Game 23: Canadiens a no-show in Atlanta

Canadiens goalie Alex Auld makes one of his 44 saves Friday night against the Thrashers.
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• At a Glance: Alex Auld’s second start for the Canadiens didn’t go as well as the first, but he is hardly to blame for the 3-0 loss at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers. After a decent first period, the Canadiens allowed a goal by Rich Peverley with less than 20 second to play. And things fell apart in the second period as the Thrashers took total control of the game, outshooting the Canadiens 23-4 and adding a pair of goals. Tobias Enstrom made it 2-0 when his floater from the point eluded Auld, probably his only mistake of the night. Peverley scored his second of the game, a power-play marker, 15:35 into the period with an accurate shot to the far post beyond Auld, who finished with 44 saves. At the other end of the ice, Ondrej Pavelec had a relatively easy night, making 25 saves for the shutout, his second of the season.

• What It Means: The loss drops Montreal’s record to 14-8-1 and the Canadiens missed a chance to expand their lead in the Northeast Division after losses by the Bruins and Senators earlier Friday.

• What’s Next: Montreal is back home on Saturday night for a visit from the Buffalo Sabres. The Canadiens are then off until Wednesday when the Edmonton Oilers come to town, followed by a game in New Jersey against the Devils on Thursday.


  1. habstrinifan says:

    Thanks for updates. Please include impression of defense players in AHL as best you can in next updates. Big team may need a call-up.

  2. Chuck says:

    Definitely not in a row.

    Habs miss flight

  3. weightman25 says:

    ask wes welker why he leads the nfl in receptions every year at 5’9″ 190lbs…?? size is just an excuse

  4. HFX-HabFan says:

    Knew about White; just wasn’t sure the latest on Tinordi.

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes, he’s expected to miss a couple of weeks, Ryan White in HAM, the same or longer.


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

  6. HFX-HabFan says:

    Is Tinordi still on the shelf with the knee injury?

  7. FB says:

    Did they even play 20 minutes

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    I really like what he brings to the table, Avtsin was called a steal by Timmins on draft day and so far that prediction is turning out in the Habs favour. He has all the tools to make it to the Habs.


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

  9. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I’m talking hockey Einstein.

  10. savethepuck says:

    The tiny tots and smurf comments have to stop.  We still have a great record and team, we just $#it to bed tonight.  I would rather that when we lose, we get embarrassed like this than to lose 4 in a row by 3-2 and 2-1 scores.  At least in the past games like this have given us a wake up call and we’ve responded with a good game.

  11. Kooch7800 says:

    I think Avistin is going to be a great player. He has great vision and good hockey sense.  He will be in the NHL in the next couple years.

    I actually think that Aaron Palushaj is a heck of a hockey player.  I think he could easily make the jump to the nhl.  He has wiked work ethic.

  12. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Size is just an excuse. This team is untouchable when they skate & commit. Both were absent tonight.

  13. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Sick & tired of this team tanking it just when you thought they’re on the right track. Very embarrassing performance by all except Auld who was the only player that came in to play. Did they honesly think they can go into Atlanta & come out with a win just playing 20 minutes?

    Better stop now before I say something I might regret later. Shame on you Habs.

  14. Kooch7800 says:

    our record in the last five or six games isn’t that great. We are rotating good games and no shows.

    Trust me I am a huge habs supporter but we really are lacking some sandpaper. It showed against Philly and again tonight. Something that I think will be a problem and will set us apart in the playoffs.

    Vancouver the last couple of years is a prime example.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Prospects Update:

    AHL: Hamilton Bulldogs defeat the Binghamton Senators in a 1-0 game, Curtis Sanford (Who had to be pulled for reasons yet unknown) and Robert Mayer share a shutout and Alexander Avtsin with his 3rd of the season has his first game-winning goal as a Bulldog, assisted by Aaron Palushaj and Andreas Engqvist, Engvist snaps a 8-game scoring drought. Max Pacioretty’s goal streak ends at 3 games, his points streak at 4.


    D Morgan Ellis notched the game-winning goal for his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in a 4-2 win over the Halifax Mooseheads. It was his 5th goal of the season.

    C Michael Bournival had an assist while RW Phillippe Lefebvre had a goal and assisted on the GWG as Bournival’s Shawinigan Cataractes faced off against Lefebvre’s Montreal Juniors, the Juniors won 4-3 in the game. Louis Leblanc was scratched as he recovers from an injury from his Nov. 6th game.


    RW Brendan Gallagher has 2 goals and has tied again for the goal scoring lead in the WHL and he could have more as his VAN Giants are tied with the EDM Oil Kings 3-3 in the 2nd period.


    C Dustin Walsh got his 4th goal of the season as Dartmouth clobbered Harvard 8-2.

    RW Danny Kristo has an assist for North Dakota in a 5-2 game in progress.


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

  16. Eric37 says:

    To shut-out, or get shut out? 

    That is the question.


  17. homerbowen says:

    Our little guys keep getting pushed off the puck. Too many tiny tots on one team. Given Gomez’ and Crosby’s salary are comparable I would be happy if Gomez played half as good as Crosby, but he’s not even close. What kind of message does that send to the rest of the team? Our $8M man plays with no heart or passion so the rest of the players follow suit. If Gomez is still like this by Jan1st then we had better consider removing him (Hamilton) or the cancer will eat away at the rest of the team.

  18. MTLForever says:

    Agreed, I have a feeling they’ll be on edge and take it to em

  19. dre1744 says:

    I’m fully expecting the boys too come out flying tommorow  and put it too the Sabres.

  20. savethepuck says:

    The good news is that so far this year we’ve usually bounced back from a bad game and no team can win every game in today’s NHL

  21. MTLForever says:

    I hear ya, I’d rather lose with at least 1 goal from us or being shut out but play a solid game..

  22. dre1744 says:

    How many times are the boys gonna get shutout this season. 

  23. habzfan2003 says:

    Potential troll comment: Mighty habs get shut out again 🙁

    Apparently you don’t shoot the puck on the pp when you’re down 3-0. Instead just pass it around a bit…

  24. MTLForever says:

    Put it behind us, gotta play tomorrow.

  25. Habs Fan says:

    That was the least entertaining game I have watched in a while…

    On another note where is the stats man – SeriousFan? I’ve noticed that Price (or even Auld [almost] tonight) seem to shut teams out successfully in the first period on a regular basis. Are there any stats about this? Probably not but I have been curious.

  26. savethepuck says:

    Every team has a bad night. You can’t say this team has no grit. You have every right to say you are embarrassed that they sucked so bad tonight but that is different than making a statement about the team in general.  We still have an incredible record.

  27. fofe510 says:

    The Habs haven’t played this poorly in a very long time.  This is pathetic!

  28. Kooch7800 says:

    say what you want but this team has ZERO gritt.  They didn’t even show up tonight

  29. SmartDog says:

    Peverly is 10/12 on faceoffs. No wonder our boys aren’t getting any shots – they never have the puck.



    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  30. SmartDog says:

    Wow. Talk about suckitude! The guys must WANT another bag-skate practice. 

    JM’s gonna let em have it unless they explode in the third.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  31. savethepuck says:

    Maybe it was a good night for Carey to get a rest. We are definitely not losing this one by any fault of Auld.  How can our team not be prepared for a team that has won 3 in a row and 2 of those wins were 5-0 over Washington and 5-1 over Detroit.  Those 2 teams are in the top 3 or 4 in power rankings for the league.  Unbelievable.

  32. oldrrty says:

    Dammit, I really need to review before I post it.  I did mean that.



    I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

  33. slapshot777 says:

    Boston lost today. Still would be nice to win this one and gain some ground.


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

  34. Corio says:

    Boys not lookin’ too good at all out there…

  35. JohnnyBEast says:

    38 shots over 2 periods, not good

  36. dre1744 says:

    Did the guys eat Turkey before the game cause they sure look like they are sleeping out there……   I bet they don’t score  tonight again.  What will that be 5 shot outs against em!!!!!

  37. MTLForever says:

    Can’t wait for the trolls to come out after this one. We all know they can play better than this. 

  38. tricolore says:

    Yeah you could just hear Jean Guy say – “merde…on a oublié d’ouvrir le micro de Carbo…”

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  39. MTLForever says:

    Not a nice effort right now..

  40. tricolore says:

    It’s the Nashville game all over again. Atlanta has the midas touch tonight. Everything is going their way. Mind you, Montreal is not working hard enough and have given up even though the 2nd is not over yet. Montreal does not deserve to win tonight. Let’s hope the home fans will get their money’s worth tomorrow. Dishing out hundreds of dollars to see an effort like tonight is definitely not worth it.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  41. oldrrty says:

    On a day when Boston won we need this one to put more points between us and them. No matter what happens tonight now, tomorrow is must win.

    Crap, they scored again.

    Put in Price!


    I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

  42. samTHEman says:

    gionta is turning into max lapierre taking dead angle shots.

  43. MTLForever says:

    Never play well against atlanta…same as florida…jesus murphy

  44. MTLForever says:

    This game is really boring..but what do you expect? Were also taking stupid penalties.

  45. lavie says:

    So boring 1st period; so boring area!

  46. Nilan4Pres says:

    Someone turn Carbo’s mic up!!

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