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


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.


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 analyzes the Emelin signing


  1. Mattyleg says:

    Wow, awesome pressure at the end of the period!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. B says:

    Who’s the genius at RDS who thinks we want to see a zoom in on just the puck while two guys are chasing it down in live action. Enough with the unnecessary close ups! This isn’t Wayne’s World.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  3. The Jackal says:

    Kind of off topic

    What does it mean for Harding that he has MS – is it a mild case and he will be able to live normally or what?

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  4. Habifax says:

    like to be a fly on the wall in the room

  5. Rudy says:

    Talk about puck possession, wow!

  6. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Not one Hab with a brain to get in front of Harding!


  7. CHicoHab says:

    We hold the record for most shots square to the goalies mid section

  8. durocher says:

    Great shift — don’t wait for the end of the 3rd to go all in like that

  9. Samovich says:

    No puck luck

  10. Tis Himself says:

    Where are the vets tonight? At a Remembrance Day ceremony?

  11. Ozmodiar says:

    Ha ha. Right. Thx jols.

  12. The Jackal says:

    Second wave of the PP:
    No shot from the point, no shooting threat in the circles.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  13. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Not one GD Hab in front of Harding on PK’s slapper. Perfect shot for a deflection!


  14. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    We need a stamkos. Go get one Mark.

  15. Mondou6 says:

    Can anyone hit the net? Jesus.

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …not bad for a guy with MS

  17. Habifax says:

    did that shot go like 30 feet up?

  18. Ozmodiar says:

    Chucky dancing around that Team Canada defenseman. 🙂

  19. Habifax says:

    Need traffic

  20. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Reminiscent of the Nashville game. We’re not getting through to the money zone.

  21. Rudy says:

    Chucky is hustling tonight

  22. B says:

    Karlsson takes over the lead in Dman scoring. Steen ups his league lead in goals with his 12th goal in his 11th game.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  23. Habifax says:

    AG27 toying with the wild dman

  24. Tis Himself says:

    Screw Bill Goldsworthy!!!

  25. RAM_TOUGH says:

    FFS’s the Habs aren’t making Harding break a sweat!


  26. jols101 says:

    DD line stays out too long.

  27. Habifax says:

    DD needs to go really weak tonight

  28. Tis Himself says:

    Is it me or are the Wild another one of these BS franchises that its tough to “get up” for. The ‘lanche tomorrow night? Now yer talkin’!

  29. Habifax says:

    if they can get out of this period down by one could still win. they do have good third periods

  30. Ozmodiar says:

    PK shouldn’t have pinched…

    White shouldn’t have thrown it up the middle…

  31. Habifax says:

    with maxpac out bourkie must be better. like the other night

  32. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Stick a fork in it! Done


  33. Mattyleg says:

    Shame on that second goal.
    PK was pinching, so White should have frozen the puck.
    These things happen.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  34. habs001 says:

    4th line minus 2…Habs cant find a better player than Blunden?..

  35. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Effin Globetrotter hockey by the Boys 2nite. As my pops used to say, Shoot da puck maudit calice!!

  36. HabFab says:

    Re Emery – that is one way to ensure you don’t have to endure any more tonight.

  37. Plekasuares says:

    I hate to be ‘that guy’ but anyone know when the last time price stopped a breakaway..

  38. dhenry1234 says:

    DD Needs to shoot the puck more. He has no confidence in his offensive ability.

  39. Rudy says:

    Markova is so freaking good

  40. Mark C says:

    Is it racist to wonder where PK was on that goal?

  41. Adidess says:

    Wow Chucky, pretty close!

  42. Maksimir says:

    7-0 Caps – nice, I got Backstrom in my pool… and Plekanec… ug.

  43. durocher says:

    Blunden makes Moen look like Malkin

  44. Mondou6 says:

    Oh man, that was almost a sure goal by Galchenyuk.

  45. Habifax says:

    Where is Prust?

  46. durocher says:

    That has to be the most annoying goal celebration song ever

  47. RAM_TOUGH says:

    That should attract the Price bashers!


  48. Ozmodiar says:

    The 4th line is awful.

  49. habs001 says:

    Wild brawl … Flyers vs Caps…Caps 7 -0..Holtby given a beat down by Emery…

  50. Ozmodiar says:

    Where the eff was bouillon going on that play???

  51. Habilis says:

    4th line is killing us. Is Prust back yet?

  52. jols101 says:

    ZZzzzzzzzz….reminds me of the Rangers game.

  53. Samovich says:

    Another second period gem so far…

  54. Habifax says:

    Is it just me or do they seem to be holding back tonight. Not seeing the pressure of the last few games.

  55. Habifax says:

    Like too see the lines mixed a bit except for the egg.

  56. Mondou6 says:

    Wow, we are not generating much offense in this game. To put it mildly. Do we have 5 shots yet?

  57. Samovich says:

    Heatley is playing?

  58. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I want to see a shootout tonight!


  59. Et le but says:

    What a dead crowd…boy are we spoiled

  60. Kooch7800 says:

    My rds feed on Rogers is not doing so hot

  61. A. Berke says:

    If I’m not mistaken I’ve counted DD being dumped on the ice 4 times while being separated from the puck; all the while RDS kept incessantly talking about his 3 assists against the Wild in 2011.

    The man is trying hard but obviously he just can’t.

    Ali B.

  62. PrimeTime says:

    @VanHab. You’re like a dog chasing its tail. Good luck with that!!

  63. ccs says:

    I watched LL a few weeks back playing for the dogs and he was all but invisible. Since his call up he certainly looks like he belongs in the NHL. I don’t know if its just my new 70 inch Sony TV but all the habs look bigger with Murray and Parros in the line up, well except DD he still looks 4′ nothing…..kidding of course. DD seems to be playing pretty well actually. Go Habs Go.

  64. Maksimir says:

    Isles just tied the Sens quickly … good for them…

  65. jols101 says:

    OV-less Caps are pumping the Flyers 6-0 after 2 periods.

  66. NLhabsfan says:

    Price follows the puck a lot better than last year.Seems to be more engaged with the play around this year.

  67. durocher says:

    We’re going to have to do something about the shots from the lower part of the circle

  68. Mattyleg says:

    Good period, came back well, working hard.
    That Coyle kid keeps drifting into space in our deep slot.
    Gotta stop that nonsense.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  69. aversglay says:

    Is this back to back gams? Weren’t we just playing the minnesota north stars on Tuesday?

  70. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Eureka! 61 & 26 TOI > 76 = trade!! MB is showcasing Diaz and Gorges. There’s no other explanation.

  71. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Bonehead icing!


  72. Mondou6 says:

    lol…Minnesota broadcast just had the obligatory comment of PK being “flamboyant”.

  73. piter says:

    Subban giving it to Pleks?

  74. habsfan0 says:

    With the Flyers getting off to a rough start, I wonder if Claude Giroux might become available.

  75. Mondou6 says:

    I’m liking Leblanc so far.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      The Canadiens don’t usually play a cycle, but Leblanc is really good on the cycle which makes him a pretty good fit with DD, and Bourque. Rene Bourque looks like an All-star player when he gets to play the blind cycle.

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