Family unfriendly weekend for Habs (Video)

(Photo: The Gazette/Allen McInnis)

Two tight back-to-back games and two losses for the Habs.

The Canadiens dropped their second Superbowl weekend matinee game at the Bell Centre on Sunday, losing 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets. It ended on a controversial note after Brendan Gallagher was roughed up by the Winnipeg Jets as the Canadiens pressed for the tying goal in the dying seconds of the game.

“It was pretty evident they were not allowing him to get out of the zone,” said Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges.

“He took a punch to the head from the goalie, got tripped up from the d-men and then the guy that came off the bench gave him another shot,” he added.

“And from my understanding the whole time Gally was the one being yelled at from the ref, which I don’t know if there’s a grudge or something. It’s too bad. That’s not what happened tonight. That’s not the difference. It’s just a frustrating end to the game.”

Defenceman Zach Bogosian cross-checked Gallagher behind the Jets’ net. Then as Gallagher skated behind Al Montoya in his crease the goaltender took a few swipes at him. As Bogosian held him up, Gallagher fell backwards. When he went to skate out of the Jets’ zone, he was knocked down by Jacob Trouba.

The Canadiens will ask for an explanation about why there no calls, said coach Michel Therrien. There could have been five of them on the same play, he said.

“For sure, it’s frustrating–very frustrating.”

Gallagher does his job well, the coach added.

“He’s very frustrating to play against because he has an exemplary work ethic.”

Gorges noted it’s tough to win games when you only score one goal.

“We’ve got to find ways to score more than that,” he said.

Therrien said he liked the intensity the Habs showed against the Jets.

“We certainly deserved a better fate. We hit two posts. Montoya made some great saves to keep his team in this game.”

“I believe our guys played really hard.”

You can hear more of what Gorges had to say here:

And you can listen to Carey Price here:

You can watch Lars Eller here:

And you can watch Canadiens captain Brian Gionta here:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)


  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …to all My Turdranna Friends …if Y’all are wonderin’ where Your favorite Mayor is …he’s here, boogeying at the Foggy Dew in Coquitlam

    …post his jay-walking ticket from our overzealous police

    …actually, would LOVE a mayor like Rob out here in magic mushroom capital of the Galaxy

    …Goo Seahawks !!! …Gooo Habs !!! …Gooo Chevrolet !!! 🙂

    • AssInTOheartInTheForum says:

      Grow up. The Poo Poo Caca stuff. It’s is so juvenile. It wasn’t funny the first time you used it, and it doesn’t get any funnier by repeating it. Ok, NoSurrey?

  2. CJ says:

    LA has to be reaching that point where either they make a move, or they face the prospect of finding themselves teeing it up in early April. As it is, they have played their way into a very difficult first round match up.

    Looking at the King’s roster, they have no fewer then four – affordable pllayers we could desperately use; Dwight King, Tyler Toffoli, Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford. These men hit hard and often. Their skill set ranges, but they are all capable of playing a regular shift. Lastly, for big men, they can all skate.

    If I was Bergevin, I’d be shopping Markov and my phone calls would start with LA, who are fast becoming the most desperate team in the league. They don’t have the luxury of playing in a weaker conference and they desperately need a PP quarterback. A combination of a pick(s) and roster player(s) above could help us address the size inequity that we currently have on our existing roster.

    Alright, I’m done playing GM for tonight.

  3. doug19 says:

    Interesting to here how the Seahawks were built. They were built by 6th round draft players with character, roles and size .
    Gainey etc’s draft motto was ” the best smurf available!”

    • dallyd says:

      So, Max Pac, Subban, Price, Tinordi are all terrible and small ?

      And as for smurfs, I’d take a team full of Gallagher’s anyday.

      • CJ says:

        I would to. He’s my favorite player. And you know what, we’d lose every game.

        It’s not enough to have heart. You need guys with heart and size. We need balance. There is room for Galley, but there isn’t room for 6 roster players under 5’10”. Our bigger players don’t play big. Bourque and Pacs are not physical. Our bottom six lack the combination of skill, size and determination required to be successful. Galley will be a great player when he is given the time and space he requires to do what he does best.

        Imagine Galley with his buddy Lucic riding shotgun?

        Our time will come.

  4. boing007 says:

    What a rout!

    Richard R

  5. munch17 says:

    Vegus wrote:

    the DD line????????
    after 60 games DD our number 1 centerman who plays with our supposed top 2 wingers and whom also get first unit powerplay time is on pace for 39.5 points. Are you serious

    As long as DD is on this team I could never consider us a serious team. Problem is he can’t do what Plekanec does. He doesn’t have Eller’s size. And hopefully Galchenyuk gets to center Pacioretty and Gallagher sooner than later.

    If wewant to one day be contender the kid has got to go. O i don’t how but it’s a must. He has 3 assists in his last 7 with a minus -4. Garbage. Too small, actually miniature. not a low sense of balamce, can easuily be tossed aside, Very average skating and zero shot/ Please please please, somebody wake-up


    • munch17jr says:

      He is so terrible. It has sapped any and all desire I have to watch this team. Yes, the DD line has been our most productive line. News Flash – every team has a “most productive line.” It’s usually the line that gets 75% of the PP time. Ours happens to be way worse than other teams’ most productive line. Have you seen the Leafs top line? You actually think the DD line is productive compared to that? It’s a joke. We won’t have a guy with 60pts on our top line this year.

      • B says:

        Desharnais has played 40% of Montreal’s PP TOI.

        Gallagher (8 PP pts) 45% of the PP TOI
        Pacioretty (11 PP pts) 42% of the PP TOI
        Desharnais (10 PP pts) 40% of the PP TOI
        Plekanec (8 PP pts) 34% of the PP TOI
        Gionta (8 PP pts) 31% of the PP TOI
        Galchenyuk (7 PP pts) 28% of the PP TOI
        Briere (3 PP pts) 25% of the PP TOI
        Eller (3 PP pts) 24% of the PP TOI

        81 NHL fwds have more PP points than Desharnais.
        101 NHL fwds have more PP TOI than Desharnais.

        –Go Habs Go!–

    • B says:

      If Desharnais is the number 1 center, why do 2 other centers on the team have more TOI? Perhaps, due to the current makeup of the team, they are trying to have some balance rather than trying to rely on one line to do it all (especially since they don’t have one such line)?

      –Go Habs Go!–

  6. rice says:

    We lack skilled depth at the forward position as evidenced by our record since Galchenyuk got hurt. No one has been able to replace his skill or enthusiasm. When he comes back things will get better. Not great but better

  7. boing007 says:

    No Show in New Jersey.

    Richard R

  8. Strummer says:

    Too bad for the Payton hype-machine- Omaha this Manning
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

    • boing007 says:

      Didn’t hear any Omahas during the game. Maybe the mike volume was too low. Troy Aikman said that Peyton Manning is one of the five best quarterbacks ever. I disagree. Anybody here heard of Johnny Unitas?

      Richard R

    • dr. gesundheit says:

      Couldn’t care less who won this one. Seattle has ugly unis and as far as being “the home team” is equidistant to Reykjavik, Iceland. Also, had an unfair advantage during their home games (with the acoustic design of their stadium)…so, Meh.

  9. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    My brother has been a Seahawks fan most of his life. Congrats to him and all the Seahawks fans. Arguably the best home fans in the NFL…well deserved.

  10. habsfan0 says:

    BlackHAWK..Stanley Cup Champ
    SeaHAWK…..Superbowl Champ.

  11. boing007 says:

    Seahawks Soar!

    Richard R

  12. sheds88 says:

    SEA !…….HAWKS ! SEA !……..HAWKS !

  13. habsfan0 says:

    Vince Lombardi Trophy is nice.
    But it’s no Stanley Cup.

  14. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …TOTAL domination

    …just like the Habs back in the day

    …anyOne here old enough to remember ‘da good old’ dayz’ ?

    … 🙂

    • CJ says:

      No. I’m very fortunate to have a father and uncles who have excellent memories though.

      I look forward to sharing stories of 93 with our young sons one day.

      I only hope they have stories to someday share with their children.

      That, my friend, is what makes sports so great.

    • Strummer says:

      Yes I’m old enough to have experienced the good old days but I’m tired of living in the past.

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

    • GL says:

      HiS – you’ll never see the Habs like that again. They may win a cup but it’s a long way off …

  15. Propwash says:

    In case you missed the superbowl, this is pretty much how it went down.


  16. Habs1962 says:

    I thought we played well enough to win today for sure. Couple of bounces and we coulda been up by a goal or 2. but we weren’t.
    Would be great to see some guys bury those chances… Eller.. please get some points !!

    • boonie says:

      Eller has a tantalizing combination of size, speed, tenacity and apparent skill, but let’s not pretend he’s a scorer. He wasn’t a scorer in his only AHL season. Either he regressed – badly – this year from last or last year was an aberration. I’m not saying a 24-year old can’t improve, I AM saying, let’s call a spade a spade. Eller is a solid 3rd-line center who should see second line duty in a pinch.

      If you’re (we’re) relying or projecting him as one of our 2 top centers, be prepared for more mediocrity.

      Chuky projects to #1. Plecs an absolutely ideal #2. Eller is a #3.

      • dallyd says:

        Problem is that he has been terribly mismanaged and poorly utilized under MT. That has hurt his progress.

      • Habs1962 says:

        we have seen flashes of offence in past…hope he can pitch in with more points down the stretch.
        doing lots of things right out there that go unnoticed.
        got 57 points in the AHL in 09/10
        10 more points in 10 less games last year.
        other poster mentioned he is not being placed to succeed.. true
        seems real cold lately…. maybe due !!

    • boing007 says:

      Habs are good enough to scrape by most of the time. I would much prefer a team that leaves no doubt who was the better team most of the time. Sustained excellence.

      Richard R

  17. Forum Dog says:

    Maybe others have seen this before, but I recently discovered Outlines the line combinations used this year according to percentage. Can do full year or recent games. Interesting to see that if you look at the full season, the Eller-Galchenyuk-Gallagher line is still the second most consistent combination used this year. Just shows how much mixing is going on.

  18. Mark C says:

    Can the AFC championship be replayed?

  19. Mattyleg says:

    So, who’s winning the Sopor-bowl?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …should be some sweet partying in Seattle tonight

  21. Propwash says:

    It’s Douglas Murray’s fault that the Broncos are getting blown out.


  22. Habitant in Surrey says:


    …Trin, only based on a single game observation …hardly definitive

    …but also based on results and the progress of the prospects so far under His watch

    …it’s a gut summation

    …but, seeing, for instance, Leblanc’s retrogression, and the overall Bulldogs’ performance I believe My gut

    • Mark C says:

      Haven’t most of the prospects improved? Beaulieu looks good in the NHL. Pateryn has emerged. Morgan Ellis has taken a large step forward. Andrighetto has had a good transition to the AHL. Leblanc has been good in the AHL. Guess Tinordi has experienced some growing pains.

      All in all, given the roster and current gap in talent at the AHL level, I’m not sure what the issue is.

    • Just A Guy says:

      How is Leblanc being used in Hamilton? I’ve heard he’s been given 3rd line minutes and linemates.

  23. ProHabs says:

    Couple of questions:

    Why are Gorges and Chantel Macabee giving each other the googly eyes in the video clip above.

    Why are there sooo many scouts at the last 2 Habs games.

  24. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I went to the game in Abbotsford as much to get ‘a feel’ on Hamilton Coach Lefebvre as much the team’s ‘talent’ on the ice

    …He stands behind His bench like a cigar store Indian without the head-dress

    …His assistants look like midgets …no emotion or in-game mentoring apparent

    …a big part of the minimal progress of Our prospects from the A is Lefebvre in My opinion

    …all the additional cost to Molson of the additional coaching and player development resources seem to have been misspent by Bergevin giving pay cheques to His friends, whether qualified or not

    …I have been a hopeful optimist to what Bergevin wants to do …but I’m starting to doubt His organizational judgement

    • habstrinifan says:

      Hope your evaluation is premature. Else we are in trouble. MB handpicked this guy as our ‘future’ based on his comments when he made the hire.

      And to be fair, Lefebvre had positive reputation around the league. Even my guy (at the time) Pierre McGuire said he would have gone after Lefebvre.

      • dr. gesundheit says:

        Hope so too…encouraging to hear that PM was supportive of the choice of SL as the dog’s coach cause Sylvain has all the charisma (and the style of) the Count 2.0 (and we know that lack of flamboyance does not necessarily translate to poor coach/developer of young talent.)

    • SlovakHab says:

      Don’t worry.
      Apparently Lebefvre is being groomed to be the future Habs coach.
      We can look forward to more of the same once Therrien is canned.

      Good times ahead!

    • JUST ME says:

      From the tone of your comment i do not think that we could expect anything optimistic.

      Only one thing. Do you realize that Lefebvre and his assistants are dealing with mostly Gainey/Gauthier era`s players ?

      This is actually an excellent point your are making even if you do not realize it .When you look at Hamilton`s roster you do understand what Bergevin meant when he said it would take time to build the farm system back.

    • habs_54321 says:

      I feel the same way about hamilton. I feel there is a major lack of development down there of our prospects, too many really good junior players and top prospects have gone there already in these last two years and have had minimal development, something is wrong.

    • boing007 says:

      Should have kept Clement Jodoin.

      Richard R

  25. habstrinifan says:

    Even though it’s a blowout, this Superbowl is still exciting cause of lots of ‘skill’ plays by Seattle. Some of those defensive slap downs, even though they were not interceptions, were brilliant.


    Edit: Ok Denver is just plain sucking now.

  26. JUST ME says:

    Phone ring.
    Yes mister Bergevin ? John Elway here. Any trade mark on your no excuses thing ?

  27. GL says:

    I would have to get some real good replacements before I would trade.
    Pleks, or Gionta Myself I wouldn’t touch the 1st two lines The 3rd and 4th lines are the ones that need fixing.

  28. adadi says:

    Anyone else get the feeling that Denver is throwing the game.

  29. Mavid says:

    Like I said earlier I picked the Seahawks because they had a cooler logo and nicer uniforms..looks like a pretty good system so far

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  30. GL says:

    I get a kick out of these Guys in their interviews. Gionta said they were still trying to find their Game. After 56-GP still trying to find their Game. Gotta be slow learners!!

  31. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …wouldn’t it be nice Our Habs have a D like the Seahawks

  32. The Teacher says:

    Good at least someone said SOMETHING about these garbage refs

  33. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …soooo, which one of You suckahs puts Your change on da Bunkos ??? 🙂

    • habsfan0 says:

      Rob Ford.
      Rob Ford dons Argos jersey,Argos lose.
      Rob Ford dons Bills jersey,Bills lose.
      Rob Ford dons Broncos jersey,Denver well on the way to losing.
      As a Habs fan, I hope our mayor dons a Leafs jersey whenever Habs and Leafs play.

    • JUST ME says:

      Did not put money on it but really thought it was Peyton`s season …

  34. frontenac1 says:

    Go Broncos! Oh yeah, Therrien is a d#ck! Saludos amigos!

  35. durocher says:

    The D is now stable — the six D and the pairings are pretty solid. Beaulieu looks excellent, and Murray has stepped up as well. We’re no longer “small” on the backend, thanks to Cube and Diaz being healthy scratches. Still, I’d like to see PK simplify things and not demonstrate his skill for the sake of it.

    The O needs help. Aside from the DD line, the lines lack identity and consistency. Bourque has to go, Gio will need to be replaced, Briere needs a defined role, and the 4th line needs another crasher/banger.

    Who should MB acquire either before the Olympic break or before the trade deadline?

    • CJ says:

      I don’t think we have a lot of tradeable assets that will land us a Chris Stewart or Evander Kane type player. We need to try and acquire picks or young talent like Marcus Foligno, Tyler Toffoli, Jordon Nolan or Klye Clifford.

      Our defence will be a strength going forward. They will have size, skill and depth. We need some sandpaper up front and high end talent.

      Unfortunately, so does everyone else.

    • vegas says:

      the DD line????????
      after 60 games DD our number 1 centerman who plays with our supposed top 2 wingers and whom also get first unit powerplay time is on pace for 39.5 points. Are you serious

      As long as DD is on this team I could never consider us a serious team. Problem is he can’t do what Plekanec does. He doesn’t have Eller’s size. And hopefully Galchenyuk gets to center Pacioretty and Gallagher sooner than later.

      If wewant to one day be contender the kid has got to go. O i don’t how but it’s a must. He has 3 assists in his last 7 with a minus -4. Garbage. Too small, actually miniature. not a low sense of balamce, can easuily be tossed aside, Very average skating and zero shot/ Please please please, somebody wake-up

  36. habsfan0 says:

    One of the reasons I believe why the NHL switched to having home teams wear dark coloured jerseys while visitors wear white,is that a team wearing a dark coloured sweater apparently has somewhat of a small, psychological advantage over a team wearing a white one.

    Interesting that the last 3 Super Bowl Champions all wore white in the big game. Seahawks,Ravens,and Giants.

  37. CJ says:

    I thought we got the bounces against the Hurricanes. At times, I thought we were the better team, but for long stretches the Canes controlled the play on Tuesday night. Despite this, we got the win.

    This afternoon, the first ten minutes of the first period aside, I thought Montreal was the better team. We controlled the play for long stretches, but couldn’t get a bounce.

    We are not a great team, but we are not terrible either. We are one of 20 average teams in the league. There are maybe 5 great and 5 bad teams that make up the balance. This is a parity based league with a hard salary cap.

    Games contested between two average teams are decided by a number of variables which are not always easy to quantify or qualify. Today two mistakes ended up in our net. I didn’t see how we were significantly outplayed. We are too small and have too many players who are the exact same. I don’t think Crosby could make a difference right now, nor do I think that Mike Babcock could guide our troops to the promised land. We need bigger players up front who can open up time and space for our skilled players.

    Until this happens, we can expect to continue as an average team. Guys like Bozon, Vail, Crisp, Nevins, McCarron and Fournier are still years away, if they make it at all. Best case scenario involves us taking the deep breath and parting with our UFA’s and fringe players for size, prospects with size, or draft picks (who can be used to draft size).

    • dr. gesundheit says:


    • kalevine says:

      voice of reason

    • JUST ME says:

      We were at par with the two teams this weekend but for some reason now we do not get the lucky bounces we got in the first half of the season.
      Still though i feel like every guy on the team underachieves at times and we just do not deserve to come out on top.
      I do appreciate that we fight hard and get to overtime or like today are in the game until the last second but i would rather have a 2 or 3 goals lead and that just is not happening with that squad very often.

      One thing i would like to add to your mention about the kids growing up in the farm system is that the Bergevin`s management choices are not even in Hamilton so they are a few years away from getting with the big club.Hamilton is still mostly filled with players from the former management and still will be getting their best season since 2010 just by adding a real coaching team.

      • CJ says:

        Agreed. It’s the ebbs and flows of hockey. 82 games is a long season. We had our ups, now we are experiencing the downs.

        Bergevin needs time. Hamilton right now is filled with Gauthier/Gainey talent.

        You are going to see more PTO contracts in the next two months. Thrower is going to get signed as will Mac Bennett. Both could see time in Hamilton next month. It will be interesting to see if we sign any college/CHL free agents.

        Patience my friends.

        • vegas says:

          all i see is a lot of junk, Other than Tinordi and maybe Pateryn there is probably no on in Hamilton that will one day have a full time role in the NHL

          • CJ says:

            It’s going to take time. Bergevin needs another 2-3 years to build this franchise back up.

            The Gauthier effect was way more then skin deep.

          • dr. gesundheit says:

            Agree…the Gauthier/Gainey era saturated the system with players that (thankfully) do not (at least hopefully) do not fit the Mold for the future. Purging the system as well as learning from the current regime’s mistakes will not happen overnight.

    • Mattyleg says:

      That’s an excellent analysis, CJ.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  38. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I watched the great bulk of the game, and it was an excellent game. Exciting, quick, lots of chances for both teams, and not top much reffing. Sucks that the Habs didn’t even get a loser point, but so it goes. Loved Gallagher’s play, and Gionta’s goal was a beauty. Looking forward to Tuesday. Go Habs!

  39. JohnBellyful says:

    What are the odds of hearing Bob Cole say this on the next broadcast:

    “And Subban circles behind his net with the puck while the Canadiens make a change. Therrien is being escorted away from the bench and Gallant is taking over as coach. Subban starts moving up the left side …”

  40. Marc10 says:

    Love Gally. You knew guys were going to target him at some point. The refs are the refs. PK does something like that to the opposition, he gets called. Others do it and get away with it. #SameOldNHL

    • Mattyleg says:

      Those refs were pathetic.
      There was a ton that I’m sure the cameras didn’t pick up, and we in the stands were raging.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Marc10 says:

        It’s a shame the League just refuses to punish that garbage… and they wonder why goal totals keep dropping.

        Big goalies that are agile + big and fast players to cut down on free space and reaction times + team systems that clamp down on break outs + tons of interference that goes uncalled = no goals.

        If the refs did their job, you’d at least free up a few skilled guys. Moving to 4 on 4 and/or shorter benches would help too. But good luck getting the PA to agree to that.

        In the meantime we get this garbage. I trust Gally to fight through it and for our guys to go after Montoya hard next game.

        • CJ says:

          Good post. I feel like I’m hoarse from screaming all season at the ineptitude of the officials. It really does ruin the game.

          The third period today absolutely erodes at the league’s credibility. Not that they had much credibility left, as there have been significantly more withdrawls then deposits into that account.

  41. Danno says:

    What happened to NO EXCUSES?


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  42. tab says:

    We miss galchenyuk’s creativity with the puck.

  43. HabsCentralO says:

    I question MT on playing Price in back to back games, when Budaj is such a capable back-up. Price owned the 2 goals against unfortunately. But as a goalie, no matter what keeping the opponent at 2 goals against or less, you are still doing a great job. We need goals!!

  44. JUST ME says:

    We miss Galchenyuk more than we can realise. He does things in our zone that go unnoticed but that helps a lot to make a difference.

    • CJ says:

      Agreed. Chucky is a major part of the present and future. He is one of the few players that we currently have which would force the opposition to game plan, in an effort to contain.

      Right now, with PK struggling, we have become very one dimensional. Hit us hard and often and we have a difficult time matching the opposition. It’s not due to intensity, coaching or desire. We are simply too small. I’m sorry to be so matter of fact, but you can not win with such a small team.

      It’s going to take 2-3 years before we are ready to take a big step forward. It is critical that we move pending UFA’s for picks. I’d rather suffer through two bad seasons, then endure the same old. To this end, I do have confidence in Bergevin. He believe he sees the bigger picture. The next six weeks will determine the course of action.

      • JUST ME says:

        Do not know if we can expect anything significant on the trade block before olympics and/or before march 5 th 2 nd deadline but i expect big things this summer on the veteran`s side . Knowing the habs fans i know that they will complain cause we will have to give up something big to get equal value. If you ask them now they will all say that it`s o.k. but once it gets done…
        (Man can`t believe the superbowl anti climax so far !)

  45. Grimmly says:

    MT should watch the game again on TV , hopefully he does not think this team deserved a better fate, because from this view they looked like a crap team, again. I with MT would just see his teams terrible work effort minus Gally and maybe he might try and improve it.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I was at the game, and Therrien’s assessment is correct.
      They looked far from crap, their work ethic was good, and we out-chanced the Jets from the 12-minute point of the 1st.

      But don’t let me interfere with your hating, by all means.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • TMan1969 says:

      Hey, they didn’t play great but they weren’t horrendous – except on PP which used to be bread n butter…personnel change might help but its really drive. PJ Stock had it right MT should show how hard Gallagher works…maybe MB offers a bonus for hard work (consistent)

      Lastly we all love to point out how bad the team, how much better other teams are and all I see is parity. The team that worked hard and deserved the win even with the controversy

      “If I knew the answer to that I’d bet $10,000 on the game and retire from coaching.”
      —Montreal Canadiens coach Toe Blake after being asked if his team would win an upcoming game

  46. 416erHabsFan says:

    Gallager is my hero!

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