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. SherbrookeW says:

    The Canadiens’ problems are simple , and easily defined, and have nothing in the world to do with their being “small” or “soft”. They simply don’t have any kind of consistent scoring from the forwards. Including the big ones: Eller has talent, but no goal touch; Pac has a goal touch, but not enough of one to score at a top-twenty level. Galchenyuk has been dissapointing, but only a bit, because he’s 19, after all. If you added a top ten forward to the team, they’d be fine. Adding any amount of ‘size’ ‘Sandpaper” ‘grit” would be absoutely meaningless. Look at Parros and Murray. Big, and tough and gritty — and useless.
    Habs Since ’68

  2. ProHabs says:

    THe Habs need some young energy in the lineup at forward. Some young guys that are just happy to be in the NHL that they will go through a wall for the team.

    Get Bournival in the lineup. Unfortunately, the Habs have absolutely no other young forwards in Hamilton that can help this team. Leblanc et all in Hamilton really are not good players. So it is time for Bergevin to get some young blood in here.

    Get rid of Briere, Gionta (I know he is the captain but 1 goal in 25 games on the 1st line, come on), and Bourque. Young hungry energetic guys could easily do much better than these 3. Do something Bergevin.

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Not disagreeing with you, however MB must get something equal or better in return and someone posted yesterday we have about 9M left to spend right now for this year so as we get near the trading deadline we can bring in some UFA’s to help in certain areas using some draft picks or prospects (or Bourque please) and still make a run for the cup. Not saying we’re going to win it but the East is winnable but the West winner is going to tough.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

      • NCRhabsfan says:

        It would be almost impossible not to get something equal or better in return. Just not giving Briere and Gionta ice time might be equal or better. Neither one of them has any upside any more. Even a late draft pick would be worthwhile. I imagine that LL could score 1 goal every 25 games.

  3. habstrinifan says:

    Tampa Bay Bucaneers. It’s not that the Bucs have the history or pedigree etc. Which makes the comparison sadder. There is no serious analyst who now will consider the HABS a marquee franchise in the NHL.

    From ownership to team on ice, the HABS are well settled into’one of the teams’ in the league.

  4. twilighthours says:

    Sounds like the right game to miss. Glad I did.

  5. Arnou Ruelle says:

    What a bummer! My teams did not win tonight. I was cheering for Marc Trestman and the Chicago Bears to win against the Green Bay Packers. Sadly, they loose the game.

    Same thing goes for the Habs. They really have some serious problems on their offense. They always count on Price and Subban to do things right.

  6. Eddie says:

    Pacioretty lacks hockey sense? Are you freakin kidding me?

    The guy is on pace for 35 goals on a tam that is starved for goals, and that’s what you nut jobs come up with?

    Pacioretty is a coward? Really?


    I thought people here knew their hockey but I was very wrong.

    The nut jobs have taken over the asylum.

  7. Mondou6 says:

    Here’s a good question…

    What NFL team is most like our Habs?

    I would name the Cowboys or Bears. Two teams that had success in the (distant) past, and still make the playoffs from time to time, but are NEVER included among the teams that have a real chance to win the Championship.

    In short, they are teams that generate more media interest than they deserve.

  8. Harditya says:

    Just watched the Penguins game.. so this is what scoring feels like.

  9. 4m3y2j says:

    The line shuffling signals panic and frustration,these guys are not developing chemistry.Back to the egg line,get bournival back in .
    How are Tinordi & Beauleau doing in Hamilton ?

  10. Habcouver says:

    Looking for positives? Habs are still a healthy team at this time.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  11. Nina76 says:

    There is not much more to say as it has all been said by the posters here I AGREE WITH 90% OF THE POSTINGS………….. WE ARE TOOOOOO SMALL HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU TELL THE UPPER CRUST & DON’T TELL ME THAT MOLSON & BERGERON CAN’T SEE THIS……………….Rake in the money that is all that counts. I am so glad I do not have to pay for tickets there is enough pain just watching it on TV

  12. frontenac1 says:

    Cowboys minus 7 tonight. C”mon Cowboys! Baby needs new shoes!

  13. boing007 says:

    More ice time for Galchenyuk! Please. Send White down to Hamilton, bring up Pateryn and play Bournival.

    Richard R

  14. smiler2729 says:

    I’m just about ready to turn in my Dolphins fan status which I’ve held since I was 8 in ’72.

    Most gutless pathetic effort ever vs. the Jets…


    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  15. JohnBellyful says:

    The Packers won, so Sunday wasn’t all bad.

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Yes great game and great block from Kuhn gives AR time to find the open man for a 48 yard TD on a 4th down play. Bad thing is they play the 49ers and have trouble with them.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

  16. The Jackal says:

    Can’t believe some of the brainless comments about Max. Leads the team in goals, has consistently put up tallies, and he is called crap? Go get a toxicology report if that’s what you think because your turkey was clearly laced with meth b

    • Habfan17 says:

      Yes, he leads the team in goals but he could be much better! When does he score, when the Habs are up and the other team plays less defensively and more open to catch up?

      I think the point that the rest of us are making is that if he played with the gumption that Gallagher plays with night in, night out, and went to the net, he would score more and the Habs would be more successful. He is not the only one.

      A lot of players on the Habs should be embarrassed when they watch game tape and see what Gallagher is doing and they are not!


    • Mattyleg says:

      He just became a dad.
      Other things on his mind…

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  17. PeterD says:

    I figure the Habs are 3 to 5 years away from a cup final.
    With that in mind, I think 5 years out the players stepping on the ice for Habs will be very different thsn who we have now.
    We may only have 4 or 5 of the current forwards and maybe 2 of our current defense.
    So for me there is hope. ..but it will require moving a few existing players each season until we have the right mix of experienced veterans, skilled talent, size in critical ositoons and a couple game breaking goal scorers.
    The draft will only get us so far, a high draft pick like a Galchenyuk will take at least 3 years to come into his own..and from where habs typically draft it may take longer.
    So we are going to have to speed things ip through trades and free agency.
    It is time to start weeding out those players that will not take us to the promised land.

    • 1010 says:

      5 YEARS OUT.. I heard that when Gainey took over. That must be what they told those Oiler fans when that one unreasonable guy, Cherry talked about, threw his sweater onto the ice. Sorry….but that statement drives me over the edge. Stop the negativity everyone because in 3-5 years this team will be a winner. Well….maybe not, but we can always start a new 5 year plan. Worked for Stalin.
      I would just like to see a contender. This team rarely gets over the 1 goal hump.

      GO HABS GO…

  18. scarboro_habitant says:

    too much sun today for the boys who were flat, couldnt skate, complete a pass and just werent on the same page. this team is obviously not going anywhere in the playoffs. perhaps time for MB to REALLY consider shipping out some of the more popular players like markov, pleks and obviously gio, bourque, diaz etc lol. (i know some of these players arent popular)

  19. The Dude says:

    Hey M.B. , make a phone call to Meadowlark Lemon and ask him to unretire and put on the skates.And while your at it ,make Rob Ford the coach….at least it will be ENTERTAINING!

  20. mfDx says:

    For deity’s sake, Therrien..

    Galchenyuk- Eller- Gallagher
    Gionta- Plekanec- Bournival
    Pacioretty- Desharnais- Prust
    Moen- White- Bourque

    Subban- Markov
    Diaz/Gorges- Emelin

    The team had SOME 5 on 5 scoring until you broke up Eller’s line.
    Pacioretty needs a big winger to go into the corners for him.
    Bournival seems able to reassemble Gionta’s broken plays.
    The 3rd D pairing gets 5-10 mins against the opponents shutdown line.

    Sent from my CHphone

    • Habfan17 says:

      Therrien’s constant line shuffling is probably pissing off the players. They have no opportunity to build chemistry and be successful, Bournival played solid with Pleks and Gionta and then got bounced to the 4th line then out of the line up.

      Players aren’t stupid, they know it is hard to play consistent when they have different line mates not just game to game, but period to period and shift to shift. Even Galley and Cole mentioned it last night!


      • mfDx says:

        Alex Kovalev, interviewed at the start of his last season here, said he didn’t care if he was on the first or fourth line, as long as he stayed with the same linemates in order to build chemistry . He was on a tear with Kostitsyn until his line got broken up. then he reverted to the maligned artiste.

        Sent from my CHphone

        • Habfan17 says:

          That is what LeClair said when he was interviewed after a couple of 50 goal seasons with Philly. He said Demers killed his confidence with his constantly moving him from one line to another to the bench!


  21. The Puckhound says:

    You know that something is wrong when Benoit Pouliot has scored seven goals this year and Briere and Gionta has 5 each. What is this world coming to?

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

  22. Habfan17 says:

    This loss is not on the refs who did suck. The team came out flat and looked disinterested from the start. There was no effort or urgency to their game. Not sure if it is MT or not. From my seat it looks like te players have given up on him. They were promised an up tempo system geared to puck possession, and with everyone healthy, that is how they should be playing.

    Someone mentioned earlier today that a coach he knows says that the aggressive fore checking style wears out a team more than this shoot it in and retrieve what you already had. This does not make logical sense to me. It takes a lot more energy to keep having to hit and physically fight for the puck to get it back than it does to pressure the defence into making mistakes and keeping them from having successful breakouts.

    No disrespect meant, just simple physics and my experience from playing 20 years and coaching for 5.

  23. The_Truth says:

    It’s funny to blame the coach, when the players on the ice just get outmuscled all over the ice. The coach can only work with what he has and this team is not nearly as good as their record may indicate. I think he has done a good job to get as many points as they have out of this bunch.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Except that he needs to shoulder some of the blame. He is responsible to put a system In place that works to the strengths of the players he has, which is not to play a dump and chase and give up the puck you already have to force your players to waste their energy attempting to get the puck back and then have no energy to do anything with the puck once they do get it.

      Not to mention all the other teams know that the Habs will always keep shooting the puck around the boards, even when they do get it back. Not too hard to defend against.


      • The_Truth says:

        The Habs don’t play dump and chase. They continually try to rush the puck through the neutral zone and into the opposing zone, and are easily stopped. It’s not the sytem, it’s the mix of players.

        • Habfan17 says:

          I am not sure what games you have watched, yes, occasionally a player will try to carry it in, but for the most part they shoot it in around the boards. Then if they retrieve it, they keep it up against the boards, back and forth behind the net. Not a whole lot of chance to score from there!

          When they do try to carry it in they are standing still when they receive the pass and never get enough steam up to get going.

          Other teams do it. It is not the players, it is the system. I’ll bet this team would look a lot different if Babcock or Quenneville were coaching them.


  24. frontenac1 says:

    Ha! Chargers win and didn’t cover the spread!!! I’m on Easy Street amigos! Oh yeah, how many goals have the Habs forward scored in the last 10 games? Doesn’t matter, all their problems are due to Murray. I forgot.

  25. drail222 says:

    Can we get someone with some balls to go to the net on this team besides Gally, who all goalies can see directly over anyway? They pull the goalie for a 6th man and they’re all still standing on the perimeter. Gross!

    • PeterD says:

      It won’t be MaxPac thats for sure.
      He’s happy to let Gallagher get mugged every shift.

      • Habfan17 says:

        Patches has been very disappointing this season, even when he did go an a bit of a tear! He is the same size and weight that LeClair was and a bit faster. He should be doing more and be more consistent, That is the difference between him and a player like Stamkos. Those players want to keep getting better and want to be among the best. It seems Patches doesn’t have that ambition, or it maybe he doesn’t have the hockey sense to get there!


  26. Habcouver says:

    As said before, Habs are a painfully small team.
    MB must address this gross deficiency if they are to make any impact this year. Unfortunately in the meantime, more of these games are to be expected.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  27. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Could be that the Panthers have a pretty good young team. They are relying on their young players and getting results. Are you listening Marc Bergevin?

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  28. Davey93 says:

    Of course RDS won’t put any of the blame on their buddy Therrien.

  29. Habitoban says:

    Having watched a lot of hockey over the break I am now firmly convinced that it’s a myth to claim that “we may be small but we have speed and skill.” We are small, that’s certain, but we are a lot slower than a whole lot of teams, and certainly less skilled than many as well. Maybe that’s what MT meant when he made that crack about the team being “grinders.”

    • Peter Young says:

      Well they usually do skate a lot better and faster than they did tonight. But one of the reasons they didn’t is the way Florida played them. Some good coaching there for the Panthers, who pretty much controlled the center of the ice.

  30. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Lucky if they go .500 down the stretch!


  31. Jimmy9Toes says:

    This team needs three things, MT to get his sh!t together and sit Briere and get the EGG line back together again. MB needs to trade some D and get some O. The players need to get their heads out of their A$$e$ and play like paid professionals, including there useless captain, who brings almost nothing every night.

  32. A. Berke says:

    A simply PATHETIC performance. 🙁

    and I’m not talking about Symphony #6 of Tchaikovsky

    Ali B.

  33. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I don’t want the Habs to trade Pacioretty, but I think Simmonds would be an upgrade. Any way to package MP and DD for Simmonds and… Anyone?

    • Adidess says:

      What, you want an upgrade on Pacioretty (which you think could be Simmonds), but you don’t want to trade Pacioretty? Come back when you make up your mind.

  34. rjcp says:

    Well, could have used 2-1/2 hours for a lot of other things. Too bad, this team has all the tools to win consistently, they just are very lazy sometimes, and this was another of those times – poor work ethic. I just don’t get it, MT needs to answer for these type of games.

  35. RAM_TOUGH says:

    MT was useless the 1st time around as well!


  36. Peter Young says:

    Yes, shame, shame, shame. Highway robbery plainly visible on television. One-sided officiating like that sucks the energy from a team and damages its morale. One wrongly called back goal is bad enough, but two is just too much to overcome.

  37. Strummer says:

    This team can’t score. The only goal tonight was by a 3rd/4th liner

    “It’s Christmas- not “The Holidays”

  38. WhatUp says:

    and the arena empties…yes all 50 of them…what a mess..really going on for wayyyy to long this shite…Price is perhaps the only reason the Habs look better than they are..what is it something like 11 of Price’s last 14 starts where he allowed 2 goals or less…helps a lot when you can’t score. I get that teams go through though periods but the level of compete is just not there anymore (way too many games of low 20’s shot counts etc…just feel fortunate I didn’t go to any of these games

  39. duffy says:

    I wonder if the officials will be celebrating in the Panther dressing room after that win ,

  40. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Down 3-1 & can’t score on the PP. WTF would MT pull the goalie.


  41. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Pathetic effort by a pathetically coached team. MT is an idiot, plain & simple. Loss totally on him.

    Advice for next practice? Shoot on net & make sure you hit the net you scum-sucking spoiled millionaires.

  42. CHicoHab says:

    9 games. 13 goals.

  43. Cdnman1 says:

    Patches is resting for team USA.

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