Game 29: Red Wings hold off Canadiens

Canadiens’ Mathieu Darche and Red Wings’ Brian Rafalski battle for the puck on Friday night. Rebecca Cook, Reuters

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AUDIO: Mike Cammalleri | Brian Gionta | Benoit Pouliot | Tomas Plekanec | Mathieu Darche | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: The Detroit Red Wings snapped a two-game losing streak at the Joe Louis Arena with a 4-2 win over the Canadiens Friday night in a matchup of Original Six teams. Things had started off well for the Canadiens as they opened the scoring when Travis Moen scored 11:25 into the first period after he gathered a rebound off a Micheal Cammalleri shot that went wide of the Detroit net and banked the puck off Jimmy Howard’s leg and into the net. The Red Wings tied the game with one second left to play in the first during a 5-on-3 man advantage. After Carey Price stood on his head for the entire period, Nicklas Lidstrom beat him on the 18th Detroit shot of the frame. In the second, Niklas Kronwall scored 3:48 into the period for a 2-1 Red Wings lead on a shot that fooled Price. Pavel Datsyuk made it 3-1 Detroit at the end of the Montreal power play with a great backhand over Price’s left shoulder and right under the crossbar for his 10th of the season. In the third period, Benoit Pouliot narrowed the Detroit lead with a blistering slap shot that Howard had no chance on with a little more than 12 minutes to play. The Canadiens fought to tie the game the rest of the period, but came up empty despite a their best effort and Patrick Eaves scored into an empty net to seal the win. Howard notched his 16th win of the season, closing the gap on Price, who has 17 wins in his 27 starts.
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• Key Moments: A lack of discipline on the part of the Canadiens cost them early in the game as they received the first five penalties of the game, allowing the Red Wings to finally score during a two-man advantage, the first time the Canadiens have allowed down two players all season.

• What It Means: Montreal’s three-game winning streak is snapped and the Canadiens’ record falls to 18-9-2, but they remain three points up on the Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Montreal is then home for games against the Flyers and Bruins next Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

259 Comments

  1. ctony says:

    you nailed it.

  2. MTLForever says:

    SEND EVERYONE DOWN!!! 

  3. dre1744 says:

    Hey don’t argue with Adam  he know everything.   Eller didn’t score so he should be in the AHL!!!!!!!!  Zetterberg didn’t score tonight either  Wings should put him in the AHL aswell!!!!!!!

  4. canadiens26 says:

    Hahaha, troll disguised as a disgruntled fan. Classic

  5. punkster says:

    Cut the crap Adam. Die? Put the bottle down and go to bed.

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  6. MTLForever says:

    blind pass, should’ve dumped it  in the corner.

  7. j2w4habs25 says:

    Gomez should be in the AHL – Eller in the NHL

  8. ctony says:

    down one with 1.40 left, you play your stars.  darche, eller and laps were fine, not spectacular.  price was still in the next.  spacek on the point.  brain dead coaching.

  9. MTLForever says:

    Are you kidding? just because they did not score, doesn’t mean they didn’t play hard when they were out there.

  10. dre1744 says:

    Man if only you coached and Gm’d  the habs   we would have 50 stanley cups already!!!!!!

  11. adam76 says:

    How many goals did they get?  

  12. adam76 says:

    Eller is an AHLer and his ice cost us the game.

  13. MTLForever says:

    he used his time out definitely at the wrong time.

  14. dre1744 says:

    Simmer down again…….   THe Red Wings   if you didn’t know  have probably 1 of the best coaches the Nhl has seem in the last 10 years

  15. MTLForever says:

    those guys really hustle out there.

  16. dre1744 says:

    Simmer down there Cowboy.   I thought Darche , Eller and Laps  played great tonight!!!!!!

  17. rocketsglare says:

    Spacek what where you thinking?

    Go Habs Go!

  18. observer says:

    better team lost.

  19. adam76 says:

    We were out coached.  Time out first period?  A total joke. 

  20. adam76 says:

    Darche?  LAPIERRE?  What a FRACKING joke.  Die Martain.

  21. tricolore says:

    They win as a team and lose as a team. They got into penalty trouble way too often this game and it cost them. Someone please tell me what’s wrong with Cammalleri? Why is he missing the net so much this year? Sigh….

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  22. rocketsglare says:

    If only Gorges could have held the puck longer against the boards. If only…….

    Go Habs Go!

     

  23. MTLForever says:

    Pouliot needs to crank it like that more often. What a shot!

  24. MTLForever says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? clearly not watching the same game. 

  25. MTLForever says:

    bring back kovalev, just watched him on the powerplay for ottawa, he sets up basically everything..how did they have him playing on 4th line? bring him back to montreal for a draft pick, he did say he wanted to come back! he shows up in the playoffs.

  26. tricolore says:

    This is a nice site. Too bad it’s 2010 and not 1998. LOL.

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  27. oldrrty says:

    That was the best shift yet! Skeet Skeet Skeet down by 1

     

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

  28. samTHEman says:

    Eller should be in the NHL. Anyone who disagrees has zero hockey knowledge.

     

    For future, try including some reasoning to your statements. Even if you’re wrong you’ll sound mildly intelligent. Try it.

  29. savethepuck says:

    Their powerplays took us out of of our game, frustrating.  1.2 seconds left in the first period was unfortunate.  I am not counting us out but we have a hill to climb

     

  30. samTHEman says:

    The score could be other way around if the NHL actually hired refs who did their job. Go refs…..

  31. adam76 says:

    Eller should be in the AHL.  Anyone who disagrees has zero hockey knowledge.

     

     

  32. tricolore says:

    PD is in another class. His goal demonstrates that no Hab, at this moment, has his skill to score those kind of goals. Price had no clue where that puck was going. Cammy could be that player for us but he is not ‘there’ this year. #13 lacks the accuracy this year on a consistent basis. That’s the difference between Cammy and PD. 

    Sigh. How I want to be wrong. No shame losing to Detroit though. We’re not in the same class..not there yet. And as the CBC play by play man just said, “You can’t give Detroit 10 minutes of powerplays in a game.”

    ’nuff said….good night

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  33. Keith says:

    Server is crashing real bad. Time for an upgrade HIO.

  34. SmartDog says:

    He plays a ton of PK time and our PK is best in the league so he must be good.  I take that as a fact.  But I don’t see much in his game outside of being a good part of the wall.  And I give Price the most credit for our PK.  To me Pyatt is VERY ordinary and will probably wear down as the year goes on.  Like I said, he’s “Tom the Bomb” but without the bomb.

    ——-

  35. SmartDog says:

    Habs have too much energy for this game… it’s spilling over into nervous energy. They’re settling in but I agree with the call on Pleks, just as easily a dive as a penalty to Pleks.  And Subban is understandably not quite as solid.

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  36. J.J. of Turku says:

    He is that kind of a player who I wish to play well… For some reason? Right now looks like he’s got more will than skill, but he is one of my favourite players at the current roster.

     

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  37. SmartDog says:

    “Every single line of the Detroit Red Wings has a presence in front of the net.” 

    This is one thing the Habs don’t do.  They need to be be tougher here.

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  38. SmartDog says:

    People told me last week that Pyatt is better than I think.  So I’m watching him.  He’s done some okay things but also turned the puck over a couple of times and Lidstrom was his man on the Wings goal.  Not impressed so far.

    ——-

  39. tricolore says:

    Martin showed no balls vs the ref on the penalty call to Pleks. It was a dive by the Detroit player. No?

    As you can see, Subban is not the same. He lacks the usual confidence in his own zone behind the net. The minute a Red Wing pressures him, he looks confused and coughs up the puck. He’s done it at least 3 different times in this game so far. Special thanks to Floppy Ears Martin for messing with him. 

    Eller shooting that puck in the open net during the penalty call after the whistle, was a bonehead rookie move. Probably thought he was playing in the Danish league. 

    It’s all starting to go wrong. Playing shorthanded for almost half the time played so far will eventually bite you in the butt. All those penalties took the wind out of the Habs sails.

    Martin is being outcoached. How I want to be wrong.

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  40. J.J. of Turku says:

    For me it’s still 1-0. I don’t count those swedish goals.

     

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  41. thorandresson says:

    it’s hard enough to play against the Wings, but to play against them when the refs are clearly on their side…

  42. dudurules says:

    habs are getting hosed so bad… who gets 3 penalties in a row… wtf… that could be the game… so pissed off right now

  43. observer says:

    seriousfan———i deleted a bunch of files on my computer  clearing up a lot of space and those tv sites work fine for me now.

  44. observer says:

    why was media always silent about van hellemond and gambling.

  45. observer says:

    is bettermans gambler andy van hellemond advising the refs again?

  46. Laramy87 says:

    Wow, the second i heard Sweedish ref, i knew we were gonna be in trouble….

    4 penalties to 0 in the first period including a 5 on 3…. SURRRRRRRRRE. Bullsh!t

  47. LA Loyalist says:

    Wasn’t he our last 100 point guy? Sheesh.

  48. adam76 says:

    Two things I like about her…

  49. Psycho29 says:

    Forget Prevost-Linton or whatever his name is…..we need to trade for Karen Newman!!

    🙂

  50. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Speaking of which, the fawning Pierre Mcguire and Gord Miller did over Mike Richards last night was nauseating.

  51. adam76 says:

    The president of the CBC is French – the time to strike is now.

  52. savethepuck says:

    The Little Viking

  53. Say Ash says:

    Way too much rational thinking on this site today. The correct answer is Mats Naslund, of course.

  54. Hagar says:

    Sundin didn’t actually play the year they played together, lol.

  55. LA Loyalist says:

    Inge Hammerstrom or Borje Salming. You’re right. It’s a poser.

     

    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; give a man a fully
    charged electric eel and he’ll never bother you for anything else ever
    again.”

    — Anonymous

  56. savethepuck says:

    Not saying I agree with him. 

  57. VancouverHab says:

    And then you guys can follow it up with “My dad is bigger than your dad–nyahhh!”

    Sigh.

  58. adam76 says:

    Hardy Astrom

  59. Hagar says:

    It’s still nuts.

  60. savethepuck says:

    Obviously said that because he palyed with Sundin

  61. SmartDog says:

    So is it ok for me to say “if Don Cherry doesn’t stop critizing PK someone’s gonna hurt him”?

    Well said!  Exactly the point!  I’m going to write him back and say that.

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  62. SmartDog says:

    Gee….. if you find/replace the key phrases from my email… it looks EXACTLY like yours!!!!

     

    Wow!!! What are the odds?

    —–

     

    Dear Mr. Swick,

     Your
    email concerning comments made by Don Cherry about P.K. Subban
    following the first game of Hockey Night in Canada’s November 27
    doubleheader was forwarded to me for reply by the Office of the CBC Ombudsman and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

    It
    is unfortunate that you believe anything Don said was bigoted and that
    Don’s comments amounted to “calling out attacks” on Subban.

     For
    a number of weeks, Subban’s play has been topic for players, coaches,
    fans, and the media. Don’s job as a commentator is to talk about the hot
    issues around the league, and this is a hot topic.

     I
    have reviewed the tapes of Don’s short comments about Subban on
    November 27 and comments he made about this player earlier in November. I
    must strongly disagree with your assessment of them. He said nothing
    which could be construed as “promoting ‘hurting'” Subban as you have
    suggested. Indeed, he has not only praised Subban’s talent – noting that
    Subban is a player Don has known of and watched develop for many years –
    but he also stated outright that he did not condone players
    deliberately hurting each other.

     Again, thank you for writing. I’ve shared your comments with my colleagues at HNIC.

    ——-

  63. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d take Forsberg over Sundin myself but seriously, how is Lidstrom not the undisputed best Swedish hockey player ever?

     

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

  64. Hagar says:

    Anyone out there buy into the notion that forwards are full of themselves? I remember watching OTR awhile back & Landsberg was interviewing Henrik Sedin. He asked him who in his opinion was the greatest Swede to ever play the game. His options were A) Sundin B) Lidstrom C) some dude not named Sundin or Lidstrom. Henrik mulled over it for a few moments as if putting some serious thought into it, before picking Sundin. I couldn’t believe my ears. Sundin over a dude who’s won the Norris like 29 times. Someone needs to pull Henrik aside & give him a good slap.

  65. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    So is it ok for me to say “if Don Cherry doesn’t stop critizing PK someone’s gonna hurt him”?  No it’s not, it’s ignorant and unprofessional.  Same reason’s why the old idiot shouldn’t have said it about PK. 

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    Listening to Dan Chorra is handy if you feel like having your intelligence assaulted, your mind pumped full of xenophobic nonsense and endure constant hypocrisy. Bitter old crank who was going after a Habs player he thought belonged in Toronto.

    He’s spent more time attacking PK Subban for his mouth than he did Mike Richards for going after David Booth’s higher brain functions because Richards is one of ‘his guys’.

     

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

  67. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Of course they’re gonna defend the old buzzard.  He’s a cash cow for the CBC.  They’re not gonna shoot the goose that lay’s the golden egg’s. 

  68. VancouverHab says:

    To repeat remarks when this was posted earlier — this is verbatim what I said at the time. There is a fanboi attitude about P.K. Subban on this site, where, like thirteen-year-old girls with Justin Bieber, anything less than swooning adulation is JUST SO HURTFUL.

    What Don Cherry said in words November was turned into action by Jacques Martin in December: cockiness taken to an extreme is disruption and disrespect and needs to be corrected.

    If P.K.’s fanboi Club here had really wanted to help him they would encouraged him to listen to Don Cherry’s spot-on advice, and he may have not had to sit games out.

  69. coachdoug says:

    At least they responded…Cartoon Characters cannot go to trial or be held liable so Cherry can say what he wants…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  70. Habs.Prophet says:

    Let me demonstrate to you the skill of Shaolin– the special technique of shadowboxing!

    *Go Habs

  71. Danno says:

    CBC Sports is circling the wagons around Don Cherry. I just got this reply from them today…

     

    Your
    email concerning comments made by Don Cherry about P.K. Subban
    following the first game of Hockey Night in Canada’s November 27
    doubleheader was forwarded to me for reply by the Office of the CBC
    Ombudsman and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
    Commission.

     

    It is unfortunate that you believe Don’s comments represented a “hateful vendetta” against player P.K. Subban.

     

    For
    a number of weeks, Subban’s play has been topic for players, coaches,
    fans, and the media. Don’s job as a commentator is to talk about the hot
    issues around the league, and this is a hot topic.

     

    I
    have reviewed the tapes of Don’s short comments about Subban on
    November 27 and comments he made about this player earlier in November. I
    must strongly disagree with your assessment of them. He did he say
    anything which could be construed as “openly encouraging violence.” He
    neither “incited” nor “justified” violence toward Subban. Indeed, he has
    not only praised Subban’s talent – noting that Subban is a player Don
    has known of and watched develop for many years – but he also stated
    outright that he did not condone players deliberately hurting each
    other.

     

    Again, thank you for writing. I’ve shared your comments with my colleagues at HNIC.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    David Masse

    Senior Director,

    CBC Sports

     

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

  72. habsruleworld says:

    Hope the habs have proper Insurance in place to cover Waffling.

    Say, If Gomez gets Waffled and Comes down with the serious skin ailment Waffletis in his nether region to go along with is Gomerea, now that would not be pleasant.

    Hope laffs fan restrain, but if they do throw waffles, I hope at least that they have the canadian decency to provide Maple syrup.

     

    Habs win again, 3-1, (fingers crossed)

     

     

  73. rocketsglare says:

    This is as good as it gets. Two great team’s will be testing each other tonight in what should be a tellimg

    moment for the Habs. A Canadiens win tonight will go a long way in the team’s growth and development

    and more importantly, become a signature statement that the Habs are indeed a team to be reckoned with.

    Should be a hell of a game.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  74. pierre lapuck says:

    Today on the Fan 590 here in Toronto Millard, Kypreos, and MacLean skewred the Leafs and Burke/Wilson for the Phaneuf trade, making him captain, and Kessel et al, it was fun to listen to.  They spoke positively aout how the Habs took a season to name their captain and how they felt that Subban had “learned his lesson” and should be back this weekend. (which I see he is).  They hinted at more than other team’s guys were a little mmore than pissed at Subban for his “antics”.  The hint was that teammates had had enough of his never explained “antics”.  But for a Toronto station a very positive take on the Habs. 


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