Liveblog: Rangers take series opener 2-0

Michael Grabner’s empty-netter sealed the deal.

The home team dominated the game early, but Tanner Glass – of all people – scored the game’s first goal 9:50 in.

Tomas Plekanec won a faceoff to Carey Price’s left, but Glass pounced on the loose puck and roofed it from in tight.

Shots were 31-31.

630 Comments

  1. Rad says:

    Another thing, I found myself increasingly frustrated by the diminutive Brendan Gallagher again. He took 2 penalties tonight, but it isn’t just that. (*Correction, he took 3 minor penalties.) Yes, he works and works, but all that work rarely results in goals. Gallagher’s spark plug attributes are overrated by many, including Bergevin. To me, watching him always get hammered by the opposition is more demoralizing than uplifting.

  2. Rad says:

    I think Galchenyuk should have been on a line with Lehkonen right at the start of the 3rd Period to give the Habs more offense. Like it or not, this team is going to live or die with Galchenyuk in these playoffs. Shaw, Gallagher, Pleks, and King are not going to make the difference in a series, they will be useful parts at best. Starting Galch on the 4th line was fine to begin the game, but leaving him there as we fell behind was a glaring tactical error by The Claude IMO.

  3. Swoop says:

    @seps
    Dude this has totally been a rebuild. Got rid of the coach, and got a new gm who totally cleaned house and we’re on year 5 of it. If that’s not a rebuild than I really don’t now what is. But anyways, yeah I think Chucky lost his confidence because up until the past few months I was a supporter of his. I always thought he was doing things right and his development was totally coming along as expected. My concern is mainly in his compete level. I never used to yell at him when watching in 5 years up until recently. It would be sweet to see him with Patch and Radu or patch and Gally but if he isn’t the best player on the ice when he is with King and Ott, how can you expect him to be the elite on the first line? Anyways, maybe it’s a confidence thing, maybe it’s a coach thing, most likely he’s just going through a slump, will get over it and will then continue onto his projected career, like he has been so far. But damn this is some bad timing. But I don’t know, I’m just some guy that watches this stuff on tv aha.

  4. PK says:

    Danault
    Shaw
    Plekanec
    Nesty
    N8

    Meh.

  5. RightNyder says:

    Price now 23-28 in the playoffs.

    • I_Am_Second says:

      Your point is?

      “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”

      • RightNyder says:

        My point a few years back would have been “he’s not that good in the playoffs”.
        My point now is “it doesn’t matter how great he is, the dreadful lack of talent up front needs to be addressed”.

        100 points and a handful of playoff home games might placate the masses and look good on the bottom line, but as we discussed earlier, is he going to want to sign on for five more years of this stuff?

    • Mister Wrong says:

      I’m not gonna blame a goalie who has only played for one mediocre, managerially dysfunctional team.

      I would estimate that Price is personally responsible for 13 of the wins and 0 of the losses.

      #FireBergevin

      • Swoop says:

        Not true he was totally responsible for some playoff losses early on in his career. Right before, and during that little “Halak” era. Mind you, he was still young and developing.

  6. Timo says:

    Sidles, I believe Boone meant the Rangers.

  7. Rad says:

    Beaten by a 4th liner. Ouchie!

  8. Islandhabber69 says:

    Chill….just 1 game…..habs was so nervous 2nite…thus the bad judgements….
    .Friday game is ours…..but….Rangers played 2 their strengths and stuck with it..speedy team…quick plays…and our face offs sucked 2nite..

  9. Timo says:

    You people are all worried but players will be ok. They will collect their checks, pick it up for te summer and head somewhere warm. Everything is going to be ok.

  10. ddiles says:

    They deserved the W ??! Are you kidding me?

  11. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Doom & gloom after one game. Come on people, this is what playoff hockey is all about. We did not play our game and the Rangers deserved the W plain & simple. We will bounce back Friday night & regain home ice Sunday.

  12. HabsfanlostinTO says:

    We’ll win Friday, even it up then start fresh on Sunday.

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  13. RightNyder says:

    I was away for a bit. Am I safe to assume that a win on Friday means the parade’s back on?

  14. I_Am_Second says:

    Why is Muller even on the team? The PP is horrible.
    Two PP’s back to back and no goal.
    Same old thing Habs rely on goaltending.

    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”

  15. joshua94k says:

    When your best scorer is on the fourth line, you end up losing 1-0. When your best scorer is not on the first wave of the power-play, you lose 1-0. When your best defenceman can’t carry the puck and generate any offence, you lose 1-0. When your best player is nets and doesn’t score, you lose 1-0.

    Claude Julien has some things to think about.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      Max wasn’t on the fourth line. Oh, you mean Chucky? How is he the Habs best scorer? What has he done to prove that? He can’t score 5 on 5, most of his goals this year were on the powerplay of in OT on the 3 on 3. Based on his effort, why should he play anywhere other than the 4th line.

  16. berc says:

    On one of the pregame shows they posted stats on goals against per 60 mins played during regular season. Weber was 1st in the league, Markov was 5th or 6th, and Plekanec was 10th. Plek still has value, but that was a critical goal against on his watch tonight.

  17. IngersollHabsFan says:

    wow…settle down everyone…it was a one goal game. You read these posts and the sky is falling. Do yourselves a favor…don’t watch…much easier on your system. It is amazing that people forget there is always another team that is trying to do the same freaking thing our team is trying to do…tonight they won…..Friday..we get another crack at them….settle down……If the players are as reactionary as the commetariat…we are screwed…..

    “The sports page records people’s accomplishments, the front page usually records nothing, but man’s failures.” Earl Warren

  18. filincal says:

    Suckiest group of sucking sucks that’s ever sucked

  19. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    On a side note, I have never seen women as good looking at the Bell Centre as I saw tonight. They should have pointed the cameras at the stands instead of the ice.

  20. Rad says:

    The worst part of the game tonight was that the Habs looked dispirited in the 3rd. Need a big bounce back game quick or this will be a short series.

    • berc says:

      Indeed, they looked like they had lost even with about 10 mins to go. Just before Danault took his penalty he looked completely deflated. They know what we know–it is very difficult to lose the first game at home and win a series. Habs have a very steep hill to climb, and it may become steeper still.

  21. berc says:

    Some observations on our team in Game 1:
    -Shaw should not be on the PP
    -Playing 4th line along with 3rd defensive pairing is very risky and led to many chances by Rangers in Habs’ zone
    -Nesterov should not be playing. Please give me anyone else. Davidson, Lernout, Redmond, ANYONE
    -Pacioretty’s line is stale and needs a shakeup
    -Too much passing to the outside on the PP
    -Petry’s shots never hit their target
    -Lehkonen’s game is getting better all the time
    -Liked King’s game tonight, but for heaven’s sake shouldn’t he be the one scooping the puck out of the corner to Lehkonen and not vice-versa?
    -Weren’t Lundqvist’s legs porous when we played them last? I didn’t see too many shots aimed down low.
    -Refs sucked–missed obvious calls and made questionable ones
    -Byron was invisible.
    -Looking for a better effort in Game 2, but I don’t think it will be enough. Maybe time to rethink those three “huge” victories over Sens. What did they get us? A date with Rangers instead of Bruins. Methinks we would have been better off having lost two of those, rather than having won them.

    • Al Burtlap says:

      I saw things very much the same way berc.

      Seems like some obvious things can be tweaked without going crazy.

      It was still a one goal game.

      Things aren’t dire but there are adjustments needed.

  22. twilighthours says:

    Mister WrongAPRIL 12, 2017 AT 10:06 PM

    Weber. Was. Useless.

    People think he’s amazing for chipping the puck out off the boards and having a good beard.

    #FireBergevin

    Say what?

    He had 67% corsi while playing against the Kreider line, had 5 shots on goal and attempting a few more. He spent basically zero dangerous time in his own zone, and he was on for the entirety of that 3-on-5.

    He did so many little – and not so little – things right out there. Come on, Wrong. What didn’t you like about his game tonight?

    I thought he was near perfect.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Weber and Girardi were the two best players after the goalies tonight IMO. Girardi hammering Max wss the turning point.

      • twilighthours says:

        He spent most of his time against the Sadulov line, and while it was mostly in his own end, the Girardi pair did a good job of keeping things from getting dangerous.

    • Mister Wrong says:

      Uh, well, if you want to be REASONABLE about it (do we do that here?) …

      “Useless” is obviously a strong word that I used on Weber when it would be better suited to describing Nesterov. Weber wasn’t “useless” literally. He just wasn’t awesome, which has been my problem with him basically all year.

      Weber needs to make a difference and he doesn’t.

      #FireBergevin

  23. Adidess says:

    What worries me about this game is that it is the kind of contests the Habs are built to win. We won’t win any 5-4 goalfests, so goalie allowed one goal, we’re in business, right?Well, not if you’re not going to score at all…

    Play down the middle, either in terms of creativity or power was non-existent (although we knew that going in, it was quite revealing how no forward other than Radulov could keep possession for more than half a second). From the backend, it looks like Markov is the only guy who can create a chance for the offence. Everyone else just wants somebody else to handle the puck. With offence at such a premium, we’re going to need our D to be a threat in order to lessen attention on our good forwards. If Shea doesn’t have a shooting lane, he simply returns the puck to Marvok every time.

  24. Chelios24 says:

    Can’t believe Galchenyuk is joining the already way too long list of Habs underwhelming 1st round draft picks. A recipe for disaster. the farm system is rather bare. We pay Plekanec $6M/year.

  25. HABS 63 says:

    Habs GM should make it a priority to resign Radulov! WHY ! 6 million a year and he scored less than 20 in a season ! When he was signed , they said he would need 30 + goals to warrant that contract . The first playoff game he was invisible. Weber was not superman ether. Hopefully they wake up in game two.

  26. Chelios24 says:

    Rangers in Six. They have more playoff experience (and thus better discipline), better forwards, line-balance and better Centers. The Habs are patched together and not cohesive. I give Bergevin credit for trying but they are still too passive and lack scoring. I realize it was only 1-0 but it felt like we had no room to make plays and no scoring chances out there (especially in the 3rd period).

  27. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    When the Habs win one goal games they are the greatest and when they lose them they are the worst. This is the style they want to play. Tonight it bit them ITA

  28. berc says:

    This Polly is not feelin’ the positive vibrations. There is a big difference between losing Game 1 at home and losing Game 2. With the first game loss, the pressure will fall heavily on the home team in the second game, and we know how increased pressure tends to tighten up the Habs’ sticks. Rangers take Game 2, Habs take Game 3, Rangers take game 4, Habs take game 5, Rangers take Game 6 and the series in 6. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.

  29. I_Am_Second says:

    U put lipstick on a pig it’s still a pig!

    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”

  30. jols says:

    Daunault was terrible tonight. So were Radulov and Patches. Totally brutal. Not sure why Patches and Radulov sucked but for Danault it is simple – he doesn’t belong anywhere near a NHL #1 line.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      Yes they sucked but at least Max while sucking got 5 shots on goal, as many as Byron, Gallagher, Lehkonen and Radulov combined. So while it is easy to blame the high profile guys like Max and a certain extent Rads, there was plenty of suckig to go around.

  31. BKAK72 says:

    That was easy. I have a feeling the NYR pre-game warm-up was more challenging for King Henry. The number of shots he faced during the game weren’t “highlight reel” material.

    CHUCKY on the 4th line in his fourth year. That’s a problem.

    — Les Canadiens. Building to make history for the current fan. —

  32. veryhabby says:

    Seems like we spent more time trying to check the Rangers, then play our typical game plan. I hope CJ makes that adjustment. This isnt the Bruins. Our top 2 lines are not big or grinders, don’t ask to be hitters first. We need all our attention on goal scoring, as we already suck at it that we don’t need to be getting out of position to finish a check

  33. johnnylarue says:

    All things told, it’s nice to get the first one out of the way and to bring expectations back in line with reality.

    This is still the team that lost about 300 games in a row in January and February, so we should know better than to think this series will be a cakewalk. The Habs are just as likely to be swept as they are to make it to Round 2.

    That said, this game was decided by a single flukey goal. Hardly cause for firing everyone and then rehiring the guys who don’t suck…

  34. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Hitting is not part of our game. Dished out 53 tonight while averaging 22 hits during the regular season. Get back to our strength which is speed. We wasted a game that should have been ours and now face a must win Friday night.

    Play to your strength and let the chips fall where they may. Lundquist is good but not this good.

  35. theox_8 says:

    Ahh well just game one peeps it sucks. But it happened . Need to make adjustments though for game 2 and tie this baby up !

  36. FenceSurfer says:

    Bummer.

  37. kalevine says:

    I just had a morbid thought. Habs could win the Stanley Cup while being shut out 9 times!

  38. Roy93 says:

    This version of the Habs ready let’s sing along:

    HERE I GO AGAIN ON MY OWN DOWN THE ONLY ROAD IVE EVER KNOWN … same ol same ol LOL.

    Absolute garbage!! When Phillip Danault
    Is your #1 centre you just know your f*****!

    Oh btw we can fix everything by getting 4th line pluggers time and time again. Great management skills Molson, yes I blame you for keeping that moran GM. You should be embarrassed. Rangers in 5 write that down! Good night!

  39. RightNyder says:

    Danault = decent third-line centre.
    Plekanec = mediocre third-line centre.
    Shaw = not a centre.
    Ott = mediocre fourth-line centre.

    So we’ve got this strength down the middle thing nailed, no?

  40. Habby_Haberton says:

    Plus side:
    – That 4th line. Ott especially knew how to throw his body.
    – Shaw brought intensity
    – Price was Price
    – Top 4 D were solid
    – Gally worked butt off
    – They only won with a lucky break, could have gone either way.

    Negative side:
    – How could one even think for a moment that Beaulieu & Nesterov could work?!!
    – Too many passengers (Plecky, Max, Danault)
    – the refs: need I say more?
    – The PP – can’t blow those chances but nothing new here.

    Next step? Win game two by showing up for more than 1 period.

  41. habs001 says:

    What playoff team has only two 20+ goal scorers…This was the game to win by giving up only one goal…Odds are the Rangers will have games where they score more…Ranger forwards 37 more goals than Hab forwards..With goal scoring struggles all year it was very surprising how many posters had Habs winning easily this series…Habs may have to win 1-0 or 2-1 in o/t next game …Reality is that the Habs offense is paper thin…even the most die hard Hab fan who took Habs in 4 games would laugh at the chances of winning a series if this forward line up was any other playoff team… One 35 goal scorer and one 22 goal scorer who was a waiver pick up…think about that…

  42. powerplay says:

    Just one game.Habs will bounce back.

  43. Bash says:

    RANGERS lined up on the blue line and won most pack battles in their own zone. We had no answer.

    One more time: Put Chucky with Rads and Byron. Gallagher with Pac and Danault. Pleks, Shaw, Lehk.

    “Damn it Jim I’m not a doctor; I’m a hockey expert.”

  44. Gus says:

    I could be wrong here, but was there even one odd-man rush for the Habs? Rangers really played a tight system and barring some change in gameplan strategy, Habs will need to score the first goal to have a good chance.

  45. tophab says:

    one game and they won a weak goal.

  46. Clemenza says:

    Buh bye Montreal. I had a very sick feeling the offence would fall flat and game 1 is indication nothing has changed.
    New York will win in 5 folks

    • Bash says:

      Nice of you to crawl out from under that bridge for a visit.

      “Damn it Jim I’m not a doctor; I’m a hockey expert.”

      • Clemenza says:

        terribly sorry, Bash.

        Montreal’s stagnant offence will surely come to life in game 2 despite years of the usual suspects not doing a damn thing when the games really matter.
        Montreal’s gameplan of depending on Shea Weber’s shot and nothing else will see them through to the finals.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      I guarantee you that the Habs will win the next 4.

  47. PK says:

    What an embarrassment for Habs fans.
    A few more kicks at the can; hopefully, more.

  48. rosemount says:

    Sad!

    “Hi stop for Bovril hevery time!”

  49. davecessna says:

    I don’t think line combinations have anything to do with it. This is the weakest talent NHL team I’ve seen since the early 2000s Habs. Come playoff time weak teams like this get exposed. I wish I could watch Julien’s press conference. Better not lose every important 3rd period faceoff next game.

    Anywho hopes were pretty low for us coming in to this, at least we’re seeing some playoff hockey.

  50. RightNyder says:

    So we had great goaltending and we added 800 pounds of pud, plus Playoff Shaw and Strength of Beard.

    But what does it mean if we still roll out Danault as a first-line centre and our most talented forward is now a fourth-line winger?

    Whining aside, still say Habs in 7.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      Sorry, Chucky has yet to show that he is the team’s most talented forward. He is not a 200 foot player, doesn’t make his linemates better and could be the worst defensive forward on the team. How does that make him the most talented forward?

  51. HabsfanlostinTO says:

    What an ass Marchand is, skating by Ottawa’s bench sticking his tongue out after he scored. Grow up man.

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  52. haberoo13 says:

    We did get Martinsen, King and Ott to help us for offense…

    Haberoo13
    MAAAA!!!! THE MEATLOAF!!!!!

  53. theox_8 says:

    And King plays like he is 4 foot 8 and 140 pounds for some reason . Clearly he is an over the hill uninterested player .


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