Liveblog: Canadiens beat Islanders 5-3


The Canadiens blew a two-goal lead … again.
But Petteri Nokelainen, of all people, beat Al Montoya with one the Islanders’ goalie should have stopped.
Hal Gill added an empty-netter.


  1. Stev.R says:

    Only 4 players left without a point, Kabs gets another assist, Desharnais with 2, Price with a W, and Noke with the first star.

  2. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We need to pile up some wins at home & tonight was a good start. Nice to see the team not giving up after the Isles tied it. Happy for Gill scoring his first but I still can’t get over Emelin being a healthy scratch.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

    • nunacanadien says:

      Martin who was pegged as the defensive coach when he was in Ottawa, has not proven his defensive skills in Montreal. Instead we have seen our defense struggle if anything since Martin came. We’ve given up leads, we’ve watched as our defense and offense was decimated. Then we got Emelin. Like myself and many fans have been saying since before the lockout, the habs are too small and too tiny. Sure we have Souray but hey we also had Koivu. We watched as our forwards gave up the puck time after time. we watch now as Gomez and Gionta and Cammy cough up the puck time after time. But it took Emelin coming to Montreal to remind us that the rest of the NHL plays Emelin’s style. Montreal has become a haven for lazy wimpy ass style play for so long. Maybe it is time we sign more Emelins.

  3. bighabber says:

    OK that was fun, now let’s get serious. Emelin has to go back in for the next game. Take your pick Campoli or Diaz comes out. Both were terrible tonight.

    • Hab-Q says:

      Other than the goal Gill was also shaky

      “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out”

      ~Rodney Dangerfield

    • Da Hema says:

      I thought Diaz was “terriblerer” than Campoli. Diaz was directly responsible for a goal by failing to make an easy clear of the zone. I would sit Subban as well. Think of Benoit Pouliot as a defenceman, and you have Subban right now.

      • bighabber says:

        And how good would we be if Subban had broken a leg on the attempt to injure earlier in the game.

        • Da Hema says:

          It’s not like I am thinking just of his performance tonight. This has been going on for weeks. If he is not ready for the responsibility of 21+ minutes, then Martin should at least scale back his time.

          • LA Loyalist says:

            Martin is making PK think too much and it is really effing him up.

            Why do we not have a defense coach? I mean seriously… let’s ruin PK, there’s a great project for JM.

          • Da Hema says:

            LA: your post makes little sense. Do you mean, you want PK not to think on the ice? I don’t know what Subban’s problem is, but blaming his “Pouliotitis” and turnovers on Martin is just, well, silly.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Campoli had his ups and downs but he wasn’t terrible.

      • Sotxhabsfan says:

        It’s also his first game back. I would expect it to take a game or two to catch up. Something doesn’t seem right with Subban, I wouldn’t sit him but scaling back his minutes would be a good idea.

    • idle says:

      P.K was the worst D on the ice, and Gill a close second, goal and all.

      • nunacanadien says:

        I bet PK like the rest of us was shaking his head over sitting Emelin. There are plenty of games left and not having Emelin in the lineup eats up what little physical play there is in the game against the habs as opposed to for the habs. No wonder we didn’t make it far in the playoffs. Hello, Earth to Jacques Martin and Pierre Gauthier….Emelin is the typical NHL type player now….you need to sign more Emelins so you can defend what few talented players you can actually attract to Montreal. It’s not taxes players don’t want to come to Montreal over. Its because for a long time we have become a team of wimps. Signing only those unwanted small players who are cheap but not too cheap.

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    HA HA.

    On l’antichambre the screen crawl has the analyst’s name and a little bio.

    Under Stock it says: “PJ Stock, Ancien Bagarreur”

  5. Hab-Q says:

    Darche, Nokelainen and Gill score in the same game.

    Someone check for frost in Hell.

    “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield

    • Da Hema says:

      What is disturbing is that will not happen again for a very long time. The scorers on this team need to get their acts together.

      • Hab-Q says:

        Other than Cole, Max and AK I agree totally

        “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out”

        ~Rodney Dangerfield

      • WindsorHab-10 says:

        Are plekanec & Cammalleri injured?
        Those two need to wake up & fast.

        “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

        • Da Hema says:

          If Cammalleri is injured, as some have speculated, then he should be put on the injured list because he’s almost useless out there.

          • nunacanadien says:

            It is interesting to note that Cammy’s play has dropped off most spectacularly after the day the Montreal media played up the fact that Molson stood behind Gomez in spite of Gomez’s horrible record. Maybe that has the other highly paid lazy wimps on the team wondering why work hard for the money? Why work hard and waste your body when some other even more highly paid bum like Gomez can do nothing but still get Geoff Molson’s support? Any other questions about why Cammy is playing like he is hurt? Maybe the Montreal media hurt Cammy’s feelings for his friend Gomez….maybe it’s time to bundle the two as a package….and trade their smurf sized liabilities to some other team like Winnipeg.

  6. Da Hema says:

    Hmm. Hal Gill has more goals than Scott Gomez.

    • nunacanadien says:

      I would imagine the few goalies in the league who actually scored goals have more goals than Scott Gomez. Hear that Cammy? People are insulting your good friend. Maybe it’s time Gauthier ship the two mighty shrimps somewhere……

  7. syrrosis says:

    Price overplayed the puck all night. Got caught pushing off left to right on all three goals.

  8. tony d says:

    great win although they always make it a nail biter don’t they? Cammy is still looking lost and soft out there, a liability in our end.
    Loved the 4th line effort tonight.

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …JJ must have ran-out naked into the snow to do some snow-angels

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  10. habaholic68NJ says:

    Goals by Darche, Nok, and Skillsy. All ahead of Gomer.

    *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at

    • Hab-Q says:

      Even a blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally.

      “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out”

      ~Rodney Dangerfield

  11. HabFanSince72 says:

    PJ Stock on l’Antichambre.


    • Habsolutely says:

      They’re slumming tonight..?

    • Hab-Q says:

      Why is he on CBC?

      Why are ex-cement heads employed as analysts generally?

      Matthew Baranaby pleaded guilty today to DUI with a wheel missing . May get deported from the U.S. He got fired from ESPN.

      Marty McSorley is on Sportsnet. Tie Domi had a try-out at TSN a few years back. Barry Melrose, Don Cherry, Mike Milbury- makes you want to throw things at the TV.

      “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out”

      ~Rodney Dangerfield

  12. syrrosis says:

    Patches-deharnais-cole truly number one line. Where do we put gio when he gets back?

  13. Chuck says:

    Gill outscoring Gomez. Ugh…

  14. Castor says:

    Could someone please tell Boone that “Ole” is a celebratory chant not a victory chant?!

    They were chanting it when it was one to one!

  15. LL-not the hockey player says:

    Free Wings!!!!!

  16. Bill says:

    Awesome win! Habs don’t many points when they allow 3 goals … nice to see.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  17. novahab says:

    Here is a thought sit Webber play Gill up front and play Emelin.

  18. TOP DAWG says:

    Can’t skate to the other side to toss the puck

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

  19. SKHab says:

    I wonder when the last time was, that Nokie was the first star?

  20. riddler says:

    Please. Why isn’t ak46 getting more Ice and chances in shoot-outs?

  21. Captain aHab says:

    Moulson as third star….marketing plot?

  22. syrrosis says:

    3 stars – darche, Noki and gill

  23. Chrisadiens says:

    E1, how did Eller do tonight? Hm…..

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      He is busy, the new Blues owner is throwing a potluck supper tonight to raise money.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Did he score? No? Back to Hamilton..
      DD continues to impress.

      “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • jo_maka says:

        Seriously, go kick rocks or run with scissors very fast or something, preferably far from here, anywhere where you could finally play with Jaro’s left huevo. It’s really gettin tiresome.
        Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

        • Everlasting1 says:

          “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

          “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • jo_maka says:

            Nice ! Now that you properly identified yourself, I rest my case.
            Beavis is looking for you, by the way 🙂
            Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

          • Everlasting1 says:


            “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  24. TOP DAWG says:

    Bite PK’s freakin finger Price

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

  25. twilighthours says:

    2 pts without giving 1 up. Crucial.


  26. SKHab says:

    Who knew that 2 in a row could feel so good?

  27. Propwash says:

    The feck is PK doin’ to Pricey’s eye? LOL

    Being negative has its advantages,
    you’re never disappointed.

  28. Habsolutely says:

    Skillsy with the insurance goal! Yee-Haa!!

  29. HabCez says:

    Hall ‘the Rocket Gill!!!

    “Emelin’s the real deal.”
    – HabCez

  30. Mattee. says:

    Gill accessing his inner Nokelainen.

  31. Hal Gill. Look at that precision. BOSS.

  32. HabinBurlington says:

    Yawn, another easy two goal victory, on to the next game.

  33. idle says:

    Love how after Gill scores he goes right to Georgs on the bench

  34. danhabsfan says:

    That’a 5-3 Boone

  35. Wayne says:

    Gill lo-five’s DD’s Hi-five… kidding.

  36. Sotxhabsfan says:

    Goals by Darche, Nokia, and Gill. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t watched the game myself!

  37. gohabsjoe says:

    Hal Mary for the win

  38. punkster says:

    Ha! Take that you Gill haters!!!

    Hal “Soft Pill” Gill FTW!

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  39. Aybara says:

    Ole song is not a taunt ala nananana goodbye. Ole is a general go team we are happy with how you are playing to this point!!!!

    Stop thinking of it as a taunt/gloat which it is not.

    • idle says:

      That’s the way I always thought it was. I remember a few times getting really pissed off at Bob Cole because he would hear the fans singing Ole in the second period and be incredulous as to how they could be singing so early in the game.

      One time they started singing when they were still down a goal because the team was coming on so strong and I thought Bob was gonna pass out from confusion.

  40. Captain aHab says:

    Gill and Nokia….who would’ve thunk?

  41. Rad says:

    Big Hal the scoring machine. I hope he sits next game, in favor of Emelin.

  42. HabinBurlington says:

    Blind squirrels do find nuts.

  43. JIMVINNY says:

    Gill with the 180 foot goal. Awesome.

  44. habsfaninboston says:

    Gill with the empty netter! HaHaHa.

  45. showey47 says:

    giller the thriller

  46. Propwash says:

    HAL muthammmmphin GILL!

    Being negative has its advantages,
    you’re never disappointed.

  47. gmur says:

    skillsie scores!

  48. gohabsjoe says:

    Gill is a sniper

  49. PrimeTime says:


  50. HabFanSince72 says:


  51. LL-not the hockey player says:


  52. imafogdevil says:


  53. gmur says:

    It’s hard to score when you always have one hand on your stick, waving it around like you’re trying to swat flies, cammi donna.

    He thinks he’s on Battle of the Blades…

  54. Rad says:

    Why is Cammalleri still on the ice in the 3rd? Martin needs to play Eller, who is much better defensively.

  55. SUMO says:

    ak46 going to get a good offer from another team.

  56. The Pickle says:

    Great steal by AK after Plekanec politely refused the invitation to grab the loose puck

  57. Sotxhabsfan says:

    The “Ole” song should be banned. It’s only a one goal lead, and we’ve already given up a two goal lead today.

  58. imafogdevil says:

    Whoever starts to sing ole! This early should be kicked out immediately

  59. The Dude says:

    Don’t sing the tie song now!

  60. Propwash says:

    Doomed! Olays are chanting……

    Being negative has its advantages,
    you’re never disappointed.

  61. TOP DAWG says:

    Bell Centre idoits singing

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

  62. The Pickle says:

    After the first period he played, why was AK’s ice time cut so dramatically? Must be The System.

  63. JIMVINNY says:

    Too many guys crashing into the boards tonight.

  64. sulham44 says:

    Nokie might have just saved Martin’s job. Wait, does Martin have tenure?

  65. sulham44 says:

    Prevent defense prevents you from winning. And Nokie scores!

  66. imafogdevil says:

    How do you sit back like that game after game with the same result and not do something different. Any coach worth anything would change it up!

  67. Islanders are a joke of a franchise lol

  68. gmur says:

    I know he makes mistakes too, but the defence without Emelin is softer than vanilla yogurt.

  69. idle says:

    Damn! All that time they had Plek on the point during the power play it could have been Nok…

  70. punkster says:

    Noki had a run at that from somewhere back on Rene Levesque. A cannon.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  71. syrrosis says:

    Was that Higgs boson particle?

  72. Old Bald Bird says:

    When I’m not watching the game, I have to switch from here to Twitter to find out what’s going on. I can never tell from Boone’s comments. Eg: does NOKIE! mean goal or You Moron. 🙂

  73. HabinBurlington says:

    What a brilliant change by JM bringing out Nokia like that, impeccable timing.

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