Liveblog: Game 53 – Canadiens end losing streak as Price hangs goose egg on Carolina


Price stops the bleeding

Carey Price made 36 saves for his first shutout since Dec. 14 as the Canadiens topped Carolina.

Brandon Prust, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens.

Next stop: Boston.


Carolina had a few chances, but Price stopped them all

The dangerous lead

Max Pacioretty's 22nd made it 3-0.

That was the score New Year's Eve in Carolina.

I'm just sayin'.

Hurricanes outshot the Canadiens 13-11, and Carey Price was brilliant, especially on a glove save on Alexander Semin.

Jeff Skinner and Semin rang shots off the goalpost.

Much-needed good start

The Canadiens needed more than five minutes to get their first shot on Anton Khudobin.

A minute later, Brandon Prust – who registered the SoG – scopred his fifth of the season off a nice pass by Josh Gorges.

Carey Price maintained the lead with brilliant bang-bang stops on Drayson Bowman and Jordan Staal, who broke away during a Canadiens power play.

The indefatigable Brendan Gallagher doubled the lead with his 14th of the season, poking the puck past Khudobin off a goalmouth scrum.

Carolina outshot the Canadiens 13-10.

Will the bleeding stop?

Two teams on four-game streaks meet at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.

Carolina has won four in a row and moved into playoff contention.

After falling behind 2-0 to visiting Columbus less than three minutes into the game Monday night, the Hurricanes rallied with three third-period goals.

The Canadiens have lost four in a row and are clinging precariously to a wild-card playoff spot.

In possibly their worst effort of the season, the Canadiens were smoked 5-0 by Washington at the Bell Centre Saturday night.

The faithful were not amused. Booing began in the second period.

And if Carolina jumps out early Tuesday night ...

Well, it ain't gonna be pretty at the ol' ballyard.

Carolina is playing its third game in four nights and fifth in seven. If the Hurricanes dominate the third period at the Bell Centre, this Canadiens team is worse than we think.


  1. Bogie Man says:

    It appears to be another very slow start. Sloppy in defensive zone…

  2. SKHab says:

    If we can stay out of the box for a while?

  3. Habifax says:

    canes have good jump

  4. Habifax says:

    Eller at center. good.

  5. DipsyDoodler says:

    I hate Eric Staal.

  6. ABHabsfan says:

    Have we won since Whitey has been out? There’s your problem right there

  7. SKHab says:

    Decent rush with a shot (high and wide)

  8. Mondou6 says:

    Guaranteed win tonight.

    We have just enough talent to win a game after being written off. We’ll probably win tonight, and against Boston, then lose 5 in a row.

    Frustrating and very mediocre team to root for.

  9. Danno says:

    Fasten your seatbelts and brace yourselves for a butt-ugly spectacle.


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  10. Reflektor says:

    Despite 2 penalties given to them, Tampa SOGs are 10 to 5 vs. Leaf.

  11. mushalain says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if Kirk Muller’s canes are the nail in coffin for MT tenure here.

  12. durocher says:

    Any Carolina player need their 1st NHL goal or 1st goal of the season? If so, that player will score tonight. LOCK!

  13. jols101 says:

    Cannes have played 3 in 4 and 5 in 7, if we can’t beat ’em we suck even more than I thought.

  14. RockinRey says:

    Wonderful Parros draws back in. What a waste.

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  15. danhabsfan says:

    Hey, this will either go really good, or it will go really bad, I hope for the former.

  16. Plekasuares says:

    Who would have optimism? That would be wierd

  17. RockinRey says:

    I dont care if they run the table I still want changes on this team.

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  18. Feraco says:

    Habs win 4-1 tonight.

  19. Habifax says:

    facing adversity. MT favorite saying. I hope they play harder tonight or could get fugly.

  20. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Palusaj in the rôle of Former Canadien Who Will Score Against His Former Team.

  21. maciekhockey says:

    It must be win tonight and will’be. 4:1 Habs

  22. RockinRey says:

    They need a big start and puck support with lots of forecheck. Dont deviate. Get on them early

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  23. Et le but says:

    Let’s start with a solid effort tonight!

  24. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Re: Ron Reueuescscsch’s notes about GAA since January 18th… You know that’s 10 days, right? Statistically, a very small sample. Yes, the Habs have sucked, and we don’t need cherry-picked statistics to tell us that.

  25. John Q Public says:

    We suck !

  26. jols101 says:

    Go Habs Go!!!!

  27. Plekasuares says:

    Freeee Diazzzzzzz.

  28. Phil C says:

    “Ron Reusch notes Canadiens’ goals-against average since Jan. 18 is the league’s worst.”

    Diaz has been in the pressbox since Jan 16th. Coincidence? I think not. Like him or not he is their 4th best D-man.

  29. rljmartin says:

    Is Aaron P. in the lineup? If so…. he’ll score.

  30. frontenac1 says:

    We got the Muscle going tonight amigos. It should be a Corker. Saludos!

  31. durocher says:

    How about Bourque, Diaz, and a 4th for PA and Ryan Wilson

  32. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Hey Boone, did Jaws Saurez score for the Reds? Silly question. He’s the striker. Duh.

  33. RockinRey says:

    Listening to the talking heads on the tsn 690. Its amazing how much the press corps is around the team everyday and yet they are not as critical as they could be.. This team has a pop gun offense with a soft 3 4 6 7 D

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  34. sreuel says:

    You need game notes for that

  35. Hobie Hansen says:

    Habs 4th in pts in Eastern Conference with win tonight!Not bad at all! Go Habs Go!

  36. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    I miss the old spaz out MT. Throw a chair,god knows i have.

  37. CJ says:

    Not sure if anyone else caught, NHL A Season Revealed, last night on Sportsnet. Actually pretty well done. Great to get the behind the scenes look into different organizations.

    One thing that struck me while watching the episode, is just how hard these guys work off the ice. If you are not 100% committed, or 100% prepared, you are going to get steamrolled.

    Tonight is a pivotal moment in the Canadiens season. There is no doubt that the canes sense blood in the water. Montreal better be ready and willing to match their intensity. I’m thinking tonight is our night. Maybe it’s blind faith, but I’m feeling confident.

  38. adadi says:

    I have no idea if Parenteau would have been a good fit. i don’t really know him. However, had the trade gotten Bourque out of our hair i would have been all for it. I’m glad MB didn’t give up any young prospects to get the deal done. Maybe there is hope for him after all.

  39. RockinRey says:

    @Boone . If you are hungry slide see if you can sneak into the alumni lounge. Knuckles says free grapes and cheese…

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  40. habsfan0 says:

    It’s interesting that tonight’s opposing coach..Kirk Muller..should have been Habs HC.

    Mais..c’est pas possible..

  41. habsfaninkw says:

    Heard this on the radio on the way home tonight. Seemed just so fitting.

    Courtesy of Slash and Myles Kennedy … No More Heroes.

    “Now I know
    Now I realize, these are hard times
    We can’t face them on our own
    But I won’t lie, I’m not satisfied
    Who will save tomorrow?

    When your heroes, turn to the enemy
    And there’s nothing left to hold
    When your heroes, give only apologies
    I won’t deny it leaves me cold”

  42. adadi says:

    Boone’s going down to the media lounge to pick up his notes….wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more.

  43. adadi says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, please take your seats. The main attraction is about to begin. Mr. Boone is now taking centre stage. Mr. Boone, if you please….

  44. Eddie says:

    What’s the over/under on Therrien absolutely losing it behind the bench at the refs?

    I think if it doesn’t happen tonight it will happen Thursday so I will fix the over/ under at 4 periods of hockey.

    I take under.

  45. durocher says:

    Pair Markov with one of Briere/DD in a trade; pair Gorges with the other of Briere/DD in a trade.

  46. Hobie Hansen says:

    10-1 Habs tonight!

  47. Puck Bard says:

    I don’t want it to happen, but I think the Canes are going to smoke the Habs.

    Then the real soul searching will begin.

  48. HABitat4humanity says:

    If we dont score 1st, its over.

  49. J.J. of Turku says:

    Not related to Habs otherwise, but the coach at the commercial is Artturi Lehkonen’s dad. Commercial is my local team’s statement for different kind of requirements team needs to fill for raising up to the Finnish elite league. So far, one of the problems, is they don’t have a screen that is big enough. (In Finnish screen/display and requirement are same words)

    Text can be translated: Do you need bigger requirements [screen] or is good hockey enough?

    Check out if you’re interested:

    Twitter: @jjturku (finnish, på svenska or english)

  50. sheds88 says:

    i feel bournival and eller need top 6 minutes to be effective. playing them on the 3rd or 4th line is useless. eller gets more involved physically when he is playing more. bournival’s speed and work ethic should be rewarded with top 6 wingers ( which we don’t have ) and top 6 minutes

  51. Hobie Hansen says:

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    Mitch Melnick ‏@HunterZThompson 4m

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  52. BJ says:

    It appears that the Bourque trade didn’t happen because the Avs wanted thrown in Andrighetto. Of the 20 of so Bulldogs games I’ve watched this year Andrighetto is by far our most offensively gifted player there. Glad that didn’t happen.

  53. Danno says:

    That McDonald’s commercial would be a lot funnier if instead of Daniel Briere asking if the Gallagher burger comes with a toy, Briere asks if he can buy a goal. Then the girl would laugh out loud and ask Danny:”Would you like fries with that?”


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  54. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    The boys squeak out a win tonight but still look a little shakey. They bring their “a” game for a hard fought win against the Bruins and with gaining confidence bang off back to back wins this weekend and then everybody enjoys a super bowl and last weeks shite can be forgotten.

  55. J.J. of Turku says:

    Planning to stay awake for the game. Hope it’s worth it. Interesting kid that Bealiueu. He looks like his been playing in the big league for a while.

    His name has that some kind of old time hockey magic. 😀

    Twitter: @jjturku (finnish, på svenska or english)

  56. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I gather that Therrien hasn’t been fired… Oh hey! Did anyone see that the Kings just won a game last night after a 5-game losing streak. Why weren’t we all panicking about that?

  57. jols101 says:

    Boone, nice job on McCowen’s show. He was really focused on Price. He didn’t over-react though which is rare for sports personalities.

  58. Propwash says:

    Hopefully they get this monkey off their backs and post one in the W column.


  59. HabFab says:

    Marc Antoine Godin – There are 5 #Habs players listed at 5’9 or under. There are 4 (players) right now in all of the Western Conference (Cammalleri being one of them).

    • Slackman says:

      Saw that stat a while back. I think it is no coincidence that 7 of the top ten teams are indeed from the west. When is somebody in the habs brass going to realize that size does, in fact, play a large part in being successful. It might even shut those MOAR BIGGER idiots up.

    • marvin20 says:

      the lack of size is the reason why they can not score. They can not get in front of the net, are only able to cycle the puck and shoot from high slot. Every year Montreal management says they are going to build with the philosophy of speed and skill, but if you can not get in front of the net, are dominated along the boards, and have no scoring depth, I am left scratching my head in frustration

  60. frontenac1 says:

    Fronts got a feeling this is going to be great game. We got all the Muscle dressed, Lads are Hungry and Pissed off. Shit Storm coming amigos!
    Vas-Y Les Boys!

  61. DMAN says:

    15th……………or something like that.

  62. HABZ24 says:

    Im a die hard habs fan i honestly hope we get embarrassed 8-0 then ship will hit the fan and steps will seriously be taken, if its a lost cause effortless game then for sure habs players are tanking t hang terrien out to dry.we must rid of briere,gionta,bullion,desharnais,bourque,parros and call up tinordi and trade for younger FULL size not fun size replacements


    • scotland says:

      i second that.

      mb says be patient to the fans. it will take time.

      ok..believe us you dont have to beg. we will be patient with young new faces….even if the team loses (losing now as it is, getting embarassed now as it is, got embarassed in the play offs,….so yea lets be patient………but without the vetern stiffs and the bush league lame duck coach. because no matter how good you are way down the road……… will never get back the respect you are losing now. last saturday was history in the making.

      montreal maple leafs

  63. BJ says:

    Two questions: 1) Do we win? 2) Does Bourque score?
    4-2 Habs and a goal and assist for Bourque.

    • Rad says:

      I don’t know if Bourque will score tonight. What I am certain of is that he will be taking the body every chance he gets. Look for at least 4 or 5 solid hits from him tonight.

  64. habsfan0 says:

    Carolina’s 5th game in 7 nights?
    This one’s in the bag.

  65. GGtheHab says:

    I get that sometimes you have to flip burgers before you manage McDs, but does a player have to be a winger before he can play center? I am still perplexed by the Eller move..put Bournival back on that wing..

  66. Rad says:

    Well, the percentages favor a Habs win tonight. The team is well-rested and desperate for a win. The opponent is fatigued and playing their 2nd game in 2 nights. I expect the home team will pull out a W tonight, but all bets are off against Boston and Tampa Bay coming up next.

  67. GGtheHab says:

    I know my confidence level…wonder what it is like in the room…here is a classic example of how our captain does not match up physically with theirs, and their 1-2 punch at center going against DD and DB is comical..I know pleks will draw one of the brothers,,,but what a mismatch against the other..

  68. Ton says:

    Wonder if Cam Connor would have been a top 6 on this team! Um

  69. RockinRey says:

    @Boone. Heard you on the Fan with McGowan .

    And on anther not re the Poll
    Parenteau would absolutely be a decent fit if he were healthy. I dont think the Habs could have turned that down if it were one for one.

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  70. Bripro says:

    OK well that’s not fair.
    I rake Boone over the coals for being late on the game blog.
    And of course, by the time I’m finished, he’s got it up and I’m not even first.
    I’m taking this personally.
    Mike, you had better be blogging a winner this time.

  71. Danno says:

    Whither the Habs?

    Can’t Wait For Tonight


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  72. CHasman says:

    I’ll be watching as usual but I don’t really care if they win or lose. I will be happy if they win but if they lose it’s one more nail in Therrien’s coffin. Small price to pay.

    • HabsWin-nipeg says:

      Agreed. Sadly I am in the same frame of mind – each loss, particularly one sided/passionless losses, bring us one step closer to real changes i.e. trades or Therrien being fired.

    • Danno says:

      Sometimes things have got to get worse before they get better…


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    • Habilis says:

      I’d agree, if I hadn’t seen so many hockey people saying that MT is safe, at least until the season ends. We could lose 10-0 tonight and MT would still be the coach tomorrow. Even McKenzie said so, said it would look terrible on MB if he did it during the season.

      Apparently, that matters more to him than admitting his mistake and moving on. Awesome.

      • HabsWin-nipeg says:

        Does Mackenzie have an in with MB? Here in Wpg the GM had personally chosen the coach, but when it became obvious the team was sinking he fired him anyway. I disagree with Mackenzie – if the Habs keep getting smoked, Therrien will be gone.

      • adadi says:

        A lot of the talking heads are being politically correct. Remember who their bosses are. Therrien is toast. All that remains is the timing. I’m willing to give MB some slack on that as there are a lot of variables to take into consideration.

    • scotland says:

      in same boat. dont care if they win. dont care of they lose.

      first time in my ltime as a hab fan (43 years) that i dont care either way.

      if i had to pick which invokes more , a loss gets us closer to change. ie therrien, gionta and the rest of the usual suspects.

  73. Danno says:



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  74. Ron says:

    First or maybe second or even third

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