Liveblog: Game 8: Four-game win streak ends with 2-1 loss to Nashville

Winning streak ends

Nashville outshot the Canadiens 37-29 en route to an entertaining 2-1 win.

Goals by Shea Weber, during a first period power play, and Brendan Gallagher's fourth, in the second period, set up a tense final 20 minutes.

Lars Eller's goal, early in the third, was disallowed, and the teams settled down into a tight-checking battle that looked destined for OT.

But a poor clear by Travis Moen set off a sequence that ended with rookie defenceman Seth Jones driving toward the net and beating Carey Price.

The Canadiens goaltender was heroic in defeat, with 35 saves.

Pekka Rinne made 28 stops for Nashville.

The Canadiens lost Daniel Briere and Brandon Prust to injuries.

Jones wins it

With a nifty toe drag and a sweet shot, highly heralded rookie Seth Jones scored the only goal of the third period to break a 1-1 tie.

The winning goal came with 87 seconds left and the game headed for OT.

Should be a dandy third

Brendan Gallagher's fourth of the young season was the second period's only goal.

Gallagher benefited from some intense close-in work by Lars Eller and Michaël Bournival.

The latter finds himself on a line with David Desharnais and Rene Bourque after a hard check knocked Daniel Brière out of the game.

Nashville outshot the Canadiens 16-11 during the period.

Carey Price has faced 30 shots through 40 minutes.

Predatory period

Nashville had the home team on its heels for most of the game's first 20 minutes.

Shea Weber banked a shot in off Josh Gorges during a power play for the only goal thus far.

It was Nashville's 10th shot of the game. At that point, 12:31 in, the Canadiens had one shot on massive Pekka Rinne.

Shot totals for the period: Nashville 14 - Canadiens 6

Great young Dmen ... on both teams

P.K. Subban leads NHL defencemen in scoring and is seventh – behind six forwards – in the overall points race.

You won't find Seth Jones' name among the league leaders. Nashville's first choice, fourth overall, in the 2013 draft has a goal and two assists.

But Jones is averaging 23:46 of ice time per game, and hockey's punditocracy is raving about the kid.

The Canadiens haven't played Nashville since a Nov. 12, 2011 visit to Music City. Peter Budaj made 25 saves to out duel Pekka Rinne in a 2-1 win.

• Pre-game reading: An interesting take on P.K.



  1. tricolore says:

    Ref should have seen clear view.

  2. Propwash says:

    Oof…that could go either way…


  3. Danno says:

    Should be good


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  4. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Another one for the net crashers

  5. Propwash says:

    YESSSSS!!! LARRY!!!!


  6. Harditya says:


  7. Da Hema says:

    Wow! Deja vu all over again!!!!!

  8. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’d rather Ryder over Briere or Desharnais

  9. Da Hema says:

    Someone earlier posted that the NHL referees are probably not calling penalties against Subban because other skilled players of the past such as Crosby and Lemieux had to learn to suck it up and play like men. If true — and it probably is — what does that say about NHL refereeing? Can anyone even imagine NFL officials putting away their flags if a defensive lineman pile drove a rookie quarterback into the ground? The tradition of NHL referees imposing their (arbitrary) will on the game is one that should be changed.

  10. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Mike B, re Ryder.


    The occasional timely goal was always welcome, but he was way too one-dimensional in my opinion.

  11. T-roy West says:


  12. jrshabs1 says:

    I thought MB wanted his Habs to be harder to play against? When is Parros making his return? When are the trades coming? The small soft D is not NHL caliber. Price is going get hurt if something is not done to protect him.

    Go Habs Go!!

  13. Danno says:

    With all that ice time, hopefully Weber and Jones will be out of gas for the third


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  14. Storman says:

    Canadiens starting 3rd period short handed PK just got called for going to the bathroom in between periods, 2 minute misconduct forgetting to flush, although he left it in the officials bathroom

  15. Mavid says:

    Parros skating hurray!!

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  16. duffy says:

    Barry Trotz, Best coach in the NHL ,,,,

  17. WhatUp says:

    worse officiating I’ve seen all year….man those refs bite…can Habs challenge for the Briere hit and try to get a suspension…didn’t look very accidental to me

  18. L Elle says:

    Against Columbus, MaxP wasn’t missed, but he is tonight. Preds are trees with skates tied at the bottom, which is the current and future trend.

    Looking forward to MaxP, Emelin, Parros and Murray in the lineup.

  19. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Mario tremblay has a lot of respect for max lapierre. Now I feel bad for thinking he’s a weasel.

  20. savethepuck says:

    11 goals against Jonathan Bernier in his last 8 periods. Does the Toronto media still have him starting for Team Canada in Sochi?

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  21. Danno says:

    Questionable calls from the officials are getting in the way of what could be a good game.


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  22. Propwash says:

    Heh… I’m surprised they didn’t call P.K for diving when he tried to block the pass.


  23. H.Upmann says:

    that’s good forward pressure from Preds.. not to be taken lightly by any means

  24. Habcouver says:

    Wish we get the Habs game here. However it’s nice to see the Laffs losing.

    Price getting pad repair? Must be from the flurry of shots tonight.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  25. doogie says:

    Really like Bournival, if Briere is on the shelf- as Pacioretty is for a while- who comes up next? Louis Leblanc 71 at some point?

  26. Harditya says:

    Bournival is doing much more on that line than Briere ever did.

    • savethepuck says:

      I am definitely hearing his name, mentioned more than Briere’s when he is playing.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  27. Hobie Hansen says:

    Open season on Price tonight, we need Emelin and Murray asap!

  28. Storman says:

    Refs need to regroup after period and discuss how they could not find a penalty to call on PK

    • Da Hema says:

      No kidding! They certainly had plenty of opportunities to do so. There were several times during the period when Subban looked the wrong way at a Predator. He should have been called for “glaring.”

  29. Samovich says:

    00:57′ Price getting pad repair. Nashville goes to the net like there’s a free buffet.’ yes and the habs go to the net like there s a 100$ cover charge

  30. savethepuck says:

    I’ve done the skate lace to replace the toe strap before. Doesn’t last long, the metal blade cuts through it. He will definitely need a better repair between periods.

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    Carey Price

  31. Habbu says:

    Just about time for another Habs penalty……

  32. DipsyDoodler says:

    Shots in Chicago:

    Chi 29
    Tor 9

  33. Chwinsy says:

    Price two minutes for insider trading!

  34. Cdnman1 says:

    Will we ever see a full two minute power play?
    Number 25 in 2014!

  35. danhabsfan says:

    One reason this is 1-1, his name is Price.

  36. Fansincebirth says:

    Gotta love that #31

  37. Mavid says:

    Briere done that otta make you haters happy, now you can focus on DD and hope he gets his block knocked off then your night will be complete

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  38. NLhabsfan says:

    Great kill.

  39. tricolore says:

    When will Cole retire?

  40. adadi says:

    Just saw the replay of the hit on Briere. That looks like an obvious head shot. The league needs to suspend..l

  41. DipsyDoodler says:

    How the hell is Nystom’s hit on Briere not interference?

  42. savethepuck says:

    Not sure who is reffing tonight but I’m sure if I google him, I would find he grew up in the GTA.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
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  43. Samovich says:

    Diaz is a nightmare!

  44. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Next Galley/Mullen or whoever it is decides to describe how Galchenyuk should have one-timed that pass to the crease.

    Helpful. Astute.

  45. Da Hema says:

    It’s appropriate that Cole wasn’t sure whether Bourque — or Subban — was getting the penalty. It was obviously Bourque, but PK was on the ice — so who knows?

  46. NLhabsfan says:

    Stepped on his stick..I hate that kind of call.

  47. jols101 says:

    That line is much better with Bournival than Briere. Now if we could only replace DD, that line would be all set.

  48. adadi says:

    DD still sucking pond water…Tinordi playing too many games for a rookie.

  49. Fansincebirth says:

    we were due for a call…funny how the refs were just toying with us for a while

  50. Danno says:

    Chewbacca should get the best actor award in that ING ad with the mermaid.


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  51. twilighthours says:

    This game is pretty boring

  52. frontenac1 says:

    Frikkin Refs! I’m going out on the back 40 with my dogs and smoke a rocket.

  53. Habbu says:

    Of course it was time……….

  54. Haberoooo13 says:

    Tripping call when the guy who didn’t come close to falling?

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  55. topher5468 says:

    Can’t believe I’m gonna say this but we are not the quicker/faster team tonight. Crap, another penalty

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  56. Mavid says:

    oh common give it to PK…PK PK PK do it

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  57. Propwash says:

    Briere done for the night.


  58. tricolore says:

    Rinne just shines when he comes to MTL.

    • Strummer says:

      He is so big- there’s nowhere to shoot- like Chucky’s one on one play earlier

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  59. Habbu says:

    Habs due for a penalty as it has been awhile……

  60. danhabsfan says:

    Boullion is an ox

  61. H.Upmann says:

    Vignealt fired next 2-3 weeks

  62. tricolore says:

    Danno u got it! Just add Subban and it’s Platinum.

  63. danhabsfan says:

    How come every time Diaz s on the ice, it seems like it’s an adventure.

  64. Storman says:

    Refs have not called a penalty on PK in this period,

  65. adadi says:

    Hawks 3 Laffs 1

  66. Danno says:

    Eller, Gallagher, Galchenyuk = GOLD

    HI/O hamsters got into Boone’s stash again…


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  67. Fansincebirth says:

    Briere in the room just means we’re down one player

  68. Mavid says:

    I LOVE GALLAGHER…and please feed the hamsters

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  69. tricolore says:

    Whether number 48 is on or off the ice it’s the same impact: nothing!

  70. Habbu says:

    Briere in the room isn’t bothering me one bit

  71. topher5468 says:

    Is that the same Hendricks that was on Washington?. I always liked him.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  72. NLhabsfan says:

    “got the crowd into it”. Understatement of the year.soon as the ref made stupid calls the crowd was into it.

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