Liveblog: Winning streak stops at 2

Returning to the scene of his playoff glory, Jaroslav Halak had a very quiet night at the Bell Centre.
In notching his second shutout of the season, Halak made only 19 saves …only a few of which were remotely difficult.

UPDATE: Patrick V. Hickey is day-to-day with an upper body injury. I’ll be writing for the dead-trees edition of The Gazette, which means a terse and pithy live blog that stops early in the third period. I’m counting on the Commentariat to soldier on.


  1. Roy_s_WINK says:


    Streamed through the blues home feed….

  2. price365 says:

    another thumpimg on the horizion thursday in Bean Town.

  3. HardHabits says:

    Wow. Looks like the thought police are out in full force. All of ManlessApart’s post have been deleted.

    Welcome to Хоккей Внутри Из comrade chairman.

  4. Lafrich says:

    Can the Habs just forfeit the Bruins game?

  5. Trisomy 21 says:

    So what’s your favourite St Louis Blues Stanley Cup Moment?
    Mine’s the one where they didn’t win.

  6. price365 says:

    I suppose Price will take the blame for this one – when a team has three decent forwards – Cole – Kostitsyn – Max-Pac what can you expect – Eller was a flash in the pan for one game – that’s over with
    on the back end we have Emlin – PK – Gorges – Price – that’s our team – you can look at it which ever way you want – it’s a seven player team – the rest – no comment.

    • nunacanadien says:

      We don’t have any scoring forwards. We pay Gionta and Gomez as if they are. Truth be told, the Molsons are still signing the bottom of the league, the players no one wants. What do you expect when the most wealthiest teams in the NHL only sign those ones no one wants. Which is sad. Stop talking as if we have top 6 forwards when we don’t We have nights where some players shine. But really, in the long run, we dont’ have any players who can sustain a scoring run. The stats are dismal but reflect the fact that Molson and Gauther are bottom feeders. we have garbagemen running the helm of this proud name.

  7. durocher says:

    Just watched the game on my DVR. The Blues deserved to win this game. Their strong forecheck, puck support, positioning, physical play were all impressive. We were completely dominated in the first. In the second, we kept up physically to some degree, but were still outplayed and outchanced. If we had a legit roster, Reeves would have been dealt with — his physicality and yapping should have been quelled. But we have no overly physical players to perform this function, with all due respect to Moen.

    Cammy was boo’ed in the third, and rightfully so. He is not contributing. Him and moisturizers should be sent out of Montreal. Our PP was completely ineffective. Kaberle was almost invisible, particularly on the PP. PG’s latest mistake should cost him his job.

    In the grand scheme of things, there is a silver lining to losing, as painful as watching our games is — we can get a better draft pick, PG will be fired, our underperforming vets (e.g., Cammy) will be sent away, and our underperforming UFAs (e.g., Gill) will not be brought back.

    Go Fail Go!

    • Bill says:

      At this point in time, Cammalleri is nearly as untradeable as Gomez, and that, I think is saying something.

      In Cammi’s favour, his playoff-reliability might make him attractive to someone … but two more years at six million …

      Anyway, we NEED him. Or the real Cammalleri. This is not the real Cammalleri.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Michael says:

      GILL? You’re a madman. Gill is great.

  8. HardHabits says:

    Bob Gainey has done an excellent job in rebuilding the team. – Geoff Molson.

    • MontrealAtheist says:

      Bob Gainey has done an excellent job in making sure that this team does not even come close to becoming a Stanley Cup contender for at least 5 more years.

    • Rad says:

      That’s the problem right there HH. Remember his quote earlier when he stated “We believe and trust in Scott Gomez” —
      What does this guy know about hockey anyway?

      • nunacanadien says:

        Or the principle of the idea that if Carey Price stops two goals a night the habs can win? That means the habs are not about winning but finding a reason to sit on a lead. That in a nutshell is our season under Gauther and under Gainey before him. No wonder we can’t win, and no wonder this year we are not making the playoffs.

  9. smiler2729 says:

    “Play the blues, Edge!”

    Jack Edwards sucks chowdah chunks

  10. Eric37 says:

    I’ll handle it Mike…


    The Montreal Canadiens sucked.

    That is all.


  11. WindsorHab-10 says:

    When we suck, we really suck.
    Man do we suck. No disrespecting Halak, but my 80yr old father would’ve shut out the Habs tonight.

  12. showey47 says:

    tsn990 reporting campoli might be traded.

  13. DorvalTony says:

    Welcome back Jaro. Thank you for 2010.

    “Okay, everybody take a Valium.”

  14. doug19 says:

    On the bright side we play at home to Winnipeg on Feb 5th and Carolina on Feb 13. Sure two points? Maybe, maybe not.
    Is it me or are the Blues forwards bigger than our defense?

  15. Habsbill24 says:

    I hear Ryan White will represent the Habs at the All Star game. Only player that hasn’t been terrible this year.

  16. HardHabits says:

    The Habs will probably finish around 20th to 22nd this season.

    They need to rebuild. No more blow-ups. No more delving into free agency unless it is for reasonably priced players with size and grit to go with their leadership or A list talent capable of building a team around. No more trading picks for 1 or two rounds of play-off hockey with that as the apex of their potential.

    Tanking is not the answer. It is only one of many pieces of the puzzle. A necessary piece though. Just as necessary as good late round picks. Just as important as trading pending UFA’s for picks and/or prospects.

    One of the RDS announcers spoke of how the Blues rebuilt and mused as to whether or not such a rebuild was possible in a market like Montreal. He also suggested that if it was explained properly it could be viable.

    Soon people. Soon.

  17. jimmy shaker says:

    So now that the season is a complete write off……maybe budaj can start playing some games….is there a reason why most of these players have no idea how to cover guys in their own zone, or have no attention to defensive zone coverage (cammy, gill, kaberle, pleks, gio, subban) if you guys aren’t going to score, you best be able to handle your own zone, not ole around like a bunch of pee wee’s……anyway, Coach Cunneyworth, please step down at the end of the year before this organization has the chance to crap all over you!


    • nunacanadien says:

      Its that failed attempt by Martin which did not work in Ottawa, which Montreal is still trying to follow. The five men everywhere formula. To do this properly, like the Russian team did leading up to the world juniors, you need fast skaters and players of decent size. The habs are a mishmash of freaks! Small Gionta next to Giant Gill and it’s not until we signed Cole to go with Emelin that opened our eyes as fans to what many have said here since the days of Koivu! Small does not work in the NHL! Stop this signing of small players no one wants.

  18. Frank2468 says:

    Well the Blues made good moves to rebuild, with players and hiring the GM and coaching staff. But the Habs can take to heart that upper management and trainers and assistant coach all speak French. Just waiting for the new Head coach that speaks French so then the epic fail will be complete.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      But we have an English coach now.

      And almost only Anglophone players.

      How is the Habs’ problem too much French?

      • Frank2468 says:

        Yes true we have an English coach now, but do you remember Cunneyworths title Interim coach? How is that confidence in the person who as the job now. Imagine if you went to work and your title wasn’t employee but interim employee, bet it would leave you with a nice and warm fuzzy feeling? He’s coaching but the organization is saying I know he’s not French but we had no one else to take the job, so here is this guy and we are sorry.

    • Michael says:

      The Blues were crap this year until they hired Hitchcock. He is the be-all and end-all of their success.

  19. Habsbill24 says:

    I hear the Fat Lady Singing, I hope Mr. Molson does as well. Time to turn out the lights, sell whatever you can, fire everyone in managment who produced this dog’s breakfast of a team and move on. Pray for a lockout to take a year off the bloated contracts. Chez Paree offers more interesting body checking than a Habs game.

  20. HabFanSince72 says:

    I hate to say I told you so but I did didn’t I? Those games against Winnipeg and Tampa were fools gold.

    Nothing has changed because Cunneyworth is actually just like Martin (except not as good).

    This is the same lousy team.

    Now please can we sell sell sell and go for the lottery?

  21. Ton says:

    lets not jump to conclusions about goaltending, price kept the score lower for we got territorially outplayed again. I seen it a few time this year when we play agressive forechecking teams with size, vancouver, rangers and blues. we need to start selling and do exactly what Brian Murray did last year. cammileri, gionta, gill, campoli, pleks!! have value! i would also consider trading subban for he has value also.

    • Laramy87 says:

      I agree with getting rid of vets, the only problem is the majority of them have remaining years on their (expensive) contracts and many teams will prolly not take them on. I would also not give up on PK, no way in hell would i let him go, let him develop and he will be an excellent player. He is still 22. Eller still has not fully developed and we are only seeing the beginning of him. Wait for PK

  22. vic says:

    Well if anyone was hopinhg for a playoff we got our answer tonight
    Not the coaches fault strickly the players. they are being paid to do a job but cant or wont produce.Yes I say get rid of the vets and keep the young players.Get back to the time when they had pride in the
    Canadiens.The team in the past was considered the class of the N.H.L today with the management they look incompetent.

    • nunacanadien says:

      I’m gonna considering stopping to watch the Canadiens at least for the rest of the season. I saw on facebook one small fan was so upset, he stopped cheering for the habs and switched to cheering for the Blackhawks. When one young fan in Canada gives up the habs then you know something is wrong. Geoff Molson, time to fire yourself and Gauthier, clean house once and for all. Get us an offensive minded coach and GM. Let’s bring the NHL back to Montreal. Enough of this bottom feeding team, this retirement haven for washed up veterans that it has become.

  23. C-Sword says:

    I hope that the Bruins wins 7-0 this Thursday, I’m sick and tired of this team.

  24. aj says:

    I’m starting to feel the love of all the Habs fans on Halak.

  25. LA Loyalist says:

    That was probably a game we will look back on as important.

    Kind of like the opening game of the season against the Leafs that we woofed , and a couple of others.

    We have character issues in some of our expensive vets.

    Not a pretty thing to say, in fact I am loathe to say it. But how else do you explain not showing up for significant games?

    Really? What else can be said.

    Did they think Halak wasn’t going to show up? You’d think they’d have wanted to make Price look good.

    You’d think many things, none of which happened.

    Can anyone provide a cogent explanation?

  26. LL says:

    Horrible, pathetic, disgusting, putrid, gross, effed up, embarrassing, sad, shameful, depressing, unhealthy, not fun and stinky in both official languages.

  27. alwayssunny says:

    The talk about selling is heating up but what’s sale? As far as roster to contract goes, you would think an imbecile assembled that squad (and you might be right). Gomez, Gionta, Cammelari, forget it… nobody is taking those contracts. You can throw in Kaberle and keep dreaming about trading him over the next 2.5 seasons. This franchise is where opposing GMs dump their trash and even laugh about it shortly after. Witness Rutherford saying “I should have known better (than to sign Kaberle)” hours after trading him.

    Maybe Kostitsyn gets you a mid round pick and a borderline prospect for his services for a month. Maybe someone takes a bite at Weber but he doesn’t look like a pro, wont get you anything more than a late round pick. Moen might get you a 5 or a 6 for someone who wants to bulk up a line thinking about the Bruins. Who else is anyone coming after for a playoff run? Hal Gill? The only people retarded enough to think he should still be in the NHL just because he is big and can get in front of a shot are the homers who cover the Habs and the people who listen to them.

    You can fool fools for years on end pointing at your Junior prospects. But not GMs. There is nothing in the Habs pipeline that anyone is drooling over outside of this message board.

    The only way to change the obviously disastrous course this completely inept management has kept the last 5 years is to make big moves. Plekanek, Subban , Price, those are the only names that are going to get anyone’s attention and in each case the stock has dropped, and is overrated in Montreal to begin with.

    The roster is weak, the farm team is weak, the product is embarrassing and shows no signs of improving. “Oh if only Markov was here”. Please. The club needs a total makeover and Gainey and Gauthier have done everything they could do to make that impossible. They locked people in, in spite of every sane observer saying those players aren’t what the team lacks.

    What they need now is a gunslinger GM who isnt afraid of making big moves, because if you think adding Louis Leblanc next year and maybe one of the juniors the year after is going to change the complexion of this team, you are nuts.

  28. deuce6 says:

    I hope to God they decide to get what they can for cap space for the coming off season….


    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  29. twilighthours says:

    Offside! They won’t win Thursday.


  30. habsfan0 says:

    Odds of Habs making playoffs this season…down to 9.81%

    Odds of Habs having a French speaking head coach next season..up to 1000%.

    Happy days are here again!

  31. aj says:

    The biggest story of this game: The Habs lost again due to Cunneyworth’s use of the line creation of Gio-Cammy-Pleks courtesy of the Jacques Martin Defence System. Superb! Good job boys for screwing up another win!

  32. otter649 says:

    Where’s the cheese ?

  33. Le Jadester says:

    I think that game really exposed our team and what it is made of ?
    I don’t know what to think right now ?

    Habs, OLE !

  34. Mondou6 says:

    Or how about this team motto:

    “Number Two” talent, number one pick!

  35. glorydayspast says:

    I can honestly say I have never seen a Montreal team stink it up like this one. Can’t blame Price when he sees the pathetic effort in front of him every night. This game was a big deal for him and the team laid a goose egg for him.

    The Count must be enjoying this.

  36. habs-fan-84 says:

    At least Ron Paul finishes 2nd 😉

  37. aj says:

    Is there a way we could convince PG to make a trade for Kaberle to bring Wiz back? I kinda miss him 🙁

  38. Habsbill24 says:

    Gionta hurt again. The story of the season, too small and too injury prone. Doesn’t matter whether he plays or not anymore.

  39. Propwash says:

    Is it safe to start using the F. for Jaroslav Halak?

    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  40. alfieturcotte says:

    Habs looked like a minor league team tonight.

    Congrats Halak, money as usual. Fire PG for the horrid moves including Kaberle, Markov, SK74, Moore, Pouliot, D’Agostini, Pleks, waiting too long to sign Gorges long term, etc.

    Canadiens better be sellers, otherwise we will be stuck with Pleks, Gomez, Cammy, and Kaberle salaries for years to come.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      Unless the KHL is looking for players, there is no buyers for those players.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      They would need a miracle to get rid of any of those contracts.

      • alfieturcotte says:

        You might be right.

        Gauthier was dumb enough to obtain Kaberle. Could another team be desperate/foolish and take a gamble on him or Cammy? Probably not. Fire Gauthier, Fire Gauthier.

        Halak is more money than Price. While I like Eller and am happy with who we got, Halak remains superior.

        • SlovakHab says:

          If he were money, he wouldn’t have lost his starter role.
          Blues missed playoffs last season when he was no.1

          • alfieturcotte says:

            As it stands now, come playoff time, Hitchcock is going with Halak. Halak took us to Semi finals , huge upsets against Caps and Pens. I like Price, but up to this point, Halak has played better when it most counted (playoffs…!) That to me, is money. Last night, Halak looked better. Surely you can’t dispute that.

    • aj says:

      I wonder if we can make a trade for PG to Chicago in exchange for Scotty Bowman for the GM position? That would save Molson’s assets instead of going down the drain by getting useless veteran players for the Habs.

  41. HardHabits says:

    Tankwagon tickets are scalping high again.

  42. twilighthours says:

    .464 hockey baby! Whoo! Yeah.


  43. RockinRey says:

    Even D’ags looked good too!

  44. Hobie Hansen says:

    Great Halak won, game’s over, who cares…

    We’re not dead yet but we’re within a loss or two of walking the plank. Odds are we don’t come together this year and make the playoffs but stranger things have happened.

    Pittsburgh lost tonight so we didn’t lose ground on 8th spot.

  45. Habsbill24 says:

    Losses to Boston, Ottawa and the Rangers will follow. Randy can return his French tapes and get a refund, no need to waste time learning a second language. He is toast. He could only save his job with a playoff spot and that ain’t gonna happen. We dress 7 defensemen and cannot find two NHLers among them. The smurf line of Pleks, Cammy and Gio for 17M is a total waste of cap money. Waiting for Markov is useless as we will be 114,000,000 points out of a playoff spot when he returns. Another 17.25M well spent. We need new management and new players.

  46. RockinRey says:

    Down to earth!!!

  47. Mondou6 says:

    All I know is if there is a 5’5″ forward somewhere out there, who has 3 goals, is 35 years old, and signed for 6 years at $10M per, PG is on the phone to his agent tonight!

  48. duffy says:

    Instead of protesting about the coach not speaking French they should be protesting against Molsons not icing an NHL team.

  49. Corson27 says:

    Pathetic from PG down to the least used player.
    WTF has happened to this team last 14 years?

    I am sick and tired of mediocrity

  50. MacHabFan says:

    This team needs to rid itself of lot of players and it will not be easy. Let`s go with youth and patience. And please place a quota on the hobbits and no-skill players. And may Caron look down and bless us with a brighter future.

  51. Frank2468 says:

    Let the debating begin, did Montreal make a mistake keeping Price? So far Halak is 2 and 0 against the Habs. Well I have a stick of dynamite all we need now is some to jump up with the line and blasting caps and we can begin the rebuild. The final word for tonight is


    • Kooch7800 says:

      goaltending is not our problem. it is overpaid vets who just are not producing.

      • Frank2468 says:

        Kooch so right I was just expecting the retorts to start about Halak. But the bottom line is if this team couldn’t get up for this game for Price’s sake then it’s time to blow it up. This team needs a heart triple bypass.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          I agree. they need to dump a lot of vets this trade deadline. Time to get some energy back. I am shocked at how bad Cammy sucks this year….for someone who can be so good he is terrible.

          St Louis shows how to use size and play hockey properly. Unlike our Boston friends

  52. avatar_58 says:


    That is all

  53. HardHabits says:

    Habs are .650 for 2012.

  54. doug19 says:

    I have not seen the whole game but looks like boys against men.
    Max Pac looks small. Kaberle should cost PG his job now!
    He is terrible even on the PP. And Campoli is not to helpful either. Weisniak was x3 better.
    Suggestion, save some bucks make Jacque Martin the temporary General Manager he at least knows what the team lacks. Forbid PG the power to even buy a roll of toilet paper!



    50+ years Habs fan.

  55. NCRhabsfan says:

    Just be grateful we don’t play them much. The Habs would go o-fer as many games as they played against the Blues. They might never score a goal.

    Cammy has given up and is waiting to be traded to turn it back on again.

    Pleks is screwed playing with Cammy and Darche.

    Lets get LL back up and give him top 6 minutes and PP time. He won’t produce much this year, but it may pay dividends next year.

    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      Agreed, get Cammalleri off the line with Pleks. Put LL there in his place.

    • aj says:

      the interesting part here is that Leblanc is producing and he’s young. Gio right now is not producing and I’m not sure if he’s going to keep up with the speed of the game. Plus, like Cammy, he’s injury prone (not saying all of them aren’t, but 2x this yr! WTF).

      EDIT: Does anybody here would agree if PG could make trades right now and ‘flirt’ w/ Anahiem? I’m sure we could have let’s say a Bobby Ryan in exchange for a Gio+Cammy+Pleks come deadline.

  56. szthecatman says:

    Just saw Halak’s post game interview on rds… Class act… As much as i hate the Habs losing (and still think we made the right move keeping Price)… Cant help but fell good for Jaro

  57. aj says:

    The problem with the Habs right now:

    a) 4 small overpayed forwards who can’t seem to get the production going (Gomer, Gio, Cammy, Pleks); Underrated Dmen (Campoli, Gill, Kaberle)

    b) Injuries (Gio, White, Markov)

    c) In need of 1 or 2 top-6 forwards to go make score and battle on the 1st or 2nd line (PG has got to make trade before or during Feb 27)

    d) Too much drama and politics (Language, Coach, GM, etc…)

    e) The young and future Habs (exception of #72, he’s old be he’s also a part of the future) need to step up their A game if they want to succeed.

    • powdered toastmann says:

      (a-1)…Horrible management team (PG/Gainey etc). But, despite this, the team should not act prematurely to fire them all (at least not right away). Just make sure that their hands are tied so that they cannot do anymore damage. Then wait, let nature take it’s course, and hire the right people when they become available. This will be a long, painful process

  58. nova scotia vees says:

    Bravo Halak. But, why didn’t the Habs play their hearts out for their keeper. A terrible performance.

  59. habs001 says:

    3rd year in a row that we will finish as one of the lowest scoring teams in the league…at least all the bad teams lost in the east…we can still catch a playoff spot lol…

  60. remi_10069 says:

    WTF is wrong with Cammi? Something has to be wrong with him. Did he get dumped?


  61. Rickly33 says:

    The f’in trade that involved Halak happened two years ago, it time for you to let it go, why is this still such a big deal! Support the goalie you have, because without him we’d be lucky to have one win!!!!!

  62. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Halak, what a guy. Always so humble, loved that about him.

    Congrats Jaro!

    Now hey Les Canadiens, learn how to play HOCKEY!

  63. Mondou6 says:

    If I was Price, and could make comparable money on a contending team, I’d be outta here so fast.

    He has to have zero confidence that this franchise will ever put a contending team on the ice, and why bother dealing with all the other BS?

    Price could go to Chicago, win in Montreal next year, get a big ovation, and contend…Or he could re-sign here, and have Travis Moen be his leading scorer for the next 5 years.

  64. habsguy92 says:

    The only thing worse than the habs performance tonight was having to listen to that offensive and idiotic jerk darren pang describe it. Just went from one guy to the next.. if only eller, kaberle, subban etc coulda just shut him up!

  65. Mr.Bell says:

    We can post all we want about being sellers but its not going to happen after the game. Knowing this how can anyone watch this team play another game the way they played tonight? Beyond ridiculous, and I for one am tired of hearing bullsh!t excuses by the players (subban and Cammi) after every performance such as this. They try to say all the right things and show their displeasure but since they dont show any improvement imo then its just more BS that they continue to spew.

    Was pumped up for this season more than any other. This has been a true disappointment and my passion for hockey has been sapped by this putrid group of players!

    CHange is needed!

  66. upstrum says:

    Really Halak bowing??? Not cool

  67. timothy13 says:

    Sad, 3-0, and I must turn the game off! The Habs can usually miss revenge because if the writers in the media are aware this is Halak’s second game @ the Bell Centre since the trade. The Blues won that game as well and Price, well, Carey was not @ his best. I did have a good feeling about this game before it began and I said to a co-worker the Habs can continue their W streak. They can beat the Blues and actually score two points but it does not look like the case. Is it spring yet? Golf anyone? Does the current GM drink espresso alone or does he need to be booted from his office? Molson, Mister, you have a lot of decisions to make about this team. Last year and previously it seemed the Habs were only a few years away from the Cup, now it looks like they are several years away. The rebuilding phase shall be a tough, long, and a hard road. Decisions shall be tough and expensive but they must be wise. Something needs to be done because the Montreal Canadiens are not the team they used to be and show no signs of being a dominating force in the NHL. Lets hope there is a labor dispute next year so the GM can either be fired, take a holiday, or find some new scouting talent because it is a shame and sad being a Habs fan these days.

  68. Rickly33 says:

    As bad as this is to say, I think They are looking ahead to Thursday vs boston, and if that the case they all should sit Thursday bring up Hamilton let them play. Camer has to sit just terrible!!!!!!!!!!

    • Habsbill24 says:

      Looking ahead? What gives them that right the way they have played this season? They cannot compete. Too small and they lack talent. This team has been put together poorly and really sucks. If any of us did our jobs as badly as Gauthier has, we would be out looking for work.

  69. port elgin says:

    I hope when Molson is done counting the profits on the beer sales tonite he feels embarassed.

  70. FuzE_gus says:

    Man. I’m tired of former Canadiens coming back and stoning the Habs. Why does it feel like it happens to us more than any other team. I’m not suggesting it really does…it just feels like it.

    With Regards from FuzE_gus

  71. kempie says:

    Aaaaahhhhhh good for him. I always liked the guy. Live it up Tony. But seriously, whomever is running the projector tomorrow is gonna be busy. Start racking up video of this SL forecheck. Watch the video and den do like dat.

  72. topher5468 says:

    Halak goes for a skate on our ice, I wonder how price feels about that. Halak’s team played hard for him, Price’s team took a dump for him

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

  73. The Jackal says:

    Blues played well but Halak first star? He didn’t have to make any hard saves. No star for him!

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