Game 56: Islanders play trick on Canadiens

Islanders’ Mikko Koskinen makes a diving save on Canadiens’ James Wisniewski Thursday night at the Bell Centre.   Shaun Best, Reuters

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• At a Glance: After an all-out battle on Wednesday night in Boston, the Canadiens had a much tamer night on Thursday when the New York Islanders came to town in a 4-3 shootout loss. Kyle Okposo scored the winning goal for the Islanders after they erased three one-goal deficits during the game. Max Pacioretty, who scored two goals on Wednesday night’s 8-6 loss to the Boston Bruins, opened the scoring 14:10 into the first period. He took a pass from David Desharnais and fired a one-timer past rookie goaltender Mikko Koskinen. But John Tavares got that one back 2:25 later when he flipped a shot over Alex Auld’s shoulder. In the second period, Benoit Pouliot made it 2-1 Montreal with 5:49 played. But the Islanders never let up and Michael Grabner tied it 2-2 with a little under three minutes to play. Tomas Plekanec restored Montreal’s lead at 18:08 on a 2-on-1 break. He made Koskinen believe he was going to pass to Andrei Kostitdyn but then fired a shot between the goaltender’s legs. Grabner scored his second of the game 4:08 into the third period to tie the game 3-3, taking advantage of some confusion in the Canadiens zone. Koskinen made 37 saves for his first NHL victory in his second career game.

• What It Means:
Montreal has now lost three straight and falls to 30-20-6 and move up to 66 points with a point for the shootout loss, four ahead of the New York Rangers for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next:
The Canadiens are home to the Maple Leafs on Saturday and the Buffalo Sabres next Tuesday before hitting the road for three games in Western Canada that includes the Heritage Classic in Calgary on Feb. 20.


  1. zaq007 says:

    Gomez 2 assists tonight calling it lol:P

  2. JohnBellyful says:

    Okay, no offence taken. Well, actually, a little bit. I’m a sensitive guy. (Tim Hortons commercials make me cry.)

    What this site needs is an index. Poster shows up, checks the index, sees what’s been discussed during the day, picks a subject and clicks the hyperlink to the post. Like right now, I have no idea if anyone talked about Gomez today. So now I’ll have to scroll through all the posts just to see if his name pops up. Could someone summarize the consensus?

  3. observer says:

    desharnais is fine on this team on the 4th line. he’d be picked up by many other teams in a new york minute and become a marty st. louis there! gainey did a terrible job of addressing the defense for years. and markov was here and gorges who gainey did make a good move acquiring was the only good defenseman he brought here – brisebois back, bouillion back, ninimma, expensive waste old hamerlck, his buddy spacek, mara, mab and gill probably the best of all. developed no drafted defensemen except byrnne who gauthier/ martin kept sitting. they need big forwards who can score. but there still is room for some small players in this game.

  4. punkster says:

    Then I’d tuck it back in if I were you.


  5. Timo says:

    Ooh, i gotta see that. I HATE Kesler.

  6. shiram says:

    nah Campbel jr. called poppa, they worked it out!

  7. ClaytonM says:

    You’re joking, right? Spezza’s a cancer in the room, Neil picks his spots like Lucic does. At least Moen will drop them. Then you want to trade away our future on top of it?

    This would only make sense if you said Gomez and a 1st round pick. That’s all, we don’t want anyone from Ottawa, just take Gomez and we’ll give you our draft pick.

  8. Timo says:

    How long you’re planning to live Dave, to see the cup?

  9. rogus says:

    Those guys should have to pay the price for that no show…maybe a beat down would have woke them up!

  10. matraque says:

    Why? It’s the NHL

    And the instigator rule was not used either.


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  11. punkster says:

    Haha…I’ll be around as long as you Mike because you still owe me that round of golf. Or maybe I owe it to you? Whatever, I have infinite patience. (there, that otta set you up for a real fine response :)


  12. ManApart says:

    Stick him with Subban for now and go from there.

  13. Say Ash says:

    Gomez hat trick? Dumb penalty, wise crack and apology.

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    A 1st and a top prospect likely, Stewart’s already got a 28-goal season and he had very good starts before being injured this season. Power forwards are an extremely valuable commodity in the NHL, COL is building through youth and with Stewart’s age it makes little sense to let him walk unless they’re getting youth in return. They do have D issues, could send them Weber maybe… but they already have Liles and Shattenkirk. They won’t want the geezers and Subban is untouchable.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  15. Duracell3 says:

    0 points and -1 unfortunately. On the bright side, last night was brutal, and he’s played worse.

  16. ManApart says:

    I always said Komi was overrated, when many on here thought he was the greatest thing. Maybe even to you. I was praying that Gainey wouldn’t sign him to the kind of money he got. Nevertheless, he can still be an asset in the right role. Him and Gorges may be a good tandem as the second pairing. I mean he’s no worse than Gill. I wouldn’t go after him because of that contract. But for Gomez straight up. I think we would win that deal big.

  17. HardHabits says:

    I don’t think it’s realistic to trade slash upgrade for those 4 but if they could it’d be a boon. Sadly that’s what the Habs have to play with and IMO it’s way not enough.

    I’d hate to see the Habs mortgage the future for a quick tweak now, that’s my argument against the article’s conclusion or solution. I do agree with it’s analysis and that’s what most people seem to have a hard time accepting today after last night’s loss.

    Last night was a wake-up call as much as people want to deny it or even suggest that it was the Bruins who are humiliated. Yeah those Bruins sure are walking around with their tails between their legs.

  18. doogie says:

    Jacques Martin going to be awake for this one tonight?  Last night, the poor guy wasn’t paying too much attention to what the heck was going on!  Beaten up, out scored and out coached all night.  Hope there’s a heart beat tonight!

    As for AK46 and Gomez, I woulda put those clowns on the ice for the last 2 minutes and locked the door to the bench- stay out there and get beaten up, if that’s what the Bruins were offering, rather than throwing poor Tom Pyatt to the dogs, as JM did.  Wake up Jacques!  

  19. observer says:

    Pyatt and Gomez clearly illustrate to all how much smarter a dumbkopf like Sather is over Boob Gainey.

  20. scrowe21 says:

    Wonder what it would take to get Chris Stewart from Colorado..

    Fisher went for a 1st round pick and a potential 3rd pick.

    Stewart is still young and hasn’t reached his prime yet so he’d be more costly..and Colorado isn’t in the same situation as Ottawa…but he is exactly what the Habs need. What do you think it would take?

  21. Timo says:

    … and where did that get ya?

  22. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    All of the craziness and rough stuff started in the second period last night. From the second period on the score was 6-6. I don’t get the people who are saying that we need big gritty goons.  The fights, and whether we won or lost them, resulted in a tie game. The difference, as Gio pointed out, was the 12 seconds in the first period when they scored twice because we made two defensive mistakes.  And don’t say psychological. We have no idea whatsoever what impact that sort of game has on the team psyche. We aren’t, never have been and never will be in an NHL dressing room as a player. And something tells me the fact that Chara could beat him in a fight doesn’t faze Gio too much.  Remember that play in the second when Chara was mauling Pleks on the forecheck on the right boards? Who came away with the puck??

    You want goons on your team? Cheer for the Flyers.

  23. HabFanSince72 says:

    Or the Bruins.

  24. PeterD says:

    I’m getting tired of rehashing last night..but it is pretty telling that Boston had 7 of the 8 goals at even strength.
    Montreal had 2 of our 6 goals at even strength.

    Special teams are a crap shoot even though we got 4 PP goals last night.

    Where we need to improve is 5 on 5. We simply need to be able to beat any team in the league even strength and not have to outlast on the PK and pick up one or two on the PP in order to win games.

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  25. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Let’s just hope the Habs are more focussed on tonight’s game than we are!

  26. zedder81 says:

    Heading to Montreal tomorrow. Two extra tickets to the Laughs vs. Habs Saturday night, section 404. Make me an offer and if we can connect you can pick them up at my hotel.

  27. Danno says:

    It will go down as one of the wierdest games


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  28. Timo says:

    … because none of the fights were premeditated… they just spontaneously happened.

  29. scrowe21 says:

    Yes it is a lot, but thats probably what it would take to get him from the Avs.. I think it would be worth it personally. The only thing I would be upset about losing is the first round pick.

    I think he’ll be a consistent 30 goal scorer. Plus he does it all. Scores goals, passes the puck, goes to the net, hits and fights.

    I’d try to go after Wayne Simmonds too. Simmonds and Stewart live together in the off season. So im sure they’d be happy to play for the same team..that adds a lot more grit to the team.  

    Those are my 2 dream trades for this year… lol Those 2 guys would be huge in games against the big teams.

  30. showey47 says:

    I talk to his mother in law a couple times a week. Zach has wanted a move out of edmonton pretty much since the season started due to his reduced role on the team. I was hoping we would pick him up when he was put on waivers.

  31. Say Ash says:

    Everybody knows.

  32. GrimJim says:

    No, linguini with a pesto sauce…

  33. punkster says:

    He-he…we’re all so damned emotional after a loss, let alone a loss to the Bs, let alone a loss where we get stomped. Fact is it was a 2 goal game, blown in the first period after 2 weak shifts by the same line. I had no issues with the rest of the games. Entertaining, loads of laughs, a throwback to the old days and, damn, we never gave up even when the gloves were off. Nope, the long view on this is live and learn, take it in stride, use it to build character.

    In my life I’ve learned that setbacks and adversity can be used to make you stronger if you choose to do so. Or you can piss and moan, lay blame and wallow in self pity. But of course that’s not good enough for the immediate gratification crowd. (Kids today!)


  34. Timo says:

    Haha… love RDS. The title reads (my translation): “Benoit Pouliot, is he becoming a tough guy”.

    He beat up on Kreiji FFS. Even Cammilleri beat Kreiji up… seriously. I loved that KO punch by PouPou but tough guy? Haha!!!

  35. Say Ash says:

    What he means is if you discount Gomez….

  36. observer says:

    As the score got up to 6-5 the game this game reminded me of was that playoff game in Boston some 40 years ago as Habs Dryden et al, upset the Bruins in the Gahden 7-5.

  37. Danno says:

    This is true and it does put a positive perspective on things.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  38. LA Loyalist says:

    Be patient. Kovalchuk will reward you.

  39. observer says:

    Big game for Leafs as they make their run for the #6 seed which will play the Montreal/Boston division champ. If Leafs and Reimer win tonight over Jersey then they will have won 5 or their last 6 coming into this game.

  40. Chuck says:


  41. LA Loyalist says:

    Desharnais just got here and yeah he’s small but so were Mats Naslund (our last 100 pt man) and Henri Richard.

    It’s about a BALANCED team, skill, speed, toughness, determination, effort… a bunch of big dopes won’t help us either.

    We need to be re-balanced, like a portfolio, but until certain contracts expire… that is going to be very difficult unless we are lucky with some deals or diamonds in the rough (like Halak, Wiz,) that don’t cost us much on the cap.

    The problem with trading 4th liners is who wants them? We’ve got too many 4th liners some of them not playing on the 4th line.

  42. observer says:

    s kost scored again last night. desharnais would be another marty st. louis elswhere away from martin.

  43. Danno says:

    As I recall, the score after two periods was 6-4 Boston. The game was 6-5 after Montreal scored their fifth goal in early in the third period. Then Boston responded shortly after and made it 7-5 and again to make it 8-5. Then Patches goal narrowed the gap to 8-6 but it was too little to late by then.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  44. Seps says:

    What other team pays for an 8 million dollar liability?

  45. PeterD says:

    Who would they give dicsilpinary action too?  Both teams were engaged in the fighting at that point in the game.  If each team were to be penalized and suspensions handed out, we would lose a few key players as well.

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  46. Propwash says:

    Actually, the few fights Poolio was in, he’s won.

  47. MTLForever says:

    pyatt cant fight, no sh*t. he was being hit with an elbow pad constantly.

  48. punkster says:

    Alive, Mike. Alive.


  49. Timo says:

    Hey, I am in Vegas starting tomorrow until the 21st. Come down and we’ll play a few rounds.

  50. J_P says:

    nor on the habs website or facebook page

  51. Timo says:

    There are two sides to yesterday’s game. The ugly and a very embarrassing one is that Habs got collectively man-handled. The less ugly but equally embarrassing one is that they allowed Bruins to score 8 goals on them. It doesn’t speak well for the defensive system or any sort of The System that JM is preaching.

    But the ugliest of them all is Scott Gomez.

  52. punkster says:

    I’ve been saying that all season. I get more points from Lundqvist. Sheesh!


  53. Danno says:

    Tortorella and a marinara sauce? With some fava beans and a nice chianti.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  54. matraque says:

    And Desharnais looked like our best center last night… go figure.


    Canadien en 5! Never go Full Retard

  55. ClaytonM says:

    He WAS a Bulldog, so he knows some of the current Canadiens. He’s one tough mother too, with better-than-Laracque skills.

    I’d like to see one guy in a Habs jersey who can drop them, play a regular shift, and terrorize the other teams like Begin used to do. Why is this type of player so hard to find?

  56. scrowe21 says:

    Interesting. I was thinking like 1st+AK+Weber.

  57. Top Corner says:

    via satellite hot stove

  58. HABSFAN7 says:

    and to think that not long ago many here wanted that 10million dollar player traded to the blue white and red!


    phewww! glad that didn’t happen

  59. Timo says:

    What he means is that if you discount the first, which was relatively tame, the score in the last 2 periods was even. Even with all the BS bruins threw at the Habs.

  60. observer says:

    yes also mentioned on team 990

  61. fbkj says:

    yeah hes got freaky reach…

  62. otter649 says:

    That game was nothing like last night’s game not even close………

  63. Psycho29 says:

    I heard that Don Cherry, Mike Milbury and PJ Stock all climaxed at around 10PM last night…


  64. LA Loyalist says:

    Ok. That was way too visual…

  65. ClaytonM says:

    R U kidding? He’s been in Boston for some time now. They’ve tried to goon it up on a regular basis, Chara vs. Kovy or Tenderness; Lucic vs. anyone he can take easily in a fight; Thornton vs. the voices in his head.

  66. ManApart says:

    The cap reduction is closer to 3 million. I would trade Komi for Gomez in a second. Komi can still be a good 2nd or 3rd pairing guy and we could use the extra 3 million towards something else.

  67. GrimJim says:

    Do you think Tort’s liver would come pickled…

  68. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’ll be hard for Komisarek to be effective since the guy who made his career is rehabbing from ACL surgery.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  69. fbkj says:

    maybe i should have worded that better

    i meant here and NJ he didnt resort to such shennanigans

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