Liveblog: Game 3: Calgary jinx continues, Flames win 3-2


10 minutes doesn't cut it

If the Canadiens had played like they did for the latter half of the third period ...

But they didn't.

Lars Eller's late goal made for some excitement down the stretch, but Calgary hung on.

The Canadiens haven't won in that building since Jan. 5, 2002.

The Flames skated off to a 3-0 lead on goals by Sean Monahan, Sven Baertschi and Curtis Glencross.

P.K. Subban scoired the Canadiens first goal on a second-period power play. And Lars Eller continued his torrid start with a third-period goal that set up a wild ending.

It didn't help that the team down by one spent the final 1:49 with their best defenceman in the penalty box.

Canadiens make it exciting

Lars Eller, who has scored in all three games this season, brought the Canadiens within a goal halfway through the third period.

But despite intense pressure over the final 10 minutes, the Canadiens couldn't score the equalizer.

Teams trade goals in middle period

Curtis Glencross, a terrific 200-feet player, scored on Calgary's first power play of the game, 16:22 into the second period.

The Canadiens broke through Joey MacDonald 84 seconds later.

With the first wave of the power play gassed and looking to get off, P.K. Subban blasted one of his patented lasers past MacDonald.

Shots in the period were 12-11 for the team that's trailing.

Calgary 2 - Canadiens 0 after one

The home team scored on two of its five shots on goal.

So Carey Price must have been awful, right?


Price had no chance on tap-ins by young Flames Sean Monahan and Sven Baertschi.

The goals came as the result of brutal turnovers.

Travis Moen coughed up the pick n the neutral zone and Ryan White didn't get back to cover Monahan.

A new pairing of Josh Gorges and Jarred Tinordi coughed up the puck to Monahan, who found Baertschi at the side of Price's net.

The Canadiens had 12 shots on goal but few second chances. They wlso sucked on a power-play just before Calgary's second goal.

Tough road trip begins

The summer floods have subsided in Calgary and winter snow is at least a month away.

Meteorologically, then, it's a grand time to be visiting southern Alberta.

But hockey-wise ...

As Dave Stubbs points out, western Canada has been inhospitable to your Montreal Canadiens down the years.

Since the 1998-'99 season, when they swept games in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, the Canadiens have earned 18 of a possible 60 points on visits to rinks in Alberta and B.C. They have not won in Calgary since Jan. 5, 2002.

The team was spared a visit to their western wasteland because of  last season's truncated schedule.

But a new season brings new hope, right?

Hockey's Future tabs Alex Galchenyuk as the best NHL prospect in hockey – ahead of Jonathan Huberdeau, Nail Yakupov, Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones.

The web site's assessment:

Galchenyuk is a high-end offensive talent with excellent vision, hockey sense, and playmaking abilities. The 19-year-old is mature beyond his age, but it is his work ethic and drive to be the best that will push him to exceed expectations. In his rookie season, the big center was a Calder Trophy candidate and should improve his offensive production in 2013-14. He needs to improve his first step acceleration, physicality, and defensive zone positioning to be an absolutely dominant type of player. It will take time and experience for him to become an elite NHL center, but he projects as a franchise player and future star in the NHL.

• I know it's early, but this might be the goal of the season






  1. habsfaninboston says:

    We have a habit of making average goaltenders look good.

    • Strummer says:

      WE also have a habit of making our good goalie look average

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

  2. icemachine says:

    Wow MacDonald just got crazy lucky on that second stop

    Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

  3. Harditya says:

    Habs.. making AHL goaltenders look like Vezina champs.

  4. Habsbill24 says:

    Joey MacDonald playing like Jacques Plante. Why is it that we always make these journeymen look like stars?

  5. Stevie.Ray says:

    McDonald looks like Roman Turek out there

  6. Stevie.Ray says:

    A Subban one timer that gets through is an instant scoring chance

  7. Strummer says:

    MacDonald save on Markov- absolutely Halakian!

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

  8. PrimeTime says:

    Great old school save!!

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  9. 2blacklines says:

    And Briere. If he was picked up for his playoff experience. One comment. YOU HAVE TO MAKE THEM FIRST!!!!
    I know it’s only 3 games in but from games and years of late, I noticed. You get what you get, and nothing more. Definitely room for less.

  10. jrshabs1 says:

    Bill love him someself some Diaz…no matter what. Bill also likes to rip on the Dude for his opinion..go figure.

    Go Habs Go!!

  11. Bill says:

    Habs really came out flying this period. Therrien must have really let them have it … ugh.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  12. Adidess says:

    Can we get Gorges out of there? He’s dead weight personified right now.

  13. Harditya says:

    Sick save by Price!

  14. Habsbill24 says:

    Briere in a tight battle with DD for the worst contract on the Habs. Watching tonight’s game against Calagary’s squad of AHLers and it is unfortunately clear that the 25th Cup is a long way away.

  15. Morenz7 says:

    And what’s the deal with Briere? Any rookie who failed to get the puck deep like that would get an earful back at the bench.

  16. Adidess says:

    I did not expect much from Brière, but I remember him being creative and crafty in the offensive zone. He has shown none of this in his new uniforms.

  17. MrNax says:

    Disagree, bill.

  18. 2blacklines says:

    Plain & simple. There is a lot of trading and drafting still to do. I know some haven’t been here that long but I feel they’re getting a little long in the tooth. Cut some of your loses ie; DD!!! DIAZ!!
    Find a way to lose Gionta. If Plekanec is worth something, trade’em. If no one is available, GET PICKS! NOW! God it’s like the same song over and over, every year, every game.

  19. habs001 says:

    The Habs lineup as it is now will be giving up 3 to 4 goals on many nights…

  20. slapshot777 says:

    Put Price on with Pleks and DD and put Briere on with Moen and White

  21. Hammer says:

    This team makes it absolutely impossible for a Habs fan that resides in Calgary!!

  22. Maritime Ronn says:

    Habs Centers Time On Ice
    Nice reward for Lars

    Plex: 6:06
    Desharnais: 5:36
    Eller: 4:27

  23. Bill says:

    Gorges and the 4th line out for both goals and looked brutal on both.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  24. Hobie Hansen says:

    Diaz shoots right people! That’s why he is soooo valuable *cough*

  25. Castor says:

    oh it’s shaped like a saddle

  26. slapshot777 says:

    MT has to break up that line DD and Briere have to be on different lines.

  27. MrNax says:

    What is Diaz good at, again?

  28. Morenz7 says:

    Desharnais is not merely snakebite. He’s unable to win any battles for the puck, or to create space for himself to make plays.

  29. Propwash says:

    Hmm…might need to get some beer to ease the pain…


  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay boys, win the 2nd period, even if only 1-0. Legs should be back now, Calgary has blown lots of leads this year. Game not over, but the boys need to smarten up.

    Go Habs Go!

  31. morivera says:

    I’m thinking DD, Briere and Diaz can be called “The 3 Gomez’s”

  32. habsfan0 says:

    2nd period will be a bounce back one for the Habs.
    Briere & Eller will both score.

  33. jo_maka says:

    My 2 cents on the kid line:

    – The Young Riders
    – BabyFace Killah (what’s up, brother Stark ?)

  34. Stevie.Ray says:

    For the record, Hertl’s move last night is ridiculously easy. I could, and did, do it as a 12 year old in teir 2. The toughest part is aiming, but he plays in e NHL so he should be able to do it.

  35. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Some of HIO’s favorites really shined in the first period:
    DD…front of the net…misses.
    Gorges…hangs rookie D-man out to dry…goal.

    What’s next? Diaz gets clobbered…turnover…goal?

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  36. Timo says:

    So far I’ve enjoyed every minute of this shit show.

  37. icemachine says:

    Brutal first period. 4 days between games this early in the season hurts the flow bad, would rather have had back to back games. Pacioretty looks like a liabilty tonight, pucks not going where he’s pointing, hope its more the time offf than ongoing wrist issues

    Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

  38. johnnylarue says:

    The team’s really gotta fix that headless-chicken swarm defence. I find the concept of a high-risk defensive system kinda problematic to begin with…

  39. HabCez says:

    Hmm.. Gorges gotta stop thinking he can block every shot and start playing defence. Twice he tried to play hero.

    Go Habs!

    “Emelin’s the real deal.”
    – HabCez

  40. shootdapuck says:

    Do certain players have a no compete clause in their contracts?
    Seems so!
    Diaz must have the best ears on the Habs he can hear footsteps 180 ft away!

  41. AH says:

    Beautiful suicide pass by Gorges, Tinordi should rip him a new one!! I’ll be so glad when Diaz and Gorges are gone and we can get some real defensemen.

  42. Peter Young says:

    Boone is right; Calgary just cruising through the middle of the ice and also getting away with long passes with no danger of interception.

  43. thehabs2002 says:

    Does anybody want my tickets behind the bench in Vancouver? I think I made a bad choice in purchasing them

    Half breezer for one quarter of a life

  44. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Hartley’s not an idiot…he’s sending everyone in to fore-check this weak D.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  45. Castor says:

    Man I know it’s only the third game (if you don’t include pre-season) but Briere has been as useless as Deharnais

  46. Harditya says:

    I want to bash the defense right now. I really want to. But there are still 2 periods remaining. If they have character they will come back. Cmon Habs, pick it up.

  47. TheDagger says:

    MTL get the memo that the game started at 6:00 not 7:00?!?

  48. durocher says:

    Beaulieu in for Diaz, anyone? Bournival in for White?

  49. H.Upmann says:

    did we keep a self-help manual for THE SYSTEM?

  50. AH says:

    How is that no pre-game skate working for ya, MT?? They’re frickin’ asleep! What a joke!

  51. The Dude says:

    Gorges and his bro Price = UGH !

  52. Habbu says:

    Of course Joey is gonna have one of those nights………..figures

  53. habsfan0 says:

    I suspect Timo’s not impressed by what he’s seen so far.

  54. slapshot777 says:

    That was Gorges fault, he gave the puck to Tinordi who had no where to go with it

  55. Adidess says:

    Back-breaking goal against the flow of the game. 2-0, Ouch

  56. doogie says:

    Going to be a very, very long year!

    Wonder if there’s any wallpaper in the visitor’s dressing room?

  57. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Time to go back to trashing Gorges…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  58. Peter Young says:

    Two tap-in goals. Looks bleak.

  59. Bill says:

    Wow … absolutely no defence there. How does that happen?

    Time out??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  60. AH says:

    Our defense is brutal!!!!!!!

  61. slapshot777 says:

    Brutal Hockey by the Habs

  62. Habbu says:

    Simply not ready to play hockey…………

  63. durocher says:

    Someone has to communicate with Tinordi that a Flame is on him

  64. Harditya says:

    Horrendous PP..

  65. Bill says:

    Ugh, White almost loses an eye there. Hate seeing that.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  66. Habbu says:

    Max is skating well tonight; unfortunately line mates not so good

  67. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Another line name suggestion:

    The “awake” line because they are the only ones who are…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  68. durocher says:

    Habs have 7 shots, 3 are by Gally11

  69. HabinBurlington says:

    Galchenyuk and Gallagher go harder to the net than every other forward on the team it appears.

  70. H.Upmann says:

    howdy hope yall enjoyin the game folks

  71. johnnylarue says:

    Am I seeing this right? PK gets caught up ice once and is automatically in MT’s doghouse??

    Goes to show you what a Norris trophy is worth nowadays…

    • HabinBurlington says:

      So instead reward the play? Just asking?

      • johnnylarue says:

        I dunno… I guess you’d think Subban would have earned the right to make mistakes by now is all.

      • Bill says:

        It is okay for one of the best defencemen in the NHL to pinch every now and then.

        If Moen and White don’t completely wet the bed on the play, it’s no problem.

        Therrien is blaming the wrong party here, might realize it when he sees the tape.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • HabinBurlington says:

          So the part where PK is on first shift of Power Play is this the doghouse? I swear some of you people love to create an image of PK getting Effed over.

          • johnnylarue says:

            No no… but he did skip a few shifts immediately following that goal, which struck me as puzzling.

            I ain’t no crap-deranger, Burly. 😉

          • Adidess says:

            Don’t think it was doghouse per se, but Subban was the only one who missed a shift or two there for some reason. I noticed it as well.

  72. Habbu says:

    The DD line…… for anything

  73. Peter Young says:

    Wake me up when the game starts, please.

  74. adadi says:

    For years people have been saying the west was tougher conference to play in. I think the east is now the conference to beat.

  75. adadi says:

    Looks like most of have lost confidence in DD.

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