Game 46: Subban rescues Habs with OT winner

Overtime hero P.K. Subban celebrates his game-winner over Calgary.
Dario Ayala, Gazette

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The Canadiens were up 4-0 on the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre Monday night, then imploded in a Flames comeback that tied the score 4-4. It was up to P.K. Subban to give the Habs a heartstopping victory, burying a pass from Scott Gomez past Calgary goalie Henrik Karlsson at 1:06 of overtime to decide it.

Other goalscorers for Montreal were Lars Eller, Michael Cammalleri, Andrei Kostitsyn and Jeff Halpern. Montreal goalie Alex Auld, starting his first game for the Habs on home ice, was pulled for Carey Price after yielding four goals on 24 Flames shots.



  1. punkster says:

    You’re missing the point of my response. It’s more than just having to “work hard”. It’s adherence to a system. Hard work is essential at all times but the when you have a team with no super star scorers, no league top 10 scorers, heck we don’t have anyone in the top 30, all the hard work in the world won’t get you wins. So teams like this need a system that is adhered to by all the players to make the most of what strengths a team has. In our case it’s goaltending, defence and specialty teams. Of course it takes hard work but you over simplify the system aspect. We joke about it here but “The System” is what gets them wins and what got them deep in the playoffs last year. They work hard, yes, but they work together, follow a plan, buy in to their playbook and adhere to their system to make it happen.

    As for theJM and young guys…meh, it’s an urban myth. PK was playing like crap before the benching, mistakes, caught out of position, giving up goals and continuing to use that ridiculous windup on his shot. Now his positioning is better (while still making a couple of rookie mistakes, like last night, but somehow scrambling back effectively) and he’s using his wrist shot and a more controlled slap shot. And your take on the Max comment is interpretive. Read it and the whole interview again, judge for yourself and don’t just parrot what the slanted commentariat likes to trumpet. Yes, it likely wasn’t good for his confidence at first…and that was the point. Seems he got the point and has turned his game around, doesn’t it? Eller, Pouliot? Come on man, use your head. Two completely different polar opposites here. Eller’s a green rookie who is learning. Benching works (look at PK). Pouliot is a high draft pick who continuously goes through mental slumps and has trouble keeping his compete level up. So it’s wrong to bench these guys? Benching works, instruction works, fitting into the system is essential and rookies have to understand that you make repeated mistakes you get less ice time. This is pro hockey, the big league, not a daycare for talented but spoiled brats.


  2. Leucotome says:

    I was pretty close…

  3. Jonson says:

    thanks coach.

    Backchecking, forechecking…..i never thought about that. Are we the only team that has that strategy??? what im saying and what you are reading are completely different. All im saying is that you can play whatever system you want . But your players need to compete, backcheck, forecheck. They need to work hard. IF they dont work hard, no system will work. WHen you have the puck you try to score, when you dont have the puck you try to get it. There are different ways to do that but you need to work harder than the opponent, thats what it comes down to.

    As for SPezza? have you seen him play? Defensive LIability. and his numbers are declining. And he is still really young.

    Im not really going to get into this with you, but if you think that scratching and benching young players for rookie mistakes then i dont know what to tell you. Look at Patches, he is the perfect example. He said it himself that it wasnt good for his confidence. He did with PK, Eller,Pouliout. DOnt get me wrong if they deserve it fine. but was PK playing bad when he got scratched? and how long did it take for him to get his game going again? Eller was playing his best hockey, and he gets scratched for 3 games. ANd on top of it he doesnt even tell them why they are being scratched. Both of them said it INterviews.  I guess i got into it. We need a coach who can deal with young guys, a guy like paul maurice, or even Muller.


  4. punkster says:

    Re: the system. It’s a bit more complicated than that J. It requires forechecking and backchecking by the forwards (no floaters which is why SK got railroaded and why AK and to a degree Cammy can be so frustrating at times), it requires the correct pairing of the D and what forward lines to play those pairs with. It requires set playes and options on carrying the puck out of your own end. Quite a playbook involved that all the players have to study. Not just get the puck, shoot, score you know.

    As for the JM “belief”, that’s all it is.; a belief, an urban legend, a story people like to  repeat that makes them feel comfortable with their dislike of JM. Look at his career record. Zero concerns with how the rookies he has handled over the years have proven to be among the best in the league today…including the enigma that is Spezza. The proof of how he handles our rookies is in the future, just as the proof of how he handled all previous rookies is showing up on stat sheets all over the league today.


  5. adam76 says:

    I was at a game in 2000 that had 17,000 people.  Montreal fans are not sheep like the Leaf fans.

  6. fbkj says:

    you are absolutely right, season tickets used to be easy to get, when the team sucked (houle years for all the noobs who hate gainey)

    now getting season tickets your put on a waiting list that takes years to materialize

  7. fbkj says:

    “Twice this week, the Montreal Canadiens goalie thought about trying it, but then let the chance slip away.

    “I tried it once in junior but my defenceman blocked it,” Price said Friday.

    The Canadiens, who face the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday
    night, are coming off a pair of solid wins this week over—2-0 over the
    Vancouver Canucks and 3-1 over the Boston Bruins.

    In both cases the opponent pulled its goalie with about two minutes
    left to play, leaving open that chance for a rink-length goal, as only a
    handful including Ron Hextall, Martin Brodeur and former Canadien Jose
    Theodore, have done in the NHL.

    Against Boston, Price didn’t quite get control of the puck when the opportunity arose.

    “I tried to pick it off the boards and it hopped over my stick,” he
    said. “And Gomer (Scott Gomez) is yelling at me to shoot. Then I lost

    he never saw the pressbox LA

    do you EVER type after using your brain? dude i mean seriously everything that comes out of your brain is the opposite of reality man? is it living in cali? dunno who am i to judge but seriously man…

  8. Jonson says:

    i disagree  about the fans showing up no matter how the team plays. THats what makes us different from the fans in Toronto. THey really do show up win or lose. I remember 10 years back or so where i could go to the bell center on game night and buy tickets over the counter. Try doing that now lol. If the team sucks they wont sell out here.

  9. LA Loyalist says:

    Didn’t Theodore score an emplty net goal one year for us? If Price ever pulled a stunt like that he’d be getting splinters in the press box.

    Your comment was totally called for, don’t you read your txts?

    What we are seeing tonight, ladies and germs, is “intangibles” — this is what funny uncle bob blew the team up for. Intangibles.

    Kind of sucks, doesn’t it?

  10. tricolore says:

    Nothing speaks louder than the actions of fans who pay for tickets and paraphernalia. In this city, the team could be total garbage and not make the playoffs…you’ll still see fans in the stands for every game and kids wearing jerseys. The Canadiens are a profit making machine and have been even throughout those horrible years in the late 90s (post P. Roy). They were not making as much profit but a profit was made none the less. 

    Unlike our baseball fans, who easily expressed their displeasure with management for selling off the best players over the years….so much that fans stopped going to watch the games, etc….

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  11. tricolore says:


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  12. tricolore says:

    I still think the Habs should win this game. But can someone tell me why the f**k Martin does not call a time out, when his team has given up a goal after 97 seconds in the 3rd period, to perhaps remind them to start skating, hitting, shooting and all that good stuff?



    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  13. Jonson says:

    oh, the importance of Price


  14. F Bomb says:

    Carey! Carey! JM loves him because he can’t score!!! Sorry that was uncalled for but I’m frustrated!!!

  15. adam76 says:

    A little?  This team doesn’t care, why should we the fans?

  16. jennifer1984 says:

    not impressed

  17. Jonson says:

    i get that there is a system, but it all leads to the same thing. Play good defence , get the s puck and attack. all im saying is that its the players that control how the game is played not the coach.

    as for the second statement… not the only one who believes it

  18. F Bomb says:

    This is a little ridiculous

  19. McIntyre18 says:

    I’m from Brampton, too. I’m with Rogers and have their sports package and I get the game in HD on channel 380, it’s the sportsnet broadcast.

  20. habs913 says:

    he’s really playing well tonight! maybe he knows he’s on the trading block? :p



  21. punkster says:

    Hmmm. There’s no system? JM is terrible at developing players?


    OK, anybody out there wanna take this one?


  22. F Bomb says:

    What’s up with these guys…do they get tired? They tend to slow down towards the end of periods. Is that a coaching strategy? Eller and Pactorety had chances to put the game away but were denied by Karlsson. Should be an interesting 3rd!!! Would be nice if Gomez or Gionta can put it away

  23. jennifer1984 says:

    F^%$ sorry i just came to reply when Calgary scored.


    im watching the game online and since we don’t pay for our internet, i can stream as much as i want and never worry about going over.

  24. Jonson says:

    i know everyone complains about JM’s system but, is that what really loses them games? the games that they usually lose are the ones they dont show up to. The whole “system” idea makes me laugh. Its hard to believe that a system can be anything more than , stop the opposition, get the puck , and attack. Its a simple game, get the puck and score goals. JM’s isnt whats winning or losing games. Its the players, as it is for any team. JM is just terrible developing young players. Thats really his only knock. Its up to the players to perform not the coach. 

    Go habs Go!

  25. RC-51 says:

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen an opposing goalie get pulled and sit on the bench. Usually sits in the hallway exit on the other side of the ice

  26. Muckbringer says:

    -4 im still pumped. go play cod. your leafs dont play till wed and 2w2 doesnt come out till next tuesday.  

  27. Muckbringer says:

    i was looking forward to the game on snwhd but frigged by the blackout again!!how is that i live in friggn brampton.  how the fugaz am i gonna go to the game!!!!  worst is i can get it on tsn.   rds no speaki the french.why do i still live here?

  28. jennifer1984 says:


  29. RC-51 says:

    Wish they could play that way the WHOLE game, but that isn’t JM’s system! They will probably sit back and try to protect a lead and make things more difficult than they should be. All that matters is the 2pts I guess?!

  30. adam76 says:

    Remember Saturday?  Till this team plays a full 60 mins, I can;t get that pumped.

  31. jennifer1984 says:

    hahah since im watching online im watching sportsnet west and they just said “and sergei kostitsyn…uh make that andrei!”

  32. F Bomb says:

    How sweet is that! Ladies and gentleman Cammi is back. Kipper is one shot away from getting pulled. They are really flying tonight. PK Subbs is unreal. Spinning all over the place…

  33. jennifer1984 says:

    that was pretty!!!!

  34. Psycho29 says:



  35. F Bomb says:

    Look at this line go. They are flying!

  36. adam76 says:

    In before TomNickle starts to brag.

  37. jennifer1984 says:

    seriously!! i missed that goal because im watching online and it cut out!!!! went to a freakin internet ad. not happy

  38. Habscat says:

    Another one that I won’t see here in Halifax, but I have faith in a 3-2 OT win!


  39. Hagar says:

    1) Says little. We’d definitely be better with them in the lineup. Credit to the team for doing as well as it has with important players missing 

    2) Don’t think so. I’d say we’d regret it slightly if we traded him.  

    3) Yes. I doubt it’s in the cards though.

    4) Auld is #2. We all know it. Auld knows it. He’s been excellent when he’s played though.

    5) Iggy

  40. Laramy87 says:

    Off topic, but i cannot stand Milan Lucic. He is cocky and arrogant.

    Watch the highlights of Chara’s 3rd goal today, he looks to turn to Peters and begin to rub it is. Your up 7-0, grow up you prick

  41. jennifer1984 says:

    if people on the team are getting sick, chances are it’s coming quick.

    my boyfriend came home from work barfing his guts out today. out of nowhere.

    and now…my one cat just threw up too (and he usually doesn’t)

    i can’t keep up in the barf department! hopefully i’ll get to actually watch the game!

  42. Hagar says:

    That’s a bold statement Andrew. It aint a perfect. Also, why would it be more relevant in the playoffs than it is now?

  43. SmartDog says:

    Re. 3. Why would I?  For fun.  And because that’s all I have.

    It’s just interesting to speculate. I don’t think anyone would trade PK anytime soon – we need him too much – but if he finds himself in the thick of too many battles with his own teammates I could see it down the road. He’s a valuable player and there may be very good offers.  Add to that that both the Habs AND JM seem short of patience with loose nails… I could see it.  Again, not that I expect it but I wouldn’t be shocked.  


  44. Hagar says:

    Yes. Keep the GA steady & improve the lousy scoring (it is improving) & our +/- would be deadly. We’d be at the top of the heap for sure.

  45. habs365 says:

    I’m with you..I think it will be a big mistake..with the right linemates and been allowed to play his way..gonna be a big time scorer..I could only imagine him playing on a line with Crosby..the goal light would be on quite often.

  46. HFX-HabFan says:

    Continuing the “debut roster” series, here’s a roster comprised exclusively of current NHLers who made their league debut in a Calgary Flames uniform:


    Kobasew-Backlund-St. Louis











    Total cost: $55.62 million, or $3.78 million under the salary cap.  A deep blueline, but not much scoring beyond vets Iginla and Martin St. Louis (the one who got away).  Interesting to have Roloson in nets instead of Kipper.  Not a bad sqaud, but not a drastic improvement over their current mediocre team.

  47. punkster says:

    1. a)

    2. Yes. No.

    3. No (and why would you cite nothing more than a rumour to drive home your point? If you’re going to try and skew the results then use facts not crap like that 🙂

    4. No, it means we have a starter and a backup who does his job.

    5. Kane


  48. Nojo says:

    If we keep building this story Emelin will come.




    You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt

  49. Nojo says:

    I don’t think anyone can doubt his vision and shot. He has the physique that could lay hits like Ovechkin 10 times a game, but he won’t. Watch him closely receiving passes in the neutral zone, it is 50/50 that he will turn the puck over because he thinks he can beat people all the time. Sometimes you have to chip it in and run after it. And this is why he is not on the point during the powerplay. JM is safety first.



    You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt

  50. Hoegarden says:

    No one will disagree with you that AK has the tools to be a top forward on most teams. Darche, by the way, is on the PP because he is prepared to bleed for the team and park himself in front of the net, which is not the case with AK.

    if, and that is a big if, the right offer comes forth then I fear AK will be a goner. Most Hab fans figured he was going to have a decent if not a very good year as this is his “negotiating year” but unfortunately, he has not managed to do so. He had a great start and as we all saw, he was moved around and it all fell apart. Blame it on JM, chemistry or just plain bad luck, I still hope he makes up in the second half. Habs need him. Let’s see how hungry he is tonight. Go Habs.

  51. Psycho29 says:

    He needs to make his obvious talents obvious more often. Not just every 19 games.

  52. Nojo says:

    1) A: This team is better than last year’s regular season group. Generally they break out of their own zone much better because of team play. Better 5 on 5 scoring.

    2) Of course he is. We have seen him for a number of years and he isn’t going to change. Great potential and physical skills but lacks heart and will to dominate. He will not consistently sacrifice his body . Therefore no regrets if he moves elsewhere for the right price.

    3) No trade. Controversy involving Subban is mostly in people’s heads. This is one of the most exciting prospects the Habs have had in many years. His benching was JM’s way of showing the Mtl. vets that he was in control.

    4) Auld is krap, no need to pick up a lousier goalie.

    5) Iginla can score, skate  and fight. Case closed.

    You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt

  53. andrewberkshire says:

    One of those teams was last year’s Habs, who’s goal differential wasn’t a true value of the team considering the team was about +14 I believe from the time Markov came back to the end of the season.

  54. terrygain says:

    Everyone will miss Kostitsyn when they see him score in bundles on his next team. In addition to his obvious talents he sees the ice better than anyone on this team and is easily the team’s best passer. Watch him closely, as I do, and you’ll see how seldom he gets passed to – regardless of how hard he is skating or how hard he’s worked to get himself in position for a pass.

    With that shot and his ability to see the ice it’s ridiculous that he’s not been tried on the point on the PP. But when you have a coach who prefers to play Matthieu Darche on the PP ahead of Kostitsyn, you’ve hit rock bottom in the coaching department.

    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.

  55. andrewberkshire says:

    I definitely would not. Boston is a much tougher, grinding team, with more estabilshed coaching, two goaltenders that are 1000x better than anything Tampa has, better depth at forward and a better team overall. Tampa Bay has Stamkos, Hedman and St. Louis, that’s it.

  56. HUDSONHAB says:

    1) a 2) No 3) No 4) No 5) Kane (ATL or CHI)


  57. Mark C says:

    Yes, and I’ll back you up by saying in the past 10 NHL season only 12 teams have made the playoffs with a negative goal differential. And I think only two or three of those teams made it out of the first round.

  58. habs001 says:

    i rather play boston who has is plus 38 right now than tampa bay in the playoffs…

  59. HUDSONHAB says:

    No Wiz, no Pouliot, no Price. 3-1 Habs would be sweet.


  60. habs001 says:

    tampa bay is 22nd yet has 4 more points..

  61. andrewberkshire says:

    Yes, goal differential is the real marker, which is why Tampa Bay won’t be doing anything in the playoffs.

  62. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    People have to stop bringing up the lack of goals scored, isn’t +/- a much more telling stat, we’re 14th in that department.

  63. habs001 says:

    the bruins are still only 4 points ahead of us despite the fact they have scored 27 more goals and given up 6 less…you have to give our players credit for coming up with key goals and key stops at the right time…i still maintain there would be be very few teams who are tied for 27th most goals scored after 40 plus games and not be near the bottom 5 in the nhl ..yet we have been able to avoid this…

  64. Hoegarden says:

    1. C is an automatic and B is slowiy taking place.

    2. Yes, No.

    3. No.

    4. Yes, No.

    5. Kane.

  65. habs365 says:

    no trade for any player that’s not a consistant 25 goal scorer

  66. Bryan says:

    1.  Definitely C.  We’re not scoring more… Price just finally rebounded.

    2.  I think so, yes.  I doubt the team is going to trade him however.  His value is too low, and they don’t have a replacement readily available.

    3.  The term “untouchable” is a lie.  The right offer would pry any player from any team.  However, with our weak D, and nothing in the pipeline, I don’t think he’s going anywhere.

    4.  No, Auld’s a backup, and he knows it.  He’s been a very pleasant surprise this year however.  If he keeps this up, I’d be open to resigning him.

    5.  I’d take Evander Kane in a heartbeat over either of those two, but I’d take Iggy in the short term over Patrick.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  67. Leucotome says:

    Habs:3 Flames:1


    You heard it here first.

  68. shiram says:

    1. I’ll go with C, makes the most sense to me as all the other doesnt quite cover everything.

    2. Well I like his attitude recently, and last game was impressive. I think if he doesnt pick it up here, he could be very interesting to other teams.  Regret, sure, he is big, can be physical and we need someone like that, just more consistent.

    3. With our defficiencies on D right now, I’d find it very hard to believe that we’d trade PK. He has the making of a star, he will sell merch and im sure the Molson boys will want him to stay here.

    4. No, Price is 1, and Auld is 2, but that doesnt mean he has to be a weak second goalie. Besides, let him crack 10 wins before we enter a debate…

    5. I’ll say Iginla.

  69. SmartDog says:


    1. The way the team has played without Markov and Gorges (and CamI) must say something, but what?  Pick one (or more!):

      a. The team system is more important than the players, when the players buy-in we can win

      b. Opening spaces for younger players has helped this team be stronger… the youth adds engery and drive and opens up options.

      c. Goaltending has also been good and that’s the biggest factor. 

      d. Some voodoo sh$t goin’ on.

      e. Sumpthin else

    2. Is AK on the chopping block?  If so, will we regret it?

    3. Would the Habs trade Subban if they had a strong enough offer?  (Remember, conflicts have been more than hinted at, and this IS the Habs who above all else dislike contraversy.)

    4. If Auld wins again, does this mean we have a 1a and 1b goalie (and does it mean we need to pick a lousier goalie next year?)

    5. Who’d look better as a Hab – Iginla or Kane?



  70. Habs Proud says:

    Yes he did along with Sheldon Souray.

  71. habs365 says:

    spezza I believe did the same thing to carey price

  72. Mattyleg says:


    Going to the game tonight!

    The last time I saw the Flames in person was in 1986. We beat them 1-0 (Claude Lemieux!!) and then there was a bench-clearing brawl that seemed to last for hours. We won the next game in Calgary, and they gave us the Cup.

    Tonight will be a trifle less epic, I imagine, but I intend to get good ‘n steamed.

    Go Habs GOOOO!!!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  73. russianhabs4life says:

    The New Scott Stevens of CH

    As per Hockey30, Hopefully we can add him to our pretentious D

    Il y a de très bonnes chance qu’Alexei Emelin vienne jouer pour le Canadien la saison prochaine. Le défenseur appartenant à l’organisation et qui joue présentement dans la KHL a affirmé qu’il accepterait de jouer à Montréal uniquement si on lui promet un poste dans la LNH.

    – Emelin vient d’une famille pauvre. C’est lui qui subvient aux besoins de sa famille. On peur donc le comprendre de ne pas vouloir un salaire de la ligue nord-américaine.

    – Pierre Gauthier a confié à notre informateur qu’il songeait sérieusement à rajouter une clause dans le contrat d’Emelin qui permettrait au défenseur Russe de retourner dans la KHL s’il ne perce pas l’alignement du Canadien.

    – Présentement, les dépisteurs du CH comparent Emelin à Scott Stevens, un défenseur défensif percutant qui excelle dans l’art de la mise en échec. Parions que les partisans vont l’aimer…

    Markov should be back for one or 2 more seasons if we can get Emlin to the habs line up no doubt we would still need him to offer Emlin some kind escort around the city and league cuz it aint gonna be the outgoing energetic AK showing him around….Big Hopes for this kid…damn I would love to see this Kid be paired up with Subann waiting for that foward to cross the blue line, full speed Emlin forcing that skater to go round him then booommm hip check by Suban….Quelllllee Mise En Eheccccccccccccc  


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