Liveblog: Game 55 – Canadiens drop matinee 2-1 to TB in OT

Thompson ends it

The Canadiens began Overtime on a power play and carried the play for most of the time.

But with 24 seconds left, Alex Killorn found Nate Thompson alone in front of Carey Price, and the Lightning's 36th shot – and first of OT – found the back of the net.

Briere ties it up

Despite minimal ice time, Daniel Brière has goals in two straight games.

The vetran took a pass from Brian Gionta to beat Ben Bishop.

That was it for scoring as we head to OT.

Full moon tonight?

Weird 20 minutes.

With Tampa Bay shorthanded, Nate Thompson's lob across the face of the Canadiens' goal ticked off P.K. Subban's stick and into the net past Carey Price.

Then there was a brawl during a TV timeout.

Unpleasantness began with Ben Bishop and Brandon Prust jabbing at each other, soon to be joined by George Parros and Radko Gudas, both of whom got misconducts.

Canadiens outshot the Lightning 10-8.

Molson Cup form

Carey Price, Player of the Month for January, is off to a good start in February.

Price made 10 saves and stopped Nikita Kucherov on a penalty shot during 10 minutes dominated by the visitors.

The Canadiens had six shots on Ben Bishop.

Afternoon delight

It's a Super Bowl weekend tradition: Your Montreal Canadiens play a pair of afternoon games at the Bell Centre.

A year ago, in the seventh and eighth games of a lockout-shortened season, the Canadiens swept Super Bowl weekend with a 6-1 romp over Buffalo on Saturday and a 2-1 squeaker against Ottawa on Sunday.

The 2014 opponents are Tampa Bay and Winnipeg, both of which present challenges ... but who doesn't, where the Canadiens are concerned.

Wins against Carolina and Boston gave the Canadiens a 6-6-1 record in January.

The team was 8-5-0 in October, 7-4-3 in November and 8-5-1 in December.

Because of the Olympic break, the Canadiens will play only seven games in February – five at the Bell Centre.

Two previous games against the Lightning this season went to Shootouts and ended with 2-1 final scores. Tampa Bay won at the Bell Centre Nov. 12, and Lars Eller, of all people, secured a Shootout win in Tampa on Dec. 28.



  1. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Dominate Boston, get owned by the Lightning. MT sucks.

    • habulations says:

      The Habs get into a defensive shell with Price in net. You don’t win at hockey by scoring one goal. They need to use their speed, attack…get goals. Let Price earn his paycheck. We need the boys at the other end of the ice scoring goals…..not everyone playing defensive hockey when they’re losing.
      Should have played Budaj. The boys play more offensive when he’s in net.

  2. theox_8 says:

    Fools on here blaming PK. Can you even imagine our team without him , he by the way is our leading point getter. We would be terrible . So please get the sand out of your +++inas and smarten up.

  3. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Habs lost because they couldn’t beat Bishop. That simple. Refs were crap but what else in new??? At least they got a point…on to the next one.

  4. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Very unhappy with the officiating. We should have been back on the power play after the grab on Subban, instead we get scored on. How the heck did we end up short handed after Bishop threw the first punch? Disappointing result. We didn’t play badly but we need to shoot the puck.

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

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Bishop should have gotten the game because he punched with his blocker. Automatic game misconduct

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  5. punkster says:

    How are those Therrien coaching strategies workin’ out for ya?


  6. GL says:

    If anyone thinks the Jets will be any easier than Tampa Bay. Not so quick. Winnipeg has played some great hockey lately and they have a team that can put the puck in the net. Gonna be a good one than again maybe not.

  7. Plekasuares says:


  8. Eddie says:

    Anyone impressed with Christian Thomas?

    Didn’t see much of him. How many minutes did he play?

    Man that Therrien is such a genius, how he “protects” young players from showboating their talent, and how he keeps them pinned to the bench so they can watch and learn!

    • jols101 says:

      8 minutes. Didn’t really notice him at all. Nothing good but nothing bad as well. Therrien isn’t great for young players. Just look at Galchenyuk, the best young player we have had in decades and he still rides the pine all the time. Therrien is a buffoon.

    • Steven says:

      The one play I noticed him, I found he had some wheels and knew where to get to for scoring chances. He didn’t exactly have linemates to dish to him on that shift but if he did he woulda scored, guaranteed.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      He had a good shot-block in the 1st

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  9. jols101 says:

    !8 year old Nathan MacKinnon has a goal and 2 helpers already this afternoon. That gives him 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points in 54 games. The Avs got themselves a beauty.

  10. GL says:

    I look at it this way. We are what we are. We’re not good at scoring. I believe we’re 24th in the league that should tell you something. If a team has a bad game or our Goalies stand on their heads we can beat some pretty good teams. Lot of people complain about our defense. we’re 6th in the league. I wouldn’t say that’s too bad. up front is our biggest problem and sometimes they surprise. anyway

    Today we played well enough to win. Just couldn’t get the job done but a good effort in any case. We salvaged a point toward a playoff position!!!

  11. thebonscott says:

    Shouldn’t cost to much to resign Eller, I love him but having a bad contract year

    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

  12. Marc10 says:

    I would have tried Danny B instead of DD on the PP. In the same spot, Danny would shoot and that frees up PK. Just a thought… hindsight is 20/20.

    At least we got a point. The Lightning played a great road game. They are awful to watch and are extremely lucky not to get more turnovers, but you can’t argue with results. I despise them.

    • RockinRey says:

      Agree they should be using him more on the PP with Patches and DD…..Briere off the half wall or cycling to look for open pass from DD

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

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      If Briere played between Max and Gally, he would put up the same numbers and probably more. If I was a team with size but needed some scoring (e.g. LA), I’d trade for him. Probably get him for nothing from the Habs.

  13. Max says:

    A victory tomorrow will make this a pretty successful weekend.3 out 4 points would be great and that’d be 7 points out of the last 8.

  14. RockinRey says:

    @ Boone ………What about AT( about today)? column.

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

  15. CJ says:

    Well, I just hope that either Toronto or Ottawa win in regulation. Hopefully not a three point game.

  16. smiler2729 says:

    If Tampa Bay were any good, the Habs would’ve beat them.

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  17. Habcouver says:

    I missed most of the game but did manage to see Briere’s goal. I hope the league doesn’t suspend him for his goal celebration (j/k) but I recall him doing the same so often when he was a Flyer. I hope to see many of DB48’s celebrations come the playoffs!

    I’m not totally disappointed with this afternoon’s game. Price played well; NB40 is going to be an absolute gem in a year or two; we snag an important point in the playoff race.

    Hope the Laffs get shellacked – no circus three-point match please!!!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  18. 1010 says:

    And……back to one goal per game.

    GO HABS…

  19. munch17 says:

    It’s hard to believe that MT keeps putting DD out on PP.
    Started all 4 PP today. Pathetic.
    The last PP – on the ice for 1:51 out of 2:00 including all of 4 on 3.
    Why can”t management not see that he is not a bonafide number one center. Chances from his line are coming from Pacs size, speed , and skill, and Gally’s heart and determination.
    They would be so much better with any one else!!

    • habsfan55 says:

      agree with you…

      habs fan but will cheer for any team that beats the leafs

      • smiler2729 says:

        Yeah, Leafs F***ING SUCK but their fans and media are worse

        Jack Edwards is a clam.
        Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
        The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • RockinRey says:

      I am no fan of DD but he looks way more involved from what i have seen. The PP guys were all guilty of getting way to cute. The looks were there for PK and dd and they did not shoot.

      I noticed in the PP late in the game for Tampa that they had all kinds of room and the Habs were giving them way too much respect.

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

    • munch17jr says:

      He is so terrible. Any of our other centers would be better in that role. Why does he keep getting all this opportunity?

    • smiler2729 says:

      DD ain’t all bad, he’s actually pretty good on the PP and on draws… No, man, there is just a malaise about this team and it’s not Bergevin’s team yet, he inherited guys he probably doesn’t want and can’t move (yet).

      He asks for patience and I’ve got to give it to him. The only dart against him is the curious hiring of Therrien 2.0, looked good on paper but we’ve all seen this movie.

      This is a huge off-season for Bergy but hey, while we’re still in-season, let’s at least makle the playoffs and entertain us troops eh.

      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

      • RockinRey says:

        The other dart is saying big guys are hard to find. Other teams draft them….other teams trade for them( see Bobby Ryan)….other teams are able to develop them but the Habs have this fetish for guys who aren’t 6 feet.

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

        • smiler2729 says:

          Bobby Ryan isn’t exactly setting the world on fire in Ottawa, decent but nothing to fawn over.

          Screw big, I want players that burn to win (Gallagher, St. Louis, Henri Richard, all “little guys”)

          Jack Edwards is a clam.
          Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
          The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

          • RockinRey says:

            Agree but he has some experience….is a larger body and he was available….

            RE: Gally …. I could not agree more. If Patches would lean ( never mind hit a guy) and go to dirty areas he would be more complete….

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

      • boing007 says:

        Who did Bergevin inherit that he doesn’t like? Names, please.

        Richard R

  20. ooder says:

    why are we complaining about the refs.. that is not what lost us the game. not even close.
    missing the net and being unable to bury chances is what lost it for us.. oh that and an inept PP

  21. mrherman says:

    PK to Edmonton for Yakupov and Schultz.

  22. habs001 says:

    This afternoon was a perfect example of how most of the games played by this team will look…They are just a little above average team..when the team had the winning streak they played about the same as today…..this team is loaded with forwards that are 2 to 16 goal a season players…when the season is over this team will be somewhere in the mid 20 twenties in scoring goals…

    • RockinRey says:

      They have been trying to uload what amounts to one complete forward line. Bourque, Briere, and Gio …so its really no secret that they are not entirely happy with the lack of production from the vets. When you factor in the non factor of Paros , and the volatility in the play of Eller, Prust and Moen. That says it all. Add in a susceptible D. The team really is in store for some changes next year.

      On another note I think no movement clauses are completely wrong. It complete limits what a team can do. You make your millions part of the job is the uncertainty of the trade market. It is part of the job…..

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

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      I don’t think this team is above average at all — well maybe when you factor Price in. However, when they give it their all, they can play pretty well. It seems they just can’t play that way consistently. Takes too much out of them?

  23. jols101 says:

    Not sure if many are new to the NHL but refs never call penalties in OT. It went both ways, Emelin should have had one and Tampa should have had 2 or 3, but that is life in the NHL. Has been this way for the 30 plus years I’ve been watching.

    • The Jackal says:

      So that makes it ok?
      That doesn’t justify the terrible reffing.
      And yes, they do call penalties in OT they just try not to.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • jols101 says:

        What some cheese with that whine?

        • The Jackal says:

          You talking to yourself? Perhaps try learning how to make a point rather than bring up some BS excuse for terrible reffing eh mate?

          Hockey sine stercore tauri.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Posters beginning with J!
            Posting is a distant second to chatting at the bar with sudsy cold ones, isn’t it?
            Good evening Bibizonka. Nice handle!

      • RockinRey says:

        This team is not supposed to rely on excuses. The bottom line is that game was winnable! They just did not bear down until 3 minutes left in the game. What do you expect?!

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

  24. boing007 says:

    Should have scored the winning goal 4 on 3. Most teams do. Habs don’t.

    Richard R

  25. MasterHab says:

    Another pathetic failure. I don’t know why the Habs insist on playing these afternoon games every year. They play like they’re half-asleep and the games (win or lose) are among the worst in terms of entertainment value that you’ll ever endure.

    Oh well, now that the win “streak” is over we can go back to demanding trades and firings again.

    • The Jackal says:

      Lol please, they don’t insist on playing them, the league makes the schedule.
      Step off the cliff and get some perspective.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • CJ says:

        I fear we are fighting a losing battle.

      • Clay says:

        I laughed at that too – “insist on playing these afternoon games every year”. Funny stuff there.

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

      • RockinRey says:

        Actually way back Serge Savard started it as a way getting back to backs and take advantage of not having to go head to head against the Superbowl .

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

      • GGtheHab says:

        they ask for them…u really think the league schedules these every single year by accident?

    • B says:

      FWIW: A tweet from Stubbs earlier today:

      “#Habs are 26-16-4-0 in 46 home-ice doubleheader games played on Super Bowl weekend’

      –Go Habs Go!–

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Come, come.

      MasterHab has a point. According to the NHL Rule Book,

      “Teams which prefer to decline afternoon games may forfeit them.”
      Chap 73. Sect F para 21.4.

      SO MasterHab is correct: the Habs do not need to insist; they can forfeit.

  26. Old Bald Bird says:

    All of this showboating chatter is nonsense. He’s trying his best to make something happen, and he’s the only one capable of getting anything going. How frustrating it must be to see most of his teammates play such uninspired and insipid hockey.

  27. Forum Dog says:

    Tough one. They played alright against a good (if undermanned) Tampa team. Got the point though, and they have to be feeling better than they were a week ago. Jobs are safe for now….

  28. J.J. of Turku says:

    OK. Now I’ve seen two games today. Both ended as a soccer score. 2-1 Any recommendations for the next game to watch.

    Twitter: @jjturku

    • RockinRey says:

      Football game tomorrow!!!

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

    • Habs_Norway says:

      Hello JJ, what do you think about Jokerit joining the KHL ?
      Rumors say that my Club in Norway, Vålerenga (who just acquired Eric Chouinard, first-round draftpick by the Habs in 98) also is going to the K next season. And i Guess we will end up in the same division as Jokerit, so maybe some sauna and a beer if i og heheh

      Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

      • J.J. of Turku says:

        To be honest, while playing in the Finnish elite league, Jokerit is probably the most hated franchise in Finland. The main reason for it, is that they are from Helsinki. But if I should pick up one team that has even a small chance to win a couple of games in a season in KHL, it will be Jokerit. Expecially now, when they are going to have a couple of Russian Oligarks throwing in money to spend.

        It will be interesting. I think I’ll be rather cheering for Vålerenga than Jokerit! 😀

        Twitter: @jjturku

        • Habs_Norway says:

          Heheh good to know:)
          I remember a benchclearing brawl between Jokerit and HIFK for a couple of years back, it was on the news here in norway htehe.

          Thats the same with VIF, two russians with money. As you say, it will be interesting indeed – I read that the swedish League are worried that the best players from Norway who Plays in sweden will join Vålerenga. I know that two players came from Vålerenga and said they would like to come home and play in the KHL, but “I belive it when i see it”, as Rosselli-Olsen said.

          Are there any pikes in the Land of a thousand seas by the way? I heard about a billion mosquitos, and where there are mosquitos there are pikes!

          Have a Nice night in Turku! Adieu

          Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      JJ, how’s the schnozz?

      • J.J. of Turku says:

        I’m not sure. 😀 Liquids are ready. I’m off to flush it in a couple of minutes…

        I hate that operation. 😀
        I mean, I hate that a big time… 🙁

        Twitter: @jjturku

  29. boing007 says:

    Hee haw! Hee haw! We should all send audio samples of Donkeys braying to the NHL Referees Association.

    Richard R

  30. Mondou6 says:

    I actually want to see more offense from PK. What’s the point of paying a D man that kind of money if you want him to stay at home all game. I don’t get it. He handled the puck and went to the net in OT better than half our forwards.

    • RockinRey says:

      Well said! If he is perceived as less defensively responsible then pair him with a stay at home guy…..

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

  31. Habs are too small and have no push. Thanks to CP for getting Habs a point in this game. The miss calls are obvious and its against PK who has to let REFS call it and stop show boating for a penalty.

  32. frontenac1 says:

    I had 3 shots each period and 1 for OT. Habs get a point and now i”m watching the gals curling.
    Hurry Hard amigos. Saludos!

  33. The Puckhound says:

    Too many passengers this afternoon.. Gointa, Plekanec, Eller, Bourgque, Moen, Georges, Murry, Markov… the list goes on!
    When did Nate Thompson become a scoring machine!

    Does Bergevin know how to make a trade?

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

  34. 25Stanleycups says:

    If we can just get Ottawa to beat the ****S in regulation. We stay ahead.

  35. jols101 says:

    Except for the ending, OT almost made up for watching the first 3 periods.

    • RockinRey says:

      I would love for the whole game to be like that . Quick on the fly changes. Guys gassed – causing mistakes. More scoring…..

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

  36. 25Stanleycups says:

    Reffing and coaching not the problem. The entire compete level is. Outshot and outhit. They have to work harder, and more consistently. Period.

  37. Storman says:

    Apparently if you take a penalty in the last minute of the game, you are then allowed to hold at will in overtime, especially if you are holding Subban

  38. habsfan0 says:

    Habs have now dropped 5 out of last 7.
    Gorges lost his man on OT winner.

  39. Cal says:

    Terrible horrible effort today by the Habs.
    Not to be outdone by the team, the Bell Centre ice, as usual, was absolute sh*t. It’s February and they can’t get the ice right at rink. Pathetic.

  40. Grimmly says:

    Subban tried so hard, too hard to make up for his own goal, that is what happened this game

    • Storman says:

      Yup, and Therrien overplayed him, to try and get him a big goal, in the end he was gassed in his own zone which help lead to winning goal, cest la vie.

  41. AH says:

    Man how badly do we need a sniper?

  42. thejackal says:

    Bad coverage on goal but man those refs were bad in OT! 3 or 4 calls missed against PK alone

  43. RockinRey says:

    @Boone look forward to AT( About today)

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

  44. Storman says:

    Time for some drinks

  45. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Win tomorrow and it’s a successful weekend

  46. piper says:

    I hate how the refs put the whistle away in the OT. Should have been at least 2 called as PK was hooked and held and there was a couple of trips too.

  47. The Jackal says:

    On the bright side, no own goal and we win… no one talks about how Bishop was letting nothing in.

    On a less positive note, the stupid freaking zebras blew a bunch of calls in OT just because the Habs started OT with a PP. PK was fouled on that rush were he made all the TB players look like pylons, then Gally gets crosschecked and no calls. Missed a few trips too, total BS reffing as usual. Rules are rules, call the damn infractions.

    At least we got a point, we can win tomorrow and keep building up our point streak to 4 games and more.

    We played very well in OT but I guess we expended our goal quota against the B’s. No matter, we’ll bounce back tomorrow and it will have been a good week.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  48. bardya says:

    2 holding penalties not called, and Georges…

  49. gordispitz says:

    another defensive breakdown,, shit.. and in the net.. i wish i could see a full view replay, to see who i should swear at

    • Just A Guy says:

      Easy target is Gorges, but really, its the forwards not back checking that made Subban cover the point. Still though Gorges watches the puck because he thinks he’s a goaltender. Just take one player out of that sequence and its a non-play.

  50. Chuck says:

    With Tampa being shorthanded going into overtime, you just knew that there wouldn’t be another call against them.

  51. Mark C says:

    Brutal. PK can’t be bothered to pick up his man. Forget his $8 to $9 contract. He’s looking like a $5 million player.

    • Chuck says:

      Hey, at least he scored a goal tonight. If he doesn’t, the game doesn’t even get to overtime.

    • The Jackal says:

      Keep dreaming

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • CJ says:

      Let’s try and be a little balanced. We lost. PK made a play on the puck and it backfired. We came back and tied it up, and got something out of nothing.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Mark C, not sure if “can’t be bothered” applies in this case. That he didn’t pick him up is true, no argument. But for myself, I would go through a list of other possible causes — including, was it his man or in fact Gorges’? was he gassed after single-handedly generating more offense in OT than most Habs forwards did in the whole game? — before concluding he didn’t care.

  52. dallyd says:

    I counted 3 blatant missed calls against TB in the overtime.

  53. Habilis says:

    Should be worse. We were outplayed for almost the entire game and still got a point. At least we pass the Leafs for now.
    Need the W tomorrow though.

  54. The Teacher says:

    Refs missed 5 obvious penalty calls in the last three minutes of this game. Overtime or not. How crappy we played for a long time or not. That was complete bush league officiating. Four of these uncalled on PK subban. Bullcrap

  55. ooder says:

    absolutely awful brain fart by gorges

  56. RockinRey says:

    OT fun to watch. Thats what the whole game is supposed to be like in hockey!!

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