Liveblog: Game 33 – Flyers “edge” woeful Canadiens 2-1


Firing blanks

Last Saturday at the Bell Centre, Alex Galchenyuk scored against the Buffalo Sabres at 18:07 of the second period.

Thursday night in Philadelphia, Galchenyik scored at 19:05 of the third period.

For 140 minutes and eight seconds in between: Zilch.



The Flyers got goals from Michael Raffl in the first period and Claude Giroux in the second.

Steve Mason faced 21 shots, Carey Price 27.


Finally a goal

Alex Galchenyuk beat Steve Mason with 55 seconds left.

It was the Canadiens first goal in 1:40:08.

Too little, too late.

And the drought goes on

Your Montreal Canadiens have not scored a goal in 121:03 of playing time.

Their opponents – Buffalo, L.A. and Philadelphia – have scored nine.

The latest was by Claude Giroux, benefitting from poor zone coverage by Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais and Raphael Diaz.

The latter will have time to atone.

Alexei Emelin is out of the game after a head shot on Steve Downie.

During the resultant PP, Carey Price robbed Brayden Schenn.



Not exactly 20 minutes of spine-tingling hockey.

The Flyers got back from Chiacgo at 2:30 a.m.

What's the Canadiens' excuse for four SoG in the period.

Alexei Emelin went to sleep on the only goal of the period, an easy one for Michael Raffl off uncontested passes by Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.

The Flyers had nine SoG, plus 14 that were blocked and one that missed the net.

Numbers for the Canadiens: 4-3-1

Still scary?

Back in the heyday of the Broad Street Bullies, circa early 1970s, visiting Philadelphia was a daunting prospect for NHL teams.

The Flyers were big. They were bad. They were truculent.

And led by Bobby Clarke and Bernard Parent, Philadelphia was good.

A visit to City of Brotherly Love and Hockey Hate offered the daunting prospect of being beaten on the scoreboard and the ice, prompting some players to develop the Philly Flu in hopes of being scratched.

Times have changed.

The Wells Fargo Center is not the Spectrum. And the current edition of the Flyers is not the pugnacious powerhouse of yesteryear.

But games in Philadelphia are rarely easy for the undersized Canadiens.

The Canadiens beat the Flyers 4-1 at the Bell Centre in the second game of the season, but that was when Claude Giroux was still in his early-going coma.

Since then, Giroux has become Giroux again, Philadelphia has changed coaches and Craig Berube has them playing decent hockey – notwithstanding aWednesday night 7-2 pasting in Chicago.



  1. D Mex says:

    A headline describing the Habs as ” woeful ” after a loss.
    Written by Boone – why am I not surprised …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  2. scotland says:

    thirdgenerationhaber is bang on “this is not a slump. we lose against tough teams because we are too soft”

    the habs could play the kings best out 31 in the play offs and lose 16 straight.

    dressing 5 of the 20 players in the nhl that are under 5 foot 9 (thats right only 20 in the entire league. 5 are on the habs) against the kings is it any wonder we stunk. that 6-0 loss looked exactly like the game against the sens in the play offs last season. where we were hunilaited and beaten handedly by very mediocre team.

  3. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The Habs are not as good as they were in winning streak games and are not as bad as they were these past two games. As for tonight, I’m tired of watching Briere get criticized when he has not had nearly the same opportunity as DD. DD is a nice little playmaker but brutal defensively and easily stopped. He missed a defensive coverage for a goal again tonight. If Max thinks he is going to win a Cup one day with that guy next to him, he is delusional. The Habs leading scorer is 57th in league scoring and people are acting like the Habs are some sort of juggernaut. Anybody who thought the Habs were going to win tonight with the line of Briere-DD-Max must have been smoking something…

    • Mattyleg says:

      Heh heh.
      I was laughing at the concept of a team ‘not being as good as their winning streak’ the other day when Marinaro said it on 690.

      I laughed because it means nothing. It’s filling the air with sound but without meaning.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        It is basically an obvious statement. If a teams wins 9/10 it does not mean they are going win 9/10 the rest of the way (unless you’re Chicago…LOL).

        • Mattyleg says:

          But what does it mean?
          Is any team ever as good as their winning streak?
          Does it matter if one team is considered amazing after winning 9/10 while another team is considered lucky for winning 9/10?

          I don’t really understand it.
          As I said, it sounds like a strange kind of platitude.
          I’m not blaming you, DDO, because it does get bandied around, I just wonder why it’s worth saying.
          Similar to ‘it is what it is’. That sentence means zero, but people seem to waste breath on it all the time.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        Marinaro is an expert at filling the airwaves with meaningless sound.

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • savethepuck says:

      I am sure the line of DD-DB-Max doesn’t work, it didn’t work earlier in the year either. Maybe the combination of Max and DD has just gone cold, I am not sure. That line had top minutes earlier in the game, and they had by far the most PP time in the game. Their minutes were decreased later in the game by MT because Plex Gio and Chucky were by far the best line in the 3 rd. I am not blaming Briere either, their line only had 5 shots with DB getting 3 of them with Max and DD 1 each. I thought DB had a decent game. Max had 10 shots in 1 game a couple weeks ago ffs. If like Max said when he and DD were put back together weeks ago, it was just a confidence thing, they better get it back quick ffs.

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

    • habstrinifan says:

      The coach did… just saying!

  4. ProHabs says:

    At least there is some good news tonight guys, lucic got beat up. Yeah

  5. Habilis says:

    Slumps happen, every season has peaks and valleys, no team wins every game, additional cliche platitude…

    Bottom line, this team lacks scoring punch. As was pointed out by the panelists on the last HI/O show, we need a power forward. Someone with some size who can forecheck and create some trouble in the O-zone. Because right now it’s just Gallagher and although I love the kid, he just ain’t enough. Bournival is good too, but he’s obviously not up to MT’s standards.

    Seriously, WTF is MT thinking in sitting Bournival? Along with Gallagher, Bournival’s been one of our best forecheckers all season. Don’t get him being a healthy scratch. Like ever.

  6. habstrinifan says:

    NHL Canadian teams are having a real hard time this season.

  7. habstrinifan says:

    Put up your hands if you are as confused as I am.

    Which is the real Mtl Canadiens? And I mean everybody including coaches.

    Which is our real team? I have no idea anymore.

    • HardHabits says:

      The real Montreal Canadiens are the team that went 19 of 20 points and then got outscored 8-1 in the last two losses.

      The fake Canadiens are the ones that win every game, and they’re all nail biters, and goes onward, forward to the Stanley Cup win, year after year.

    • third generation haber says:

      I don’t feel confused at all.

      Every time we play a tough team we lose, or in the case of the Sabres barely win. We…. are…. extremely… easy… to….play….against. It seems crystal clear.

      We win against skating teams and lose against physical teams. I know there are exceptions, but for the most part, it’s the truth.

      We have a bottom three instead of a bottom 6, and have far more softies than any other team in hockey. We will make the playoffs, but we aren’t built to survive it. Every team in the east is hoping to play us in the playoffs.

      Diaz, DD, and Briere should all be playing in a women’s league (no apologies for that comment), Gionta should be on a bigger team (like Koivu is enjoying), and the cube needs to retire.

      Gallagher is not included in this group because he’s tough and difficult to play against!

      Our current roster will ensure that we get a poor draft position and an early playoff exit.

      j.p. murray

  8. kalevine says:

    and he wrote bupkes…how can you not love the guy?

  9. CHicoHab says:

    This may have been answered 10 times already. Just got here. Was Emelin an elbow?? Saw replay briefly. Didn’t seem to warrant the punishment he got. I maybe wrong.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Well, the conspiracy buffs will tell you that it’s all part of the NHL’s plan to, for unstated reasons, undermine the Habs. Others will tell you that any penalty called on the Cdns is evidence of referee incompetence. Me? I think it was an accidental elbow to the head that Downie may have embellished. Merited a penalty but NOT game misconduct. Let the ranting commence.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • savethepuck says:

      From PVR I slo-mo’d both angles from the RDS telecast and it looked to me like Emelin lined up Downie for the hit and at the last minute, Downie lunged to chip the puck dropping his head at least a foot, by that time Emelin was committed and couldn’t adjust. I am hoping Shanny sees it the same way.

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

  10. habsfanfromfla says:

    so lets trade for camellari so do we give up bourque

    just kidding folks

  11. NCRhabsfan says:

    Hate these funks when all of a sudden this team JUST…CAN’T….SCORE. I love the young core, but this team sure could use a sniper or two to help them out. Gionta and Briere are not snipers any longer if they ever were.

  12. SmartDog says:

    Let’s not get carried away folks.
    This is a pretty good team – and the same team that picked up 19 of 20 points recently.
    But what strikes me, is all of this talk about “character” when there are a handful of guys who just don’t seem to be playing at full power half the time while other guys (Gallagher, Pleks, Subban, Markov) bring their A game 9/10 of the time.
    I don’t think this team has the character they say it does.
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  13. drail222 says:

    I’m guessing the people getting all butt hurt over comments on here don’t go anywhere else on the internet? lol

    • Luke says:

      Lol… Haha
      Or perhaps people needn’t write comments that’ll ‘butt hurt’ others.
      Frig, man. Just because people get to hide behind fake names and act tough doesn’t mean being an asshole is ok.

      Seriously, its the golden rule: don’t be an asshole.

    • RAM_TOUGH says:

      U don’t come in here & start insulting members 222


  14. montreal ace says:

    Lots of periods of hockey left in the season, we will win more then our share. I think if MT is going to dress Parros for protection, the rest of the team should come up with more of an effort. I think some players have the wrong idea, in that he is not there to protect them from the coaches. I kinda got used to winning, hope another streak starts soon.

  15. adadi says:

    One more thing. Having Parros in the lineup meant no cheap shots from the Flyers.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      You did see the end of the game? Gally sticking up for Gio? The Habs’ two smallest guys. Where was Parros, getting a hot dog? He’s a waste of ice time, might as well break it into cubes and pour whiskey over it when he’s out there..

      • adadi says:

        Parros wasn’t on the ice for the last shift and it did look to me like Gally bowled over Mason.

        • NCRhabsfan says:

          Actually if you watch the replay Mason hammers Gio with a cross check and Gally knocks him on his ass in response. Of course Parros wasn’t on the ice, he isn’t a hockey player and they needed a goal. That is kind of the point isn’t it? He’s almost never on the ice because he is such a liability when he is. If you’re not on the ice, you aren’t preventing anything. Mason wasn’t worried about Parros when he cross checked Gionta because he knew Parros wouldn’t be anywhere near the ice when he did it. He didn’t see Gally coming though. Must be a wee bit embarrassing to get knocked on your backside by a guy half your size when you’re trying to be a tough guy.

  16. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    To those who want a full rebuild: Trade Pavioretty, Gionta and Plekanec for the first-round pick of.. The Montreal Canadiens! Have your tank and eat it too! Two losses after a brilliant run. Not the end of the world. Yet. If they can’t extract 3 or 4 points out of the next two games there will be reprisals aplenty, which will lead MaBe to… Do nothing. Because it’s the swings and roundabouts of professional team sports we’re seeing, folks. Go Habs!

  17. BCG says:

    No disrespect to the great years of service Boone has put in – but I can’t help but wonder what kind of commenting we would get from someone like Jack Todd.

  18. Alvin says:

    I hope MB finds that big,scoring power forward he’s been looking for….. soon !

  19. Plekasuares says:

    We gottaaaaa win a game c’mon boys!

  20. SmartDog says:

    A lot of guys floating.
    You have to wonder when certain guys are gonna realize that they’re supposed to give their all EVERY night and EVERY shift.
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  21. adadi says:

    There is no doubt that this team has a solid foundation.

    Price, PK, Chucky, Gally, Eller, Bournivale, Emelin, Markov, Tinordi…but it is no secret we need a real power forward, not a pretender like Patches. We also need a younger Murray type player. All this is doable.

    However, the biggest problem the Habs have now is the pathetic coaching of MT. For a coach he seems to be sadly lacking in hockey IQ. Add to that his complete ineptitude at communicating with his players and the Habs are going nowhere until MT is given his papers.

  22. Bill says:

    Punkster, Twilight, think I will follow your lead, way too many bitchy drama queens on the site tonight. Pathetic lot.

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