Game 43: Pouliot, Auld help Habs defeat Rangers

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist ends up in the net along with the puck as shot by Canadiens’ Jaroslav Spacek tied the game 1-1 late in the second period Tuesday night. Ray Stubblebine, Reuters

AUDIO: Benoit Pouliot | Alex Auld | Mathieu Darche | Jacques Martin | Tomas Plekanec

PREGAME AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Yannick Weber

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• At a Glance: For the fifth straight game, the Canadiens battled back from a deficit on the scoreboard, posting a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers jumped out to an early lead when Brandon Dubinsky scored 4:15 into the game when he cut to the front of the net and slipped a shot passed Alex Auld, who made only his fifth start of the season.
In the second period, Jaroslav Spacek was credited with the tying goal when his shot eluded a screened Henrik Lundqvist with 1:11 remaining in the period.
Benoit Pouliot, who has been playing well of late, scored his ninth of the season 6:03 into the third period with a wicked wrist shot from the faceoff circle that went over Lundqvist’s shoulder.
The Rangers pressed for the tying goal late in the game with six skaters on the ice, but came up empty.
Auld finished with 25 saves for his third win of the season, while Lundqvist stopped 36 shots.

• What It Means:
Montreal’s record improves to 24-16-3 for 51 points, two behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins hold one game in hand. The Canadiens did move into seventh place, tied with the Thrashers at 51 points but holding two games in hand.

• What’s Next:
The Canadiens travel back to Montreal to face the Penguins on Wednesday and the Rangers are in Montreal on Saturday night.


  1. bwoar says:

    Actually I’ve read twice now that he’d like Eller to play more give-and-go, as in, dish it off and go to the net.  He also praised Max Pacioretty for 2 things:

    1. the give-and-go as per above and;

    2. dumping the puck deep if a defender gives him no space in the neutral zone.

    And he wants Eller to do those 2 things.  In reference to each of those things he mentioned that Eller has been trying to make too many individual plays and those options are what is being asked.  Pretty standard stuff.  He once again praised Eller’s defensive play.

    Eller is trying to do it himself; I don’t blame him when he plays so many minutes with lumps.  Let’s hope him and Plekanec can show some finish tonight.

  2. LA Loyalist says:

    it doesn’t change the fact that sitting in the pbox won’t help. If he’s not ready, sent him back to Hamilton.

    We can’t have it both ways. If he’s a prospect he should be playing here or in Hamilton.

    If he’s a mistake than let’s move on — or is it that no one will admit we got hosed by St. Louis in the Halak deal. But him not playing (a game I can see to make a point, but 3?) just looks like JM on an ego trip. 

  3. habs365 says:

    you should learn how to read before you write..there’s nothing in there that says why would a GM get rid of a player when his team’s playing better than .500 it again when you’re awake.the more I read your comment the stupider you wonder other Habs fans jump on ya.I’ve seen some of their remarks toward you now I see why.


  4. Psycho29 says:

    So the girlfriend gave me a nice Habs 2010-11 wall calendar for Christmas, I brought it to work today, hadn’t looked at it yet. It’s got the NHL and NHLPA logos all over it, so it’s “approved”!

    There is one player per page, most are ok except:

    Sept to Dec 2010 is Big George Laraque

    March 2011 is Ben Maxwell

    December 2011 is Jaroslav Halak

    PK Subban is nowhere to be found….

    There are two possibilities: The calendar was made wayyyy in advance….or my girlfriend buys my gifts at “Le Monde du Dollar” in Valleyfield.

    I’m glad I bought her that toaster after all  :-)


  5. Bugs says:

    You can do all that on the internet now, Brewster. No need to spend 600 bucks on gas and 750 on sammiches.

    Put me down for a twoonie.

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  6. savethepuck says:

    It’s actually 3 questions not 2 but:

    1 (a)I always think our team is a cup contender. Did anyone think we were a serious cup contender in 1993 or even last year. In today’s salary cap era, it is hard to predict what lineups will be year to year.

    1 (b) Both injuries hurt us badly but I think the acquisition of the Wiz before it was officially announced that Gorges would be out for the season was because management knew it. Our D has been good of late, so I would like to have a larger sample size ( more games) before I offer an honest opinion of the Wiz and our D as a whole.

    2. Trade deadline close to 1 month away, don’t want to trade away too much promise, but if we are in a position to be “buyers”, a lot of “sellers” are willing to give up quality UFAs for picks and possible prospects.  Other teams we are competing with will be improving, so I think it’s necessary that we do to. Don’t know how many trade deadline’s I’ve said ” Is that all they got for him?”

  7. Bugs says:

    Mesmells deviousness. Consider:

    Our new friend’s first question amounts to this: Do y’all REALLY think you have a chance? Not to mention spelling Gorges “Georges”.

    The second questions asks us to consider, in albeit subtle terms the notion of TANKING. No Mtler would mention Edmonton’s “success” in relation to Pitt and Chick-Cago who have ACTUALLY won. And if he or she had, they surely woulda given the nod to Long Island and Atlanter and Columbus as places where the same mentality HASN’T worked.

    Now his answers: 1(a). We’re good but we’ll never win. 1(b). We must dismantle our defence and incorporate others who are sure to bring us success where the previous have not. And 2, the kicker!: trade away the PRIME figureheads of our reconstruction, yes, the very same who were our BEST when it was all on the line. 

    Displaced Hab fan in NY indeed…

    On the VERY day we play the Rags, hmmmm…what are the odds?

    Welcome, sir, welcome, but uhhh, well, nevermind.

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  8. Displaced says:

    Cool – five minutes in and have a nickname.  This is my kinda bar.

  9. mike g says:

    I knew it…. Watching Auld in nets makes me more nervous than anything else. Hes the slowest goalie in the league. I think an 80 year old with bad hips could move faster across the crease! Why did we have to give these 2pts to NYR so easily

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  10. Bugs says:

    Whole thing or the deal’s off!

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  11. Mattyleg says:

    Welcome to the Madhouse, Dissy.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  12. Mattyleg says:

    The All-Star Game depresses me.

    Cue clown music: “dee-dee-deedle-leedle-dee-dee-dee-dee…”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. Displaced says:

    Clear and cold.  Not a cloud in the sky.  If this storm is coming it’s going to roll in here fast.  For what it’s worth they cancelled all the flights from SF into JFK — so they think it’s coming.  Expecting 15 inches.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a martini around here?

  14. Rainrocket16 says:

    yeah, ok but how about the 6 out of the last 26 possible points before that. Just saying we arent that good, yet. Need lots of improvement to compete down the line.

  15. Displaced says:

    Hi folks – I’m a displaced Habs fan from New York and a new HIO member as of a few moments ago.  Joining the commentariat is kinda like hanging out a Habs sports bar before, during and after games.  A mix of fiery fans that care and voice some pretty funny/interesting/nasty opinions about all things Canadiens.  For what it’s worth, I’ve been a fan since the glory days of the 1970s.  As opposed to say the glory days of the 60s, or the 50s… well, you get the idea.


    Since we don’t get a lot of call-in tow sports shows about the Habs let alone hockey, two serious questions for (any and all of) you:


    1. (a) Absent the injuries, do you really believe that this core group is capable of a legit run at the Cup this year or in the next couple while most of our top 6 forwards are still under contract and young enough to be in the prime? 


    1. (b) How do you feel when you factor in the Markov and Georges injuries?


    2. Does it make sense to trade future assets (picks, prospects) away to make a Cup run this year, stand pat or trade away some of our players for a brighter future (a la Edmonton or previously Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago, etc.)?


    I’ll get the ball rolling:


    1(a): Without the injuries I would say we are top 10 NHL team, good for the second round and with the right bounces (like last year) maybe a little more.  But just out of range to be a real Cup contender.  We have (IMHO) – superior goaltending, a mixed bag of aging balanced defensemen and young guys prone to make mistakes and streaky forwards that seem more like 3rd-9th guys on the elite teams.  For example, we’re lacking the top end firepower of the Sedins or Daysuk or Sid or Ovie etc. 


    1(b) Losing Markov and Georges (arguably our top two D, at a minimum two of our top 4) means that we have to make trades just to get back to our pre-injury depth.  I like the Wiz deal (saw his a couple of times on the Island and loves what he brings to the point on a PP).   But, teams the like to draft and develop don’t trade away picks unless we are close. 


    2.  If players like Wiz are worth a second rounder (good D, pending UFA), then guys like Hamr and Spacek should be worth 2nds and guys like Gionta, Gomez or Cammalleri could for firsts and decent prospects.  Not sure I would trade all of them, but maybe one or two if the right deal (read desperate team) came along.


    Whose leg does someone have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  16. savethepuck says:

    WE got 7 of the last possible 8 pts.  Thought the team was doing what they have to.

  17. rocketsglare says:

    With Boston and Carolina putting the heat on the Habs with their wins, the Canadiens must answer in kind by

    winning tonight. This now becomes a contest of wills and the Habs can’t be perceived as not being in the hunt.

    Each team is sending a message to the other and the Habs hopefully will send a greater statement by their play.

    Here’s to a solid road win tonight. Get it done boys!

    Go Habs Go!

  18. punkster says:

    This is what we’ve been waiting for Bugs. It’s time for that trip to Vegas with the 17 sacks of nickles we’ve been stockpiling. Gotta be, oh, a couple grand here for sure. We put it on the Habs to win the Cup. They must be up over 25/1 now. This is our chance to make a killing. I’ll get the van warmed up and make the samiches for the road. Gonna be a hoot!


  19. HardHabits says:

    Thanks for the link. Fair assessments up and down.

  20. jennifer1984 says:

    i hate being called jenny…everyone else knows better…but if thats what you’re calling me, its better than bad words….

    and for the record, for real, i just ate a bite of the brownie, and took a “sip” of wine. my sips are pretty big!

  21. habs001 says:

    based on his play price deserves to be an all star and mvp candidate….i bet 90% of the teams in the last 20 years who are 26th in scoring at the half way mark of the season are fighting for a lottery pick..goaltending,the d and the pk forwards have been amazing…a couple off pp goals would be nice tonight

  22. Bugs says:

    Mixed together or inside-out, gotta eat the brownie and drink the wine at the same time, aw’ight?

    And whaddaya say to Jennie instead of Jenny? Is that ok?

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  23. keepthefaith says:

    Yes sure ,  i am going to scroll threw the libraries of HIO and find proof. Ya, thats gonna happen. You think i just said it for no reason. This is at least three times you ve been correcting peoples spelling mistakes. I know how i feel about people like you. Internet smart asses … with a dictionary. 

  24. shiram says:

    Kinda ironic, Eller is playing on the top line, and JM is saying he needs to play more dump and chase.

  25. jennifer1984 says:

    it’s white. my fav bottle.

    Pelee Island Gewurtztraminer…….delicious!!!


    there are some fine bottles of red (shiraz) around but i enjoy this one too much!

  26. jennifer1984 says:

    listen Bugs, i enjoy you and your remarks, none of them bother me…BUT IF YOU EVER call me Jenny again, i will jump through the screen….. jenn or jennifer is fine.

    now i thought i could put the brownie IN the wine……. but then i decided i’ll just drink the whole bottle instead of putting the brownies in.

  27. Rainrocket16 says:

    OK, Boston is obviously not gonna settle down and neither are the Canes..So its time to wake up, focus and play some quality 60 minute hockey. Enough of the penalties, enough with the dump and chase. Lets make the Rangers tired by trying to catch us tonight and make look rediculous…

    Some Quality shots would be nice as well, real tired of the chesters being blocked every time!!

    Lets go Boys!! Halfway there!!

  28. Born in a Bad Year says:


    Your photo is mislabeled, it is Hamrlik, not Picard in the photo.

    Although Picard could be in the photo as well, he is pretty much invisible.

  29. savethepuck says:

    Thanks 24 Cups for the Eminem Rihanna parody earlier.  Thought it was hilarious.  My sister married a Laffs fan and unfortunately the kids decided to listen to their father instead of their mother when choosing a hockey team.  I’ve been going through my address book since I saw the videao to forward it to all of them.

  30. newbrunswick troy says:

    1- Gill would have been ok…only because Chara was absolutly gassed!

    2 I think Max Pac has helped…but gomez, concrete hands doesn,t let it show

    3- Hamr..former fisrt overall draft pick…tons of playoff experience!!

    4-P.K is certainley a more humble D-man than earlier,but i miss his piss and vinagar

    5-Cami—beacause he likes the limelight and gets too much here..(this city will ruin him eventualy)

  31. Bugs says:

    ESPN mid-season report cards.

    We rank a B-.

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  32. newbrunswick troy says:

    LMAO loyalist….but tell you must have an inside connection????

    beacause  you,ve nailed the team mission statement to a tee

  33. Bugs says:

    If you PROMISE to eat one of those brownies AND drink a WHOLE glass of wine AT THE SAME TIME, you will be absolved from all blame.

    (mmph, giggle)

    Ok, Jenny? You gotta PROMISE, now. Brownie, wine, same time. Go.


    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  34. newbrunswick troy says:

    red or white wine?

  35. Bugs says:

    Ovechkin??? Ovechkin fires at Mach II, Pup, not at 0.7 mph. Pull yourself together, please.

    It was “good” goal, sure, but because it was beautifully SCREENED, not because it was beautifully fired, yes?

    It was a banana from 40ft out that we woulda killed the Priceberg for lettin in and for which Timmy got some flak for lettin in too. I say again: hardly the hallmark of a POWER-FORWARD’s goal. I want to see him score a power-forward goal before I call him a power-forward.

    So far, he’s Chris Higgins in a bigger frame, that’s all.

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  36. otter649 says:

    Gill (as a Bruin) & Chara (as a Sen) did fight at least once & Gill who has never been known as fighter got cut pretty good over the eye by Chara as I remembering seeing it on Youtube awhile back but kudos to Gill for stepping up in that situation………..


  37. Bugs says:

    I think Jack Marty expected Eller to improve in the FORTY games he gave him, Lalo.

    And to suggest that sitting him for THREE is what’s undermining that improvement seems a little trite to me, with all due respect.

    Happy New Year, signed

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  38. VancouverHab says:
    • Gill has a lot in reserve — he doesn’t fight for the simple reason that no-one wants to fight him & he just does his job. Notice that Chara didn’t try too hard to go with Gill. And (sorry, but it’s true) serious credit to Gomer for going right after Chara.
    • So far — and why not. The centre has 12 points in the past 11 games — can’t argue with those numbers.
    • Neither is going anywhere this season obviously, but Hamr for sure: just a draft pick is the market I’m guessing.
    • By far. He has done what a certain someone advised him to do and he’s 3/4 as damaging as he was and 1/4 more effective.
    • Cammi. Gio brings a lot. But I’d keep Cammi since he’s a money scorer and we have Pouliot, Eller & MaxPac as power forwards in training (in my view, AK is pretty suspect, alas. Shades of the Big M in TO….)
  39. jennifer1984 says:

    if we lose tonight you can blame it on me.

    i have no lucky habs loonies left to throw in the singing piggy bank and i have no beer so i’ve substituted for a bottle of wine.


    (please don’t really blame me……i made fresh brownies?!)

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