Liveblog: Conference Final Game 4 – St. Louis scores in OT, pushes Canadiens to the brink

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Rangers take control

Credit the Canadiens with resilience.

They battled back from 1-0 and 2-2 deficits to force Overtime.

And they had the early pressure in OT.

But Henrikl Lundqvist stopped everything.

And after the Canadiens failed to clear their zone when they had three chances to do so, the great Martin St. Louis beat Dustin Tokarski to give the Rangers a stranglehold on the series.

Future Hall of Famer ends it

After the Canadiens flubbed three chances to clear their zone, Martin St. Louis fired a laser over Dustin Tokarski's shoulder to win an OT thriller.

P.K. and PP finally click

Two minutes into the period, all five Canadiens on a power play touched the puck before P.K. Subban blasted it past Henry Lundqvist.

An Alex Galchenyuk shot dinged off the crossbar behind Henrik Lundqvist.

Canadiens had an 8-6 shot advantage.

 

Heartbreaker

With less than a minute to go in the period, Derick Brassard got behind the Canadiens defence and Dan Giradi's long pass found him.

Brassard beat Dustin Tokarski to restore the Rangers' lead.

Francis Bouillon had tied the game at 1-1 eight minutes into the period.

Rangers had a 11-5 shot advantage.

Deadly power play

It's sure killing the Canadiens.

The Rangers took three consecutive penalties, during which the PP was pathetic and surrendered a shorthanded goal to Carl Hagelin.

The Canadiens were better 5-on-5 and outshot the Rangers 11-9.

P.K. Subban, caught up-ice on the Hagelin goal, played a ridiculous 12:14.

Pivotal

Buckle up for the key game of the Eastern Conference Final.

If the Rangers win at Madison Square Garden Sunday night, they take a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.

If the Canadiens win, they regain home-ice advantage in a best-of-three.

Can Dustin Tokarski reprise his Game 3 heroics?

Have the Canadiens solved Henrik Lundqvist?

What will be the impact of two suspensions – Brandon Prust and Daniel Carcillo – and Derek Stepan's broken jaw?

The Canadiens' Saturday practice had Michäel Bornival skating with Daniel Brière and Dale Weise. Francis Bouillon was paired with Mike Weaver and likely draws in for Nathan Beaulieu.

Derick Brassard returns to the Rangers' lineup.

Puck drops 8:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

• Pre-game reading: A nice Bruce Arthur piece on Brendan Gallagher

1,464 Comments

  1. Bim says:

    The fat lady is singing so loudly now its deafening! And what was with all the breakaways? You’d think with an untested goalie in there Habs would tighten up but oh no not this group they just threw in the towel and didn’t compete. Thomas Vanek no where to be found. Did someone kid nap the guy? Good luck with that contract next year Thomas and thanks for coming! Zero compete on a big stage..good luck with that! Two guys definitely not coming back next year..Vanek and Buds. Hope MB goes shopping for a real sniper..one who competes.

  2. Jdub1985 says:

    After reading some more posts I stand corrected. Stopping shots is half the battle. What Price was able to do with rebounds, dump ins, break outs and choosing when to play and not play the puck (causing defensive zone faceoffs) is irreplaceable. torkarski is amazing and keeping this respectable – but Prices’ stick handling ability behind the net is what jump starts our offense – and without it – it’s non-existent.

  3. kalevine says:

    diapppointing to be losing to a team that is not that great. I would much rather go to the finals and lose to a much better team. But it’s still been a good year. I have one request – win at home on Tuesday and make the fans happy

  4. CHicoHab says:

    I know Johhny. Just pains me to think that post by Chucky and the game is likely over. Then we’d be posting how good this team is under adversity. So close mannnn.

  5. CHicoHab says:

    Agree those points Johnny!

  6. AH says:

    So right Timo, this whole Habs are gassed thing is laughable. If anything I’d say they all thought they were going to waltz through the Rangers. Rangers came out flying, Habs have no answer and boom, here they are down 3-1.

    And sure they miss Price, but Toker has played more than well enough, that if he had a better team in front of him, they could easily be up 3-1 themselves.

  7. L Elle says:

    Exaggerate much? I agree with most of your points, but it won’t be 20 years before they make a final or win a cup. When your best player goes down, it does affect the whole team.

    They went from last to Eastern Conference Finals in 2 years. And, it’s still not over.

    Edit: lol, post I replied to disappeared.

  8. johnnylarue says:

    You’re completely and utterly underestimating the value of having an elite goaltender in nets, Teamo.

    Yes, absolutely the team would be playing differently and very likely scoring more goals. I would bet on it… were such a thing possible. Price’s puck-handling alone would change the complexion of their defensive game enormously.

  9. johnnylarue says:

    Uh-oh… did Teamo get the mod-axe?

    Edit: oops–my mistake.

  10. Huh says:

    ^ You’re such a loser. That’s it. Not you johnylarue…..

  11. CHicoHab says:

    Johnny Larue. We took them to OT both games in their barn and could easily have won both but didn’t. It me that’s not greatly outplayed.

    • johnnylarue says:

      I hear you Chico… but, come on, waaaaaay too much time spent in our D-zone. I know possession isn’t everything, but we’ve been chasing the puck for the vast majority of this series, and a less lazy poster than I would have the stats to prove it.

      Habs have, admirably, done what they’ve done best all season long: finding a way to win when hope is all but gone. But eventually, that sort of plucky resolve loses out to the sort of systematic, error-free defensive hockey the Rangers are playing. They’re positionally superior in most instances, are skating faster, and are displaying a much better sense of anticipation than the Habs. (At least to my eyes…)

  12. DLS HAB says:

    It’s a crying shame to see Therrien coming to the rink with Vigneault! So much for not being friends for two weeks!? Guess they were making deals so the Rangers would win tonight.

  13. CHicoHab says:

    Chucky doesn’t hit that post we spare ourselves of all the trolls here tonite and the usual bull crap negativity from some regular posters. A team without their best player is doing the best they can do under the circumstances. Yes. A few guys not playing to their potential. But c’mon. Rangers didn’t earn not one of their goals.
    We are better than them I still believe!!!

    • johnnylarue says:

      Really? I mean, finding open ice and burying the puck counts as “earning a goal” in my books.

      The Habs have been handily outplayed (bordering on dominated) through the majority of these four games–the only notable exception being Game 2, which we still lost.

      I hear what you’re saying, but to see how we played for the first 40 minutes of this one, I’d be hard-pressed to say we deserved the win tonight…

    • C-Sword says:

      A few guys? You’re too kind. The Rangers is a much better team defensively, as soon as they station 4 of their guys on their blue line, nobody gets in easily, your puck is either stolen or you’re being forced to dump it, defense wins championships.

      But like I said, I’m not mad at the Habs, they made it far enough with limited skill and leadership.

  14. Jdub1985 says:

    Jackal – we will never win another Stanley Cup as long as getting past the second round is seen as a success – we aren’t Florida or Buffalo – the reason franchises like the Lakers and Yankees keep winning today is because anything less then a title is a failure – so please save it. Thanks

    • rmaclean says:

      Habs put themselves in a position where they could have won this one.
      You can’t ask for more than that.
      I disagree that the season is not a success if they don’t win the cup. The key is to play well. And they are doing that. It’s not over.
      And…
      No matter what happens we knocked the Bruins out.
      That’s a success to me.

  15. The Jackal says:

    Very disappointed in the general response/tone on here.

    Sure, it sucks to lose like that, specially in the third round, but the Habs are a good team and this season is already a success. The Rangers had to A) injure Price and B) get the bounces to have us at the brink. But it’s not over yet, and the Habs can definitely come back.

    This is a team that has shown resilience and character all year long, yet some people are already crapping on them – gross! Even if they lose, so what? This team is improving by leaps and bounds, the young players are stepping up, and while some of the older guys have been disappointing to an extent, it’s stupid to say they are not giving it their all. Not to mention the valuable lessons they have taught the young guys.

    The team beat Boston – the best team in the league. They swept TB, a pretty decent squad. Now they are on the brink of elimination, and some of the stuff “fans” are saying makes it look like they are the Leafs 2.0. Come on!

    Win or lose, this team, and the fan-base, can hold its head high and be proud of the season.

    Lastly – the small guys. What heart, they have played great and have been key contributors. Anyone still knocking DD has no clue about hockey.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  16. johnnylarue says:

    In all objectivity:

    The Rangers are not a great team, but they’re very well coached and they make the Habs, who are supposed to be a fast team, look pretty slow by comparison.

    Take away our speed advantage and our All-World goaltender, and add to that a power play that is nearing the theoretical temperature of absolute zero, and we really don’t have much going for us.

    I think a lot of the guys are just plain gassed. If this game wasn’t enough to make them reach their alleged “other gear” (which is often being mentioned here), it’s hard to imagine it’ll be any different over the next three games.

    I still wish this was happening with Price in nets so we’d at least have some empirical idea of how we really stack up against this Rangers squad. It would also be fun to be able to fall back on Carey’s flawless record in elimination games this year to ride out the series…

    But hey, that’s me crying onto a puddle of spilled milk.

    • L Elle says:

      Yeah same here. Price is the glue that holds everything together. I believe we’d be seeing a whole different series with him in net.

      Notice Nash trying to kill Toker, and Kreider congratulating him on the bench? This p*sses me off. IF they win, there should be an asterix beside it.

      But, the rest of the team has no excuses for not bringing their A game.

      • johnnylarue says:

        I wasn’t going to watch another Habless final this year, but I think I’ve managed to develop enough of a hate on for these Rags to want to see them get annihilated by Los Angeles in 4. #consolationprize.

        • L Elle says:

          Darth Kreider has brought out my vengeful side too. Let’s see him try to run Quick or Crawford. They’ll break him, literally.

          Without Price, we would get annihilated too, unfortunately.

    • johnnylarue says:

      I hear what you’re saying, Tim. And I’m not making excuses for them–but I really think it took everything they had to beat Boston and they’ve got nothing left.

      That’s my take on it. Not making excuses for them–because I agree, they’re very visibly sucking in this series. I just don’t think it’s from a lack of effort so much as a lack of… well, physical and/or mental stamina, I guess.

  17. billylove says:

    Seems like no one is talking about PK. Whats up with him? He looked like the weak half of a 3rd d pairing, not a Norris trophy winner. His decision making is shaky, he looks slow, and he’s running around in the dzone way too much. I agreed with Boone’s saying he looked like he was drunk on one shift. Seriously, his drop off in this series is staggering. He must be hurt, please, someone tell me he’s hurt!

  18. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    When you stink on the PP and give up 3 breakaways plus countless wide open chances, it doesn’t look good on the coach who was laughing it up with the media before the game.

    • The Jackal says:

      Yeah…. right… that’s what it is.
      Sometimes teams slump, you watch hockey so you obviously know.
      The Habs are good enough to come back, but even if they don’t these kinds of claims are completely unfounded. There are very few negatives to this season even if we lose the series. And what negatives there are will help the team grow.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  19. AH says:

    If someone just started watching the playoffs this series they’d ask “how bad were the teams that Montreal beat to get this far?” LOL!

  20. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    Toket’s played very well, but we’re in the perdicament we’re in because of Carey’s injury.. If hr’s healthy there’s no way we get blown out in game 1; we were forced to play one goalie who hadn ‘t played in a month to play the third period; and then another who hadn’t played in just as long for game 2. They essentially ended up as gimme games for the Rangers.

  21. C-Sword says:

    I’m not that mad, some of you just set your expectations too high, this team is fragile, this is a 1 man team, this is Price’s team, some of those players gave up as soon as Price got injured, he made them look better than they actually were, I don’t know how many times he bailed out Markov and Emelin. There’s no leadership within this team. Until we build this team around leaders, we’re going to be in the same situation every year, Price’s performances will determine the outcome of every series.

    Give us the EGG line next game, we have nothing to lose now.

  22. Peter Young says:

    I can’t believe the amount of defeatism evident on this board (with a few excellent comments to the contrary). It takes four wins to take the series, and the Rangers only have three. Two of the remaining games are at home in Montreal and one in New York, where the Canadiens have already demonstrated they can win a game. Two teams have won three games in a row to win series in this year’s playoffs–the Kings, who won four in a row, and the Rangers. The Canadiens are not out yet. This Rangers team is nowhere near unbeatable by the Canadiens. Certainly winning three in a row is difficult, but we have a team that is quite capable of doing it even granting the validity of many of the criticisms leveled at our team in the comments below. Until the Canadiens lose that fourth game, I will continue to have great hope. This team will not go down without a great fight, and it just might win that fight. Go Habs Go!

    • C-Sword says:

      The Habs are not the Kings. Where’s our Jeff Carter? Where’s our Justin Williams? Where’s our Anze Kopitar? We’re talking about true leaders and clutch players here. Players that hate losing, the same cannot be said about the Habs.

    • Peter Young says:

      Are you in the habit of trying to insult fellow Canadiens fans who express an opinion with which you apparently disagree?

  23. piter says:

    I don’t know about Emelin. He started skating, looked around to see no Ranger around, then DIDN’T skate hard and pressure St. Louis before he took the shot. It’s like he gave up on him, figuring oh, it’s okay, that Toker dude will get it. Ya, he sure did Emmy!!!!!

    • CJ says:

      Nothing in sports is often fair, especially personnel decisions. If the decision was based on merit (performance), Emelin would be out and either Beaulieu or Tinordi would be in. He’s been brutal this entire series. A few good games against the Bruins does not make a successful playoffs.

      Markov. Never mind. I’m not going there….

  24. NightRyder says:

    It’s not over ’til the fat lady sings.

  25. CHicoHab says:

    Too pissed off to comment!!!

  26. AH says:

    MSL could have sang ring around the Rosie and spun around 3 times before he shot, it’ s the conference final and you have guys that open all game long????

  27. NightRyder says:

    Desharnais 7-for-25 in the faceoff circle. Weak on puck battles. Minus-2 even though he had two assists. When he’s your No. 1 centre, you’re eventually going to find trouble.
    Again, he can be a useful player. Third-liner, PP specialist with limited minutes.
    He’s not a passenger. Hard-worker, good guy. But he’s not a No. 1 centre.
    It seems like we’ve had a decade of 15-goal, 50-point, small No 1 pivots (Koivu, Gomez etc.). Surely MB can see the need for an upgrade there.
    The team has ridden good goaltending two the semifinals twice in five years. That figures to continue. To make the next step, more strength down the middle is necessary.
    Vancouver or Carolina might be willing to shake things up. The Habs need a Ryan Kesler/Jordan Staal type of centre to eat up big minutes and play against other top lines.
    Plekanec and some prospects?

    • Huh says:

      I’m sure Bergevin sees that. If we see it, he does too. At least DD has compete….. It’s not easy to get a big, talented 1st line center. You have to draft those guys. Hopefully Chucky moves to center next year. That’s a step in the right direction. He’s big and talented. Hey, we are getting better since Bergevin took over. We just need to be patient. This team has guts. I just think they may be a bit out of gas after the intense Boston series.

      • NightRyder says:

        I’ve come to appreciate what DD brings. He’s just not a first-line player. Galchenyuk/Kesler/Desharnais/Eller would make us mighty strong down the middle.
        I guarantee a Plekanec/Tinordi package gets that done. Is that too much? I’d hate to waste all that time developing Tinordi and watch him blossom elsewhere.

    • FormalWare says:

      If we want Jordan Staal, ‘Canes will be our dance partner, not Pens.

      Personally, as Jordans go, I covet Eberle more than Staal.


      WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

      • NightRyder says:

        Meant Carolina. Eberle would cost about the same to extract from Edmonton, if not more. And wouldn’t solve that problem down the middle. Any scoring wingers out there who can take Gionta’s paycheque?

  28. The Gumper says:

    C’mon guys… Gally scores instead of hitting that crossbar and all of a sudden, everyone’s a genius and we’re heading home tied 2-2!
    Yeah, the PP sucked blah, blah…
    I for one, do not think this is over in any way, shape or form. Of course there’s a big difference in being down 3-1 and having to win the next three but two of those are at home in the best barn and in front of the most fervent fans in the league so let’s knock off this doom and gloom b*llshit. Momentum is a fickle mistress!

    • Peter Young says:

      Spot on.

    • FlyAngler says:

      In 2004 against Boston, not only did the Habs come back from a 3-1 deficit and win the series, but they had to win games games 5&7 in Boston which is harder than beating the Rags with 2 out of 3 games on home ice.

      “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

      • 24AW says:

        FA – This is 2014 not 2004

        • FlyAngler says:

          I suspect that some of us, who have watched both series regard the potential prospect of coming back from 3-1 against this Rangers team to be less formidable than coming back from 3-1 against a Boston team that had home ice and a much greater discrepancy in points during the regular season, so don’t tell me that it’s irrelevant. How old are you? Maybe you should be in bed.

          “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  29. haboholic68NJ says:

    I am afraid for the first time this season of having our deep run come to an end. Toker played great again, but not elite.

    Price would have stopped at least one of the three brake away goals. Chucky’s shot off the crossbar was the difference between a 2-2 series and our dire reality.

    I think our only chance of getting to the finals is Toker stealing the next game and Price making an early return for game 6 and 7.

    *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at http://petertoliasmusic.site11.com/Music_Site/OtherOriginalMusic.html

    • CJ says:

      Tokarski stopped one out of three too. At the end of the day, goaltending is right behind the colour of our jerseys on the list of things wrong with this team. Unfortunately, speciality teams were the difference. 1/9. We scored ONE goal on nine chances. That’s pathetic. Further, we managed to give up a shorty.

      Slice it anyway you like, but that’s the story IMO….

    • MontrealAtheist says:

      I wouldn’t blame Toker for the goals, he had a number of good saves and those that got in would have gotten any goaltender, including Price, in trouble.

      If you’re looking for someone to blame, I think there are plenty of options besides the Toker.

  30. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    What’s Kovalev up to? Sure could use him on the half wall for the power play.

    And if you think that Hab fans hate Martin St. Louis, imagine how Lightning fans feel right about now.

  31. youngwun says:

    One game at a time people. We’re not out yet. They’ll be desperate and at home so who knows.

  32. tinman88 says:

    Mine was stated at you. You’ve already disparaged st Louis’s mother multiple times. Enjoy your off-season

  33. CH Marshall says:

    I think the boys have nothing left in the tank. Running on nothing.

  34. CJ says:

    Despite Cherry’s love fest tonight (the world shifted off it’s axis) regarding our vertically challenged players, we really did look small, slow and disorganized.

    Almost zero hits, almost no cycle game. Our biggest game of the year, with a chance to even the series and improve the likelihood of a chance to go to the Stanley Cup final, and half the team no shows. Honestly, Weise was likely one of our best forwards – again. Has anyone seen Vanek or Gionta? Both players are cutting corners, not willing to take a hit to make a play, go to the dirty areas or get into shooting lanes. Neither has any offense in their arsenal right now. Both, I hope, are done with this organization going forward. If not for the captaincy, Gionta wouldn’t even dress. He’s like the forward version of Bouillion. He had his time and place, but that was 3-5 years ago.

    I thought Tokarski deserved a better fate. Two breakaways and a hall of famer with the puck on his stick and our defenceman 30 feet away. No chance. He’s given us everything we could have asked for and then some. It’s too bad the boys didn’t return the favour and give him their best in front of him.

    Look, there are too many guys sitting back and waiting for someone else to step up. Well, our backs are to the wall now. We can’t lose to these guys. If we would ever bother to show up, we’d wipe the rink with them.

    Lastly, great decision adding Frankie. Too bad it wasn’t Emelin who found his place in the pressbox…..

    • CH Marshall says:

      Oh yeah. I think it’s clear now what kind of disadvantage the Habs have with this size disparity.

    • FlyAngler says:

      C J, Am I crazy for thinking that Eller should be getting more ice time? He does have more points than any of our forwards in the playoffs and he is BIG.

      “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

      • CJ says:

        Absolutely not. Especially considering how ineffective Gionta and Pleks have been. Pair them with Bournival and give them third line minutes. Bourque-Eller-Chucky are the second unit. Weise-Briere-Moen on the fourth.

        Sit Vanek. It’s over for him. Christ, I’d rather have Collberg in the lineup right now than Vanek.

        • FlyAngler says:

          Thanks for the sanity check. Chucky certainly seems to be wasted with Gio and Pleks. I am not hopeful that we will see any meaningful line changes however. Hopefully, they can regroup and win the next one.
          Cheers, C J!

          “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

      • Billyboy says:

        MT is a stupid coach. We got as far as we did this season thanks to
        Price. MT’s handling of his lines is unbelievable. As soon has he loses a game he has to switch. His best line this year was the EGG line. They lost a game or 2 and never played a game since. MT not only looks clueless. He is clueless.

  35. FlyAngler says:

    DD played hard and had two assists on the night but he finished at -2 and was on the ice for all three of the Rangers goals which is pretty telling. You have to admire the guy’s heart, but he just is not and never will be a #1 centerman in the NHL. His failure to control the puck in back of the Ranger’s net led to the Rangers first goal, the shorty.
    The sad thing is that apart from the first period, I thought that the Habs were the better team tonight. I actually believe that they can still win the series, but clearly changes need to be made.

    “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  36. tinman88 says:

    Hey max, I’ve been lurking on this site for 5 games and you are by far the biggest idiot on here. I hope you have a hobby. Because taking about hockey doesn’t seem to be your strong point

    • Max says:

      My comment was not directed at you,it was directed at at troll whose comment was removed.Thanks for the compliment though.Enjoy your time here!

  37. AllHailTheFlower says:

    Playing Vanek and Briere is a waste of time…both are useless.

    • danhabsfan says:

      I’m for benching Vanek, he doesn’t seem to really want to play anyways. Not of he’s hurt, why is he playing?

    • Huh says:

      Briere has been pretty clutch most of the playoffs for us. Vanek looks injured to me, can’t skate or handle the puck. Think that hit PK put on him in the Boston series messed him up.

      Pleks and Gio however, don’t look very good. They bring Chucky down and limit his offensive potential. He should maybe be on another line. Which one? I don’t know. EGG? Maybe…….

    • C-Sword says:

      Honestly, I’d only play Briere in seventh games. I just feel bad for Tinordi and White who are anxious to play, but are being forced to watch those floaters and washed up players instead.

      • Huh says:

        Yeah at least you know that White would bring it. Bring some form of intensity. Him with Weiss would be a tough line to play against. And maybe they’d get us a dirty goal.

  38. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    If the Habs played like this against the Bruins, they would have got destroyed. That is what is so frustrating. The mistakes they are making at this stage of the playoffs is just baffling. Hopefully next game will be better.

  39. FormalWare says:

    You know who is Really lucky, tonight? Benoit Pouliot. That OT penalty wasn’t even the first brain-dead, O-zone penalty he took! But the Habs couldn’t send him to the pressbox. Argh!


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  40. 5wings says:

    Tokar was our best player…what does that say..he was unbelievable..what a GEM..
    thought DD came to play was involved in the OT miscue but was on 79 who was toooooo softtttt on the puck..why a shitty backhand clear..use the forehand and the puck is out..
    the guys are playing for contracts and they look like AHLers vs NHLers…hope mr. GM is taking notes..
    Are the rangers that effing good..or what..Zucarlli looks more like a rat Marchand every game..
    Hockey is a game of mistakes and we make 5 times more than the rangers..panic type stuff..
    Franky scored a nice one other than that he wasnt in the game..
    PK had many times for the one timer but he seems to refuse to shoot, not sure why..he does it and scores..
    One day off..and back at it..
    We have to play like we are playing the BRUINS..
    were did that game go..

    GO HABS GO!!

  41. tinman88 says:

    8 power plays, flopping all over the ice. Tonight was the night to take advantage of it. You failed. Enjoy your off-season

  42. L Elle says:

    They took out our best player without consequence. Price doesn’t just stop pucks. He clears the zone, saves his D from being hit, and makes them look faster than they really are, while covering all their mistakes. Also liberating the D to pass the puck faster to the forwards.

    Even so, our team with a PP that works, could have put this game away in regulation. It’s not over though, unless someone wins 4 games. X fingers and pray.

    Not Toker’s fault at all, but he’s no Carey Price. But, who is?

    • Huh says:

      Not Tokers fault. He can’t score. He made big saves when it counted – gave the team a chance.

      • L Elle says:

        Yes, but the team is better with Price. Experience counts too.

        • Huh says:

          Yes, they are. But there were a lot of soft passes – soft board play and no compete….. Even if Price was in nets it would have been a tough game to win. Sure maybe he would have stopped one of the goals but the team still played a bit too soft where it counted. Minus a few guys who have jam.

        • L Elle says:

          They seem to have lost their mojo. Let’s hope it’s temporary.

          The armchair coach in me would have played White. The line-up was way too soft. But one less goal = the difference between winning and losing.

  43. D Mex says:

    Question for all the trivia buffs who just jumped off the bandwagon :
    – When’s the last time Habs won a series in 7 ?

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  44. C-Sword says:

    The refs practically handed the game to them in the first with all those powerplay opportunities , not only they couldn’t score, but they got scored on, that had to be the worst first period of this post season by any team.

    And some people here were saying how the Habs were just as good as the Kings last night. Let’s be serious here, they are far from being cup contender, Bergevin better get rid of the dead wood this summer, we’re going to face the Bruins almost every year in the playoffs now, luck might not be on our side next time.

  45. trolly says:

    Well, I guess the good news is we play the next game at home and if we can pull one out there we will get a big boost from getting Prust back for game 6 in NY. Anything can happen. :-)

    • PK says:

      You got it!!
      Rags have won three not the four games they need.
      Habs still in this.

      Ok, Habs in seven … not impossible.

      >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

      • scamorza says:

        that’s what i thought from the beginning of the series even with Price in nets. Tough hill to climb mais pas impossible

        come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

  46. 19yan65 says:

    all three goals scored on us on complete bone head plays. A shorty, a terrible line change and finally a horrible turn over in our zone. It was a great season but we cannot win or for that matter do not deserve to win not with does kind of mistakes.

  47. jmac21 says:

    DD and Markov own that winning goal chip that high of the glass and it’s out instead DD Lemieux tries to carry it and then Markov tries his best PK, and 74 wtf that’s St.Louis over there

  48. Laramy87 says:

    Just a terrible way to lose it. Comedy of errors in our zone where we could not get the puck out. And of course it has to be Marty.

    Habs have thier backs against the wall and look what they did in this situation against boston. So one game at a time.

    Go habs go

  49. Huh says:

    Going 1 for 9 on the PP and inability to clear the D zone when it counts are the story lines of this game.

    • habsinnyc says:

      Throw in the inability to win faceoffs. (Although they did win most of the OT draws.)

      • Huh says:

        Yes, they have been pretty bad on faceoffs most of the season and in this game particularly.

        It ain’t over yet. Have to give credit to the Rangers – they play hard…. are hard on the puck and win most battles.

        We look tired in general.

        But again, it’s not over yet.

  50. AceMagnum says:

    Therrien’s English responses during his presser were completely incomprehensible. Poor guy sounds defeated.

  51. PuffNStuff says:

    Maybe instead of all those days off try practicing ya putrid power Play MT.

  52. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Habs can win this. Settle down. I said Habs |can| win. All this talk about how some “fans” know this team is done is ridiculous. I bet you all can see the future right?
    2/3 a@ home, win the next 2 and Game 7 anything can happen. Stop this certainty that “you know” the Habs will lose

  53. sCOTT1243 says:

    Remember all the doom and gloom here before game 6 against boston? Well do or die now again…yes the odds are stacked against them, but this team getting a big win at home could get their mojo back…ya never know.

  54. habfan100 says:

    3-1 is never over, especially with Home ice…but man we need a friggin spark here.

  55. habsinnyc says:

    BTW, look how stuck in the middle of nowhere Bourque was on the winning goal.

    • bandaide says:

      Prolly waiting for the clear to him to start a push they had 3 chances it isn’t on Bourque who showed 100x more jam then Max frickin soffff

  56. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    Rangers came back from 3-1 against the Pens. Now it’s our turn to do it to the Rangers.

  57. 24AW says:

    The Habs are done like dinner, not enough offense, a so so defense do not win championships. the Goal-tending is about even. The rangers will move on in games 5 or 6.
    The sad part about it, Boston is a better team than the Rangers and was eliminated by this same Habs team if that don’t make you shake your head nothing will.

  58. FormalWare says:

    This sucks. But you know what? I think I felt worse about the Game 4 OT loss to the Bruins than I do about this one. The B’s had wriggled off the hook, and it seemed inevitable they would win Game 5 – which they did.

    But then our Habs came back with the two best games we’ve seen them play. And that’s just the thing: We’ve Seen how well our boys can play! I see no reason not to believe they will respond to another desperate situation with desperate hockey.

    This isn’t over yet.


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  59. topher5468 says:

    Just remember, Rangers were down 3 games to 1 vs Pitt and they had to win 2 in Pitt, this isn’t over

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  60. habfan100 says:

    At this point, you take it one game at a time. You’re at home for Game 5, must win literally, Bench Vanek, either he’s injured or lazy or just Austrian….bottom line is he is too soft.

    PP needs work, man…Toker played so well…and we thought goaltending would be the issue?

  61. NCRhabsfan says:

    I know he scored a goal, but he was directly responsible for the Brassard goal. Why was Boullion dressed tonight? Why? This is not a guy that leads you to the promised land; he is the guy that ensures you never get there. HUGE mistake by MT. Huge.

  62. danhabsfan says:

    I am so ticked off… Can’t believe they blew this game. I really believed they were going to win tonight. It’s just a shame that they clear the puck like little girls, someone is wearing Pleks’ skirt.

  63. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Just win the next 2… 1 day at a time. 1 shot at a time. Ghg

  64. AH says:

    What has happened to this team since the Boston series? Sure it went to OT, but man they are a step behind the Rangers all game.

    The last team I thought would knock them out was the Rangers. I know it’s not over yet, but too many passengers this series.

    Rangers in 6.

  65. Chris says:

    Well, this day has just flat out sucked…

    1) Work up with a cold on the second actually nice day of the year. Of course.

    2) Scored two own-goals in my soccer game this morning.

    3) Went to the Memorial Cup final only to see Guelph lay their 1 every 5 games egg. That was a bit heart-breaking…no question they were the best team, but they just picked the absolute worst game to have an off-night.

    4) Habs lose in overtime by leaving Martin St. Louis wide open in the offensive zone, yet again.

    I can’t wait for tomorrow.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Emelin didn’t even make much of an effort to cut him off. He’s been front and centre on a couple of huge goals against in the last two games.

      • Chris says:

        Emelin had no hope whatsoever of getting to St. Louis…he might as well have had to cross the Sahara desert for all the space that St. Louis found himself with.

  66. kalevine says:

    I was so hoping pouliot would be the goat with that idiotic penalty. Habs should have made him pay. He hasn’t changed at all, other than that he is not being benched when he takes dumb penalties

  67. habfan100 says:

    Ugh, just the way it ended pisses me off…STL goal was a nice snipe but the way he got set up, the way our defense played lazy ass hockey so early in OT…FRUSTRATING!

  68. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Still have hope because the Habs still have not played their best yet. One thing is clear. The Rangers work harder defensively. No Hab has had the same quality chances the Rangers had tonight. Ridiculous. I did not expect them to win when Price went down but at least do not lose at home. Hopefully the Rangers will have a let down next game.

    • AH says:

      I’ m starting to believe they don’t have their best in them anymore, I’ve been waiting for it all series and they still haven’t brought it.

    • danhabsfan says:

      We’ve seen their best… And it lacks, be lucky to get to 6. But too bad this will be over in 6.

    • MontrealAtheist says:

      Sure, they haven’t played their best yet, but at this point one has to start wondering if it’s not too late even if they start playing the kind of hockey that we know they are capable of playing.

      Special teams killed us today, inability to clear the puck and bad giveaways did the rest. It ain’t over yet, but our boys have dug themselves unnecessarily in a very deep hole. Let’s hope they can climb out, one game at a time.

  69. Mike D says:

    Emelin was brutal all night and doesn’t have the footspeed anyway. Please replace Emelin with NB for the rest of the series….however long that may be.

    Vanek needs to sit too. Total absence of effort. Doubt it happens since you can’t take a “proven goal scorer” out and replace him with a guy like Ryan White when you’re down 1-3 in the playoffs, but I think Whitey would be far more effective.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  70. habfan100 says:

    One game at a time, but the Habs need to play a Game 6 last round next game.

  71. NCRhabsfan says:

    The play-offs are instructive. I hope MB is paying attention.

    – Vanek is a waste of air. Not worth NHL minimum salary let alone top dollar. Let Minnesota get their backsides kicked with him eating all their salary cap for the next decade.

    -The Desharnais era needs to end. If possible before the next game, but if not, before next season. He will look great in a Calgary or Edmonton uniform and they will like him for the little bits he brings and not worry about the complete disaster he is at creation aspect of the game like clearing the zone at the most critical moment of the season.

    – Remember who won you nine playoff games. It wasn’t Gionta, Boullion, Murray, Vanek, and DD. Sign players accordingly.

    Who would have thought that the Habs would win 9 playoff games. Wonderful, but they will not win Stanley until they can find some forwards that can score. Two goals tonight by Dmen. The forwards have been pathetic at scoring. Draft skilled forwards in every round. Skill. Skill. Skill. Not numbskulls with size, guys that can actually score, because that is the biggest weakness with this team.

  72. DLS HAB says:

    Rangers can be beat by speed and hitting. I can’t understand why they can’t do this a little earlier in the game. Beyond me!

  73. Habcouver says:

    Our boys were fortunate to have taken this to OT for such a poorly executed game plan today.
    Should feel better tomorrow.

    GHG!

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

    • Ton says:

      I thought they played a good road game……….remember your facing a good team………….there not in the eastern final for nothing therefore they will have there moments in games as well!!!!!!!

  74. habfan100 says:

    Vanek sits next game. Ryan White in.

  75. topher5468 says:

    This loss is hard to take, but watching Markov and Emelin fumble it away makes it hurt even more, How did Markov not get that puck out? PP lost us the game though, Refs tried to give it to us but the boys didn’t want it

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Don’t forget DD who twice could have cleared it and did not. DD has huge holes in his game. The Habs will never win anything with him in bleu, blanc et rouge.


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