Game 21: Habs sit back on 2-0 lead, lose 3-2

Canadiens’ Maxim Lapierre, who scored twice Monday night, gets off a shot on Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.
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PREGAME AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Michael Cammalleri | Yannick Weber | Peter Laviolette
POSTGAME AUDIO: Martin | Cammalleri | Price | Plekanec | Subban | Lapierre

At a Glance: The Canadiens rolled to a 2-0 first-period lead Monday night at the Well Fargo Center, then pretty much forgot about playing for most of the rest of the night, surrendering three unanswered goals to the Philadelphia Flyers in a 3-2 loss.

Key Moments: The forecast fireworks involving P.K. Subban and Mike Richards naturally didn’t materialize. Subban seemed a little off his game, perhaps the result of the circus of the past week. Otherwise, two goals by Maxim Lapierre and a sensational performance by goaltender Carey Price, who made 41 saves in all, were wasted.

What It Means: Consider it tasty revenge for the Flyers (14-6-2), who lost to the Habs 3-0 last week in Montreal. The Canadiens, now 13-7-1, came into the game having won six of their most recent seven on the road.

What’s Next: The Habs chartered home immediately after the game. They’re home to Los Angeles on Wednesday, in Atlanta on Friday then back to the Bell Centre on Saturday against Buffalo.

447 Comments

  1. 24 Cups says:

    JD – Your first paragragh says it all in terms of our future.

    Gorges and AK46 come up for renewal this summer and then it’s Subban and Price the following season.  The Hamrlik/Spacek cap space will help but who can afford to have a $7M lame duck on their roster?  Especially in light of the fact that we already have one.

    It would be logical to say that we should let Markov walk (or try and sign him for one year) except for the fact that most of the other regular Dmen are applying for CPP while the new kids on the block don’t look that promising.

    G&G are in a tight spot and I certainly don’t envy them.

    P.S. I’ve been to Disney many a time, so I look forward to your views and observations.

  2. KSS says:

    Anybody have any good Habs-related fantasy hockey team names for this point in the season?

  3. CharlottetownHabbies says:

    Be fun to coin a new term tonight, the “PK Hat Trick”.  2 PP assists and 5 minutes for showing Mike Richards some respect.

  4. HFX-HabFan says:

    When we beat the Flyers tonight, we’ll pass them to move into 2nd in the conference.

  5. HFX-HabFan says:

    As would I.  Even if Lecavalier is that ever-elusive big centre, his contract is the stuff that salary cap nightmares are made of.

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bonus of livin’ in ONT, finding a big Leafs fan and rubbing that goal in his face.

    Seriously, best pass Komisarek made to a Hab in his entire career. Of course since he’s no longer a Hab oh me oh my, talk about money down the crapper and right to the overflowing septic tank.

     

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

  7. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    Still would have been a bad trade. In the immediate short-term, we might have like it a bit, but we would still be upgrading SLIGHTLY at one position (Pleks is turning into one of the best two-way centres in the league) and we would have downgraded significantly in our zone for years.

    Sometimes the deal you DON’T make is the best move. I know Bob got lucky on that one, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky.

  8. Danno says:

    Dah, okay Mike Bitchards — or whatever your name is — this game is about earning respect. Since you’re so good at shooting your mouth off why don’t you just cut the crap and show us if you have the balls to fight?

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  9. joeybarrie says:

    Still not worth it. Vinnie is on the downside, cant give up PK and Gorges for that… These two guys are too valuable. Bob mentioned that when he didnt move for Hossa (not PK) but Gorges is ALWAYS going to be a great deal cap wise, and PK is going to be a superstar on the same level as Vinnie. Two huge seasons have made Vinnie up to be a better player than he is. Dont get me wrong, he is a good player, but St Louis has consistently out performed him over the long term, and currently in the last 2 seasons. AND St Louis is 5 years his senior…

    Vinnie would have been a good option, but he isnt a franchise player in my opinion. St Louis missed TWO games in the last 8 seasons.  The Lightning were looking for a ERIC LINDROS type of trade, and thank god we didn’t bite. Lecavalier is barely worth any 2 players on our roster. I honestly wouldnt even take him over Gomez. He is an ASTOUNDING minus 108 in his career, and that includes a STANLEY CUP… He has BARELY outscored Gomez in his career, and only averages BARELY 4.5 points MORE per season… And people say the Gomez contract is the worst…. Vinnie’s is AT BEST just as bad.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  10. HardHabits says:

    It makes Gomez’ contract seem like a bargain by comparison.

  11. HFX-HabFan says:

    One of my teams is called “Hab-tastic”.

  12. Timo says:

    And Jimmy Bonneau

  13. flanman says:

    I have two tickets for the February 24th game that I am looking to sell. They are section 206 row F (club desjardins). Would like to sell them at face value to a fellow habs fan. message me if you are interested.

  14. JD_ says:

    Heard about it, hadn’t seen it. Thanks SF.

    I’m not a D-man coach – I just play one on the Internet – but am curious if anyone out there knows under what circumstances a blind pass into one’s own slot is the best course of action. The only thing that comes to mind is the D-man has a burnin’, self-loathin’ desire to prove to all his critics that his contract is, in fact, a bloated, festerin’ albatross around the neck of the mopiest franchise in professional sports, but that’s about it.

    What a beaut.

  15. Robert L says:

    In many aspect, this Flyers edition is likely the closest they’ve been able to build according to the 1975 replica. Luckily, for the Habs, Sergei Bob and Brian Boucher are not Bernie Parent!

  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    Van Riemsdyk has been a healthy scratch more than once this season because he isn’t scoring actually. A fellow called Andreas Nodl (You’re all thinking WHO right now) is outscoring JVR right now.

     

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

  17. HardHabits says:

    would have

    not

    would of 


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