Liveblog: Game 81 – Lowly Islanders hang goose egg on playoff-bound Habs

Nabokov

Overconfident?

Or just lousy?

Facing an Islanders team missing seven regulars and dressing 11 rookies, the Canadiens were outhustled, outscored and humiliated in their own building.

The Islanders outshot the home team 30-19 and got second-period power-play goals from Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson.

The Canadiens were sluggish from beginning to end, and the crowd went home thoroughly POed.

Not even close to a comeback

Trailing 2-0, the Canadiens managed five shots on goal in the third period.

Evgeni Nabokov unsurprisingly stopped them all.

Which of these teams is going to the playoffs?

Douglas Murray took another match penalty and Ryan Strome opened ther scoring for the Islanders.

With the period winding down and Thomas Vanek in the penalty box, Brock Nelson beat Carey Price short-side to make it 2-0.

The visitors had a 14-6 shot advantage.

The home team is in disarray.

Oh, and George Parros lost another fight. To a smaller guy.

Lucky to be scoreless

The no-name Islanders started fast against the no-game Canadiens.

Shots were 9-2 for the visitors, who had the best of the early going.

Final tally was 10-8, but the Islanders had the better looks and chances.

Anticlimactic?

Will Canadiens-Islanders at the Bell Centre match Wednesday night's classic at the United Centre?

Doubtful.

But it's an important game for the Canadiens, who are edging closer to home-ice advantage against Tampa Bay in the first-round of the playoffs.

"Fat load of good it did them last spring!" the skeptics will  say.

To which I reply: New season, better team ... and a first-round opponent that won't goon the Canadiens like Ottawa did a year ago.

But first, the mighty Islanders, who will have 11 rookies in their lineup.

The Canadiens will be going for a three-game sweep of their season series against the Tavaresless visitors.

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

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859 Comments

  1. Habcouver says:

    Yah, of course our boys should have won easily but let’s chill. Better this happen now than in the playoffs.Home ice advantage is overrated.

    Anything is possible with these final games. Habs will be fine.

  2. habs001 says:

    Playing on the road would not be that bad vs Tampa…I know that fans of teams are biased and have a hard time in really evaluating their teams talent…just like many posters here..the reality is that this Habs lineup would be one one the weakest lineups to win the cup…

  3. BobbySmithWasClutch says:

    Habs’ coaches killed Subban. He’s no longer a dominant factor

  4. habsfan0 says:

    Therrien says Habs are playoff ready.
    Who are we to argue?

  5. piter says:

    I wonder what positives Therrien will take from this stinker game. I’m glad Markov and Emelin are well rested and ready for the playoffs.

  6. The Capitalist Pig says:

    If I was Molson, I’d be pretty steamed. They potentially cost me a stack of cash!

  7. jmac21 says:

    Bag Skate them!! Lol I’m sure Mikey will give them day off tomorrow. Idiot!! Only team the uses the “we were tired ” line all year and have 50 days off and a week off in FLA

  8. DipsyDoodler says:

    Worst.

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    Moving. Forward.

  9. Ring of Fire says:

    Just worry TB’s big D-men Hedman,Gudas,etc. will have their way with are smallish forwards….Stamkos too..

    The Thin Blue Line.

  10. HabFan in Edmonton says:

    The Habs were due for a stinker, especially after a tough game last night. It happens. No point in over analyzing this.

  11. HotHabs says:

    More than a little disconcerting heading into post season. This should’ve been a W in the bank and more so an opportunity to tune up.

  12. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I feel like a Leaf fan.

  13. smiler2729 says:

    But I’m glad I didn’t pay to see that shite.

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  14. Mondou6 says:

    Honestly, I don’t even want home ice against Tampa. We stink as favorites for some reason.

  15. duffy says:

    Fn,Pathetic ,Pathetic,and Pathetic .

  16. danhabsfan says:

    Can’t believe how this team can be bi-polar

  17. The Puckhound says:

    Poor coaching, small players… can’t wait for the playoffs to start with this team Yahoo!

    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  18. Habbu says:

    Did this bunch think Home Ice was in the bag?

  19. smiler2729 says:

    Guaranteed win vs. NYR on Saturday… Briere will get #300, Pacioretty #40… They always bounce back from these types of games really well…

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    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
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  20. Danno says:

    This is a game where the fans should toss pucks at the players

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  21. frontenac1 says:

    Tabernack!

  22. Black Horse says:

    No need for Bishop to rush back. He can rest up for the second round!

  23. MICP says:

    11 rookies come into Montreal and dominate the habs on home ice.

  24. Danno says:

    No stars for you!

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  25. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Oh the shame….
    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  26. boing007 says:

    What a farce!

    Richard R

  27. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    2-man advantage and they can’t get a shot. Embarrassing!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  28. Habcouver says:

    Let’s be positive.

  29. smiler2729 says:

    It’s one of those “it’s just not their night” type games, nothing is working…

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    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
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  30. habs001 says:

    The reality is that this team has had a way better season than the talent level that exists on this team…This is why you have to congratulate both the players and coaches on the results… When you have an overachieving team it is hard to predict how the team will perform in games..Would not be a shock if they beat Tampa in 5 or lose to them in 5…

  31. Ring of Fire says:

    No urgency whatsoever ….they think their that good to start on the road..will see….lets see if thief built for the playoffs like MB wishes.

    The Thin Blue Line.

  32. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Bet you ny scores
    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  33. CHicoHab says:

    The last few days have been low key with optional practices. Non chalant. I wouldn’t read into it too much. When game 1 of the playoffs comesxall will be ready to go. No worries.

  34. jmac21 says:

    DD is brutal tonight

  35. Habbu says:

    This entire game seems to have been one of…………..futility

  36. duffy says:

    Is MT smart enough to pull Price ?

  37. jmac21 says:

    Your BIG LINE SUCKS STOP PLAYING THEM TONIGJT

  38. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Was looking forward to this game all day only to be royally disappointed.

  39. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Bag skate ‘em tomorrow MT. Then have them bag skate you.

    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  40. MICP says:

    Tampa wins and we lose. Tampa controls their home ice destiny.

  41. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Amazing how attitudes change here in less than 24 hours

    • 5wings says:

      hopefully this doesnt cause us to loose home ice..how does this team do the jekel and hyde..the Hamilton Bulldogs would have had a better effort..brutal

      GO HABS GO!!

  42. Mondou6 says:

    This should be 3-0 within about 5 seconds.

  43. jmac21 says:

    Brutal!!! Give them the day of again you idiot
    Brutal coach brutal effort

  44. The Puckhound says:

    This note just in…the habs are starting the playoffs on the road!

    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  45. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Even Price sucked.

  46. Davey93 says:

    Gionta does not belong on any top 2 line

  47. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I’d start booing right about now until the end.

  48. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Dont pick on my guy Mike Weaver.! :)

  49. danhabsfan says:

    Pathetic!

  50. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Damn shame if we get blanked on home ice.

  51. Fansincebirth says:

    Just one of those games

  52. duffy says:

    Well deserved win by the Rookies tonight,My team SUCKED beyond belief !!!!!!!

  53. Mondou6 says:

    Ok, let’s get this debacle over with so we can move on to the Rangers.

  54. Prop says:

    And so the commentariat collective meltdown begins…

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  55. UKRAINIANhab says:

    I hope PK makes up for it in the playoffs!

  56. danhabsfan says:

    And the Habs get shutout… That sucks

  57. Fansincebirth says:

    Big push to ruin the shutout

  58. L Elle says:

    It’s time Pleks scored a goal so that Nabokov doesn’t get a SHUTOUT.

  59. CJ says:

    Not a good sequence for PK. He’s certainly in a rut.

  60. Azriel says:

    When was the last time anyone saw Bugs? I miss his glib comments.

  61. monmick says:

    Philly hasn’t been playing well…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  62. topher5468 says:

    All of a sudden they want to play, that pisses me off

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

  63. Ring of Fire says:

    C’mon their 25 points ahead of this team…can’t even score

    The Thin Blue Line.

  64. sCOTT1243 says:

    Oh well, get this game out of their system. No biggie, on to saturdays game.

  65. Habcouver says:

    Habs going for the dramatic finîsh, I hope.

  66. Fansincebirth says:

    Last game as a Hab for Parros?

  67. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Nabakov cruising to what is probably the easiest shutout of his career.

    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  68. Mondou6 says:

    Bourque can’t hit the broad side of a barn.

  69. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We’re ready for the playoffs.

  70. JF says:

    This looks like a totally different team from the one that played such a great game last night.

  71. habsfor25 says:

    I get it that they want to play safe and all but that’s the reason for this crap performance but there’s people in those stands that deserve an interesting game. People have paid a lot of money and there’s no excuse against a poor team like the islanders regardless if it’s all rookies and they’re trying to prove themselves and blah blah. Give the fans a goal

  72. HotHabs says:

    What a snooze fest!

  73. MICP says:

    4-2 Tampa

    Their playing like they want home ice

  74. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Might not be a popular opinion: i would move Gorges in the summer…


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