Game 40: Byfuglien, Pavelec save Thrashers

Canadiens defenceman
Jaroslav Spacek and centre Jeff Halpern can’t prevent Thrashers left wing Evander Kane from scoring on Carey Price Sunday.
Dave Sidaway, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Brian Gionta | Carey Price | James Wisniewski | Hal Gill

• At a Glance: The Atlanta Thrashers can thank Ondrej Pavelec for their 4-3 overtime win on Sunday against the Canadiens. Pavelec made 47 saves for his second win of the season over the Canadiens, having shut them out 3-2 in November. With P.K. Subban in the penalty box in overtime, Dustin Byfuglien scored the winning goal from the point. Rich Peverley opened the scoring for the Thrashers 6:20 into the first period with a shot between Carey Price’s legs after a miscue at the Montreal blue line. Tomas Plekanec evened the score before the end of the first period with a chip shot over the shoulder of Pavelec with two minutes to play after a pass from James Wisniewski. Evander Kane made it 2-1 Atlanta 5:42 into the second period when he knocked a loose puck toward Price while falling and the puck squeezed between Price and the post. P.K. Subban tied the score at 2-2 midway through the second with a shot from the point on the power play, Montreal’s second power-play goal of the game. But the Thrashers took a 3-2 lead with 16 seconds to play Andrew Ladd scored from the top of the crease off a pass from Tobias Enstrom. Brian Gionta scored his 14th of the season 15:13 into the third period to tie the game 3-3 after the Canadiens spent most of the final frame pressing hard for the tying goal. Wisniewski earned another assist on the goal, his fifth point with the Canadiens in three games. The Canadiens outshot the Thrashers 49-23 in the game and 16-4 in the third period.

• What It Means: The Canadiens missed a chance to move into seventh spot in the Eastern Conference and fall to 21-16-3 for 45 points. The Canadiens are now 0-16 when trailing after two periods.

• What’s Next:
The Canadiens have a light week ahead with games on Thursday against the Penguins and then receive a visit from the Bruins on Saturday night.


  1. Jonson says:

    i appreciate the CHipchura comment!

    I hope im not the only one who feels that way,


  2. Dunboyne Mike says:

    And I can’t take Martin anymore either.

  3. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Brilliant! Don’t live in Canada anymore — reading your “eh” made me lol, brought back a special Canadian humour (cf Bob and Doug) that doesn’t exist here. Perfect.

    Admired your defense of Chipchura on a previous thread.


    (and I don’t think there is a word —  I think it’s ‘most stupid’!)




  4. petefleet says:

    Now if Carey can keep it together for 30 minutes and PK can stay grounded after his goal, the Habs can win.

    ***Habs Forever***

  5. LA Loyalist says:

    I was thinking back to conjugating French in high school… 🙂

  6. petefleet says:

    Are you for real?



  7. habbyone says:

    Doesn’t matter how many goals we score as long as goals like that are ending up in our net. Price needs to be better. Our D needs to be better. 

  8. zaq007 says:

    He should start to grow that stache again 😛

  9. naweed235 says:

    OH Carry… SIGH… he is back to being his good old self and its been more than a month now… seems like Carry is back to his bad habits of giving up 1 or 2 softies a game…

  10. LTHF says:

    another great performace by Gill— + 2goals and on the ice for both.   when are they gonna recongize what a liability he is

  11. thehabsfan29 says:

    WOW if it was the thrashers it would have been a quick whistle but of course the refs take they’re time and it results in a thrashers goal.

    price should have had that one…

  12. Jonson says:

    lol not a great word to spell wrong eh

  13. thehabsfan29 says:

    the last thing we need is patches to be injured long term..

  14. jrshabs1 says:

     The sheep are drinkin the kool- aid. #31 had a terrible December kind of reminds you of last December doesn’t it? 5 shots -1 goal 800 save % in 1st period today. #31 pulled in his last game. Auld gets victory in Habs 2nd win in 10. Do we need more stats? Stats don’t lie!! People that think #31 is sound in net and will lead the Habs to the Stanley Cup are truly optimists and I really hope you are right..but c’mon we’ve all seen this movie before.




    Go Habs Go!!

  15. petefleet says:

    It must be extremely frustrating for the Habs players to work so hard to win and have a goalie who is not even in the game.  Bad giveaways, poor positioning, and then just poor effort.  If the shots were reverse it would be 5 to 1 or worse.  What’s up with this so called “Allstar”?  Pathetic effort now for three weeks on Price’s part.

  16. samTHEman says:

    Rich Peverley…this guy ALWAYS scores on us.

  17. otter649 says:


  18. zaq007 says:

    I think our PP is starting become scary again 😛

  19. Psycho29 says:

    what about RDS??? Do they stream the games?

  20. Psycho29 says:

    Give me a break. Price is the biggest reason this team is 21-16.

    Halak is long gone….time to move on….

  21. LA Loyalist says:

    If martins system were executed perfectly we would never have the puck.

  22. daveho29 says:

    Looking good so far. Good to be back on home ice.


    Hopefully they can play well and shut out the Canucks on Feb. 22 in Van. Got me a ticket for $100.

  23. LA Loyalist says:

    Nice one. My wife won’t let me drink beer for breakfast.

    p>”To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  24. LA Loyalist says:

    Stupiderest? Stupidooperest?

  25. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Chill out. It’s not Price’s fault that our offensive weapons don’t score. It’s not Price’s fault that Gill doesn’t hit and looks like he’s skating in Slo-mo. It’s not Price’s fault that our head coach is useless.

  26. zaq007 says:

    Finally pleky scores on one of his breakaways

  27. Mike D says:

    What a pass by Wiz to Pleks for the goal!!!!!  Lovin this guy right now!

    – Honestly yours

  28. Mike D says:

    Spacek is playing brutal.  How is this guy not a scratch?  I don’t agree with having him on a line with the Wiiz either.  If Wiz pinches then we only have Spatch on D duty.

    – Honestly yours

  29. thehabsfan29 says:

    ………. price was amazing at the start of the year. its hard to win games with endless mistakes made by our d men. price is in a slump but he will get over it

    our d needs to start playing properly and needs to stop making stupid mistakes

  30. jrshabs1 says:

     Down 1-0 early….the Carey Price special. Habs will NEVER win anything with #31 as the starter. Only difference between this year and last year is now there is no #41 safety net.



    Go Habs Go!!

  31. thehabsfan29 says:

    Spacek hammer and gill are useless.

    endless mistakes… unbelievable

  32. Jonson says:

    that would be a terrible trade.

  33. Jonson says:

    Eller is a healthy scratch, UNbelievable, JMis the stupidist coach i ever seen, its starting to get pathetic.

    THis is DRiving me CRAZY

    TIme for a beer.

    DD -1, unbelievable

  34. 123456 says:

    nome of my online feeds (justin, atdhe, habsonlinetv)are working – anyone have one?

  35. novahab says:

    I think Ottawa is a team willing to trade with us with so many Habs fans in that area it wouldn’t hurt public relations to help the Habs and screw the hated Leafs fans. This teams needs a guy that can play some minutes , score the odd goal and fight when needed and I think Neil fits that bill. He is not motavated now but coming to a playoff team who wants to make a run might help him. Also could this be a deal where we get Neil and Alfie . Say AK, Hammer for salary , Eler and a draft pick. They get two younger players and get rid a salary with Hammer plus they can start to rebuild. Ottawa is a mess and changes are coming. They can’t afford to lose fans so they have to show their base a new look.

  36. Jonson says:

    thats the problem with montreal they always a game or 2 to make your impression. They have done it to weber for the last 3 years. One game, if he plays well then he stays if not back to the minors. Sometimes they just have to give the player time to get better. DD needs to be up at the beginning of the year and stay up all year. Thats the only way he will progess in the NHL. 3-5 games isnt enough to evaluate a hockey player.


  37. AndyF says:

    Can you split out the PK and PP time from this?   Otherwise it’s biased by PK and PP time. 


    Of the 5on5 and 4on4 time, I would say 55%-45% Montreal.



  38. Say Ash says:

    Cracking open the beer at 9:45 AM out here on the West Coast. Happy Wisniewski, everybody.

  39. Mr. Biter says:

    Belated New Year to everyone out there and be happy your are not a Leaf Fan. If he dresses this will be the biggest game of DD’s career. He probably has a window of 3-5 games to see if he can make the Habs. It will be up to him to show management if he can play with the big boys so hopefully he brings his “A” game cause you only get so many chances to make the big team (C. Locke) and your labeled a career AHLer or shipped to another team.


  40. novahab says:

    I like Penner but I don’t see the Oliers making that trade they are almost as soft as we are.

  41. says:

    2010 Goal of the Year

    They Call Me Shane

  42. Sportfan says:

    It sounds ok but I’m really not sure about Penner hes kinda like another Pouliot i mean hes got decent numbers but if we want a lot of production im not too sure about Penner being that guy then i could be wrong it just and opinion haha dont bite my head off

  43. Jonson says:

    where did you hear that?

  44. Jonson says:

    No doubt that montreal is gonna win today. they are gonna come out flying. They played awesome in florida and will carry it over to today. Especially at home, its gonna awesome. Atlanta beat us last time but it wasnt cause they were the better team montreal just didnt show up. This team is great, they just got get going and we will be back in 3rd in no time.

    There is no way we are gonna battle for the 8th spot!

  45. t1tan5 says:

    Very interesting stat that is never kept in the NHL. Good luck, Ian.

  46. deggy24 says:

    Sounds like Penner coming to Montreal from Edmonton for AK, unsure of the other players involved. Not a bad deal, but expect AK to thrive in Edmonton away from JM, even more once Whitney gets back, but that won’t be for a long while. I like AK a lot, a legitimate talent, but he is a whipping boy here and it will be good for him to get out of town. His brother is showing what he can do away from Montreal.

  47. jimmy shaker says:

    Not attempting to be a troll as you so smartly portrayed……just giving my honest opinion.  Carey needs a break, Auld won his last start, he needs more games, so give him another shot.  Carey’s last 5 or 6 starts he’s allowed at least 3 goals in each of those starts.  I’m not blaming him for all the goals against, but merely suggesting that JM needs to give him a break and get Auld more starts, that’s it!  Is logic your friend spossy or what?


  48. Jonson says:

    36:25 MOntreal,23.35 Atlanta

  49. Ian Cobb says:

    I am going to do the stop watch thing on both teams today for fun if I can.

    Meaning puck control time of each team. Click when it is controlled by our stick, hold until it becomes their puck. Then click the time until it becomes ours again.

    Time of possession should tell a story. Sure hope we win a few face offs for a change. Someone else should count them.

    Anyone care to guess the time of possession for each team?? You have 60 minuits to work with.

  50. zaq007 says:

    HAbs gotta come out with 2 points tonight, hate being 8th in the conference!

  51. spos080808 says:

    Nice attempt at being a troll

  52. jimmy shaker says:

    Should’ve stayed with Auldy JM…..but what can you expect from a complete Jabroni?


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