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. Storman says:

    Over/Under 0.5

  2. Et le but says:

    Let’s go boys!

  3. habsfan1993 says:

    Carey Price doesn’t make that save.

    “Just because you are wearing a new Maple Leafs sweater, does not mean you make the rules around here, young man.”

  4. Sportfan says:

    Maybe TSN should put more effort in their regional broadcasts.

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  5. Mr. Biter says:

    Reading Boone’s game report, listening to Packers comeback to within 5 against Cowboys on radio. unfortunately not getting much work done at office.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  6. SmartDog says:

    1. Who would you rather see wearing the C in 2014-15?
    - Pacioretti
    - Plekanec
    - Gionta
    2. Who would you rather hook-up with?
    - Jessica Rusnik
    - Andi Patrillo
    - Brian Wilde
    3. How would you change the game to reduce concussions?
    4. Which prospect is most likely to end the season with the Habs?
    5. What animal do you most easily associate with Florida?
    - Elephant
    - Panda
    - Panther

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  7. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Different team, different night, but here were are neck and neck with a former Stanley Cup finalist. Impressive, eh?

  8. Storman says:

    I see are are offense is still clicking on all cylinders, guess i did not miss too much in that first period,,

  9. CHicoHab says:

    Here’s a little trivia. The last time Habs have scored at Bell Centre. 18:07 of the 2nd period against Buff. That would be 101 minutes 53 seconds.

  10. HH says:

    Not much difference in the offence. Best Goalie wins.

  11. duffy says:

    Budaj sure saved there buts that period

  12. Storman says:

    Rob Ford tells Torontonians not too worry as he will be all in , in helping with the snow removal..

  13. t1tan5 says:

    Murray hit someone and was then out of position for a good 5 seconds. That’s what led to the big chance.

  14. Da Hema says:

    Wow. Boo-Die has come to play!

  15. Et le but says:

    What a save!

  16. HabinBurlington says:

    Love the fact McCarron is being judged by so many here based on numbers already.

    I mean come on MB clearly drafted him thinking he was going to be some guy that dangles the puck, toe drag it, then snipe top corner.

    If he doesn’t score 40 goals the first year he plays in the Canadian Junior Hockey League after playing in the U.S. developmental program as a large bruising power forward, then obviously he is useless.

    Why the heck is MB the GM there are boatloads of better scouts here, boatloads!!!!

    ANd they can decide so much quicker as well when a guys is a clear bust.

  17. slapshot777 says:

    That was better net drive

  18. Da Hema says:

    Isn’t “Goc” like a Klingon delicacy?

  19. Et le but says:

    Gionta just saved a goal on the rebound; won’t make the stat sheet though

  20. Da Hema says:

    Anyone have a decent link to the game?

  21. slapshot777 says:

    They just need more net drive

  22. db says:

    anybody have a decent feed?

  23. Et le but says:

    Habs pushing the pace well

  24. jols101 says:

    Good tempo so far from the home team.

  25. Marc10 says:

    Yes. Good PP. More of that and a goal please!!

  26. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Why in the heck can’t the Bell Centre have nice young ladies clean off the ice during commercial breaks.


  27. CHicoHab says:

    No one infront of their goalie that entire pp.

  28. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Florida D looks slow

  29. HH says:

    This gonna be another Rope a dope game.

  30. Danno says:

    We need to score on the PP some day


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  31. Et le but says:

    Good looking PP, albeit against the Panthers

  32. CHicoHab says:

    His shadow

  33. Da Hema says:

    To whom was Desharnais attempting to pass when he was in the Panthers’ crease?

  34. CHicoHab says:

    Gazoo had some nice moves there but no finish

  35. Et le but says:

    As good a time as any to break the PP slump

  36. danhabsfan says:

    A PP goal would be huge here

  37. Cdnman1 says:

    Nice job by Plecs

  38. Et le but says:

    Now our turn

  39. danhabsfan says:

    Boone, they called it holding, where’s the hold?

  40. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I wanted to see Mr. Floppy in net tonight.


  41. danhabsfan says:

    Really, that’s a penalty. Wow

  42. twilighthours says:

    MTL played a whole shift with 6 skaters

  43. HabinBurlington says:

    Gazette won’t cover Hickey’s plane flight to games anymore?

  44. jols101 says:

    Go Habs Go!!!

  45. durocher says:

    We can all “scout” tonight’s game and see if there are any Panthers’ players we should target by the deadline.

    Perhaps Kulikov can grow in Montreal with Markov and Emelin

  46. Mr. Biter says:

    Now there’s some “Booty” I’d like to loot!

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  47. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Despite the disparity in the standings these are two evenly matched teams. Should be a close game.

  48. Marc10 says:

    Erik Gudbranson = Childhood Hab Fan

    Just sayin’…

  49. slapshot777 says:

    Hopefully the Habs come out skating

  50. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Habs play a one way PP, teams are on to it & shutting it down.


  51. danhabsfan says:

    Ok boys. Here is one you should win, but you still have to work for it.

  52. Marc10 says:

    Glad Murray is in. His leveling of guys in front of our goalies makes him a more valuable commodity than the smoother skating Frankie B. Good soldier the Cube, but it looks like Crankshaft has the inside track on the #6 spot.

    Fearless prediction. The boys win another ugly one tonight. 3-1. Pleky with the empty netter.

  53. Propwash says:

    Well, the plow finally came by, and now I gotta dig my car out. Sucks that im gonna miss part of the game.


  54. donmarco says:

    Phew. Took until 5:53 for Booner to post his first, albeit slightly, negative comment. Only danger tonight is if Habs take them lightly. Otherwise, shouldnt be close.

  55. aroma says:

    hate to say it, but here’s why Bob Gainey is the worst Habs’ GM since Réjean Tool:

  56. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …funny …Boone doesn’t look ‘live’ :)

  57. FlyAngler says:

    The Habs need to fix the power play. I can understand having DD center the line that Max is on, but no way should he be on the PP. The PP centers should be Plekanec and Eller period. DD is unable to maintain control of the puck when any amount of pressure is applied in the attacking zone on the PP. A big part of it is he is just too small.

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  58. NCRhabsfan says:

    So Gomez has Desharnais-like numbers and is a healthy scratch? Hmmm. He might even be a better dollar to point player than Desharnais now that he’s only earning $900K. Why do the Habs always have at least one guy way under performing their contract? I wonder if every team has one guy not earning his salary?

    • JUST ME says:

      Every team has one except that in Mtl if we don`t have one we will find one in the lineup to complain about. So it`Gomez, then Carey`s last chance, then D.D. ,now Briere… Always been that way .

  59. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …don’t know why one would boo Gomer …he was a feckless player that played as hard as he could, it’s only that somewhere along the way (on the ‘way’ to his bank ?) the skills left him

    …he was who he was …or wasn’t

  60. JUST ME says:

    Let`s stack up the points now. We will be very happy to have them later on and it can only bring Bergevin to work bigger deals if he feels that maybe we can…Some players will be gone anyway before the end of the season. Let`s not let them go without anything in return.
    Go habs go !

  61. Caesar says:

    No Parros = more Murray me thinks

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      That’s okay too, Murray is actually a hockey player that occasionally fights not a fighter that occasionally finds himself in a hockey game.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Read an article at beginning of year. Top 50 body checkers in NHL. Murray was #3 or 5 and Emelin was # 9. PK was also in top 20 but IMO he seems to have stopped the heavy hit’s he was laying out last year. Murray could have been MB’s best pick up in the off season.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

    • donmarco says:

      2 entirely different roles. Murray does appear to have moved ahead of Bouillon, but I would think no Parros = more White.

  62. Bill says:

    Two teams going in opposite directions with Florida on a bit of a roll and the Habs really struggling to score. Could be an ugly one.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  63. JohninTruro says:

    McCarron scored again, now has 5 on the year.

    • SlovakHab says:

      Tha’s not a goal scoring machine…
      I’m not stoked he’s sitting at less than half point per game. All other OHL/WHL forwards that were available when we took him (Klimchuk, Dickinson, Hartman) are scoring at over point per game.

      De La Rose has comparable stats in Swedish league to what McCarron scores in OHL.

      • SmartDog says:

        He’s had injuries dude, and anyway give him a bit of time before you right him off. Ridonculous.

        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

        • JohninTruro says:

          Yes, if we did the same thing with Tinordi and traded him for a bag of pucks, after his terrible first year with London where would that have gotten us? People don’t get these guys are PROSPECTS and big guys like this take a number of years to develop if they do at all. He was a late 1st rounder, a project, nothing ventured, nothing gained. This isn’t a top 5 bust. Unreal eh?

          • SmartDog says:

            Yep. But you never know if it’s a 13-year-old on the other keyboard. Sometimes I sure hope so. :)

            Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

          • SlovakHab says:

            Oh wow,
            I raise my opinion that the guy may have not much of an offensive upside, and I get slammed for trying to have a discussion, on a hockey blog. Ah well..

            But yeah, I don’t expect much from McCarron beyond a 4th liner. If he does better, great. I’m a Habs fan after all.

          • JohninTruro says:

            Slovak you weren’t “raising your opinion” you were the one actually slamming McCarron and Bergevin’s pick, and I was defending it. I don’t doubt you are a habs fan, but you are far from a scout with some pedigree. I’m not one either, but I know well enough that it is far too early to judge the good and bad of this kid at this stage based on a million things. I am a Habs fan myself, which means I put trust in the guys running my favorite team, and the picks they make.

  64. Mr. Biter says:

    Why would the faithful boo Gomer. He’s gone, did not sign with another team for more money, or ever bitch about his time with the Habs and when he left we became a better team. He should have gotten a rousing cheer for leaving. And like I always say never blame the player for his contract, blame the G.M. who gave it to him.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  65. 24 Cups says:

    To be fair, Florida has won 4 out of their last 5 games including two victories over Detroit. Thomas may be on the injury list but if he does start, it could be a bad omen.

    I take it that White and Bouillon will be playing tonight.

    • Mike Boone says:

      Murray, not Bouillon

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

      • 24 Cups says:

        Interesting, Mike. I figured they would alternate the two guys on back-to-back games, especially seeing the late plane ride home. I wonder if this means that Murray is now the entrenched 6th Dman, with Frankie in reserve?

        • JohninTruro says:

          Murray has been good, and I thought was great last game. Getting more comfortable in his role. As I have been saying all along he needs to be paired with a good skating puck moving D like Diaz to make him do his job safely. It has been a good pairing.

  66. FlyAngler says:

    Have to say that even going back to his Rangers days, whenever Gomez gave was interviewed, he struck me as the kind of guy whose brain was fried from smoking to much weed……. it certainly would explain a lot of things……just sayin’…………

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  67. Stevie.Ray says:

    Florida is floundering. Going nowhere fast. When Tallon took over I was expecting Florida to put together a decent squad. It looked like Tallon was trying to get his hands on as many “solid” players as he could because the big names wouldn’t go there.

    He went and got Versteeg, Kopecky, Upshall, Fleischmann, Boyes, and they drafted Bjugstad and Huberdeau. It’s basically a team of second line guys.

    They have Barkov and Huberdeau, and a few other decent prospects but nothing really spectacular.

    What would it take to get Huberdeau from Florida. A fair trade for both sides that will help Florida in the short term and long term, while not hurting Montreal short term or long term?

  68. Hobie Hansen says:

    Yikes. Hopefully the guys were allowed to get close to 8hrs sleep? I wonder what time most of them had to be up today?

  69. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Fifth of…

  70. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Scoring 1 goal in 180 minutes of regulation hockey makes a 1-2-0 feel like an eternity.

  71. habs001 says:

    Hopefully a few goals today…Nothing like winning a meanigless game to move down in the the draft..Eagles looked terrible on d….

  72. Haberoooo13 says:

    Going to the game…4-1 Habs

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  73. rogieshan says:


  74. JUST ME says:

    I think that we are starting to see what is at stake here. Loving a good fight means that both players seem to be o.k. after the fight. We know now that everything is not always o.k. and that the damages are done without anyone seeing anything. Yes the Parros event was tough to witness but what about the rest of the enforcers ?

  75. Marc10 says:

    Parros is a smart guy. He knows the risks. Hopefully he’s one of the last ones to do this job. Fighting is not necessary in hockey. Refs and league officials who enforce the rules are.

    I posted this last game, but not sure if it got modded or not… Was posting from my android phone and couldn’t read the comments.

    There’s definitely a price to pay for concussions. We’re now just starting to see how much. The link is about a kid sustaining a fatal injury in rugby, but it illustrates the point. Get your head banged around enough times and bad things will happen. Makes you think twice about putting your kids through contact sports…

  76. Mr. Biter says:

    In his 1st year here we went to the Eastern final and he played great. Don’t know what happened afterwards to his game.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  77. NCRhabsfan says:

    Wow, that was quick. He’s played what, half a season of OHL hockey? I thought the whole point was that after playing in the US program he needed some seasoning under Hunter in London. Isn’t that exactly what he’s doing? Learning on the job? He’s big, skates well and he is very young, why don’t we wait until at least this time next season before we start expecting too much. Besides, I don’t think he was ever projected to be a Jason Spezza type; I thought they were always hoping he would develop into a red, white and blue version of Lucic (who is also not a point a game guy).

  78. donmarco says:

    Some people never want what they have, and always want what someone else does. Can’t figure EOHF out sometimes.

  79. danhabsfan says:

    Preach it

  80. twilighthours says:

    See I’m surprised you don’t like him. He’s huge and throws his weight around

  81. Sportfan says:

    I’m not expecting him to be a 50 goal guy in the NHL. I’m hoping for a nice power forward who goes to the net can get maybe 20-30 goals and be really effective.

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  82. danhabsfan says:

    He’s still a kid, give him a chance.

  83. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I grew so fast in my late teens that it took me time to figure out my dimensions and stop hitting my shoulders on doorways. I now walk through doorways with the greatest of ease – some might say grace.
    Give the kid time to grow into his size and your expectations. It’s early days.

  84. SmartDog says:

    Dude, you have no idea at this point. No one does. Give it (and us) a break.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  85. HabinBurlington says:

    At least you gave him almost half a season after drafted to determine that. Good on ya, bunch of bozo’s thought he was a bust a day after draft day!

  86. JohninTruro says:

    What could you possibly like about him then? If he isn’t going to make it, what would you see in him you like?

  87. Et le but says:

    Thanks… LOL

  88. Et le but says:

    And, get well quick mon ami EOHF!

  89. HabinBurlington says:

    @Eastern Ont. Hab Fan

    So then why in half a season of junior would you already think he looks like a waste?

  90. vegas says:

    too good to be true. Big body, agile, makes a good first pass and is right handed to boot. Yesssssssssss

  91. Marc10 says:

    You’ll need an NHLer going the other way. They’ll want Emelin.

  92. punkster says:

    Speak up, I can’t hear you over the Parros and Murray number screams.


  93. HabinBurlington says:

    Yah, that is a fair comparison Dave, come on you know that is bullsh%t.

    Comparing McCarron to Parros is a complete crock.

  94. aroma says:

    Hmm, guess you’re right about that. Rephasing it: Bob Gainey is one of the worst Habs GMs ever… imagine McDonagh with the Habs…

  95. Et le but says:

    I thought you hurt your arm shovelling EOHF, and would post sparingly. What happened?

  96. HabinBurlington says:

    My comment comparing Parros was directed at Punkster. Sorry for your anger. Did you happen to notice Bickell played Junior hockey in Canada from the get go and scored 7 goals his first year? Tom Wilson had 3 goals his first season and 9 his second. Yes do realize they were younger, yes also realize they both started into Cdn. junior hockey and weren’t in a far less physical league prior.

    Again sorry for your anger.

  97. Et le but says:

    Not the middle one EOHF I hope?

  98. HabinBurlington says:

    Why doesn’t he have the luxury of 4 years? You yourself compared him to Bickell, he took almost 8 years after first starting to play Canadian Junior Hockey before being a regular in the NHL.

    Why the double standard?

  99. Mike Boone says:

    No way Columbus deals Dubinsky

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger

  100. Et le but says:

    Remember this post before you hit the send button on your next ‘He’s a bust’ post, please…

  101. Nilan25 says:

    What is to hate?????

  102. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I loved that Metallica song.


  103. danhabsfan says:

    Give us a real possible senecio

  104. JUST ME says:

    Not again ? After every losses it`s time to trade , cry, accuse, tank, fire, bench , recall, change, yell , break up , every time ! Take a deep breath and enjoy. Team is not firing on all cylinder i admit but now is not the time to move.

  105. habstrinifan says:

    MT for Julien.

  106. piper says:

    Markov to Washington for Tom Wilson. If MB wants Markov back then make him an offer in the summer.

  107. danhabsfan says:

    I’m okay with getting Kane

  108. Sportfan says:

    So blow up our farm system.

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  109. mrhabby says:

    Hard to trade when players are under achieving… Ya know what iam saying.

  110. Sportfan says:

    Haha I can see that :P

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  111. mrhabby says:

    Seems like a panic move eastern…bergevin wants to build through draft..we’re still in a good position and if things stay as they are were in the playoffs…

    That being said iam sure mbs team is looking around.

  112. kalevine says:

    not the worst but definitely not elite LOL!

  113. mrhabby says:

    I get it….but no quick fix here..

    Iam for making changes as long as it makes sense.

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