Game 33: Habs open road trip with loss

Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson foils Canadiens centreman Tomas Plekanec from close in during the Habs’ 3-2 loss Sunday night to the Avalanche in Denver.
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At a Glance: The Canadiens began their seven-game, season’s-longest road trip with a loss Sunday night, falling 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. The teams exchanged first-period power-play goals, Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri opening the scoring with a pretty one-timer on a pass from centre Tomas Plekanec at 10:50; Colorado’s Ryan Wilson tied it with 5.5 seconds left on a screened point blast that Montreal goalie Carey Price never saw. Canadiens’ defenceman Alexandre Picard pinched in to rap home a power-play rebound of a shot by Scott Gomez at 2:58 of the second, but Avs’ Kevin Porter got that back just 1:03 later, the game’s first 5-on-5 goal coming on a weak backhand that slipped past Price’s right pad. Price made a handful of outstanding saves with the game tied, but poor defensive coverage in front of the net and a bouncing puck off a rebound caromed past the goalie off the body of Avs’ T.J. Galiardi at 16:12 to give the hosts their first lead of the contest. It would prove to be the game-winner.

Key Moments: The weird winning goal and the Avalanche, winners of six straight, resisting good Montreal pressure in the third period, especially in the game’s final minute. It was a triumphant night for former Canadien Ryan O’Byrne, playing his first game against the Habs.

What It Means: The Canadiens ended a three-game losing streak on Thursday at home to Boston but couldn’t make it two straight. The Habs remain two points ahead of the Northeast Division’s second-place Boston Bruins, with idle Boston holding two games in hand.

What’s Next: The Canadiens were to charter out of Denver at midnight Montreal time, flying to Dallas where they’ll take on the Stars Tuesday night. The Habs will wrap up the pre-Christmas portion of their road trip with a game Thursday in Raleigh, N.C., vs. the Carolina Hurricanes.


  1. habs365 says:

    I thought both teams played well tonight…all I can say the better scoring team won…the team with the better defense lost…maybe it’ll be the other way round next time…you’re gonna see a lot more games from the Habs like this…they don’t have the scoring on most nights…if they ever get the 1st and 2nd line scoring steady…they’ll be hard to beat…everything else seems to be working good.

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    Picard’s pass was worse than PK’s giveaway in the game, it was the on the level of the giveaway by PK against PHI that had people howling for Subban to sit again or yell that JM had ruined him with the benching previously. He had time to make a passing decision and made the worst possible decision he could have.

    Subban needs a partner who can work with him and clean up his mistakes, not set an example as bad as what he’s doing, he scored a PPG but undid it with his own mistake, had enough of that when MAB or Souray were around.


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

  3. zaq007 says:

    Guess Gomez ahs a use after all :D

  4. W35T5ID3 says:

    double quarter pounder combo.

  5. tricolore says:

    Careless play. Lack of aggressiveness in front of Price and costly give aways. Some good saves by Price yet no stellar secondary support by his D-men. With a young ‘hungry’ team like the Avs and their fire power, you can’t make those mistakes. Let’s hope the Habs show some composure and the veterans steer the ship ahead.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  6. terrygain says:

    An intemperate, hot-headed comment. On the winning goal PK made an unforced giveaway.  Picard tried to block the shot. What did you expect him to do in that situation? Picard did make a hard pass up the middle which was intercepted and led to a Colorado goal. It didn’t help that all of the forwards had left the zone. Other than that he played well and made a heads up play to score the second goal. Picard is plus 8. He’s been very steady and a very pleasant surprise. 

    Our problem is not defence. It’s scoring.  

    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  7. habs365 says:

    martin will try his best for you

  8. deggy24 says:

    I tracked OB a couple of years prior to joining the big club, as well as attending a preseason game in his first season. He has a lot of great abilities, and one of them is that he skates well for a big man. I never saw him even venture to try to exhibit that skill, as he looked like a guy who had a noose around his neck every time he went out there. In my mind, this guy was doomed to fail under the coaching system that was in place. I’m not surprised he is doing well in Colorado. I always thought he could be a hell of a player.

  9. habs365 says:

    Don’t count the AVS out…they’re young, fast and made up of goal scores and they don’t let teams push them around…they have a few injuries right now…hope the Habs don’t let that fool them…this will not be 2 easy points for either team.

  10. Paulin98C says:

    Today is my birthday. I want a win! Go HABS Go!

  11. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Yeah, why not? He’s exactly the kind of veteran who can play on any pairing and help spread the minutes better between the defencemen. Guys like him are invaluable come playoff time.

    He’s obviously not wanted in Buffalo anymore but still has quite a bit of gas in the tank (from what I’ve seen).

  12. scrowe21 says:

    Gomez also has 5 assists in the last 3 games.

  13. tony d says:

    you mean despicable

  14. MTLForever says:

    thank you, someone who can actually read!

  15. MTLForever says:

    you do not read my posts correctly :)

  16. blu3chip says:

    SK74 – easily replaced, locker room cancer, not doing so much better

    Gui – we have given him a lot of time, it was time to move on, got Pouliot in return

    OB – Hal Gill type of player, not a great loss, not even worth mentioning imo

    Desjardins – AHL goalie

    Hainsey – we lost him through waivers.

    Ribeiro – Locker room cancer

    Higgins – not doing do great

    Ryder – glad he is gone


    Players who were brought up successfully by the Habs: Plekanec, AK, Markov, Subban, Price, Halak etc. All much more valuable than the crap you mentioned.

  17. Habnofear says:

    Happy birthday Paulin….you look a very wet and angry 28:)

  18. edgie says:

    Wake up? He was addressing the fact that you said the habs PLAYED poorly, which they didn’t.  


    You should probably re-read the comments before you decide to jump at someones throat..


  19. terrygain says:

    And that would be because we are only second best in Goals Against, and 19th in Goals For? Heck, we’re so strong on defence that we got rid of a 6’5″ guy who leads his new team at plus 13. Keep thinking about that and it may help you identify our most pressing need.


    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Picard is no longer a steadying influence for Subban, he’s weighing down the defence and can’t cover up for PK when he does get adventerous. Time to bench him and that’s all there is to it, no wonder he bounces around the league.


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

  21. tricolore says:

    thank you for what? LMAO

    2 points out of 10 = crap…

    it will get better once Martin starts to realize he needs to rest the old men at the back….


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  22. Laramy87 says:

    hahah did anyone else notice that after Price made that glove save before the commercial the price is right theme song started to play at the Pepsi Centre.

    I guess they were doing some sort of quiz, becuase you can hear the annoucer say “come on down you are the next contender” and then it went to commerical..

    hahah funny and ironic?????

  23. AndyF says:

    TomNickle: “Regardless, the point is valid due to the players that this organization
    has developed.  What players specifically couldn’t play here but
    thrived in another market after seeing significant or even moderate
    development time with their current organizations?  Grabovski?”


    Ready?  Here’s an example that would be a big positive for your stat.  Player drafted by Habs who is playing in the league and getting points.   His stats would make me look terrible.   Now let’s look at the specifics, as you suggest:


    Ron Hainsey

    Year | GP | Team | Pts

    2002-2003 | 21 | MTL | 0

    2003-2004 | 11 | MTL | 2

    2005-2006 | 55 | CLB | 17

    2006-2007 | 80 | CLB | 34

    2007-2008 | 78 | CLB | 32

    2008-2009 | 81 | ATL | 39

    2009-2010 | 80 | ATL | 26



    Myth: Those 2 seminal years in Montreal gave the boy confidence and skills.  We taught him to really believe in himself.  

    Fact: We put him on waivers after completely destroying his confidence.   We gave him nothing.   The Blue Jackets built him back up from scratch, and converted his natural abilities into NHL talent.




  24. NightRyder says:

    I’ve seen portions of every one of his games thanks to the miracle that is my centre ice package. He’s still made of mistakes, but he plays through them and doesn’t run around trying to make up for all of them in one shift. And his panic threshold has absolutely changed.

  25. scrowe21 says:

    Just 3. He looked steady, had a fight in one I watched. His hit stats and plus/minus stats look good. I know he was terrible here, Im just saying…Markov/O’Byrne talk is pointless since he is playing well without him now.

  26. tricolore says:

    I think there will be several departures at the end of this season to make room for one even 2, absolutely….problem is we have Weber which is better than Spacek or Hamrlik or even Gill right now….Martin does not have the Ko-Ho-Nes to make that call…mind you I like what Gill brings on the PK….He should start resting the old boys at the back….

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  27. Timo says:

    I say we play as a disgusting dirty little team we are :)

  28. W35T5ID3 says:

    SO do tell me son,who it is …..hmmm?

  29. W35T5ID3 says:

    …….indeed…..perhaps you’d like to look into my crystal ball……

  30. NightRyder says:

    Yup. I was looking forward to adding Subban to that list this year.

    But O’Byrne has been excellent without Markov in Colorado. A lot of times, it’s about opportunity and confidence.

    Situation is huge for any player. LeClair goes to Philly and becomes a 50-goal man. Never would have been one in Montreal. The list is endless.

  31. naweed235 says:

    lol wow i really hope u mentioned river just to lighten up the mood here… cuz if not… REALLY?!?!?!? RIVET?!?!?!


  32. TomNickle says:

    On our roster, while not playing with Markov, all three players I listed were terrible.  And out of curiosity, how many times have you seen O’Byrne play since he was traded to Colorado?

  33. W35T5ID3 says:

    …ur darn tootin’….

  34. MTLForever says:

    out playing your opposition means you are not playing like crap, thank you.

  35. tricolore says:

    stating the fact which in this case is negative….is reality…..not pessimism….pessimism is thinking they won’t come out of this or turn it around..which i believe they will…the reality now is that they are playing like crap….and if you outplay your opposition and not outscore them…it means nothing…..

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

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