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. NightRyder says:

    Leave Therrien in San Jose and bring Larry Robinson back on the charter.

    • Da Hema says:

      What does Larry Robinson know about hockey? Surely not as much as Jean-Jacques Daigneault. At any rate, the Canadiens’ Affirmative Action Coaching Policy precludes people like Robinson.

    • ths says:

      Larry is an embarrassment to the Quebecois people by not joining the PQ after all the time spent here and he should apologise to the Canadiens organisation for not deferring to Brisebois when he played with him

      Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  2. jimmy shaker says:

    Oh and I think the team was better when weezy was playing right? But I like a fourth line of Prust/white/moen. I guess white, moen and weezy can be interchanged easily enough, but if they win when he’s (weezy)in there maybe I guess I would sit moen, no wait white…..i don’t know, oh the humanity! Great game from tinordi, get bouillon in there for weaver! What time is it? AHHHHHHHHHH!

    Shaker out!

  3. GL says:

    The better Defense, The better Offense wins games. The Sharks had both … No good to make excuses.

  4. jimmy shaker says:

    And taranna 1point back, with a game in hand. That is the icing on the cake!

    Good night now, bring on the cubs wednesday. Will the boys still be tired then?

    Shaker out!

  5. jimmy shaker says:

    Thank you for whoever created PVR and previous to that the fast forward button. Man the west is just a beast……kings, sharks, ducks, hawks, blues, avalanche……pick your poison. It’s going to be a long before someone from the east hoists lord stanley. The cubs will be the last team for a long time!

    Okay, enter PRICE!

    Shaker out!

  6. GL says:

    It’s all about talent and what talent does MT have to put with VANEK.
    Zelch That’s why good players who come to Montreal get ruined they are passed from line to line hoping something is gonna work. First I thought it would be a good move to get VANEK he’s not gonna stay with the Habs. He has to have talent at center and on the right wing to produce. The Habs can’t provide him with that so he’ll move on.They win a big game or two and everyone thinks this is a good team. Don’t be fooled they haven’t made the playoffs yet.The excuse for the loss tonight will be. They’re a tired team (wrong) they came up against a team with a little more talent make all the excuses you want!!

    • Frank2468 says:

      Give it another 4 to 5 games MT will get frustrated when things with Vanek don’t click. Bet he’ll try everything his eyes will roll like at casino rama. I’m waiting for him to try Vanek with Bourque and Moen. Vanek will be saying to himself is it July yet and goes in to hiding and has a car running and waiting in the parking lot after the Habs either don’t make the playoffs or get bounced in the first round once again.

    • A. Berke says:

      But we have the best centre in DD (as per MaxPac) non?

      Ali B.

  7. habzfan2003 says:

    Thoughts on the game:

    Despite the brutal gaff by Budaj, habs played a good first period imo. I think Budaj was pulled to try and spark the team but it didn’t work… Because the habs turned it over every single possession in the 2nd… I couldn’t get over how awful that period was…

    For the love of God bench Emelin!! This guy turns it over more than Eric Weinrich when he played for Montreal! (Shiver) There should be an Emelin turnover counter and if there was the number would be very high.

    P.S that was the worst officiating I have ever seen! I hope to never see those clowns again. How many times did Greg Millen say “Surely that can’t be it” When a penalty was called on Montreal? Dear God that was painstakingly disgusting… Road-weary team, back up goalie, playing a top team in the Western Conference, and top it off with that hilarious officiating…

    How can you win?

  8. Mike D says:

    I’ve watched every minute of this road trip. Not sure if that makes me a hard core fan or a glutton for punishment, but it seems to suck equally.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  9. jmac21 says:

    Prayers to Bozon

  10. jmac21 says:

    And in closing!!!!
    Little Davey was ……are you ready????? A team worse -4
    But Daddy Mikey will stick up for him in the post press
    And my fav MT quote ” we battled and we are tired”

  11. CJ says:

    One last shout out for Tim Bozon before bed. Hold him in your heart, lend a thought, or say a prayer if you are so inclined. This young man needs our positive energy.

    Best wishes. Cheers, CJ

  12. The Capitalist Pig says:

    You know, you have to be fair about things. If HIO existed during the ’93, ’86 or late ’70s runs, it would merely be a disgusting love fest. I actually think it is way more entertaining given the current squad. As a kid I loved reading National Review in the US in the late ’70s. The minute Ronald Regan won and they had to defend his policies, it was nowhere near as fun. The moral is that it is always more fun to play offense than defense!

  13. CHicoHab says:

    Vanek has arrived. The problem us there was no team to greet him.

  14. 24 Cups says:

    The best way to sum up tonight’s game is to say that San Jose was Team Canada and Montréal was Austria. Speaking of Austria, is there any word yet when Tomas Vanek will arrive from Long Island?

  15. TDotHabfan says:

    Michel Therrien has the remarkable ability to take a team that has played together all year and make them play like they’ve never actually met. Or even speak the same language.

    • Timo says:

      I love this description of Therrien. It is very telling that after almost one full season (actually, make it two) there is still only one set line.

  16. CHicoHab says:

    Gallagher crashing the net used to be fun to watch but it’s kind of useless when ur down 4-0.

  17. Peter Young says:

    Sweet dreams everyone.

  18. Da Hema says:

    Therrien will be a total liar tonight when he addresses the media. He’ll say “we are a tired club” (like the Canadiens are the only team that has to travel) or “we haven’t had sufficient practice time” (like that matters anyways since Therrien himself can’t manage to keep anything more than one line consistently intact) or “we’ve had some key injuries” (like the Canadiens are the only team that has injuries). His wife and family should thank God for affirmative action, because that guy could never coach another NHL team now.

  19. Habbu says:

    I have seen this same movie so many times………..fed up with being fed up

  20. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Shetnya. (Sh!t in ukr)

  21. jmac21 says:

    Leafs will go 4-0 !! You don’t watch CBC or TSN?? They buds an built for the cup!! No deals needed they are set to win every game from here to the cup!!! Glenn Don and PJ said so??? They can’t be wrong

  22. habs-fan-84 says:

    Don’t the refs realize we want some entertainment?

  23. Habcouver says:

    Doesn’t the boy in the stands wearing the Habs jersey and holding the Habs puck look happy?

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

  24. UKRAINIANhab says:


  25. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Vanek’s effort is equivalent to that of Kovalev, but he has 10% the talent.

  26. Timo says:

    So… Bergevin has been on the job for 2 seasons now. What improved?

    • johnnylarue says:

      Well, there’s the small matter of them not being in last place in the East, for starters.

      Also, players no longer have to pay to keep their Habs jerseys when they’re traded.

  27. Timo says:

    Ok, they can do it. I believe!

  28. UKRAINIANhab says:


  29. Texus says:

    Will be interesting to see how the Leafs fair on the road trip through Cali

  30. jmac21 says:

    Maybe we can see MT on 24CH laughing and joking because they can show any of his practices because it’s too funny watching NHLers playing with beach balls and the 3 cone drill lol

  31. Habcouver says:

    Break the shutout!

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

  32. habsfan1001 says:

    Gionta should have punched MT instead

  33. CHicoHab says:

    How many times is cbc going to keep showing Doug Wilson

  34. D Mex says:

    Re : Gotcha’ !
    1:08 between posts.
    Puts a few things into perspective / and the joke is on … ?

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

    • UKRAINIANhab says:

      At least say who it is… Lol can’t talk about someone and try and be so sneaky about it.

      • D Mex says:

        I won’t do that.
        However, the info is here for all to see. Certain trends are evident here. Look around for yourself / yourselves and draw your own conclusions. It may give rise to some interesting chit-chat at the next summit.
        Long day – time to shut ‘er down …

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

  35. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Boone. You get a comp day for this?

  36. johnnylarue says:

    Yikes. Refs are merciless…

    Say, can anyone explain the 10-minute misconduct to Tinordi to me? Was it because he started fighting “before Torres was ready”? I think that hurt us a lot. Neither of Murray or Weaver (or Emelin, for that matter) can handle top 4 minutes.

  37. jols says:

    Gio needs to be careful, those biceps are due to snap anytime…

  38. Habbu says:

    Hey at least some of them are pissed off….

  39. wutanged says:


  40. B says:

    Boy, the zebras are sure on top of this game.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  41. Kudos to you Boone, for staying-up and reporting this misery. Takes a strong constitution!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  42. Peter Young says:

    What a total f..up.

  43. jmac21 says:

    Too many men Pen

  44. UKRAINIANhab says:

    I tell my players to always look to shoot on the 2-1.

  45. jmac21 says:

    I’m sure he’s gonna think hard before he signs and plays for this coach. Still think he’s 50/50 on staying here 🙁 another reason to fire Mikey

  46. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Why would he pass there?

  47. theox_8 says:

    Same play every pp yawn pleky up the ice shoots barely scores doesn’t pass to Moen then they go back up the ice

  48. habsfan1001 says:

    What would we without Pleks

  49. I’ll see CJ’s beer offer and raise him an evening at my home in Westchester NY to all Habs fans during a playoff game if we make it. Liquids and munchies provided. Spirits or beer. Your choiceThis trip has a lot of people biting their nails now.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  50. wutanged says:

    Put Subban and Markov on wing and Toker centering them. Also put Murray in net

  51. Habbu says:

    What is with Subban? Man he’s been brutal lately……lack of any meaningful progress on his contract……..bugging him?

  52. Seda Moss says:

    Pretty weak interference call.

  53. UKRAINIANhab says:


  54. Harditya says:

    Good night folks. Let them suck tonight and gather their strength for Boston.

  55. jmac21 says:

    Mtl pp and DD loses the draw and we start from our own end?? This must be a set play BECAUSE I SEE IT EVERY PP

  56. Peter Young says:

    That’s the end of the EGG line reunion.

  57. jmac21 says:

    Save me a seat and order me a cold Canadian never turn of a hab game in my life #imafool

  58. habsfan1001 says:

    At least it gone Eller fired up

  59. Habbu says:

    Too bad the trading deadline has passed; we could probably package out Vanek for a goal scorer

  60. habsfan1001 says:

    I will take one

  61. CJ says:

    As far as I’m concerned, anyone who stays up to watch this whole game deserves a beer at the next Summit. Mention this game and this conversation and I will gladly treat. I will know that I’m talking with either a die hard fan or sleep deprived beer drinker. Either way, I would welcome your company.

  62. chilli says:

    I went to the game in LA the other night and my walk-away was: Gionta and Briere are no longer fit for this league.
    (lucky for Briere that his agent is Bergervin’s best friend).

    Oh, and that Bourque was terrible.


  63. jrshabs1 says:

    The line juggling reminds me of the Carbo days….but on the other hand…this team needs to go bowling.

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

  64. wutanged says:

    I still think the water boy would be better then MT

  65. jmac21 says:

    COY now because Vanek is playing with Patches and Michel Jr
    He’s going with them every second shift now lol
    Pleks and Gio are shut down forwards sorry to break your hearts I love Pleks he’s the reason we don’t lose 4-0 5-0 he shuts the big guys down BUT MT tries to make them scorers with Vanek AND WHAT HAPPENS??? 5GA vs Dogs and 4GA the sharks
    Coach of the Year!!!

  66. habsfan1001 says:

    MT have a clue what he is doing.

  67. Habcouver says:

    The line juggling bothers me at this stage of the season but why not.

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

  68. slapshot777 says:

    With the way the Habs are playing tonight they will be lucky to get one goal.

  69. The Capitalist Pig says:

    This is a team of grinders? WTF!!! Is MT retarded?

  70. habs-fan-84 says:

    Glorified practice now.

  71. habs-fan-84 says:

    Old school poke check from the midnight Toker.

  72. UKRAINIANhab says:

    And plek gets stuck with Bork……

  73. theox_8 says:

    Wow Moen looks like our most dangerous forward tonight .

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.