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. rljmartin says:

    Saw MB´s hairdo tonight…. Nothing to do with hockey but he should see the movie “The Ringer”.

  2. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    As for expecting MB to make a trade…teams are not stupid anymore. They don’t want our scraps. They want prospects and he does not want to give them up. We will have to wait I guess…

  3. durocher says:

    1. DO NOT RE-SIGN, or trade at the deadline: Gio, Diaz, Cube, Murray, Parros
    2. BRING UP: Pateryn, Tinordi
    3. RE-SIGN: Markov
    5. TRADE OR WAIVE: Bourque, Briere



  4. NightRyder says:

    Before the season started, I suggested it was time to trade Markov and Gionta to allow a new leadership group to emerge – Subban, Pacioretty, Price etc. Hated the Briere signing. Thought Bourque was a pud and I’ve talked about DD (Corey Locke 2.0) more than enough times.
    I am legitimately surprised that Bergevin has allowed Therrien (hated the hire, too) to do what has had us spinning our wheels for years – plug in serviceable vets and give them all the playing time, aiming for a playoff spot, with a team that has no potential to go deep.
    Kids should be playing. More Beaulieu, more Tinordi, Pateryn even.
    Trade Gionta and Diaz and/or a pick to Vancouver for Edler. Gionta might have some spark left with the Sedins for the goal-starved Canucks. Edler and PK could play 30 minutes a night for years in Montreal.
    Markov could bring something decent at the deadline for a contender.
    This doesn’t mean giving up on this season, it simply means being practical. Briere might bring something. If you could fetch a bag of pucks for DD, Murray and Cube, do it. Get rid of the assets before you can get nothing in return. Get as many draft picks as you can now.

    Galchenyuk needs to play centre when he returns.

    Bring in Carbonneau as interim coach for the rest of the season with a kiddie corps. Beg Larry Robinson to come back as an assistant next year.

    Plenty of cap space means a better chance to rebuild a bigger, stronger team for next year. If the wheels keep spinning, what was the point of bringing in MB?

  5. Ironhogs says:

    He’ll wait until we are out of the playoffs, and then start trading for draft picks!

  6. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …excuse My nastier than normal rants tonight, it’s only because I haven’t been so pissed about this Team before

  7. frontenac1 says:

    At least La La got it right on AC. “Pas d”attack” No Scoring Threat!

  8. habsfan2014 says:

    And how many draft picks are still playing in Habs organization and how many home grown talents did he pass up for American College prospects. He may be a good scout but not for the Habs

    • Mike D says:

      It’s not the scout’s job to develop players or ensure that draft picks aren’t traded. That’s on the GM and the coaching staff.

      No offense man but you’re making yourself look foolish.

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …somebody says there’s something wrong with the scouting department

    …others, the coach, the GM, the players, the guy that sharpens the skates

    …everything starts at the top of any good, bad or in-between organization

    …all the great ex-Habs that were passed over for mediocrity

    …Molson, born with the golden-spoon, has the bucks but knows dick-all about hockey judgement

  10. Frank2468 says:

    Not only Timo is on vacation, looks like the team joined him!!!!!

  11. frankcasting says:

    Keep: Chucky, Gally, PK, Tinordi, Carey.
    Trade or cut: Everyone else.
    Time to build something that can eventually win a Cup, not just fight for a playoff spot and maybe win a single round. This team needs a makeover.

    Loving the Habs since 1965

  12. Ironhogs says:

    We have the players to make a trade or two. Lets make it happen. It needs to happen to get this team out of a rut. MB don’t wait until we are out of the playoffs. Who knows, maybe we can’t get any trading partners.

  13. habsfan2014 says:

    You build around Gallagher, Chucky, Yemelin, Subban and of course Price. Everyone is open on market and you can get some value from Max or Pleky and PLEASE HIRE a coach that has actually won a Stanley cup

  14. billylove says:

    If there ever was a poll question that warranted an “all of the above,” it’s the current one.

  15. kempie says:

    Mike Babcock had a puzzled look on his face all night.

  16. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I always thought that if he ever gets fired, MT’s biggest blunder was not putting his ego aside to hire Larry Robinson. One characteristic of successful managers is that they surround themselves with the best people regardless.

  17. durocher says:

    Beaulieu looked great tonight, LL hustled. Bring up Pateryn and Tinordi (who fought again tonight for Hamilton). Trade some deadwood to restock the Bulldogs.

  18. Plekasuares says:

    Imagine if pleky was playing with someone other than gionta and MOEN

  19. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Look, until the management of this team takes their heads out of their asses, this franchise is going nowhere. You cannot win in any professional sports league when nearly half your lineup is crap. And, to make matters worse, you compound the problem by putting the roster you have decided to ice in the hands of a moron behind the bench. Oh, and by the way, you might want to spend just a tad more scratch on infrastructure than French language initiatives!

  20. Trackpants says:

    Fontenac you make a good point, I have spent a great deal of time critizing the Defense, but our offense stinks a greal deal too. The oilers are hurting, let’s make a blockbuster, put this team in the dumpster out back where they belong.

    I was a frustrated fan under Cunny, but this team has surpased the expectations when it comes to sucking.

  21. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Our #1 offensive center destroyed again on the road 5 on 5…same o’ same o’…

  22. CHicoHab says:

    When your back up goalie is the only guy who wants to get into a fight says it all.

    “take your time and hurry up”

  23. billylove says:

    All this team needs is 6 more Gallagher clones. 4 forwards and 2 dmen. He is the only Hab who brings fire and a desire to win every battle, all the time. A few others come close but the bulk of this team plays an uninspiring, dispassionate brand of hockey. Max goes on a scoring binge for a few games and then disappears for two weeks, over and over. I ask again, why would Price want to stay with this dysfunctional organization in a perpetual rebuild.

  24. WindsorHab-10 says:

    How can you be so good and then voila, stink up every rink you’re in? If it isn’t coaching and lack there off, someone please tell me what. I’ll never forget Larry Robinson begging Gainey/Gauthier for a job only to be told thanks but no thanks. Wake up Bergevin & clean house because we have a much better product than this team has shown the last 15-20 games.

  25. morivera says:

    I’m waiting for MB to trade Gallagher and Beaulieu to Florida for Gomez and Jovanovski, and then sign Ed to a 8 year contract

  26. habsfan2014 says:

    What is so great with Trevor Timmins anyways? We change GM’s we change owners, we change coaches. Yet this guy sticks around….I don’t get it

  27. ProHabs says:

    You can tell by the game tonight that the Habs are just about to turn the corner and really go on a long winning streak. THings could not be brighter in Habsland.

  28. Habitoban says:

    Liked Beaulieu and LL tonight. Q: If we are so fast why is it we never score 4 on 4? A: We just look fast because our short legs have to move so much to keep up with the other guys.

  29. Ironhogs says:

    No worries. We won’t trade anyone, because we don’t want to sacrifice the future. News flash: been hearing that for years now. I do not know why this team is so scared to trade players. Not all work out, but the farm is doing nothing either. Need to do something. I say a bold trade with Edm for Eberle and a draft pick. Maybe for Subban. He will sign a ridiculous contract, that I hope Mtl will not do.

    • ProHabs says:

      When was the last time Montreal actually won a trade they made. THey get ripped off in every move they make aside from the MaxPac – Gorges for Rivet deal.

  30. CJ says:

    Although I’m certainly not going to defend the coaching staff, fans really ought to broaden their scope to include the leadership group within the dressing room. Where is Gionta, Georges, Markov, the guys with letters? When things are the toughest, we need the veterans to step up. I’m not seeing it.

  31. JUST ME says:

    It was not a good game for both teams but we were by far the worst. Many many mistakes,individual plays. Tough game for P.K. but he keeps on going…total lack of offensive team work, too many penalties, poor D …It is getting more and more obvious that if there is someone off ice to blame it is not the coach that clearly does not have the weapons to win the wars. He did at the begining of the season but the opponents knows better…Starting to believe Bergevin when he said we would have a tough time making the playoffs. I thought he was playing safe by saying that but he was right…

    As much as many including me said that the team was playing over the expectations i am concinced that everyone is pissed about the poor showing of the team. Do not mind if you lose as long as you fight for it but when you just do not show up…and to think of it no. I mind if we lose in any situation…

  32. morivera says:

    After growing up with Beliveau, Pocket Rocket, Cournoyer et all, it pains me to see this team play like this, for many years now.

  33. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    For all those who told me Kevin Klein would have been just another 6th D-man on this team…yeah right. MB was asleep at the wheel.

  34. durocher says:

    8 more games until the Olympic break:

    Tampa Bay

  35. habsfan2014 says:

    Agreed. Bring in Robinson! Fire Daigneault!

  36. 1010 says:

    The coach goes from benching PK to leaving him on the ice for last ten periods of the third period. Must be another lesson in making him a better player and person. The guy was running around trying to be the human hi-lite reel and on one play, when they were still in it, he chose to try something fancy when he had a clear shot on net. I don`t waste much time criticizing, but this coach has no answers.
    And I guess I finally have to say what I didn`t want to but some of you have been saying for some time: Gionta is done.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      If you’re PK and you’ve watched your top 6 forwards all night, how can you not be trying to do too much. Seriously, he must look up at the forward group sometimes and think, “We have no chance”. He’s too good a guy to say it out loud, but most of the time he’s alone out there.

      • 1010 says:

        I agree totally NCRhabsfan. And believe me I was thinking just that thing when the last few minutes ticked away. All I know is they better bring something tomorrow night or this shi$ show is gonna turn into more than just the normal ebb and flow of the season that the glass half-full guys keep talking about.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Agree. Forwards are MIA.

  37. Plekasuares says:


  38. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …if We continue to play Murray and Boullion …I’m taking a vacation from watching this crap hockey

    …simply not worth the frustration nor embarrassment

    • frontenac1 says:

      Cube didn’t play tonight. Murray was ok. We have ZERO scoring threat from our Forwards. 1 freaking Goal? Jeeze!

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        Murray was okay? Hahaha, you guys make me laugh every day. He could be -150 after 10 games and some guys would still love him because of his size. He´s crap, utter, utter crap and I don´t even blame him. I´m sure he´s a great guy but someone who should be nowhere near this league.

  39. NCRhabsfan says:

    It would be a lot easier to forgive this team for being so incredibly bad offensively if they were just good defensively. But they’re not. The MT deathwatch has to be on. He has somehow taken a team that showed some offensive moxie and good team defence early in the season and turned them into an uninspired group that neither play offence or defence. It is a rare thing to see a guy turn a team into such a mess.

  40. FlyingFrenchie says:

    I need a stiff drink and Hab’s management needs a swift kick!

  41. habsfan2014 says:

    I agree the Therrien must be placed on hot seat and Bergevin needs to make a move. Its not a simple coaching change that will make this team good, its talent we need!!! Is Bergevin waiting for Price to pull a ROY with Therrien? Time to show us what you learnt in Chicago

    Lets go!

  42. WindsorHab-10 says:

    The team is in disarray and just seems lost out there & clueless. The only logical thing to do is get rid of the coaching staff as soon as possible. Sorry folks but MT has really destroyed this team.

  43. CH Marshall says:

    Glad I watched this without spending money

  44. Cdnman1 says:

    We’re going to make the Caps look good tomorrow!

  45. frontenac1 says:

    Question for you stats guys. How many Habs Forwards are in the top 10 in the league for goals? Top 20? Top 50?

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Another question, when was the last time the Habs had a guy in the top 10, top 20, top 50 this late in the season. How can the hockey team known for “fire wagon hockey” have become so completely useless offensively for decades. Something is seriously wrong with the scouting department.

      • morivera says:

        I think out last “100 point” player was Naslund, almost 30 years ago. sheesh

        • NCRhabsfan says:

          Good call, 1985/86 to be exact. The last Hab to score 50 was Stephane Richer in in 1989/90. My son, who is currently taking a law degree at Western wasn’t born when either of those players hit those marks. No wonder he’s a Leaf fan. (And yes, that means I too went terribly wrong somewhere during those years)

  46. monmick says:

    Lalalalatendresse on AC. On aura tout vu!

  47. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Waiting for the latest “favorite” stat: Habs record with and without Chucky in the line-up…

  48. morivera says:

    Ovechkin may not play tomorrow, he sat out again tonight.

  49. Slackman says:

    Whenever the habs score a goal, it’s an ugly, flukey, garbage goal.

    Whenever teams score on the habs, its a beautiful tic tac toe passing play that’s dangled, dragged and blasted into the top corner.

    The rare exception may be a Pacioretty snipe, a PK point blast, or a Plex impossible angle shot.

    Who can we blame? MT? The players? How can this team turn things around? Why is it so disappointing cheering for them? Has this team lost all pride? Are they beginning a tank job? In hopes of a superstar draft pick? What the hell’s going on here??? I’m confused. This franchise defines hockey. They are the second most successful sports franchise of all time, all sports. This is pathetic. How long is this rebuild supposed to last anyway? 20-30 years?

    I used to be optimistic

  50. ZimHabwe says:

    Habs being used as target practice for their opponents lately. Defense is weak, no big centres; and Carey won’t take them to the promised land…..these guys are doomed. 9th place finish at best.

    • Grimmly says:

      Ya, there is no goalie in this league that can bring this team to the promise land, hell no goalie in history that can

    • The Puckhound says:

      I agree with Zimhabwe on the defense and forwards but don’t blame Price..the score would have been higher if not for Price.
      Two many turnovers by the defense, Markov, Emelin and Georges have been terrible. Subban is a penalty machine.
      Desharnais and Plekeanec are not a 1-2 centerman. Plekanec got schooled tonight by a rookie..yes rookie!
      Gointa is toast along with Bourque and Briere. I blame this is all on Marc Bergevin for this mess! I questioning his ability??? Year 2 of 5 year plan. scares the hell out me!

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

  51. CalgaryHab says:

    This team is apathetic. Fan base is getting that way.
    MB has no one to blame but himself.

  52. Forum Dog says:

    Thought Leblanc played alright. Beaulieu was great. Subban good as well. Bourque looked okay. Didn’t notice DD at all though.

  53. morivera says:

    (Crosses fingers…hopes Briere is first star)

  54. CHicoHab says:

    21 hours to puck drop.

  55. Habbu says:

    A mess, like none other……….

  56. adadi says:

    Time for Matty, Primey and the other losers to come out and tell us how great everything is. Night all.

    Playoffs- Bye Bye

  57. Grimmly says:

    You put it way too nice, I say Price goes into the dressing room and swings his stick at anyone near him, they ALL suck

  58. Ring of Fire says:

    Same team last 6 years plus….tease us with a couple big wins (Chicago) didn’t show up again….how is this team on the right track?….I don’t c any up n coming players

    The Thin Blue Line.

  59. Cdnman1 says:

    Each game seems uglier than the last. Has this team quit?

  60. RH says:

    Yawn……finally over. Detroit is a bubble team much like our habs.

  61. jmac21 says:

    Great effort AGAIN

  62. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Think Washington is quaking in their Bauers?

  63. PrimeTime says:

    Your move Bergeron!!!!

    “Fans are entitled to express their opinion, but most of the comments on talk radio and on The Gazette’s Hockey Inside/Out website ranged from the mildly uninformed to the outrageously stupid” – Pat Hickey.

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  64. Trackpants says:

    The icing on the cake!! I want to see more bulldogs… And more healthy scratches.

    Scuddle the ship, scuddle the ship.

  65. BigB says:

    Our habs are a team of AHLers whose only goal seems to be preventing others from scoring. No compete, nothing! Mediocre at best.
    I feel bad for Price.

    Is this Buffalo in a different uniform?

    Habs forever!

  66. CHicoHab says:

    It seems the seats more full at end of game. People must of come off the street to check out all the fuss.

  67. Coach K says:

    Is it bad when your rookie defenceman routinely gets to the dump-ins before all the forwards? Is it bad when you play a 4 on 4 and all 4 players are hanging out near the o-zone blueline?

    Has MT lost them???

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

  68. frontenac1 says:

    DD missed his check again? Will he ride the pine?

  69. Habilis says:

    Those games in hand that everyone was using to defend our position… dwindling.

  70. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the glorious Montreal Canadiens have Their ass handed to Them by the Grand Rapid Griffons

    …sad, and pisses Me off to no end 🙁

  71. jmac21 says:

    Pull the goalie Michel

  72. XKay says:

    meh. 4-1 or 3-1 makes not defference. we still lose

  73. habsfaninboston says:

    Not that it mattered, but that was a piss poor line change resulting in a 3 on 1.

  74. Davey93 says:

    Eller is a second line centre. We’ve never seen more from him because he’s never given a chance to play with good line mates. He was looking great with Chucky and Gally but Therrien felt it was more important to get Davy going so he split them up. Not to mention he’s never given any pp time. Even if he is playing well therrien constantly puts briere on the pp instead of him. Maybe give him pacioretty to play with for 20 games then we’ll see what he can do. I don’t see that happening tho looks like they’ll eventually ship him outta town

  75. CHicoHab says:

    No complaints. Constructive criticism.

    • Clay says:

      New coach. That is as constructive as I cab be now.

      ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

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