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. Subban in Sochi says:

    There are a lot of references on HIO about the refereeing vs. the Preds-and rightly so. I think the Eller “goal” was an NHL first: 2 minutes for “too many officials on the ice.” And who knows how many officials they cram in the War Room in TO…

    I assume someone posted this on HIO during the game but the referee calling P.K. Subban for embellishment in the 1st period clearly said “embezzlement.” In disbelief I re-played my DVR a couple times. Yup. P.K. was caught cooking the books; thankfully it’s only a minor penalty!

    I guess Subban now has to learn to play the White (Collar) Way too. Hopefully Darren Pang appreciated the official’s blunder.

    In a somewhat similar vein I must say that 10, 20, 30, 40 years ago I almost never noticed a single linesman over the course of an entire NHL season. Conversely, I guess the linemen are now part of the “Show.” They certainly demand plenty of attention with their frequent face-off histrionics.

    I wish the NHL would make a Fan Friendly move: put the names back on ALL the officials’ jerseys. THAT might add some “accountability” to the officiating.

    The officiating is terrible: for and against ALL 30 NHL teams. An embarrassment to the NHL and to professional sports officiating. Get the officials “out” of the game!!! I’m tired of minor hockey wash-outs lecturing $8 million-per-year NHL’ers. Ludicrous! “Drop the puck!!”

    “Cannonading drive!!”

  2. 2blacklines says:

    Is it me or the canadiens just made of glass? I don’t understand how almost every game at least one player is leaving the ice? No matter who signs on to the team, they are bound to get injured from a heavy hit to a routine check. Someone is going down.

  3. jols101 says:

    Yikes. This San Jose team is scary good. Wait till they march into the Bell Center next week. If the Preds gave us more than we could handle this San Jose team might just embarrass us.

    • savethepuck says:

      Heading to the new thread, but I will say that it is hard to say the Habs will play as bad as they did tonight against an elite team like the Sharks when they come to town next weekend.

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

      • jols101 says:

        I’m not worried about how the Habs play, what worries me is the relentless waves of big, physical, fast, highly talented forwards bearing down on our undersized dmen and crushing our undersized forwards along the boards.

  4. slyCH says:

    Come and commiserate on the new thread y’all.

  5. SmartDog says:

    The Refs really owned this game:
    – the goal was called on the ice and should have stood, period.
    – another phantom early call against PK – it’s open season on black Norris-winning defensemen in the NHL
    – whacked in the face in front of a ref, the ref somehow missed the infraction entirely

    But for the Habs:
    – how is it guys whack at Price but don’t get touched?
    – where the hell was Prust or ANYONE after Gorges got drilled and then Briere possibly concussed?
    – did I read that Deharnais lost 10 pounds? What’s he at now – 110? 120? He’s a fly out there (but slower than a fly)
    – we’re still too small, and too soft. Maybe this team needs a good veteran trade to fix it. We have ONE line and ONE good D-pairing.

    Can you smell what the dog is sniffin?

    • Whatever says:

      Prust challenged the Nashville Bourque at the next faceoff after the Gorges hit. But, Bourque smartly declined. Prust would have had to take an instigator, and smartly declined.

  6. WhatUp says:

    too early to hit panic button but not a good game…Preds took wayyy too many liberties tonight. hope Parros plays next game in Nashville and sends a message to either Gaustad or Nystrom. hope Habs sends a tape for review as well. I take this as a waste of a great effort by Price.

    PK didn’t have a good game (by his standards) but DD and Gionta are starting to worry me. Last, I like Diaz (higher than average hockey IQ) and I could see him being OK with a tougher guy than Gorges but would feel better with Gorges paired with a tougher D capable of big minutes. MB will be tested in the next few weeks me thinks

  7. Whatever says:

    I get it. Montreal didn’t play well. Nashville played their typical usual style that has kept Trotz employed for nearly half a century…stifle until you catch a break.

    But, that is one of the worst performances by a referee crew I’ve seen in a while. And, I’m used to seeing pathetic officiating.

  8. Frank2468 says:

    Where’s Timo tonight? Not one post from him, must be out on the town with a hot date!!

  9. ooder says:

    i’m curious how many of these injuries are due tO;
    1)plain bad luck
    2) crappy head athletic therapist
    3)having a below average size team

  10. 416erHabsFan says:

    Some people are going to say the Prust injury was just bad luck, Once again we lose the warrior Prust who was battling for a loose because the majority of our tiny overpaid forwards refuse to battle for the puck or go into the corners. I hope Prust is o.k because we really need him on this team. Kind of looked like a broken collar bone or something, I don’t know i’m not a doctor.

    • expat_habsfan says:

      Funny what you just described is exactly what I saw on that play. When Prust played in NY he had Boyle, Dubinsky, Callahan, and others to spread out responsibility of toughness and heart. The Habs don’t have these types of players. Maybe White, but he can be too loose a cannon sometimes and hurt the team. I also don’t see this improving anytime soon, even when Parros returns. Perhaps when Murray gets back but he’s a steady player not necessarily an intimidator.

    • savethepuck says:

      I think it was a freak accident that he got turned around myself. Maybe I’m wrong though.

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

  11. Chuck says:


    “…at 1:35 of the period when Eller flipped a shot toward a fallen Rinne and referee Chris Rooney pointed to indicate a goal.

    After video review, Rooney said the goal was waved off because all four officials determined the puck had not crossed the line. The NHL later clarified that following the original call, the four officials huddled and made that determination, which could not be overturned by video review because replays were inconclusive.”

    So let me get this straight… the referee with the best angle at the net, Rooney, signals a goal. He then allows his mind to be changed by the referee back at the blue line and the 2 linesmen.

    Why is there even a discussion on the ice? The referee whose job it is to see the pick in the net signals a goal. Why is it first overturned on the ice instead of going to the video review, which you’d have to assume would have a better view than any of the other 3 officials?

    This baffles me big time.
    Anything is possible.

    • Whatever says:

      I knew it. He $#%^ing changed his mind after the play and thus should be fired. The call on the ice stands when the replay is inconclusive. The ref behind the net has the only view.

      • Frank2468 says:

        Of course he changed his mind, what do you think they were saying to him on the headset from the War Room, “You know Tornaaa Lost Tonight, there’s a bonus in it for you. 2 chocolate dip donuts from Timmie’s”. Nothing will happen to him for a few reasons, 1) It’s Montreal 2) It’s a Canadian team 3) Bettman needs to pump sales for the southern American teams.

    • Danno says:

      Rooney signaled the goal but he really could not see if it actually went in or not from his angle. The puck did cross the line but he was behind the net and in the corner so he could not actually see that. The other refs were so far away did they didn’t have a clear view either so it should have gone to video review which would have supported Rooney’s decision. BUT that’s not how game-fixing refs operate!


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      • Chuck says:

        If he couldn’t see it go in, then why did he signal a goal in the first place? If he had any question, he should have just let the video review get the call. And if he was sure enough to make the call in the first place, then why is he letting his call be overturned on the ice before the video review? Why wouldn’t he say, “I thought it went in, I made the call, lets go to the video to see if it was right.”

        I’d love to hear Rooney’s explanation of how it went down.

        Anything is possible.

    • expat_habsfan says:

      Withdraw reply.

    • savethepuck says:

      I just googled Chris Rooney expecting to find out he grew up in the GTA. I stand corrected, he is from Boston Mass.
      My bad.

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

  12. JO says:

    I look at it this way. We’re still in the top-8 when we’re not then there will be need for panic. Until enjoy!! We loss players tonight no big deal. Give the Kids a chance to play see what they have to offer. Just may surprise!!

  13. Danno says:

    Saturday Night Stinker


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