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. habs1992 says:

    Are you guys clueless? Briere leaves the DD line he plays his best shift of a hab. DD IS TERRIBLE.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  2. ClutchNGrab says:

    During that line change when Briere was with Eller and Galchenyuk, he didn’t look that useless.

  3. habsfan0 says:

    Boone’s “About Last Night” or Timo’s rant.
    I wonder who’ll be more negative?

    My money’s on Timo.

  4. Habsbill24 says:

    Time to make a statement early in the season that this sort of effort is unacceptible. Dress Bournival and sit DD. I would sit Diaz and play Beaulieu. Move Briere to the middle and play Prust on the wing with Max.

  5. DickandDanny says:

    I only have one comment. Disgusting performance.
    No wait, I have more, f-ing pathetic!
    Piss poor. Worst team effort I have ver witnessed by the habs and i’ve watched them for 50 years.
    I am a supporter of Therrien but not after tonight. Good god man coach. That’s why your there. Get in the GD game. Know who’s playing and know who isn’t. Change your lines up when they obvioulsy are not working. And, actually come up with a PP unit instead of just throwing a line out there. Just awful. Overall complete garbage. I am disgusted.

    “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

  6. jsaz says:

    Still early but fack it’s looking brutal it’s really annoying watching this team!!! 8,14,26,32,61,21,48,67,58 all brutal!! Better pull it together tomorrow in edmonton boys I live here can’t have them lose to the oilers. I never hear the end of it when they lose here

  7. NCRhabsfan says:

    Not a good start, losing to the Leafs and Flames. There is much better opposition ahead. Pleks, Pax, Gionta, Bourque, DD, Briere et al, when will the summer break be over? Habs have one line again.

  8. JohnBellyful says:

    Haven’t won in Calgary since 2002?
    Sure hope the Habs don’t face the Flames in the final.

  9. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Have people forgotten what a “real” cross-check is nowadays in the NHL? What PK did is done by D-men multiple times in a game. Absolute BS call at that stage in the game with the Flames on their heels. DD got drilled from behind into the boards and they called nothing. Typical “home-refereeing”.

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

  10. jedimyrmidon says:

    Therrien better not harp on Subban’s penalty (stupid though it was).

    At least he wasn’t completely useless like so many others. I take two goals and a dumb mistake any day instead of, well, nothing at all or a negative contribution.

  11. habs1992 says:

    How can anyone say DD is even an NHLer

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  12. tab says:

    Habs don’t have a real strong ice leadership presence, seems they have slot of individuals with leadership attributes but no obvious head and shoulders guy who rallies troops, Subban is closest to it but senior players won’t follow his leadership and he isn’t quite that personality yet, think Larry Robinson, Bryan trot tier, bobby Clarke. Our team average weight density up front and stick reach aka gap protection on back end is lacking.

  13. Marc10 says:

    ‘Stuff de junior’ says Ron Fournier. I concur.

  14. Chwinsy says:

    I don’t know how people can defend subban there. It was plain stupid, a bonehead play. He does lots of things very well but he’s not infallible.

  15. CHicoHab says:

    Without Subban this game was done. Give him a break.

  16. HABSsince92 says:

    I swear if that joke of a coach MT says anything about this game being on Subban I am done with him as a coach. If it wasn’t for PK this game would have been 3 – 0.

    How much better would this team look right now if we had Patrick Roy behind the bench instead of this clown.


    PK please sign.

  17. piper says:

    I hope Plek and DD pick up their game soon.

  18. icemachine says:

    Good lord Emelin and Murray can’t get back soon enough. Back end is losing it. PK was undisciplined and Diaz can make one despair.

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

  19. Kooch7800 says:

    PK didn’t have a great game and took a bad penalty but we can’t win with a one line offense and some of the defensive gaffs we are having. Briere and DD is not working and the pleks line was also awful….
    Calgary should have been a team this team should have been able to rack up some serious goals against

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  20. twilighthours says:

    Entertaining finish to a game that began in boring fashion.

    Ugly penalties by subban

  21. H.Upmann says:

    can’t wait for Timo’s rant

  22. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Probably the dumbest thing I’ve seen Subban do. Apparently still needs to mature. Was gearing up to be a helluva finish. WHAT AN IDIOT!!! I love him, but jesus!!!

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    Weak call by the refs on Subban.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      3 cross checks to the back on a guy without the puck is a stupid penalty

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • christophor says:

        Stupid and a weak call. Refs seem eager to call penalties on Subban, though it’s probably not conscious.

      • Adidess says:

        I agree. Even if the refs don’t call it, with less than 2 minutes left, you’re not even sending a message. Trailing by one goal and knowing you’re key to the team’s success, it’s absolutely unnecessary. I love PK, but can’t defend this at all.

      • JohnBellyful says:

        What exactly was he hoping to accomplish?
        Too bad. He does a bunch of good things — and is one of the few threats on offence the team has — and then deducts points from his performance at the end.

  24. CHicoHab says:

    Dont blame PK. that ref is 50 feet way. bull crap.

    “take your time and hurry up”

  25. 2blacklines says:

    I hope people don’t judge the HABS over 12mins. lol it’s not like three games lol

  26. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    If PK was a Bruin that would have never been called. What a BS call at that point in the game..

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

  27. habsfaninboston says:

    Too little, too late. They should’ve played with that intensity from the start.

  28. oldtimerguy says:

    very stupid move by subban…no need for it down 3-2 with less than 2 to go…….I mean, really soobie..use your head man…

    this team needs to go total youth movement…get rid of the deadweight vets at the deadline…stockpile drafts, promote from within, finish farther down in the immediate selloff and draft high….save cap space, and sign a few FA’s for 1 or 2 key spots.

    • Ton says:

      I agree go with youth now and live with the mistakes……….in three years time were going to be strong for doing so………get rid of>
      dd now
      Gionta now
      Pleks now
      Diaz now
      Markov at trade deadline

      bournaval should be playing now
      Beaulieu should be playing now
      Patern should be playing now

  29. thorandresson says:

    someone commented earlier about how the vets should follow PK’s lead in being a clutch player, well how’s that for a terrible penalty…

  30. Adidess says:

    No excuse there for PK!

  31. AH says:

    PK can do some pretty dumb things!

  32. Arrow77 says:

    That was Ryan-White stupid, as far as penalties goes.

  33. duffy says:

    What an idiotic play that was!!!

  34. Mark C says:

    Call that but none of the crosschecks in front of the Flames net. Refs just call what they want when they want. Zero consistency.

  35. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Subbie loses it…again.

  36. 2blacklines says:

    Bede bede bede that’s all folks

  37. H.Upmann says:

    shiznit… but man can PK turn it on and roam the ice

  38. Bill says:

    PK Subban … what the hell.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  39. Propwash says:

    Bad time to do that P.K


  40. habsfaninboston says:

    There goes the game.

  41. PrimeTime says:

    Dumb Dumb Dumb !!!

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  42. Propwash says:

    Wow man, Price is sliding everywhere.


  43. Mark C says:

    After the soft call on Subban the Flames are getting away with everything.

  44. icemachine says:

    Sometimes I think PK needs to slow it down a step and pick his shot just a little more on a rush like that. Could see some amazing stuff

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

  45. adadi says:

    PK and Eller the only ones to show up tonight.

  46. db says:

    This team needs to play desperate all season. They need to know they’re still the underdogs

  47. oldtimerguy says:

    pleks looks awful tonight….that whole line sucks…gio is 5 million? pleks 5 million? really?

  48. Propwash says:

    Keep up the pressure!


  49. Harditya says:

    This date backs to the Ottawa series.
    P.K. is the real clutch player on this team. Wish the “veterans” could learn a thing or two from him.

  50. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Luv it when Subbie gets on his horse like that.

  51. aversglay says:

    No fear guys, looks like P.K. decided we would win this.

  52. icemachine says:

    I fear it’s too little, too late.

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

  53. Bill says:

    Therrien is really spreading the ice-time around. Eller and the Gallys are basically the third line tonight, Desharnais and company getting the most ice time among forwards.

    I would have kept rolling with the kids after the Philly game, but I am no coach.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  54. 2blacklines says:

    Subban with a parking lot to shoot at. Omg!!!!

  55. Michelob says:

    What a truly awful team. I missed the first two games and have watched a total of about 10 minutes of this one, but if this is representative of what we can expect this year, I won’t be watching. The Flames look like they are out for a Sunday afternoon skate at their neighbourhood rink while their kids try to keep up. Pathetic. I don’t care what the score is.

  56. 2blacklines says:

    I like reebok shoes, make you feel strong.
    Hand them out in the locker room, and glue some blades in them.
    Sidney does it.

  57. slapshot777 says:

    Defense is brutal just throwing pucks away without even looking

  58. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Smart play by Subbie on that one.

  59. Arrow77 says:

    I want to go on record and say that the amount of people who already gave up on the team this year because of that game is absolutely insane, even when you compare with our usual standards. We always have games every year where we look worse than the lousy team we play against. Good year or bad year, it happens every year. That said, someone will have to explain to me why it always happens against the Flames and the Leafs.

    And as I write this, they score…

  60. topher5468 says:

    PK did that on purpose,

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

  61. habsfaninboston says:

    Nice Larry!

  62. Propwash says:



  63. habsfan0 says:

    GEG line.

  64. HABSsince92 says:

    I really think everybody needs to lower there expectations for the season……we were fooled with the lockout shortened season they played good for about 30 games or in other words about 1/3 of a real season.

    Realistically Montreal will finish anywhere from 8th-12th in the East.


    PK please sign.

  65. Marc10 says:

    Maybe they can play the last 10 minutes to steal one…

    I’m not holding my breath.

  66. the habinator says:

    This team is no different than they were last spring!!!!

  67. karpen33 says:

    If Briere doesn’t show something will he be able to handle the pressure

  68. MrNax says:

    Diaz = Kaberle 2.0

  69. 2blacklines says:

    My tiramisu cake looks better than this team right now. Mmmm

  70. adadi says:

    Hope MB is getting ready to make some moves. This team is going backwards.

  71. Harditya says:

    @H.Upmann That’s because this IS the softest group of d-men in the league. I miss Emelin..

  72. Hammer says:

    The Habs are showing less life than road kill on a Texas highway.

  73. topher5468 says:

    Refs are such morons. PK was frustrated there,

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

  74. duffy says:

    They look even worse this period,if that is possible.

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