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. decorhab71 says:


  2. vander10 says:

    Well Montreal played some quality teams in a short span and tired of course but excuses aside time to get momentum back. This is another bump in the road Boston is the team to create a spark they always do! Go Habs Go!!!!!!! Need Price healthy soon

    Bill Cameron

  3. ths says:

    Wow! Just saw the TSN top 10 Vanek highlights.
    It’s obviously he’s a major talent so this week they have to have a few parctices with him and Bergy has to sit down with him and dump all his forward names on a table and ask him who he wants to play with and them give him his cell number and let him call him whenever he wants to discuss line combos.
    Pretty ridiculous shifting him up and down the lines.
    My only complaint is he seems to be a bit of a dog in his own end but thats not his job
    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the less I say, the better

  5. lizard ranger says:

    Hard game to watch . Losing a well played game I can handle, but another shutout, bahhh . Did I hear today that Colorado has scored in every game so far this year ? I don’t get the “system” in Mtl, winning with boring hockey I can handle, but there have too many unfun games this year . I think we’re a good team and can bounce back and enter the playoffs hot as long as our best players play like our best players . One more scotch will smooth out the discomfort of being a fan .

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