Game 59: Oilers sock it to Canadiens

Canadiens’ Lars Eller and Oilers’ Jim Vandermeer create traffic in front of Nikolai Khabibulin Thursday night. Ed Kaiser, Postmedia News

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• At a Glance: The Canadiens didn’t get the start they had hoped for to their three-game Western Canadian road trip on Thursday night, losing 4-1 to the Edmonton Oilers, the NHL’s worst team. The Oilers jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Ales Hemsky scored 8:15 into the first period. He grabbed the puck off an Oilers’ faceoff win in the Montreal zone, deked a few players and put a shot over Carey Price’s shoulder. The Canadiens would tie the game 4:06 into the second period when Jeff Halpern pushed a loos puck home during a goal-mouth scramble. The goal was originally credited to Lars Eller, but changed to Halpern during the second intermission. The Oilers put the game away early in the third period with two goals in 15 seconds. Jordan Eberle scored his 13th of the season when he broke into the zone and put a shot into the top corner from a sharp angle. Off the ensuing faceoff, Ryan Jones was able to beat Price between the legs to make it 3-1. Hemsky capped the scoring into an empty net in the final minute.

• Key Moments:
James Wisniewski was hit in the face with a puck midway through the first period and did not return. He was taken to hospital for tests.

• What It Means: Montreal has lost two straight games and its record falls to 31-21-7 to remain at 69 points, two behind the Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens head to Calgary for the Heritage Classic on Sunday, then head west to Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Tuesday.


  1. observer says:

    Does anyone have a game link that is working?

  2. RC-51 says:

    There goes another one! WTF??

  3. TomNickle says:

    No pun intended but if it quacks like a duck.  Darren Dreger and Dave Pagnotta tweeted the trade about 2 minutes prior to Eklund posting it.  I mean, if he wants to avoid the accusation he should consider waiting a few more minutes.

  4. Danno says:

    I know a guy called Stanley and he has eleven toes. That means he’s a leprechaun.


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

  5. habs365 says:

    Don’t look for any changes to improve the team by trade deadline..if these guys can’t get it done we’ll have to wait till oct-2011

  6. Jimmy9Toes says:

    Sorry, hit the post comment twice.

  7. Jimmy9Toes says:

    Some Oiler fan posted a 6-2 Oiler win on Hockey Buzz. I am thinking more like 5-1 for the Habs!

  8. Bugs says:

    The audacity of such claims from delusional hockey fans like that Oiler clown really gets me seethin. They really go over the line with their partisanship sometimes.

    We should find that guy and firebomb his effin car in my opinion.

    …6-2 oilers…c’mon!

  9. samTHEman says:!/habsinsideout1

    Don’t tell me Tony Marinaro is spreading retarded false rumours again…

  10. WestHab says:

    – Who will be at the Heritage Classic?

  11. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Probably just wishful thinking.

  12. Da Hema says:

    Jimmy9Toes: are you related to Jimmy the Nose from Chicago or Frankie Four Fingers from Brooklyn?

    Just curious.

  13. Mike D says:

    halfway thru the 1st period and the Booins are already up 3-0 on the Isles.  Looks like we’re not taking over 1st place tonight even if we get 2 points. 

    Hopefully the Isles mount a primo comeback, or at least beat the crap outta them.

    – Honestly yours

  14. LA Loyalist says:

    General ?

    When a player is seriously injured, a la Markov, etc. and their $ comes off the cap, who actually pays the players? Is there secondary insurance that kicks in if the injury is over a certain length of time, or…?

    On a film, for example, you have a completion guaranty which the producers buy, which under various contingencies will pay out, like any insurance, to complete the picture.

    Just curious. Meds working overtime.

  15. wotever says:

    Give credit where credit is due – the Bulldogs’ll be there too.

    It’s just a game.

  16. Guy-Guy-Guy says:

    Most likely the teams keeps paying their salary as per the contract,  it just doesn’t count against the cap.

  17. Da Hema says:

    I am concerned any time a fella named Jimmy9Toes talks about a “hit.”

  18. Bugs says:

    Habs and Flames.

  19. fbkj says:

    ive heard it was an insurance but dont quote me

    edit: column a and b

    team pays the players, team gets comped through insurance

  20. shiram says:

    Uh I wish #11 would Gomer towards the net?

  21. fbkj says:

    not sure if this is new or old, dont care, just gotta say, well done

  22. RC-51 says:

     I am getting tired of AK’s LACK of Kostitsyncy !!!

  23. ooder says:

    shouldn’t it be:

    mara out, nash in

    pants buzzed 😉


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  24. Say Ash says:

    I love these western games. I don’t have to stare at my shoes on the way home before getting to my PVR.

  25. Mike D says:

    Did Mara not make the trip int ime, or is he a healthy scratch?

    – Honestly yours

  26. Say Ash says:

    I’m no accountant but I believe nomatter what takes place, all cheques are supposed to be made out to a Mr. Gomez.

  27. WestHab says:

    silly rabbit

    – Who will be at the Heritage Classic? See me in Section “i” row 20 seat 20.

  28. WestHab says:

    Actually he is kostitstant, kostittantly bad.

    – Who will be at the Heritage Classic? See me in Section “i” row 20 seat 20.

  29. fbkj says:

    Pants Buzzed

    mara out, nash in

  30. Jimmy9Toes says:

    Nope, no mob connections, at least that i know of.

  31. Jimmy9Toes says:

    Well it was a workplace accident 20 years ago, and no HITS were involved.

  32. samTHEman says:

    Ryan White better not get sent down when Cammy is back in the line up!!!!!

  33. samTHEman says:

    Andrea Kostitsinne breaks her scoring slump tonight

  34. samTHEman says:

    According to RDS Joel Bouchard just now, Mara is in Edmonton but his equipment hasn’t arrived from Anaheim yet.

    means Nash is playing. I don’t like that he picked the #47. My heart beats hard when I see that number…props MAB…props

  35. Duracell3 says:

    The team pays them regularly for a markovesque situation. That is unless the player doesn’t play again/retires from it. Then there is an insurance payment (see Steve Moore, Berard, etc.) To my knowledge there is an NHL wide insurance (probably taken out of regularly) and then players have private insurance. Berard’s case is interesting however in that he returned his insurance settlement when he decided to come back after losing most of his vision.

  36. samTHEman says:

    Great question lmao. Apparently not.

  37. fbkj says:

    i blame expedia

  38. Mike D says:

    Thanks Sam.

    What’s with the equipment not travelling with the player??  The same thing happened to Price recently.  Doesn’t the equipment go under the same plane carrying the player where the luggage normally goes?

    – Honestly yours

  39. fbkj says:

    oh noes, not t3h mabs 🙁

  40. Jimmy9Toes says:

    I blame Air Canada. I flew with them on my way back from the Allstar Game. All of my flights were late and had to spend the night in Edmonton before making it home the next day.

  41. fbkj says:

    oh about ruutu? i was chuckling at that before

  42. RC-51 says:

    Oh no here we go again. Some things will never change!

  43. TomNickle says:

    Everyone’s favourite cellar dwellar Eklund throwing a temper tantrum after somebody accused him of posting breaking news based on tweets.  It’s a must read.

  44. fbkj says:

    i think its safe to say that eller will be the odd man out when cammy gets back

  45. fbkj says:

    im ocd and i stick to my template… :/

  46. Mike D says:

    Agreed.  I like the guy and I think he has potential, but he’s not helping much at the moment.

    – Honestly yours

  47. Mike D says:

    I mean seriously, who’s in charge of this horse and pony show?

    – Honestly yours

  48. TomNickle says:

    I thought it was hilarious.  Don’t accuse me of ripping off the news of others or you aren’t allowed to read me.  Absolutely frigging hilarious.  First of all, everybody in the media does it, I don’t know why he’d take offense to the accusation.  Second, if he put a name to his rumours he’d garner the kind of respect and benefit of the doubt that most media members get.  A victim of his own creation.  Gotta love it.

  49. Hobie Hansen says:

    Let’s go boys! Too bad Mara’s gear didn’t make it but at least we get to see Nash take a spin for another night. Pacioretty on one line, Pouliot on another, one more big body at the deadline and our size issue isn’t an issue…Maybe Penner changes dressing rooms before the end of the night??? GO HABS GO!

  50. fbkj says:

    last time i flew air canada was comming back from newark from the habs/devils game

    my flight was sheduled for 3 in the afternoon, direct (i HATE connecting flights and pay a premium to avoid)

    and i get an email saying “oh hi your flights now at 7 to toronto where youll have a 3 hour wait before you go to montreal lol”

    i call air canada, they put me on a 3:30 flight to toronto with connecting to montreal at 5

    i was still livid

    i get to newark, because air canada is part of the “alliance” program, the AC employees at newark put me on a direct to montreal at 2:30 on continental…


    but happy endings

  51. fbkj says:


    also i literally LAWLED at

    “e1 = eklund is drunk and made it up
    e2 = eklund is really drunk and made it up
    e3 = eklund heard this from a hockeybuzz blogger
    e4 = eklund read it from bob mckenzie and/or darren dreger’s twitter
    e5 = officially reported on tsn as a done deal”

  52. samTHEman says:

    Ek tweeted it at February 17, 2011, 5:56 PM ET


    Cant tell exactly when Dreger tweeted it. Twitter doesnt say the exact time it just says “3 hours ago”.


  53. habs365 says:

    I think this game is gonna be another Buffalo’s game..hope the Habs win this time

  54. Kimberly2u says:

    Now we’ve lost Weezy…we have no defensemen left…

  55. fbkj says:

    you live in st-laurent, you can get the game with rabbit ears, OBSERVER

  56. observer says:

    smartie boy – i posted many links many times for others who asked. i cant find one now.

  57. Ian Cobb says:

    Lucky to only be down by one.!

    This is a 6 point road trip. If we do not take 2 here, we will be coming home with zero me thinks.

    But Martin will be screaming at them in the room right now!  NOT!

  58. fbkj says:

    then turn on your TV

    quit asking for handouts you liberal hippie

  59. habsgod says:

    let’s hope wisniewski is o.k. and can return tonight! let’s hope it’s not a broken orbital or damage to the sinus cavity because if it is he’s done for the season! we’re praying for you wiz!

  60. Hobie Hansen says:

    It’s hard to settle things down with a junior team playing on the back end…Moen, white, Pacioretty and Pouliot have to keep the puck at the other end of the ice for the rest of the game…

  61. Ian Cobb says:

    Wiz done for two weeks!

    Gauthier will be burning the phone lines again tonight.!

  62. Hobie Hansen says:

    pay for cable ya cheap…

  63. slapshot777 says:

    Where did you hear that Ian?



    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  64. habsgod says:

    how did you hear this ian?

  65. observer says:

    its on you pos!

  66. habsgod says:

    no problem my friend

  67. Hobie Hansen says:

    Who’s that skinny dork wearing #81?

  68. RC-51 says:

    Cant Mara play w/Wiz’s equipment?

  69. fbkj says:

    mara’s quite bigger, id like to see it tho

  70. Hobie Hansen says:

    Oh Ian how did you hear this, please, please tell us? We love u!LOL

  71. slapshot777 says:

    Update on the Wiz according to Louis Jean of Sporstnet.

    Louis Jean: Wizniewski was hit by puck in the face and will not return. He was taken to hospital for observation.



    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  72. Led says:

    If it’s not an eye or broken jaw he’ll be back next game.

  73. fbkj says:

    then why were you asking for a link?


  74. observer says:

    where? just about anywhere.

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