Liveblog: Game 41 – Canadiens blow 3-0 lead, lose 5-4 in OT


Horrible, brutal and disgusting

The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead and lost 5-4 to Carolina on Alexander Semin's overtime goal.

Lars Eller with his ninth and Max Pacioretty with his 16th and 17th goals of the season put the Canadiens comfortably in front through 40 minutes.

A third-period explosion saw Carolina tie the game with three in in less than three minutes.

Two by Jeff Skinner and another by Eric Staal.

Then Manny Malhotra gave Carolina a lead before P.K. Subban tied it up on a Canadiens power play.

Alexander Semin won it in overtime with his ninth shot of the game.

Carolina outshot the Canadiens 42-25.

Just brutal.

Semin wins it

Carolina's 42nd shot beats Carey Price.

The team that deserved to won was the winner.

Total collapse

The Canadiens 3-0 lead was erased in less than three minutes.

Jeff Skinner twice, on Carolina power plays, and Eric Staal made it 3-3.

Manny Malhotra gave the home team a 4-3 lead before P.K. Subban tied it up on a PP.

Shots were 15-7.


PK shines

The Canadiens killed off a 5-on-3 disadvantage.

They went eight minutes without a shot and ended up with five during the period, while Carolina had 15.

But the PK and Carey Price hung tough, and Max Pacioretty's 17th of the season was the only goal of the period.

Carolina's PP is 0-for-8.

Offensive explosion

It took only 80 seconds for Lars Eller to get the Canadiens on the board, off a good forecheck and pass by Alex Galchenyuk.

Then the power play – 0-for-12 on the road trip – produced Max Pacioretty's 16th of the season, a redirection of a David Desharnais feed.

At that point, the Canadiens had outshot Carolina 6-1.

A few power plays, including a brief 5-on-3, got the home team back on track; and the final shot margin was 11-10 for the Canadiens.

The second period will begin with Josh Gorges in the penalty box.

Bye-bye, 2013

Your Montreal Canadiens end the calendar year in Raleigh, N.C., where they'll play the fifth game of the season's longest road trip.

The Carolina Hurricanes, coached by CH alumnus Kirk Muller, are seventh in the Metropolitan Division and seventh in the battle for Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spots.

The Canadiens are coming off a dispiriting 4-1 loss to the lowly Florida Panthers.

Carolina played in Toronto Sunday night, outshot the home team 43-27 but still contrived to lose 5-2.



  1. Cdnman1 says:

    Sure it hit the glass.

  2. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I’ll be disappointed if they get a point because they deserve didley squat.

  3. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I hope The Canes score!


  4. SensFanSpezza says:

    Max Pacioretty seems to put up points without being very good overall. That must be frustrating for his fans.

  5. The Slacker says:

    uh oh the trolls are showing up.

  6. Odie24 says:

    WTF is with Pacioretty, jesus!!

  7. FlyAngler says:

    Love Prust, but not on the PP in a 4-4 game.

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  8. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Half this team needs to be gone come October!


  9. NLhabsfan says:

    Maybe do better on the 4 on 3 in OT

  10. Storman says:

    We are playing for a tie with a power play

  11. Dulljerk says:

    A double minor seems to have stopped the officiating whining (for a minute or two).

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  12. The Slacker says:


  13. db says:

    Line change please..

  14. Odie24 says:

    Goddam refs! Oh wait…

  15. Mattyleg says:

    This is too rich.

    The refs giveth, the refs taketh away…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. TMan1969 says:

    Should the B’s trade everyone too…this has been special teams game benefiting Carolina…so lets zip up, sit down and watch the game

  17. WhatUp says:

    what a bunch of connaisseurs in Carolina – criticizing the refs…what hockey IQ they have

  18. Mondou6 says:

    Again: These refs should all be fired. This was not a hockey game.

  19. Storman says:

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF refs are a fffffffffffffffffffjoke the NHL is absurd

  20. db says:

    another 2? its consistent

  21. Adidess says:

    Emelin just hooked again, it could have been called. Don’t know what is going in his head!

  22. habfan01 says:

    Time to change the luck here and open one of my Christmas Heady Toppers

  23. Et le but says:

    End this misery please boys…bag one here

  24. SKHab says:

    Give him another 2 for chirping!!

  25. AceTen says:

    What the hell was that… Buddy was all over Galchenyuk and Prust looked like he couldn’t have cared less. Eller was right in there and had his back. If Prust isn’t going to at least stick up for our young stars what is he doing on the 3rd line?

  26. boonie says:

    This game is for those of us griping earlier today about watching too many 2-1 snoozefests.


  27. Nina76 says:

    We cannot take as many penalties as we have done, I know that we did not deserve the constant 5on3 but the refs were calling everything on us I have to agree that sometimes I wonder if the refs do hate us that much. I could not understand why Stall did not get a penalty when he knocked over Price but we did for roughing.go figure

  28. duffy says:

    Montreal loss tonight, Leaf win tomorrow and only two points behind,not good !

  29. Plekasuares says:

    Get bork off of pleks line

  30. Et le but says:

    Weird night…Bruins were up 3-1 past the midway point of the second period…the Isles have since stormed back with 4 straight goals

  31. WhatUp says:

    honestly…what a crock of shite…Molson should call the league on this…after all there is lots of $$ involved…don’t we subsidize these loss making franchises enough already

  32. Peter Young says:

    Here we were looking forward to a stress-free third period. No rest for the wicked, I guess.

  33. benraymond33 says:

    Bring the big win home for new years!

  34. CH Marshall says:

    wtf is happening? I left the house at 3-0. Wtf??!?

  35. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Habs roster needs a freakin’ enema! Get rid of the unflushables like Borque and the Cube!

  36. Storman says:

    I want more cow bell

  37. Habbu says:

    We’ll all find out how great Carey is when he stars at the Olympics

  38. bmcalig says:

    Oh Mb. I’ve seen enough. Time to seriously trade everyone except Price,PK, and The two Gallys for draft picks and prospects. this team will go no where with this line up. Time to seriously blow up the team and start over. We can’t continue with this line up anymore. It has been 20 years now, and at this rate it will be another 30 years before we contend.As I fan for over 45 years I say enough of this crap team.

  39. WhatUp says:

    hey wait a minute..i saw Georges get 2 late in the 2nd for less mugging than that fart did to Galchy…

  40. TMan1969 says:

    Sure the players cause the infractions…but the refs have to decide to balance the game not control it

  41. benraymond33 says:

    3 – 0 for the habs
    4 – 3 hurricanes
    4 – 4 tie, thank you Subban!

  42. SKHab says:

    Roughing Carolina?

  43. habstrinifan says:

    I kinda want more Gallagher and Galchenyuk for rest of period

  44. TMan1969 says:

    Refs make the calls, the calls affect the flow of the game…and momentum

  45. Alex says:

    Yeah the refs suck but that’s not the only reason for the collapse

  46. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I would love to know how great Carey Price could be with great D in front of him. I will never know as long as he is in Montreal!


  47. SensFanSpezza says:

    There’s no sense in blaming the refs, boys. If the Habs weren’t putting themselves in a position to get called, they wouldn’t get called.

  48. TMan1969 says:

    PK makes Markov look good..and together they are great…proven everytime…each is talented

  49. Odie24 says:

    Blaming the refs, f me. Give your heads a shake.

  50. Habbu says:

    Gotta pull this this one out boys. Don’t want to be looking at the standings at seasons end thinking back to this night.

  51. PeterD says:

    Thats this teans motto. everyone please stop using the refs for excuse.
    This team had this game in hand and simply collapsed. ..for the last period and half they have played like a disorganised, tired team.

  52. Habilis says:

    B’s are down 5-3 to the Isles. We need these 2 points. More P.K., I say.

  53. Storman says:

    Any time 15 minors are called in a game with one team getting 10 of them and also within those calls, giving one team 2 long 5 on 3’s and 2 long 4 on 3’s, you may want to evalute and audit that officiating crew. Just Saying NHL officiating sucks beyond belief.

  54. topher5468 says:

    win or lose, this game has been officiated so incompetently that I’ve lost some respect for the league.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  55. rogus says:

    There are two defensmen that need Markov to look good. One is Komo, and the other is paired with Gorges.

  56. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Get the guys who called the Canada/USA game this afternoon!

  57. Mondou6 says:

    Pro Wrestling is less rigged than this game.

    Seriously, I’m pissed off I wasted 2.5 hours watching this farce. This isn’t even a hockey game. These refs should all be fired. No credibility, at all.

  58. Et le but says:

    Hook on Eller, no?

  59. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Let’s go boys! Play with heart for crying out loud! This ain’t baseball anymore, this is hockey!

  60. RAM_TOUGH says:

    WTF is Bouillon & Diaz dressed?


  61. Dulljerk says:

    I wouldn’t be celebrating that goal, Superstar, not after allowing a 3-0 game to slide in 10 minutes. I think I would be more “humble”.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  62. TMan1969 says:


  63. db says:

    Double shift PK… he can take it, he lives for these moments

  64. habstrinifan says:


  65. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Pateryn up, Yemmy in the press box. Make it happen MB.

  66. Habbu says:

    Monumental collapse………I figure they figured they had this one in the bag the way Price was playing…….and just left the poor guy out there all alone……but wait……..PK!

  67. Plekasuares says:



  68. SKHab says:

    I knew we could score on the power play too!!

  69. Et le but says:

    Maybe there’s a chance we can emerge with the W here…

  70. db says:

    THat was pretty…. Subban is our mojo

  71. Danno says:

    OK PK!


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  72. The Slacker says:

    There should really be some sort of investigation into this sort of one-sided officiating. All subtlety is gone. They are obviously only calling em against the habs. No matter what happens. This is a fuckin outrage

  73. duffy says:

    Good thing the Canes PP wasn’t clicking or the score would be very lopsided !

  74. habcertain says:

    Exactly Jols, enough of the refs are against is whine, bench penalty sits with the coach

  75. temekuhabs says:

    When Maholtra starts scoring…

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