Game 44: Lack of discipline costs Canadiens

Penguins’ Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin celebrate second-period goal on Wednesday night. Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: A complete lack of discipline cost the Canadiens dearly against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Penguins scored four times with an extra attacker and defeated the Canadiens 5-2 less than a week after losing 2-1 in a shootout on Bell Centre Ice.
Pittsburgh opened the scoring 12:57 into the game when Alex Goligoski fired a rocket to the top corner on Carey Price’s glove hand off a pass from Chris Kunitz.
But it didn’t take long for the Canadiens to reply. Only 18 seconds later, Tomas Plekanec scores his 13th of the season to tie the game off a pass in front of Marc-André Fleury’s crease from Mathieu Darche.
In the second period, David Desharnais scored the first NHL goal of his career when he redirected a P.K. Subban point shot over Fleury’s shoulder 2:15 into the period.
But like the Canadiens in the first period, the Penguins wasted little time getting back into the game.
Tyler Kennedy scored a power-play goal at the 4:15 mark when Kris Letang faked a shot and passed to Tyler Kennedy, who fired a one-timer past Price.
Jordan Stall scored another power-play goal for the Penguins with 11 seconds to play in the second period to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead.
Goligoski made it 4-2 Penguins with another goal with the man advantage early in the third period when he left his position at the point and found a loose puck in the crease and punched it home.

• What It Means: Montreal’s three-game winning streak is snapped and its record drops to 24-17-3 to remain at 51 points, two behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins hold two games in hand, however.

• What’s Next: The New York Rangers visit the Bell Centre on Saturday night before the Calgary Flames come to town on Monday and the Canadiens play the Sabres in Buffalo the following night.

166 Comments

  1. terrygain says:

    Martin is beyond clueless. Let’s go with 5 on 5 off.

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    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.

  2. zaq007 says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  3. ZimHabwe says:

    What can I say?

    We lost the game. Let’s move on!

  4. MTLForever says:

    if they are gunna call certain things they need to call it all game or let the guys play

  5. canadiens26 says:

    Wow, does JM coach boring hockey or what? I wish someone would drive the net instead of cruising the perimeter. 

  6. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Oh my goodness, did the ref just call a penalty against Pittsburgh? Last minute of the game? Aren’t they afraid they’ll influence the outcome? Ray Ferraro makes me sick and this was a game where the officials could only see one colour. Hockey gods indeed, Cuthbert! Phah!

  7. MTLForever says:

    lost blocker and hamrlik pushed pens into price

  8. MTLForever says:

    – Not helping out Price by taking so many penalties

    – Most penalties were called by the same ref all night on us

    – Can’t stay in the game when you’re constantly on the PK

    – I am glad we won last night, it was more important but it would have been nice tonight

     

  9. habs63 says:

    Price just covered the puck. Isn’t that a slashing call against Montreal?

  10. Malreg says:

    The Pouliot and Wiz penalties are penalties in the post-lockout NHL. 
    Anytime you place your stick above the waist of the opposing player,
    it’s a penalty.  I’m ok with that, but if that’s the rule, then at least
    call it from the start of the game. 

    The first two periods were
    filled with slashes and hooks from both teams that went uncalled, then
    all of a sudden they are penalties in the 3rd?  All I ask for is some
    consistency…

  11. tricolore says:

    This site’s server problems are bigger than the Habs defensive tenacity. Seems everything the Pens throw at the net has a chance of bouncing or deflecting in. 

    Not sure Price will strike a cocky pose at the end of this game. The Pens wanted his blood tonight, and they got it…5 red lights and counting…

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  12. Habnofear says:

    Boone’s blog down again,lol

  13. observer says:

    down by 2 goals 11 min left and the other team keeps attacking your net. and your stupid penalties just keep happening. 2 bad goals allowed by price. disgraceful hockey.

  14. tricolore says:

    How do you say ‘goat’ in French Canadien? 

     

    POULIOT

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  15. 23 HABS 23 says:

    How about we stay out of the effing penalty box boys!

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  16. tricolore says:

    On any other night, it’s never say die, but now…2 goal defecit….sigh….3 goals on the PP tonight vs the best PK in the business….

    It’s OK boys…we’ll work for Saturday…..

    Thought Price could smother the puck on that 4th goal….rather than desperately brush it away….but what do i know….?

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  17. observer says:

    let in TWO soft goals!

  18. JohnBellyful says:

    Is Pillsbury now a team sponsor? The Danish looks good, but we could do without the turnovers.

  19. tricolore says:

    I think Ferraro says it best when he reminds us that as well as Price has played making big saves tonight he lets in a soft goal at the end of the 2nd. He would like that one back, however, having said this…if he doesn’t make those big saves tonight…his team are out of this early….so how about scoring a few more tonight boys? With a talented team like the Pens (even without their franchise player) you need to capitalize on every chance….

    Vive le tricolore!

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  20. observer says:

    first game in 4 nights for Price. 2 terrible goals on him!

  21. adam76 says:

    A late penalty followed by a weak goal – need to come out on fire in the third.

  22. 123456 says:

    lol that (yelling after a goal) may be a good way for me to keep the racoons and deer out of my yard

  23. F Bomb says:

    Nice to see Gil doing his 3 legged sprawL

  24. Mattyleg says:

    Bench ‘im!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  25. tricolore says:

    Not an easy game tonight with their 2nd in 2 nights. They just  have to keep step by step with them. C’Mon boys! Go Habs Go!!!!

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  26. jennifer1984 says:

    so nice for Desharnais….

    i had to yell that one out the back door down to the parking lot for the bf.

     

    i also really like seeing players smile after they get a goal…they should be happy!!

  27. jennifer1984 says:

    ha. i dont know but i find its funny that they put Halak on this years calendar…..seriously. and Lapierre is January’s……..

  28. saskhabfan says:

    No, i don’t think we trading cammy for halak. Though judging by halak’s save percentage i think the pretzel has far less holes.

     

     

     

     

    I think I know more than most about hockey and believe my opinions are almost always reasonable and thought out.-manapart.

  29. observer says:

    Lies! It was Gainey angry that Gauthier is ignoring his advice, who asked to be traded.

  30. LA Loyalist says:

    What month is he in the calendar? That’s how we can tell if he’s going to St. Louis for a pretzel and a bag of pucks or not.

  31. dre1744 says:

    loved the Hit Wiz  layed on Letang!!!!!!

  32. observer says:

    That Ferraro is really one sharp commentator. And how he dug up stats that  display when the leading scorer on the team who is probably the best player in the league, that when that player is out and not playing, Pittsburgh’s record isn’t as good as when he plays! And Ferraro even had stats to show the fans so they would believe this astounding situation.

  33. jennifer1984 says:

    so when Cammy’s back what does Jm do with the lines?

    clearly Pleks, Darche and Poolio are doing well together.

  34. F Bomb says:

    Son of B! PTS just scored…I’m nervous and somewhat disappointed in (if the rumor is true). He has complained about ice time as unless his knee is bothering him…he has been coasting. I’m a big fan of Cammi but This situation seems odd. Hope it’s only a rumor because I remember Cammi saying he was in this for the long hall and his personal stats would come second to the teams success.

  35. F Bomb says:

    Thumbs up to JM as Price looks fresh!!!

  36. jennifer1984 says:

    me too.

    and i just got a new Cammy jersey for christmas!!!

  37. Malreg says:

    It took 2 first round potential lottery picks, and a 2nd just to get an unsigned Phil Kessel. 

    It costed 2 first round picks, Lucas Sbisa AND Lupul for Pronger who had 1 year left on his contract.

  38. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Trust me, bud – not saying he’s a non-factor. He’s got size and he can score.

    But Habs lack depth not a star player. They’d have to give up too much for a star player.

    With Spacek, Gill, Hamrlik leaving soon – Subban and Weber are a critical part of this team’s future.

    Obviously there’s FA, but it would really hurt us to see more prospects from our system leaving for nothing. Habs need those picks and prospects at the moment.

  39. Sportfan says:

    please tell me thats just a rumor and not real Cammy is my fav player and it would really suck to find out he asked for a trade after praising Montreal it would be like a dagger in our hearts 🙁 CAMMY DONT LEAVE !

  40. LA Loyalist says:

    not giving up Leblanc, and I would prefer to keep Weber for insurance on PP – power play QB is most important player on team after the goalie, I think our past few years prove that.

    other ideas?

  41. Bugs says:

    This is that posting. Secondhand grapevine stuff from some shmoe in Paquetteville (or wherever) who says “the host says Cammy wants out!”.

    Standard fare from mountain-out-of-molehill listeners.

    Please…

    And no, it’s not me.

    Polygonically contained, I square off as

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

  42. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Yeah, I hear what you’re saying…I just got me a big ol’ man crush on that Left Winger.

     

  43. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Pittsburgh would accept that offer for Crosby LOL

    Really over-valuing Nash here – he’s only had ONE 70 point season. 

    He would not help the Habs – he’s just another Cammalleri with more skill, but puts up similar points.

  44. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That’s a lot for a player who’s only had ONE 70 point season.

    I’d rather have Cammy to tell you the truth. Even if we did trade him, we’re getting hosed in that trade.

    I understand that this team already has way too many undersized players, but Nash is just not worth it IMO.

  45. lavie says:

    From a posting on RDS.ca as well.

    I rather believe the news than disregard it. Look at Lapierre’s case.

  46. Malreg says:

    Not even close.  More like Subban, Cammy, Leblanc, 1st 2011, 1st 2012, Weber.  Nash is the face of their franchise, he won’t be traded.

  47. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Read about it on hockeybuzz, so that pretty much means Cammy’s not going anywhere.

    And that’s a good thing.

  48. Malreg says:

    Radio hosts should know better than the repeat pure nonsense.

    This all started with some random blogger who said “Sources close to the Canadiens”.  This guy has less credentials then Eklund, now that’s saying something.

  49. Fire_Laraque says:

    Heard a rumor on Mix 96 that Cammy asked to be traded.  Anyone has anything on this?

  50. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Just thinkin’ here…what do you think it would take to get Nash out of Columbus? Not that they’re fer sure trading him, but that team is in need of a shakeup something fierce.

    I’m thinking something like Cammalleri/Weber/Leblanc and a 1st. for Nash and a low end prospect.

     

    *drooling over Nash*


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