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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PRE-GAME AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Brian Gionta I and II | Lars Eller | Ryan White | P.K. Subban

• 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. LA Loyalist says:

    Hey, at least Ghaddafi held a press conference!

  2. boris420 says:

    Do you fail to see the resemblance? Let me state it differently for you then. The NHL is like any oppressive government.

  3. HabFanSince72 says:

    He is a piece of work isn’t he?

  4. Trisomy 21 says:

    Judging by how after every bruins game “another one bites the dust”, nah i’d not be to interested in seeing that match up. I just want to see the habs win, if they are cup bound t shouldn’t matter who they play first. If i’m gonna watch a game i won’t ever think “I want the habs to lose this so they get a more deireable match up in the playoffs.”

    “I won’t tolerate any losers in this house… WIN! WIN! WIN!”

    major respek points for whoever can identify the movie that quote belongs too

  5. Miltie01 says:

    The players are just as responable, if not more. They have no reason to take a moral stand in this.

  6. Habitall says:

    In the previous thread, I posted my letter of commendation to Air Canada, for threatening to withdraw support. If you want to send a similar message to Air Canada, here is the email address:

    I just got the following acknowledgment:

    Thank you for your email in which you share with us your comments. Please note that we have forwarded your message to the office of the President and Chief Executive Officer.
    We appreciate your taking the time to write to us.
    Shareholder Relations / Relations avec les actionnaires
  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    There was an icing.

    In any case it’s a ridiculous charge.


  8. andrewberkshire says:

    Gotta love hindsight commentators. So ridiculous.

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    They really should rally together, take off the jerseys and make a statement. Our careers have been threatened and this league doesn’t care.


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

  10. Hobie Hansen says:

    So if Pacioretty would have died would Bettman still be saying that this hockey play is part of the game?

  11. S_Dot says:

    There are 18 players out with a concussion on 3/10…and that doesn’t include the players that have come back from similar injuries that were sustained earlier this season…


    When is this league going to wake up? 

  12. 134 says:

    Oh that’s already been brought up right after the game. I was listening to a postgame show on the radio that night and the host was going on and on at it, that with the 4-0 lead at the end of the 2nd period, why JM didn’t just send out the 3rd or the 4th line instead of having his top liners out there taking the shift, etc. etc.

  13. AndyHabs says:

    Win this won for max boys and i would love to see buffalo whoop the bruins

    get well soon #67 

    Mtl 514 Go habs!!!!

  14. gohabsgo25 says:

    so who would bail me out if i go to boston and throw something at chara’s face?

  15. light_n_tasty says:

    Because it’s an out-of-conference game against a non-playoff team…

  16. WindsorHab-10 says:

    The most upsetting thing for me are people whether they’re coaches, players, analysts & so on that say Chara didn’t intend to hurt him or did,’t mean to do it. How the hell do they know this?

    I forgot the reporter’s name from the Ottawa citizen that covers the Sens. He mentioned that Chara is arrogant and never forgets. Ho goes on to say that when he saw Max Pac shove Chara back on Jan 8, he knew Max Pac was a marked man & Chara will eventually get him. This is why I’m disappointed with the league for not taking into consideration what happened between these 2 players before Tueday night’s game.

    Justice will be served one day Apeman.

  17. DearyLeary says:

    Methinks he doth protest too much.

    Has the bitch at least apologized yet?  Or is he still trying to prove his innocence after being exonerated by the league.

  18. shiram says:

    I think it was planned for Auld to get the start, but lineups and starting goalies have got lost in the talk about Max.

    I can’t find any confirmation of either Price or Halak.


    edit : front page on here says it is Price versus Halak.

  19. DearyLeary says:

    Awesome coverup hahahaha… first time I’ve smiled in a couple of days now.

  20. Mark C says:

    What a joke: “It was the face-off, and we tried to set up a play, and basically the puck went to the other side, and we were racing for the puck,” Chara said. “I had no idea he was on the ice. I had no idea it was him.”

    As fans are we supposed to believe that one of the “world’s best defenseman” did not know who his defensive responsibly was? His lack of accountably is sickening, but now he’s playing dumb.

    As a mediocre high school player, I was taught on face-offs to know who my man was if the draw was lost. If he had good speed to give more room etc. Yet, now Chara is saying either his hockey IQ is equivalent to a so-so pee wee player or that he can’t tell who a player is that he is facing for 25 feet or so.

    What a joke this guy is, I’ve lost all respect for him as a player and a person with this blatant lie.

  21. Bugs says:

    Is the Priceberg starting the game a sure thing? Has that been established for sure or are we only assuming that to be the case?

    I ask because of all the games left to play, this could be one for Auld considering it’s not a 4-pt game.

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Chara’s excuses just keep getting lamer and lamer. First he says Pacioretty jumped into the turnbuckle and now it’s ‘he had no idea who was on the ice’.


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

  23. Storm Man says:

    Why would he not start?

  24. shiram says:

    With the nhl basically backing him up, of course he will run with it.

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