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. punkster says:

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


  4. 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.

  5. rogus says:

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

  6. ManApart says:

    Stick him with Subban for now and go from there.

  7. Say Ash says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!  

  10. Timo says:

    … and where did that get ya?

  11. Ghosts of the Forum says:

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

  12. Danno says:

    It will go down as one of the wierdest games


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

  13. 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.

  14. Say Ash says:

    Everybody knows.

  15. 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!)


  16. Say Ash says:

    What he means is if you discount Gomez….

  17. 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.

  18. Danno says:

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


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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!”

  21. 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

  22. MTLForever says:

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

  23. J_P says:

    nor on the habs website or facebook page

  24. matraque says:

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


    Canadien en 5! Never go Full Retard

  25. Top Corner says:

    via satellite hot stove

  26. Psycho29 says:

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


  27. Danno says:

    Claude Julien clearly encouraged his players to goon it up. Colin Campbell should investigate… Oh wait….


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

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bruins aren’t humiliated, they won’t feel humiliated but their arrogance is undeserved. They nearly threw the game away if not for the absolute incompetence of the Gomez line it might’ve been a proper match and a W by the Habs.

    They have deeper issues than the Habs. We know the Canadiens can play when the chips are down and everyone’s trying to smash their faces in. They couldn’t hold the safest lead in playoff hockey you can get. If the Habs they had folded up and the game ended 8-2, 8-3 we’d be in a much more panicked state I imagine but it didn’t end that way. The youth kept on coming last night, Boston kept giving them ways to get back in. The Canadiens have a future with young players who don’t let themselves get held down by a bad scoresheet. Boston, they’re carrying around the most embarassing playoff collapse that’s been seen since close to 10 years before I was born.


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

  29. Seps says:

    I would never do that unless the guys a 40 goal scorer, thats alot to trade for a decent power forward.

  30. fbkj says:

    thats what strikes me as odd… julien never struck me as that kind of coach

  31. observer says:

    reminded in a way- bruins then bigger stronger and considered a superior team just like now – but as it went on they could not pull away from the habs. sure there were huge differences but 12 and 14 goal games are not the norm in this league let alone in games between 2 good defensive teams. the biggest diff was every time the habs came back to tie it or get within a goal – boston immediatly scored right back on them.

  32. Timo says:

    Hey, how did you know?


  33. Seps says:

    Actually who would trade Gomez for Komisarek?  It’s a reduction of about 1.5-2M on the cap and it’s a liability for a liability.  I think I would sooner put Gomez on waivers then ever make a trade like that.

  34. Danno says:

    Ghost, I get what you mean now. Ignore my post below


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

  35. J_P says:

    Well tampa’s paying $10 million for a player whos minus-6 and has only 28 points (although its in 39 games, not 53 games like gomez), and he’s signed through 2019-2020 lol

  36. punkster says:

    Oh man, that would be cool. But I have some skiing to do 😉


  37. J_P says:

    Chris Stewart’s not going anywhere for anything less than a kings ransom.  From mid last season until he got injured this season he was on fire.  25 points in 23 games before getting injured this season.  Still has 29 points in 33 games on the year.

  38. punkster says:

    Mmmmm…lots of garlic please.


  39. punkster says:

    Some guy named Kovalchuk is chewing up more salary and sucking my pool stats all to hell.


  40. HabFanSince72 says:

    Or the Bruins.

  41. 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.

  42. 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!!!

  43. LA Loyalist says:

    Be patient. Kovalchuk will reward you.

  44. 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.

  45. Propwash says:

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

  46. punkster says:

    Alive, Mike. Alive.


  47. punkster says:

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


  48. 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?

  49. 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

  50. fbkj says:

    yeah hes got freaky reach…

  51. LA Loyalist says:

    Ok. That was way too visual…

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. GrimJim says:

    Do you think Tort’s liver would come pickled…

  55. 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.

  56. fbkj says:

    maybe i should have worded that better

    i meant here and NJ he didnt resort to such shennanigans

  57. ManApart says:

    I agree. Sortini is huge and fights a lot. He won’t be a liability on the 4th line. Like him over a Pyatt or Moen.

  58. LA Loyalist says:

    discuss? ok. The trick with making your own pesto is to toast the pine nuts first – VERY carefully they’ll burn in a second. And nice fresh basil, of course.

  59. fbkj says:

    sooooo… pair him with the other guy out with an acl?

  60. ManApart says:

    Subban is what it would take.

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    I didn’t closely follow the Habs until the 08-09 season so using that season as a barometer for Komisarek, it was hard to argue for him to stick around since he seemed to absolutely lose it after Lucic destroyed him. He’s done nothing in Toronto since, doing more to set up goals against his own net than the other it seems. Overpaid on the back end and too often goes for a big hit instead of making the right in-zone play.

    Gill brings far greater leadership to a team and has done a lot for the locker room including mentor PK for the last while. Komisarek can’t mentor PK about doing anything but trying to do more of his current bad habit, going for the giant hit rather than making the right play. Gorges also doesn’t deserve to have to clean up Komisarek’s garbage.


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

  62. observer says:

    he obviously blamed the players for getting away from his and gauthier’s leftist ways of turning the other cheek, allow yourself to be pounded in any manner and be glad to have power plays to win the game that way.

    these 2 oldsters need removal here.

  63. ClaytonM says:

    At least they didn’t give Pouliot the instigator, but it wouldn’t have surprised me if they did. Strange how there can be 187 PIM, 6 fighting majors per team, and not one instigator. It’s also strange that both Thomas and Price got 2 minutes for “leaving their crease”, when the only extra penalty that’s supposed to be assessed when goalies fight is to the one who crosses the red line. Otherwise, Brodeur should be the NHL leader in PIM for leaving his friggin crease that much in 20+ years.

    Nothing will come of this, with that clown campbell in the NHL HQ, but there has to be some rule about using equipment as a weapon. Are you trying to tell me that if Price took of his mask and started wailing on someone’s head with it there would be no extra punishment? How would that differ from Campbell using an elbow pad on Pyatt’s face?

    “They (the NHL) still refuse to expose the referees,” he said in Philadelphia. “Granted, they might not get playoff games at the end of the year or their bonus money, but still, that is not enough motivation to get these guys to wake up and call the games the way they should be called. Wake up, NHL, wake up,”

  64. rogus says:

    Gomez, Moen, 1st and second for Spezza and Neil. Do it PG!!!

  65. fbkj says:

    hehe well done

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban’s main problem in his game ATM is being too eager to throw a giant hit, so pair him with a guy who has an even worse habit of doing that? Not sure that’s what we call developing a young player. More like trying to undo it.


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

  67. C_Hand says:

    HFBoards closed for the night? 😉

    Haha i was banned off that site anyways. GO HABS!

  68. observer says:

    how dare he! gauthier and martin will sit him!

  69. JohnBellyful says:

    MONTREAL – Georges St-Pierre, the UFC welterweight champion, has been hired by the Montreal Canadiens to serve as a goodwill ambassador.

    “Georges is not only an incredible athlete, he’s a superb communicator who’s able to make people feel at ease with what is a violent sport,” Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said today. “He’s as much a champion outside the cage as he is within, and we want to utilize his immense talents as a public figure and spokesman to promote the team.”

    Gauthier said St-Pierre will begin his ambassadorial duties by visiting teams throughout the National Hockey League.

    “I don’t think teams work enough on developing close working relationships, which is a pity because we’re all in this together to make a better product for our fans to enjoy,” Mr. Gauthier said. 

    The GM didn’t get into specifics as to what exactly St-Pierre will be saying or doing when he meets with team officials in other cities.
    “We’re leaving that up to Georges, but I have no worries they’ll get the message,” Gauthier said.

    His first stop is Boston followed by Philadelphia.
    “They’re close together and not that far from Montreal so it made sense to visit them first,” Gauthier said.

    St-Pierre will also help the team with its cardiovascular exercises and other forms of training.
    He was seen later in the day working with the players in practice. It appeared they were working on hip tosses, knee strikes and armbars.
    “Purely for conditioning,” coach Jacques Martin said.

    — “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.” —


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