain aHab says:

    Well we almost snatched defeat from the jaws of overtime.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  47. dtoight says:

    F@ckin Budaj!! Price would’ve done the right thing for the organization there

  48. jols101 says:

    Chad Larose u suck

  49. Clay says:

    Damn it Budaj – that was our chance!

    ☞ Wow, that’s a nice lookin’ pair of Crocs!” Said no one ever.☜

  50. JIMVINNY says:

    OMG. It’s as if the refs want us to WIN a game for once.

    Man, how sweet would it have been if Larose scored there?

  51. HabinBurlington says:

    Weird game

  52. Mark C says:

    This game is fixed. The league doesn’t even want Montreal getting a good pick when they suck.

  53. Bripro says:

    All that’s missing now are the dancing clowns! Oh wait, they’re all out there!

  54. Captain aHab says:

    The league has called the refs: Montreal must win!!
    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  55. HabinBurlington says:

    If RC uses Staubitz, Blunden and Gorges in the shootout do we know that Molson sent in the shooters list?

  56. alwayssunny says:

    Time for our half a point a game PP specialist to step up. New GM is going to have to set up a hotline for that guy.

  57. dtoight says:

    You think anybody on any of these two teams cares about the score tonight! They’re all gonna go out and party together after the game

  58. Mr. Biter says:

    Tankers delight. Steady trail to the box. Amazing.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  59. alwayssunny says:

    Golden opportunity here let’s not waste it.

  60. jols101 says:

    This is bad news

  61. JIMVINNY says:

    LOL. How do Staal and Larose call that a dive?

  62. theox_8 says:

    plekanec on the point is so awesome

  63. HabinBurlington says:

    How could that not be a penalty shot?

  64. dtoight says:

    Top 3 or top 5 pick is pretty much the same player this year! I really want Forsberg, but have no real reason why!

  65. JIMVINNY says:

    That, on the other hand, was a good call.

  66. immortalhab says:

    I’m just sticking around to see who we put in the shoot out. That’s always the most entertaining part of the night. Strategy: let’s mix a couple of scoreless nincompoops in the line-up. That way the goalie will focus on our coach with a questioning look on his face.

  67. Marc10 says:

    Lots of jump in his spet the ol’ Spacho. He waited until the last year of his contract to lose the chub and now he’s playing semi inspired against his old team.

    And now of course he hands us the anti-tank PP opportunity at the end of the game. What a guy!

  68. jols101 says:

    Time for a shorty

  69. JIMVINNY says:

    What a terrible call.

  70. Bripro says:

    The spaceman just erred!

  71. alwayssunny says:

    I hope you all feel good about wanting our guys to lose and go home sad.

  72. Mark C says:

    Laughs now losing and the NYI are tied. Montreal cannot afford to win tonight. Only getting one point locks up a top-4 pick.

  73. Hali_Hab says:

    This is hard to watch! Not only the quality of hockey but the fact that we are looking to ruin our chance of a top 3 pick! At least that pick would make up for living through this miserable season.

  74. Bripro says:

    Markie is showing some speed!

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