Liveblog: Game 14: Road weekend starts with 4-3 loss in Minnesota

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Rough night for fourth line

Ryan White, Michael Blunden and George Parros were on the ice for Minnesota's first three goals – by Justin Fontaine, Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter.

The Canadiens battled back in the third period, erasing the Wild lead on goals by P.K. Subban and Brian Gionta.

But Pominville's second of the game and ninth of the season won it late for the home team.

The Canadiens outshot Minnesota 31-25.

Pominville seals the deal

After the Canadiens fought back from a 3-2 deficit to tie the game on goals by P.K. Subban and Brian Gionta, Jason Pominville's second goal of the game gave Minnesota a hard-fought win.

Wild take lead

Jason Pominville's eighth was the only goal of the middle period.

A superb pass by Mikael Granlund sent Pominville past Andrei Markov and in alone on Carey Price.

The Canadiens had five shots on goal during a late-period power play and outshot the Wild 13-6 in the period.

 

25 seconds of scoring

At 5:45, Justin Fontaine got the home team on the board, tipping Keith Ballard's point shot past Carey Price.

At 6:10, Brendan Gallagher completed a lovely play by Alex Galchenyuk, who beat highly-regarded Wild Dman Jonas Brodin before feathering a saucer pass across the crease for his linemate's sixth.

Wild had the shot edge, 7-6 ... the last one being a good chance from close in by Charlie Coyle with seconds on the clock.

Measuring-stick games

As we begin the second month of what Red Fisher used to call the "infernally long" NHL season, your Montreal Canadiens face three challenges that will give general manager Marc Bergevin a pretty good idea of where his team is at.

The run begins Friday night in Minnesota, where the Wild are 4-1-2 on home ice. Wild fans have not seen the Canadiens since March 20, 2011, when P.K. Subban scored the only hat trick of his career and added an assist in an 8-1 romp.

The Wild have not beaten the Canadiens in Minnesota since Dec. 17, 2005.

The Canadiens leave immediately after the game and fly to Denver for a Saturday night date with Patrick Roy's red-hot Avalanche.

Then it's back to Montreal for a Tuesday night Bell Centre game against Jaro Halak and the mighty St. Louis Blues.

Bing-bang-BOOM!

Not a weak sister on the short-term schedule.

The Canadiens will have reinforcements: George Parros returns to the lineup against the Wild; Max Pacioretty may be available for the game against Avalanche.

• My man Arpon Basu of NHL.com analyzes the Emelin signing

732 Comments

  1. etcheverry92 says:

    PK Subban is such an awesome talent, but he just doesn’t know when to pull in his horns. First, he benefits from a very chintzy penalty call, with Danny Heatley whistled off for holding PK’s stick. Subban and the Canadiens use the ensuing power play to get back into the game – and eventually tie the game. Then it’s Subban, not only hitting Charlie Coyne from behind, but leaving his feet to do so. Subban was very lucky that he wasn’t called – he just doesn’t know when to leave well enough alone.

  2. Subban in Sochi says:

    As for the comment by Papa Desharnais that his son is a “slow starter,” perhaps DD still isn’t “in gear” this season because he never “started” LAST year due to the abbreviated schedule. That 48 games didn’t allow M. Desharnais the proper time to pull up his landing gear.

    Of course, it could be noted that the only “real” season that DD had with the Canadiens was in The Lost Year when the Habs finished last in the Conference. He & Cole looked “outstanding” on a terrible team; never since.

    Bergevin’s first meaningful error as Habs’ GM was resigning Desharnais-and doing so way too “early” and for an unnecessary princely sum. To this day David has a grand total of 34 NHL goals…and he has “earned” a fat goose egg in the Playoffs.

    At least DD is injury free…and has kept the same ice time (!!)…There’s some “value” in his contract if he’s being compensated for ToI.

    “Cannonading drive!!”

  3. The Jackal says:

    @EOHF

    We may not agree on some things but totally agree re. domestic abusers and that punk Snowden.

    ______________________
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  4. The Dude says:

    Therrien better have Budaj play net tomorrow …

  5. Habifax says:

    nite all!!!!

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Thankfully tonight the Flyers and Capitals prevented any injuries by having a line brawl, I was really worried someone would get hurt in that game, but instead a fight broke out. I think when emery took on holtby this ensured no more injuries, Burke and others have it right. Chances are the league does nothing since this is actually an injury prevention program. NHL players are bright this way and recognize the value of a good line brawl.

  7. Ian Cobb says:

    Question!
    How did Ottawa obtain Bobby Ryan?? Who else was involved? or was it a straight up free agent signing.?

  8. Habifax says:

    Parros will have his moments this year. He needs ice time and games under this belt. He was brought in for a reason. Tonight that reason was not a factor.

  9. rljmartin says:

    No comments about Price? Not his best game either. Way to passive on the breakaway and he should have been aggressive with his stick on the 3rd goal… shades of pre-Waite goaltending haunting him on those.

    • Grimmly says:

      Chalk it up to a sub par game with terrible defense, there is no goalies ever that never had an off game. We can stop analyzing it after just one game. Oh wait, we cant, we are Habs fans….

    • habnonymous1 says:

      RE: Breakaway. Not necessarily disputing what you say but Pominville has a pretty good touch with the puck, sometimes good players score on good goalies.

      The problem on that play was White ( who I like ) fumbled the puck at the Minn blue line and the Markov ( who I also like ) wasn’t able to get back to break up the rush.

  10. Habifax says:

    couple of tough games coming up. the Avs are playing really tight defensively. so the habs must get into the dirty areas and muck it up tomorrow. If they play in splurts like tonight they will be lucky to win. you know the avs coach will have them jacked up.

  11. frontenac1 says:

    @Hobie. Agreed. It’s Parros first game back after playing just one game. He will find his legs.No doubt about it. I just hope Mike eases him in slowly.

    • habnonymous1 says:

      I thought Parros looked alright in game one prior to his injury. I’m prepared to cut him some slack as he comes back from a pretty brutal injury.

      No more slack for Bouillon, DD or Therrien.

      Time to sit Bouillon, DD, and Blunden in favour of Pateryn, LeBlanc, and Hollande. (assuming Max is back)

      Therrien’s TOI-limiting with Subban is coaching malpractice.

      Subban will be a star on the Habs long after Therrien is an asterisk in the team history book.

      Funny, I said the same thing re: Patrick Roy and the guy who was the coach back then.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      I thought he had a head injury, I hadn’t realized he’d lost his legs. He looked pretty good for a guy with no legs.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Mike? Really?

  12. Ian Cobb says:

    Why does Parros have double blades on his skates?
    He looks like he could be very effective directing the Zamboni around the rink.! I even saw him turn completely around once.

  13. third generation haber says:

    On the brighter side,

    Jeremy Gregoire, our sixth round pick from 2013 is having an explosive start to his year. He leads his team in points; they’re not a powerhouse by the way. He sits 6th in Q scoring, surrounded by first round picks; 1 point ahead of Poirier.

    GP: 17 G: 14 A: 13 P: 27

    He’s only 18, played at the Hlinka tournament, and has a 12 game point streak. He’s known as a hard-working, hard-nosed, 200 foot team player.

    He’s not soft and if he makes it to the bigs, will probably never go 30 games without scoring while commanding 3.5 mil in salary.

    F%$@! I was trying to get my mind off the black-hole known as DD, but I’ve failed.
    My apologies. T.T

    j.p. murray

  14. Hobie Hansen says:

    How man games has Ryan White played with George Parros?

    How many times has Mike Blunden and George Parros practiced or played on a line together?

    Do people really expect George Parros to have a solid game his first game back from a concussion on a line with Mike Blunden?

    Look, George Parros is the least talented player on the the club, we all know that, I use him as my avatar for fun, but throughout his career he’s been a steady 4th liner when on a line with the correct players and having had a chance to practice systems and plays.

    To jump allover him for making a couple mistakes in his first game back from a concussion, after he tried to change the mentality of our hockey club, is pretty much gutless. On most nights the goalie bails him out and we’re talking about something else.

    Later in the season, after a few good games playing with Prust and Moen, after stepping in and having an answer for the Leafs and Bruins when they start slapping around Subban and Galchenyuk, a lot of people will be eating crow.

    Keep you head up George there’s better days ahead!

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      I don´t blame him at all. Therrien lost the game. Parros is a great guy but pretty much the only teams he really should be playing against are the Bruins and Leafs.

    • Habifax says:

      He has only played maybe a couple of periods (really) this season so I give him a pass and a chance get in game shape. The fourth line didn’t play much in the third and yes there was no chemistry. I thought some loose defensive play was more of an issue tonight.

    • third generation haber says:

      Agreed, far too soon to hold Parros accountable. When we can spread some toughness throughout our lines (not just the fourth), I think we’ll see better results.

      j.p. murray

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      I don’t blame him, but he really isn’t an NHL calibre forward and it shows…all the time. Does anybody really think he plays one minute in the NHL if he doesn’t punch people? He may have a role to play in some games this season, but he’s going to hurt the team most of the time he’s on the ice. He should only dress for games where the punching part might be useful.

  15. Habifax says:

    yes if your feeling down just be happy your not a flyer fans at the moment.

  16. JM says:

    Can’t see us doing any better till we meet Ottawa Thurs 7th Nov!!

  17. Harditya says:

    Imagine if the Habs were as bad as the Flyers?..oh man, this server would blank out for weeks, months hahah

    That being said Holgrem is an idiot. So is Ed Snider. A case of dumb and dumber.

  18. Mattyleg says:

    I have to say that I was surprisingly impressed with LL tonight.
    I was worried (still am, to be honest) that he’s going to be a poor-man’s Pouliot – skills to the skies but no stomach/head for the game.

    He looked great out there tonight, worked hard, and made some really good plays. Hope to see more of that!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. Habifax says:

    with the salary cap most teams lack depth. when you get a couple of guys injured the 4th line dropoff is huge. we saw that tonight.

  20. NCRhabsfan says:

    Talking about the 4th line tonight, I think it speaks volumes about MT’s thinking that he started sending White out with other wingers after he had forgotten that Parros and Blunden were dressed.

  21. Habifax says:

    Broad Street Bullies Live!!!!!

  22. Habifax says:

    The thing with DD is that if he is not putting up points he really has no value as he can’t contribute in many other ways. Not physical like Gallagher or a digger. can’t win puck battles. Can’t kill penalties. The only postitive I can see now is that it looks like MT has FINALLY taken him off first PP unit. After watching him last year on first unit PP I have to wonder why it took so long. By his stats he had one half decent year two years ago at the NHL level. At his point I don’t see him as a full time player on most nhl teams.

  23. JM says:

    1st and 2nd line did their thing tonight The 3rd and 4th might as well stayed home!! They lost and deserved too… I expect more of the same tomorrow night.

  24. punkster says:

    May as well relax and get used to DD…Max is back so DD will get at least 10 more games to prove himself with him…doesn’t matter what you think of DD, MT or MB…guaranteed 10 more games minimum.

    Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
    but…
    ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

    • SuperHabFan says:

      I feel bad for max. Anytime there is a line change and DD gets off early and plecs plays maybe a few seconds with max, you really see his potential, and he sometimes scores. He looked good With Eller earlier this season

      • The Jackal says:

        He also looked real good with DD.
        And Max, who actually knows a thing or two about hockey, thinks DD is a really good player, he believes in him and so does the team.
        He has earned the chance to play through his slump, and he will.

        ______________________
        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • SuperHabFan says:

          Seriously, name a single championship caliber team that would have DD on it. I dont doubt DD knows how to play hockey well, and can make some great plays (he obviously hasn’t this season). Hell, he can put up 60 pts in a season on the worst team in the league. but I dont want that, we’re not florida. I want a guy who can win us championships and he doesnt cut it as a top 6 and DEFINITELY not a bottom 6

  25. CHicoHab says:

    The fact remains. Clearly with Patches, Prust, Emelin, and even Briere this is a decent team. Lots of upside. Cant win em all. We wont win em all. But neither will 29 other teams. Look forward to tomorrows match. Especially happy about the clock going back an hour will give us more time to post…..

    “take your time and hurry up”

  26. NCRhabsfan says:

    Loved watching the three kids again tonight and I thought LL looked good at times. Parros looked like he’s still concussed; not sure he has any real value to the team. They’re 0-2 when he plays. Bouillion was brutal losing track of Pommenville on the winning goal. He stops playing when Emelin returns. The real question is why is he playing ahead of Tinordi, Beaulieu or Patteryn right now.

  27. The Jackal says:

    So easy to blame DD, yet so wrong.
    DD has been playing with a lot of hustle lately, and his line has been good, they just have not gotten chances. They haven’t made defensive mistakes and have been decent.
    DD is actually a good and talented player that has a lot of character, but his confidence is really low. I wonder how many of you haters would be able to rise to the challenge with a rabid media and fan base constantly criticizing your play.

    I bet you that when DD gets going, he will help the team score a lot more goals.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • RAM_TOUGH says:

      It has been 30 games now. How many more eh, 30?

      Guts-Glory-Ram

    • silversnake says:

      He missed two wide open glorious chances, didn’t even get a shot on net. At some point we have to stop saying “He’s working hard, he’s getting chances”, he needs to bury one or find a linemate to bury it. With the amount of minutes he plays , he needs to produce. No goals in 30 games and no points in 8 plus games. Enough is enough.

      His job is to deal with the media and the immense pressure and still produce. If he couldn’t handle it, he didn’t have to sign the extension and could have played in Florida. He signed it so he assumes the scrutiny that comes with it when he doesn’t live up to this contract.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      It wasn´t DD´s fault today but there´s no way he should be getting our best winger in Pacioretty again so he can pick up a couple of assists. DD should be playing on the fourth line with Moen and White while Bournival centers the third with Prust and Gionta or Bourque. I strongly believe this is the best way to move forward.

      Pacioretty – Plekanec – Bourque
      Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
      Prust – Bournival – Gionta
      Moen – Desharnais – White

      These are four lines that could do a good job against any team in this league and you can switch Bourque and Gionta if you like.

    • bellcentre hotdog says:

      Sorry man … And I hate trashing our players, but DD has been terrible.

    • third generation haber says:

      In 14 games, he has 1 assist and zero goals- he makes 3.5 mil. And, doesn’t compensate with physicality or shot blocking.

      He deserves every ounce of criticism he’s getting! He “hustles”??? I freakin hope so because he’s not doing what he’s being paid to do which is to provide offense.

      I’m not sure if there is a bigger disapointment in hockey.
      j.p. murray

  28. SmartDog says:

    Here’s a question. If DD is struggling… is it the best thing to give him a lot of ice time? Why not REDUCE his ice time until he happens to knock one in. Then give him more ice time while his confidence is riding high. I’m not a rocket scientist…. but I’m thinking neither is Therrien.

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • RAM_TOUGH says:

      MT is as dumb as he looks

      Guts-Glory-Ram

      • Mattyleg says:

        Come on, if you’re not going to even try to post something interesting, what’s the point of posting at all?

        You may not have noticed, but you have exactly TWO (2) responses to your posts here on this page.

        Think a bit and contribute to the conversation rather than wasting the infinite space of the internet.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • third generation haber says:

      Are u talking about holding him accountable the way that White, Moen, and Subban are??? You’re forgetting he’s a softy! Softies have been getting preferential treatment in Montreal for the past 15 years. It doesn’t matter if he’s not doing his job, as long as he has “character”.

      Sorry for the sarcastic rant.

      j.p. murray

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      It’s all a desperate attempt to justify the outrageous salary they agreed to pay him. Gomez part deux.

    • The Jackal says:

      My confidence is MT is not the highest, but it makes sense to keep playing DD. He has NOT been hurting the team and his been hustling, his line has played well in the O zone and have not made many defensive mistakes. They certainly did not hurt us at all tonight. So they missed some chances, so did the EGG line.

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    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Is this a trick question?

  29. duffy says:

    I feel sorry for the DADS, would have been nice to win for them.

  30. Tis Himself says:

    Needless to say, they ain’t Cuppers yet!

  31. SuperHabFan says:

    Here is a question for you all. Even IF DD got 60 pts this season. Name me ONE Championship caliber team that would rather have DD anywhere in their line up.

  32. JM says:

    Surprise – Surprise wait till Mr. Roy gets Therrien tomorrow night. He’s gonna whip his a – -

  33. Habifax says:

    Really missed Prust tonight. DD should be getting about 5 – 7 mins TOI a game. If MT had made some in game adjustments to the lines and played the guys who were playing well tonight we may have had a better result. His bromance with DD has got to end. It looks to me like DD is only playing as much as he is becuase they dont want to look like they made a mistake with that contract. But it looks like they made a mistake. The more he plays the more it shows.

  34. rljmartin says:

    Parros shaking cobwebs, not ready but Holland should have been in for Blunden.

    Thought DD played hard, actually won some puck battles but Bourque played 19:39 of invisible hockey.

    Gally, Habs best player on the ice tonight by far….

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      I’ve given up on Blunden. Whatever it is he needs to “get”, he hasn’t gotten. He’s a depth guy that plays mostly in Hamilton, gets called up occasionally and that we forget when he goes to play in Switzerland.

  35. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Leafs keep getting better. Habs not so much!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  36. Marc10 says:

    The team looked out of sync. Guys weren’t playing their position and that cost them the game. The effort was there though.

    Jason Pominville is a serious candidate for the coveted F middle initial. That was a ‘Donald Audette/Martin Brodeur/Daniel Alfredsson Hab Killer Display’… Good thing we don’ t play the Wild too often. Yet another local boy that plays extra big against the Bleu, Blanc, Rouge. Maybe we pick up the little bastard when he’s old and past his prime… ;-)

  37. duffy says:

    Patrick will show them tomorrow night why they should have hired him instead of the guy they Fired .

  38. The Jackal says:

    I’ve noticed this site is a little less busy than usual, and I was wondering why. But now, after a few losses, it finally clicked. People are sick and tired of the f@%*ing inane comments and trollery that goes on here, not only after a loss but unfortunately, way too often.

    These mindless comments, of the nature of DD SUCKS or FIRE THERRIEN have no thought to them and provide nothing of value for commenters. I understand some fans are just expressing their frustration, but this is a forum, somewhere you go for discussion rather than spur of the moment angry remarks.

    Please try to at least have some kind of argument or constructiveness to whatever you are trying to say. No one says you have to be a fan of DD but saying the same crap over and over again really takes away from the level of discourse on this site, which is quite high and pleasant. Most posters don’t come here to read what they and other fans yell at the TV, they come here to have conversations about the Habs and hockey.

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    • Et le but says:

      Well said; I’m with you 100%

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      It’s not so bad on non game posts.

    • laccien says:

      Mes Canadiens played some exciting hockey tonight. Perhaps the hockey gods were against us. There is no shame in this loss, teams were evenly matched, Montreal outplayed and outshot the Wild. One can be too critical especially when one didn’t lace up the skates.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Yep.
      Unfortunately things aren’t going to change much while Boone runs the ‘Blog’ which consists (more often than not) nearly exclusively of those kinds of remarks.
      Sets the low, low tone for the comment forum.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • 416erHabsFan says:

      Honestly Jackal DD overall stats speak for themselves, Tonight he could not even make a 3 foot pass at the 7:46 of the 3rd period to a wide open Bourque. Instead he wiffs on the pass and falls! For what he is getting paid this is unacceptable.I think most of the people on here have a right to be angry with him. If need be, people can just start posting his stats with their comments.

    • JF says:

      I’ve found this site less interesting lately. People tend to latch onto one topic and flog it to death. The suckitude of DD is a perennial favourite as is the softness and uselessness of Raphael Diaz. The last couple of days it’s been PK, Therrien’s misuse of him, Therrien’s dislike of him, and so on. Most days I skim the posts but lately have found little worth reading. I miss posters like 24Cups, who hasn’t been heard from since the pre-season, and Tom Nickle (Looney), who, while sometimes abrasive and dogmatic, knows a great deal about hockey.

  39. 416erHabsFan says:

    The Real Trolls are the ones defending DD!

  40. Hobie Hansen says:

    Looks like the 4th line had some trouble tonight. Can’t get on Parros too much after he missed a month with a concussion and Blunden shouldn’t be there. We have a good 4th line when Moen and Prust are healthy :-).

  41. chemic says:

    wise words Mr. Boone, have a good night!

  42. CHicoHab says:

    Matty. Dont let them suck you in to banter

    “take your time and hurry up”

  43. savethepuck says:

    I would rather see Habs players taking beatings and winning a hockey game than icing a 4th line that can’t play 6 freaking minutes without giving up 3 goals.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  44. Odie24 says:

    Desharnais: 0 pts, 0 hits, 0 blocked shots, 41% in the faceoff circle. Sorry, not good enough for a supposed top 6 forward. He’s got company…Frankie Boullion play his heart out, but -2 and getting beat all over the ice. Blunden, White, Parros, -3 for all of them…

  45. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Horrible coaching cost us at least a point. I don´t like Desharnais but this one was completely Therrien´s fault. I really hope Pacioretty plays tomorrow and Parros sits and ffs, don´t play Bouillon and Murray with the fourth line.

  46. Grimmly says:

    This game is all on our pathetic fourth line and grandpa number 55..

  47. Peter Young says:

    On to tomorrow, another day. This is only one of 82 games. But too many of these throw-a-ways and the Canadiens will be in trouble for the playoffs.

  48. Harditya says:

    You can’t roll 3 lines in today’s NHL. Need an effective 4th line. Blunden has nothing to offer.. other than that defense requires a lot of tweaking. I’m beyond ecstatic about Emelin’s return.

  49. Habifax says:

    Really Bad defensive coverage tonight. And DD is really weak. Needs to sit because he is not even working hard to get out of his slump(?). LL should take his spot he has looked good and is working and playing hard.

    • habnonymous1 says:

      LL should get the chance over DD.

      Bouillon should sit for that 4th goal botch-up, #Accountability.

      Pateryn has looked OK to me, he might as well play and at least a mistake like that could be chalked up to development instead of Oldtimer’s disease.

  50. Tis Himself says:

    Just got back. Did the Habs get a point? WTF!!!

  51. haballmylife says:

    Deharnais isn’t the reason we lost but he’s a huge disappointment since his contract extension. Somehow he still gets loads of ice time

  52. TheMostCupsPeriod says:

    Well RDS is happy. Pomminville first star. What a joke.
    MT is terrible coach. Cannot believe I agree with Timo!

  53. Mattyleg says:

    Can I just say something?
    Can I?
    Just a comment here?

    Desharnais wasn’t the reason we lost this game tonight, so give it a rest, please.

    He had a pile of chances that he missed.
    So what?
    There are 11 other forwards on this team, and 3 of them are -3 each tonight.
    Want to complain? Look at Parros, White, and Blunden.

    DD is the least of our worries.
    Would be good if he uncorked the bottle, but he’s not the reason we lost. Get some perspective.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • RAM_TOUGH says:

      No he is not but he is useless as is Cube!

      Guts-Glory-Ram

    • Samovich says:

      The fourth line is the fourth line, DD is getting payed to produce, he has one empty net assist for the season and 0 goals in over 30 games.

      • Mattyleg says:

        It would be nice if he produced.
        I don’t deny that.
        But he’s not the reason he lost.
        The 4th line should be the shutdown/energy line.
        They were brutal tonight and are the reason we lost the game.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • 416erHabsFan says:

      @ Matty You must know him personally, and you are wrong.

      Look at White,Parros and Blunden!?!? are you serious?

    • chemic says:

      your gonna have to fight a whole troll army after that game, better take a drink and relax…..

    • The Jackal says:

      Matty, you are totally right.
      In fact, DD has hustled and had and created chances.
      The EGG line missed a lot of chances too, we hit a post and missed some open nets – whatever, it happens.
      This is one of the losses where you can’t feel too bad, we were the better team but lost – guess what guys, a win does not necessarily indicate a team played better – so suck it up and admit that sometimes, even more often than not, sports involve a lot of luck.

      Tonight, Minny was lucky as hell, capitalizing on lucky bounces while we had NONE.

      And Matty, I think the D overall is our biggest issue, followed by our inability to control the puck in the zone consistently.
      I like our D-men individually, but as a group, it is not a good corp to put out there. Emelin well help out immensely.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • Mattyleg says:

        I’m not so worried about our D-corps, as I said below, we have the second-best goals-against in the league, and the most shots blocked.

        Emelin will come back and we’ll be stronger for sure.

        We need to score goals. We haven’t been doing that enough recently, and the games have been low-scoring.

        Seems like we can’t do both. Either we score or we defend. Never both.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • The Jackal says:

          You’re right our GAA is good, and the D definitely gets some credit, but we can attribute it more it our shot blocking rather than high level of defensive play. We do a good job blocking shots but we get hemmed in our own end way too easily and for way too long – sooner or later that will burn us.

          ______________________
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    • Mavid says:

      yep

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • SuperHabFan says:

      He absolutely is part of the reason we lost. He is paid to get points on the board. That is literally his job. He is not a grinder, Defensive specialist, or anything else. People are defending the Emelin contract (i like it) because they know what he is being paid to do. DD is doing absolutely nothing at this point. And is proving night after night he doesn’t belong here. Dont give me this BS it wasnt his fault. No he wasnt directly responsible for any goals, but he is doing absolutely nothing else but get pushed off pucks…

    • Odie24 says:

      Oh he’s not the least of our worries. He’s a HUGE worry. A second line center with 1 goddam point on the season. Give your head a shake. And if he’s not scoring, then he’s gotta contribute in other ways. ZERO’S across the board tonight, and less than 50% in the Faceoff circle!!!!!!

  54. haballmylife says:

    Deharnais is getting too much ice and too much ice at critical times in the game. Since his extension he’s been a $4 million turd

  55. Peter Young says:

    Tough one to lose. Too much inconsistency from the Canadiens, partly due to coaching decisions.

  56. The Jackal says:

    Habs deserved the W, just got unlucky.
    Next!

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    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  57. Samovich says:

    very bad coaching by MT, too much ice time to passengers.

  58. punkster says:

    Hardly wait for the Cube-Murray fan base to chime in tonight.

    Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
    but…
    ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

  59. T-roy West says:

    What was Pleks doing? Nice shot on goal turtleneck geek!

  60. Plekasuares says:

    Can someone explain why Eller takes that draw instead of Plekanec

  61. danhabsfan says:

    Crap… They blew at least one huge point. Stupid D

  62. T-roy West says:

    Get Gallagher off the ice FFS.

  63. haberman says:

    DD mus to go to Hamilton permanently.
    he has no talent, a minor leaguer at best.
    he’s hurting this team.
    only here because of his last name.

  64. Ian_Habs4life says:

    We need to trade DD… any takers…. please….

  65. CHicoHab says:

    Just an observation. Carey seems going down too fast tonite. Just sayin

  66. 416erHabsFan says:

    If anybody on here tries to defend DD, please stop watching hockey

  67. Mavid says:

    What the hell happens to this place on game night..its like someone opened the troll door..what a shame

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  68. haberman says:

    Minn goes out and gets Suter, Pominville, Parise.
    habs get Briere and Parros.
    nice job Bergevin.

  69. B says:

    London beats Sudbury 4-1. McCarron and Crisp didn’t have any points or fight each other.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  70. T-roy West says:

    Who was the dummy who decided to take the line change while we were buzzing around the net and because he jumped off Minnie was able to get puck possession which lead to the goal?

  71. 416erHabsFan says:

    DD %$#@%^* sucks! absolutely useless. BENCH HIM MT!!!!!! I hope he sits tomorrow.

  72. Habifax says:

    I would put LL between Patches and Borkie tomorrow. let DD sit in the Press box

  73. frontenac1 says:

    Again! No coverage in the slot! Jeeze!


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