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. oldtimerguy says:

    do we look horrible tonight…no system, wooden legs, running around with horrible defensive zone coverage, getting beaten to all pucks…a total disgrace.

    its like we have to rely on luck to score…never a gorgeous play where it just is tick tack toe…if the season is like this, im for tanking and im for getting rid of all of the deadweight vets who are diminishing returns…im looking at you pleks, gio, moen, markov, bourque…and yes, if dd doesn’t get it going, out he goes too. No one is protected….no one.

    • HABSsince92 says:

      100% agreed. This team is no where close to a playoff team, might as well try and get some value for the aging useless vets on this team.


      PK please sign.

  2. habsfan0 says:

    How did the Habs do in the second half of back to backs last year?

  3. DipsyDoodler says:

    Not going to read through the comments but I assume the H I/O mob is pretty angry.

    Let me guess.

    It’s all Desharnais’ fault?

  4. db says:

    Good to see Prust up with Pleks and Gio, hopefully we see Briere centre Bourque and Max…

  5. 2blacklines says:

    Yup, #1 angry hab fan

  6. H.Upmann says:

    hope Timo is enjoying himself…

  7. 2blacklines says:

    Gee ya think?!?! I love commentators. Call it after the result. I think we can all do that, no??

  8. H.Upmann says:

    TSN commentator saying our D zone way to soft

  9. TheDagger says:

    Man DD skated back hard! Past everyone…. into the corner…. where no one was.

  10. 2blacklines says:

    There is a bright side to this. If they keep this up they can get a really good draft pick. Huh huh, ya that’s right
    Draft shmaft. Hmmm where did I hear that.

  11. jols101 says:

    OK, missed the first 2 periods but I’m firmly working my ass groove on the couch for the 3rd. Just in time for a big come back.
    Go Habs Go!!!

  12. habsfan0 says:

    Does Peter Laviolette speak french?
    Just wondering.
    No other reason.

  13. longbow says:

    I think Bowie and Cassidy are automatically suspended for substance abuse

    ” Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm ” – Winston Churchill

  14. HABSsince92 says:

    So unfortunately after 3 games (let’s be honest this game is over with) the Habs are looking way more like the 11-12 embarrassment as opposed to the team from the first 30 games or so of last season.

    I think that it will be real tough for the Habs to make the playoffs this year. Let’s be honest are they better than Detroit or Boston? No not even close. So that’s the first 2 spots in the division, now are they better than Ottawa and Toronto? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. But I would give the edge to the Sens and Leafs. So now they have to hope for the last playoff spot (wild card) in the conference. So lets look at the metropolitan division……Pens, Caps, Rangers, maybe Islanders are all better than the Habs.

    This team is just not good enough to compete consistently and we saw that last year. Can they play really great hockey for a stretch of 10-15 games a couple of times a year? Yes but the great teams in today’s NHL are consistent and these Habs are not one of them.


    PK please sign.

  15. 2blacklines says:

    Sorry I can’t give them time. It’s the same song and dance. They had their chance, AND THEY BLEW IT!!
    Last year was blip on the radar. Like a fish finder picking up a floating stump.
    Lots of them.

  16. Adidess says:

    Losing the gimme game of the trip to begin would be real bad. Quick one in the 3rd, boys. Let’s go!

  17. habsfan0 says:

    David Hasselhoff did have an intimidating Firebird.

  18. longbow says:

    Time to change up the lines
    Chucky – Eller – Gally
    Pac – DD – Prust
    Bourque – Plek – Gio
    Moen – Briere – White

    Spread out the Smurfs a bit

    ” Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm ” – Winston Churchill

  19. habsfan0 says:

    I thought for sure Briere & Eller would score in the second period.
    Mind you, I thought the Buffalo Bills would go 16-0 on the season,as well.

  20. SmartDog says:

    STINK – Desharnais (woops! where’d the puck go?)
    STANK – Briere (invisible)
    STUNK – Gorges (there’s a guy where?)

    Can you smell what the dog is sniffin?

  21. Harditya says:

    Yes call me a whiner. Doesn’t change the fact DD and Briere have been as useful as me for the Canadiens team this season.
    Desharnais reminds me such of Pouliot.. always falling on his bum.

  22. 2blacklines says:

    Since the canadiens like people in the 5 foot mark. Here’s an Idea how about players in the 5 foot 12 minimum!!!

  23. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    This site is slower than DD…pathetic.

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

  24. BigB says:

    I don’t dislike Briere as much as some of you here, but has he even played a single shift tonight? I have heard the names of the refs but not his once.

    Habs forever!

  25. Habsbill24 says:

    DD and Briere with more ice time than the kid line after two. Go figure.

  26. 2blacklines says:

    Got subban in my hockey pool. At least I get something out of this game.

  27. Timo says:

    Update #2 – shit show continues.

  28. Habbu says:

    Atta boy PK……tell it like it is

  29. Habbu says:

    DD needs to go to Hamilton for a tour of duty

  30. 2blacklines says:

    Tired of the French Canadian Flavour. Just give me some damn good players.

  31. Chuck says:

    2P 3:22 Nice dive by Gallagher

    Replay clearly showed that the Flames player stuck out his leg. Gallagher was full-value for the penalty.

    Anything is possible.

  32. Harditya says:

    Yay. Soobie-Doo! Now if they can do something 5 on 5

  33. Adidess says:

    That’s why we should leave him out there for the full 2 mns, if needed.

  34. habsfaninboston says:


  35. 2blacklines says:

    Is it possible to clone yet? Id love a team of galagher’s.

  36. Peter Young says:

    One goal at a time.

  37. SmartDog says:

    Sure glad we picked up Briere.


    Can you smell what the dog is sniffin?

  38. duffy says:

    Worst PP in the league just scored !

  39. H.Upmann says:

    I’m not even going to comment on Price this season.

  40. db says:

    Cmon boys.. we need this goal.

  41. topher5468 says:

    Hey, Teams can score when they have a man advantage. Does our team know that?

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

  42. Mark C says:

    Where was Tinordi going? A change?

  43. Bill says:

    Did the Habs clear the puck even once?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  44. Harditya says:

    Ugly game. I am out before I have no motivation left to study for my exam.

  45. slapshot777 says:

    Couldn’t even clear the puck just once.

  46. slapshot777 says:

    It’s like they forgot how to play position hockey. Gorges looks dazed and confused not that he doesn’t look that way any how

  47. 2blacklines says:

    I don’t get paid to play because I can’t like these guys. BUT! I do pay to watch a decent team that so happens to be my favorite. Definitely bought a lemon this year.

  48. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Gap between dmen and forwards way too big. Has been since the game started. Again, where’s the adjustment?

  49. icemachine says:

    Sloppy sloppy hockey, Montreal more so than Calgary, but both teams are looking like they got lead skates and stone hands

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

  50. Chuck says:

    Dear Frankie: I live your enthusiasm, but if you can see his numbers and the boards in the same glance, don’t hit him.

    Anything is possible.

  51. slapshot777 says:

    The water bottles must be drugged

  52. Habbu says:

    I’m already worrying about the Oilers…….

  53. Peter Young says:

    How I hate the shoot it in and chase it game. It nearly always ends up losing the puck.

  54. AH says:

    This team looks awful.

  55. Harditya says:

    Losing every battle today. Every single one.

  56. habsfaninboston says:

    Looked like a make up call.

  57. the habinator says:

    Oh well time to watch dancing with the stars.

  58. Morenz7 says:

    I guess if you’re going to issue a howling giveaway, best make it to McGrattan.

  59. Adidess says:

    I have to admit, we stink bad on D. How can the D corps look this bad playing the Flames?

    • db says:

      I would only keep Emelin, PK and Markov.. the others are all 5-6 guys IMO. If that.. but there are only so many in the NHL. We only have Gorges under contract next year, so there’ll be some new faces but it might be just as painful to watch.

  60. 2blacklines says:

    Here’s the problem. Too many players paid to be play in MTL. Not enough players who WANT to be there. Look at TMLs, everyone wants to be there now. How the tide has turned. Now that’s a lack of heart.

  61. Dickie9 says:

    Another contract that might be as bad as DDs is Georges..he is horrific as well

  62. Chuck says:

    I’ve seen lots of unforced turnovers so far.

    Anything is possible.

  63. Strummer says:

    Ferraro doesn’t see enough “fight” in the Habs game tonight

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

  64. topher5468 says:

    Who’s first goal is more important. Pleks or Briere. I’d like to see Pleky get it going.

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

  65. the habinator says:

    It hurts me to watch this.

  66. Habbu says:

    I don’t understand why the Habs continue to tolerate DD’s ineffective play….last year; this year… just goes on & on & on…

  67. johnnylarue says:

    Larry hasn’t touched the puck yet tonight.

  68. adadi says:

    Where is the heart?! How come this team has had problems finishing good plays with a goal. It looks like lack of talent to me.

  69. Strummer says:

    Bergevin told his scouts to make this team “bigger and harder to play against”

    Did he say what year?
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  70. Bozo McBozo says:

    2P 12:50 Pleks makes good passes to himself

    Yep, he’s a pucksterbator!

  71. morivera says:

    Shots are 19-9 for MTL, but it certainly doesn’t feel like that. Feels more even to me.

  72. Habsbill24 says:

    Bring back the Goat! At least he would deflect us from watching this non effort against the Calgary AHLers.

  73. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Subban completely neutralized on the pp. Same story in the other games. Where’s the adjustment???

  74. SmartDog says:

    Prust needs to pound Wideman in to tomorrow.

    This Flames team is showing the Habs how a team stands up.

    Can you smell what the dog is sniffin?

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