Liveblog: Game 9 – First losing streak of the young season

Oilers earn 4-3 win

Both teams have injuries.

Both teams have young and/or inexperienced players in the lineup.

But Edmonton, completing a six-game road trip, wanted it more than your Montreal Canadiens, who dropped a second consecutive game for the first time in the young season.

After Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher staked the home team to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, the visitors scored four unanswered goals to take control.

Ales Hemsky got Edmonton on the board 13 minutes into the middle period, and Ladislav Smid made it 2-2less than three minutes later.

The visitors took control on third period goals by Jeff Petry and Ryan Jones. With Carey Price pulled for a sixth attacker, Brian Gionta tipped one past Devan Dubnyk with a second left on the clock.

Each team had 32 shots on goal.


Oilers take control

Goals by Jeff Petry and Ryan Jones completed Edmonton's comeback from a 2-0 deficit.

With Carey Price on the bench and one second left on the clock, Brian Gionta made it 4-3.

Deuces wild

Two periods, two goals for each team.

Ales Hemsky was left unattended in the slot for a rising wrister to beat Carey Price and get Edmonton on the board almost 13 minutes into the period.

Less than two minutes later, Ladislav Smid jumped on a rebound and had an open net to tie things up.

The Oilers had a 16-11 shot advantage.

The Canadiens have been outscored 9-6 in second periods this season.

Late explosion

For almost 17 minutes, it was a scoreless and evenly played first period.

Then, on the Canadiens' second power play, Tomas Plekanec one-timed an Andrei Markov pass past Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk for his fourth goal of the season.

Not two minutes later, Brendan Gallagher came roaring off the Canadiens bench on a line change, stole the puck and wristed his fifth past Dubnyk.

Interesting "fight" at the end of the period: Travis Moen and hulking Luke Gadzic (who had tried to goon Gallagher) squared off and removed their helmets – at which point the linesmen skated right in to halt the proceedings.

Crowd hated it, but it's smart officiating at a time when head injuries are drawing a lot of attention.

Canadiens outshot the Oilers 14-8 and won an astonishing 15 of 18 faceoffs.

Banged-up Canadiens host Oilers

Fewer than 10 games into the 2013-'14 season, your Montreal Canadiens have been decimated by injuries.

Defencemen Alexei Emelin, Douglas Murray and David Drewiske haven't played a game this season.

Top scorer Max Pacioretty is out, as are Brandon Prust, Daniel Brière and George Parros.

The D has been limping along with ancient Francis Bouillon playing more than 16 minutes per game and rookie Jarred Tinordi trying to keep up with NHL speed and skill.

Forwards Michael Blunden and Patrick Holland have been recalled from the woeful Hamilton Bulldogs.

Tuesday's visitors will be looking to avenge a 4-1 defeat the Canadiens inflicted on them in Edmonton 12 days ago, but the Oilers have their own injury issues. Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall are out.



  1. Bleu blanc rouge says:

    DD sucks Donkey Dung!!! Too small and for a small guy not fast enough. Gets pushed off the puck so easily….looks like guy’s on the other teams are swatting away a fly. I have nothing against smaller players, but if your only 5’5″ you’d better be fast. for a guy his size he doesn’t seem to have much speed. just compare DD’s speed to Gallagher’s or Galchenyuk’s and there’s no comparison. My point is, if your small and not very fast your basically useless. Looks like were stuck with this useless player though because of his contract.

  2. jeffhabfan says:

    Wow that was ugly. Played 1 period and lost. They do not look good right now. Blowing a 2 goal lead at home to a weak team is not good.They better play better on Sat night when we are all there.

  3. Puckdoc says:

    Habs are not contenders this season. To me there is no explanation for rotating Tinordi and Beaulieu. We should place both in the lineup every night and rotate Diaz and Bouillon based on speed vs tough lineups.

    If we aren’t winning a cup, investing in the future would make this season worthwhile. I would much rather live and die with potential instead of relying on former glory.

  4. 25insight says:

    what did eller say before the game?

  5. Fransaskois says:

    Leblanc with a 3pt night in Hamilton.

    Sure looks like Bergevin rustled his jimmies with the Holland call-up. He’s also finally playing with better line mates. Dumont, Leblanc, Tarnasky, and Andrighetto looked good.

  6. port elgin says:

    One word


  7. slyCH says:

    If this game against the oilers, at home no less, is any indication of the state of this team, well…it’s gonna get ugly come thursday and saturday. Have a nice summit y’all. Drink up and enjoy meeting one another cause the team will be a let down. But I hope I’m wrong.

  8. scotland says:

    slyCH, MT did not use those guys. which the oil appreciated no doubt. goals 3 and 4 in the third period saw pleks and giont floating around outta gas. the kids from the dogs atleast would have worked their tales off in the third period. not mailed it in like pleks abd gionta.

    MTs habs usually done after 40 minutes tops. not much left for third periods, never more obvious than last years play off slaughter by the sens.

  9. scotland says:

    hey fish. not saying gionta took the night off. he took the last year off. worst captain the in the nhl. way too much ice time for a washed up new jersey devil

  10. slyCH says:

    I didn’t see the game but as I peruse through the box score I wonder how much did Blunden and Holland contribute with their 6;30 minutes of play…

  11. scotland says:

    yes plekanic has been weak. last season as well. he was out right horrible against sens in play offs last season. as somebody said earlier. team has markov, subban, price. gallagher, pax, galyenchuck,ellar, a couple of promising rookies and thats it.

    gorges and diaz are laughable out there. getting pounded while they play panic d in their own zone.

    price gets run over more than any goalie in the nhl.

    • shootdapuck says:

      IF Plekanic is weak what on earth is the evaluation on the play of DD who is still burning up ice time ?

      Gorges is getting killed but least he puts he nose into the dangerous areas Diaz is never seen!

      MT has his ‘pets’: Boullion, Diaz, DD and his supposed allotment of ice time by merit is based on play from years and years ago in at least one case!

      If depth on this team is provided by the rookies so be it let them play and learn!

      Time to recall Pateryn and put the teachers pets in the hot dog seats!

      The cranial flatulence of PJ Stock:

      “On peut play cette game tres simplement”
      “Le game est tous de hard work”
      ” I have a pet peeve”

  12. FishOutOfWater says:

    First, Dont accuse Gionta of taking a night off, that simply isnt the case.
    Second, Carey is not the reason we lost, 3 out of 4 goals were 2 on 1’s, thats not on Carey.
    and Third, Special teams need to be better. Despite the calls not going our way.

    We need to capitalize on our chances. I mean we got stoned by freaking Devan Dubnyk. Honestly

    This efforts not gonna cut it. Everyone needs to show up and play.
    Lots of work to do.
    No excuses

  13. scotland says:

    gotta agree with the comments on the captain gio. personally i think he is done, finished. buy out material. this years scott gomez. fly bys on coverage. way too easy to play against. its a cancer letting him wear the C with the effort he puts out.
    great pick coming up in june , this team will battle for deadlast.

  14. Timo says:

    This team has no veteran leadership. Thanks to Mr. Bergevin.

    • Mark C says:

      There was another team that blow a two goal lead tonight. Their roster included Getzlaf, Perry, Koivu, Selanne, Allan, and Beauchemin.

      Never mind. Guess they aren’t veteran leaders either.

      • jols101 says:

        Marc, we will see how those vets fair against ours on Thursday night. Those vets all won a Stanley Cup, ours not so much…

        • Timo says:

          Well, Moen and Gionta have cups but that’s irrelevant. It was then, this is now. Now they are not putting an effort and do not lead this team to victories. They float and trying to safely play out their contracts.

          • jols101 says:

            Ya, Forgot about Moen and Gionta winning the Cup. But the Ducks core of vets show up most nights, where ours are MIA most nights.

        • Mark C says:

          So those guys get off scott free because they won a cup. But Gionta doesn’t.

          Good call. That seems about right for this site.

          • jols101 says:

            Well Marc maybe some of us just don’t have your patience. 20 years and counting and this core of vets has done nothing over the past 5 years except riding a white hot goalie three years ago.

          • Mark C says:

            Well that seems fair, jolz. Have fun getting your hate on.

          • jols101 says:

            Ha, sorry about the misspelling of your name Mark. I like Jolz though. Maybe it isn’t getting a hate on but rather discussing options so we don’t have to watch the same guys mail it in game after game.

      • Timo says:

        I never said anything about blowing the lead. My point is that out of 12 forwards only 3, maybe 4 put a consistent effort and try to make things happen. The rest floats. I don’t watch Anaheim games and I don’t know what happened in that game, but I would take all the aforementioned players over Habs dead wood.

        • Mark C says:

          I recommend watching a lot more non-Montreal games, you’ll find out there is a lot more floating around than you expect.

          • Fransaskois says:

            You’ll also realize how much more skill there is throughout the league, what a physical team looks like (overrated IMO), what great coaching is, and how good Price is….. and that’s just the start.

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