Liveblog: Game 66 – Brutal road trip ends with shutout loss


Never in doubt

The game wasn't three minutes old when Tommy Wingels poked a loose puck past Peter Budaj.

The Canadiens were on a power play, and the shorty was a harbinger of what was to come in a dominant performance by the home team.

Matt Irwin's goal, 1:54 into the second period, ended Budaj's night. And Matt Nieto beat Dustin Tokarski as the Sharks outshot the Canadiens 19-8 in the middle period.

Logan Couture scored 43 seconds into the third period.

The Canadiens were outshot 33-27.



Garbage time

Logan Couture made it 4-0 43 seconds into the period.

That made for 19:17 of both teams going through the motions.

The rout is on

Matt Irwin's goal ended Peter Budaj's night after 21:54 in the Canadiens' net.

Dustin Tokarski was beaten by Matt Nieto after Lars Eller coughed the puck up at the Canadiens blueline.

Shots were 19-8 for the Sharks.

Down early

The game wasn't three minutes old when Tommy Wingels poked the puck past Peter Budaj while killing a Sharks penalty.

The Canadiens goaltender was brutal on the play, but Budaj rebounded as the period progressed.

The Canadiens' penalty kill was perfect, including a brief period of 5-on-3.

Canadiens outshot the Sharks 9-7.

Into the Shark tank

The Canadiens will try for a .500 road trip when they visit San Jose Saturday night.

Winning won't be easy.

The Sharks are 23-4-4 on home ice this season.

And the Canadiens have not won in San Jose since Nov. 23, 1999.

The Shark Tank was then called the San Jose Arena. After a few changes over the years, the rink is now the SAP Center, naming rights having been acquired by a German software company.

San Jose beat the Canadiens 2-0 at the Bell Centre in October. Antti Niemi hasn't had a shutout since.

Despite some pro-Toker sentiment among the hockey coaches (myself included) here at HIO, Peter Budaj gets the start.

Puck drops 10:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

• Milestones: Daniel Brière will play his 900th NHL game tonight. And Chantal Machabée began her broadcasting career on March 8, 1984.


  1. durocher says:

    Finally, some emotion

  2. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Habs need to support one another, be good teammates and be ‘ard on the puck!

  3. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Sh!tstorm on here right now

  4. Ironhogs says:

    If Therien says anything to support excuses, I’ll kick him in the nuts my self!!!!!

  5. jmac21 says:

    This team doesn’t have any heart or direction!! Who is the guy that stands up and leads this team?? Galley!! Who coaches this team??? No one that’s why it’s painful to watch no systems no direction no in game adjustments

  6. durocher says:

    Let’s see it, MT


  7. UKRAINIANhab says:


  8. The Capitalist Pig says:

    So is Vanek actually going to expend any effort over the next 17 games or did we just get fleeced again?

  9. yeg hab fan says:

    how did we lose erik cole again

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

    These guys look like pee wees trying to clear the zone.

  11. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Not one scoring chance…

  12. Peter Young says:

    In 60 years of watching the CH I’ve never once failed to see the game through to the end by turning the TV set off. I’ve always stuck by the team no matter what. But tonight’s performance is so sickening that I’m tempted.

  13. slapshot777 says:

    The Habs don’t even want the puck. If it is not laid right on the stick they don’t want it.

  14. jmac21 says:

    The refs are brutal in the NHL not just tonight it’s brutal these clowns non-calls or brutal calls are going cost a team the CUP

  15. durocher says:

    Don’t worry guys, Gio will keep chewing his mouthguard — the more he chews, the more power her gets

  16. Habbu says:

    What a disastrous road trip…………

  17. wutanged says:

    This a NHL game or a timbits game

  18. slapshot777 says:

    No hook on Markov I guess that is okay, F**king idiots

  19. CJ says:

    If you were to make changes based on play, Emelin would be out of the lineup. Not that he’s been awful, but I’d also pull Weaver. I’d be bringing in Pateryn and Beaulieu.

    I’m not sure how much longer we can survive with Emelin on the blue line. He is playing terribly.

  20. UKRAINIANhab says:

    That is just bs. Even the refs suck

  21. jmac21 says:

    The NHL and QMJHL should get together and share their shitty refs

  22. UKRAINIANhab says:

    How the ff is that a slash

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      The game is over. It’s a call to prevent the game from getting even “chippier” over the next 14 minutes. At least that’s the way I see it.

  23. durocher says:

    That was slashing? Weakest call ever

  24. UKRAINIANhab says:


  25. slapshot777 says:

    Brutal call

  26. slapshot777 says:

    Even the officiating is just looking to call only the Habs for penalties

  27. slapshot777 says:

    They can’t even make the correct play to make a line change. They get so f**ked up it is not even funny for a professional hockey team. You would expect that from a house league team.

  28. habsfan0 says:

    Habs get 2/8 points on this trip.
    MT will spin it into a successful one.

  29. Ironhogs says:

    Tired is one thing(should not be an excuse), but play with some heart. My god this is sick.

  30. 4m3y2j says:

    Boone -come up with a new line pertaining to the boxing reference,getting
    SUPER old…

    john slattery

  31. slapshot777 says:

    Habs playing recreation hockey. FFS

  32. ooder says:

    How the hell does bourque get pp time. Hebis so useless!

  33. wutanged says:

    Try dd,packs and vanek on a line, tv said he played some lw. reunite the egg line to get Eller going again

  34. UKRAINIANhab says:

    And this is why MB should not sign players during the season…Emelin

  35. danhabsfan says:

    Good night,

  36. Ironhogs says:

    Nice D on that 4th goal. Mtl should just leave the ice like the ’76 Russians!!!!

  37. Peter Young says:

    Oh, goody.

  38. habs-fan-84 says:

    Emelin, just brutal. I can’t believe how bad he’s become.

  39. habsfan0 says:

    Emelin just doesn’t have it.

  40. UKRAINIANhab says:

    The travel was absolutely brutal however,

  41. slapshot777 says:

    See that was all Emelins fault. Just don’t care lose the puck who cares that is their thinking.

  42. jmac21 says:

    Halak really?? He’s a one hit wonder and he will be in the KHL in 2-3 yrs. we are tired? Really ?? Why is this team always TIRED!!!
    Halak lovers still?? 4-0 pull him too Mikey #worsecoachever

  43. johnnylarue says:

    Honest question: who here expected the Habs to come home from this brutal trip with a winning record?

    And among those of you who did, who among you still felt that way when you realized Price wouldn’t be playing?

    I mean, in a way we should be thankful it’s ONLY 4-0…

    • slapshot777 says:

      I just wanted them to compete, but they are not even doing that. They give the opposition the goals they don’t even have to work for it.

    • Texus says:

      Agreed completely this is the toughest stretch of the schedule and we don’t have Price. That being said, the effort tonight is really disappointing. Guys aren’t skating, too many penalties early, weak goal by budaj and way too many turnovers lol

    • CJ says:

      Not me. I said 3 points would be great. 4 points would be amazing. I said, following the Olympic break, a record of 4-4-2 through our next ten would be very good. A loss tonight drops us to 3-3-1. Boston, Toronto and Ottawa next. It’s not going to be easy, especially without Price.

  44. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Emelin sucks

  45. Clay says:


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

  46. CJ says:

    Not to illicit panic, but I’d suggest not checking the standings. With the exception of the Isles (tied), we have played more games then every other team in the league. Things are about to get very, very tight.

    I still believe we are in the driver’s seat, but we need to pick up points. If we go 8-8 over our final 16, we will have 93 points which should be good enough to slide in. That said, you don’t want to be squeezing into the playoffs. We need to carry momentum and get healthy.

    Without Price, we are in big trouble.

  47. durocher says:

    Take out Bourque, Briere, and Eller. Put in Prust, Weise, and Beaulieu.

  48. Texus says:

    Nothing to lose let’s see Pleks, Chucky and Vanek damn it!

  49. habsfan1001 says:

    I am not a coach but I am starting to think MT has not a F–N clu what he is doing

  50. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Well he we go?

  51. Ironhogs says:

    I don’t know why Therien has this thing for Gionta! He is not a first line or second line player. Put in some youth.

  52. 4m3y2j says:

    MT Is pathetic w/ in game adjustments.Get Gionta off of that line.
    Pleks and Vanek have chemistry,get them a 3rd

    john slattery

  53. CalgaryHab says:

    Unless Price was going to score tonight we weren’t going to win with him in the net. That said the gold medal Canada won sure feels expensive.

  54. habs-fan-84 says:

    I may be wrong, but weren’t intermissions ordinarily 15 minutes? What’s with this 20 minute nonsense?

  55. habsfan0 says:

    “Sharks are 29-2-2 when leading after two periods”
    Law of Averages is on Habs’ side.

  56. GL says:

    When the Habs beat Anaheim everyone was saying what a good team we have. A one game thing don’t prove anything. It usually turns out who had the most lucky bounces and in that game it turned out to be the Habs.
    We lost to phoenix. They say we were tired so thus far tonight we must be still tired or might it be we’re playing another team like Anaheim and not getting the lucky bounces we’ll see when it’s all over.
    Feel sorry for Vanek he doesn’t have two stars on his line like he had with the Islanders. I think he’ll play the season out and keep going.

    • slapshot777 says:

      What the Habs don’t have is CONSISTENCY and without this they will struggle. Good teams who win are consistent. Until the Habs learn this they will always be win lose win lose.

  57. slapshot777 says:

    There is no sense of urgency in the Habs game. They won’t skate for a team that is suppose o be a fast skating team. They can’t pass they have wingers stretching all out just trying to reach the puck. They are useless on the PP, might as well decline it. The only player I see working his arse off is Gallagher. Bourque, Pacioretty, Emelin, White, big guy who are afraid to hit. PK is like a dog chasing his tail all I see him do is skate around in circles I get dizzy watching him. Nobody seems to want to carry the puck in the offensive zone they rather shoot it in then lose every puck battle. I don’t see any system of play at all.

  58. Ironhogs says:

    Therien is not the coach for this team. Even when MTL does well, he makes dumb moves with the lines.

  59. CHicoHab says:

    Hopefully Price back in the nets will be the shot in the arm we need. Sharks are a good team. Accept that.

  60. BobbySmithWasClutch says:

    Isn’t it mind-boggling how Bourque scored 27 goals twice for Calgary and then can barely score at all with Habs? I think it reflects on the fact he thinks he can get away with floating bc the players don’t fear or fully respect Therrien.

  61. habsfan0 says:

    On a somewhat brighter note,Halak won tonight.

  62. CJ says:

    Coach Therien better be careful sending messages to his players. If memory serves me, the last time he sent such a clear message was against the flyers when he didn’t pull the goalie during a 3-1 loss. Following that message, the habs went 2-5, their worst stretch of the season.

    Not giving the first or second line PP time sends a similar message. Let’s see how this turns out….

  63. Peter Young says:

    At least Bealieu’s skating gives us something pleasant to watch. I don’t understand why he wasn’t brought back up. He was doing fine with the big team. I’ve read that he had a few bad games with Hamilton during the Olympic break, apparently, the theory goes, because he thought he had it made with the big team and let it go to his head. If so, he shouldn’t have done that, of course, but at this point teaching him a lesson is hurting the CH. Bring him back up now. He’s better already than half the Habs’ current defensive corps.

  64. Ironhogs says:

    What a pathetic effort by a so called professional team. Vanek should be with Patches and Galy. That would be a line. Problem is, no one is doing anything. Joke!

  65. BobbySmithWasClutch says:

    When was the last game when the Habs dominated or were clearly the better team?

  66. The Capitalist Pig says:

    When size plays with some attitude, expect Hab suckitude!

  67. slapshot777 says:

    I don’t know why hey were given a day off. The tired excuse is not working. They could have a week off and still play stupid. They can’t put two passes together they have a center and winger a foot apart as they skate into the offensive zone. Who do he plan on passing to, oh right they just turn it over to SJ

  68. theox_8 says:

    @ odie vanek and bourque come on man . Don’t compare those two

  69. jmac21 says:

    He’s French he’s hired!!!
    If they wanted to give someone a 2nd chance CARBO with Big Bird calling the shots on the back end and BOTH YOUNG D WOULD BE HERE LEARNING FROM THE BEST D COACH and forwards coach that would play the guys going not just the guys to save DD career and his stupid signing

  70. Habilis says:

    Alas, we are still coached by a walking, talking chicken wing dumpster. Bourque on the PP at this point in the season is just lunacy.

  71. Odie24 says:

    Vanek is a great pickup, but his rep is that he’s a floater. The good news is, he can score. The bad news is, the Habs already have enough passengers, right Rene Bourque? Emelin, Eller, Bourque, guys that are expected to play big, aren’t, and it’s killing the team. Oh how the Habs could use a Raffi Torres! Vanek aside, if Marc Bergevin really wanted to improve the team, he should’ve looked elsewhere, rather than adding a 35yr old 5’9″ mediocre d-man. Nothing he’s done tells me that, IF, they make the playoffs, things will be any different than they were in the 1st round last year.

  72. HabsKid says:

    I can’t bear to watch the 3rd.

  73. SC27 says:

    3-0 into the third = bedtime. Night all.

  74. kingcammy says:

    Get ready for da tumble down the standings. Here we go

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