Liveblog: The winning streak is over


It was fun while it lasted.
The Senators blew the game open in the second period while Ryan White was serving a double-minor for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct.
PP goals by Habs-killer Daniel F. Alfredsson and Mika Zibanejad made it 3-1.
Then Chris Phillips capped off a period of total dominance by the Chris Neil line to give the Senators a three-goal lead.
Three goals on Peter Budaj in 3:35, and the Canadiens never recovered … although there some quality shots on Craig Anderson.
Chris Neil iced the cake with a wraparound late in the third period.

The game included two first-period fights and a parade to the penalty box that sabotaged any rhythm or flow to the action.


  1. PrimeTime says:

    Blow it up!!! Start at the top. Move the team. Ha Ha!

  2. bel33 says:

    Maybe they can get Patches some of that spray that Ray Lewis used to come back sooner than anyone expected?

    Too soon?

  3. homerbowen says:

    White has taken too many stupid penalties and a poor fighter to boot. Imagine smiling while sitting in the box with blood flowing freom his recently punched nose. Clearly he needs time away from the game. Imagine Prust losing his fight to Chris Neil….so what happens when we face Lucic and Chara? Why try and be tough when you’re not it just translates into dumb penalties. Nothing against standing up for your team just against stupid unnecessary penalties. Next few games will give us good indication of what we have for a team.

  4. L Elle says:

    They came back after the first loss, they’ll come back after this one. They are still rebuilding. No biggie. But boy did the officiating suck.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Agreed. A disappointing loss after being spoiled by 4 straight victories. I thought things would start out much worse.

      • aj says:

        The officiating is a part of it. But as we saw tonight, the Habs REALLY need to get tough on this team next time they meet. Sens treated our Habs like punching bags. Pathetic!

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          I don’t think any amount of toughness would have helped. They needed offensive pressure, but instead gave it away because of penalties (yeah, the reffing was horrible, but still).

  5. jols101 says:

    This was clearly PK Subban’s fault. He was getting way too much attention in the Press Box tonight; the other guys didn’t like it…

  6. Propwash says:

    Anybody else miss Gill on the PK???


  7. aj says:

    Our team got manhandled and out-muscled by a Senators lineup that, evidently speaking, have big bodies who can play.

    Message to Therrien and his staff: Back to the drawing board!

    The defense tonight looks terrible.
    Hopefully Subban will add some toughness next game.
    Also, they need to get away from the penalty box next time they meet. Poor Prust and White, they got beaten up pretty badly!

    Would’ve been great if the Habs had 5-game winning streak.

  8. Hamayoune says:

    Don’t wanna blame the loss on Budaj but he looked terrible

    • Danno says:

      Maybe not a stellar performance but even Price would have a hard time winning when we only could score one lousy goal


      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Sorry gang, my fault, my fault.
    Wasn’t able to watch the game.

    How was the refereeing?
    Was there at the Bell yesterday, and the refs were pathetic. Kept blowing every little thing, didn’t let the teams play, and completely ruined the flow of the game.

    Not to mention their asinine call on Prust…

    Did it happen like that tonight?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. habsnyc says:

    Montreal now leads the NHL in PIM.

    Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

  11. jedimyrmidon says:

    The loss is on White. Poor decision-making by him.

    BUT at least the Habs were brought back down to Earth. The PK needs some work. The “1st line” needs to get going or get dismantled (at least until Pacs returns).

    Edit: Oh, and maybe Therrien will consider putting Subban back in instead of playing politics and mind games. Enforce the team message, but without holding his roster spot hostage.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I didn’t see the game, but it seems pretty harsh to blame a team loss on one person.

      *edit* What are you talking about? PK has to be briefed on the system and practice with the team. He couldn’t have played tonight.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        For sure, the whole team played poorly. It’s just that White’s double minor tipped the scales in a disjointed game – the final straw – and it wasn’t justified.

        As for Subban, I’m referring to reports that Therrien wants to insert Subban in next week (i.e. not this weekend).

        • Adidess says:

          I expect that will change, Jedi. We definitely look like a team that could use a young physical D-man tonight.

          Therrien thought he had the luxury of time, so was being coy or picky in his press scrum today, suggesting a decision could wait until next week. I’d be shocked if PK doesn’t play this week-end.

          Let’s face it, I know there is a system and all that. But newly traded players often join their new team right away and get inserted in the line-up. If you’re a pro with good skills, you learn on the go. I don’t care what system you’re playing, PK better than Kaberle anyday.

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          Yeah. The Leafs inserted Gardiner in after he missed a month or so with a concussion though he did play with the Marlies before.

          I don’t know, I just think that the Habs getting their best Dman from last season should lead to immediate and substantial improvement in even strength play.

  12. Loonie says:

    Why lay blame when the loss was clearly Lars Eller’s fault?

  13. Mavid says:

    Sens fans are such morons…singing Ole..classless sore losers, and classless sore winners….after what happened tonight I am sure they are going to tiptoe around me tomorrow..this better not happen again this weekend..or you guys may need to take up a collection for bail money..

  14. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …well, that was horrible

    …Anderson kept Us from coming back in the third

    …and, give Budaj a break …4 of the goals against are ALL on Our Team as a group

  15. boing007 says:

    White is not very bright. Too many penalties.

    Richard R
    Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  16. Marc10 says:

    Well that was a harsh reality check.

    The Sens are completely dialed in and they’ve got a hot goalie. They’ll be a handful for any team.

    We had our chances, but didn’t deserve it. Back to the drawing board. I’m curious to see what the coaches do to adjust. Without Patches and a first line to speak of, we’re massively exposed.

    Dems da breaks I guess.

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    Rough night, hopefully lessons learned. While the start was great, still a year for building, nights like this will hopefully help. Hopefully not too many more like it.

  18. habsfan0 says:

    Habs were absolutely putrid tonight.

    Felt like I was watching a Buffalo Bills game.

  19. Danno says:

    Et c’est le Budaj!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  20. Ncognito says:

    So – No Price, No Maxpac, No Subban, No luck & No discipline.
    I hate losing but 4W -2L is more than I was expecting.

  21. Don Carnage says:

    And of course all this is a normal thing to see … like it or not there is more to the whole Subban story than a lot of people want to admit, I for one hope the kid can make it with the Habs, but do not pretend that there is nothing to it.

    • twilighthours says:

      You know what, Don? I read it. I read the whole thing. And this is the only part that you could possibly read anything into.

      Therrien: “He’s a big part of our hockey team, but like everyone I believe you need to come on a team with a good frame of mind and good attitude, we want to make sure our team concept stays the same.”

      • Don Carnage says:

        I think we can read a little more into this also imho:
        It appears Subban has been given a clear message and if he plans on playing an integral role with the team he’d better accept the new set of rules.

        “The first thing Marc Bergevin and I did was sit down with (Subban) and explain our philosophy and he understood where we’re coming from,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “It was a good, honest conversation with P.K. and we just want to make sure everyone is on the same page.”

        • Propwash says:

          Sounds like a typical player/coach meeting to me. You wouldn’t think they’d do the same thing if a new player came in via a trade?


          • Don Carnage says:

            For a guy coming off his entry level contract I am trying to remember any other player that handled his next deal in the way this one went down, where there is smoke there is fire, and there is a lot of smoke around PK … but let us hope for the best. He is for sure a young man with a whole lot of raw talent. I like PK but my spider senses are tingling !

          • Propwash says:

            Or… this whole thing has been under such a microscope, that even if PK farts during practice, it will make headlines.


        • twilighthours says:

          Well, based on your repeated posts on this topic, I’m going to read into your situation. You don’t actually like Subban.

          Which is fine – do your thing.

          But you know this team is better with him in the lineup – regardless of his attitude, frame of mind, philosophy, or whatever other buzzphrase MB or MT used.

        • Adidess says:

          You have been reading a lot into everything. I can see it’s too hard for you to stop, so delicious!

          • Don Carnage says:

            I was not aware there was a limit to how much we are allowed to read about our team, of course we could just all agree on everything all the time and drink cool aid

  22. Steven says:

    Let’s not doom and gloom the place up. We’re still 4-2-0.

    Next game should be interesting

  23. piper says:

    This team is still too small to go very far.

  24. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Think it’s best to forget that ever happened.

  25. alfieturcotte says:

    Trade Bourque before it is too late.

  26. pete says:

    est la but budij sorry guys if i spelled it wrong soooo mad scaberly needs to go. The kids and Prust looks like there playing there buts off.Chris Niel what a douch his sucker punch on Prust hope leaving budij in dont kill the momentum. Is it me or does Cole want to play. Like one of the other guys said they showed up our holes now time to plug them

  27. Propwash says:

    Betcha White has to sit next to the pee hole in the back of the bus. (Goon reference there)


  28. mrhabby says:

    Can’t win them all. Seriously its early , weekend coming up so will get them back at our place. Needing max and surely pk for some spark. Refs are dorks just hopeless.

  29. jedimyrmidon says:

    Well, Budaj hasn’t played in a while and he was facing a goaltender who is clearly on a roll.

    I still remember that Colorado playoff series where Anderson was facing like 50 shots per game from the Sharks and not letting anything get by him.


    Peter Budaj for the Ottawa Senators First Star!

  31. HabFab says:

    POOR Mavid!!!!

  32. Old Bald Bird says:

    PK says he missed everything, including teammates.
    Selfish hot dog.

  33. Bripro says:

    Not their best game.
    I’m looking to see how they rebound.
    That should gauge their character.

  34. Nina76 says:

    I do not think that I will comment to-nite..nuff said

  35. Barts says:

    The Sens win, and there’s barely any fans there to care, cause the place was mostly full of Habs fans.

  36. Danno says:

    The stuff inside that baby’s diaper has the game sized up pretty well


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  37. ABHabsfan says:

    Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug. Tonight: Bug.
    Anderson played a hell of a game though. Pruster’s gonna have nightmares

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

  38. HardHabits says:

    2-1-1 in the next 4 and they are 6-3-1.

    This season Price should start at least 40 games. Put Budaj in only against the worst teams. The Habs need a solid back-up goal-tender regardless. Unless of course Price can play 70 games a season like Marty F.

  39. L Elle says:

    Poor Budaj. Welcome to Price’s world.

  40. Propwash says:

    Gut check time for Les Boys for the weekend back to back.


  41. Bripro says:

    Has MT put White on at all in the 3rd?

  42. Harditya says:

    What a snoozefest I actually fell asleep on the desk


    Nathan Mackinnon!

  44. Adidess says:

    As well as we have been doing, we have now lost two games and look completely listless against division rivals.

    Another thing to recognize is we haven’t played as well in the last couple of games though we won last night. Penalty kill very suspect…

  45. Loonie says:

    Jesus. Budaj misses three quarters of a full calendar year worth of game action and he’s being thrown under the bus during a game in which his team scored ONCE.

    Did you expect a shutout?

  46. Old Bald Bird says:

    4W, 2L
    Will you take it?

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Yup, easy. How many 2nds of back-to-backs have the Habs won in the last ten years? I would wager <10.
      They competed hard in the 1st half of the 3rd which I consider a positive. Previously they would have mailed it in from the mid-point on

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

  47. HABSsince92 says:

    This game reminded me a lot of last year……..which is not a good thing lol. Huge weekend coming up now, they need those 2 badly, don’t want a losing streak after such a good start.


    PK please sign.

  48. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Love that everyone is yelling “Leafs suck”. At least we have that.

  49. Andy and the habs says:

    Reminder we are still too soft.

  50. Bripro says:

    Another save! OK from 60 feet, but still.

  51. Andy and the habs says:

    Even the puck doesn’t go Canadiens way, sigh!

  52. Danno says:

    Mercifully, it’s almost over


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”


    Chris Neil is the New Hab killer ala Eric Cole, time to make a trade for him!

  54. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Well, the depressives and begrudgers need to take over HIO for a while. We’ll have a room of doom, DD bashing, Eller bashing, blaming of RDS, White in the stocks, second guessing – all the fun stuff after a loss. Then we’ll get another game with fresh legs and hopefully adjustments, and we’ll see where it goes from there.

  55. Bripro says:

    Why are they saying Neil scored? Wasn’t it Budaj?

  56. HabFanSince72 says:

    Reality check time.

    Peter Budaj cannot tend goal in the NHL.

    Brandon Prust – if you are going to get beaten up by Chris Neil you should seriously think about not fighting.

    Everyone was right: signing Leaf failure Colby Armstrong was silly.

    Ryan White – goodbye to him. Please.

    Travis Moen – is there a point to Travis Moen?

    Scott Gomez might well win another cup this year.

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

    • Loonie says:

      Budaj’s first game in nine months.

      White would be better served by being benched(actually justified here) instead of getting rid of him.

      There’s only a point to Travis Moen if his name is at the end of a sentence.

      Great early starts usually mean mediocre finishes. I’m not sold on San Jose but they have a great collection of talent.


      the problem tonight will be the reason we loose everytime Price rest…Peter Budaj

    • ross says:

      Budaj was handcuffed on at least three of the goals tonight.

      Prust is not here to just fight.

      Armstrong is not here to score 30 goals.

      White made a big mistake after mind-bendingly stupid call.

      Moen is hardly the reason we lost tonight.

      Two deflections/bounces become two quick goals, some weird and demoralizing calls from the refs, and tired legs. This is why we lost tonight; it’s demoralizing, but it’s silly to start trying to blame individuals for a group loss in poor circumstances.

  57. habsfor25 says:

    Blow this team up. Lets start a rebuild. First off fire therien and then we trade price + a first rounder for loungo. Get Gomez back!

  58. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …this is the kind of game HIO comes in handy

    …I usually don’t read The Blog during a game …but, on a night like tonight it certanly spreads the pain …and, I don’t feel so alone in My misery 🙂

  59. Mondou6 says:

    Honestly, does Price ever have games like Anderson is having tonight? Where he stands on his head and stops everything, robbing 3-4 sure goals?

  60. showey47 says:

    Was gui giving wraparound lessons?

  61. Bripro says:

    They’re stealing our song! Those b*^%*( !

  62. The Jackal says:

    Too bad the streak ends against an excretal team. Sunday will be different.

  63. Danno says:

    We owe the Sens a good shellacking


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”


    trade Lars Eller for Chris Neil

  65. habsfan0 says:

    “What A Revolting Development This Turned Out To Be!”

  66. Danno says:

    Price doesn’t have to worry about another goalie controversy


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  67. twilighthours says:

    I’d blame that one on Boodeye

  68. Hali_Hab says:

    Budji is just a bit stinky.

  69. Mondou6 says:

    Oh great. Neil. It wasn’t quite humiliating enough yet.

  70. HardHabits says:

    So much for the Habs goal differential.

  71. Bripro says:

    Tonight’s human sieve!

  72. Mavid says:

    was watching the game with a bunch of Sens fans..sigh…One of them would not shut up..I hollered at him to F off…many I was so angry…I wanted to punch him in the face…not sure if I can watch anymore of these games in public…

  73. RockinRey says:

    At least make this a little more palatable . Get one one of the big guys off the schneid

  74. Captain aHab says:

    Habs were playing this like they were in a PK

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

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