Liveblog: Game 65 – Coyotes maul Canadiens 5-2

Vanek didn't help

The Canadiens' prize acquisition had a quiet night in Phoenix.

So did most of Thomas Vanek's new teammates.

Third-period goals by Radim Vrbata and Keith Yandle blew open a close game and sent the Canadiens to down to their second defeat of the road trip.

The goal was Vrbata's second. The Coyotes also got goals from Lauri Korpikoski and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Andrei Markov, with his sixth, and Alex Galchenyuk's 12th, on a 5-on-3 power play, scored for the Canadiens.

The Canadiens outshot Phoenix 26-23.

Third-period collapse

Radim Vrbata, with his second of the game, and Keith Yandle, on a Phoenix power play, blew open a close game.


PP clicks

A 5-on-3 power play got the Canadiens back in the game.

Alex Galchenyuk tipped a P.K. Subban shot past Mike Smith to narrow Phoenix's lead to one goal.

The Canadiens also had a goal disallowed when it was ruled David Desharnais had interfered with Smith.

In a reversal of first-period fortunes, the Canadiens outshot the Coyotes 11-1.


The game was barely two minutes olf when Radim Vrbata got the home team on the board, deflecting a point shot by David Schlemko.

Andrei Markov tied it up with a drive that was so hard they needed the Hubble telescaope for the video review.

Lauri Korpikovski restored Phoenix's lead with another deflection, this time of a Mark Stone shot, with Lars Eller in the penalty box .. again.

And with only seconds left, Oliver Ekman-Larsson beat Budaj with another long drive.

Phoenix outshot the Canadiens 15-7.

Thomas Vanek played six shifts and was on for Ekman-Larsson's goal.

Vanek makes debut

The Canadiens trade-deadline acquisition will be in the lineup against the Coyotes Thursday night in Phoenix (actually Glendale, if you want to be persnickety), where the Coyotes have not beaten the Canadiens since 1998.

On their last visit to the desert, in November, 2011, the Canadiens won 3-2 in Overtime. Josh Gorges, of all people, potted the winner.

The Canadiens are coming off one of their most exciting games of the season. The team blew a 2-0 lead in Anaheim Wednesday night before Andrei Markov, of all people, blasted the puck past Jonas Hiller in the sixth round of the Shootout.

Fans – and the Ol' Blogger – get a bit of a break on the time difference Thursday ..

Puck drops 9:10ish at the Arena.

Check back later for live game blogging.




  1. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Just got back from the game.
    1st period was awful.
    2nd period Habs turned into a completely different team and dominated.
    3rd they just ran out of gas.
    I never saw Prust. What was the deal?

  2. Just A Guy says:

    17 games left and there are 5 against teams that are above the habs in the standings. .500 hockey gets us 94 points.

    Price is coming back, maybe not on Saturday, but he is coming back. No need to panic. Right?

  3. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Tough game to judge the Habs after playing a top notch team last night. I’m sure they didn’t have enough time to practice & break in the new addition in Vanek. Budaj is a very good backup but we definitely need Price back as soon as possible. We’ll see a different team on Saturday with hopefully better results.

  4. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    They didn’t arrive until 3am last night. Plus back-to-back in a different time zone after an exhausting win over the leagues best team. I think we can cut them some slack here.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  5. Habilis says:

    Tonight sucked, but was also kind of inevitable. Can’t expect Budaj to do what Price does. He’s as solid a backup as there is in the league, but he’s a backup because he can’t carry the load. Once we get our franchise goalie back and once Vanek develops some chemistry with Pleks (also inevitable, IMHO), we will be a much more consistent hockey team. I hope. In any case though, it could be so, so much worse.

    Imagine, for like 10 seconds, what it would be like to be a passionate fan of the Isles or the Canucks right now. Not only is your team a mess, but your GM is just flying by the seat of his pants, losing every deal he makes.

    I know yesterday’s deal was a “now” move, but somehow it makes me feel better about our future as well.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Not hard to remember those days of woe, only 2 years ago our Habs were a lottery team, GM was lame-duck as was the coach. This is better.
      “Those days are past, now.
      And in the past, they must remain.
      For we will still rise up,
      And be a Nation again!”

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

  6. chesterfiled says:

    Meh, stoopid loss. I blame victory hangover from night before and curse stat ‘Phoenix have been losing to ch since 1998 at home’ tag line… plus some players should of scored on opportunities… Dammit we need wizard puck travelling into opposition net magic to cheer for or something on powerplay alternatives other than from Subban and Markov. Ok, Chucky tip in made me smile.
    Also, Mr. Boone I love your writing and take on the Canadiens

    • CJ says:

      IMO, with Gorges injured, I’d recall Beaulieu. Addresses the second PP unit and helps improve our team 5 on 5. Not prepared to throw Weaver totally under the bus, but as Bergevin said himself, he is an insurance policy, much like Drewiski last year.

      • chesterfiled says:

        Nope, Weaver did ok. He took a penalty, what can you do? Eller, I want see him step up, take some cues from Plekanek and make some Sharks panic!
        Beaulieu instead of Tinordi?

  7. CJ says:

    The HIO emotional pendulum swings a wide arc. We are Stanley Cup contenders, or we are terrible….

    Truth is we are a good team. The addition of Vanek, along with a completely healthy roster should make us a little better then our counterparts in the second tier grouping. We have a very good chance of making the playoffs. Our success, within the playoffs, will be determined by our opponent, our health and our willingness to compete.

    Perhaps I did stick up for Tinordi tonight more so then I do others. Kid tried to make a play in a one goal game with 10 minutes remaining. He failed to get the puck deep, and the turnover ended up in our net. Just watched the replay three times. Turnover at the opposition blue line. Puck turns our way and we are late to pick up the trailer. PK defended well, but Budaj didn’t make the save. If that play is what ends Tinordi’s run with the big club this season then that’s too bad.

    I’m going to throw this one away. Not a great game. I’ll leave you all with you last thing that I’ve learned watching hockey;

    A forward who makes an ill advised play still has the benefit of the defence and goaltender to back him up. A defender who makes a mistake is forced to rely exclusively on the goaltender to bail him out. If a goalie makes a mistake, it’s in the back of the net.

    Hopefully there is some positive news regarding Tim Bozon tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers remain with his family. CJ

  8. AceTen says:

    I really hope MT does what he does best for the next game… juggle the lines. Vanek on a like with Pleks and Gio is a disgrace. Gio is a 3rd liner at best, Pleks maybe a 2nd. Put him on the DD line and reunite the EGG line.

    Please don’t let MT ruin this guy along with any chance we have of getting him signed long-term. Oh ya and get Weise back in the lineup, that guy is like our lucky charm.

    • CJ says:

      I think the truth is, without the value of having a practice today, it was just, frankly, much easier to do what the coaching staff did. I think, once we have a few practices, you will see Vanek on a new line. Not easy doing pr work today, having no practice and being expected to shine tonight. Let’s give it a week. Same with Weaver and the defence. Cheers, CJ

  9. danhabsfan says:

    See you Sat, and don’t forget we lose an hours sleep, and I work in the morning, haha

  10. theox_8 says:

    Win some you lose some oh well . Honestly can’t say vanek stood out tonight but I’m not criticizing that , first game with a new team . Ironic part is , that if Eller and bourque played to there full potential we wouldn’t be that far off from being a true contender .

  11. Habcouver says:

    Habs will bounce back in SJ.
    Vanek will play a key role in the victory :)!

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

    • D Mex says:

      Tough outing by Canucks tonight / I think you were keeping an eye on that. Tough to believe Tortorella will last long there – new contract or not …

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

      • Habcouver says:

        I have a black heart (much like CJ’s hate on the Turds) by watch the plummet of the Knuckleheads. This goes beyond Torts who I believe will quit on these yo yo owners one day. Gillis inherited a pretty good team and did not know how and when to put his mark on the team to take it to the next level. He rode the effects of previous management in getting to the Stanley Cup final. His smug demeanor at the time deserved a good slap to the face because he fooled many of the ill-knowledged local fans (I use the term “fans” loosely) that he was clever and competent.

        Enough of the rant.

        In comparison, MB is progressing Our Team well. Sure we lost tonight but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The same cannot be said for Da Canucks.

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

  12. RC-51 says:

    I can’t believe MB mortgaged the future for Vanek, what a stiff! 😉

  13. Peter Young says:

    Sorry it wasn’t a better CH performance for you, BigB.

  14. jmac21 says:

    How’s COY gonna blame Eller and PK for this L?? “Davey played well and did you see when Davey won that draw?” MT what happened? Davey was tired tonight

  15. Storman says:

    Nothing like a howling werewolf/coyote to make you think and feel Hockey..

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …based on precedent this season, Our Habs come back with a vengeance after a poor game like tonight

    …San Jose, though, will be a challenge to that character

  17. CHicoHab says:

    Thank god next late game is Saturday. Been late for work all week.

  18. Just A Guy says:

    I liked the Weise era better 😀

  19. Willy the bum says:

    I think Boone gave up on the 3:00 mark… poor guy.

  20. BigB says:

    Plain and simple folks:
    They have a good goalie, and we sucked.
    It was still worth seeing my team in person <3
    Bon soir from Arizona !

  21. Timo says:

    I effing hate it when they start talking about players being tired. WTF are they all tired off? Lay off hookers and get some sleep then if you’re tired.

    • D Mex says:

      That your new word for the night moar-on ?

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • Peter Young says:

      Do you have a shred of evidence of that? Not that I think accusations of frequenting hookers are defamatory, but just wonder whether you feel free to throw around accusations like that without any support. If so, you’re a douchebag.

    • chesterfiled says:

      Too true! A full riffle shot to Smith’s head instead of meekly shloshing to his right in the last ten seconds dammit! Character dissolves with too many massages

  22. Habcouver says:

    When do the trolls come out?

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

  23. turneria says:

    I think Mike Weaver would really good in a Bulldogs uniform!

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