Liveblog: Canadiens lose 4-2 to Wild


Third-period goals – shorthanded by Eric Staal and an empty-netter by Jason Zucker – sealed the deal.

Max Pacioretty opened the scoring with his 14th, a shorty two minutes into the second period.

Jubilation lasted five minutes before Jordan Schroeder circled the Canadiens net and beat Carey Price short side.

Three minutes later, Artturi Lehkonen cashed the rebound of a Tomas Plekanec shot for his seventh of the season .. and fifth in December.

At 15:43, Jared Spurgeon tied it up, completing a nifty O-zone passing play that baffled CH defenders.

Shots were 34-27 for the home team.

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Holiday greetings from the Canadiens.

LOVE the Markov part:


  1. goatscrotes says:

    Gallagher has his first bad season of his career, and fans are taking a steaming dump on him now? WTF? Fans suck. Like the Habs, but the Habs suck goat scrotes.

    • SmartDog says:

      I agree, that’s whack. Someone last night posted that he was done. LOL

      Most guys hit a bump and come out of it. They sort it out, whether it’s mentality or a need to shift their training regimen or adjust to different players or circumstances. Gally is no slouch. He’ll sort it out.

      When you’re in a foxhole, your head is naturally in the sand.

  2. berc says:

    Another 3 takeaways by Lehkonen, who has proven he is valuable and top-6 material. Radulov -3 and has seemed worn out the past games. Weber played 30 minutes, so one wonders how effective he will be after the second period against Columbus, and Redmond and Hanley only played 6 minutes–and reportedly Emelin will not play tomorrow. Predict Habs miraculously hold their own through 2 periods, but fall apart in 3rd tomorrow. Price was not sharp tonight. Would have liked to have seen Montoya vs Minn and Price vs Columbus but it seems MT thought best chance for points was to play Price vs Minnesota and Columbus may be a gimme. Pacioretty -2 tonight and again several times failed to make the extra effort. Gallagher may be trade bait. Liked Carr’s game tonight, and McCarron’s as well.

  3. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    MB yelling at Dudley now: “you told me Staal was done!” lol
    Anyway most important score tonight was the CBJs destroying the Pens 7-1…oh brother.

  4. PK says:

    Ok, from the “I will take a shot at it” files:

    Gerry from BC (Gerry Pigeon) talks about trading Price.
    What if he is right?
    Dubnyk was a Habs’ leftover, could not get respect, and yet here he is
    … beating CP31 (mind you, and the Icedogs).

    Shouldn’t the Habs be overflowing with too many top six forwards rather than expensive D? Make it so, MB.

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    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

    • Gerry Pigeon says:

      Love Price, just posted today defending Price’s glare down his bench and how that resulted in the last two wins.

      So it’s not that I want to trade the guy who’s the face of the franchise, not to mention the real leader of this team.

      It’s just that I can’t see how MB finds the offence this team lacks with no immediate prospects in the pipeline, and no trading chips of the kind of value it would take to get a real Franchise Center.

      I see a couple of years wasted in a futile attempt to patch the holes on this team to get Carey a Cup ring, then:

      1) Carey bolts

      2) Carey signs for the bargain basement price of $8.5M for 5 or 6 more years, thus limiting MB’s ability to add talent around him.

      3) Carey re-injures the knee, and his performance and value plummets…

      How many have posted this year MB should have got rid of Pleks before his game went south? Even if you don’t believe that won’t happen with Carey, do you think MB can build a winner around him before his game and value decline due to age, if not injury?

      Hard choice, and MB’s also got to worry that if the PK trade didn’t run him out of town, trading Carey might just do it. But if he lands the Franchise Center and the Habs win the Cup someday, MB can claim credit for the rest of his life…

      • berc says:

        Does the team really lack offense? Near the top of the league in goals-per-game, and almost every single forward capable of scoring goals. The team lacks some size so as not to get pushed around so much, and lacks a big center, but maybe BigMac will grow into the role. Price will not be traded. No way.

        • Gerry Pigeon says:

          Our numbers lie.

          Look at our dreadful PP. Look at the bemoaning that goes on regarding our lack of skill to win OT games. Look at your own argument. “Almost every single forward capable of scoring goals.” You don’t cite the snipers we have, the offensive threats year in and year out. We have Patches, an emerging Galchenyuk who’s injured, and Radu-love, who’s slowed a lot the last 5 games. That’s it.

          Yes, this team really lacks offence. A team that hustles and gets goals from many players due to sheer effort isn’t a team that can punish the opposition via the PP for any transgressions, isn’t a team that can impose their will and skill to get a game tying goal when needed. This is a team that tries to eke out wins, hoping to hold the opposition to one or two goals, and trying to score one more. Hardly a Stanley Cup bound team…

  5. expat_habsfan says:

    MB needs to pull the trigger soon but whatever he does will have to wait until the holiday trade hold is over. Unfortunately, then every GM with a team in the hunt will also be in the mix.

    I expect that Price, Patches, Gallagher, DD, and Pleks will become trade bait because something has to give in order for this team to have any chance to make it to the next level.

    If MB does pull the trigger on something big I hope it includes unloading MT for Gallant.


      McCarron, Scherbak, Juulsen, Sergachev will make this team waaaaaaaaaaay better than it is right now even without the injuries. No need to do anything drastic.

      If Bergevin needs to do anything it’s Radulov, is he part of the future? If not, we suck someone into a prospect and a first rounder.

      Pleks will be in Vegas.

      Sign Price long term and off we go again……….With Gallant and Muller 😆

      January is a very easy month, and we’ll look like one of the best teams in the league again. 😳

      Shane Oliver
      Custom Sports Figures
      Price vs Dryden
      January 31st, Win 258
      5 Feb, Win 259

      • expat_habsfan says:

        Cowboy?? Been called many things but that’s a first!

        I like Radu, he brings it every game unlike too many other Habs. As much as I like Price I don’t think he’s going to stay long term unless the Habs pull a miraculously Cup win like ’93. Realistically I see the Habs making the post season but without home ice advantage and not getting out of the 1st round. That will be the final straw that will push Price out the door regardless of the Habs’ offer. He wants to win the Chalice but it won’t happen in the ‘La Sainte-Flannelle’.

        • SmartDog says:

          He called you Cowboy because you were getting on your horse and riding off in all directions at once. Price as “trade bait”? AND Pacioretty? That’s out there.

          We have a lot of injuries now. We’re without two of our top 4 D and arguably our best forward (and certainly our best center). No need to hit the panic button.

          When you’re in a foxhole, your head is naturally in the sand.

      • berc says:

        I agree with Sholi. I thought that McCarron might never make it, but it seems that he is finally NHL-ready. No trades coming, except possibly Andrighetto or a surprise trade of Gallagher. Certainly not Price at this point. Lindren will be backup next year. If he does well, Price may be gone by the trade deadline next season–just as my pal Cristobal Huet, the clear number one who was doing a great job, was surprisingly traded at the deadline in 2008 once Price had shown he was ready.

  6. danhabsfan says:

    I don’t think I can make it back here tomorrow… so Merry Christmas to all Habs fans, and Habs players. May we all have a blessed 2017.
    Merry Christmas.

  7. The Gumper says:

    Well, it’s time to get outta here to make way for the slide has begun, trade Price, Gally’s a bum, Muller’s a brutal PP coach, MB and MT are dummies, we’re too small crowd to take over…
    Have at er…

  8. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Oh well. The team did some good effort but they just can’t get pucks in the net. Same story. As I said before, the powerplay is not working. Injuries in the team is causing headaches for coaching staff. So much for the Habs coming in as a team rolling all four lines. Plus, you have AHL callups that can’t play top minutes against these fast teams. So what now MB? If the Habs don’t have a full lineup, this is going to be another long streak of loses. Tomorrow, they have to put their A-game. Or else, this will be another 10-1 loss like last time in Columbus. Bad News: the Blue Jackets is the best team in the league right now.

    This annual Christmas air&road-trip will be a challenging one. Best of luck to our boys.

  9. Coach K says:

    Up against one of the leagues hottest teams lately with a team comprised of about 1/3 of an AHL lineup.

    Kinda predictable don’t ya’ll think?

    -Adversity Does Not Build Character…it Reveals it-
    (James Lane Allen)

  10. habsfan0 says:

    Colorado losing 4-0 to the Laffs on home ice.
    Nate Mackinnon might be available.
    Over to you, Marc Bergevin.

    • Trading a future franchise player is a no no. Ol Joe is licking his lips at the draft. Restock the shelves.

      Shane Oliver
      Custom Sports Figures
      Price vs Dryden
      January 31st, Win 258
      5 Feb, Win 259

  11. iha8losin says:

    5 on 5, we’re fine even with the injuries. It’s the special teams that did us in tonite. That, and Carey’s sub standard performance.

  12. bandaide says:

    Considering I think Leko will be a very good top 6 MCc looks great missing too many regs and missing Yemmy creating a danger zone for opposition. Price is a bit out of it it is mental… sleep deprivation
    Finally the straw that stirs the drink is Chucky allows Radz to be creative with him able to finish.
    On to the BJ’s As for PP same missing Chucky there is 1 threat It sucked with Gallant as well not too great ya think its personnel because I don’t think its coaching anymore at all.

  13. CHicoHab says:

    Not on Petry. Puck was wobbling. Petry not keeping it in is not why we lost. First 3 pp’s only one shot. Its hard to believe at this level in the NHL a team has no clue how to execute with an extra player. We may win alot of games still. But come the post season a series could end quick if theres no fix.

  14. bmcalig says:

    I am really scared to watch the game tomorrow. After what Columbus is doing to the Pens tonight I fear another 10-0 beating awaits the Habs .

  15. Habsbill24 says:

    Time to move Gallagher, weak pass back to Petry on the empty netter. Can”t do anything now.

    And where has Radulov been the last several games. He is NOT the best forward on this team. Looks like he hit the wall.

  16. colinmyatt says:

    A very depleted line up against a solid team. What could we expect?
    Tomorrow night probably more of the same. We need the holiday break

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