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.

3,548 Comments

  1. Timo says:

    I’m assuming Clod will go with the “winning’ line combinations. Verdad?

  2. Curly Howie says:

    Fatigue is an excuse only the Habs can use.

  3. Timo says:

    So… Timo will be in sunny Mexico during the final week of the season… all the better me thinks as I don’t expect Habs to win a single game that week.

    I am sure all Habs news will be front and center at Maya Riviera.

    Man, I need a vacation. I am so fatigued.

  4. Timo says:

    A uuuuge weekend coming up. Habs are essentially fighting for the right to make Geoff Molson extra couple of million bucks. Say they actually make playoffs… they get Tampa, 2 home games and poof… out before the April is out. So still no hockey in May, but sleezebag Molson will be 2 Mil reacher. Perhaps a chunk change for him but hey… it’s his.

    Also, I see Habs lose to Buffalo. They are Habs’ kryptonite… when was the last time Mtl actually handled them as the bottom feeders they are? Caroline I also see a loss… Maybe at least someone could inadvertently put the end of Justin Williams’ career though…

    Winnipeg got beat soundly by Vegas last night, so there is a chance that Habs may (MAY) squeak by them? Wash, TB and Leafs – fuhgedabutit… a sure one-side loss in all 3 games.

    I can only see Weber trying to play defense against any of these teams… “What was that wind blow by me… whooooshhh… SCORE!”

    ah, whatevs… had a great time at my daughter’s performance last night. Kids put on such great shows. It is such a joy to watch.

  5. Timo says:

    Did Boone pass out after the game? Where is the ALN? Lazy old grump…

    I saw the extended highlights… didn’t seem like a terrible game. And Armia scoring on PP… his first ever. Mazal Tov! Hope he makes it a habit.

  6. Timo says:

    Holy smokes – they won. And d’chez nous scored. I thought I saw pigs flying by. I hope le belle province has large enough supply of Kleenex for the RDS crew.

    When’s Mete going to score? Is he saving himself for the SCF game 7 OT?

  7. Timo says:

    My daughter just started her 2 weeks of performances… crazy schedule. Going to see her first show tonight so won’t even be able to follow Boone’s dreadful blog. My fearless prediction – Habs getting shut out. Carey Price loses his sh!t and punches out Droo-ehn after his 5th turnover in the defensive zone.

  8. Timo says:

    When Drouin sucks ass again tonight, are the fans going to get on his case? I am cool with more booing of this floater. He’s had it too good for too long.

  9. Timo says:

    Clod Julien, ladies and gentlemen

    Formation du Canadien à l’entraînement de jeudi :
    Tatar-Danault-Gallagher
    Lehkonen-Domi-Shaw
    Drouin-Kotkaniemi-Armia
    Byron-Thompson-Weal

    Mete-Weber
    Kulak-Petry
    Benn-Folin
    Reilly

    Price
    Niemi

  10. Timo says:

    No one’s communicating again… too bad. I enjoyed that one day when 4 or 5 posters chimed in. It almost felt like good ‘ol days. I will never stop thanking Lucinda for the improvement she’d made. Just like I will never stop thanking Bergevin for the 7 wonderful years of Habs contending (for a playoff spot… sometimes…)

  11. Timo says:

    Wonder what brilliant line combinations Clod will draw from his dunkin donut hat today? Will Droo-ehn play defense? Will Jordan Weal play 1st wave PP, first line center and top D pair? Will Niemi start in the must win game?

    All great questions, imho.

  12. Timo says:

    Yawn… admittedly non-game days are boring… a lot less chatter and GM and Drouin bashing going on. Habs are in tough against Isles tomorrow… based on the game last week they play tough, controlled hockey… both physically and structurally.

    Wouldn’t it be something if a couple of d’chez nous guys on the team did something useful like scored a couple of goals? For being #1 center Danoh isn’t producing whole lot of offence either…

  13. Timo says:

    Habs must win next 5 because the following 4 are a guaranteed loss. And even then it all hinges on CBJ losing 5 and winning 4 🙂

    Aaah… the math time. Wouldn’t it be great to have a team that doesn’t require you to go over countless number of permutations to figure our how they can make the playoffs? One can dream.

    I wonder what kind genius strategy will Clod come up with for the next game. Has he tried Jordan Weal on defense yet? I think Mete may need a rest.

  14. Timo says:

    Btw, the d’chez Nous boy had the lowest TOI tonight and still even with 10 or minutes of time managed at least half a dozen complete brain dead plays. Seriously. Buy him out. He is a waste.

  15. Timo says:

    First – slow golf clap for DDO and his rant. Nicely done. Habs media sucks ass. All of them. Spineless brown-nosers who are more worried about their fee hotdogs than doing actual journalism.

    Second – are we planning the parade route again? Last I checked Habs are still out of playoffs and guess what – Carolina and Columbus are also treating their games as must win. So advantage these teams cause they actually got some help at the trade deadline. And that help isn’t Jordan Weal or Nate Thompson.

    Third – I am listening to the old Scorpions tunes and they are awesome. What a great band.

  16. charmenian says:

    “They don’t quit. They work their butts off. They’re fun to watch.”

    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/about-last-night-26

    easy boone, up until tonite, they were trending down fast…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUEJG8Kctac

    • Timo says:

      Boone’s blog and subsequent ALN has become an exercise in cut and paste just changing team names. In fact, Boone’s blog was never all that great. What made it great was the live commentary on the old HIO during the games. Boone was just riding the wave.

      Now it’s just nostalgia with little substance.

  17. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Pretty ironic a slob like Hickey is disrespecting fans who have logically concluded that this team isn’t good enough to win a Cup and should go younger and get good draft picks for Timmins when he doesn’t respect himself enough to dress and look properly for a supposed professional. This guy is so decrepit and disheveled homeless people give him money…embarrassing.

    Hey you clown why don’t you tell us “yahoos’ how is MB then supposed to get elite players if he can’t trade for them (becuase he has nothing to trade) and can’t sign them as UFAs (i.e., nobody wants to pay huge taxes and be trashed by idiots who then want them to speak another language to them). We’re all waiting with baited breath for your brilliant plan…yeah it’s never gonna come like you without a blue pill.

    One of the main reasons MB got that ridiculous contract and still has his job is because of weak-a$$ losers in the media like this. Not surprised at all anymore by this goof’s “analysis”. He’s lucky a bigger idiot like Jack Todd is still around to distract from his ineptness. Man these guys suck…

  18. Timo says:

    Jonathan Drouis says “ça fait partie du hockey”. So here you have it, folks. Nothing to see here. You can’t blame Drouin for sucking more than anyone every suck. It just fait partie du hockey.

  19. Timo says:

    What?!?!?! Jordan Weal is not on the first line?! That’s it. I go on strike.

    LA FORMATION PROBABLE DU CANADIEN
    Tatar-Danault-Gallagher
    Lehkonen-Domi-Shaw
    Drouin-Kotkaniemi-Armia
    Byron-Thompson-Weal
    Mete-Weber
    Kulak-Petry
    Benn-Folin
    Price

  20. charmenian says:

    “Joel Armia, who hasn’t scored a power-play goal during his NHL career, is in the middle. Jordan Weal, a relative newcomer who had one power-play goal this season before joining the Canadiens, is out there because he can win faceoffs.
    The final member of the unit is Jonathan Drouin, who has been a constant on the first unit even though he has failed to collect a point in 15 of his last 16 games.”

    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/canadiens-game-day-jesperi-kotkaniemi-back-on-power-play-vs-flyers

    hope it works…

    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/grasping-at-straws

  21. Timo says:

    … and the game is in Philly. I say stick a fork in ’em. Can they decline rest of the game? The tickets have already been paid for so Molson got his $$$. Hit the greens somewhere warm, enjoy certain establishments, just enjoy life, lads. Marc and Clod will go back to work to design a strategy that has more attitude and more d’chez nous.

  22. Timo says:

    Is Koktaniemi even playing tonight? Or is it again going to be 30 minutes of Jordan Weal. Good god… what a pathetic coaching/management team.

  23. Timo says:

    Clod blames team struggles on an ill timed slump. Wow. Clod is so smart. I mean, what is up with that slump? Who invited it? I am sure coaching, lack of talent, or lack of effort from certain d’chez nous has absolutely nothing to do with the slump arriving. It just showed up. Uninvited. Like that.

    God damn slump.

    P.S. Marc Bergevin’s end of season press conference: “If it weren’t for the ill timed slump we wouldn’t be sitting here today”

  24. charmenian says:

    “There is a segment of Habs Nation that is hoping the Canadiens lose this game — and the nine remaining games on their schedule. These are the yahoos who thought the Canadiens should have been in full tank mode all season so they could get another high draft choice in June.”

    pat hickey

    if a yahoo believes in full tank mode to get the high dradt pick, what does this make someone who has wished for not only the high draft pick as well as the removal of the architect behind the product the last 7yrs…

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

  25. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    In order for the Habs to compete for a playoff spot this year they had to play hard every night. Here’s the real new flash: good solid experienced teams don’t play hard for 82 games. Just look how the Pens always start the season. The Habs beat them twice right off the bat and no one with a functioning neuron thinks the Habs are better than them. Of course they are gassed and definitely injured (not big young strong guys).

    However the lack of talent has clearly caught up to them in the end. This is why I was against them going for it this year and wanted them to go with a full youth movement, finish lower in the standings and acquire more draft picks. It just wasn’t worth it. For example, TB’s core is 28 years and younger and they are signed for years to come. Habs need more talented players and the only way to get them is through the draft. Even this clown GM has learned this over the years…too bad he’s not embracing it 100%.
    Ray Ferraro said it best last year. You can’t rebuild and go for it at the same time…they are two different paths.

  26. Curly Howie says:

    What is the Habs “tragic number” for being eliminated from post season contention?
    Garbage Bin must know the answer to this.
    But he’s not telling.

  27. Cal says:

    News Flash:
    Habs not as good as they were in October and November.

    That’s becoming a “rinse and repeat,” isn’t it? Losing that cancer PK and replacing him with Man Mountain Weber. Losing Patches and getting hard working Tatar and a Suzuki to ride later. Losing Galchenyuk and his one timer for Domi.
    All these moves, ridding most of the 2016 roster. And where is the team now? Out of the playoffs, but closer. Is this supposed to be enough after 7 full seasons of Bergevin?
    I guess so because he’ll be back there after the season ends, blaming Weber’s latest injury on why the Habs failed.

    • Timo says:

      Cal: ” News Flash:
      Habs not as good as they were in October and November.”

      Actually, I’d say that they probably are… I think that other teams aren’t as bad as they were in Oct-Nov.

      Habs are clearly out of energy and fatigued. Being let down by your coach and GM definitely didn’t help. But I said that in October when everyone had these orgasms over Habs winning a few games – this team will get ground down as season goes on. You can’t contend on enthusiasm and better attitude alone in this league. Once again …

      Timo is right
      Sheep are wrong

  28. Timo says:

    Fire Julien!!! Fire Bergevin!!! Move the team!!!

  29. Timo says:

    I can see the season ending press conference on April 7 or whatever as nothing more than Bergevin talking about this season success (because hey, they’ve done so much better than last year) and spineless media spoon feeding him questions about great vision and not mortgaging the future and staying the course, etc etc…

    Muller should be fired, but so should Julien, and Garbage Bin, who for the final push of the season got more Dwayne Kings than Mark Stones. Pathetic.

  30. Timo says:

    I think Julien has to be fired on the count of that one single game against SJ. THere was no excuse for the decision that he made for that game. He undermined his own team and confidence of his players (if there were any left).

    Why can’t Montreal Canadiens organization eradicate itself from the dinosaurs? My god, it’s almost the second decade of the 21st century and they still have people who live in the 70’s and 80’s that run this organization.

    I know it all starts with Molson, but it was the same even before Junior bought the team back.

    The team is cursed. It needs to be moved.

  31. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    BTW it is still far from over. 10 games to go and FOUR this week. The fourth game will be next Sunday against Carolina. Carolina has to play Pitt (loss), TB (definite loss) and the Wild (also fighting for the playoffs). They could make up some room. I think we can forget about them beating out Columbus. They don’t look like they are going to choke.

    One thing for sure. If they don’t beat Carolina out right next Sunday, they’re done. Anyway the best thing for this team long term would be a losing streak now. That draft pick is worth more than extra playoff revenue for Molson. He’s already made a profit this year.

  32. Timo says:

    Is it me or did Habs start to really suck right after the trade deadline? Perhaps deep inside players were hoping that their GM was going to get them some much needed help. Bergevin getting Weal must have sent a message. And the Clod essentially deciding to throw the SJ game must have sent an even stronger message. The attitude hasn’t been the same since.

  33. Timo says:

    Btw this is as much traffic as this blog had since Lucinda decided to improve HIO. Well done Gents.

  34. Timo says:

    I would like for one if this Montreal media shills like Cowan to ask Bergevin when the future is. That way most of us can tune out for another 20-25 years and rejoin the circus when this team is something ressembling a contender.

    I hope they fire Muller – on a count of power play alone. And Julien. He is a freakin’ dinosaur. Absolutely no different in his coaching ability than Michael Therrien. Watch Therrien getting hired as an associate coach and when the donut eating Jabba is tired take reigns as Michael Therrien 3.0.

    I also think Price is going to have a stroll with Bergevin on a warm April night and tell him to shape up. As much as I hate the fact that Price makes 15 Mil a year I can only imagine what this team’s record would have been with half decent power play and another nhl level defenseman. So FU Bergevin!!!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Disagree about Julien. Their style of play has shown he has an ability to change. Also he’s way more of a professional coach unlike MT. These guys haven’t given up and have played hard (for what I have seen) all year. Would you have believed this defense would be in the top-15 in the NHL before the season started? I wouldn’t have. Considering what MB-S gave him, CJ has done alright. They’re just not as talented as other teams and it shows in the PP numbers.

      Also, and most importantly, Julien has handled JK almost perfectly. He put him at bottom 6 center and gave him PP time. He didn’t put him in the top-6 as a winger like Chucky so he can score goals because the new GM couldn’t find any snipers and they wanted to win immediately. The contending future of the Habs is 100% based now on whether JK becomes a number one center and his first year has gone very well considering how raw he is and that he did not play center at all last year. CJ’s principle job now is to develop JK, Poehling, Suzuki, Juulsen, Romanov and Primeau. It will be up to these guys whether the Habs finally win a Cup; not the present chump-stains.

  35. dexterdog says:

    Can’t wait for the end of the season when we find out that Shea Weber has been playing hurt for who knows how long. It’s obvious because he’s become 100% ineffectual. Doesn’t score. Doesn’t hit. Slow as shit. How many more years left with this guy …?

  36. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The only thing good about tonight is Columbus didn’t win. If they won the Habs would have needed 3 games to catch them.

  37. Timo says:

    Read on the Boone’s blog that crowd was getting on Drouin. Is it actually true? Was that asshole booed? I say that’s a step closer to running him out of town.

    I can already picture Bergevins press conference. “We achieved what we set to achieved. We improved from last year (what a feat). We have a plan. We are working hard for Canadians and we are doing what Canadians want us to do.”

  38. Timo says:

    Holy smokes. Some actual chatter during the game. I decided (ok I was forced to) let my so watch sunny bunnies instead. I see I made a right choice. The season is over. Geoff Molson is another year richer. Habs players are another year richer. Habs fans once again got what they deserved for continuing to make Molson a rich sleezebag. To be quite honest Habs are just boring. If you are not from the period when you remember them winning anything I can’t see how they can possibly attract new fan base. Like why would anyone in their right mind pay over $100 or even $200 to see Shea Weber skate on one foot. This organization is nothing more than another corrupt Quebec enterprise swindling money from the simple people. Good for them I guess.

  39. dexterdog says:

    Christ can this team just for once, score a power play goal and change the complexion of a game?? This is beyond a joke already.

  40. dexterdog says:

    Nice to see all this character stepping up when the team needs it the most …

    • Curly Howie says:

      I suspect Weber has re-injured his foot again and is playing on it like he did last season because the team is desperate.
      Shea is now well into his 30s and is on a precipitous slope downwards as far as his career is concerned.
      Great trade by Garbage Bin.

  41. Curly Howie says:

    On a night when Carey Price was honoured for becoming the franchise’s winningest goaltender, the hockey gods showed their displeasure for comparing him to one of the team’s immortals.

  42. Curly Howie says:

    We are getting closer ..and closer.. to Michel Therrien 3.0

  43. dexterdog says:

    Habs are done. Stick a fork in ’em.

  44. Curly Howie says:

    NHL Entry Draft order to be held on eve of this year’s playoffs.
    I like Kaapo Kakko to play alongside Kotkaniemi.
    I guess calling them the “KKK” line won’t be in consideration.

  45. Curly Howie says:

    Training camp 2019-20 is only 6 months away.

  46. Timo says:

    The lack of talent can’t be any more evident.

  47. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Oh yeah and cut your hair you freakin poser. You’re not even close to Guy Lafleur.

  48. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    As for Drouin, like I said before give him a box of McNuggets and ship him out of town. McGuire called it perfectly when they acquired him. Drouin has all-world talent however he just can’t be the lead player. He is a top-end complementary player (what McGuire called him). He is not in the class of similar players like Kane/Gaudreau/etc. and never will be.

    The Habs have huge issues on defense and MB has to check his ego and realize he made a mistake and move Drouin for the D depth he lost. IMO the best place is the Oilers. They need someone to play with McDavid and Drouin is the perfect player IMO with an excellent contract for a 70-80 pt player he would become. I would at minimum try to get Nurse and Puljujarvi who is still only 20 years old. He could play with JK. I would even throw in Mete who is one of the most over-rated players in the history of the Habs.

    If I was MB I would sit down Drouin and tell him point blank you have 10 games to decide if you want to be a Habs player here next year then throw his a$$ out of my office. If he doesn’t show up now in a playoff spot race, he never will.

  49. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    All I can say after that last loss is lol…not surprised. Reminds me of a similar play few years ago in Denver when a Dman made a pinch to try to get a win and a turnover/goal occurred. Just waiting for the Habs to leak out how Kulak and Domi have “bad character” any day now lmao.

    The only solace I got from that loss is knowing the Bruins made the worst draft mistake in NHL history when they missed Barzal with THREE PICKS IN A ROW…just 1000% inexcusable. If I was a Bruins fan I would be losing my mind knowing that mistake has cost them a real shot at the Cup. They have no-one down the middle to replace Bergeron/Kreiji…too bad so sad lol.

  50. Timo says:

    Clod has changes the lines at practice. Ca sent la coupe!

    Ainsi, Artturi Lehkonen s’est retrouvé à la gauche de Max Domi et d’Andrew Shaw alors que Joel Armia était de retour à la droite de Jonathan Drouin et de Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

    Paul Byron s’est quant à lui entraîné aux côtés de Nate Thompson et de Jordan Weal, au sein du quatrième trio.

    La seule unité qui est demeurée intacte est celle composée de Tomas Tatar, Phillip Danault et Brendan Gallagher.

  51. Timo says:

    Drouin is getting shit left right and center today… RDS, Le Journal, HFboards (that’s a give)… even on this site there is at least one poster that is somewhat critical of him.

    Bergevin’s “attitude and character” BS is as credible as Justin Trudeau’s claim of trying to save Quebec jobs. (they work in Quebec?:) )
    Drouin couldn’t be any more contrary to “attitude and character”. The problem is that nobody in their right mind, not even senators or oilers (that’s how bad Bergevin is) will trade or just plain take this guy on. He is a waste of space on any team that he plays on.

  52. Timo says:

    Shawsy is not happy –

    https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2019/03/14/des-joueurs-prennent-conge-andrew-shaw

    Also looks like Weber is again injured. He is slower than molasses… camera caught him grimacing a couple of times yesterday and he was on the bench trying to shake something off. Perhaps an irritation.

    Eh, whatever… At this point doesn’t really matter. Might as well shut Price, Websy and Shawsy down, call up a couple of younger stiffs and tank the rest of the season.

  53. Timo says:

    D’chez nous have another article critical of Drouin. Are they waking up? Is it to much to hope that he will be run out of town?

    https://www.rds.ca/hockey/canadiens/statistiques-avancees-quel-jonathan-drouin-se-presentera-durant-le-sprint-final-1.6690175

  54. Curly Howie says:

    So, the world’s greatest goalie allows the winning goal late in a game Habs needed to have.
    Who could have EVER seen that one coming?

    • Timo says:

      This would be one of the rare losses for which I say Price had nothing to do with. Atrocious play by Domi (who was crap all game long), bad positioning by Petry (he should have sprawled forcing the puck carrier to shoot, not pass – better chance I think on a play like that). The entire team played like utter crap from the start of the game. THey are done. This season is over. Wasted, just like previous 25. Happy anniversary.

      But hey… as JT would say perhaps I just experienced it differently.

  55. Timo says:

    This was the season. Fu#% you POS Bergevin. FU#% you POS Drouin. Wasted another season. While Columbus was stocking up on talent Bergevin was saving the sleezebag Molson money. FU all! The worst most incompetent collection of crap that ever managed anything. And all because of idiotic language crap.

  56. Timo says:

    OMFG, they are beyond atrocious

    I think that’s the season. Tonight it’s over. Play this badly in a must win game doesn’t deserve playoffs. Bah-bye! Let the golfing begin. PErhpas Drouin can hold another charity tournament.

  57. Curly Howie says:

    Regular season ends in 3 weeks time, on April 6.
    Which means on April 7, we can look forward to Garbage Bin’s annual end of year, excuses filled press conference.


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