Liveblog: Game 40 – Panthers claw Canadiens 4-1


Ugly loss

Any momentum the Canadiens may have had coming out of their Shootout win in Tampa bay was washed out to sea in Sunrise.

Brandon Prust brieflu made a game of it with a goal early the second period, after Dmitry Kulikov had given Florida a 1-0 lead in the first.

But Brian Campbell restored the Florida lead less than two minutes after Prust's goal.

And rookie Aleksander Markov made it 3-1 before the second period was over.

A Daniel Brière goal was questionably disallowed early in the third.

Sean Bergenheim scored an empty-netter with 17 seconds left.

Florida outshot the Canadiens 25-22.


Goal disallowed

Daniel Brière's goal, which might have made it interesting, was disallowed because of goaltender intyerference on Scott Clemmensen.

Bad call.

Alex Galchenyuk was pushed into the Florida goaltender by Marcel Goc.

Sean Bergenheim scored an empty-netter with 17 seconds left.

Barkov bags a pair

For two shifts early in the second period, the Canadiens looked to make a game of it.

Brandon Prust batted a loose puck past Scott Clemmensen to even the score at 1-1.

That lasted less than two minutes.

Brian Campbell blasted one past Peter Budaj to restore Florida's lead.

Aleksander Barkov made it 3-1 on a slick passing play, of which the Panthers had many.

Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin have been on the ice for all three Florida goals.

Shots were 11-5 Florida.


Kulikov lone scorer

David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty had just screwed up an odd-man rush when the Panthers broke the other way to show how it's done.

Tomas Fleishmann fed a wide-open Dmitry Kulikov, who beat Peter Budaj for the only goal of the first period.

Florida outshot the Canadiens 8-7

Sunshine sweep?

It happened as recently as last season.

In back-to-back games on March 9-10, your Montreal Canadiens beat Tampa Bay 4-3 and Florida 5-2.

After Lars Eller's  goal and Carey Price's three saves in the Shootout secured two points in Tampa Saturday night, the Canadiens will get out their brooms for an unusual late-afternoon dance with the Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Florida has lost three in a row, but the Panthers held the Canadiens to 18 shots and won 2-1 when they visited the Bell Centre on Dec. 15.

Peter Budaj is scheduled to start against ... wait for it ... Tim Thomas.

No other lineup changes, meaning Douglas Murray, Michaël Bournival and George Parros are scratches.




  1. Plekasuares says:


  2. TMan1969 says:

    If the goalie wasn’t in position to save….awww crap

  3. Cdnman1 says:

    Too bad, it would have made this dog of a game interesting.

  4. Harditya says:

    Well..that sucks

  5. temekuhabs says:

    Sarcastic of course

  6. TMan1969 says:

    The goalie was outside the blue paint and there was no way he would’ve saved that one..BS call

  7. jrshabs1 says:

    Carey Price for the Hart Trophy. Where would the small undersized Habs be without Price in net? Last?

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

  8. chfan4life says:

    We scored and it doesn’t even count.

  9. temekuhabs says:

    Good call

  10. adadi says:

    Chucky pushed into goalie. Good goal. Refs worse than Patches tonight.

  11. TMan1969 says:

    Maybe were in for a “sof” speech by MT and then a new coach…something isn’t clicking on this team

  12. Plekasuares says:

    Yep. Way to go all star Galchenyuk.

  13. CH Marshall says:

    LMFAO Briere was almost useful

  14. port elgin says:

    Gallagher-heart of a lion

    Bourque-heart of a hamster

  15. Plekasuares says:


  16. Storman says:

    Wow this is bad, mistake after mistake, combined with little compete = losing to the Panthers

  17. Habsbill24 says:

    This team is regressing rapidly. Already after a week off they are a “tired” team. Sloppy passing, absolutely nothing from the blueline other than Markov and PK. Diaz, Gorges, Emelin, Murray and Cube have exactly one goal as a group. Halfway through the seaon and only one forward on a pace for maybe 50 points, a couple maybe 40 points and the rest under 40. And boy are they boring to watch. They have even managed to suck the spark out of Gallagher and Chucky. A change is needed big time.

  18. Plekasuares says:

    Bork plays one good game last night, now hes back to being bork

  19. TMan1969 says:

    PK is a forward and he can play like one

  20. adadi says:

    Anyone know what Tim Thomas is in the dog house?

  21. danhabsfan says:

    Wow. PK in deep in the zone.. I’m amazed.

  22. D Mex says:

    ” 2 minutes each for refusing to drop their gloves ”
    Chris Cuthbert doing his best Don Cherry imitation.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  23. Storman says:

    PK has been rather ordinary again tonight, take the reigns off him coach let him loose we are down 2

  24. Adidess says:

    A recent Markov and PK sighting… MT must be thinking: “what would happen if I tried these two together just once? Game almost over, nothing to lose”.

  25. Storman says:

    4 minutes for delay of game too each of them

  26. Plekasuares says:

    Thats it PLEKY!!!

  27. TMan1969 says:

    The doctors are back Markov and Subban (MD)

  28. Davey93 says:

    It’d be nice to see plecs play with someone besides gionta.

  29. TMan1969 says:

    I have watched the Florida attack its a diamond – two in the middle, two on the outside and the Mtl D is a box. The diamond drags a player out of position and leaves one open (like the first goal)…kind of like a can opener

  30. danhabsfan says:

    Boone: Maybe they traded Briere between periods

  31. theox_8 says:

    Barkov way better than galchenyuk …. I don’t think so !

  32. Et le but says:

    Need to grab an early one if we hope to come back…not likely but you never know

  33. rogieshan says:

    These Panthers look like the big, bad Flyers when they the Habs. This game may be a harbinger of how the team will fare in the second half of the season and in the playoffs. Without the goalie to bail the team out, it loses.

    Is the trade freeze over yet?

  34. Adidess says:

    MT probably put Markov back with Emelin in order to help Emelin, but looks like he screwed up Markov in the process. I don’t remember seeing Markov scramble as much as he’s doing now in a long time. He’s having trouble reading the play like we know he can do so well.

    Plus Emelin has not really been playing any better.

  35. rljmartin says:

    Anybody coming to the conclusion that Habs are not a speed & skill team?
    Emelin not the same since the Downie flop… WTF?

    • showey47 says:

      The habs do have some speed and skill. MT has them trying to play like a grinding team, which they are not. Just like JM used to do. MT also has issues on how to use the skilled players he has.

  36. jimmy shaker says:

    I’m sure the habs are helping him quite a bit by backing off and letting him skate, but Campbell sure looks good out there, he could eat up minutes and gio’s money at the deadline/next year.

    Shaker out!

  37. The_Truth says:

    I don’t care about this game, but to me it is an indicator of how Montreal cannot succeed come playoffs. Can’t score 5 on 5, not enough net presence and weak against a physical forecheck. I am not feeling secure at all about the make-up of this team for the season that really matters, despite a pretty good record.

  38. TMan1969 says:

    Move PK to the forward position – I bet he will do better then Patch

  39. Ktowner says:

    Starting to get concerned about the team of late. It’s not exclusively a size thing it seems to have more to do with transition and how the team plays between the two blue lines. The team still plays well along the boards but down the middle of the ice they look lost. These are the reasons they are at the bottom of the league in 5 on 5 scoring and also where changes are needed. Perhaps a trade to shake things up.

  40. D Mex says:

    Mod away Boone, mod away …
    You asked the question, and I answered it.

    Next time you think retirement, don’t let ANYbody talk you out of it.
    OK ?

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  41. TMan1969 says:

    The thing that is different now then during their winning streak is that they seem to sit back more – when they use speed they win – simple as that?? I don’t get this system and from what I can tell neither can the players.

  42. Danno says:

    Next goal is huge.

    Time for an early garbage goal. A nice greasy one.

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  43. jimmy shaker says:

    The fourth line was the only line going, so let’s break it up and shit on briere while your at it……great play mt. Keep briere on with pleks and gio……keep the fourth line together and play them…..get PK back with Marky and reunite the egg line. That was easy.

    Shaker out!

    • Odie24 says:

      What’s the difference? Briere is absolutely f’n useless. He doesn’t put up points, he doesn’t crash and bang, he doesn’t win any battles…he’s useless to this team, for $4 mil per. You should be screaming at MB not MT.

  44. naweed235 says:

    Every time I see Briere in the line up I get a gag reflex… He might just be the most useless player we have had in the roster in the last 5 yrs or so… even worse than Scotty

  45. jrshabs1 says:

    Small undersized Habs look small and undersized tonight.

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

  46. Storman says:

    Tom Wilson introduces himself to Ville Leino, and then scraps it out with Foligno afterwards,

  47. CHicoHab says:

    Jackal. The team will lose some and win some is a given. They may still win tonite. But after 2 periods the comments are just. They suck after 2 periods. No shots. No hits. No passes. No defence. No coaching.

    • The Jackal says:

      Typical crop of comments during a loss though. They don’t tend to be justified. They go way further than saying that the team is playing poorly TODAY. Sure, that may be true, but does that mean that the team sucks overall, that the coach should be fired, that MB has already failed, and that Galchenyuk is a bust? No. These comments are inane and unfortunately ubiquitous, and they are completely unjustified.
      The Habs are one of the best teams in their conference and they’ve had many more good games than bad, and that’s the plain truth.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  48. habstrinifan says:

    I am really worried about people calling for trades. Just my opinion, but we might just give up on somebody (likes Pacs) looking to land this big fish. And you know what. That BIG FISH will have to come into this system and FIT in .. and we would have lost a good player.

    No trades until the HABS determine to play hockey the way the team came to be respected.

  49. Peter Young says:

    The TSN commentators noted early in the game that Florida is having trouble scoring with only something like 69 5 on 5 goals. Then they pointed out that the Canadiens’ only have something like 57. Wow! I forget the precise numbers, but the gap was glaring. The point was that Florida has trouble scoring 5 on 5, but the Canadiens are much worse.

  50. SmartDog says:

    A burning question..
    for next year, after PK and Eller are re-signed, (and assuming Gionta walks) the Habs will have about 14 million to sign 6 guys, 4 D and 2 F. Assuming they’ve got a couple of entry level guys ready (for cheap) and they pick up an aging veteran or two (like they have now with Murray and Frankie), this means they can only throw GOOD money (6 million) at ONE guy or maybe sign TWO guys for around 4.

    So here’s the question: would you want Markov to be that one guy? Or would you rather a forward? Or to split the big money two ways?

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  51. Frozen Village says:

    Rds is crazy they go from interesting number presenting to a sililoque for a 38 year old chez nous

    The Swedes looked great today and we got 2 of them.
    But then again is there room on the habs for prospects from a no b.s. Socialist country.

  52. Peter Young says:

    The Canadiens are playing a very poor 5 on 5 offensive game and have been all season. The defense is never there at the opposition’s blue line to keep the puck in. They back off far too early, and yet that doesn’t seem to help their defensive game either. Contrast the lowly Florida team. Their defencemen are nearly always there at the blue line to keep the puck in. This is one reason, and only one, for the Canadiens’ lack of sustained pressure.

    • chfan4life says:

      Good analysis, let send this post to MT and get him to let the D play higher in the offensive zone. I think MT is playing it safe but down by 2, you’ll need to open things up. What happened to the intensity. No hustle, no drive the need as a unit. Is it that obvious that the small players are not suitable for the dump and chase game.

  53. Cdnman1 says:

    Habs need to skate to beat large teams. They don’t skate we’ll in the second of back to back games.

  54. danedmunds says:

    Same old story. Panthers have 2 guys under 6’0

    Habs have 8. Not going to come close to a cup with midgets

    go habs go

  55. Plekasuares says:

    Barkov is WAY better than Galchenyuk

  56. duffy says:

    Look on the bright side, 3-1 lead is the worst lead in a hockey game.

  57. scavanau says:

    At least no one is there to witness this shaming.

  58. slapshot777 says:

    5 shots great game plan MT, must be to tire out Florida then take advantage of them after the game is over. Idiot

  59. danhabsfan says:

    5 freakin shots…. That’s it. Horrible

  60. CH Marshall says:

    I know we have some good players, but this team feels like it has zero identity

  61. The Puckhound says:

    I’ve seen snails quicker than the habs… come on!
    Too many turkey’s on this team!
    Hello MB wake UP!!!!!!
    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  62. chfan4life says:

    Panthers are skating well, coming in with 4 players. Hemming the Habs in and causing lots of screens. What happened to the counter attack…..looks like boys playing with MEN

  63. adadi says:

    MB better be shopping Patches. The dumbest and one of the laziest players on the Habs.

    • Adidess says:

      Pacioretty “the dumbest and one of the laziest players on the Habs”? I would be curious, do you people actually believe these things or you just say them for effect? Because, guess what, you might be blind or possibly dumb yourself if you really believe that to be true.

      • adadi says:

        The dumbest!!! and one of the laziest (only Bourque is more lazy).

        Think first goal. Takes a high risk shot 4 on 4 and the floats back instead of working his nuts off to cover for his mistake.

        DUMB AND LAZY!!!

        • Habsbill24 says:

          Yes sir, get rid of the only forward that can score and who has led the team the past two years with a cap friendly contract who has size. Brilliant. The Habs tried this once already when they traded John LeClair. How did that work out?

      • Frozen Village says:

        Pacioretty is not a smart player. He is a gifted athlete, that plays smaller than half the line-up. Never the F1 rarely the B1, lazy, opportunistic take your pick

        The Swedes looked great today and we got 2 of them.
        But then again is there room on the habs for prospects from a no b.s. Socialist country.

    • The_Truth says:

      The way the Habs look, they should be shopping anyone out side of Price, Subban and Pleks. They are the only players who consistently play well.

  64. slapshot777 says:

    They can’t even enter the offensive zone properly.

  65. The Jackal says:

    I don’t understand how people can get so deflated when watching this team.

    Yes, it sucks to lose and to have off games, but this team is a bubble team that is working towards getting better – they will have bad games and they will have ups and downs, there’s no reason to get down on the team… people need to see this team for what it is rather than what they wish it was. We are progressing but we need to keep a good perspective of what kind of team we have.

    Today is not one of the classics but there really is no reason to get down if we end up losing. Everyone is aware of the shortcomings of this team, they’ve had a very good season overall and every team is gonna have slumps. We’ve collected points in the last 8 of 10 games and last 15 of 20, so chin up and just cheer on the team. If you don’t think they’ve gotten better under the new regime then you may wanna put down the doob.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  66. The_Truth says:

    Florida are playing the Habs perfectly. Getting it deep behind the D, forechecking hard and just outmuscling the small team. The Habs can barely breath. That is the Playoff recipe against the Habs that they will have no answer for.

  67. Davey93 says:

    The defense are losing the battles in the corner as usual. Why? Cuz they’re too damn SMALL!! Murray should be in EVERY game regardless if the opponent isn’t physical.

  68. The Puckhound says:

    Can Bervegin please do something ..this happens ever Christmas… Fall flat on their faces!
    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  69. Coach K says:

    Emelin should not play with Markov. He’s hesitating as though he wants to defer to Markov the elder statesman. Looks very unsure and is constantly second guessing himself.

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  70. duffy says:

    Not sure if Markov is very tired or just plain lazy’

  71. Peter Young says:

    Bad luck is a factor tonight, though. How many times do you see two players on the same team lose their sticks one after the other (Prust and then Moen)? That led to the third Florida goal. And there have been several times the Habs just didn’t get the breaks–e.g., the goal in the first period called back on a high stick touch that never was.

  72. danhabsfan says:

    Maybe we are due a shorty

  73. The Puckhound says:

    Can Therrien try something…how about switching the lines up.Seriously ..this guy is coaching to lose his job!

    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

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