Liveblog: Game 15: Canadiens limp home after lost weekend


Canadiens lose 4-1 to Avalanche

Colorado has lost one game to one team this season: the Detroit Red Wings.

It's November, and maybe Patrick Roy's 12-win team is for real.

Your Montreal Canadiens lost weekend games in Minnesota and Denver.

Their record dropped to 8-7 ... with the mighty St. Louis Blues visiting the Bell Centre Tuesday night.

Gabriel Landeskog – at 20,  the youngest captain in the league – had a goal and an assist for Colorado. The Avalanche also got goals from rookie Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan O'Reilly and P-A Parenteau, an empty netter.

Colorado outshot the Canadiens 31-30.

Two errors turn game

A power-play goal by Brendan Gallagher, his seventh of the season, made it 1-1 early in the third period.

Then the roof fell in.

A huge rebound off Peter Budaj became a pass to rookie Nathan MacKinnon, who scored easily from the slot.

Then P.K. Subban turned the puck over behind his own net and Ryan O'Reilly tucked it in the open side.

P-A Parenteau's empty netter made it 4-1.

Young C scores

At 20, Gabriel Landeskog is the youngest captain in the NHL.

He scored the only goal of a tight game a bit over halfway through the middle period, roaring in from the left point to beat Peter Budaj with a laser.

Budaj has made 20 stops, to 16 for J.S. Giguere.

In an effort to generate offence, Michel Therrien juggled his forward lines, moving Max Pacioretty to Michaël Bournival's spot on the Tomas Plekanec line.

Toward the end of the period, Therrien broke up his Kid line, trying Max-Pac with Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher.

The Avalanche are 9-0 when scoring first and leading after two.




A bit of everything

Two fights within the first five minutes ... this between teams that NEVER play each other.

Once that nonsense was out of the way, the Canadiens and Avs focused on hockey, with the home team winning puck battles and getting better chances.

The Canadiens went six minutes without a shot at the end of the period, as the Avs had an 11-8 edge.

Canadiens will begin the second period on a power play.

St. Patrick's night

Is there anything Patrick Roy isn't good at?

He was arguably the greatest goaltender in the storied history of the Montreal Canadiens and indisputably the greatest in the short history of the Colorado Avalanche.

He ran a successful major junior franchise in Quebec City.

And now Patrick Roy is back in Denver, where he has coached a team that was the NHL's second-worst last season to first place in the Western Conference.

The Avalanche are 11-1 and have won five in a row, most recently a 3-2 overtime win in Dallas Friday night.

Your Montreal Canadiens are coming off a tough 4-3 loss in Minnesota. They have not played in Colorado since Dec. 19, 2010, when a T.J. Gagliardi goal secured a 3-2 win for the Avalanche.

Peter Budaj watched that game from the Colorado bench. He'll be in nets for the Canadiens Saturday night.

• Speaking of great goaltenders, read Ken Dryden on why the NHL should get rid of fighting. And he wrote the Globe & Mail piece BEFORE last night's idiocy in Philadelphia.

Kaleta on waivers


  1. Max_a_million says:

    PK won the Norris trophy. He’s 1A on the best d-pair in the world!

  2. Max_a_million says:

    Fire MT and JJ in the middle of the next game, and don’t let them keep their warmup suits.

  3. Max_a_million says:

    The team is fine. They are tight. We have the most talent in the league 24 and under. It’s good. Therrien is a problem now. Fire him

  4. Timo says:

    Ok, good night folks. This has been most depressing.

  5. Max_a_million says:

    Off the fence on MT tonight. Fire him now.

  6. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Timo: that was one prescient column by the Wilde-man. Amazing!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • chemic says:

      i dont know much about montreal media but i think unless you calling out MT about this in front of an live-audience, even the best articles are complety useless. where is that girl who did call out the Count? thats how you roll.

  7. NightRyder says:

    It’s nice that Michael Farber still has his grandpa around!

  8. jimmy shaker says:

    What was it that MT said tonight? Trying to locate it, but no luck?

    Thanks, Shaker out!

  9. Timo says:

    Man, I saw this coming when Therrien got hired. This really sucks. There is just no overall positives about this team. There is no team actually. Just a bunch of athletes who get paid a lot. No one in this organization is interested in winning, except for the fans.

    • Frank2468 says:

      Watched 24CH on RDS, MT ripes into Price as well wow “Pricey stop the F**kEN puck” What I have never heard MT say yet is “DD play like Gally and score a F**KEN goal”

      • belle_moustache says:

        No, that’s not it, he didn’t rip into Price. If you listen to the speech, he was talking to the whole team said something like “you guys have to play more like a team, you can’t look at Price and say things like ‘Price stop the fucking puck'”. It was a “speech prop”, not an actual criticism for Price

  10. HABSsince92 says:

    If MB and MT run PK out of town like Houle and Tremblay did to Roy I will be done with this team.


    PK please sign.

  11. Max_a_million says:

    No MT has a special nastiness for PK. He never does anything helpful, and he cost us many and many games

  12. Habilis says:

    I trust that anyone left on MT’s side of the fence has now crossed over?

    This can’t continue. He’s either a racist or he hates P.K. for an altogether different reason. Whatever the case, he’s poison and he needs to go.

  13. Tis Himself says:

    Bold call of the night. PK will bolt for the Flyers and they will win the Cup!

  14. Max_a_million says:

    Did you hear MT talk about PK tonight. It wasn’t motivational. It was spiteful, nasty, and venomous. You wouldn’t have any doubt if you heard it. He made it clear

  15. The Jackal says:

    I got sucked into the MT hates PK bandwagon just now, but there is still not sufficient evidence to properly draw that conclusion, and it is still a stupid conjecture that is gonna get blown out of proportion. Folks, this kind of stuff is toxic to the team and it may spiral out of proportion.

    For all we know, MT gives PK the hard ball treatment because he expects MORE from the best player on his team. Maybe he expects PK to make less mistakes, to be dominant every shift and 100% reliable. Now, PK is awesome, he is one of the best defenders in the league, but he does get caught making bad mistakes – like his rushes, they are great but they make a lot of turnovers, and he tries to do too much. So it’s plausible that MT just wants to see more from PK and that is just his style.

    I don’t agree with his remarks but maybe PK does accept it and not begrudgingly. He did win the Norris with MT as his coach, and MT does not just comment on PK – he is that way with every player. But PK is the most noticeable because he gets a lot of icetime and when he screws up, it’s bad – so even if it is not often, and does way more good than bad, it’s not unreasonable to expect him to be better.

    And also, maybe PK is guarded in his comments not because they are trying to stifle him, but because he does not want to create any speculation. He is a team player and he wants to end that reputation, so it makes sense that he just sticks to the usual cliches. But if he really were unhappy, there would be more going on.

    So stop buying into that BS narrative.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      That would all be fine, or at least more tolerable, if it were behind closed doors. But to come out and say that to the press right after a hard-fought road game that was tied in the 3rd is not just irresponsible, it is destructive. Try to down-play it all you want. But I promise you, Michel Therrien and Geoff Molson will not be so sanguine.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • HABSsince92 says:

      Did MT ever call out Crosby or Malkin to the media?


      PK please sign.

    • chemic says:

      this MT treatment worked the last time all the way into the finals for the pens, so lets see what happend! this and a awesome trade for hossa and dupuis….

  16. A. Berke says:

    Earlier yesterday I had said that I was losing whatever little respect I had for MT.
    Man, I must’ve been a clairvoyant or something because I have absolutely no more respect left for that CRASS and inept moron.

    Ali B.

  17. WhatUp says:

    what was great about the game today is that both coaches applied for the same job…one is working well with his young players whilst the other is destroying one of the more talented players this franchise has seen in a long time…I guess MB had a 50-50 shot at making the right call…by Tuesday the Habs will be a 500 team..just need to adjust expectations that we are entering our 3rd decade of rebuild

  18. Frank2468 says:

    Well the Avs did play a lot better. Habs were out played and out coached. But I knew it would happen sooner or later with MT guess the melt down is starting. I’m waiting for the quote unquote “I have never seen such a sof defensive squad. I tink der goal iz to be the sofest defensive squad in the de league. Muhhh de going to make my job mizerable well den I will make dem mizerable” Extended quote should include making the fans miserable in the process as well. Hope MB or JM step in soon, or at least call MT on the carpet and tell him to stop calling out players to the media. It didn’t work in Pittsburgh and it won’t work in Montreal either. Wish the organization would change their mantra of the 3 RRR’s of reduce reuse recycle when it comes to coaches.

  19. Samovich says:

    One fundamental question, P.K or MT for the future of the Montreal Canadiens?

  20. CH Marshall says:

    I’m not looking forward to Thursday’s game with the Sens. Gonna get outcoached again.

  21. Max_a_million says:

    Brian Wilde called out mt on PK today. Look it up

  22. NightRyder says:

    Odds on Carbonneau finishing out the year as head coach for the Habs? If we’re going the retread route, I’ll take him over Therrien anytime.

  23. durocher says:

    MT also said DD does not give enough

    MT looked like he was going to cry. Must have been personally tough to lose to Roy.

  24. haberman says:

    therrien needs to go.

  25. CH Marshall says:

    Roy is giving his young studs top minutes, but we’re just only easing Chucky to centre now, maybe sitting DD, and throwing our best D under the bus. Seth Jones is playing top minutes in all situations, but PK isn’t allowed to

  26. haberman says:

    funny how therrien throws Subban under the bus, yet never mentions DD, who has not scored a single goal this season and never shows up for a game.
    guess PK will have to have a french name to not be cal;led out.
    is therrien 1 of the language police?
    Therrien=racist pig.

  27. HABSsince92 says:

    I am done with that A$$ clown of a coach. He needs to be fired and should never have been hired again in the first place.

    Last season was a fluke with the lockout as we all saw the real Habs down the stretch and in the playoffs.

    If MT was not good enough for Crosby and Lemieux why is he the Habs coach?

    PK please sign.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      I was on the fence and willing to give MT a lot of rope. But he just hung himself. To make those comments in the media is ridiculous and can only be destructive.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • chemic says:

      do you remember what the pens did to MT? they literally quit playing for about 2 month for this guy. so there is your first part of the solution for the MT problem, but i cant imagine our guys to do that.

      • HABSsince92 says:

        Yes I remember but that Pens team (08-09 I believe) is much better than this Habs team so even if there is only a slight drop off in effort, etc. there should be lot’s of losses.


        PK please sign.

  28. Max_a_million says:

    Galchenyuk played 2+ minutes more than dd tonight

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