Game 58: Sabres win after 10-round shootout

Canadiens goalie Carey Price blocks a shot by Sabres’ Nathan Gerbe on Tuesday night. Allen McInnis, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Brian Gionta | Brendon Nash | David Desharnais | James Wizniewski | Max Pacioretty | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: The Canadiens blew a two-goal lead on the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night before finally losing 3-2 in a shootout. Jochen Hecht scored in the 10th round of the shootout after both team missed several chances and hit about a halz dozen posts. Max Pacioretty notched his 10th goal of the season 4:54 into the game with the Canadiens on the power play. He collected a Tomas Plekanec pass in front of Sabres rookie goaltender Jhonas Enroth and roofed it over the goaltender’s shoulder. The assist was Plekanec’s 300th career point. Benoit Pouliot made it 2-0 6:28 into the second period after he was on the receiving end of a nice pass from David Desharnais.The Sabres got one back before the period was over during a power play of their own. Drew Stafford scored his 24th of the season with 2:12 to play in the period, ending Carey Price’s bid for a second straight shutout. The Sabres tied the game 6:08 into the third period when Jason Pominville redirected a pass beyond Price.

• Key Moments: The Canadiens had a power play to end regulation and beging the overtime, but came up empty.

• What It Means: Montreal’s record falls to 31-20-7 to remain at 69 points, missing out on a chance to pass the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division, which would have given them third place in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next:
The Canadiens head to Western Canada for games against the Oilers, Flames and Canucks.


  1. shiram says:

    They signed him this summer, he is on a brand new contract. Also Price probably wants to wait to negotiate a bigger contract when his current one expires.

  2. Admiral_Adama says:

    Hey, what’s taking the Habs so long signing Price uber-long-term?

  3. Hobie Hansen says:

    So the Ottawa Sun is buzzing with reports that the Habs have contacted the Sens about Neal, Carkner, Ruutu and Phillips…take the info for what it’s worth i guess.

  4. Admiral_Adama says:

    Two years is not uber-long-term.  I felt they signed him to the smallie to see how he pans out.  I figure he’d panned out by now.

  5. Bugs says:

    Jhonas Enroth sounds really “Star Wars”, dontcha think? Either a Coruscant senator or a Malastarian bounty-hunter, I would say.

    What are other NHL names that could be transposed to that galaxy far, far away?

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    ACL injuries are a long road to recovery, Markov just had his 2nd knee operation in less than a year so he’ll be even longer coming back this time. Gorges took longer to get his knee fixed and he should take a careful path as well. I don’t expect to see them until 2011 training camp.


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

  7. krob1000 says:

    I found this a couple of weeks back but haven’t wanted to get my hopes up  “Markov, who said he’s been rehabbing four-plus hours a day, clarified how he got injured, noting that his skate got caught in an ice groove and twisted his leg awkwardly as he fell into the Hurricanes’ Eric Staal. The injury was his second ACL tear suffered in less than seven months. (Updated 01/15/2011).

    4 hours a day is some serious rehab and if he was doing it htat hard that long ago you know somewhere in his mind he is wanting to make it for theplayoffs….I personally don’t think the Habs would elt him…but hockey players want to compete…especially in the Spring. I haven’t heard anything of the sort re Gorges…I think a Markov at 75 or 80 percent still makes our team better….not the case with Gorges IMO.

  8. habs03 says:

    Teams can’t talk with players about a new contact until they enter the final year of their current deal, so P.G. can’t really talk to Price about a long term contact until this july 1st.

  9. shiram says:

    The habs might want to expand Price’s contract right now, but Price does not. He wants to wait out his present contract to go for a bigger one when his present one expires.

    If the Habs resign him, as i’m sure they want too, it will probably a long deal, a la Plekanec.

  10. Bugs says:

    Gettin the ball rollin: Cal Clutterbuck is a Toydarian junk freighter captain.

  11. dh says:

    Not to dis the team’s depth but the laffs looked pretty bad last game.

    If they can do the same tonight, it will be more convincing.

  12. Admiral_Adama says:

    Zenon Konopka.  Sounds like an offshoot Wookee race of inbreds.

  13. GrimJim says:

    Zdeno Chara – slave trader from Tatooene

  14. fbkj says:

    So is lalime starting?

  15. Malreg says:

    No, Enroth is.

  16. fbkj says:

    oh cool good to know, figured id ask without reading any of the posts on this thread

  17. Mattyleg says:

    Brooks Orpik: a Gungan (à la Jar-Jar) grease monkey.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  18. Bugs says:

    Jochen Hecht, prefect of Utapau.

  19. Morenz7 says:

    Tuukka Rask: a plucky Ewok resistance fighter.

  20. Mattyleg says:

    Ville Leino, the engineer in charge of the rotating hologram of the Death Star. He’s one of those guys with the black hair and gills that was Lando’s co-pilot.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  21. HabFanSince72 says:

    Milan Lucic – one of Jabba the Hutt’s bounty hunters.

  22. krob1000 says:

    ???? so risking ruining the career of Markov is not a risk considering all indications are he would like to stay here? That is a very selfish way of looking at the situation and a stance I would hope no team would take in a similar situation. MArkov and the doctors will be the driving force here but I seriously doubt the organization would push him into playing….and not because of the risk factor you mention…but because they want Markov for next season and beyond….I hope anyways.

  23. Bugs says:

    Antti Niemi, Jawan android merchant.

  24. Mattyleg says:

    Anze Kopitar: Bespin gas prospector.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  25. fbkj says:

    i was being smarmy 😛

  26. krob1000 says:

    CP31 …droid translator who after reading our exchanges has confirmed we are all descendants of Mork from planet Dork.

  27. Bugs says:

    Nick Leddy, doomed x-wing fighter.

  28. Morenz7 says:

    Meh… don’t think so. 19 points in  47 games. A little under a million bucks for the rest of the season. Bit of a head case.

    But hey, maybe they’ll take Gomez!

  29. zozotheclown says:

    Ouch, sucks for him, I was wondering why Ruff didn’t opt for a french goalie against the Habs, guess thats why. Although rookie goalies seem to have our number just as bad, atleast this one already has a win in his career…

  30. Mattyleg says:

    Senator Vokoun – a puppet in the clutches of the Empire.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  31. Morenz7 says:

    And if you think she’s creepy, wait’ll you see Uncle Niemi …

    (bah dum bah!)

  32. Gormdog says:

    Ja-red Boll, lead piper in the Cantina band

  33. savethepuck says:

    At no time did I say the organization would push him to play. My point was that if the medical staff say he is healthy, if the team thinks he will help their chances to win, and if Markie wants to come back, there is more risk to him if he gets injured than to the organization. He is by far the longest standing Hab and I feel he still has productive years left in his career and I truly hope they are with this organization.  I wasn’t being cold, I was just stating an opinion.  Markie is one of my favorites.

  34. krob1000 says:

    lol…I will say I am at least glad it is Star Wars and not Star Trek…not that I didn’t like the Original Star Trek…but I never bought into any of its newer stuff….

  35. Stooof says:

    my wife is making me a konopka right now. its polish for sandwich on one peice of bread. So good.

  36. Stooof says:

    my wife is making me a konopka right now. its polish for sandwich on one peice of bread. So good.

  37. Gormdog says:

    Ironically, Fedor Tyutin is his understudy…

  38. Admiral_Adama says:

    Jarko Ruutu.  Pod Racer.

  39. Admiral_Adama says:

    The diseased Vagina-faced dude?

  40. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Has Ryan White played his way on to this team? I mean, I think he has, but in the eyes of JM and management do you think he has?

    If so, when Cammy comes back, is Pyatt is the odd man out with Lars?

    AK46 and a second-rounder (do we have any left??) for Ales Hemsky (pray he doesn’t get hurt)? 

  41. Bugs says:

    Karlis Skrastins, Aramandian pirate in Hondo Ohnaka’s employ.

  42. Stooof says:

    so it looks like Columbus is trying to fire sale. They are looking for an older experienced forward to play with nash.


    Maybe this is the chance we have all been waiting for to deal Gomez.  Deal Gomez for one of any of their young prospects and antoine vermette.  

  43. habs03 says:

    when your in the playoffs you get your own page 😉

  44. krob1000 says:

    oh the Toronto Sports Network…I guess we aren’t Canadian…or just don’t matter….

  45. savethepuck says:

    I will try this one more time. Does anyone know why Spac is a game time decision. Injury? Flu? I asked earlier and all I got was he’s too old, he’s too fat, etc…etc…  Since then I had to search injury reports on the net and have found nothing.

  46. Danno says:

    Zenon Konopka sound like a bacteria or a virus as in Zenon Kenopka type 4A


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

  47. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    All reasons that Columbus wouldn’t take Gomez for him

  48. Stooof says:

    this would be so great.  A true 2nd line center for half the price of gomez. He can score, decent set up ability, 6’1.  200 lb.  from quebec.  27 goals last year.  13 this year.  

  49. savethepuck says:

    A fire sale is when a team is trying to rebuild. Sounds to me that now that they are playing better, they want to improve to make a playoff run. Generally a team in that position is not looking to give up a productive player on their current roster, they are looking to give up prospects and/or picks

  50. krob1000 says:

    lol I saw that……I just thought it weird since the other article was obviously about Canadian teams …and we are not there.

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d like to see how he does in an NHL game, albeit I was kind of hoping it wouldn’t be because 2/3 of our defensive core is missing.


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

  52. HabFanSince72 says:

    Gomez for their 1st.

    I’d take that.

  53. Say Ash says:

    C3-Pierre: “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating my anecdotes is approximately 3,720 to 1.”

  54. SeriousFan09 says:

    Radim Vrbata, Twi’lek crime boss.


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

  55. habs03 says:

    lol, I think they just want to market it more since the game is on TSN in the MTL region tonight.

  56. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  57. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s a Sullustan and the Empire is not an equal-opportunity employer. 

    Good lord I’m a SW geek.


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

  58. savethepuck says:

    I think way too much hype has been put on James Reimer as the Leafs savior by fans and media in Toronto.  11 NHL games is way too small a sample size to judge an NHL goaltender. That said, I hope he stands on his head tonight and beats the Bruins!

  59. Stooof says:

    well i have read mixed reports.  but anyhow vermette for gomez would be in their interest as they have noone to set u nash.  they dont even need to include anyone.  🙂


    but then its not likely gauthier makes such a deal.  going after penner looks like the best thing we could do.



  60. SeriousFan09 says:

    You win.


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

  61. Kooch7800 says:

    I am.  He is big and mobile. I want to see what he can do. 

  62. Admiral_Adama says:

    Hype in Hogtown?  NO WAY

  63. Stooof says:

    id say they would still as tehy have no first line center.  noone can play with nash.  gomez likely could. he is a greater set up man than vermette or any of their centers.  they have derick brassard to fill the second line.  this would be a major upgrade at center for them, and the perfect downgrade for us.

  64. Kooch7800 says:

    Hemsky is always hurt.  I wouldn’t give anything for him.  Think of the playoffs he would be out two games in

  65. Kooch7800 says:

    haha nice

  66. Kooch7800 says:

    I would get ride of Gomez for a 2nd round pick just to free up the cap space

  67. Mattyleg says:

    I think he’s played just well enough for Burkie to give him a 4-year $35m contract.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  68. ds says:

    Too bad Toronto didn’t trade Tuuka Rask for Andrew Raycroft or else they had the savior they needed.

  69. Kooch7800 says:

    um are you crazy?  The flyers are the best team in the east by a long shot.  They are built for the playoffs. Yes they don’t have great goal tending but on forward they are DEEP. On D they are pretty decent, even with Pronger out they didn’t miss a beat.

    No team in the East can beat them in a 7 game series.  I think Vancouver if they make some trades for D can take the cup but Philly will be tough.

  70. habs365 says:

    stooof – that’s too good to be true

  71. Malreg says:

    All I’ve heard is game-time decision, upper-body injury.

  72. kempie says:

    I am going to assume that this was sarcasm, because….

  73. G-Man says:

    “I think if NJ makes the playoffs they are going to take it all, they have everything necessary.”


    Um, no, they don’t. And Philly is waaaaaaay better than most others in the east because of their depth.

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