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. frontenac1 says:

    Yes! The Killer 2.0!!

  2. punkster says:

    Best we leave this place to the “I told you so” and “realist” and “doom and gloom” crowds for the night. Trash and bash away.

    Me…I’ve just poured a wee dram of Balvenie and turned on a classic Star Trek, “The Search for Briere”…er…Spock.

    Prediction: Isles and Panthers will feel The Wrath of Bourne.


  3. HabsFansince49 says:

    Who’s getting the most laughs in the Flyers dressing room tonight? Is it the rookie GM Bergevin who signed Daniel Briere or the mystifying coach Therrien who put DB on top line hoping he would produce in Philadelphia. Briere is washed up despite what the management and the French media including HIO try to do to resurrect him. But he is not the only cause of the Habs defeat – add floater Pacioretty, dense David D, plus clumsy Moen and a host of others not to mention Pk who for some reason has decided not to shoot and we have the obvious result against the lowly Flyers. Silver lining – we didn’t play Chicago tonight.

  4. twilighthours says:

    It’s only a two game losing streak, but the team has been bad for 6 games now. Last good 60 minute effort was against the leafs.

  5. JM says:


  6. Peter Young says:

    As fans we’re entitled to expect that the Canadiens will display a lot more energy this weekend. Tonight’s effort was disappointing, to say the least. MT must find a way to put some fire back in them.

  7. gumper says:

    Don’t come on here much anymore, for a few reasons, one of which is this place is way too manic for me. Two games away from a victory which left the Habs in first place, and site headlines reading something like, “Could this team be for real?” Now the headline dubs the team “woeful” after losing 2-1, second loss in a row. Admittedly this wasn’t one of their best games, but it was just one or two bounces away from the kind of games they were winning recently, like the last one against Buffalo. Well, might as well just throw in the towel, trade all of our terrible players and tank for draft picks. No team goes through a season without winning and losing streaks. Get used to it.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  8. Willy the bum says:

    Brendan “The Irishman” Gallagher

  9. drail222 says:

    hopefully weekend games against NYI and FLA are 4 pts back but yikes this team gets exposed against half decently skilled big teams..just a sad effort outside of price and doug murray. Oh well life goes on, win next time. Go habs go!

  10. Da Hema says:

    I know it’s after a loss, and no doubt I am not a fount of Solomonic wisdom at the moment, but the more I watch Pacioretty play, the less respect I have for him. He’s totally useless playing the way he is.

  11. HardHabits says:

    It is officially a losing streak.

  12. BCG says:

    I want to still like Boone. He was a fun read…. but now that I watch the games – man, what is he watching? And he flip flops alot on his opinion. I would be okay with that – if he says why he flip flops and/or apologies for the flip flop.

    Emelin’s ‘hit’ can also be seen as a dive by Downie. No comment by Boone.

    P.K. – and the team – are playing badly. Why specifically state P.K. – you gave Cammy alot more latitude.?

    Stick to one point. P.K. can play badly – is that allowed for him? Downie did, or did not, dive? Why do you believe what what you state? Boone seems to just state stuff that’s in vogue….

  13. Marc10 says:


    Can’t believe they do that against the Flyers. Weak.

  14. habs-fan-84 says:

    I’ve said it to some of my Leaf buddies, but Gallagher really reminds me of Gilmore

  15. RH says:

    Was expecting a solid bounce back game after that lousy, lazy effort the other night. Not much character on this team. Only 11 ever shows and 76 gets called on the chintziest penalties….sigh. That game against Buffalo was a sign I think.

  16. AH says:

    So after they got their arses royally kicked by LA, all we heard was ” we need to be better, and we will be”; “we need to get off to a better start, and we will” and blah, blah, blah. How bad is it when you’ve been off for a day, and your opponent gets in at 2:30 am, after playing a game the night before, and they almost shut you out??? Unfreaking believable!!!!

  17. HardHabits says:


  18. habs-fan-84 says:

    pathetic watching the team casually skate up the ice during all that

  19. Samovich says:

    Gally the heat of a lion!

  20. Mavid says:

    ooooh a whole 2 loss’s in a row..whoopty friggin dooo…the boys will bounce worries

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  21. Bill says:

    Oh well. People, they will lose games y’know. It happens. This one should’ve been tied IMO, but lousy breaks. Having Emelin tossed for the game for grazing Downie – a well known sneaky, cheap-shotting, faker – did not help in the least. Nice game by Price, les boys need to step it up against the Isles.

  22. Marc10 says:

    The bus was full of passengers. Good call by Sergio Momesso.

    Let’s never sit Bourni and Murray again.

  23. rljmartin says:

    Max Pac deserved to be benched EARLY tonight….

    Murray is a beast!

  24. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Price needed to go down and pop Mason!


  25. twilighthours says:

    Coulda used that passion about 59 minutes earlier

  26. RH says:

    What was that about at the end? Gallagher rocks!!

  27. WVHabsfan says:

    I loved seeing Parros out there shouting at Downie

  28. Mondou6 says:

    Who do we flounder against next? Islanders?

  29. AH says:

    Yup, there’s Gally fighting until the end, and after. If we had five or six more players like him, what a difference that would make.

  30. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    It ain’t Philadelphia without a bit of brotherly hate.

  31. Mondou6 says:

    Mason, feeling brave, starts a fight after the horn.

  32. jsaz says:

    Atta boy gally

  33. Dulljerk says:

    The team was in such a hurry to get off the ice and shower they left Gallagher out to dry. Nice.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  34. Danno says:



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  35. Rob Maguire says:

    Good ole NHL. Cross-checking from behind after the final siren, and the refs won’t do shit about it.

  36. Rob Maguire says:

    Good job, Gally.

  37. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Double you tea eff?

  38. Reflektor says:

    Downie looks surprisingly healthy.

  39. habs-fan-84 says:

    wow, really bad directing

  40. Rob Maguire says:

    I hate the Flyers more than I hate Rob Ford. And that’s saying something.

  41. RockinRey says:

    Get your asses in there to help Gally!!!!

  42. NLhabsfan says:

    Thats it little frustration

  43. RockinRey says:

    Was markov playing tonight? did not hear his name

  44. RH says:

    Still unimpressive effort tonight.

  45. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Just need one more, kids. Remember Newark!

  46. Habbu says:

    Seriously what is wrong with Patches tonight?………if he’s gonna play like this put him upstairs please.

  47. drail222 says:

    see chucky needs to shoot more!! subban started that whole breakout.

  48. Mondou6 says:

    Whoop-dee-friggin-doo. We break up the second straight shut out.

  49. Rob Maguire says:

    Good thing the captain didn’t touch it this time.

  50. Plekasuares says:

    boy galchenyuk lolll

  51. adadi says:

    Too little, too late.

  52. Rob Maguire says:

    The shutout streak ends! Anyone have a total time on that?

  53. NLhabsfan says:


  54. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Eh. Who’m I foolin’?

  55. slyCH says:

    Briere you whore, you don’t deserve the accent on that jersey. Remove.

  56. RockinRey says:

    Where is Rejean Tremblay to stir it up when Francophone underachieves???

  57. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Remember Newark…

  58. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Why bother tp pull Price, Better for MT to pull himself!


  59. frontenac1 says:

    Crankshaft should get a star tonight. The only Hab that played with balls.

  60. twilighthours says:

    Habs doing an awesome job of holding on to this 2-0 deficit. Dumping it in and making the flyers go 200 ft.

  61. Storman says:

    Can Price play forward

  62. Reflektor says:

    Bergeron has nicer hair than Burke.

  63. jsaz says:

    It’s a little slump people they’ll get through it

  64. Peter Young says:

    It’s been a while since the CH have been as flat as tonight. I’ve seen them outplayed worse than this many times, but this is different. No energy at all. Just blah all over except perhaps in goal. A single goal would break them out, but it’s just not in them.

  65. Da Hema says:

    It’s all Price’s fault.

    That is sarcasm, by the way.

  66. HardHabits says:

    So much for 2-0 being the hardest lead to hold onto.

  67. jsaz says:

    Briere is not a winner or a warrior. WHY is he on this team lol all well

  68. Habbu says:

    What a week this has been……my seat on the bandwagon will be on Kijiji by morning

  69. adadi says:

    What does the measuring stick say tonight? Ugly, ugly, ugly!

  70. Storman says:

    Coach asking guys to put Kings game behind them,, better yet put Kings game in there behind, but not much room left to add this game.

  71. HardHabits says:

    The best offence is a good defence – said nobody ever.

  72. danhabsfan says:

    No excuse for this, it looks like they are not even trying, except for a few guys.

  73. Samovich says:

    Patches useless

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