Liveblog: Game 32 – The winning streak ends at five as Kings pot six

LACelebrate

A spanking

Martin Jones became the second rookie goaltender to hang a goose egg on the Canadiens.

L.A.'s phenom made 30 stops. Jones was particularly brilliant during a first-period Canadiens power play, when the game was scoreless and he made seven saves.

Goals by Jordan Nolan and Anze Kopitar in the first period, then Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli 5:28 into the second drove Carey Price from the Canadiens pipes.

Peter Budaj took over and surrendered second-period goals to Jake Muzzin and Justin WIlliams.

Shots were 30-30 but it wasn't REMOTELY close.

Ho-hum

No scoring.

Building half-empty.

 

The rout is on

Goals by Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli sent Carey Price to the bench after the Canadiens' goaltender had allowed four goals on 16 shots.

Peter Budaj was beaten by Jake Muzzin and Justin Williams.

The Canadiens were outshot 13-3.

Embarrassing.

Two good looks, two goals

Jordan Nolan had no one near him when the rebound of a Willie Mitchell found his stick to Carey Price's left.

And with seconds left in the period, Mike Richards found Anze Kopitar wide-open in the slot to make it 2-0.

The Canadiens outshot the Kings 17-12 – largely owing to a seven-shot power play.

Rare royal visit

The L.A. Kings haven't played a game in Montreal since Nov. 24, 2010.

They haven't won at the Bell Centre since Nov. 12, 1999.

So the Kings are due.

They're also tough. Like most of the good teams in the Western Conference, L.A. combines skill, speed, size and relentless physicality.

If Tuesday night's game turns into a rock 'em/sock 'em affair, the home team may be on the receiving end of rocks and socks.

L.A.'s 965 hits are third in the NHL (behind two Eastern Conference clubs, Toronto and Ottawa). The Canadiens, with 585 hits, are 26th.

Both teams play tight D. The Kings have not allowed more than two goals in 15 straight games and have gone10-1-4. The Canadiens have allowed more than two goals once in 14 games and are 11-1-2.

Other than Francis Bouillon drawing in for Douglas Murray, the Canadiens will go with the lineup that racked up their season-high fifth straight win Saturday over Buffalo. Alex Galchenyuk will play with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, and Lars Eller will centre Daniel Brière and Michaël Bournival.

The game will feature two of the best young defencemen in the league: P.K. Subban and L.A.'s Drew Doughty.

Should be a good one.

• USA Today hockey guy Kevin Allen on The Code.

 

749 Comments

  1. Danno says:

    This one was over before it even started

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  2. Le Jadester says:

    EGG line always generates chances…… They are old faithful this year?

    Habs, OLE !

  3. Born in a Bad Year says:

    Please mods ! Wipe this idiot’s IP address off this forum forever. This crap is not what the majority of fans come here for.

  4. CalgaryHab says:

    It will take Calgary a decade to recover after Darryl Sutter’s GM skills – no one is questioning his coaching skills though.
    It’s almost a shame he is able to leave Calgary is such a mess to go on to compete for and win cups.

  5. Storman says:

    Here is a sobering thought from Ron Reusch,,If we played the Kings 82 times a year we would be 0-82 with a -492 goal differential

  6. Peter Young says:

    Take that shutout away from them. C’mon boys. Just one goal. For old times sake, the times when we scored goals.

  7. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Yes Boone Jones is good tonight. But can he make a high glove of blocker save? We will never know that tonight cause the Habs can’t lift a shot any more than 10 inches off the ice!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  8. NLhabsfan says:

    Jeez I thought Montreal blocked a lot of shots.LA blocking everything now.

  9. Danno says:

    I blame angry Ned Flanders

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  10. monmick says:

    I’m tempted to switch to the Sens game. Maybe the Sabres can pull off a comeback…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  11. Peter Young says:

    Cry me a river ….

  12. mrhabby says:

    I need some gas x.

  13. Storman says:

    I have a bad feeling about our comeback chances

  14. RAM_TOUGH says:

    + 1000

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  15. NLhabsfan says:

    Turd cake funny:)

  16. allofhockey says:

    I don’t comment much, but to all of you people saying this is the reason MB should be fired and we need to start rebuilding well you are just nuts. How can you come to that answer based on one horrid game after going 9-0-1 in the last 10 games. A month ago chicago lost to nashville (the lowest scoring team behind buffalo) 7-2, guess they should rebuild too.

  17. durocher says:

    At least get one against this backup… Come on boys!

  18. kalevine says:

    I think u need to relax :)

  19. NLhabsfan says:

    Would be nice to bust the bubble here.

  20. NLhabsfan says:

    Ya can kinda relax and watch with no expectations at this point.

  21. Storman says:

    Tonight Drew Doughty is taking a Jonathon Quick, no wait a long Dustin Brown Duty all over the canadiens..

  22. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Habs have more hits and fewer blocked shots. It’s turnaround game! Every team gets slaughtered every once in a while. Habs are still a great team. Avoid injuries and move on.

  23. RAM_TOUGH says:

    The smug look on the King’s fans. Enjoy it. It won’t happen again!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  24. Reflektor says:

    Anyone else watching Chopped?

  25. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I wonder how this game will show the reactions inside the locker for 24CH?

  26. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I take it the Hab players never watched MT’s video recap of all the ice level shots on Jones!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  27. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I am to blame for this slaughter tonight, sorry. I predicted a Price shutout.

    No more predictions for me. EVER!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  28. NLhabsfan says:

    I just think we hit a pretty good goaltender. Stuff happens..The team is fine.

  29. Storman says:

    This is what happens when you try and put on a live hockey game, Canadiens are much better on pre recorded games from the 70′s

  30. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men… EGG line back together! Cue the comeback!

  31. CH Marshall says:

    Good dose of reality to know how we measure up

  32. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Pawn Stars is a rerun…drats!!!!

  33. kalevine says:

    pretty simple to me
    The west is playing playoff hockey all season, the east only rarely, because they don’t have to. What we are seeing here is how the current Habs handle a playoff game. And why they continue to be a shining beacon of regular season play. Sorry, but, unless they get a lucky draw in round 1, it’s probably another first round exit this April.

  34. Danno says:

    Only one shot on goal in the whole period. WTF is up with that?

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  35. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    4 Habs skaters are +/-0. How is that possible?

  36. Storman says:

    To make 3rd period interesting i say throw all your sticks in the middle of the ice and pick teams

  37. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Hey, so what do you want for Xmas??

  38. NLhabsfan says:

    This happens to every team ..every year.Getting the snot kicked out of you usually makes a big difference to coming games. Been a while since we got creamed.

  39. Peter Young says:

    This is most upsetting to those fans who think this team is already a contender–something like one quarter of us according to that recent poll. For the rest of us, it’s confirmation that it is not yet ready. We live and we learn. We’ll get there, just not this year or next or even the year after that.

  40. danhabsfan says:

    Here’s a few things to ponder:1) is this Habs team a cup contender (I’d say no)
    2) is this a playoff team (yes, I believe so)
    3) can they go deep in the playoffs (I say win one or two rounds)
    4) do they need to evaluate and get better, (absolutely)

    They just won 19 of 20 points, after this 19 of 22 points. Many of you would have been thrilled with that idea 3 weeks ago. This one is over, get ready for Thursday now.

  41. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Blaming Price tonight for his stinkfest just makes my blood boil.

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  42. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I pray that tomorrow night’s Kings/Leafs game is even MORE ridiculous, otherwise I will be sad. (And heaven help me if the Leafs win. I’m too young to die.)

  43. sheds88 says:

    can’t wait for the 24 CH episode on this one

  44. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Meh, they had to lose sometime. And if you’re gonna lose, lose big so it snaps you right back to attention

  45. CHicoHab says:

    We go to 19-10-3 after this game. What’s the problem. When things go good we take advantage. When things go bad we suck it up and move on.

  46. JF says:

    Sometimes a game like this can actually be good for a team. It brigs them down to earth, lets them know they’re not as good as they were looking and that there’s lots of work to be done. After losing 6-0 to the Leafs early last season, we went more than 20 consecutive games with at least a point. Here’s hoping…

  47. rljmartin says:

    Only 4 players for Habs are even in this game. Real stinker… it happens but answer this…. Everyone knows L.A. is big and physical…Why is Murray in the press box?

  48. Danno says:

    Molson should give the fans a refund – or at least free beer.

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  49. habs001 says:

    Nothing new here..Last 4 games the Habs opposition started to do what Ottawa did in the playoffs..forecheck and activate the d..size wise the Habs have no answer to board play…They did get wins vs Jersey and Buffalo but they were life and death and got a lot of breaks and missed chances by the opposition…and those two teams are not talent loaded…

    • Mondou6 says:

      I agree. In the winning streak, we were often outplayed by bad teams, but we pulled out wins. That’s great, but then when you see a game like tonight, it’s hard to claim that you’re a top team.

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      bingo!

    • Bim says:

      Right on 001! Size just intimidates this team to the “nth” degree and to the point they look just totally useless! Leave it up to Carter and Richards to guide their team. They know what it takes to intimidate the Habs. I personally would have played Parros and Doug Murray. What do you have to lose?

  50. sheds88 says:

    this is hard to watch, but it happens. if this were any previous year i would be miffed, but i really like this year’s team and am not all that upset. no need to trade price, no need to fire MT or MB. yes the kings are a western team, but we held our own against st. louis, san jose, and anaheim. tough loss, move on !!

  51. RAM_TOUGH says:

    It is the very games like this tonight where the Goalie stats take a huge hit where the players get off scott free!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  52. Bim says:

    If anyone was wondering if this year’s edition of the Habs was Stanley Cup material? Well better re-think that. The West are away better. I haven’t even noticed yet if the Habs are even on the ice. Hello..are they there? No skating, no hitting, no forcheck and total intimidation. Therrien is on slow burn. I can tell. Maybe those romoured trades with Av’s might happen sooner than we think. MB just had to make sure. Tonight its obvious. Lookout!

    • RAM_TOUGH says:

      That is nonsense. The Habs faired very well against the Sharks & the Ducks. So, no team has a bad game in the NHL during a season right?

      Guts-Glory-Ram

      • BCG says:

        Yep, Ram. It’s a consequence of modern day commenting that takes each moment/game to the extreme thanks to 24hr sports channels – fill time with anything people will pay attention to… even if it doesn’t make sense.

  53. BCG says:

    Get it out now boys. Like a low-scoring team scoring 6 goals in one game – comments can state “they scored too many in one game”. Yep, the non-call was horrible and sapped the team. Even the TSN crew said more…. than Boone? Not one kvetch (cool! That doesn’t register as a spelling mistake either… like colour) Boone.. shocking man.

    Get that junk out now. Have Therrien razz them after this game. Learn. And make changes.

  54. Mondou6 says:

    If you drank a shot after each LA goal tonight, you’d be hospitalized. Except for Frontenac, but even he would be mildly buzzed.

  55. Sportfan says:

    Wonder what the excuse will be? It might be hard seeing as there are no excuses :P

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  56. habsfan0 says:

    So who will gang on l’Antichambre pin this one on?

  57. Bill says:

    If I were playing for the Montreal Canadiens right now – and this is just me – I would have waited until Justin Williams was mid-way into his goal-celebration, then shoved the end of my stick into his eye, then told the reporters it was an accident.

    Sorry.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  58. Sportfan says:

    I wonder if a trade will happen just to make some noise, but they will bounce back on thursday.

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  59. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Forget the score, it’s the lack of pushback that’s most disconcerting. Thought this team had no quit? Maybe they’re saving it for the 3rd.

  60. Sportfan says:

    Poor Carey and Peter they both don’t deserve this!

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  61. Danno says:

    Glad we don’t play the Kings very often.

    Can a team concede a game when it gets too far out of reach?

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  62. 4loorplay says:

    so much for a comeback…8-0 LA

    Nirvana is earned…

  63. habsfan0 says:

    The Kings hadn’t won in Montreal since 1999.
    I guess they were overdue.

  64. doogie says:

    Nothing more than hitting the reset button.

  65. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I think the optimistic thing MT will do after this game is done would be to review his, the coaching staff, and the team’s mistakes and move on from there. Hopefully, the next game (its not only one game folks, MTL/LAK have 2 games this season) our boys will be better prepared.

    Price and Subban did not deliver tonight. I wish this will not affect their chances to get roster spots for team Canada.

  66. Peter Young says:

    My life partner, Priscilla, an African-American who has never followed hockey, said, after seeing the two teams on the ice tonight, that the Canadiens need slingshots instead of hockey sticks.

  67. Marc10 says:

    Pride please.
    No excuses.

  68. ari says:

    Too bad Victoria secret show doesn’t start sooner

  69. Mavid says:

    man o man..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  70. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Remember when the Habs came back from 5-0 down and beat the Rangers 6-5? That was cool. Not going to happen tonight.

  71. durocher says:

    The Kings goalie already has his pads off and is having a hot dog on the club level

  72. Habfan29 says:

    No trolls for 10 games, but now they are a plague. Go back under your bridges and leave HIO to those that actually know something about the game!


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