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. CH Marshall says:

    Kinda wishing Larry Robinson was our D coach

  2. jols101 says:

    F’n refs ruined New Year’s eve. At least they should come over and clean my house.

  3. topher5468 says:

    Well that sucked. Team needs to look itself in the mirror and understand that games are 60 minutes, in some cases 65, Team did not deserve to win. Price is our best player but I feel him losing his composure after the first goal led him to lose his rhythm and focus. I understand his frustration and normally like seeing some emotion, although you have to be able to regain focus. Oh well

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

  4. MannyR says:

    Epic fkn choke. This team has lost its will to win and a serious shakeup is in order.
    I cringe at the thought of Thursdays game vs the Stars.
    Oy vey.

  5. Mattyleg says:

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Please don’t waste the last of 2013 sitting on here and fighting with each other.

    It’s just hockey, peeps. Don’t let it ruin your night.

    Turn off the computer, crack a drink, and have a great rest of 2013!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  6. The Capitalist Pig says:

    You know, if Borque got more ice time, the Habs would have won it!

  7. CJ says:

    Feels like a gut punch. Left when up 3 nill……

  8. Storman says:

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF when does Team Canada play,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  9. Plekasuares says:

    Lets be real the officiating SUCKED ASS.

  10. rogieshan says:

    That Markov-Emelin pairing is a sick joke.

  11. homerbowen says:

    Clearly MT is out of his element and outcoached on most nights, however, is there a better french speaking coach available? Given the answer is “no” we must accept the fact a coach being able to speak to the media is more important than winning. Given that expect at least another 20 years without a Cup.

  12. habstrinifan says:

    What to say?

  13. Cdnman1 says:

    Happy new year! Let’s hope 2014 is a better year for the habs.

  14. PeterD says:

    Happy New Year folks!

    See you in 2014!

  15. Arnou Ruelle says:

    MB should talk to the team and make them know this issue.

    What I notice is this: the Habs are always LAZY when they play during the 3rd period! Does Therrien know this? Or, he just doesn’t care at all.

    Here are the two obvious issues:

    (1) They blew a 3-0 lead in the 3rd period
    (2) They blew a 4-minute power play during regulation (courtesy of E. Stall). Unbelievable! They can’t even score at that time span, they would have to go at OT just to lose the game. F**K!

    • Mattyleg says:

      They were behind because of all the penalties being called against them.

      You can’t blame them for that; Carolina only came into the game because of the incessant powerplays at the beginning of the 3rd.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. Marc10 says:

    Utter garbage. Tout croche…

  17. The Capitalist Pig says:

    I repeat. They must support each other. AND, GET ‘ARD ON THE PUCK!!!

  18. danhabsfan says:

    Oh well, here’s to hoping 2014 will be a better year for the Habs. Happy New year everyone’ and. Please, don’t drink and drive. Especially a goer this one, haha

  19. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I’m out and about. But… really?

  20. gumper says:

    Man it’s hard to be loyal to this team. I may have to start seeing other teams on the side.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  21. Odie24 says:

    Emelin should sit in the press box. He’s crap right now. Serious crap. And, another minus from Pacioretty.

  22. habcertain says:

    Salute Therrien, we have seen enough.

  23. Storman says:

    MB is jinxed every time he signs someone they start to suck instantly.

  24. Cdnman1 says:

    Nice road trip. Played like crap. Got 3/6 points from bad teams. They way were playing we’ll be lucky to make the play-offs.

  25. morivera says:

    The refs were terrible for both teams. They all should be fired.

  26. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Well Montreal got what they deserved tonight!

    Price’s stats are F_cked now!


  27. Plekasuares says:

    I said it once and I will say it again EMELIN is not a 4.5 player

  28. danhabsfan says:

    Emmy, what is wrong with you. Going for a hit, not clearing, and then I think screening, all on the last few seconds of the game. What’s up?

  29. frontenac1 says:

    Semin! Exploding all over the Ice! Adios amigos! Happy New Year! Saludos!

  30. twilighthours says:

    That sucked in every way.

  31. db says:

    I wish we had some guys that can shoot the puck and win some faceoffs… those stats are sad, even with the refs..

  32. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Yemmy’s gotta sit. He’s been just plain awful.

  33. Habbu says:


  34. Et le but says:

    Ouch!!! Not the way I hoped we would end the year… Happy New Year everyone!

  35. Plekasuares says:

    BOONE: how is that perfect.. Stop the sarcasm please its super lazy and annoying

    • Rush says:

      I respectfully disagree.

      Boone has earned the right to be sarcastic, if anyone has…

      “The main problem with socialism is that, eventually,
      you run out of other peoples’ money.” Roll Tide, Baby!

    • Adidess says:

      Agreed. Boone can’t be saying that.

      You need to be serious, to an extent, doing the liveblog. At least, in moments like these, when fans are expected to lose it somewhat.

  36. morivera says:

    Price blows it with a weak goal in the end. Figures.

  37. slapshot777 says:

    Habs should have tried to score on the the 4 minute powerplay rather than kill it off for the single point.

  38. Adidess says:

    If anyone blames the refs, I’ll blow something up, like my top.

    OMG, Emelin has become so useless, Murray would do better right now!

  39. piter says:

    Emelin is an idiot

  40. Mondou6 says:

    The refs won!

    #1 Star – Referee
    #2 Star – Referee
    #3 Star – Linesman

  41. jols101 says:

    F’n refs. lol

  42. WhatUp says:

    effing Emelin – trade his sorry A$% already…

  43. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:


  44. Mattyleg says:

    Ah well.

    Thank the refs for that one, Carolina.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  45. NLhabsfan says:

    Shit happy new year guys

  46. Dulljerk says:


    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  47. SensFanSpezza says:

    Lo-ser Point! Lo-ser Point!

  48. Storman says:

    MT presser should be good

  49. Dulljerk says:

    uh oh, I don’t think the superstar liked Eller taking the puck from him.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  50. theox_8 says:

    Was tha directed at me adidess ?

  51. duffy says:

    I just realized Briere was not dressed tonight !

  52. frontenac1 says:

    Mike Komisarek!

  53. NLhabsfan says:

    These close ones kill me.

  54. Cdnman1 says:

    Hooking much?

  55. Mondou6 says:

    If this game had been reffed like a normal game, we would have won 6-0.

    It took 12 power plays to get Carolina in the game.

  56. theox_8 says:

    Dd given all of his ice time and pp time not that great . The fact he gets so much of the prime time still rattles my brain just brutal , briere would have more points given the opportunity .

    • db says:

      Really? They both wouldn’t get this much time on most teams… I still don’t get either signing. I would have pushed for Lecavalier if I was trying to get a Frenchman last offseason..

    • FlyAngler says:

      You don’t understand MT’s logic which of course is illogic. Your point is far too rational and well reasoned and cannot be countered……

      “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  57. Arnou Ruelle says:

    It does not matter whether the refs’ calls are good or not. Our CH should be doing the job right on a consistent, nightly basis regardless of how the officiating is. I could care less anymore on how the refs do their job!

  58. Et le but says:

    C’mon boys!!!

  59. frontenac1 says:

    Ron Hainsey!

  60. Cdnman1 says:

    Quick whistle ?

  61. Plekasuares says:


  62. RAM_TOUGH says:

    What is there left to say ?


  63. SensFanSpezza says:

    Well, I had big hopes for that 30 second 4 on 3 in OT, but…nope.

  64. Dulljerk says:

    I think I’m becoming a Canes fan. Outshot 30 to 12 in the last two periods. Way to go. Let’s celebrate! Get that hotdog some mustard and relish!

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  65. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Take yer loser point and get ‘ard with a puck in OT!!!

  66. slapshot777 says:

    They have not got the balls to call it. Eric Staal got away with a lot before they were forced to give him the extra two minutes.

  67. TMan1969 says:

    For all the complaining look at Boston…blew their, top team and as they say s*it happens

  68. WhatUp says:

    another missed call on the refs – puck never touched a Hab stick

  69. PeterD says:

    This team needs a serious make over.

  70. frontenac1 says:

    Kirk Muller!

  71. Habbu says:

    Did they get a shot on that PP?

    • Storman says:

      Did they try to get a shot until the last 20 seconds , it was like a football team trying to run the clock down, to leave no time left for the other team to comeback and score

  72. FlyAngler says:

    Another blown call- should have been delay of game Carolina…..

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  73. Plekasuares says:

    Ok. Pleks wins it in OT. On a 2 on 1

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