Liveblog: Rangers romp to 4-1 win over Canadiens


First vs. Worst
And both teams played true to form.
It took the Canadiens almost 14 minutes to get a shot on goal in the third period.
By Brad Staubitz.
The home team scored twice on the power play.
Rene Bourque, of all people, deprived Henrik Lundqvist of a ninth shutout
And with less than two minutes left, Andrei Markov got hurt.

* Pre-game reading: Who should get Gauthier’s job?


  1. Mondou6 says:

    The Rangers may as well pull the goalie, there’s no down side to it.

  2. HabFanSince72 says:

    Detroit’s season ending on a bad note.

    At the all-star break they led the league. They were 5 points ahead of St.Louis. Now 9 behind.

    They could well lose to Nashville in the 1st round.

    Babcock in trouble?

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

  3. Mondou6 says:

    I’m listening to the RDS feed because the NHL network announcers have been eagerly fellating the Rangers all night. I couldn’t take it anymore.

  4. Habbu says:

    How does anyone miss the net from there?

  5. Mattyleg says:

    2 Things:
    1) Those metal things holding the glass are terrible in New York. They sound like they’re made of tin, and always give terrible rebounds.
    b) Rene Bourque needs Hockey Playing Lessons.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  6. Kimberly2u says:

    Well u can’t win a game if u have no shots….just pathetic

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …on the ‘bright-side …hopefully these soft goals let-in by Carey will save Us an extra $ million or two on His new contract 🙂

    HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song: Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out’

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  8. 69HABS says:

    “the ugliest goal of the season”?
    You forget about the goal Pleks scored on his own net with his faceoff draw.

  9. Habbu says:

    Why bother? Winning reduces the chances of getting you know who at you know what…

  10. HankHardball says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if new GM Vinnie Damphousse hires Patrick Roy as Coach.

  11. twilighthours says:

    Price has sucked tonight.

  12. Mondou6 says:

    Le but doux?

  13. habsfaninboston says:


  14. habsfaninboston says:

    Can this get any more boring?

    • habstrinifan says:

      I honestly have been reading trying to make a post but cant seem to find something new to say.

      Bythe way has anyone sugested the combo of Pierre McGuire/Vinny Damphousee for GM/Asst.

      In McGuie you get potentially a very good/passionae GM.. in V Damphousse you get the heir apparent who is french, quebecois etc etc and can spend the time training on the job.

      It is time HABS be very pro-active re solving the French staffing issues by planning ahead.

      Stupid and bad business to bury head in sand or just cherry pick last minute.

      There I managed a post with something new…. I think.

  15. HabFanSince72 says:

    Jets come back to win in OT.

    And thanks for letting the Canes get a point. That should put them safely out of reach (6 points with 4 games remaining).

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

  16. L Elle says:

    This will be the easiest shutout Henrik has gotten. 😉

    • Bill says:

      Yes, true. How many shut-outs will that be for him anyway? He certainly looks as though he will be shutting out the Habs. That reminds me, I wonder if I remembered to SHUT the door when I went OUT?

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Clay says:


        Careful though – we don’t want any points here!

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

    • Captain aHab says:

      Bourque scores!

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

  17. shootdapuck says:

    So, who does the new GM keep from this sorry mob?


    • Tis Himself says:

      Maybe the trainers and bottle fillers!

    • Mondou6 says:

      It’s actually a good spot for the new GM. Our roster has so little talent on it that all he has to do is bring in a couple mediocre players and it would be an improvement over what we have now.

      Really, we cannot possibly be worse than this year.

  18. Mondou6 says:

    The zero points tonight will help us out a lot.

  19. Tis Himself says:

    @ Boone: Yea, Torts is gonna rip Larry Brooks after this one!

  20. Kimberly2u says:

    A high stick on little David? He’s 5″8…lol

  21. Kimberly2u says:

    We need a fight…come on Staubitz

  22. Mondou6 says:

    We are 1-25-5 when trailing after 2 periods. Think we’ll get win number two tonight?

    Nah, me neither.

  23. Marc10 says:

    Wow. Bourque is doing everything he can to get shipped out. I say we call his bluff and park the lazy sod on a spin bike in the locker room until he gets an attitude adjustment.

    Let him rot. Don’t trade him. If he won’t play for this team, he shouldn’t play anywhere else.

    • Bill says:

      Untradeable at any rate! People talk about Kaberle … he could be moved, mark my words. But Bourque … four more years … does nothing … let’s get used to him.

      Next coach needs to be able to light a fire under that guy’s butt.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Clay says:

      Maybe – at least I hope – he just got the ‘Tank” memo, and will play hard next season…
      I know it’s a reach, but I’m trying to think positively, as he’s here for 4 more years… 🙂

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

  24. HabsinLA says:

    Interesting story that came up while I was chatting with a Sharks fan:

    In 2007, Sharks trade their 1st and Gorges for Rivet. That 1st eventually becomes Pacioretty. But during the draft, the Sharks had no 1st rounder but had a guy named Toskala. They trade Toskala to the Leafs for the Leafs 1st and 2nd. Then they flip those picks for St. Louis’ 1st to get … Logan Couture. The story would end there if not for what St. Louis ended up picking with what was originally the Leaf’s picks: Eller in the 1st… and Palushaj in the 2nd.

  25. cha-cho says:

    Is it just me, or has Emelin not been throwing the body as much since he got mugged by Malone? I wonder if he is injured or if Malone got into his head!

    Was Markov Made In China??

    • Mattyleg says:

      Someone else mentioned that, but I honestly doubt that ding-dong Malone has anything to do with it.

      I think it has a lot more with Markov coming back, playing with the guy that’s probably been coaching him on the sidelines all season, and also having to be a bit more responsible defensively and not stepping up for the big hit on the blue line, so as not to stretch Marky too much.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  26. Mattyleg says:

    Hey all.
    Dunno if anyone mentioned this yet or not, but the guys commentating the game on FM 98.5 had a water pipe burst above their heads, and they got treated to a pretty thorough shower through at least the first period.
    I got home and stopped listening, so I wonder how the poor guys are getting on!
    They kept saying how soaked they were getting. Dany Dubé’s feet were soaked halfway through the first!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  27. Phil C says:

    TSN Panel says the Habs need Parise, Allen, and Kelly. That would be nice.

  28. twilighthours says:

    Amnesty buyout!!

  29. HFX-HabFan says:

    Crosby with four points through two periods

  30. naweed235 says:

    so if Eller is who we got for Halak, what can we get for this Price guy during the summer? perhaps a slightly more inconsistent player?

    It hurts me a lot when I see that this team has sunk so low that people refer to guys like Eller as part of the “excellent young core”…

    We used to complain about AK46 showing up every 4 games… this guys shows up every 20 games… he is soft as butter for a guy his size…

    oh boy

    • Mondou6 says:

      I think we have some guys who try hard, and have some skill, but overall the talent just isn’t there.

      I like Eller, and he might get better. I think he tries hard.

      Not every player who scores less than 30 goals is lazy.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I think that it’s hard to make a proper evaluation of players this season seeing as how they’ve been playing on rotating lines with unready call-ups from Hamilton the whole bloody time.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • neumann103 says:

      I have only seen bits and pieces of tonight’s game so maybe you are just extrapolating, but seriously, hvae you watched the games this season? Eller has been among the hardest working forwards, been given tough assignments. thrown around lines and positions and still delivers.

      Other than Plekanec no Habs forward has been asked to do more thankless crap than Eller. He is a well rounded player and will onlyget better unless the habs ability to ruin young players takes hold

      “Et le but!”

  31. Kimberly2u says:

    If I wasnt drinking beer I’d be napping

  32. L Elle says:


  33. habsfaninboston says:

    Took a lot to stay awake that period. More beer please.

  34. Kimberly2u says:

    At least we don’t have to worry about the turd period collapse

  35. topher5468 says:

    Strahlman clears his crease better than any of our D men, and he stinks

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  36. Phil C says:

    Campoli seems to be playing for a job next year, although I doubt it will be in Montreal.

  37. Kimberly2u says:

    Wonder if a Hab will score tonight

  38. Mondou6 says:

    Remember: Stinko for Grigorenko

  39. shootdapuck says:

    This looks like a scrimmage.

    Habs look like the Jersey Generals vs the Globetrotters.

  40. HFX-HabFan says:

    Blunden is useful for railroading Dubinsky again.

  41. ABHabsfan says:

    Ott 67’s vs Belleville Bulls on Sportsnet if this game is getting you down. M. Subban getting shelled but playing well (according to Damian Cox anyway) Cody Ceci for the 67s is really good

    “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  42. shootdapuck says:

    Is Subban playing tonight?

  43. 69HABS says:

    I miss Ryder. Thanks Gainey

  44. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …considering this ‘no purpose’ game …is the reason We are here following Boone’s game blog on this Friday night because We are passionate Habs’ Fans ? …or, do We otherwise have no other Lives ? 🙂
    …I know what My excuse is …but, what’s Your’s ??? 🙂
    …o well, once a Habs’ Fan, ALWAYS a Habs Fan, …I guess

    HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song: Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out’

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    Let’s talk about hockey teams.

    WHo does Vancouver start in goal in the playoffs?

    Schneider seems to be better than Lou right now.

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

  46. Kimberly2u says:

    Habs haven’t been in it since before training camp

  47. Mondou6 says:

    Just out of curiosity, doesn’t “Canucks” refer to french canadians, and isn’t Vancouver an anglo city?

  48. 69HABS says:

    Who ever the next GM may be – No more Europeans please ….

  49. stevieray says:

    Can someone …anyone… tell me why Bourque is on the PK…..

  50. Habbu says:

    Can you imagine if the Habs were in the playoffs and had to face these guys?

  51. twilighthours says:

    It just dawned on me: Montreal really stinks.

  52. Mondou6 says:

    Is it my imagination, or do we always allow the other team to stand directly in front of Price for as long as they want?

    The guy was standing on top of Price, and no one was within 5 feet of him.

  53. Captain aHab says:

    Tankorama baby!! Now bagskate them tomorrow afternoon in preparation for tomorrow night’s game.

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

  54. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …ERIC DUHATSCHEK,; ‘Don’t expect magical turnaround in Montreal’:

    “…The priority in Nashville will be to get defencemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber signed to long-term contract extensions this summer, and if that means Radulov’s stay there is short, well, he becomes an asset that they can dangle on the market. What if the Canadiens target both Yakupov and Radulov as two high-end talents to plug into a lineup? Add them without subtracting others and suddenly, the talent gap doesn’t seem nearly as wide.

    In a perfect world, the next generation of Habs stars would be named Giroux and Bergeron, not Yakupov and Radulov. But if you can’t have the Flying Frenchmen, maybe the Racing Russians can be the next best thing.”

    HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song: Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out’

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  55. Stev.R says:

    Hodge mail was terrible tonight. Scotty Bowman? KEN DRYDEN? What the hell! They only mentioned one legitimate candidate in Brisebois. No Bergevin, no Loiselle, no Giguere, no Tallon, no Lacroix, no Savard, no Risebrough, no Robinson.

    • Stev.R says:

      And when Hodge mentioned that people questioned whether Roy had any knowledge of NHL players, his retort was ask Gauthier how much he knew of players in the NHL.

      What does that mean? Roy is qualified because he knows just a little as the guy who just got fired.

  56. Tis Himself says:

    This just in: The Breezer has been signed to teach upcoming Habs D men the secrets of “The Truly Glorious Outlet Pass.” We are halfway to the Cup folks!!!

  57. sane hockey fan says:

    Jim Nill Experience (from wikipedia):

    After he retired as an active player he joined the scouting staff of the Ottawa Senators as Amateur scout. He was promoted to professional scout after only 2 years. He joined the Red Wings front office in the summer of 1994 following his 3 year stint with the Ottawa Senators.
    Jim Nill’s duties include directing Detroit’s amateur scouting and selections at the annual NHL Entry Draft. He had also served as the general manager of the Adirondack Red Wings.
    Nill continues to oversee the development of the Red Wings’ prospects that are currently assigned to Detroit’s main affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, as well as those in the Canadian junior and European leagues.
    In his management role with the Detroit Red Wings he has helped the team to 4 Stanley Cup Championships in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.

    Looks like a guy who deserves a shot at GM for a team…Probably wont happen here though…He doesn’t speak french and isn’t Pierre Mcguire

  58. ABHabsfan says:

    The french media will get all the francophones lathered-up about hiring Roy to coach so that if he is not there will be more protests and politicians saying it’s the English establishment’s fault he didn’t get the job. Might as well make Frankie Gagnon the GM.
    All NHL coaches should learn to coach in the AHL

    “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  59. shootdapuck says:

    @dtoight can a leopard change his spots?

    How much of Mcguire’s “encyclopedic” knowledge of players comes from a research assistant at TSN or NBC.

    The guy says what his audience wants to hear. On TSN Winnipeg he hammers all that is Habs while on TSN990 he speaks of solid core group etc.

    He should be running for Parliament with all the doublet all skills.

    Is it really relevant to know the parents names of every junior player in Canada?

  60. sane hockey fan says:

    Jim Nill for GM!!!

  61. Bill says:

    TSN panel pointing out how Savard contradicted Molson on the need for the GM to be francophone. Interesting.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • HardHabits says:

      Only to you and every other English Canadian who wants to demonize the French language.

      • Bill says:

        Harsh. Unwarranted. Insulting.

        EDIT: So it’s NOT interesting that Savard and Molson already don’t seem to be in sync?Mentioning it means I want to “demonize” French? Seriously, where do you get off with these accusations?

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • HardHabits says:

          I suppose the French language is all fine and dandy as long as no one speaks it.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            You’re going a bit overboard here.

            All he said was that the TSN panel said that Molson and Savard contradicted themselves, which they kind of did.

            (I think they’re on the same page in reality.)

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

          • HabFab says:

            Lost in the translation perhaps 🙂

          • Bill says:

            J’apprecier l’histoire de les Canadiens et je n’ai pas une problem avec Quebec, les Quebecois, ou la langue Francais. Quand tu m’appelle un “bigot” (je ne sais pas le mot, desole) c’est incorrect et insultant. Mon “post” n’etait pas sur le controversie sur la langue. Ton reponse etait un “dick move”.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • HardHabits says:

            J’ai jamais dit que t’étais un bigot.

            If I went over-board as HSF72 states and since you appear to be insulted I will apologize. I’ve read some comments from you which give me the impression that you demonize the French language or those who would defend and promote it.

            It’s a favourite whipping point here at HIO and all over the comment sections of news sites across English Canada.

            I didn’t watch the TSN segment but it sounds like a well place hornet’s nest poking. Considering the plethora of qualified French speaking candidates it’s a red herring.

          • HabFab says:

            My father speaks better French then your father!

          • Bill says:


            Full Breezer 4 Life

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      I picked that myself yesterday.

  62. Houston Habs Fan says:

    Corey’s worst decision wasn’t firing Savard and Demers. It was firing them without having credible replacements. A lot of fans forget that Savard traded Leclair, Desjardins and Dionne for Recchi and a 3rd round draft pick. The Canadiens went into free fall after that and of course, the Legion of Doom was formed. If that trade hadn’t been made I wonder if Patrick would ever have left the Canadiens.

  63. boing007 says:

    Vinnie and the Habs.

    Richard R

  64. HardHabits says:

    The Rebuild™

    Looking at how the Rangers play and how they are built and I say to myself, “now there is a hockey team.”. Apart from the 2.5 Line, Subban and Price, the Habs are being pushed around and out classed out there.

    It will take far more than one summer to get the Habs back in order. IMO if they throw it all on next season it will more of the same, just making the play-offs for years to come with nary a Finals in sight.

    The Habs have become a spent force this season. Yes they have good parts but my perception is that they are very far from having the complete major league team and organizational depth necessary to be considered having a realistic chance of actually contending for the Cup. I am hard pressed to believe this can be achieved over night regardless of the hopefuls coming into the AHL pipeline next season.

    A team cannot compete for the Cup every year for eternity. There is an ebb and a flow to excellence. Contrast that to the no ebb and flow of mediocrity.

    To truly excel and rise from the ashes one must truly crash and burn first. If anything, this season has conditioned the fan base for the worst. It wasn’t that bad was it? The sun is still rising in the east every morning.

    This season represents a major league opportunity for renewal. But it has to be renewal. Otherwise it will be plus ca change, plus c’est pareil all over again.

    There has to be a plan, to build a team that can excel in the regular season and have the horses and depth to go four rounds. That takes building over the long term.

    My bold suggestion is focus on winning the Calder Cup and slowly bring up the AHLers even at the expense of the Habs missing the play-offs for a season or two. If the Habs make the play-offs even better, but don’t blow the farm if missing them is looking probable.

    I am suggesting something that many people say isn’t viable in the Montreal market. I say the contrary.

    • The Dude says:

      Agree 100%,Team is too soft,to small and no back-bone and that’s just the Defense….Gorges at $4million per season with 13 points is a bad deal and there’s a bushel of those kind of signings on the team!

    • Tis Himself says:

      I pretty much agree with you. The Habs really should really embrace this unintended tank and go about this in a very well-thought-out and careful way. This is akin to the opportunity that a political party is afforded after a huge electoral. Let’s get this right folks. The seats will have asses in them near term win, lose or draw.

      • HabFab says:

        Nyet to tanking. Some wag made this comment the other day, the Leafs embraced tanking to get better but it soon became their culture. Same could be argued for Oilers, Islanders and even the Capitals…awesome talent but not a winning tradition.

    • HabFab says:

      Not sure if Molson agrees but you have a valid point re building depth. People make a big time about 5 year plans but like any business… you need a 5-year plan, a 4-year plan, a 3 year plan, a 2 year plan and a 1 year plan. So could you please submit your 3-year plan. Much appreciated!

    • ont fan says:

      I think this is the time to get it right. Keep the young talent, trade at least 2 vets for draft choices or assets. I don’t see any other way. We aren’t going to compete against the top 5 teams at this time. It’s time for a 3 year plan.

  65. Stev.R says:

    I think the toughest decision the new gm will have is: Cherry or Melrose

  66. Tis Himself says:

    My highlight of the game thus far was Officer McDonald saying that it was a privilege to be on the ice with the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers!

  67. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …is anyOne else having a problem with the stream on ?
    …not working for Me 🙁

    HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song: Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out’

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  68. Tis Himself says:

    That really pisses me off! Had I gone to MSG tonight I would not have been able to see the Gomer. I mean, how can you charge to prices when he doesn’t suit up?

  69. thorandresson says:

    Bourque just battled there

  70. 69HABS says:

    Don’t get upset Torts, it’s only practice for you for the playoffs

  71. mrhabby says:

    Why is price even starting.

  72. Tis Himself says:

    Is the Gomer playing tonight?

  73. 69HABS says:

    I take it the Dude didn’t see that save by Price!

  74. 69HABS says:

    Don’t think Price wants to play the rest of the games this season.

  75. shootdapuck says:

    Was that a tip by Gorges?

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