Liveblog: Another blown lead

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New Jersey owned the third period, scoring three unanswered goals to win a game the Canadiens had led 3-1.
The loss dropped the Canadiens 12 points out of the final playoff spot.
It just ain’t gonna happen.

Michael Blunden is shown in the pic taking a vicious hit from behind by Elias. Blunden did not return.

MORNING SKATE AUDIO: Louis Leblanc | Randy Cunneyworth | Dainius Zubrus | Peter DeBoer

873 Comments

  1. nfldanchor says:

    Subban is young and if we trade him he will come back to haunt us just like Ribeiro and Grabovski . I like Emelin who is improving every game and is definitely amongst the top 5 hitters in the league. Cole is a warrior and Bourque brings needed grit and size. Eller and Pacioretty are future warriors and playing awesome. Moen,Gill ,Kostitsyn, Weber should be traded now to get something in return perhaps another big forward or even better a defenseman with a big powerplay shot. The reason they lost so many games is the poor powerplay performance this year. You don’t make the playoffs with one of the worst pp records in the NHL. I hope the Habs bring up Tinordi and Gallager next year . Markov needs to go he is damaged goods and the Habs could have signed another top player but decided to take a chance on Markov which was another huge mistake. Gomez ,well thats another mistake that cost the Habs a playoff spot. Kaberle at least has been racking up the points and is a smooth smart player who we should keep!

  2. jkr34 says:

    Are you going to dump on Kaberle for an icing? really? Since he got to MTL he’s scoring at a 50 point rate whicjh is better than anyone else on this team. And Jeff Carter???. If you think Gomez’ deal is bad how would you like to take on Carter for 10 years at over 5 million per year. You better rethink that one.

  3. stevieray says:

    Pacs/DD/Cole
    AK/Pleks/Bourque
    Moen/ ?/Gionta
    White/?/?
    Emelin/Georges
    Price …but not for 5mil a year
    The rest can go …somehow ..management needs to figure this out . Our D is terrible ..sorry PK ..but you just ain’t bringing it man !

  4. Danny88 says:

    Patience guys…if we keep losing we will get our superstar!! If anything we should start hoping that columbus steps it up a bit.
    Danny

  5. H.Upmann says:

    @Ian Cobb- totally agree on Muller….. And JARVIS! I was looking at that Bruins team photo at the white house and….”Is that…. Doug Jarvis??” ..

  6. H.Upmann says:

    frig it! Let’s get as many draft picks as possible. It’s almost impossible to watch this team with Gomez on it…. and this trap.. UGH.

  7. Ian Cobb says:

    Someone has to recognize that we need far better management, if we are to rise again

    Coach, Kirk Muller was the best for setting up a PP. And management let him get away, just like the years that we use to win face offs more often than not with Doug Jarvis coaching that skill for us , but alas! management saw no value in keeping him on. Who is he with now??????

    Better management be gets a better team.

  8. Not sure why people are upset. What’s so bad about blowing 2-goal leads every game?

    If we’re going to tank, we might as well tank in style.

  9. price365 says:

    Price is good , but not a game breaker. 3 goals on 8 shots in the 3rd period. I wouldn’t call that good goaltending. if you can’t win a game having to stop 8 shots. the 3 goals must have been on screened shots or just weak goaltending.

  10. anotherhab says:

    I felt sorry for Randy C. at end of the game trying to get the ref’s attention to no avail — he looked so lonely — sort of Charlie Brownish — no respect!

    Someone should wait in the parking lot and beat the snot out of Chris Lee!!

    Has there ever been a Habs powerplay so disgraceful — if it had some sort of % of success we’d be contention! Park someone’s ass in front of the net.

    David Clarkson is one disturbed looking SOB.

    David Desharnais is becoming my favourite Hab.

  11. habsfan0 says:

    Next year: Habs head coach: Patrick Roy
    Assistant head coach: Mario Tremblay
    Defensive coach:Marc Andre Bergeron
    Goaltender coach:Andre “Red Light” Racicot
    GM:Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson CAN speak French)

  12. HardHabits says:

    The best player the Habs have is Price. Where did the Habs get Price?

    Hopefully the Habs draft a centre with their high pick.

  13. jedimyrmidon says:

    Yeah, Price let in bad ones. But he was the only reason on Tuesday that they didn’t blown out by the Sabres. If only the team were in sync, i.e., Price plays well and the players in front of him played well during the same game then they would have won at least 1 of 2 (even though they needed to win both). The way this season has been going, I’m not surprised to see things like this happen.

    All it means is that the Habs are going to have a higher pick in the draft, which is what many people want anyways.

    • piper says:

      just one soft one tonight. cant blame price, the team only has three decent de men and one of thems having a bad year.

    • mb says:

      Agree!

      It seems like everytime Price has a great game, they outscore the other team by 3 or 4 goals. And then when he’s having an average game, the team is just plain bad. (And no, I’m not saying that it’s because the guys are deflated after their goalie let in a bad goal. They just can’t score.)

      Let’s not even mention these blown leads.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        For the past 2 games it has been the opposite though. Tuesday, Price played well and the forwards scored only 1 goal and the Sabres ran rampant in the Habs’ zone. Tonight, Price lets in 4 on 21 while the team in front scored 3 for a 3-1 lead (i.e. they were producing and pressuring).

        • mb says:

          That’s true. It’s even more frustrating. When he lets in four, his team scores three. When he lets in two, they score only one. Like you said in your original post, if only they could “sync”, they’d get much better results.

  14. boing007 says:

    I’m getting tired of PK Subban faking one timers on the power play time after time after time. No one’s falling for it so why doesn’t he shoot it once in awhile?

    Richard R

  15. HABZ24 says:

    gomez hasnt scored in a year but collects his 8 million. keeps his job. i dont get it send him to the farm now

  16. shootdapuck says:

    Why is everyone surprised at the lack of consistency of Chris Lee?

    Nothing new!

    Why is he not allowed in post season? Guess!

    =============================================
    The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

    “Le problem est Markov n’ya pas jouer un seul game cette annee”

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Because he would lose his life for sure if he was allowed to do games in the post season.

      • shootdapuck says:

        Ian,

        It’s because the NHL only uses its top rated( kind of a joke in itself) officials in post season!

        Strange though in the CBA with the officials states that if you don’t make the post season for 3 consecutive seasons YOU”RE OUT!

        Wonder who Lee is related to to survive this long?

        =================================================
        The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

        “Le problem est Markov n’ya pas jouer un seul game cette annee”

        • Ian Cobb says:

          To be honest, there is not many good referees throughout all the leagues, now that they have gone to the two man system.

          • shootdapuck says:

            NHL fired a referee under those guidelines then got taken before the Ontario Labour Board for illegal dismissal since then they don’t enforce the rules.

            Consistent for the NHL not enforcing the rules!

            =================================================
            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’ya pas jouer un seul game cette annee”

    • boing007 says:

      I wonder if Canadiens fans are the only ones who can’t stand Lee’s officiating? Maybe we should take a survey around the league?

      Richard R

  17. HABZ24 says:

    if a company had a salesman who didnt make one single sale in an entire year what would happen to him ?

  18. habs-fan-84 says:

    if only this year’s top pick could’ve been a guy like Toews, Crosby or Stamkos…

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    Not to worry folks, Chris Lee has given us a 1st over all pick for the first time in 30 years.

    How this numskull of a referee keeps getting a pay check is just beyond me.

    I had a talk with Ron Finn (former great NHL referee) years ago, who was the main recruiter for referees for the NHL when they went to the two man system and when Lee was refereed in the OHL. I told Ron at the time when he was scouting Lee at a Belleville, London game, how Chris Lee was despised by every coach and GM in the OHL. And that Lee really thought that the fans came to see him referee!
    He was a joke then and he is a joke now.

    But I guess he fits right in with the NHL which is a Joke in itself today.

  20. habs-fan-84 says:

    This team could be legit by next year if they bury Gomez, and trade Kaberle. With a high draft pick in addition to a solid youth core I’m excited for the next 5 years.

  21. kholdstare says:

    I’m confused as to why people are saying to tank. They are doing horrible, they have been doing horrible for a long time save a hungover detroit red wings game, and people are saying they should tank, in present term language not past. I don’t agree with it, I’m just confused as to why people are saying it like it’s something they should do.

  22. piper says:

    Yakupov or Grigorenko

  23. The Gonk says:

    What a disaster this year has been. God lay dying.

  24. HardHabits says:

    I still think think it will take 2-3 years to turn it around. Kaberle and Gomez are anchors. Gionta is over-priced but possibly tradeable in two years by the deadline possibly the next one. Plekanec could be worth something near the end of his contract too. IMO teams should always try to trade veterans at the end of contracts for picks and prospects if possible.

    The Habs IMO need to stop the favouritism and protecting players; Price and Koivu come to mind. What did the Habs get for 11 free agents a few years back? Did they even think about trading Robinson or Lafleur? Same old same old. No. They just trade outspoken players or move people in panic face saving moves.

    A tectonic shift in mindset is needed though. I think though the organization might finally have no choice but accept that they are not the team of history that was spoon fed to fans during the hubris induced centennial.

    This is a competitive sport. Being middle of the pack is just a hustle. Reality is setting in. I look forward to seeing how this team manages the next few weeks. The trade deadline should be interesting.

  25. habs17 says:

    it doesent matter anyway the world is coming to an end in December so no one will see another cup
    I support Scott Gomez

  26. solomio says:

    PJ Stock on L’Antichambre is a disgrace to the Anglophones of Quebec and the Frenchies know it.

    “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  27. Will Longlade says:

    Two softies and a ref with an agenda were the margin of difference in that game. The non-call on the d-man who held Cole on the breakaway was the turning point that tilted the game in the Devil’s favour.

  28. SlovakHab says:

    Pretty cool – let’s continue the trend and draft Forsberg.

  29. habsfan0 says:

    Just over 7 months to training camp. I’m starting to get geared up.

  30. Mavid says:

    …this is a recording….this is a recording….this is a recording…shit give it up already..you know nobody from the Habs organization come on here and read any of the comments…you know that don’t you…

  31. RiverviewCanadien says:

    So who is to blame? Are we still trading Plekanec for Malkin + picks? Price getting his $10M per/yr? What is the next step?

    The ONLY solution is to keep Gomez and dump all the players who contribute (Pleks, Desharnais, Kaberle, Pacioretty, Kostitsyn), anyone but Cole. You have to dump Gionta and make Cole Captain. Just think about the return in picks for those guys come trade deadline, it would be PIT all over again I tells ya! Then sign all those truculent, top 6 FAs this offseason, who post 30+ goals every year.

    How can this NOT solve all the problems?

  32. manu07 says:

    I am officially embarrassed. I may have to remove my Hans dice from my car. Some old guy (assuming he was a leafs fan) was pointing at my car as I was parking a few days ago and grumbling something. It may be time to remove those bad boys for the remainder of the season.

  33. manu07 says:

    Sad to say it, whenever people bash the Habs I use the same line, “well at least I have seem them win a cup”. That line is getting old.

    • habs178 says:

      Not if you’re speaking to a Leafs fan :)

      EDIT: Who weren’t around/old enough to remember 1967.

      “To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder”
      ~ Louis L’Amour
      I’ve got the faith!

    • I haven’t. And I don’t expect to see it any time soon. But there is a positive to not being a witness to the ‘glory days’ or whatever, I don’t have the sense of entitlement that a lot of the old folks have.

  34. Marc10 says:

    Last in the Conference… Yes we can!

    Gawd it’s going to suck watching this team tank with a vengeance…

  35. Mavid says:

    right on kholdstare , a couple of wins and they are all clamoring over each other to get back on..except of course for your regular “haters”..the ones that think they are smarter..cutting edge..controversial…cool…this is one of the worst officiated games I have seen in a long time..horrible..I will be pissed for a while
    As far as who to cheer for…the Jets..hands down..then the Leafs..never the Sens..and all those teams are only a couple of loses out of the playoffs..but it will be my Habs until they are done mathematically..

    • habs178 says:

      That’s EXACTLY how I feel. The fat lady…she ain’t singing yet! And the REFS won this game, NOT the Devils….

      “To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder”
      ~ Louis L’Amour
      I’ve got the faith!

  36. manu07 says:

    Habs17, let’s be honest, the young people probably won’t either.

  37. doug19 says:

    A hat trick by Gomez sure would have helped. The cost now for Gomez is one million per assist.
    Winning is only part of the picture re the playoffs. For the Habs to make the playoffs this season would have required the total colapse of 8 other teams. This was not going to happen. Our Habs were out of the playoffs in the first month of the season.
    PG’s blowing money on Kaberle is a 200% reason to give PG the boot. I think Kaberle is a good player but he could not even turn the PP around let alone the team.I don’t believe any one player could have.
    Are the Habs still paying PG? STOP PAYMENT!
    As well are we not still paying Carbonneau, Gainey, Perry Pearn, and Jacques Martin?
    Pathetic owners and mangement the latter needs to change NOW!

  38. manu07 says:

    Is PG fired yet?

  39. habs17 says:

    I feel sorry for all of the old ppl on this site u are probably never going to see a cup again

    I support Scott Gomez

    • mb says:

      To be fair… I’m not quite sure the young people on this site will see a cup again, either. Plus probably quite a bunch of people here don’t even clearly remember the last one.

    • SUMO says:

      i feel sorry for your mother and her having to make excuses on why you spend so much time alone in your parent’s basement.

    • solomio says:

      What are you stoopid? Its only the older people on this site who HAVE seen the Habs with the Cup.
      You prolly won’t though.

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  40. Habitant in Surrey says:

    ……if Sam Pollock were still alive today and Our GM …in today’s reality, even He would start NOW racing Columbus for the basement …on top of THAT, He would ALSO realize a miraculous trade with the Blue Jackets for THEIR first round pick ! :)
    …wouldn’t DAT be sweeet in July ! …2 of the Top-5
    …don’t mind Me, I was into the sassafras tonight :)

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  41. dre1744 says:

    I don’t think Even David Copperfield can make this team dissapear!!!!!!!!

  42. thirdstone says:

    GRIGORENKO!!!!

  43. NJD’s got all right bounces go there way. Habs could not catch a break at all. That Chris Lee needs a lesson or two on how to ref. He let calls go against the Devils that were penalities and made so questionable calls against our Habs. This man sucks at officating and its time for someone to say something about it. This season is over with and what does players and coaches have to lose? A fine or suspension for speaking the truth about how poor a game was called. Elias should have been tossed for his boarding on Mike Blunden. That’s one that stick out the most. Hopes its reviewed by league officals and maybe they might suspend him for a couple games. Habs needs an enforcer for next season. Good night!!!!

    • Laramy87 says:

      Like Cole’s “high stick” on brodeur, what a joke. And that slew foot on Leblanc. Larson got it back tho lol.

      If i were cunneyworth or Cole, take the fine and call out the refs mainly Chris Lee. The season is over, who cares. Make a point and make statement

  44. habs17 says:

    When do the BLUE JAYS START

    I support Scott Gomez

    • solomio says:

      Seriously….Lets go Blue Jays !!!

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  45. habsfan0 says:

    I think the fat lady sung tonight.

  46. habs17 says:

    we cant hold a lead

    I support Scott Gomez

  47. Laramy87 says:

    The problem with replacing a coach with an assistant coach mid-season is the system is just a recycled system. As much as Cunneyworth system is different it is still a JM system.
    A lot of ppl say this team is bad, I see it differently. We have lost 2 games all year by 4 goals and a handful of 3, but nothing more. The problem is timely goal scoring. We have not had that AT ALL this year. Alot of our 1 goal games became 2 goal games because of our empty net.
    If we were middle of a pack PP team this year, i bet you we are 2 points out of playoff spot at this time, those are the timely goals we have not got this year.
    Tweaking this team, new coach and new GM i bet next year is a different story

    • pgd24 says:

      Agree totally. Habs have not gotten many bounces go their way this season. Remember how bad the Flyers were 4 seasons ago. Habs can turn this around quickly with some smart decisions

  48. aj says:

    Are there any Canadian NHL teams you guys are rooting for aside the Habs this sesaon?

    The obvious nay I believe for the majority is the Leafs. Ottawa will go to the playoffs as well as Winnipeg in the Eastern Conference. Pretty much Vancouver will go to the Playoffs and neither the Flames nor the Oilers won’t go.

    • dre1744 says:

      I’ll cheer for the Hawks and Penguins since Malkin is my favorite Player in the league…. But the Habs will always ne my number 1 team!!!!!!

      • aj says:

        For Sure everybody here is all for that (except for idiot trollers who come here and pester us). I want the Caps to win this season if there is any US team in the NHL is concerned.

        But I want to know if anyone here is rooting for another Canadian team to take the Stanley Cup? I’m for the Canucks if they get a rematch with the booins.

    • kholdstare says:

      Yes Im rooting for all of them not to make the playoffs.

      • aj says:

        yeah i’m sure you do. then you can forget hockey and watch basketball to makeup for your boredom.

        • kholdstare says:

          Im serious, if the habs arent winning the cup, I dont want it to be anywhere near me, where some bandwagon jumpers can say they had been cheering for them forever. ie ottawa, toronto, buffalo, detroit, boston.

          I didnt mind when teams like anaheim, and tampa bay won, because that meant no sane individual around me cheered for them, or had been “lifelong fans”

          • aj says:

            really? am i talking about the bandwagon jumpers cheering other teams forever or the people here posting comments (like you and me) if they’re rooting for other Canadian teams to win the Stanley Cup this season?

    • habs178 says:

      I’d be happy to have any Canadian team win the cup.

      “To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder”
      ~ Louis L’Amour
      I’ve got the faith!

      • kholdstare says:

        Really, any? I wouldnt care if winnipeg won that would be cool, but the thought of brian burke achieving what he was hired to do makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

        • habs178 says:

          I just want the cup back in Canada…

          I grew up in a family of Leafs fans, so as it stands, I’ll cheer for them to LOSE! And as much as might not make sense, I’d be happy for my brothers and father if they won.

          “To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder”
          ~ Louis L’Amour
          I’ve got the faith!

          • kholdstare says:

            I get ya, its just too horrific to even imagine it, but I will say that they have some die hard fans, that have stuck through worst times than us, and they are still there.

        • aj says:

          I thought you said you’re “rooting for all of them not to make the playoffs”.

          Who’s All? All NHL or all NHL Canadian teams?

          • habs178 says:

            I thought I was specific about just Canadian. I don’t WANT the Leafs to the make the playoffs, but I’d be happy for my brothers and father if they did, and won. And, I’d prefer ANY Canadian team to win the cup.

            “To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder”
            ~ Louis L’Amour
            I’ve got the faith!

  49. otter649 says:

    http://youtu.be/lWpAB5YAO5A

    This aint Toronto Baby…..

    Stand by your Habs…..

  50. mb says:

    This is obviously the worst Habs team in the last decade.
    Could it possibly be the worst Habs team… ever?

    On another note, Chris Lee is the #5 trend on twitter right now.

  51. manu07 says:

    Niners did do great. Except I won’t be watching them Sunday because that giant jack ass Kyle Williams.

  52. MacHabFan says:

    The Habs are slightly more reliable than this website.

  53. habs178 says:

    Black ice…one bad goal=deflation of TEAM spirit….those bad goals need to stop so that the team can keep momentum.

    • HardHabits says:

      LEAVE CAREY PRICE ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • kholdstare says:

        Careful you guys are about to give HH a stroke.

      • aj says:

        Relax, chill man! You don’t have to get mad by putting CAPS on your tying.

      • habs178 says:

        Listen, Price DOES let in SOFT GOALS! At LEAST one a game. That’s all I was saying. I’m not blaming the loss on him. I AM saying that he lets in stupid shit goals, all the frickin time, and that’s gotta deflate the team spirit a little, especially when they’re up. Not only that, but it most certainly lights a fire under the opposing teams arse. I like Price, I’m not blaming him, I’m pointing out the obvious with his goaltending, and if you don’t see those soft goals EVERY game, then YOU are the one with rose colored glasses.

        “To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder”
        ~ Louis L’Amour
        I’ve got the faith!

      • boing007 says:

        Price has been letting in soft goals throughout the past five seasons. It’s not just an occasional fluke, it’s an occupational hazard.
        Richard R

  54. SUMO says:

    This team will not make the playoffs.

    Gainey & Gauthier managed to transform the Habs with a decade of bad trades (Janne Niniimaa, Gomez, Kaberle), mismanagement of resources (Losing Hainsey & Beachumin on waivers) and turn this team into a joke. I used to think Rejean Houle was the worst GM the Habs ever had but I think Gainey or Gauthier would make a good argument for 2nd worst.

    A trade or a top-5 pick will not help this team as long as this management team is in place.

    Andre Savard, Serge Savard, Pierre Maguire, Julien Brisbois or Claude Loiselle is fine with me. The Habs need a new direction. The season is lost and everyone is screaming for a trade. Yes we do need one but Gauthier should not have no part in this. We do not need any more of Gainey and Gauthier.

    Peace out

  55. Laramy87 says:

    Lets be completely realistic here.

    We all want Kaberle and Gomez gone, but who is going take those contracts. Kaberle has 2 more years and 4.25 and Gomez at 7.5. Not gonna happen, we are going to be stuck with them. The only team I can see take a chance would be Florida as they are close to the cap floor and making a push.

    Moen and Gill could be gone (both FA’s and won a cup). The trade deadline is often for rental players, rarely do you see players with years remaining go, so dont expect a heck of a lot from the habs in getting rid of big contracts regardless of who our GM is.

  56. manu07 says:

    Let’s go Niners….. Ah shit, both my teams did nothing this year.

    • habs17 says:

      wow bra our niners did awesome kyle williams screwed us and we would be in the superbowl lad GO 49ERS

      WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THEN US NOOOOOOOOOOBODY!!!!!
      I support Scott Gomez

  57. krulmadden says:

    What a f-ing painful loss! The game had everything. Meh. Tuesday Price shows up for work. Team’s a no show. Tonight the team shows up, and Price is on vacation. See you guys in September.


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