Game 68: Halak’s Blues stop Habs’ win streak at 5

Blues’ Jaroslav Halak and Alex Pietrangelo defend against Canadiens’ Lars Eller Thursday night. Dilip Vishwanat,Getty Images

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• At a Glance: The much anticipated matchup between former Canadien Jaroslav Halak and current No. 1 Carey Price proved anticlimactic on Thursday night, a 4-1 win by Halak’s Blues over a Canadiens team that seemed emotionally drained after a whirlwind 48 hours. Jeff Halpern gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead with his 11th goal of the season 12:30 into the opening period. Defenceman Alexandre Picard found Halpern posted to the left of Halak and fed him a pass that Halpern only had to redirect beyond Halak. The Blues would tie the game before the period was over when David Backes scored off a faceoff at 18:59. Backes’s shot from the top of the faceoff circle dribbled under Price’s arm and across the goal line. Only 1:06 into the second period, the Blues took the lead when Andy McDonald took advantage of a turnover in the Montreal zone to beat Price for his 17th goal of the season. Another turnover late in the third period allowed Matt D’Agostini, also a former Canadien, to make it 3-1 Blues with his 14th goal of the season at 18:31. T.J. Oshie scored into an empty net to cap the scoring with 23 seconds to play. Halak made 27 saves for his 21st win of the season while Price, who has 32 wins, made 23 saves.

• What It Means:  The Canadiens saw their five-game winning streak snapped, and their record falls to 37-24-7 for 81 points. They remain in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the fifth-place Tampa Bay Lightning. The Canadiens missed a chance to close to within 2 points of the Boston Bruins, overtime losers on Thursday night, for top spot in the Northeast Division.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens play Saturday afternoon against Pittsburgh Penguins the return home to take on the Capitals on Tuesday and the Lightning next Thursday.


  1. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    OK, so our management had to get SOME blame for this mess from our commentators, of course… What does Gauthier saying anything aloud accomplish except letting people here get their jollys off? It is a violation of league rules and anything he says publicly will have more resonance said privately to officials and those who matter. Unless he plans on ignoring the issue during his dealings with the league, he’s doing the right thing. And we have no reason to believe that he considers this ‘settled’.

    Also, the very short statment in itself is a pretty obvious criticism of the league’s decision. Anyone should be able to read between those lines.

    Finally, IT IS NOT UP TO GEOFF MOLSON TO PULL SPONSORSHIPS OR VENDING CONTRACTS. HE DOES NOT RUN MOLSON COORS. He is one of very many members of a Board of Directors, and not even the President or Chairman. Not to mention none of these positions have anything to do with direct day-to-day management.

  2. savethepuck says:

    The middle link is what would happen if Bettman came to a game at the forum

  3. Say Ash says:

    People in Lockerbie would disaggree.

  4. savethepuck says:

    Well said. Management should not be judged because the fan base has no clue what they are actually doing about it. Not everything is done in the press.

  5. Miltie01 says:

    Gauthier, Molson et al are just not contributing to the freak show…….and you know how most people just love their freak shows !!!!

  6. TheDagger says:

    Gary Gaddafi.

  7. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jim Slater, Marc Savard, Steve Kampfer, Raitis Ivanans, Peter Mueller, Theo Peckham, Matthew Lombardi, Bryce Salvador, Rhett Rakhshani, Derek Boogaard, Ian Laperriere, Kurt Sauer, Sidney Crosby, Aaron Asham, Eric Tangradi, David Perron, Colton Orr, Mike Green.

    All out with concussions, suspected concussions or post-concussion syndrome.

    Max Pacioretty is in some good company there, every walk of life in the NHL is represented on the IR list and they all have one thing in common, the NHL couldn’t care less.


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

  8. savethepuck says:

    I don’t think they were focused and motivated in the 3rd period Tuesday night because of the shock, I do think they will be be tonight. They will rally around their fallen teammate.

  9. Miltie01 says:

    And from the way it looks neither do their fellow players.

  10. Storm Man says:

    And? Im sure if Price needs rest he will ask for a night off.

  11. AndyF says:

    After trying to seriously injure Pacioretty, Chara is now trying insult the intelligence of the entire hockey community by saying he didn’t know who his defensive assignment was.   What utter cowardice!



  12. observer says:

    exactly! a dictator! backed by his VERY CLOSE owners LIKE JACOBS

  13. observer says:


  14. CBrady12 says:

    Not to mention the ones who had a concussion and came back. It’s like  1 concussion per week in a job with 700 employees!

  15. Trisomy 21 says:

    I wish this Pacioretty stuff could be separated from other hockey talk. I miss the hockey talk and hate to be reminded of this incident. Nothing will come from us all posting the same comments. Let’s save our breath and think about going for our 6th in a row

  16. robokan says:

    Bettman continues his disregard for those putting money in his pockets.  I’ve heard many suggestions of ways for us to show our disapproval and am submitting my own idea: Boycott Habs games in non-traditional markets.  Never having been to a Habs game in Florida, Atlanta, Phoenix, etc., I can’t say for sure what the impact would be, but from what I see on TV these traditionally empty rinks are packed with Habs supporters.  I am sure the ownership of those teams count on the revenues from when the Habs and their snowbird fans visit, so let’s show our anger and refuse to give them another penny.  Even here in Ottawa, perhaps we (we made up more than half the crowd the last time the Habs were here) should boycott, especially considering the Habs are done with their games in the Southern US. 

    Something to consider.  I’d be interested to hear from anyone that has been to a game in those other markets and can support/refute this idea.

  17. observer says:

    must keep on winning to finish 6th and meet the bruins in the playoff round 1?

  18. wd40 says:

    According to Pierre LeBrun, “Confirmed: Kubina suspended 3 games by NHL for elbow on Bolland”

    So it’s not like they *won’t* suspend a player, just not Chara.

  19. matrags says:

    hey Ian  cbc says Tim Hortons is going to make a statement about the incident  ..just heard it on News world .

  20. observer says:

    he was only one of those tossed into bettman’s turnbuckle and he also sustained a fractured vertebrae

  21. Chuck says:


    So what he’s saying is that even though it’s his job to know who he’s lining up against, that he didn’t know that Patches was on the ice. Sounds like he’s trying to deflect criticism against him that is was premeditated. And of course, if it WASN’T premeditated, why would he try to defend it in such a way?

  22. matrags says:

    just heard Tim HOrtons may have something to say. Heard it on cbc Newsworld……..we the People

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well hey come on, it’s not like Bolland fell to the ice and appeared to be dead at first glance, now that would be serious and the league would have to investigate the hit and suspend the player! Oh wait…

    Wheel of Injustice strikes again.


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

  24. Kooch7800 says:

    I agree some of this is getting out of hand but I don’t think this is going away anytime soon.

    I wouldn’t say he will play again though….you never really know with these types of injuries

  25. LA Loyalist says:

    Ducks have 3 cancer survivors – Saku, Jason Blake and one other guy. I don’t think they did it on purpose.

    What if each player who has had a concussion wore a patch on his jersey or helmet – the NHLPA would have to get behind it – I know there are a miliion rules about the jerseys – but a visual reminder of so many guys might go a long way to keep the pressure on the NHL.

    Just trying to come up with ideas… guys?


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