Liveblog: San Jose tops Canadiens 5-2

The second period decided the game.

Less than a minute in, Joe Pavelski’s shot changed direction off a CH defender and past Carey Price to give San Jose a 2-1 lead. Seven minutes later, during a power play, Tomas Hertl tucked the puck past Price on the short side.

Shea Weber scored on a Canadiens power play 10:37 into the middle period to revive CH hopes. But not three minutes later, Logan Couture scored his second of the game on a power play.

The home team had 20 SoG during the second period.

The game began with two goals in 15 seconds: Couture had a wide-open net to Price’s right to open the scoring. It took 15 seconds for Arthur Lehkonen to set up Jonathan Drouin for the tying goal, blowing a laser past Martin Jones.

Joe Thornton scored an empty-netter to complete another futile visit to San Jose.

Shots were 35-30 for the home team.

2,319 Comments

  1. Timo says:

    Mmmm… Jessica is back at HIO. And her hair looks so silky smooth.

  2. Timo says:

    Saw this headline on HIO “Stu Cowan: A special birthday surprise for Canadiens’ Karl Alzner” and thought that the rest read…

    ” – Canadiens reward dependable defenseman with a 6 year 36 million dollar contract with a NMC”

  3. Timo says:

    Is Boone going to run his blog this year or has he retired into oblivion after last year’s sh!t show? Let’s face his, his blogged averaged what… about 8-10 comments on any given night?

  4. Timo says:

    Should Habs beat the leafs tomorrow the parade will be on. Want to puke reading all these optimistic pieces from disco Stu and Todd. Good lord.

    • charmenian says:

      LMAO!!!

      the preseason cup parade? otherwise known as pcp day?

      how do you see the current direction of the franchise?

      would you say it is in a better or in a worst state than it was a year ago?

      i’m not a fan of el bergy so let’s agree that the franchise gets an x for mgmt approach.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl4dEAtxo0M

      • Timo says:

        It’s in a sideways state. So they will win a few more games in preseason and possibly beginning of the season. But through the grinding 82 game schedule – you need more than attitude and enthusiasm. They will get beat down. The grinding will get to them and small bodies will wear out. I don;t think this current edition has any better chance of winning anything than last year’s. As weird as it sounds just because this team is better (at least through the pre-season) it doesn’t have a better chance.

        Before ANYTHING gets better, Bergevin has to go and Moslon has to step aside.

        • charmenian says:

          based on precedent, i agree with your final sentence, but we know this will not happen anytime soon, the only thing i’m focusing on is that there is finally direction with youth & center position depth…

          @ least we will always have pcp day if they beat the leafs tonite!

  5. Timo says:

    The second weakest team beat the weakest team. Sweet. Things are looking up.

    Carey Price was… well… Carey Price. Nothing else to add.

    Armia sucks. Absolutely useless.

    Liked Reilly and my man Turtlepleks.

    Alzner and Benn – can’t get rid off them fast enough. What a waste.

    As decent as the Koktaniemi kid looked he needs to go back. NHL will kill him over the 82 game span and once Habs are out of playoffs in November the attitude thing will get to him.

    A good prospect needs to be kept the heck away from this team.

  6. Timo says:

    Hah. My man Turtlepleks!!!

  7. Timo says:

    Carey Price – high glove side. Yep. There is your $10M a year. What a freaking joke.

  8. Timo says:

    Habs should keep Reilly. He is better than… ooh I don’t know.. Benn and Alzner.

  9. Timo says:

    Wow. Armia really REALLY sucks.

  10. charmenian says:

    “It was wrong. End of story. If Domi realizes that, we’re all good. But if he actually thinks he was doing what his bosses wanted him to do, we have a huge problem.”

    there is no ‘we’, there is only a corporation number driving a sports entertainment business model.

    for the ever growing misery loves company pile…

    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/what-the-puck-max-domi-suspension-digs-deeper-hole-for-canadiens

  11. Timo says:

    Effing MTL média – both English and French. Enough with the Domi “story”. He punched a guy in the nose ffs. How many times all you useless reporters going to opine in that? That team is already a bunch of freaking pussy willows. Finally someone who isn’t taking any shit from opposition and useless Cowens and washed up Hickeys are all over it. Just freaking retire.

  12. Timo says:

    I see a ton of rose colored glasses and pink unicorn statuettes being passed around on RATW. Good god people… how little does it take – 2 wins in preseason.

    Even if these guys are all on board with the whole attitude BS and battle hard… they are tiny. They will be worn out by December. Carey will pull something in the nieder region an BOOM – Goes the Seeeason!

  13. Timo says:

    Suzuki is injured… the transparency doesn’t allow to disclose the nature of his injury. Was he supposed to make the team this year? Has anyone actually seen him play in pre-season so far?

    Carey Price is probably going to play next game so that’s a sure loss.

    What about that Chapoot guy… is he any good. So him score a goal last night and the french media are all going on about how he is such a bon pt’t gars d’chez nous. Is he the next Davey D (but not quite)?

  14. habsfan0 says:

    What a night!
    Habs win a hockey game!
    Cleveland Browns win a football game!
    I wonder what’s next.

  15. habsfan0 says:

    With tonight’s victory, Habs have 2 preseason wins, doubling last year’s total.
    Has Molson given Bergevin an extension yet?

  16. Timo says:

    Tonight’s D
    Moravcic – Schlemko
    Ouellet – Depres
    Valiev – Sklenicka

    The Real David Schlemko – Yay!!!

    The rest… OMG, how sad is that.

  17. Timo says:

    Aaah… good thing that nothing changes. Carey Price in net = loss.
    People can bitch and complain about Domi… whatever. Habs need to have someone who is capable to be a dirty douche. Heck… that is all that Julien was about when he was with the Bruins… but with Habs none of the Bruins scambaginess rubbed off. This team is going to lose and it will lose often and badly. At least I want Habs dishing something out on the ice. Therrien was already running his big yup on L’A about how the coach shouldn’t be happy with Domi. I think we found the new whipping boy.

  18. Timo says:

    Today we get to see Droo-ehn’s mullet flying on the wing. The smallest and the easiest to contain first line in the league will be en action. Can’t wait.

    On the other note, effing Rogers no longer includes Gamecenter into their Share all plan. F#$^ I hate telco’s. And no way in hell am I paying a single dollar to watch the habs as they are. Where’s the value?

  19. Timo says:

    Hah… Habs are the smallest team in the league. Not one of the smaller team… THE smallest! But… they have the right attitude. Bravo, Garbage Bin!

  20. Timo says:

    Michael Therrien is back on L’antichambre to join another imbecile former coach Mario Tremblay and the great communicator Carbonneau. Now that Subban, Eller and Galchenyuk are no longer in the team who is going to be their pas bon pt’t gars pas d’chez nous whipping boy?

  21. Timo says:

    So the only remotely tough guy Habs have is out for the count. Now what? Who’s going to drop ’em? Turtlepleks?

    What a sad suck kind of team. I truly believe that this team will see the worst of Karma while Garbage Bin is running it.

  22. charmenian says:

    can both polly & nelly celebrate their love of the habs together?

    can i be part of both groups?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkObWDFkz6E

  23. Timo says:

    I only watched the 3rd but I am happy I saw The Real David Schlemko.
    So… I think it is safe to say that ALL of Bergevin’s moves have paid off and some, and all these Nellies that criticized him all summer long should just apologize.

  24. charmenian says:

    i think it would be a really enjoyable if bergevin authorized the playing of this tune & wore the outfit seen @ 1:30 during the habs home opener…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3jdbFOidds

  25. Cal says:

    You know, for about 90 seconds there against a lousy goalie, the Habs looked like champs.

  26. Timo says:

    So according to Le Journal Drooeen will not play Center. Effectively the Garbage Bin traded a very promising stud Damn for a winger who was going to be a number one Center who will play wing. I can’t belîeive there are still people who think that Garbage Bin is doing ok.

    https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2018/09/17/jonathan-drouin-ne-jouera-pas-au-centre-dit-marc-bergevin

  27. Timo says:

    Tonight is the first time we are going to see The Real David Schlemko en action. I can’t wait. My loins are ablaze (sorry, RN).

  28. Cal says:

    After a no hitting game of shinny, fans are already drinking the Kool-Aid.
    Tonight, against half the Devils, they’ll begin to see what this team really is: a contender for 31st.

  29. Timo says:

    There is one thing I know I am going to hate for sure this season – Drouin’s ridiculous mullet. Only one player in the history of NHL could wear a mullet with pride and certain degree of dignity – Yammy Jagr. That’s it.

    Drouin looks like nothing more than a white trash punk. Is that a thing that bon pt’t gars d’chez nous do to be even more d’chez nous? God… Davey D never stopped that low. Davey D is the really good bon pt’t gars. Too bad he’s going to Vegas now.

  30. Timo says:

    2 year extension for Kirk Muller.

    So I get it. Kirk is one of the good guys. I loved him when he was a Hab. Was devastated when he got traded. He seems like a genuinely very nice person… but… is he good as a coach or an assistant coach. Look at the Habs offense last season. Disaster. Faceoffs – not whole lot better. His head coaching gig at Carolina was less than stellar as well. Is Molson simply securing another good Yes man?

  31. charmenian says:

    “Centre is my first position that I ever played,” Suzuki added. “I’m most comfortable there and I think they want me to move forward as a centreman and I’m just going to do everything that I can to be the best centre for them. I think I can play that position well and I just want to prove that I can play centre in the NHL. … I know I haven’t been slotted in the centre position in junior the last couple of years, but I basically shuffle from centre to right wing with my centreman in Owen Sound. It’s not like I haven’t played centre. I think it’s really good that they want me to play centre and see me as a centreman and I’m just going to do my best there.”

    suzuki used centre/centreman 10 times in this quote, i’m guessin’ the word is spreading like wildfire in the organization, finally, after so many yrs of ignoring the most glaring symptom of the virus that has impacted this team in so many negative ways.

    develop the players, stop letting ego drive your decisions & accept your current sitiuation…

    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/nick-suzuki-looking-to-make-a-name-for-himself-with-canadiens

  32. charmenian says:

    “Jonathan Drouin scored two goals, including one on a penalty shot, as the White team beat the Red team 4-3 Sunday afternoon in the Canadiens’ annual Red vs. White scrimmage in front of a crowd of just over 16,000 fans at the Bell Centre.”

    habs are so fortunate to have the following that they do.

    they gotta stop taking it for granted and start doin’ things right…

    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/canadiens-notebook-jonathan-drouin-scores-twice-in-bell-centre-scrimmage

  33. charmenian says:

    “When the Coyotes opened training camp Friday in Glendale, Ariz., Galchenyuk was skating at centre on a line with Brendan Perlini and Christian Fischer.”

    i think this would make chucky their 3rd line center…

    where did hab fans think he belonged!?!

    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/alex-galchenyuk-gets-chance-to-play-centre-in-arizona

    sometimes it takes the outside world to tell you the inside world ain’t too far from the truth so you gotta change things up…

    i hope he succeeds, he’s so talented!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JkIs37a2JE

  34. Cal says:

    66 players invited to camp. Why invite so many when only 23 make the team? It’s not like the Habs played well early last season, so they kind of should send all those prospects with zero chance of making the team back to their clubs as soon as possible. Like, today.
    How’s that top line of Domi, Drouin and Armia grab you? What a joke this franchise has become.

  35. charmenian says:

    ““It’s easy to look at my numbers and say I had a bad year, but I don’t think they reflect the way I played,” Lindgren said after practice Saturday. “I did a good job of not giving up any bad goals last year and I just have to find a way to make that extra save. That’s something I’ve worked on.”

    i agree with what he says in qualifying the assessments of his failures, i’m not sure if he should be the one saying it, kinda like a patient telling a doctor what they suffer from & why…

    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/hungry-lindgren-remains-canadiens-backup-for-the-future

    i hope the competition level gets intense, love this time of year!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXurfnnni8Q

  36. charmenian says:

    the positivity window opening is so narrow this year,
    no idea who will squeeze through…

    “Després appeared set when he signed a five-year, $18.7-million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks in 2015. But his good fortunte ended two days later when he was hit in the head by Colorado’s Tyson Barrie.”

    $ obviously helps in the recovery process in despres’ case, but how many don’t get a chance to sign this kind of insurance policy…

    one thing i’ve never understood is why would the players’ union allows equipment that can be used as a weapon against their own members!?!

    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/simon-despres-looking-for-another-shot-in-nhl-with-canadiens

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEwm0VcUnN4

  37. habsfan0 says:

    Watched the French party leader debate last night for the upcoming Quebec election.
    Interesting when the moderator asked the 4 party leaders who among them thought the Habs would make the playoffs this year..and they all broke out in uncontrollable laughter.

  38. habsfan0 says:

    Training camp opens today.
    Therefore, Habs on the brink of playoff elimination.

    When the team gets off to a 2-18 start, will MB blame it on “attitude”?

    • Timo says:

      Not a chance. The Real David Schlemko will never let a bad start happen. He will block shots, score goals and lead all the defense with 53 minutes of icetime per game.

  39. Timo says:

    So Sharks now have Burns, Vlasic and Karlsson on their D.

    Habs have The Real David Schlemko, Jordie Benn and Karl Alzner.

    Trading is hard.

  40. Timo says:

    Someone posted these on the RATW boards… Horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE team!

    Forwards (37)

    ADAMS-MOISAN, Morgan
    ADDISON, Jeremiah
    AGOSTINO, Kenny
    ALAIN, Alexandre
    ARMIA, Joel
    AUDETTE, Daniel
    BELZILE, Alex
    BITTEN, William
    BYRON, Paul (INJ)
    CHAPUT, Michael
    DANAULT, Phillip
    DE LA ROSE, Jacob
    DESLAURIERS, Nicolas
    DOMI, Max
    DROUIN, Jonathan
    EVANS, Jake (INJ)
    FROESE, Byron
    GALLAGHER, Brendan
    GRENIER, Alexandre
    HUDON, Charles
    JEVPALOVS, Nikita
    KOTKANIEMI, Jesperi
    LEHKONEN, Artturi
    MARTINEAU, Phélix
    McCARRON, Michael
    PECA, Matthew
    PEZZETTA, Michael
    PLEKANEC, Tomas
    SCHERBAK, Nikita
    SHAW, Andrew (INJ)
    SHINKARUK, Hunter
    SUZUKI, Nick
    TATAR, Tomas
    TEASDALE, Joel (try out)
    VEJDEMO, Lukas
    VERBEEK, Hayden
    WAKED, Antoine

    Defenders (23)

    ALZNER, Karl
    BENN, Jordie
    BROOK, Josh
    CULKIN, Ryan
    DESPRÉS, Simon (try out)
    FLEURY, Cale
    JUULSEN, Noah
    LAMARCHE, Maxim
    LERNOUT, Brett
    MELANCON, T.J.
    METE, Victor
    MORAVCIK, Michal
    OUELLET, Xavier
    PETRY, Jeff
    PLANT, Adam
    REILLY, Mike
    SCHLEMKO, David
    SKLENICKA, David
    TAORMINA, Matt
    TYSZKA, Jarret (INJ)
    VALIEV, Rinat
    WALFORD, Scott (INJ)
    WEBER, Shea (INJ)

    Goaltenders (6)

    HARVEY, Samuel (try out)
    LINDGREN, Charlie
    MARCOUX, Étienne
    McNIVEN, Michael
    NIEMI, Antti
    PRICE, Carey

  41. Timo says:

    Personally I can’t wait to see the real David Schlemko in action. It’s going to be something to behold.

  42. charmenian says:

    “Whether Pacioretty ever asked for a trade or not, the reality is the Canadiens never really wanted him back — whether it was because they didn’t like him as a captain or didn’t want to pay him what he wanted — and were never going to offer him a contract extension.This whole situation would have been a lot less messy if the Canadiens had just come out and said that.”

    LMAO!!!

    why would anyone think that in any situation where 2 parties were not seeing eye to eye, the airing of dirty laundry benefits either party in any way!?!

    this is ego, entitlement or the onset of media malaise, call it what you want…

    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/stu-cowan-former-canadien-max-pacioretty-finds-happy-place-in-vegas

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrkvS8DsEAA

    • Timo says:

      Still plenty of people renewed their annual subscriptions and bought individual game tickets. Fans that keep pouring money into this organization are the main enablers of the rot that is happening en haut. All of these “plummeted ads” are hardly if at all noticeable to Moslon. If his revenues fell by say 50% THEN he’d take a heed.

  43. Timo says:

    Woot!!!! New page!

  44. Timo says:

    So now that Canadiens have all the little (literally) blue color hardworking Yes men in their lineup, is this when they are going to start winning? Is there anyone on that team that isn’t Garbage Bin’s man? Is there anyone that Garbage Bin may not like because of their attitude?


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