Game 12: Blue Jackets too tight for Canadiens

Canadiens’ Travis Moen gets checked into the goal by Blue Jackets’ Derek Dorsett Tuesday night. John Grieshop, Getty Images

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• At a Glance: Two first-period goals and some excellent netminding by Mathieu Garon were the difference Tuesday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Canadiens 3-0. Rick Nash, who had been struggling to find the back of net, didn’t have any problem beating Carey Price for his fourth goal of the season 12:34 into the first period. Columbus made it 2-0 a few minutes later when Derick Brassard scored on the power play into a wide open net after Price was caught out of position on a great pass from Jakub Voracek. Price made some great saves in the second period to keep his team in the game, but his teammates could not get one past Garon. Kyle Wilson made it 3-0 in the third period with a nice move on a 2-on-1 with Travis Moen the lone Canadien back after both defencemen had pinched. Garon finished with 29 saves to improve his record to 3-0 on the season.

• Key Moments: Special teams continue to be an issue for the Canadiens. Their power play went 0-for-3 while allowing a goal while shorthanded.

• What It Means: Montreal has lost two straight games for the first time this season and the Canadiens record drops to 7-4-1.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens play two more games this week, on the road in Buffalo on Friday and a they receive a visit from the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre on Saturday.


  1. observer says:

    this is how they played all last season. and why they lost  more than they won.  the only reason they beat pitts and wash was they all gave 100% effort every game. now they are back to the same old. and charging top dollar even when they clearly are stiffing themselves.

  2. observer says:

    bettman – columbus – and they need to enthuse people to buy tickets – and columbus is favorite? and habs in the tank? and mcguire predicts correctly the no-show. btw – bettman’s brother is commissioner of the world series of poker. a gambling organization in vegas. several nhl players have participated.

  3. dre1744 says:

    not harping on Price I actually think hes playing very well tonight.  JUst thought that he played that wrong  he should not have went for the poke check.

  4. fbkj says:

    agreed, made me smile

    ~love HIO, but please, for the love of GOD… stop redirecting us to your horrible mobile site…~

  5. habs81 says:

    If you are going to base this hockey team in the last two games then we look like a under .500 team but there is 82 games in a season give the boys time.

  6. observer says:

    whatever b- or c- – mcguire said it would be LESS than the 2 choices melnick gave him -BTW the lower choice given him by melnick meant a disgusting no-show —-WELL it turns out mcguire was 100% correct on this no show (WHICH IS COMMON IN PRO SPORTS TODAY AND WITH THIS TEAM IF YOU LOOK AT LAST YEAR).

  7. pic1983 says:

    Give. Me. A. Break.

  8. adam76 says:

    Are you watching?  This is what a .500 team plays like like.  poor effort on Saturday, and no bounceback tonight.

  9. luca says:

    Garon with a huge save and columbus rewards him with a goal, Price with another big save andddddd exactly piss me off

  10. fbkj says:

    I am going to SMASH my phone into the sidewalk if the mobile redirect doesnt get rectified



    everyone hates it and your messing with OUR devices

  11. habs81 says:

    7-4-1 if we lose tonight that’s not .500 team, but I’m use to idiots on this website.

  12. dre1744 says:

     damn Price should of had that one.  He tried to poke check again and over committed himself.

  13. adam76 says:

    This team is a .500 team – get use to it.

  14. Mike D says:

    I agree that it would be great to get Giroux, but it’s not gonna happen.  It’s nice to dream though…

    I don’t think Ruutu would be a good fit on our team either if it is him that PG is scouting.

    If we can’t trade Spatch, then we gotta sit him.  Another brutal night tonight.

    On the plus-side Hammer’s been good so far and Price is playing great.  He’s the only reason it isn’t 5-0 by the end of the 2nd.

    – Honestly yours

  15. TPlow says:

    My kingdom for a powerplay goal!

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Put your hand on the record player and say, ‘I’m gonna get my freedom!'” — King’s X

  16. dre1744 says:

    I think you have a man crush on Auld  thats why you want Price pulled.  Auld turns you on doesn’t he?????

  17. Ian Cobb says:

    Go pull a wart, ya toad.!

  18. habs81 says:

    I would be more worried about scoring goals than our the game please.

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    I need a drink! decalf!

  20. slapshot777 says:

    Thisis so fustrating to watch. No urgency in the game and the habs are not making any good decisions with the puck.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  21. SmartDog says:

    Not sure I agree with all of your sentiments.. 🙂   but your points are solid.  JM needs to DO SOMETHING with his poor performers, not just hint at maybe later, sometime, could-be do something.

    It’s bullcrap. If we’re gonna lose, lose by TRYING to get better, not by going, ‘hey, how come Kostitsyn didn’t score two goals again???’.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  22. Ian Cobb says:

    This game reminds me of 5 guys fishing in a boat, hooks in the water,
    but nobody put a worm on their hook.! It is not going to happen to
    night folks.!

  23. Psycho29 says:

    yeah and they still lost to the Habs…

  24. dre1744 says:

    Well thank good Price is playing well again.

  25. Muckbringer says:

    believe in something will you!

  26. 23 HABS 23 says:

    If you are going to pull anyone … PULL SPACEK!  That guy has cost us a goal so far … and almost another 2!  My advice to you ATHIEST … WATCH THE GAME!

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  27. HNS says:

    Great idea having an NHL team in Columbus Ohio. Good job Bettman you dwarf.

  28. Muckbringer says:

    no, not a xcheck…..thats the precident

  29. JoeC says:

    OMFG TAKE THIS WASTE OF ICE OUT OF THE GAME!! Another turn over almost a goal

  30. JoeC says:

    Spacrap even tried a second time to put it in the net!! Thankfully Prices skate kicked it just out of his reach.


    Wow, im so happy Spacek is playing tonight..

  31. fbkj says:

    oh totally way comparable circumstances

    i have to ask.; what grade are you in?

  32. MontrealAtheist says:

    > you dont pull a goalie after 2 goals

    Did you follow the last play-offs, specifically the Caps series? Boudreau certainly seems to disagree with you on this one, given that he pulled Theo after 2 goals (which turned out to be a game changer, I might add).

  33. Cookies says:

    Spacek nearly got his first goal.


    On his own net…



    Edit:  Not being a naysayer, but I really think Picard deserved tonight’s game and Spacek some time off.

  34. MontrealAtheist says:

    2 goals on 6 shots, but how dare anyone blame Price … Funny how Price always gets those unstoppable shots every game. I mean what are the chances?

  35. Psycho29 says:

    Your comments are about as intelligent as your avatar,,,,

    Thanks for trolling….

  36. Muckbringer says:

    thank you….



    thank you

  37. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Go Cheer for St. Louis!  Price is not to blame … are you even watching the game?  Or are you just checking the score … MORON!


    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  38. fbkj says:

    im sure price woud like the first one back…

  39. JoeC says:

    JM is a joke, sais Spacrap is gonna sit basically not in so many words, then lets him play.  Threatens to give his “current second line” more icetime since they have more points, and  Benny has a whoping 4 mins of ice time, an Darche less then 3 mins.  JM is a clown, his words mean NOTHING. Not to mention, Gomez and Gio have more TOI then Cams and Kost.


    Yep, JM,  your a man of your word, wish you would retire.


  40. mike g says:

    Hey troll….

    I was listening to mcguire, and he said b-, not c minus.

    So next time u come here to spread your dumb comments, make sure they’re good dumb comments.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  41. habsgod says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME PULL PRICE? why it’s not his fault on either of those goals! how about blaming gill and gorges they were to blame on both goals! both were out of position

  42. Dr-Watson says:

                                                                 PAR FOR THE COURSE

    The Vegas sportbooks have Gauthier making another of his classic inexplicable trades.

  43. fbkj says:

    1st goal no doubt, softie, second one, PP with gill out of position

    you dont pull a goalie after 2 goals

    trolly mctrollerson

  44. observer says:

    on team 990 when melnick asked mcguire “will the habs bring their a game or their b game to the rink tonight” mcguire replied- “the habs will bring their c minus game! ” – he was right the habs are in the tank and refs even are doing their part too. bettman the brother of the commissioner of the vegas “world series of poker.”

  45. samTHEman says:


    pardon my french

  46. MontrealAtheist says:

    Someone pull Price please, otherwise this game will end up being a disaster for us !!!

  47. Muckbringer says:

    i expected a dry crowd but lateralus and….nothing??!!!


  48. fbkj says:

    garon is a shootout specialist… do not want

  49. Bugs says:

    Over/under on number of points for Space-Cadet tonight: 0.5

    Call it.

    Spuriously furious, I swear as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central:

  50. otter649 says:

    Doug Mclean ex-coach/GM/President etc would be proud as he keeps remininding radio listeners on Toronto radio how many of his so-called draft picks are still with The CBJ & through out the league………

  51. emann_222 says:

    Ah Bugs!

    How I’ve missed you!

    2-1 Habs

    Visit me at

  52. SeriousFan09 says:

    Considering that’s Stubb’s email and his wife mentioned in the email, I think you’re okay, well from Boone anyway, unless there’s a Canadian Wife Swap series I didn’t know about.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  53. fbkj says:

    off topic, not sure why im sharing this but… the HORRIFYING truth about back to the future

  54. TomNickle says:

    1-0 shootout win for us.

  55. Bugs says:

    For the love of barbecue, can we PLEASE quit clowing around and predict a final score already?!

    Gad’s zooks, y’all can drive me crazy sometimes.

    C’mon! A little friggin seriousness for a change, huh?

    9-1 Mtl.

    Spuriously furious, I swear as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central:

  56. Ian Cobb says:

    2010 HIO Fan Summit Itinerary Nov. 5th and 6th in Montreal


    Nov. 5th, We are watching the Habs vs  Sabers game at Hurley’s Pub
    1225 Crescent St.  on big screen around 6pm. Name tags will be given out.

     SAT. morning, Breakfast will be at Chez Coras 1240 Drummond St. at 8:30am

    at 10;30 Bell Center tour and Habs Hall of Fame tour. The “Rockets”
    granddaughter Cathrine Richard is putting on the tour for us this year.


    at 2:45 Pregame meal and The Bob Gainey Children’s Foundation Raffle at The Baton
    Rouge Rest. 1050 Mountain St.

    Don’t forget to bring along something to
    contribute to the raffle please.

    Across the street at 7pm our Habs take on Kovalev and the Ottawa Senator’s


    game celebration. We have the second floor of Hurley’s Pub reserved for
    us. And like every year our Gazette leaders will be there to celibrate with us.

    Everyone is welcome, so see you all in Montreal.



  57. mike g says:


    I just wanna cuddle with and smell that Misses Boone scarf…

    (this comment might get me banned, so just to let you guys know, you gusy are the best! I’ll miss you!)


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  58. Ian Cobb says:

    Summit Update folks, more donations.

    Total donations to date are about $3000. What a community we have here. Everyone welcome.

    Raffle tickets sold Friday night at Hurleys and before our pre game dinner on Sat. A great charity to be a part of people. Bring lots of bucks HIO family.

    From: Stubbs, Dave (Montreal Gazette)
    Subject: RE: Summit raffle
    To: “Ian Cobb” <cobb
    Received: Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 4:24 PM

    RE: Summit raffle

    Ian, the Canadiens will give me, to give to the
    raffle, a baseball cap autographed by Brian Gionta. And my wife is
    donating a never-been-worn centennial-season CH-logo’d scarf.

    Read Ian Cobb’s HI/O Blog  for more Summit information

  59. fbkj says:

    clitsome 😀

  60. emann_222 says:

    Looking forward to month #2 of Habs hockey! Should be an interesting week with the various matchups. I’m sure there will be plenty of speculation about PG and his little “shopping trip”, but maybe he just went down to make sure the heat is on at his house 🙂

    Don’t know about tonight – Pretty sure we can get the two points, but Garon has had a good 2 games this season, and we haven’t exactly been a goal scoring powerhouse this year.

    For more thoughts on tonights match as well as a preview of the entire week … Visit me at

  61. HFX-HabFan says:

    Since we’re playing the Blue Jackets tonight, I continue to throw out the “debut” rosters- here is a squad comprised of players who exclusively made their NHL debut with the Jackets:












    Total cost: $36mil, or $23.4mil under the cap.  Basically it’s Rick Nash and little else (a few offensive prospects here and there).  SF09 pointed it out the other day, but really it’s true- with so many high picks over the last decade, the Jackets have been fairly mediocre in producing solid homegrown talent at the NHL level.

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