Liveblog: Game 63 – Road trip begins with 2-1 loss in L.A.

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All the scoring happened during the first 24 minutes of the game.

Jake Muzzin beat Peter Budaj less than two minutes in.

P.K. Subban's 10th, on a first-period power play, tied it.

The home team went almost 17 minutes without a shot on goal before Jeff Carter converted an Anze Kopitar pass on an L.A. power play.

And that was it for the scoring.

The Canadiens managed just 18 shots on Jonathan Quick.

L.A. had 22.

 

 

Scoreless third

The Canadiens made it interesting, with Peter Budaj on the bench.

But Jonathan Quick and the Kings shut the door.

Making 'em count

When Jeff Carter converted a honey of a backhand pass by Anze Kopitar on an L.A. power play it was the Kings first shot on goal in almost 17 minutes – back to 7:35 of the first period.

The Canadiens power play sputtered during two second-period man-advantages.

Shots were 8-5 for the home team.

Good road period

The game wasn't two minutes old when Jake Muzzin got the Kings on the board, beating Peter Budaj glove side.

The lead lasted 12 minutes.

A P.K. Subban shot was stopped by Jonathan Quick but bounced into the L.A. net off Jarrett Stoll.

Shots were 5-5, but the home team didn't get a shot over the last 12 minutes, after Jarred Tinordi's spirited fight with Kyle Clifford.

Laying siege to their castle

Here's a weird one:

The Kings have not beaten the Canadiens in Los Angeles since 2003.

That's a long home-ice dry spell that could end Monday night, if the teams' first meeting this season was an indicator.

L.A. visited the Bell Centre Dec. 10 and stomped the Canadiens 6-0.

Martin Jones, subbing for the injured Jonathan Quick, made 31 saves to post the shutout.

Carey Price was beaten on four of the first 16 shots he faced before being yanked in the second period. Peter Budaj mopped up and surrendered a couple third-period goals.

On their last visit to the Staples Center, Dec. 3, 2011, Price made 26 saves and the Canadiens got goals from Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn in a 2-1.

Puck drops at 10:40ish Montreal time.

Brew up some strong coffee and check back for live game blogging.

623 Comments

  1. TMan1969 says:

    Love the fire after a game – comments I mean. Win/Lose there are some doozies here. Me, I’ll be the glass half-full (of half-empty), Mtl stood toe to toe with them – they out hit them and the only thing to improve on is more drive. If they hit that extra gear as evident by the highlights – it would’ve been their game…but that’s hockey.

    “If I knew the answer to that I’d bet $10,000 on the game and retire from coaching.”
    —Montreal Canadiens coach Toe Blake after being asked if his team would win an upcoming game

  2. Timo says:

    Hey Boone, where is ALN? (not that I care, but also not like you have to get up to go to work tomorrow) I just like routine.

  3. Timo says:

    Therrien: “We lost the battle of the special teams”… ya think, genius?

    Habs powerplay was special indeed… just not the good kind of special.

    So, after Bergevin fails to improve the club yet again… are people going to continue giving him a free pass? How many years is it going to take to declare that Bergevin was a failed experiment?

    • Butterface says:

      Can’t blame Bergevin when the price for a player is so high. You have to keep your powder dry until you have a legitimate shot at the title. Stack up the prospects and try the free agency market. Patience Grasshopper. Bide your time and slowly the wheel will turn.

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  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …speaking of L.A. …has anyOne here seen the Gonzo The Puppet and Rob Ford as featured guests on Kimmel’s Tonight Show yet ?

    …if so, what is the review ?

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …I’m on pins and needles :)

      …Kimmel, though, should have had Gonzo, Ford and the whole Weedz team on stage at the same time

      …now THAT would be a real belly laugh :)

  5. The Jackal says:

    Now I’ve seen it all. Trade PK? That kind of player is more valuable and harder to come across than an elite forward. Why do you think the Oilers suck? They have elite forwards and some role players to boot, but they have no one close to elite on D.

    The Habs have good D prospects but only one PK. Beaulieu and co won’t come close to PK. This is the typical fickle sophistry that is too often seen with sports talk – a player has a bad stretch and bam! Tradeable. So sad.

  6. Butterface says:

    Was kicking this idea around tell me if you hate it. Trade Markov for Stastny straight up.

    Avs need defence. We could use a player like Stastny. We aren’t winning the cup this year and we will see how the Hamilton defence call ups do.

    Hope to sign Stastny. Hope Markov re-signs after free agency.

    Sure we could lose Markov and/or not sign Stastny, but it is a shot.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..but tinkering is fun.

  7. Beardbaron says:

    It seemed the puck was too slippery for the habs tonight and the Kings playoff style was superior in clogging up the neutral zone and sustaining offensive zone pressure. The Montreal Canadiens had 0 takeaways and 13 giveaways. Pk had 4 of them and Emelin was the only D without. Late in the game, Murray, who played over 20 minutes(6 min on the pk), and Tinordi were caught deep in their zone after some “cafouillage” and Murray was so gassed he checked Eller by mistake. My man Plek was 14-6 on faceoffs but is 48.7% on the season and is the most used player in the circle this season. The Habs are certainly putting in the effort, outhitting LA 42-28 (Murray had 8, Subban had 7). It was a playoff style game and the habs made a few too many mistakes. I feel this team needs more time to find its rythym with Budaj in net, Galchenyuk coming back from injury and Tinordi being inserted into the lineup.

  8. Habilis says:

    Wednesday will come and go and MB will make his one minor move and call it improving the club.

    The truth is that this is not a better hockey team than last season. We’re not even that much better than the team that finished in the basement 2 years ago. We just have really good goaltending now.

    I would like to see MB get off the fence for once. Either trade Markov and Gionta and load up on picks or go out and get someone who can make a difference for this team.

    Better yet, go get a coach who won’t bench a Norris trophy winner and double shift the slowest player in the NHL.

    But of course, he won’t. He’ll take the calls and say no to everything and we’ll scratch and claw for a round or two this post-season only to look forward to the exact same thing next season. And the season after that, and the season after that…

    • PrimeTime says:

      We lack depth in forwards. The Norris Trophy winner could us a couple in a trade but it won’t happen.

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      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        You know what, most here will say you’re crazy for even thinking that. But I too would consider trading PK if I could get two offensively gifted forwards. Or even one proven sniper, and another Prust. I really would.

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

        • PrimeTime says:

          It what team needs. We have some D depth and PK could be expendable for a cant miss F prospect and a good pick.

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          • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

            IF you could sign Markov for two years, then yeah, we’d be alright. If not, then we need PK.
            No idea how we are going to get that much-needed help up front.

            I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  9. Habcouver says:

    Expect to lose a few games on the road trip, peeps.
    Enjoy the ride that we are a playoff team for now. We didn’t lose any drastic ground tonight or this morning for some of you. Stupid Laffs lost, so… cup half full. ;)

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  10. Marc10 says:

    It’s not like the Kings were built in a day. They were a big average team until the Flyers sent them Richards and then were cap-friendly enough to accommodate Carter. Without those two trades, they don’t win the cup and would still be a middling team. Heck, they barely made the playoffs that year.

    I like what I saw from Chucky tonight. He’s going to be our version of Kopitar in the not too distant furture. Hopefully with better wingers than what Kopitar is stuck with on most shifts.

    • PrimeTime says:

      Small minds don’t know how to build, just feel entitled to the same as those who do.

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  11. CHicoHab says:

    Eller Degeneres looked very lost tonite.

  12. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    For all the talk (especially around here) that DD is too small to play against physical teams, he was far and away the best Hab tonight against one of the biggest, most physical teams in the league. He was brilliant. If we’re moving a center — and we have to — Eller is the guy. If anyone wants him anymore.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  13. drail222 says:

    Therrien seriously doesn’t have a clue, sits behind the bench like a zombie. 5 mins left, need the tying goal and he has the 4th line out there to get hemmed in the zone for almost a minute. Eller looking lost out there recently. LA’s big forwards just played keep away all night.. The LA Kings = the new NJ Devils. zzzz

  14. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Mike, forget the ALN tonight …get a good sleep and post for breakfast reading

  15. CHicoHab says:

    It’s not that it’s Whites fault. It’s definitely not. But that penalty resulted in the go ahead game winning goal. Checking line not supposed to take senseless penalties that turn out to be the deciding difference.

  16. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    A quick poll: will the team that the Habs ice Wednesday night in Anaheim be any different than the one tonight, post trade deadline?

    • PrimeTime says:

      Happy to answer No

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  17. bender69 says:

    habs cannot score anymore- miss net shots and lazy net play—–trade on wed,>>!!??

  18. rljmartin says:

    PK coughs it up with one hand on his stick after a blue line gaff then later coughs it up on a long cross ice pass through traffic costing a lot of o-zone time. After this much time in the NHL, where is he supposed to be on the learning curve for defencemen? I like PK but he sure is frustrating at times.

    • Texus says:

      How bout that brutal turnover by Doughty in the first lol? It happens man, it’s not always perfect out there. PK does way more good than bad out there

      • PrimeTime says:

        He’s not in the same league as Doughty yet

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  19. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    Well, say that you want, but it was a step up from the pasting that they handed us back in December.

    The one thing about these west coast losses is that it guarantees that I’ll be pissed off and tired at work tomorrow. I mean… today. :)

  20. Just A Guy says:

    Strange thought occurred to me. If Price was shut down for the season, would MB make a trade for Halak? lol!

    It’d probably be Brodeur, but that would be f’in hilarious.

  21. The Jackal says:

    Hahahahahaha!

    Here we are again. A one game goal resulting in a loss and last week’s good vibes are forgotten. What a joke!

    • Just A Guy says:

      I thought they played a good game. Kings were tough to contain, but the habs were able to stick it out and competed with them. Loved the physical play.

      Penalties were the difference (and not capitalizing on our PP)

  22. stephen says:

    In terms of impact on tonight’s game, this might very well have been nil, but I thought the Weise-Eller-Bourque line against the Leafs provided good jam, so I was a bit confused at Briere taking that spot against an even bigger and more physical Kings squad.

    Call me crazy, but I think a player like Weise is more likely to get Eller off the schnide than a Briere, simply by virtue of his hustle and creating space.

  23. frankcasting says:

    Not a bad showing against a top 5 team on the road w/o Price, yadda yadda.

    Rather than spend $$$$$ on dorks like Briere in the future, Geoff Molson needs to invest $50-$70M over 10 years for an NHL GM like Shero or Chiarelli or Wilson or Bowman or Lombardi. Enough of these greenhorn know-nothing guys whose only qualification is a mastery of that other language.

    Once a real GM is in place, then let him do his work, including of course the hiring of a real NHL coaching staff, complete with a team of translators for a lazy media, and the aggressive recruitment of elite NHL players.

    I mean you hear a Shero say he’ll do anything to get Kesler, for example, that’s frigging exciting, that’s the chutzpah we haven’t seen here since Pollock.

    What’s our guy gonna do? Sign a 75 year old Markov who already skates in quicksand to a 5 year Gomez-like deal? Ben oui, awaiiie donc. Kick those guys onto the antichambre panel and let’s get serious.

    Loving the Habs since 1965

    • D Mex says:

      And, uh, which ” other language ” would that be ?

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • PrimeTime says:

      Tissue?

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    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      You clearly don’t live here or have any clue about appealing to your market. Oh yeah, it’s all about wining, right? Wrong! It’s about being a symbol to an entire linguistic nation.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • Just a Habs Fan says:

        Yes that’s why the Habs have all those bilingual players right……..symbolism should not be in hockey…it doesn’t reflect anything…action does……just take a look at government….now that is symbolism at it’s best.

  24. HardHabits says:

    Habs were dominated by a bigger team once again. Budaj for his part was excellent at times, kept them in it and was extremely lucky on a few occasions. Briere looked lost. Habs are a two line team at the moment. Once again an impotent offence sputters. The game wasn’t as close as the score but the unnerving thing is another lucky bounce and it’s at least a point. More smoke and mirrors for Habs fans. Is it a case of so close but so far away?

    This is what you get when you try to spread 24 teams of talent over 30 cities… a watered down product.

  25. Texus says:

    Not a bad game from the Habs, just a little lack of execution and unable to convert on some our chances. That’s the difference in close games like this. Played pretty physical too, didn’t get manhandled like last time. Pretty good hockey game

  26. Congrats to Team Canada says:

    Doesn’t matter who’s in net, Price, or Budaj, gives us the same odds at winning any given night. The system of blocking shots, and defensive play, makes goal-tending an irrelevant position. Maybe the IR, is to keep Price healthy, say while suitors offer there best options. Given we need so many other things, Price could be worth alot of return in assets, especially with his stock as high as it is now.

    • PrimeTime says:

      PK would be the smarter move, not Price

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      • Congrats to Team Canada says:

        I agree either piece could draw a good return. Thing is I would rather play against Price, then PK afterwards. Price is worth more aswell.

        • PrimeTime says:

          Harder to replace Price than PK IMO

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          • Congrats to Team Canada says:

            I think since ’95 when Roy left we have focused on the goaltender position way to much. Were looking to win a cup the same way as ’93 a slightly better then average team, with a superb goalie. It wont happen again. Whats wrong with a slightly better then average goalie, with a more well rounded team. PK, Markov, are good on defense, but what Price could net us in return up front, for what we might lose in net, could very well mean the difference to success in the post season.

          • PrimeTime says:

            I won’t argue the best goalie doesn’t always win. I also agree we need a more rounded team. We have D depth but no forwards, or a goalie in waiting. PK could get a forward prospect and a decent pick.

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          • Congrats to Team Canada says:

            I dont think either happens anytime soon. We wait till stock on players is gone and let them walk on July first. Its something to think about that this is a team sport. And the tendency is to focus on individuals. Ovechkin for example, and evry team Jagr played for after Pittsburgh. Those teams dont win cups, rounded clubs do. Look at Boston, Chicago, Detroit, or Pittsburgh. They didnt have a superstar goalie. They had a group of good players balancing the team concept.

  27. CHicoHab says:

    In games like this we look small. Sorry.

  28. Storman says:

    Watching Briere in a Habs jersey is very very tough..The effort he puts forth and the snub he gave us a few years back,, MB what were you thinking,

  29. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    They may as well start Tokarski in Anaheim; they’ve been deadly at home. Maybe he’ll catch lightning in a bottle.

  30. Laramy87 says:

    In all honestly, how many teams do this western road trip through California and win more games than they lose? St. Louis is dreadful against the California teams.
    The boys held thier own and with the backup made it close.

    Ducks and Sharks at home, not gonna be easy. Im hoping for a win thursday in Phoenix, that may be our only hope on this road trip

  31. stephen says:

    Bloody hell, that’s a grind. Darryl Sutter hockey. That Pacific division is an absolute meatgrinder to play.

    All things considered, a 2-1 loss is hardly shameful. Budaj was good, but for that first softie to open the game. Too bad that had to be the difference.

  32. Marc10 says:

    Good team the Kings. Fair result.

    Great play by Kopitar on the PP. That was the difference (we’ll overlook those posts they hit point blank…)

  33. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …a loss is a loss is a loss

    ….But NOT a blow-out …held Our own …not physically intimidated

  34. Harditya says:

    budaj deserved better

  35. Storman says:

    That was a Jacques Martin road type coached game,, keep it close,, and try and pull out a rabbit late in the game. Almost worked except for a bad O zone penalty by Whitey.

  36. danhabsfan says:

    This loss is on all of them, not White. Actually, it’s in MB for putting a wrong team together

  37. CJ says:

    Good night folks. Revisit this one in a few hours. Cheers, CJ

  38. Habbu says:

    Thanks Whitey… You’re another one that has to play smarter

  39. CHicoHab says:

    No snipers when we need it most. Good finish. Can’t believe a a White penalty was the end difference.

  40. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Good effort — typical LA team. Could’ve gone either way

  41. Timo says:

    Pathetic. A late flurry in the last minute doesn’t erase 59 minutes of suck. Now, Therrien can go ahead and look for positive, useless meathead.

    • PrimeTime says:

      Zzzzzz

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      • D Mex says:

        You seem to be having trouble staying awake tonight, PT.
        Something putting you to sleep – like a broken record ? :lol:

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

        • PrimeTime says:

          Like reading the same book every night!

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  42. danhabsfan says:

    At least they didn’t fold up nd go away, nt Price may have been the difference tonight. Tough loss with TO losing too.


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