Liveblog: Game 51 – Canadiens drop third in a row, 4-1 to Detroit


The beat goes on

For the first time this season, the Canadiens have dropped three straight games in regulation time.

Detroit jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Riley Sheahan.

AfterBrendan Gallagher scored on a second-period power play, Niklas Kronwall restored the Red Wings' two-goal advantage heading into the third.

With the Canadiens pressing late in the game, Detroit got a 3-on-1 break and Zetterberg fed Gustav Nyquist for the insurance goal.

The home team was without Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss.

It didn't matter.

The Canadiens had a 31-26 shot advantage.

That didn't matter either.

No comeback

Gustav Nyquist, completing a 3-on-1 break, scored the only goal of the third period.

Canadiens outshot the Wings 9-5.

Snakebit team

After Riley Sheahan took advantage of an Alexei Emelin misplay to blast a laser past Carey Price, the indefatigable Brendan Gallagher got the Canadiens back into the game, tapping his own rebound past Jonas Gustavsson on a power play. It was Lil' Poison's 13th, seven on the PP.

Momentum seemed to have shifted when the Tomas Plekanec line had a dominant shift in the Detroit zone.

But then shoddy zone coverage by the David Desharnais line opened a nice shooting lane for Niklas Kronwall and it was 3-1.

It could be worse. Price made brilliant saves on Justin Abdelkader and Brendan Smith.

Wings had a 13-9 shot advantage.

Scoring drought continues

The Canadiens had 13 shots on Jonas Gustavsson.

He saw and stopped all of them.

With Brendan Gallagher and Akexei Emelin in the penalty box, Dan Cleary did his best Tomas Holmstrom impresion, parking in Carey Price's crease and blocking his view of a Henrik Zetterberg long shot.

The goal was one of eight shots by the home team.

The second period will begin with Brandon Prust in the penalty box.

Long time no Joe

Let's hope the Canadiens, who haven't visited Detroit since Dec. 10, 2010, remember where the bathrooms are in the Joe Louis Arena.

Travis Moen opened the scoring that night, with assists by Mike Cammalleri and Jeff Halpern. Benoit Pouliot got the other Canadiens' goal in a 4-2 loss.

The Canadiens are clinging to third place in the Atlantic Division. Their closest pursuers, the Leafs, were smoked 7-1 in Dallas Thursday night.

But the playoff race is tightening.

And the Red Wings, sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference, need points.

• Michel Therrien on thin ice? François Gagnon and Bert Raymond weigh in.


  1. les says:

    2 biggest mistakes. We took brier over jagr and MT over Patrick Roy ( coach of the year this year ) hmmm.

  2. strunzo says:

    Everybody keeps talking about getting draft picks. Have you looked at our record. In 2008 not one draft pick played one game in the NHL. In 2009 we got Leblanc & Dumont. In 2010 Tinordi. In 2011 Beaulieu and Gallagher. In 2012 we got Galchenyuk. None of the other draft picks in all those years have played a game in the NHL except for 2009 pick Nattinen who had his 1.56 seconds of fame. In 2007 we got Paks, Subban, Webber and McDonagh (it hurts when I mention his name.) In 2006 Ryan White.

  3. habcertain says:

    PK should be in no hurry to attach his wagon to this dead end train ride, Price must be considering the Roy option.

  4. teamhab says:

    Get Cammy back

  5. habcertain says:

    As soon as MT was named as coach I knew we were headed for trouble. They talk about establishing a new culture then bring back a dinosaur from the QMHL. We are cursed with this French coach albatross edict

  6. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I just saw the poll. I missed the “All of the above” option, so abstained.

  7. Harditya says:

    On the positive side, I was impressed by Beaulieu today. I liked his and PK’s pairing. Habs really don’t have a top defenseman that can complement Subban, so we might as well give this 21-year-old a chance. The man has potential.

  8. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I meant 26″, not 26′. That’s not hockey time, that’s cricket time. (Although some Habs games seem to last 60 hours and not 60 minutes.)

    I remember December 31, 2013.

  9. kalevine says:

    When Bergevin came in, he could do no wrong. After all, this was a last place team, right? So he made a few good moves and they overachieved, only to collapse at the end of last season and just as dramatically around the same time this year. Yes he inherited a mess and this was a good thing for him, because expectations were pretty low. But he has done nothing since last year to improve the team in the areas where they need improvement. In fact they have gotten smaller, weaker and less skilled. NO question there are issues, but the coach isn’t getting the best out of this team, no way. I remember the Cunneyworth era more fondly – at least they scored and tended to be in the game until the 3rd period and often the OT or shootout

  10. jimmy shaker says:

    Team sucking lately? Play the habs!
    PP sucks? Play the habs!
    PK sucks? Play the habs!
    5 on 5 play sucks? Play the habs

    Need to get some momentum going in the right direction, gain some confidence and need a win while icing many AHL level players to do it?

    You guessed it, play the habs!

    Thankfully I decided not to attend that horse shite of a game.

    Attention, attention…..the ship is sinking and the captain is already on shore!

    Shaker out! and thank God for pvr and fast forward.

  11. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I watched the first period, then the condensed game — had 200 km to drive… From just that sampling of the game, I could see that the Habs were in trouble, and would have been in worse shape without Price, who was left out to dry by his D once again. I feel sorry for the guy. He plays his bålls off, and he gets 4 GA in this game, and similar treatment from other teams.

    I watched the end of the Predators — still the stupidest name in sports. Just pick a single predatory animal, FFS — at the Flames. Talk about goalie crapitude. Dubnyk sucked as an Oiler, and sucks as a Predator. Former Hab minor leaguer, Karri Ramo gave up 3 in 26′ before being replaced by Reto (don’t call me Yogi,) Berra. But the Flames came back, as crap as they are, and won in the shootout.

    All of which to say that goalies can steal you wins and can hand-craft losses, like Dubnyk has the skills for. Price stole a bunch of games for the Habs during their one-goal-win spell, but that couldn’t last without passable defense.

    Still love the Habs, but wow is their weakness showing.

  12. habsfan0 says:

    “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”
    Vince Lombardi

    Too bad the Montreal Canadiens organization doesn’t subscribe to this theory.

  13. Alvin says:

    Poor old MB’s got nothing! The only players any trade partner would want are the Habs good players and those are few and far between and it simply does not make sense to trade our good players in exchange for what?…… other good players?….or trade several of our good players for a young hopefully soon to become elite player.?
    There is nothing in Hamilton with the exception of a couple of potentially good D men. There is no fire power. There is no fire power on the horizon either.
    MB has gotta be in a quandry. He doesn’t know what the phoque to do! Same can be said for MT. Me too !

  14. Strabo says:

    Tinordi vs Broll

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  15. GL says:

    You think tonight was bad wait till tomorrow night with Washington in town to end their slump.
    They’re be chants of firing than.

  16. Bim says:

    If they lose tomorrow night to Washington at home without Ovy you can waive bye, bye to MT. (yeah!)

  17. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I sense panic.

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  18. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    The chorus of voices calling for Therrien to be replaced is now becoming a congregation. But we need to accept the fact that there is noooo way that Canadiens management is going to fire MT after the string of bench-boss changes since 2009 — some of whom are still on the payroll.

    Therrien was hired as a kind of “bridge coach” (although I’m quite sure Bergevin didn’t put it that way in the interview — lol) to provide a bit of experience and stability — and, yes, linguistic harmony — after the train-wreck that was the Gauthier era. The thought was, I believe, that Therrien can give the team a bit of structure and veteran leadership while management drafts and grooms a new generation of a roster.

    Is Michel the best person to coach that next generation? I would have to say definitely not. But he’ll be given at least one more season, while the management team assembles the pieces. Then, I am willing to bet, they’ll already have their next coach picked out.

    HOWEVER, the pressure is now on Marc Bergevin. It is understood in customer service that people will tolerate long lines and long delays as long as you give them constant updates AND they can see advancement happening. You can see where you want to get to, and it seems clear that you are likely to get there. Do fans of the CH have that sense right now? Are we seeing smart drafting, and strong development of the prospects? Do we see an engaged GM who is assembling the pieces for long-term success?

    While I applaud the fact that Bergevin isn’t prone to knee-jerk, sell-the-store reactions, I also don’t see any positive advancements being made in personnel. With the exception of Brandon Prust, quite the contrary.

    So long before we start calling for a new coach, we should be looking for some positive signs that Marc Bergevin is capable of delivering a squad worth coaching. And that does involve instructing his employees, Michel Therrien, that the prospects must be given real ice-time, and unproductive veterans should not.

    I remain cautiously optimistic about Bergevin’s ability to deliver, but I’ve seen too many examples of backsliding in the past 6 months. So I am worried.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  19. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Bourque’s new nickname is Bullwinkle! Why? Because he is about as useful as tits on a moose!

  20. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Mark my words. After the 2017-18 campaign, the Montreal Canadiens will have a 25th anniversary ceremony akin to that which the Leafs had to celebrate the ’67 Cup win. Hey, maybe they can take the torch out of the display case and have Danny Briere pass it to the captain at that time?

  21. jols101 says:

    Tinordi took on Broll again in a scrap tonight. Broll is a heavy weight. The last time they fought it wasn’t a great result for Tinordi. Did anyone see the tilt? How did he do?

  22. Sportfan says:

    You know with he BS Tsn said in regards to Price and others maybe its a funny thing they’ll be out of work in a few months 😛

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  23. Sportfan says:

    For all those who need a good laugh!

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  24. doug19 says:

    I do not believe Habs can spend 5-6 million on Markov any longer. They will lose a good prospect if they do. Teams know now to crowd the points on pp, hit and squeeze out this shrinking team on the boards in front of the net, everywhere.
    Like a few years ago with JM the speed died mid season from the battering they took. The only big player who can hold is own is Murray. I like Beaulieu for his speed he should stay the rest of the season. Bring up Tinordi, Patern,and Holland, then fold the Hamilton team.

  25. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I still like Murray with PK even though I prefer Emelin. Murray can provide some protection to let PK loose even more physically.

    • Frank2468 says:

      Can’t blame Murray he did what he was supposed to do slow people down. He even killed off 45 seconds of plenty by himself. At one point he almost took out 3 wing players by himself

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Murray should play with PK or Emelin for protection if anything else and the way it sounds he had a good game. Starting to perhaps have 2nd thoughts on MT but I’m not the GM and then the he’s got be French regardless of ability starts rolling in and takes away from the hockey the players are supposed to be concentrating on.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

  26. Sportfan says:

    When do the fire MT chants start

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  27. theox_8 says:

    Subban is taking taking penalties but jeepers cripes looks like He is the only one trying with intensity out there !

  28. theox_8 says:

    This team has the worst break out I have ever seen . Instead , they scramble panic give the puck away and then the other team retrieves makes good plays and scores . Maybe they need to visit a peewee rep practice to be shown how it’s done .

  29. HabsLifer says:

    The coacher’s job is to prepare his team based on the offensive game of the opposition. This is obviously not happening. All throughout the game, Detroit maintained it’s line of defence at the blue line when we are the PK. The only play our team can make, like it or not, is the dump and chase. This did not happen all night. We are suppose to have a fast team. This aspect forces the opposition to make rush plays and ultimately mistakes.
    A good coach should be able to transition the team, depending on the opposition’s game plan. Mouse and cat game. Not happening.

    Subby is so compatitive, he is trying to do everything.

    Gallagher-heart and soul of the team.

    Patches? No where to be found except the penalty box.

    Murray played like a warrior, although limited in the skills part. Compare him to a Hal Gill.

    Beaulieu look pretty good. Keep him in Montreal.

    Liked Leblanc’s speed. He looks better than ever IMO.

    Bottom line. The rest are not paying the price. No hustle or dicipline in the defensive zone.

    Price was Price. Could have been 8-1.

    That’s my rant. Any takers?

    Claude Provost Rocked!

  30. Bim says:

    I think PK is trying to be the next one in the pressbox. Terrible tonite! Maybe all these meetings with management aren’t about raises as much as getting traded? Anyone notice that Eller is simply not a winger. Looks like a fish out of water but that is what happens when other highly paid teammates don’t produce (I’m looking at you Briere!). How this management can take a perfectly good player and screw him up just amazes me. No one in the league does it better than the Habs.

    • Frank2468 says:

      Are you suggesting that MB is threatening to trade PK??? Omg if he does that he better run for cover, don’t think he makes it out of town alive.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Yeah PK wants a night off…are you serious??? LOL

      • Bim says:

        This is Habs management we’re talking about here. I didn’t say it was great! 20 years and counting without a Stanley Cup now. Management should be held accountable as much as players and quite frankly need to start producing too and I don’t see that happening right now.

  31. AH says:

    Hey all, watched the first, then went for dinner, so how did they look tonight, good or bad?

  32. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Problem with constantly changing lines when slumping is that when it does not work, it exacerbates the situation. It is like pouring gasoline on a fire.

  33. The Jackal says:

    On the bright side, a top 10 pick is still within reach.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  34. Trackpants says:

    I made fun of my buddy for taking his wife to a Keith Urban concert tonight…. Tomorrow he will make fun of me for staying home and watching these sad sacs again…

  35. Coach K says:

    It almost looks like MT is trying to implement a new “system” and either they can’t figure it out or it doesn’t suit the skill set that’s available on the roster. The reason I say this is that every player looks tentative and seems like they’re second-guessing themselves. “Am I supposed to be here or do I cover the other guy?” They’re so worried about playing the system and not pi$$ing off the coach that they’re not playing the game using their instincts. That’s a recipe for failure and a one way ticket to the broadcast booth for MT. They have to simplify things and get back to basics…work, skate, move the puck, hit, go to the net, take away lanes, take away time and space, cover your man in your own zone and WORK. Gretzky said it best…”the only thing that beats talent is talent that works hard.” Can’t argue with that.

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

  36. Trackpants says:

    Latandress was weak, even from the outside he was terrible.

  37. Ironhogs says:

    This team is not smart with the puck. They will just get rid of the puck, make blind passes, and are not creative. Red Wings get fewer chances tonight, and make better plays when they had the puck. This happens every game.

  38. ClutchNGrab says:

    Anyone heard latendresse on l’antichambre saying nobody on the Habs roster goes in front of the net except for gallagher?

    That’s irony.

  39. ooder says:

    imo problem isn’t really compete but the lack of smart hockey decisions and creativity. You can skate as hard and fast as you want, but when you have wee lil gionta puttering off to the boards and taking a weak shot, you ain’t ever going to score

  40. Trackpants says:

    Statistically we are out, but in reality we were out when 2014 started…

  41. habsfan0 says:

    Ken Holland is arguably the best GM in hockey.
    But he will NEVER be a GM in Montreal.

    C’est pas possible!

    Mike Babcock is arguably the best coach in the NHL.
    But despite being a McGill alumnus,he will NEVER coach the Habs.

    C’est pas possible!

    Ken Hitchcock is also arguably one of the best coaches in hockey.
    But even if available, he will NEVER coach the Habs.

    C’est pas possible!

    There in a nutshell,you have what’s wrong with this organization.

    Winning is secondary.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Actually, didn’t they go after Jim Nill???

      • habsfan0 says:

        Rumour only.
        It didn’t happen did it?
        I don’t believe the Habs were really serious in pursuing him.

        The NFL has a rule that when a HC vacancy becomes available,each team must interview a minority candidate before making its final selection.

        Basically done for appearances only.

        The Habs have essentially the same rule.

  42. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    When Rene Bourque ends up with the most hits…you know the Habs lost…

  43. The Puckhound says:

    Another good night in Hamilton goals. What is going on with Habs management team top to bottom??
    Sven Andrighetto – no points
    Mike Blunden – no points
    Joël Chouinard – no points
    Justin Courtnall – no points
    Darren Dietz – no points
    Gabriel Dumont – no points
    Morgan Ellis – no points
    Stefan Fournier – no points
    Patrick Holland – no points
    Maxime Macenauer – no points
    Joonas Nättinen – no points
    Greg Pateryn – no points
    Martin St-Pierre – no points
    Nick Tarnasky – no points
    Christian Thomas – no points
    Jarred Tinordi – no points
    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  44. kempie says:

    According to MT, everything is fine, team played well, Murray was good, lots of tough luck tonight.

    I am at a loss for words.

  45. Habilis says:

    “Chantal ‏@habsgirl4life
    #Habs Therrien: “There were a lot of things I liked about our team tonight.”

    Our coach, ladies and gentlemen.

  46. Captain aHab says:

    So in his presser, MT said he loved his team’s compete level tonight.


    I’ll have some of what he’s having please…make it a double!

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

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