Liveblog: Canadiens end season with win over Leafs


The usual suspects:
Max Pacioretty scored his 33rd, Erik Cole his 35th.
Brad Staubitz got a 200-foot empty-netter
And Tomas Plekanec got a 3-on-5 shorty.
Peter Budaj was really good.

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Before the curtain descends on this horror show of a Habs season, might we spare a few kind words for two guys whose dedication and professionalism transcended the team’s last-place finish:
Josh Gorges and Randy Cunneyworth.

• Gorges leads the NHL in blocked shots. As Don Cherry told Dave Stubbs:

It’s one thing for guys to block shots when you’re on the march to the Stanley Cup, but it’s pretty tough to do it when you know you’re going nowhere,” Cherry said. “Guys usually say, ‘Forget it.’ But Gorges is going right to the end.”

Coming off knee surgery and playing against the opponent’s best forwards night after night, Gorges is plus-13 on a team that has lost 51 games.

Cherry is right: No disrespect to Brian Gionta, but number 26 should be wearing the “C”.

• On Friday night’s edition of L’Antichambre, Michel Bergeron – who usually gives it to the Canadiens pretty good – had high praise for Cunneyworth.

You can criticize strategy and decision like using Tomas Kaberle in a shootout, Bergeron said, but you have to admire Cunneyworth’s grace under pressure.

The coach knows he won’t be back behind the Canadiens’ bench next season. But Cunneyworth has comported himself with dignity, class and good humour.

He is a profoundly decent man, and I hope there’s still a good job for him in hockey.

Bergeron suggests before the Canadiens take the ice for their last game, someone – Gorges is the ideal candidate – should get up in the room and say “Let’s play our asses off and win this thing for Randy.”

There isn’t much else in the way of motivation.


  1. Kimberly2u says:

    Don’t they know how many third period leads we lost and they start firkin singing??

  2. durocher says:

    Kaberle totally lost on his assignment

  3. jedimyrmidon says:

    They shouldn’t sing yet.

  4. durocher says:

    Hey guys, remember when that reporter called out JM for not using Cole on the PP? Good times.

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    COle could have high fived the ref there again!

  6. durocher says:

    35!!! A quintessential Cole goal.



  8. habsfaninboston says:

    Cole……nuff said.

  9. 24moreCups says:

    ERIK EFFIN’ COLE!!!! Man I love this guy.

  10. L Elle says:

    Are we going to have a liveblog at Tuesdays’ draft?

    ET LE BUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. jedimyrmidon says:


  12. durocher says:

    Re-sign Staubitz right after Gomez and Kaberle are dumped from our roster

  13. shootdapuck says:

    Anyone still in favor of keeping Ka Ca?

  14. mb says:

    And Stamkos just just scored his 60th.

  15. jedimyrmidon says:

    Man, the Habs are just STANDING there.

  16. 69HABS says:

    Surely with the CBC getting a $200 mil funding cut, HNIC has to be the first to go right?

  17. Jdub1985 says:

    They can’t win when it counts and they can’t lose when it counts … Montreal is an epic FAIL this year.

    Watch Edmonton win and the Habs blow the #2 draft pick.

  18. HabinBurlington says:

    Yup we are definitely in the third period.

  19. Stormin says:

    Hey Boone do you know if the Canadiens scouting staff is looking at drafting this local boy Mike Matheson from Pointe Claire , might still be available with our first pick in the second round

    Update to my earlier post below concerning my hopes of Canadiens drafting local boy Mike Matheson with our 1st pick of the second round. Talking to some scouts looks like he is high on some late first round scouts wish list. Bruins interest is moderate but they love to raid Quebec talent on habs. Pittsburgh is high and also has connection because Matheson’s family has some ties to that organization through one of his Uncle’s. But from all what i hear,,` though if he is still around when St. Louis picks he will be chosen by the Blues. So looks like the habs would have to move up to select this local gem from Pointe Claire
    I would like to see Habs use second pick on Mike Matheson local pointe clare boy, rated 25th by ISS 29 byCSS and 37 by TSN, hopefully will still be available with our first pick in the second round, One of the best pure skating d man available in the draft, playing in USHL for former hab Jim Montgomery in Dubuque . Played Midget for Lac st Louis ions, ala Louis Leblanc. Captained Midget lions to Midget provincial Championship last year, played for Canada’s gold medal team at Under 18 Ivan Hlinka, Looks to be headed to NCAA which is fine as we have some d prospects ahead of him . Matheson has size great shot and skates as smooth and strong as anyone in draft. He was projected number 1 in last year’s QMJHL draft ahead of Nathan Mckinnon at the time, but chose the USHL and NCAA route even so still went in the second round of the Q draft would be a steal if we could get him with our first pick in the second round, and a local pick to boot bilingual for all the politically thinking fans. He is a steal in the 2nd round.

  20. MICP says:

    an otl would be fitting.

    Grabovski with the winner

  21. mb says:

    Ah no, not him.

  22. jedimyrmidon says:

    Hmmm… Habs better get going…

  23. ZepFan2 says:

    “violators will be ejaculated.”

    Yeah, but it’s by Youppi

    “I got a feeling, a feeling deep inside” – Lennon/McCartney

    I’ve got a feeling

  24. habs001 says:

    8-2 usa over canada 3rd…must be worst beating canada has ever taken at the worlds…

  25. Un Canadien errant says:

    I already can’t wait for the draft and development camp.

    Does that confirm my hockey nerd reputation?

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  26. mb says:

    OK… 5 months without Habs hockey is WAY too long. At least it should be an interesting summer.

  27. Bill says:

    In the 80s people hated Gretzky, called him much worse than whiner, and swore it was all true. He wasn’t comparing Gretz and Crosby, he was comparing the reaction to them.

    • Mondou6 says:

      Agree to disagree.

      Crosby dives and gives cheap shots, which Gretzky didn’t do.

      Further, Gretzky became a popular figure, which I’ll wager will not happen to Crosby.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Disagree with you.

        Crosby gives ‘cheap shots’ because he constantly receives them from the no talent pluggers who can’t keep up with him. He’s trying to survive, be a porcupine. I didn’t notice him giving any cheap shots during the Olympci games.

        Diving is a red herring. Nobody would dive if the refs called every hook, every trip, every hold. There are now different degrees of holding, and the refs are in the awkward position of deciding if a hook is a half hook or a three quarter hook or a full hook. Call every stick on body, and Sidney Crosby and everybody else no longer needs to dive or is accused of doing so.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  28. Un Canadien errant says:

    Mike Boone: “My hearing is going. They just cautioned against throwing stuff on the ice, and I could swear the guy said “violators will be ejaculated.” ”

    Sure Mike, it’s your hearing that’s playing tricks on you.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  29. Ladies and gentlemen.. The last 20 minutes of our Canadiens. As pathetic as they might have been this season.. I will miss them tons over the next 4-5 months of offseason.


  30. durocher says:

    Boone, can I take over the liveblog once you intentionally throw something on the ice to make good on that warning?

  31. Stormin says:

    nice weather no playoffs this really sucks, never spent so much time watching junior hockey online, studying for the big crap shoot the NHL draft who will be the sleepers in the draft

  32. athanor says:

    Well, Boone, that would be the perfect time to say ‘Come again?’

  33. Bill says:

    That was an interesting question about Vigneault that Healy totally ignored and changed the subject on. Thanks CBC.

    • Psycho29 says:

      I think it was Friedman on Melnick this week saying that Vigneault could be looking for work if the ‘Nucks get eliminated in the first round.

  34. durocher says:

    Boone: well, it is Montreal. Looks like Molson is trying hard to please the fans.

  35. Mondou6 says:

    Who is this flaming idiot on CBC comparing Crosby to Gretzky.

    Yeah, Gretzky was just as much of a punk as Crosby, sure. I love these revisionist history idiots.

    • ross says:

      Crosby is a “punk” now? He had a couple years of being reasonably criticized as a whiner, but I haven’t seen anything like that from him in ages. He’s the best player in the league right now, just as Gretzky was in the day. I think Gretzky’s the undisputed Best Player Evar, but it’s still an apt comparison to draw between the two.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Drawing a comparison or constructing an analogy doesn’t mean the speaker is saying one player is exactly the same as another or just as good. He’s comparing situations.

      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  36. L Elle says:

    Last 20 minutes…sniff…sniff… 😉

  37. Stormin says:

    Hope we win in OT so the leafs pick up a useless point to finish out of a chance at the #1 pick,

  38. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    There it is, unfolding right before our eyes. If they can only play well in the third, this could be the game that gets this season back on track!

  39. durocher says:

    Eric Francis: Pat Brisson won’t be Habs’ new GM.

    My vote: Bergevin

  40. durocher says:

    The last twenty….

    I’m throwing my support in the East behind Washington, simply because they are playing the Bruins. For the West, it would be good to have Chicago win so that Bergevin has another Cup before he takes the helm in Montreal 🙂

  41. Bigdawg says:

    3rd period coming up…LET THE THUGS COME OUT

  42. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay not sure how many have pvr, but if you go back there, right after PK hits Brown, Brown comes into the corner and tries to get his shoulder right into Gorges head, the guy is just a meathead on skates.

  43. durocher says:

    Another solid PK ass-hit

  44. jedimyrmidon says:

    I like what we’ve seen from the Habs through two periods. The 4th line in particular has been effective (yeah it’s the Leafs, but I believe they were out against Kessel and Grabovski at points).

    I sure hope they keep it up in the 3rd.

  45. habsfaninboston says:

    Nice stick P.K.

  46. HabinBurlington says:

    Mike Brown you are an idiot! Love it!

  47. punkster says:


    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  48. HabinBurlington says:

    Subbang Baby!!!!

  49. jedimyrmidon says:

    Noo, how did he miss that

  50. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Has anyone heard anything about Trevor Timmins, where is he spending his time, who does he like for the draft?

  51. Mark C says:

    Hilarious stuff listening to the Toronto Broadcasting Company wax so poetic about the Marlies.

  52. HabinBurlington says:

    Glenn Healey knows all about being a backup goalie that the team never wanted to play!

  53. Adidess says:

    Bourque showing signs of life. Budaj with a solid game so far!

  54. Mondou6 says:

    Great game by Budaj. Good for him.

  55. durocher says:

    Should have been a dive too

  56. scrowe21 says:

    “Why are they booing? An obvious kicking motion.”

    Probably because they wanted it to be a goal..

  57. Mondou6 says:

    I always wondered why you can’t kick the puck in. You’re allowed to kick the puck everywhere else.

  58. shootdapuck says:

    Someone shut up Healey and his rah rah rah Laff bs.

  59. HabinBurlington says:

    Kevin Weekes, if you are going to reference MaxPac as a soccer player, at least use the Impact who defeated Toronto FC, bozo

  60. Un Canadien errant says:

    Komisarek on PK outplaying Kaberle on PP.

    Just saying….

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  61. Adidess says:

    No, they’re this bad. I have watched them a few times when they were still around the 7 to 10th spot and still had a chance at making the playoffs…

  62. durocher says:

    I don’t know what the French word is for “stones” or “cojones,” but Dumont has ’em

  63. HabinBurlington says:

    Good to see some posters have found a way to somehow slag Price even when he isn’t playing.

    • Strummer says:

      They need to pay serious attention:

      From my great and good friend Andrew Berkshire: Carey Price is the only goaltender in NHL history to put up two seasons of over 40 games played an .920 save percentage before the age of 24.
      by Mike Boone4/7/2012 10:39:17 PM 6:39 PM

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • L Elle says:

      Seeing him get the Molson Cup tonight triggered the symptoms.

      Meds time.

    • ZepFan2 says:

      Don’t you mean posers?

      “I got a feeling, a feeling deep inside” – Lennon/McCartney

      I’ve got a feeling

    • mb says:

      Something is probably Price’s fault, as usual. I don’t know what exactly or how come, but yeah… Price is to blame, no doubt about it!

  64. Strummer says:

    Anyone got the payroll for tonights Hab line-up-

    I’l guess $33 million

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  65. Bigdawg says:

    Is it just me or does it seem like the leafs are throwing this game??

  66. durocher says:

    Our bottom lines have dominated

  67. jedimyrmidon says:

    Budaj has been good.

  68. Un Canadien errant says:

    All right Mike Blunden, you can skate, you hit, and you try hard. You’re on our fourth line next season.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  69. jedimyrmidon says:

    Nice pressure by the Habs.

  70. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    When new management comes in, I hope Price doesn’t get the same pampering treatment. If the backup is outplaying him he should sit.
    No get start after start when he sucks.

  71. Adidess says:

    We have been very hard on Habs management and rightly so.

    But do you guys realize we got Patches (33 goals) and Gorges (strong D) for an ancient Craig Rivet. Meanwhile, TO gave away multiple 1st picks (Seguin + Hamilton) for their scoring forward (Kessel 37 goals)?

    I don’t know how Burke corrects this mess for next season (another rebuild?). Plus the current squad doesn’t reflect what his new coach wants to do.

  72. Mondou6 says:

    Cassie is taller than Gionta.

  73. habsfaninboston says:

    Did we get the short end of the stick on that skirmish?

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