Liveblog: Tough loss

DDCamm

Your Montreal Canadiens blew a 3-1 lead and lost 4-3.
Marc-André Bergeron and Vincent Lecavalier scored third-period goals, and the Canadiens were beaten for the 14th time in a game they led.
Mathieu Garon was spectacular.
Carey Price wasn’t.

The loss dropped the Canadiuens into 12th place in the Eastern Conference … and Carolina is getting close.

MORNING SKATE AUDIO: Randy Cunneyworth | Hal Gill | Josh Gorges | Raphael Diaz | Martin St. Louis | Mathieu Garon | Tom Pyatt

878 Comments

  1. kinghing says:

    http://yep。it/qpmsmn Look !!!,how the nice film pictures !!!

  2. Habsone says:

    Go Habs Go!!!

  3. JayBee says:

    6 on 4 and Cole’s the only guy standing in front of the net. That should tell you all you need to know about this team.

    Too small, too soft, not willing to go to the dirty areas and pay the price.

    I’m hoping for some serious tanking. We’ll finally be able to draft an impact player.

    • krob1000 says:

      DD on the boards after chasing the puck he lsot down…then he just watched from the boards…and the puck squirted out to the side of the empty net…but he was on the wall enjoying the view….he had a great game but that was painful and way too Gomez/Samsonov to bear in that siutation….10 seconds or less to go and he is on the wall at the hash marks???

  4. aj says:

    I was watching 2 games a moment ago. After the Habs dropped their lead against the Lightning, I just turned off the stream from my desktop and continued watching our Team Canada from the WJC on my Macbook.

    I wonder if the Habs would SUCK as well if they play against this Country’s best. Good win against Denmark, a 10-2 Canada Win.

  5. HardHabits says:

    Interesting Sports-Quebec Gala Photos from 2008.

    Is it any wonder why the Habs are where they are or who owns them now? Time to buy some more Canadiens stock. Cost 100$. Worth 20¢. Profits go to paying for parties like this.

  6. deuce6 says:

    Getting sick of seeing us blowing leads…The refs were horrible, but Price was also…He had 22 shots and only 1 were legitimate scoring chances..3 softies..This team needs to learn to put teams away..

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    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  7. habsguy says:

    I just saw the replays on tsn, what is continuation, the ref clearly blew the play dead, and I saw a bad replay of the stlouis goal, was it a high stick????

    • deuce6 says:

      They just implemented that one tonight..Didn’t you get the memo? The officiating in this league is crooked as Pee Wee Herman’s wrist after a night at the movies..

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      Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  8. G-Man says:

    Habs scored 3, but the new, improved RC SYSTEM™ works as well as the old one. Brutal game for Price, but we may as well get used to it. The D ain’t that good and the forwards can’t score 6 every night. I wonder what his new mask will look like? ;)

    • aj says:

      Yes the RC SYSTEM™ works. However, the problem is that the players are not that alert in keeping Carey Price’s crease away from opposing players. In that sense, the might want to borrow some ideas from the Jacques Martin’s defense first hockey system™.

  9. keepthefaith says:

    I’m embarrassed to be from Nova Scotia after that comment

  10. habsgod says:

    edmonton and carolina are only 2 points behind us in the overall standings we have to hope the pass us and drop us into 3rd last overall,that takes us 1 step closer to winning the draft lottery and drafting YAKUPOV! YAKUPOV! YAKUPOV! I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE DRAFT IN JUNE TO HEAR TREVOR TIMMINS SAY WITH THE 1ST OVERALL PICK THE MONTREAL CANADIENS LE CLUB DE HOCKEY CANADIENS ARE VERY PROUD TO SELECT NAIL YAKUPOV!

  11. Curtis O Habs says:

    Just finished watching the game on DVR. Guy Boucher can be seen clearly saying to his team ‘ It`s a goal ‘ fifteen seconds before the ref makes the call. St. Louis congratulates his teammates on the bench and sits 13 seconds before the players (Gill), and the refs disperse from the penalty box area. WTF?

  12. wild flower says:

    Who would have thought Jets flying past the Habs?

    • Kooch7800 says:

      in all honesty i am ok with that. their fans support them in good or bad and do not complain about what language an intrim coach speaks. the jets play hard with a less talented roster. they deserve to be where they are. the habs also deserve to be where they are cause the vets are slumping. hopefully the habs turn it around this half

      • wild flower says:

        When I watch Kane, Wheeler, Byfuglien, Bogosian, Enstrom, Ladd, Little, Burmistrov and Pavelec, unfortunately, I’m less convinced that the Habs have more talent.

  13. Tharsis says:

    Man that 2nd Tampa goal pissed me off…yes it should have been good and yes Price blew it but it should never have counted. When the whistle blew I was thinking to myself ‘thank god we finally get a break’! That whistle was so fast, it blew before the puck crossed the line, never mind the intent to blow. How the hell did they disregard that fact in making that call??? The habs have been screwed many times by a fast whistle and they have been screwed by a slow whistle…it was nice to finally have one go for us.

    Suddenly the refs decide to rectify their mistake and say that the goal was good, when every other time they follow the letter of the law? What total BS.

    It is really hard not to have conspiracy theories flying through our heads when the habs are consistently on the losing end of these types of plays.

    \end rant
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    Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

  14. JohnBellyful says:

    TAMPA BAY – GM Pierre Gauthier formally released the first of 15 four-month “mini-plans” to rebuild the Montreal Canadiens following tonight’s 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
    With the aid of a Power Point presentation and the deft use of hand shadows, Gauthier laid out the team’s blueprint for the next five years.
    “A team cannot get ahead if it doesn’t have a plan for the future,” Gauthier told reporters. “However, one can’t plan too far into the future because that can tie your hands and make it difficult to adjust to change. Dividing the plan into four-month increments makes it flexible and current.”
    Gauthier pointed out that the Canadiens currently have 35 points in 38 games, a success rate of just .460. However, under the Slow Rise to Glory program he has plotted, the Canadiens will aim to boost that performance to .470 by the end of the season.
    “I know this isn’t likely to get us into the playoffs but that was always a pipe dream,” Gauthier said. “At least for the fans. I knew how long Markov would be out. The physicians tell me he’s walking now, and he should be ready by Increment No. 7.
    “By the way, White and Gionta have been put on the list for groin transplants, and will return to the roster in 2012 as new men.”
    Gauthier acknowledged the club’s latest long-term strategy will test the patience of its loyal fans but he expressed confidence they will come around to his way of thinking once they see the team making progress as planned.
    “Points are nice, but overrated,” he said, and serve to distract the team from it’s long-term goal. He pointed out the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to be a big draw at home despite dismal records year-to-year.
    “Obviously, you can give the fans what they want without having to win. And now they’re a much stronger team. Well, we can do same. Only better. Because we’re the Canadiens.”
    The plan promises to be ground-breaking in a number of ways, chief among them the four-month contracts that will be offered players.

  15. aj says:

    Watched the game. As usual, the blew it again!

    They already had the 2goal advantage against Tampa and due to errors, they lost the lead, Bravo! That was Magnificent! Gosh, someone would have to straighten them up or they have to find someway to guard the goalie real tight, as in REAL TIGHT!!

    Also, the usual suspects are doing penalities again in this game. I can understand Eller and Subban are doing their best to avoid errors but it seems their Sophomore period with the Habs are costing them games. If Cunneyworth should bench them twice, then he should do it! Also, Emelin and Moen are doing mistakes as well, they need to be benched a game too IMO.

    • SlovakHab says:

      Yes, bench Emelin and Subban and play Campoli and Webber – that will solve our problems. And while we are at it, bench Eller and Moen so we can call up Palushaj and Engqvist.

      Great strategy, guaranteed to work.

  16. krob1000 says:

    What hurt the most was that Mab scored, Vinny got the winner assisted by Moore, we lost to another French Canadian backup and JT Wyman got a goal and an assist…and the refs blew it….in the face of all of that..RC did not panic, the boys did not quit and I am encouraged. Part of me knows it is too late for this season and wants us to start dismantling the older pieces and planning for next year as a turn around can be done very quickly…..the other part of me thinks this team when healthy can rattle of an out of 10 streak and still sneak in and maybe surprise….either way it was a fun game to watch….

  17. Old Bald Bird says:

    Kyper tweets that Campoli is headed to the Sharks. No other details so far.

  18. Paulin98C says:

    I prefer Gregorenko to Yakupov…. But we won’t see either anyway..

  19. HardHabits says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9847QUhRbE

    First they notice you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. – Mohardass Gandhabits

    • SlovakHab says:

      I couldn’t care less about 1 player. I want a good team.
      Anyway he’ll be a CBJ or a Hurricane next season, there is no way in hell Habs will draft in top 3. Not happening.

      • HardHabits says:

        I hate to break it to you sunshine but the Habs are 26th over-all in regulation wins.

        • SlovakHab says:

          Yeah and second in the league in OTL which also means squat.

          I hate to break it to you sunshine but:
          a) it’s not the regulation wins that count in the standings but points (one would think you would know that by now) .
          b) with players back and our GM trying to save his job, it is highly unlikely the Habs will plunge – probably will finish 8-12th in the conference and draft top 10 if we are lucky. When was the last time the Habs were bad and gave up on the season?

          • HardHabits says:

            Habs are 25th over-all in points.

            The players that are injured are no better than what is already in the line-up, maybe even worse.

            Markov hasn’t seen 10 straight games in 3 seasons. Gomez would be a liability in Hamilton. Gionta is a shorter less productive version of Koivu. White is a 4th line player who hasn’t skated all season.

            Those players return and the Habs will be even worse than they are now.

  20. jules says:

    Another 3rd period melt down! On a good note, the Habs has some fight in them. They didn’t quit. That is always promising. I feel for coach, he was thrown into a mess and to get anything out of these forwards is progress. Line shuffling has helped for sure. I think by the deadline we need a big trade and a big forward coming our way an 8th place will be a possibility at that!

  21. habstrinifan says:

    Would love to wake up to a trade for say Weber. Dont have anything against Weber but if he isnt being used (and hasnt Diaz effectively replaced Weber in our plans) why not make a move and get a big winger type who can play ‘shut down’ minutes.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Unfortunately (or fortunately) the lame duck GM has had his wings clipped, I believe, and won’t be flying high with the other trading GM’s… or some such fowl metaphor.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  22. HardHabits says:

    So I take it tickets to the Stanley Cup Parade are not selling like hot cakes at the moment.

  23. Mr_MacDougall says:

    LOL @ HIO Poll, RC is not even on the list as the future coach of the Habs

  24. habsgod says:

    edmonton and carolina are only 2 points behind us in the overall standings we have to hope the pass us and drop us into 3rd last overall,that takes us 1 step closer to winning the draft lottery and drafting YAKUPOV! YAKUPOV! YAKUPOV! I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE DRAFT IN JUNE TO HEAR TREVOR TIMMINS SAY WITH THE 1ST OVERALL PICK THE MONTREAL CANADIENS LE CLUB DE HOCKEY CANADIENS ARE VERY PROUD TO SELECT NAIL YAKUPOV!

  25. rogieshan says:

    The team really made Boucher’s system look silly for a while there in the first and much of the second period. But I thought they were guilty of making one too many passes instead of shooting the puck at the net. Price blowing the 2nd goal really hurt.

    Nice to see Cammalleri looking more engaged.

    Didn’t think Eller had a very good game.

    • Danno says:

      You mean the goal that should never have counted in the first place?

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

  26. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Um, do people really think “the NHL and Bettman” is the WWE and Vince McMahon…. While the Habs are Stone Cold and getting screwed all the time by powers that be…

  27. krob1000 says:

    One other thing Cunneyworth did of note down the stretch …he did not put Gill on the ice for the last 7 or 8 minutes (that |I| saw anyway)….or Gorges….he went all offense. I think personally he should have thrown Andrei out with Cammi and DD instead of LEblanc for a shift or two but all in all I like what I am seeing of Cunneyworth.

    They played a solid game, Price let in a weak one…big deal. The two deflections were not his fault and leaving Vinny off the draw ws just Cole not used to that role…

    Emelin was a beast, Subban showed signs of skating life and was played every other shift for the last several minutes and obviously had the leash taken off as he was rushing. I wouldlike to see him try and finish those rushes …he had enough speed to walk around that dman but he shot the puck trying to follow…he had him though if he had moved to his right .

    I liked Eller …he is getting more and more confident with the puck by the game…he is a possession beast and will only get better. DD seems to have breathed life into Cammi. Only feel sorry for AK and Pleks as we are still one solid forward short …Pleks does not look himself right now…hurt? not sure but definitely not himself right now

    • rogieshan says:

      I felt Cunneyworth could’ve been a tad more aggressive and pulled Price earlier than he did.

      There’s no doubt Plekanec works hard and gives you everything he’s got, that’s why it’s difficult to see him looking like he’s out of breath by the end of the game every night. My take is that he’s simply miscast as a #1 center. He is a solid #2, and should be used that way – not put him out there in every important situation.

      • krob1000 says:

        Price was on his way and then Pleks (I think) turned the puck over….you have to remember with the man advantage you actually have to be more wary of pulling Price without clear possession as they can fire the puck at the empty cage without an icing call …you could lose the faceoff and the game in one foul swoop…it was the right decision unless you have Yanic Perreault taking the draw

  28. Ian Cobb says:

    I take this loss tonight better than I would playing JM style hockey!

    But again we were content after we had score 3. No matter how their goals went in, they scored 3 straight goals and we never pushed back until it was to late. Price can not always save their bacon each game!

    What has happened to Max Pac the last month or so?. Maybe he should be the next healthy scratch.
    We are playing much better for Cunnyworth, but we are not there yet. It will get better!

    • rogieshan says:

      Could it be a conditioning (stamina) issue with Pacioretty? He did miss a big chunk last year, maybe it’s just catching up with him a little bit.

    • Roger Rabbit says:

      It was a fun game to watch. I think the foundation that Cunneyworth is putting down will pay off later on. This group is just starting to learn this more aggressive forechecking style.

      Subban looks like he might be starting to get his grove back. Emelin is a great hitter. I like the new lines with Deharnais and Cammalerri together and Eller playing with Cole and Pacioretty.

      Pacioretty just seems to be a bit off his game since coming back from his suspension. He used to lay out big bodychecks when he was doing well. Right now he seems to be gunshy about the bodychecks but he will have to figure something out so that he will return to the power forward he was before the suspension.

      Also a fluke goal could get him going again, lol.

  29. slapshot777 says:

    Guys, blaming Price just goes to show how many trolls are here when the Habs lose. Where we’re you guys on Tuesday night when the Habs won and Price was first star?

    Yeah, right you were too busy wishing for a Habs loss so you guys could come crawling out of your holes.

    What a bunch of bandwagon people we have here. One night we win the true Habs fans are here, the night the Habs and the same Habs fans are still here but the site is clogged up with a lot of troll shite.

    • Mondou6 says:

      Not sure what game you watched, but the 3rd and 4th goals were shots that 99% of goalies stop.

      And I’m unclear on the logic of how playing great last game means that he didn’t let in 2 soft goals tonight.

      Regardless, your overall point is reasonable, this team shouldn’t have to expect Price to be perfect every game just to give us a chance to win. But sadly, that is the state of this team.

      We can’t score goals. At all.

      • krob1000 says:

        Obviously not the same game you watched…because a former 50 goal scorer was left alone in the crease and the other was a deflection that he obviously did not see well…the second goal…weak….the refs never call it like that but the puck should have been stopped.

    • nova scotia vees says:

      Speaking of trolls (whatever that means)…What is with this man-crush of Price? This team is 12th…so when exactly has Price bailed us out? And to the other apologist who said the 3rd goal was “deflected”…according to the T.O. replay…it was not touched by St. Louis, and was credited to Bergeron. Mind you my replay showed that it was touched…but as a bonafide troll, what would I know.LOL…
      Price can always be counted on…….to give up at least one softie in a tight game. Tonight I had my hopes up for awhile as he seemed to be tracking the puck better and getting across to the weakside….but then he breaks my heart…once again. He is not Patrick Roy and not even a Bunny LaRocque!

      • LL-not the hockey player says:

        Fess up already. What really bugs you about Price?

        You only comment after a loss, and only about him. Obsessed?

        • nova scotia vees says:

          Hummm.. fess-up? Conspiracy theorist, eh. Okay…it is because I have a son who is dying to replace him! ha,ha. What really bugs me is that he is not the superstar that so many paint him to be. I have seen too many “great” goalies down through the years, and he is not one of them. Tell me…what game this year (or any year) has he made 40 and 50 saves to “steal one” for us? Just like most of you, I bleed blue,blanc, rouge…but I have not drunk the Price cool-aid. Please Carey prove me wrong…and do it soon.

    • HNS says:

      Trolls? You mean realists. Price suked it tonite and thats it.

  30. habaholic68NJ says:

    Reasons we lost:
    1. Price lets in a softy as refs call a goal that goes in after the whistle
    2. MaxPac and Cole screwed up their coverage off a face-off
    Otherwise, a good game by the Habs who are more fun to watch with this more aggressive offensive style

    *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at http://web.me.com/ptolias/Music/OtherOriginalMusic.html

  31. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Unload Cole, AK, and Pacioretty, and bring Oleg Petrov and Val Bure out of retirement… Also, is Rudy from that old movie available?

  32. mrhabby says:

    someone suggesetd Don Meehan as GM…any thoughts.

  33. Rainrocket16 says:

    I will state the obvious like I always do… Habs should never have blown this game but finally there is a spirited fight within these guys, sucks to lose but hopefully these added quantity of goals is a sign of good things.

    Best thing I have seen RC do so far as a coach…..Putting 2 big bodies like Max Pac and Cole out there the try and tally one in…Martin would have put Meon and DD, no offense to them.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Not to mention the pressure forecheck. And trap-beating dump to one corner with 3 men chasing to that side. I like a lot of what he is doing. Just wait. It is going to pay big dividends.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  34. filincal says:

    F*CK!!! It was going so good.

  35. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Seriously? We’re back to blaming the refs?! The puck was clearly over the line the instant it got by Price. He didn’t stop it. It was a goal. And the high-stick? As the RDS boys stated, how the hell can you wave that off based on the video evidence? Sheesh, come on guys. That was anyone’s game to win. They got the bounces. We didn’t. But we played damn well.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  36. Jim Edson says:

    Two ( at least) bad goals on Price who for some mysterious reason has started to drop before a shot is taken just like he was doing when he lost his job to Halak!

    Think back there was another Tampa shot which Price couldn;t find in the first period only difference to the disputed goal was he didn’t knock it in his own net!

    Hard to figure when the only consistent member of the Habs suddenly goes the other way!

    Better get that goal coach to Miami quick!

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    In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

    They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

    ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Not sure why he was on his knees for a floater from the point. He’s a big kid. He should be using his size to see over defenders and fight for position. He is far too passive sometimes.

      But he is also one of the best in the league now at stopping the cross-ice feed. His real strength.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  37. twilighthours says:

    Not that it would matter this season, but it’d be nice if Montreal didn’t always go on this foolish x-mas road trip every year.

    How about it, Geoff? Care about winning?

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  38. LL-not the hockey player says:

    We can shut down HIO until the next game. The “experts” have declared it’s all on Price. No more discussions necessary. ;)

    When your 24 year old goalie has to steal every game for you, something is wrong. Your D is weak and your offense is lacking.

    The ball is in PG’s court.

  39. rogieshan says:

    Well, we can at least cross Marc Crawford as a potential candidate for the head-coaching job.

    On the Wyman goal, the far-side referee clearly saw the puck while the one who blew the whistle didn’t. I was more annoyed by the Bergeron goal which was clearly tipped by St. Louis with a high-stick.

    Plekanec should not be taking must-win faceoffs for this team.

  40. parkex says:

    We will finally get a high draft pick this year with a good crop of available players – no point finishing eighth & out in four.

  41. krob1000 says:

    DD played a great game but what the hell was he doing on the boards with 10 seconds to go watching? if he goes to the net there that puck is in the open cage….after he passed he had to go to the net….

  42. DorvalTony says:

    Price is 21st in the league in GAA and 25th in the NHL in SV PCT. Garon beat him tonight – and Halak and Theo have better stats. Not good enough. Not close.

  43. habsperspective says:

    This loss, this team, this season, brings me back to another of lifes great lessons.

    Unrealistic expectations. Wishful thinking.

    And it all comes back to letting go of healthy defenceman this past off season in lieu, of a injured one. Markov.

    I think PG himself subscribes to that exact MENTALITY.

    Hopefully someone will step up and do the right things. And soon.

  44. slapshot777 says:

    @Berg

    That same call that went against the Habs tonight also went against the Habs last season when we were playing the Rangers and Gomez scored, but Chris Lee waived it off saying he was in the process of blowing the whistle. He would even go upstairs. Just waived it off and that was it a loss again for the Habs. Funny how this happens a lot to the Habs.

  45. HardHabits says:

    Did I miss anything?

    First they notice you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. – Mohardass Gandhabits

  46. CF says:

    First of all, the league will not allow TB to lose home games when they can affect the outcome like tonight, and especially not against the Habs. It’s sickening. Gary will not lose another team in the South, and having f*ck*ng Taranna decide if a goal counts against Montreal, how is that not a conflict of interest?? What a joke.

    Brutal loss. TB didnèt have a heartbeat until Price let in the soft goal late in the second period. Pathetic, the MAB shot was a clear high stick from St. Louis…..are we really expecting Toronto to call it back?? Burke is probably moderating.
    3-1 up, we have to win against that team. There seemed to be no urgency after TB tied it up, and once again someone blows coverage, or is not tough enough in front of our own net and it costs a goal. Hate to blame Cole for that one because he’s easily been our best player this year.
    Why do we have Pleks on the ice for the last crucial face-off?? I don’t care how tired DD is in that situation, he’s the best we have right now, you simply have to win that one.
    TB looked like a last place team with one line for two periods.
    I was thinking the game looked clinical for forty minutes, no emotion, none.
    I believe we should re-sign Gorges, AK, and possibly Moen.
    Gauthier will have to go for this to happen though, I don’t trust he can make any positive steps for this team.
    Listening to those saying trading Halak over Price was an excellent move, come on, there was no decision there. If you think that was hard, get a grip on yourself, Price was the clear choice, even after the trip to the C finals.
    Picking up the Wiz and Moore were the only good deals, except he gave up too much for Moore-especially since he wasn’t re-signed for cheap.
    Any word on Gio, and White. These two guys can make some difference.
    Guys on L’Antichambre saying Gauthier needs to get rid of Campoli, and possibly Weber…..that should be interesting. Gauthier will probably throw in a second round pick to a team to take Campoli.
    Softest GM in the league, couldn’t sell a smartie to a fat little rich boy.

  47. ArmyFan says:

    One word for this loss — SCREWED.

    1) When the whistle blows, the play is dead. Simple as that. Sometimes you’re on the losing end of quick whistles, sometimes on the winning end. That’s the way it goes. But the whistle ends the play. Should NOT have been a goal. WTF is this “continuation of play” thing that I have NEVER heard of. Has anyone? I am prepared to stand down if someone can point this rule out to me.

    2) The “Marc-Andre Bergeron” goal was CLEARLY tipped in by St-Louis’ stick, which was clearly above his head. You can see the puck change the way it was flipping/floating when it hits his stick. And as short as St-Louis is, I’m pretty sure his head is higher than the crossbar. How a bunch of old cronies in Toronto with more electronics than NASA could miss this is deplorable.

    This team has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory many times this year, and I am by no means a blind “no matter what” fan, but this was a classic screw job.

  48. otter649 says:

    What a joke on the Wyman (ex-Bulldog) goal since hockey has been played with Refs & whistles when the whistle is blown and heard the play is dead & finished – No exceptions till now. I guess new rules for “The New NHL” as it was the RDS Turning Point for the game & Makes The Letang Goal stink even more…..

  49. habstrinifan says:

    I am wary about saying this, bt we can either play the rest of the season aimlessly or do something to get a shutdown player or two without sacrificing our new style.

    So I am saying make a trade using one or two of our defensemen. There is sno player like that on our farm. And we cant just ‘play out the season’ can we?

    Je suis perde!

  50. habsperspective says:

    13th place Boone, we were already in the staggering heights of 12th.

  51. slapshot777 says:

    This loss is solely on the League and the officials. I challenge anyone to find another call this year or in years past where a whistle blown and the puck has not crossed the line, a goal gets called with a bullsh!t excuse of a continuous play of the puck.

    I challenge anyone to find that language anywhere in a rule book of any league.

    The league and it’s officials and Bettman in particular have it in for the Habs. I have said it before and I will say it again. This league and it’s officials smells of game fixing.

    I haven’t seen one break go the way of the Habs this season or a few seasons now. Anyone who watches the Habs on a regular basis must see the same thing.

    Chris Lee, with just plain bad officiating and brutal calls all over the place. Kerry Fraser, in the playoffs a few years back in the Habs/Carolina series. Tonight it’s Dan O’Halloran who comes rushing in to persuade the other official to change a call.

    There’s more but I am too pissed to think of more times he league just looks for ways to f*ck us out of wins and points.

    The Habs were all set to win this game, they had everything going their way and BAM. The officials step in and directly affect the outcome of the game.

    Funny they don’t step in to help the Habs. In the third period not a penalty called until they had no choice. If the Habs would have been winning, I guarantee the Habs would be good for at least two maybe three penalties to help the other team get back in. Since the Habs are losing,they pretty much say screw you.

  52. Ferg says:

    Did not hear the reason for the 2nd Tampa goal being allowed after the whistle apparently had been blown. It looked to me like the whistle blew before it crossed the line and even if it didn’t, the ref waived it off thinking it had been frozen by Price. So the ref’s intention was to stop play.
    Go to the Rule book…

    78.5 Disallowed Goals – Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee and the appropriate announcement made by the Public Address Announcer for the following reasons:

    (xii) When the Referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle.

    I believe this same instance happened last season and a goal was called back because the ref “intended” to blow the whistle even though he was slow to do so.

    Screwed again.

    • otter649 says:

      That was Gionta scoring into an empty net against The Pens as Fleury did not have the puck covered but could not see it so whistle was blown although what was The Ref’s story when Letang scored in OT this year as no way he could see the puck since Price had it covered until it got forcefully freed by a Pen….

  53. smiler2729 says:

    I think I don’t care anymore… not because of Pierre Gauthier being a crappy GM and everything that happens with that BUT because THE LEAGUE and THE GAME (GARY’S WORLD) JUST PLAIN SUCKS.

    New rules every year, more bad injuries than ever, countless uniform changes, WHY BOTHER EVEN WATCHING THIS SHITE ANYMORE?!?!

    Somebody gimme one good reason other than it’s hockey.

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  54. longtimehabsfan says:

    Yes, I understand all the crap about why we lost. But I don’t see anyone complaining about why RC didn’t pull the goalie sooner. What was he waiting for? You blow a two goal lead; you are 1 and 4 as a coach; and you wait to pull the goalie at the end of the game with a power play? Total crap. This is hopeless. No balls. Period.

    “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

  55. jimbo says:

    Price stunk out the joint.

  56. mrhabby says:

    vinny gets 1st star…so funny.
    even though team lost..they look better with more offensive pressure. prefer this than being martinized to death.
    price missed one goal ..just a liitle off.

    emelin..love it..keep pounding people i say.

  57. JohnBellyful says:

    Canadiens blow a two-goal lead and lose 4-3. Canada loses 3-2 to Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams (Grizzly Adams?) and gets ousted from Spengler Cup tournament. Does the misery ever end?

  58. SlovakHab says:

    Could Price get to play 60-65 games instead of 75?
    If Tampa gets it done with Garon and heaps of other teams with other 2nd tier goalies, for sure we could win with Budaj in nets – if we generate some freakin offense and score 4-6 goals more often. Until then, this team is a toast.

  59. LL-not the hockey player says:

    Because our team started the season off badly, they need to win most of their games, otherwise, this loss would not have been as frustrating.

    They played well enough to win. But their lack of confidence is evident.

  60. twilighthours says:

    Gotta love ray Ferraro and the rest of the tsn heads: Canada won 10-2 and fired 52 shots on goal and they are complaining about tightening up.

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  61. Bobcat Bob says:

    Bobcat Bob
    Completely screwed by the refs and the league. The game should have been played under protest right after that God-awful call. What a joke this league has become.

  62. dallyd31 says:

    Think what you will. Price let in a softy, but wow, did they get screwed. The whistle gets blown and they overrule it…even the commentators said they haven’t ever seen that or the rule applied that way…until tonight.
    And another goal that is tipped high by St Louis is ruled not to be tipped by the same Toronto war room.

    The Habs played well and despite a soft goal got totally screwed.

  63. habstrinifan says:

    If you think you feel helpless and hopeless, imagine the coach and players after this game.

    We just aint ready for prime time this year. Maybe if management had recognized it earlier there could have been some significant moves to help. Oh well onto the next game. Trade a defenseman for some Neil type player or two.

  64. Habsbill24 says:

    Sorry, this was not a good effort. The Habs lost to a bunch of Ex Habs after leading 3-1, to a team with no defense, on three weak goals. Cole lost a faceoff and his man to give up the winning goal. TB was a team BEHIND them in the standings. One more nail in the playoff coffin. Time to shed bodies for draft picks.

  65. novahab says:

    Well Cunneyworth I will now judge you on what you say about the refs. Bottom line this game was taken away from the Habs by the refs no and ,ifs or buts. Tampa was allowed to get away with murder no calls two goals that should never been allowed. If i was a coach i lose it to the press and call those crooks out. Send a clear message to the NHL this is not exceptable and it will be spoke about. It’s about time some one took a fine and complained about this crap.Once again this is why we need Roy.

  66. gumper says:

    This is a result we would find tolerable if the team was playing above five hundred and in the top eight. I fear this is what viewing will be like for the balance of the season. No margin for error due to the deep hole dug in the first half of the season. We’ve lost the luxury of being able to say, “Oh well, on to the next game. We’d have had at least a point if not for the refs.” None of that matters anymore, and there’s no solace in being close. Taking the long view of the last seven games, Ottawa was the anomaly. Question still remains, will Pierre Gauthier be the one charged with rebuilding this team? To me, it’s the only question of interest at this point.

  67. Clutch10 says:

    They didn’t sit back all night and when you play like that for 60 mins your going to win more games than you’ll loose. Tonight was a game of bounces and they didn’t go our way. Sorry Boone but this isn’t the same team before X-Mas.

    • Roger Rabbit says:

      Exactement. I am actually entertained watching games again. They have a better forecheck and they don’t give up after 2 periods. Also, I like the new lines.

      Eller with Cole & Pacioretty
      Deharnais with Cammalerri and Leblanc
      and the other 2 lines

      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        Actually Leblanc was with Pleks most of the night. AK played with DD & Cammy.

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

        • Roger Rabbit says:

          I thought that Kostistyn played mostly with Pleks.

          Oh well, either way, I like the determination that Louis Leblanc brings as a rookie and now that the 4th line gets about 10 min a game, they are looking better too.

      • mrhabby says:

        team looked better. lines looked good and none of the sitting back crap that we were used to watching.
        still tampa bays defence was there for the taking.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Totally agree. Tampa played an uptempo game, and managed to skate with the Habs, because they have the horses to do that. If Carey made a save or two more, or Cole doesn’t let Lecavelier get by him, we win.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  68. Strummer says:

    Hal -(diminished) -Skillsie

    Hal-(killsie)- momentum

    Hal: There’s a seat in the press-box with your name on it.

    RSVP

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    • Rad says:

      The Habs currently lack leadership. Hal “the diminished” Skillsie is certainly not providing it on the ice. He’s part of the old guard, that includes Gionta and Gomez. That old leadership group must now give way to the younger players coming up so that the Habs can once again succeed. The young players plus Cole are the future. I think Gill should be traded. The Habs HAVE to be proactive here, by thinking about the future, not holding out hope that the veterans can eke the team into the playoffs — it’s not going to happen anyway.

  69. Propwash says:

    1st goal against, I missed
    2nd goal was a softie, Price didn’t close the wickets fast enough, and it dribbled through, fast whistle happened, but the league called it good.
    3rd goal, in my humble opinion, judging by Price’s reaction, he didn’t see it until it was too late anyway.
    4th goal, he had no chance on in the first place.

    If anyone can break it down farther so that Price can be faulted on every goal, please explain it.

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  70. Roger Rabbit says:

    2nd good game by the Habs with great effort for 3 periods. Love Emelin’s hits, as usual.

    Price let in 3 softies. Hopefully, he’ll bounce back. He has only been a middle of the pack goaltender this year.

  71. Rad says:

    Every time we lose a game now, I think, well, that’s just a better draft pick this Summer. Even the 5th overall pick could land us someone like Filip Forsberg.


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