Game 4: Canadiens spoil the party in Buffalo

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• At a Glance: Forty years to the day after defeating the Buffalo Sabres in the franchise’s first NHL game, the Canadiens did it again on Friday night with a 2-1 win.
And the Canadiens can thank their defencemen for this one as they accounted for all the offence and did a good job limiting Buffalo’s chances.
Alexandre Picard, who was a healthy scratch on Wednesday night, scored the first goal of the game when his shot from the corner went off a Sabres defenceman and sliped beyond Ryan Miller.
Josh Gorges made it 2-0 in the second period with Montreal first power-play goal of the season. His shot from the point changed direction in front of Miller and rang off the post and into the net.
Derek Roy, who has a knack for scoring against the Canadiens, scored his fifth of the season in the third period to make it 2-1. Roy took advantage of a scramble in front of Carey Price’s net that left Price tangled with several players. Roy missed his first chance, but roofed his second shot.
Price stopped 22 of 23 Buffalo shots, while Miller was beat twice on 28 shots.

• Key Moments:
The Montreal power play finally came to life with the Gorges goal and that was the difference in this game. The Canadiens were 1-for-3 on the night, while the Sabres were blanked on their only power play.

• What It Means:
With the win, Montreal’s record improves to 2-1-1 for five points, three behind the surprising Maple Leafs, who are in first place in the Northeast division with a 4-0 record.

• What’s Next:
Montreal is right back at it Saturday night when the Ottawa Senators visit the Bell Centre. The Canadiens will then have a few days off before Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils come to town.

398 Comments

  1. Willy the bum says:

    Halak haven’t left in my heart.  :'( *single tear*

  2. otter649 says:

    Mr Observer or Tony hiding behind one of his many usernames – Sad that a so-called adult (I think) resorts to such dribble when he could just copy & paste the crap he writes about Pierre Gauthier usually weekly………

  3. Fansincebirth says:

    Why do people still talk about Halak like he’s a part of this team still?

    Build a bridge and get over it.

    He’s in St Louis.

    Move on, FFS!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  4. adam76 says:

    Halak was not the only reason – but he was for sure the BIGGEST reason.

  5. habs youngtimer says:

    it amazes me that the habs have the same problem every year: lack of depth on the top 2 lines.

    and how did the genius PG address that problem?  he resigned Pouliot for another yea(even tho he hasn’t scored a goal since March), and gives him an increase.  What does PG have for brains?  don’t answer that question. we all know it’s empty upstairs for him.

    so now the genius puts a 4th liner, Moen, on the top line(which it isn’t).

    does he really expect Moen, with zero talent, to score?

    hey genius, if you had done your homework, and signed a goal scorer, instead of a AHL career player, this wouldn’t happen.

    I’m sorry but I just can’t take this kind of incompetence. PG is committing a crime:

    HE’S IMPERSONATING A GM!!!!!   and of course we all know JM is has been, who never was, and never will be an NHL coach.  maybe he could get a job as 1 of the muppets, since he never opens his mouth, and someone has to pull his strings.

     

    this organization is a joke!

  6. adam76 says:

    Goaltending is 70% of the game.  

  7. Willy the bum says:

    Habs should hog on the puck and try not to make fancy passing, but keep the puck until there’s a safe opening to pass.  Always try to keep the puck on the Sabres end, and if on our side, flip out so that the opponent will rush down and the Habs got the time to change lines.

    Always keep a player on each side of Price so nothing will go there.  And please, hope for a skilled game, play with wit and passion.

  8. CHHockeywife0996 says:

    Thank you for the positive thoughts ! :-)

  9. rocketsglare says:

    The Habs have to take advantage tonight of a struggling Buffalo team and come out with 2 points,

    especially against a division opponent and preferably in regulation time. It will be a test for the D

    after allowing 47 shots to T.B. to limit the sog by a still dangerous Sabres team.

    Another test for this D will be the ability to protect a lead late in the game if the team is given one.

    How the D responds tonight after some suspect play in the last game will go a long way to determ-

    ining the viability of this defensive corp and the possibility of needed changes. Yes, it is early in the

    season, but if the D is being outskated and outmuscled consistently and a trend is clearly develop–

    ing of an inability to defend and protect leads, then the sooner changes are made, the better.

    Good habits start early and so far the D’s inability to possess and control the puck and successfully

    initiate the transition game have been less than stellar. Much work is required here and if changes

    are needed in personnel to improve the work of the D, then so be it.

    Tonight will tell if the D is up to the task against the Sabres. Let’s hope so for tonight and for the re-

    mainder of this season.

     

    Go Habs Go!

     

  10. cynic says:

    My question was how many years…??? If not 17, how many then?  Just asking, not judging. 

    And BTW that’s not my real name 😉

  11. JIMVINNY says:

    I think the puck was moving too slowly for the Nashville player to get under it.  Otherwise, that’s a goal. 

     

    (I’m assuming you’re talking about the “miraculous” stick save from last night, I didn’t actually watch the clip.)

  12. JIMVINNY says:

    You think the team played well against the Pens and Lightning?  I’ll give you that they managed to get to Fleury very late, and they certainly did okay in the first period against Tampa, but other than that, they were by far the lesser of the two teams involved in each of those games.

     

  13. boneheadslanger33 says:

    You know something is funny when you find yourself laughing while alone…Haven’t laughed out loud like that in quite a while… Suppository, good one! Kudos to you

  14. SLONCOLD says:

    the team lost against philly:-) the team played badly against philly(shut out in 3 games…remember)

    just like this year. so far the team played well aignst the pens and lighting. carey was just there… sure he made some saves but it was the team that won the game and lost….

    a team is a collaboration of individual efforts. that being said some people will stick out as key contributors.

     

  15. Storm Man says:

    If he said Ennis is playing below expectations he must be on the same stuff Bugs and his band of characters are on.

  16. Storm Man says:

    Sounds like you need a suppository…. Look up the word team so you understand the meaning. You’re bullspit is old.

  17. samTHEman says:

    Our boi Jaro http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=78612

     

    I still don’t understand why players do not lift the puck.

  18. ZepFan2 says:

    Umm, you know something’s not right when the only member of that line with a goal is Gomez.

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    “Wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today.”

  19. Jordio-oh says:

    He won’t finish with 0 goals and 65 points so thats a moot point.

    Thanks for being nice. You’re a real anonymous internet pal.

  20. Bugs says:

    So if he finishes with no goals and 65 assists, he’s a nobody?

    (And I’m gonna be nice and pretend I didn’t read that hitting was what the 3rd and 4th line was normally for)

    Decadently yours, I recline 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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  21. Bugs says:

    Bullspit.

    Jim Carey was just as good as the team in front of’m?

    Please.

    Every athlete’s a different ingredient. Make a jambalaya with THAT ingredient instead of THIS ingredient, and though it’ll still BE a jambalaya, it’ll taste different. That difference can separate winning teams from losing teams.

    Cuz if it’s “only one player”, why not put ME in net? Won’t be my fault if they score 22 times, it’ll be the “team’s”, right?

    Don’t get me wrong, the Kid is playing grrrreat and is giving the club a chance to win every night, but we NEED him to be like that because if he plays like he played last year, we’ll LOSE. If he lets in will-snapping bananas and late game-killers like he did last year, we’ll LOSE. If his “off-night” factor surpasses his “good-play” by a considerable margin like it did last year, we’ll LOSE.

    Oh, but, as a “team” of course.

    He has done none of this so far. No one’s bashing him, is there? If he deserves blame as the last line of defence, he’ll get it. If he doesn’t, he won’t.

    He doesn’t deserve any now and he’s not getting any, but just spare us the triteness of the “team” spiel, please.

    Sorry if this sounds…well, you know…just sick of this tired and bullspit speech, is all.

    Decadently yours, I recline 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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  22. Jordio-oh says:

    Spin it anyway you want, but he still can’t score goals and only has two shots on goal.

    Hits are great, but that’s normally what the 3rd and 4th line is for. 2nd line players are supposed to score. Fortunately for Pouliot, he’s not on the 2nd line anymore, so he can get all the hits and scoreless games he wants!  :)

  23. krob1000 says:

    If I remember correctly our Defenseman as many saves than Jaro in some of those games…they may not look as glamorous 20 feet in front of the net but they are the same shots that pick corners and go five hole….despite being stopped earlier.  jaro played unbelievably….in two series…against Philly he was average at best…but what he did was great against Pitts and Wash…but so was the overall effort and desire shown by the team.  A goaltender playing liek that in theplayoffs is not all that rare though…there were other goalies who had great sereis last year….the guys who went to the finals and won the cup….weren’t among them.  should we be more upset about Michael Leghton a former Hab then Halak? we didn’t even get anyone for him….

  24. LA Loyalist says:

    We bought the entire shipment of rose colored glasses up here, that’s why.

  25. LA Loyalist says:

    I guess you didn’t see the Washington or Pittsburgh series last year.

    STOLEN. by Halak (and a good team effort in front of him, but without Halak we were dead).

     

    I’m ready for the death threats.

  26. Bugs says:

    Who cares about 87 years ago? Question is: what has he done for us lately?

    2pts in 3 games. Leads the team in hits. That’s what he’s done for us lately.

    Hell of a sight more than most on the club.

    Decadently yours, I recline 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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  27. ZepFan2 says:

    Lol

    Yeah, what’s up with the falling?

    I still say they should just stick it out for now. It’s too early in the season to be panicking.

    I remember the Lafleur, Lemaire and Shutt line taking time to adjust at the beginning of the season. Then again, they weren’t as in shape then as they are now.

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    “Wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today.”

  28. Jordio-oh says:

    Probably because he hasn’t scored a goal in 28 games…..

  29. HardHabits says:

    Pouliot is playing fine apart from the falling on his ass thing and that little matter of being snake-bitten. It’s Gomez and Gio that can use some time apart from each other. They are not clicking like they were last season.

  30. TommyB says:

    But, Tom, that being said…the hockey operations department does do a remarkable job of keeping the team in the running for the most part.

  31. CHHockeywife0996 says:

    Now that is funny – positive and funny – thank you

  32. Everlasting1 says:

    Price’s new goalie mask has a cute horsey design.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  33. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    My comment was on THIS SEASON,  we’re 0 for what on the PP? 0 for 9 or something like that?  Ya, it’s really astounding Toby.

  34. Chuck says:

    They aren’t quite THAT cheap.  :)

  35. light_n_tasty says:

    It’s not just any player…it’s Markov.  Our PP could handle anyone else being injured but him.

  36. 24 Cups says:

    Rob – In terms of Canadian teams, I think you can say that Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto have no chance of winning the Cup this year.  That’s stating the obvious.  Vancouver has to be considered a front runner.  Montreal?  Realistically, I would have to say no.  They can only win the Cup if all the stars align and Carey Price stands on his head.  That’s how Tampa and Carolina won Cups so it can be done.

  37. adam76 says:

    Somewhere your high school math teachers head just exploded,

  38. habs365 says:

    when are you people gonna get it, a goalie is only as good as the team in front of him. and what a bunch of BS a goalie should steal some games, he’s only one player. I never hear them say the 4th line should steal some games, here’s five players compared to one, why don’t they say the team should steal some games. If the Habs did that, than they wouldn’t be blowing games with a minute and forty seconds left. bottom line it’s a team thing you win as a team you lose as a team don’t blame the goalie, he’s gonna have off nights just like the whole team (hope all you Habs fans remember this and support them all win or lose)

  39. ZepFan2 says:

    Makes no sense to me.

    I guess they expect more outta Pouliot then they do out of the captain.

    Let em play, Jack. They’ll be fine!

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    “Wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today.”

  40. ZepFan2 says:

    Lmao

    I couldn’t resist.

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    “Wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today.”

  41. krob1000 says:

    I am mostly joking but the timing (around lockout) of those three cups…Carolina, Tampa and Anaheim is awful coincidental and two really, really badly reffed series cost Detroit and the HAbs in two of those years.  Then Pittsburgh is being rumoured to be moved..well here is this Crosby kid in a lottery…a cup and a new arena. The Hawks held the leagues futility mark….they tanked, and voila.  Then you have the Wings.  I am not saying it is anywhere near true but I am just saying because this topic has come up before in conversations with friends that you almost could not have drawn up better matchups during those years. From 03 to 08 ….look at all of the struggling franchises that either won or made it to the finals over that period  …New Jersey, Tampa, Carolina, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, Anaheim twice, Pittsburgh and Detroit (only one that wouldn’t be considered small market or struggling of the whole bunch)…it is pretty coincidental if nothing else given the lockout,etc

    On the Canadian front…only us and the Canucks have any chance….It hink we will be legit contenders by the endo fthe eyar if PRice is reasonable.  There is much room for imporovement over the course of this year with this team…we have several guys in Hamilton now than can fill in with Palushaj, White, Pacioretty and maybe even Desharnais or Maxwell. I think the best guys arenot even be iced right now personally …Subban with more tenure, Eller is a keeper and will get better over the season, our depth is vastly improved….I liek this team.  I am not sure I like the means by which Martin runs it….but I think we  are definitely playoff run eligible.

  42. Bugs says:

    Ugh…

    Bashin the hell outta my Poolio on 990.

    Decadently yours, I recline 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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  43. TomNickle says:

    I would kill for Darcy Regeir and Lindy Ruff.

  44. SeriousFan09 says:

    Looks like it so far, we haven’t even really seen what the upside of that 2nd round might be yet it happened so recently, probably the best since 2003.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  45. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Yes, if you lose a star player your PP will suffer,  understandable.  But to say you’re not gonna get ANY PP goals because one player is gone is ridiculous and really not worth discussing.  They can do better than they have.

  46. CHHockeywife0996 says:

    No guess I am not good with Sarcasm – If I was misunderstanding your post – then you have my apologies

  47. adam76 says:

    They have very sharp skates.

  48. Jbird says:

    Wow.  The Buffalo Sabres reporter talking to Tony on 990 is very down on the Sabres. Went through all Sabres and said they were all all playing below expectations.  No rose coloured glasses in Buffalo.

  49. TommyB says:

    Well that’s the whole story in Buffalo though, isn’t it.  They are all there because they are willing to work (settle for) less.

  50. ZepFan2 says:

    It was an inside joke between the players, Gio, Boyd and Lappy.

    It’s been verified and given the H I/O stamp of approval from the man himself, Stubbsy.

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    “Wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today.”

  51. 24 Cups says:

    R- 2008 may just turn out to be a historic draft year.  Stamkos, Doughty and Bogosian were locks as the top three.  Thre was no magic in selecting those three guys.  Myers was rated as a top 5 Canadian pick and Karlsson rushed up the charts like a top 40 hit.  Some people consider the bottom half dozen picks as the beginning of the 2nd round.  In that case, Carlson could be the real hidden gem of the draft along with Eberle. 

  52. krob1000 says:

    no sarcasm for you….come back one year…next!

  53. HABSsince92 says:

    200’s Center Ice! Go Habs Go! Henri Richard will be there as well for the pregame ceremony.

     

    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  54. slamtherimtim says:

    is it not the same sched as the summit weekend , kind of strange

  55. ZepFan2 says:

    Maybe this will help, Chuck…For those with cheap seats

    😉

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    “Wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today.”

  56. Say Ash says:

    So, there’s a Buffalo version of Jack Todd? Man…

  57. TomNickle says:

    Oh that game was a total screw job.

    Giguere’s performance in those playoffs might have been better than the year he won the Conn Smythe and they lost.

  58. Jbird says:

    Bound to happen at some point.  Moen is not staying on Gomer’s line.

  59. krob1000 says:

    No we didn’t but Carlina should have been toast.  If Montreal wins that series….then Carolina is out, Tampa is out and Florida didn;t make the playoffs….not too good for the always struggling southeastern US market…just sayin. There was more than just that they kept calling penalties against us when we were up 2-0 in games and had a commanding lead in the game…then it all collapsed. Anaheim should not have been to the finals that year…the Red Wings got screwed huuge by the refs in that series in two of the games.  The Wings were the class of the league that year…but they got hosed IMO. 

  60. CHHockeywife0996 says:

    Wow – Really ……Really  ..you took my post as being selfish – I dont need a happy hour – just though it might bring some positive energy to the site. I am not unrealistic – we have problems – there needs to be improvment – there needs to be more effort  no one would disagree with that – But to say I am selfish for wanting just a bit of positive energy – And by the way – It’s only hockey – not a statement I would expect to hear from a faithfull Canadiens fan –

  61. Say Ash says:

    Agree on that, too. Check the team’s record with him in and out of the linup. It’s astounding.

  62. TomNickle says:

    Tyler Ennis and John Carlsson went 26 and 27 in the first round.

    Markstrom, Stepan and Kristo went in the 2nd round of that draft.

    Philip Larsen in the fifth

    Jason Demers in the seventh.

    Fun fact.  Peter Delmas was the first pick of the 3rd round.

  63. G-Man says:

    I think the owner of NJ wanted Kavalchuk more than Lou did.

  64. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    If the Habs are not gonna get any PP goals because one player is out of the lineup, then it’s gonna be a disaster of a season.

  65. Bob Barker says:

    If every team has an equal chance of winning the cup (which they obviously don’t but there’s a lot more parity now) then there’s an 80% chance a Canadian team doesn’t win the cup this year. 

    The odds of a Canadian team not winning the cup for another 17 years would be 0.8^17 = 0.0225 or 2.25%.

    Therefore there’s a 97.75% chance a Canadian team wins at least one cup within the next 17 years. 

     

  66. TomNickle says:

    Doughty at six or wherever he went that wasn’t #1 is probably the steal of that draft.

    Nevermind…..forgot he went #2 overall

  67. G-Man says:

    Cubs have not won a World Series since 1906. Fix is in and holds for over a century?

  68. Say Ash says:

    Totally agree. Based on his play in the first three games, Markov needs to really step it up.

  69. 24 Cups says:

    Sabre link for tonight’s game.

    Buffalo’s version of The Gazette.

  70. TomNickle says:

    Haha.  We didn’t have a prayer the year that Koivu got highsticked by Williams.  We weren’t even close.

    Ottawa didn’t have a prayer against Anaheim in the finals either.  That series was over before it started. 

  71. SeriousFan09 says:

    On that I’ll agree, if it wasn’t Tyler Myers at 12th, Eberle would be the steal of the 2008 first round of the draft but EDM has not done well with their high picks. Calgary needs to clean house soon, Iginla may choose to leave in his next free agency to find his Cup if there’s no visible improvement.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  72. madcap_habsfan says:

    It’s a little bit silly to say that, granted the teams themselves haven’t been canadian but when you think about all the players on the teams who are canadian it makes up for it in my mind..i mean look at the Blackhawks last year, pretty much half the team was canadian, the cup spent more the half the summer in this country

    -“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  73. habsguy says:

    exactly,  I would sooner they sent him to minors to play on the top line than play him with the muckers up here!!!!

  74. TomNickle says:

    At the end of the day we’re talking about a guy who could’ve tried out for team Canada for the Olympics but chose the United States squad because it was a sure thing and meant a larger role.

    It’s more like a couple more M’s than G’s.  But he seems content to settle for less than he could have.


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