Liveblog: Game 35 – Again, too little too late as Panthers win 2-1


Running on empty

Playing their third game in four nights, the Canadiens mustered a measly 18 shots on goal and lost 2-1 to Scott Clemmensen and the visiting Florida Panthers.

Alex Galchneyuk has scored his team's last three regulation-time goals – the latest early in the third period on a power play.

But with Peter Budaj on the bench for a sixth attacker, Galchenyuk wasn't on the ice.


The visitors got second-period goals from Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad.

Budaj stopped the other 23 shots he faced.

Exciting ending

Alex Galchenyuk's 10th of the season, on an early power-play, narrowed the lead to 2-1.

The Canadiens had 35 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play but could muster little pressure on Scott Clemmensen.

With Peter Budaj on the bench, six attackers pressed for the qualizer.

It was not to be.

Deep hole

For a team that's forgotten how to score, two goals is a daunting deficit.

Jesse Winchester, alone in the slot, and Nick Bjugstad, with a knuckler over Peter Budaj's shoulder, put Florida ahead.

The Canadiens had four second-period shots on Scott Clemmensen.

They have not scored a goal in regulation through the last 12 periods of hockey.


Stop me if you've read this before

Yest another goalless 20 minutes for your Montreal Canadiens.

Moreover, the home team was outshot 14-8 by Florida.

Peter Budaj was particularly sharp on Tomas Fleischmann and Brad Boyes.

The Canadiens did mount a threatening power play.

Budaj, not booing

Just when we were ready to set the Bell Centre Boo-meter to 11.

Scott Gomez will be a healthy scratch for the Florida Panthers Sunday night.

Gomez has played 19 games for Florida. He's scored one goal, added four assists and is minus-7. He's in the pressbox for the seventh straight game.

A team of bleary-eyed Canadiens will be facing Gomez's teammates.

Because of the weather system that has dumped snow on our part of the world, the Canadiens celebrated their OT win over the Islanders by sitting on the tarmac in New York Saturday night.

The team charter didn't touch down in Montreal until 2:35 a.m.

And the players will be back on the ice to face the Panthers at 6 p.m.

Peter Budaj in nets.

Check back later for live game blogging.



  1. Tomysho says:

    Tomy: Beacause of the olympics there are many games with little resttime. The Habs are too,too small up front and get pushed around in front of the net. They’re tired out with 3 games in 4 nights. Don’t know what Gionta or Briere contributes. Murray is slow and guys skating around him and he cannot recover fast enough. Need to use some other guys with shots on PP. Not Gorges or Diaz, but Emelin and maybe a forward . Also more of Eller rather than Gionta on PP.
    One serious deficiency is winning faceoffs. Can’t control game is opponets have the puck.

  2. CHicoHab says:

    They showed a clip if Brian Skrudland tonight. Who’s our modern day Skrudland??

  3. Dulljerk says:

    i hope Parros is all right. You can’t play a guy 9 games out of 35 and expect him to be able to play well, and the chances of getting hurt rise not being in the fray. I love the way people love to quote + and -‘s on here. Yes Parros is a – 5, so is White and Murray is a – 9, Bouillon is – 12. So what, all goals are different circumstances. If Parro’s career is over, at least he did want he loved to do, be part of a team. Pity he was never really given that chance in Montreal.

  4. Cape Breton says:

    Who were the six skaters (minus #27)
    on the ice with the goalie pulled? Gionta was one I bet.

  5. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Habs were lucky yesterday…not today. That PP at the end was pathetic (aside from PK’s 2 shots). Putting out the DD line for the 5 on 3 was moronic. A good power play requires guys that can pass AND shoot. DD can only pass while MAx and Gally can only shoot. I am sure Pleks-Gio-Chucky have better PP numbers. Heck I rather have Briere (regardless of his board play).

    Anyway, I suspect the Habs will not make any major moves this season (salary cap and need to evaluate kids). Last year they made the playoffs and lost in the 1st round. They will make it again this year and probably win a round if healthy and Price continues as is. What is interesting now is that Chucky is only 3 points from PK’s team high and leads the team in +/-. He could very well end up leading the team as a 19 year old…looks like a superstar in the making.

  6. Propwash says:

    Heh, so I got this when I tried to log into HIO.


  7. SUMO says:

    You know, I never really thought about tanking that way before. A good GM can still add value through trades and smart FA signings (college and undrafted players) but your point is well taken, at least by me anyway.

  8. mrhabby says:

    Let’s wait for a few more weeks and see but I get what ur saying.

  9. Ian Cobb says:

    We now lead the league in icings!
    Here is where we place in this 30 team league, compared to last week.

    League points—43, For 10th place. Last week 41 For 7th.

    Conference——-43. For 3rd place. Last week 41 For 1st.

    Division ———–43. For 2nd place. Last week 41 For 1st.

    Goals For———-88. For 19th place. Last week 85 For 10th.

    Goals Against—–75. For 5th place. Last week 65 For 3rd.

    Goal differential+13. For 10th place. Last week +20 For 6th.

    Is it 2 goals that we have scored in the past 3 or 4 games.? And we even won one of them. Sure not playing like a team out there lately. Or is it that the other teams are just better??
    Personally I think the coaches are tired, not much emotion behind the bench these days.!!!

    • Ian Cobb says:

      The wheels fell off once we got healthy and he started to experiment with the lines. We were rolling 4 lines and it worked. Why did he go away from it.?

      • HUDSONHAB says:

        I thought MT could have sat Gionta and Breire, let Bournival play a more offensive roll along with Prust. Simply because there is talk of fatigue and those two are older and appear to be making mental mistakes that are associated with fatigue.


  10. mrhabby says:


  11. Sportfan says:

    Why is survivor still on, I’ve notcied that the last 3-4 seasons its usually the real a-holes making it and winning how is that fun to watch…

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    • SUMO says:

      If you get a chance, read Richard Dawkins “The Selfish Gene” you would come to realize why the a-holes in the animal kingdom and in history tend to be the ones to win out and pass on their genes. Survival of the fittest is not mean to be survival of the nicest or altruistic. Sad but true.

  12. 4loorplay says:

    Has Mtl hit a wall a month early?
    Did MT lose the room?
    2 goals in 3 games?
    Even Gallager who works like a dog cant get a goal.
    Seems like we are playing teams that no matter what their record shows play us like we are a basement team.
    We need a 2-3 player trade and the sooner the better.

    Nirvana is earned…

  13. jrshabs1 says:

    How does “MOAR BIGGAR” sound now? The elven captain can’t carry the load of a childs backpack let alone an NHL franchise on his back. When 1 team has more guys under 5’9″ then the whole Western conference has total…there’s a big problem. Or a little one..

    Go Habs Go!!

  14. CSIASN says:

    I still think the Habs are good enough to make the playoffs but they won’t be around long. Their Golf season will come early.

  15. showey47 says:

    A good start might be to put the EGG line back together.One line producing is better then none.

  16. VancouverHab says:

    Therrien is a Jacques Martin wanna-be? Gimmie a break.

    Martin is an elite coach who would make none of MT’s moronic decisions (starting with the impossibly peevish small-minded decision pre-season to ban the Price-Subban 3-low-5) and would make many good ones that Therrien is incapable of.

    I’m not saying he’s the best coach available (though that argument can be made), but MT would massively improve if he was trying to emulate Martin.

  17. Eddie says:

    Marc Denis is asked by a fan question why does the coach constantly change his lines. Denis answers, “because it is his strength. This is what makes Therrien such a good coach.”

    Its an RDS conspiracy, folks.

    Antichambre is running this team.

  18. WAR72 says:

    Fucale, beaulieu, and eller to edm.
    Habs get nugent-…, perron and petry.
    Also, habs should dump/waive/trade/buy-out:

    This is my exasperated opinion.

  19. CSIASN says:

    When I become fatigue. I don’t get paid.

  20. habstrinifan says:

    Prust Moen White. Players whom you would expect to be integral in 2nd half of back-to-back to grind and wear down the opponent so that the heavily used (skilled) ‘regulars’ would find opportunistic moments to capitalize.

    And their ice time , all under 7 minutes… next lowest forward Bournival.

    Would a consistently played line of Prust Bournival White Moen (interchangeably) have helped in this game.. where MT says his players were tired.

  21. frontenac1 says:

    They just reported it is a fractured jaw. Smoked!

  22. mrhabby says:

    Parros has 2 concussions and has played 35 minutes this year.

  23. I want to get in on this action.

    Turning point for a sure loss? Briere on the last PP instead of big hard working Eller, or skillful hard working Gallagher.

    It was freakin comical watching Briere get pushed around in the corner, lose the battle and the Panthers easily clear the zone.

    Therrien I wouldn’t let you coach my daughters ringette team.

    Ah that FELT GREAT!

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    • Storman says:

      I am no Therrien big time fan, but I blame MB for Briere, MT is trying some way to get some use out of him, 2nd wave of PP not deserved, but how else can MT get any use out of him.

      • adadi says:

        MT has destroyed the motivation of player after player. PK, Eller, Moen, White, Prust, and yes Briere. How on earth can any coach think that he would have been a good fit with Patches and DD. The one line he clicked on, Pleks and Gio, he refuses to play him on.

        Don’t get me wrong. MB should have never signed DB, but if MT is going to give DD every chance to recover, he should do the same with DB.

    • PrashadHabs says:

      Briere is not the problem. He is not doing well, but he bounces around so many lines that he can’t build any chemistry. He had some going with Pleky and Gionta and then barely plays.

      Therrien is annoying, and like someone said seems to be playing a style of hockey ala Martin. He kept putting out Deharnais line all night long. The man is so stubborn it’s annoying, they did squat all game. Then he started that line on the 5-3, Deharnais had a great start to the game but did nothing afterwards.

      I don’t mind if the Habs lose, but if they show no heart or desire they don’t deserve to win. They should be on a 4 game losing streak right now.

      • Storman says:

        Briere is a big problem eating up 4 million salary, no work ethic at all, does not care one iota about defensive zone coverage, type of player that really breaks a system down, horrible for team chemistry..

        • PrashadHabs says:

          Briere is not great, but he is not the reason why the Habs have been terrible the last 4 games. Constantly changing lines impacts the players, look at Gallaghers point production since he went off the EGG line. Still plays hard but barely impacts the game offensively now.

          BTW what is the Habs system lately? Wait until the final 2 minutes to try and salvage a poor effort?

  24. Eddie says:

    It’s not the players it’s the system. We’re back to the future here. Therrien has become a JM wannabe.

  25. ProHabs says:

    IF fatigue is already a factor with this team in December, how are they going to look in March. Will they have absolutely anything left for the playoffs in April?

  26. habstrinifan says:

    What has happened to Brandon Prust?

    • Storman says:

      Not a good sign because Prust is usually a heart all in type player, I am hoping team is just mentally tired right now, and not a tuning coach out issue, which is big time trouble if happening.

  27. Strummer says:

    This team is so easy to defend against.
    Remember the scene in the early episode of 24Ch where Bergevin says to his player development staff “Let’s get bigger and tougher to play against”

    Well- we’re still waiting…

    “It’s Christmas- not “The Holidays”

  28. gmoan says:

    Is eller tired?

  29. habstrinifan says:

    I am gonna ask again.. why doesn’t some alert member of the coaching staff grab Eller for some Claude Ruel type coaching.

    We are wasting a very good player by not upgrading his offensive drive/focus.

  30. DipsyDoodler says:

    I’m not reading HIO but I’m sure the haterz must be having a grand old circle jerk.

  31. adadi says:

    The coach is really dumb. That, my friends, is the long and the short of it.

  32. Storman says:

    Bengals Punter having a worse day than any Hab fan right now, he just got annihilated, kind of a cheap shot, blind side block, on a kick return,,

  33. Habbu says:

    So now he admits they’re tired…..well they can get plenty of rest over the Christmas break. Or have they already left on vacation?

  34. Eddie says:

    Not sure what all the surprise and fuss is about.

    Last year we played to score and we did.

    This year we play to defend, and we do.

    As long as the other team doesn’t score more than 1 goal a game, we will do just fine.

    Just ask all the Therrien supporters here. The man is a legend here.

  35. Habbu says:

    Wasn’t it a week ago when Gionta was talking about how important the upcoming games were?……….gee….wha’ happened Brian?

  36. Sportfan says:

    I think Fatigue is in play here they’ve had a ridiculous schedule lately a lot of hockey in a short period of time. Way to many back to back games the NHL scheduling should have fixed that.

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    • habstrinifan says:

      See showey47’s post. Is it wrong to question the deployment of players which didnt take that into consideration. Is Bournival tired?

    • JUST ME says:

      I agree but it seems that every season there is a reason for a compact schedule. There are too many games. I mean just think about it ,playing 3 games in 4 days is insane even for pros. You cannot expect them to be in top shape in thioose circumstances and injury risks are higher.

  37. showey47 says:

    If the team is tired like MT is saying right now on his presser then why is DD getting 20:28 mins of ice time while guys like eller and chucky are getting much less?

  38. mrhabby says:

    Quote from panthers goalie……when u dont have to make a save it sure makes it alot easier.

  39. Habbu says:

    MB & MT gotta be starting to feel some big time heat

  40. ooder says:

    it was nice to see Subban open up his game and play with the same flash we all know and love.
    ok done with the positives.. almost everyone else sucked nads

  41. mrhabby says:

    Nice toque mike boone.

  42. HH says:

    The best way I can sum up this team ????????????????????????????

  43. danhabsfan says:

    Looks like I rewound the tape to two seasons ago… No ability to score, can’t our GM fix this yet?

  44. HabFab says:

    Elliott Price –

    Last time a #Hab other than Galchenyuk scored in regulation was Saturday December7th 2nd period #ThirteenPeriodsOnlyGally

  45. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Great game! I´m very happy today. Having a joke of a dman in Murray instead of Gilbert and playing Desharnais much more than Eller/Bournival did cost us the game. Sooner or later MB and Therrien have to wake up.

  46. rljmartin says:

    Anybody out there tired of the long pass up ice to forwards circling or almost standing still?…. Works about 1 out of 10.

    What happened to short passes picking up speed to gain the zone?

    Anyone else figure out Habs are not good at dump and chase?

  47. RAM_TOUGH says:

    ALN: “Your Montreal Canadiens dial up stinker – AGAIN”
    – The End –


  48. port elgin says:

    Momesso says they were tired…boo…hoo

  49. habs001 says:

    Last year the Habs scored but that was more of an unusual situation…Reality…Prust,White,Moen not goal scorers…Briere,Gion goal scoring days past them….DD,Eller not goal scorers…PlecksMaxpac streaky scorers…Gallagher,Galchenyuk have scored but they are kids…Bournival looks okay but has scored on most of his chances..does not seem to be an offensive force…the Habs will have to play most of their games to win 2-1 or 3-2 at best

  50. habstrinifan says:

    Well what am I gonna do with the rest of the evening?

  51. port elgin says:

    Smurf team

  52. Da Hema says:

    In a curious way, losing in this instance is preferable to winning when you don’t deserve to win — like they did on a number of occasions during their prior winning streak. It allows us to see more clearly the weaknesses of this current group of players.

  53. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Every facking Christmas the Montreal Canadiens suck!


  54. port elgin says:

    Can’t anybody score on this team? WTF

  55. JF says:

    I’m usually philosophical about the Habs’ losses, but this one makes me mad. I’m sick of watching this team. They can’t score, can’t make a clean pass, can’t move the puck effectively, can’t clear their zone, and can’t exert any pressure in the offensive zone. Right now they look like a bad team. I’m predicting they won’t win more than one of their last three games before Christmas, perhaps not even that.

  56. JohninTruro says:

    Gorges is decent in his own end, but he is the offense killer. I think his only shot on goal this year was his goal. 100% of the time he makes the “text book” safe play throw it in the corner. He must be the only D man in the NHL that whenever he gets it at the blue line the lane must be blocked…Emelin sat for him in the last 3-4 mins of the game makes zero sense. Murray would have been better at least he fires it on net. Not a good decision by MT or JJ here, this is confusing to me.

  57. bmcalig says:

    Wow!!! 3 goals in 4 games against crappy teams. We are in trouble!!
    This team realizes that they are not good. Time for a big shake up otherwise we could be with Florida in the cellar before the Olympics start. Where the hell is the urgency on this team? They really suck and we will continue to suck if we think we can score from 40 feet out and no one in front to screen and give the opposing goal trouble. It is frustrating to watch when teams do that to our goalies and the opposing goalies are blocking shots from 40 feet out and not a hab within 10 of him. We really need to get some more bodies that are over 5’7″. Crap!! I am going to get a drink.

  58. Bill says:

    Oh well

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  59. Shane1313 says:

    Forget the month of November.
    This team sucks and always will!!!!!!!

    Said everyone here….

  60. Shane1313 says:

    I don’t for the life of me understand the incredible negativity surrounding the team at all times.

    I’ve been content with the team so far. We went on an insane roll. 19pts out of a possible 20. We’ve slowed of late. But we’re still in a pretty good position. I don’t understand why the expectation is always for us to be at the top. We have a great team, it’s a long season. It certainly takes the fun away from reading any comments because 90% are bad. Odd

    • habstrinifan says:

      I am upset about your negativity towards my negativity. You take the fun away from my griping.

    • christophor says:

      During the latter half of their streak, they were playing bad hockey. It was always going to show up in the results, as we’ve seen.

      • JohninTruro says:

        Exactly what I mentioned earlier. Started against NJ.

        • Shane1313 says:

          I get it. There are issues, but none are something we can’t get over.
          Desharnais even though he picked up, he doesn’t seem like he has a place. Briere is sort of useless. Gallagher seems tired. I personally haven’t like what I’ve seen from Gorges and Emelin of late. And for me, Eller needs to be put in a #1 center role. Max needs to pick it up but he also needs to be on a top line. It sucks it’s a grind, but the playoffs are really what it comes down to. The rest is tweaking

    • RAM_TOUGH says:

      So 1313, you are happy with the Habs just barely making the playoffs?


      • Shane1313 says:

        I’d like to win the division, but the playoffs are a different season. I’ll be happy when they win some series’. Even if they don’t, there are 30 teams, I just like them to play more good hockey then bad. I enjoy seeing a team with potential and that has a chance of winning it all. I just think people forget that every single team has games like we’ve had this week. They almost all go through scorelless streaks, winless streaks, but we forget that.

    • The Dude says:

      Shane1313, the idea is to win it all.Do you see this years Habs win it all? Did the acquisition of Danny B “After the Scott Gomez blunderbust” fix the teams SHORT comings?Do you see any big blockbuster trades involving the Habs??? That’s to start with….

  61. Ring of Fire says:

    C’mon the Panthers…like losing to the Golden Seals back in the day

    The Thin Blue Line.

  62. habstrinifan says:

    Please those who parlez-vous francais.. fill me in on MT’s postgame comments.

  63. port elgin says:

    Look out below

    here come the habs

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