Game 73: Subban’s first hat lifts Habs over Wild

Canadiens’ P.K. Subban (centre) celebrates one of his three goals Sunday night with David Desharnais (left) and Ryan White, who scored the first NHL goal of his career, had two assists and had a fight for the unofficial Gordie Howe hat trick.
Eric Miller, Reuters

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Chances are the Canadiens’ ugly loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday night has been forgotten.

The Habs scored, and scored, and scored again Sunday night against the Minnesota Wild, pummelling their hosts 8-1 at the Xcel Energy Center.

What a night for defenceman P.K. Subban: his first career hat trick and an assist. For Ryan White: his first NHL goal, two assists and a fight for his first Gordie Howe hat trick. Goalie Alex Auld played superbly, beaten only by Wild captain Mikko Koivu 12:14 into the third, on a penalty shot.

Other scorers for the Canadiens were Andrei Kostitsyn, James Wisniewski, Travis Moen and Tom Pyatt. Benoit Pouliot had three assists in his first trip back to Minnesota since leaving the Wild to join the Habs. Auld had an assist. And all the Canadiens fans who made the trip from all over left a very happy group.

The massive win pulled the Habs to within one point of the idle Boston Bruins in the Northeast Division, though the Bruins – who entertain the Canadiens on Thursday in Boston – have two games in hand.

Montreal is home to Buffalo on Tuesday, in Boston then back home to Washington on Saturday.


  1. mamacat says:

    testing also

  2. citizenSanto says:


    Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
    — Augustine of Hippo

  3. citizenSanto says:


    Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
    — Augustine of Hippo

  4. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Just wondering what Don Cherry will say this week about Subban’s hat trick?

  5. jrshabs1 says:

    I don’t understand why everybody is always bashing Gomez? His numbers aren’t that great, but on the other hand all the Habs have done is win with him here. That’s all that really matters..right? Saku has better individual stats but never could get the Habs out of the 2nd round. Go easy on our new #11.

    • zak says:

      the Habs are winning inspite of him not because of him. He’s got 35 pts.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Where have you been this season while we’ve been discussing the black hole aka Gomez?

      This is how they feel about Koivu in Anaheim.

      Saku doesn’t cost $7.35 million a year.
      Saku knows where the freaking net is.
      Saku creates opportunities for his wingers.

      Saku didn’t have a good enough team here in Mtl. to win it all. That’s the sad truth. If Hiller comes back, and plays like he was, Ducks have a shot at going pretty deep.

      Gomez is a black hole and we won’t win big until he is Gone-mez.

      Please, try and keep up.

  6. Gormdog says:

    Photo test.

    Also, just what the doctor ordered.

    Lets wake up tomorrow with some good news about Plax, and all is well…

  7. emann_222 says:

    So in all reality … here’s how tonight looked:
    The Habs came out ready for a fight … feeling somewhat rejuvenated with the return of Hal Gill … and Pouliot returning to MN for the first time since his trade – with something to prove. Alex Auld has owned the Wild over his career.
    Result = Clinic.
    The Habs knew they needed the big rebound win after the devastating loss to the Ranges. Something to carry them into this next week on a high note because this coming week will be a true litmus test for the playoffs that are on the horizon.
    Great job by all lines, all defensemen, and esp Auld.
    Hell of a way to walk into the last 9 games of the year – Good on ya boys!

  8. dre1744 says:

    I have no issues about Gomez either aslong as JM don’t play him over 20 min cause if you go check ice times 90% of the games we lose Gomez gets over 20 min ice time

  9. jgoody says:

    Great game tonight! Palushaj (not sure how to spell his name) & Dawes are the only 2 who looks out of place, which is fine, since they’ll both be heading back down soon. I like them both, but they simply can’t keep up with the skill level of our squad this year.

  10. light_n_tasty says:

    Congrats Bugs on the excellent over/under for Pouliot.

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    Quick Hits for prospects:

    Brendan Gallagher was named the First Star of the Season and the MVP of the VAN Giants by the fans. Honestly, wouldn’t be surprised if his name ended up in WHL League MVP discussions if the voters are paying attention, that team marchs to the beat of his drum.

    CHL regular season is over, all the Junior prospects the Canadiens have are on on teams that made the playoffs. Albeit, Morgan Ellis is probably good and screwed since his team is facing the Saint John Sea Dogs, a favourite for the QMJHL Championship and the Memorial Cup.

  12. ooder says:

    that was a nice confidence booster for some of our guys… go figure gomez didn’t score lol
    jokes jokes
    sometimes games are funny like that and it seemed everytime wild tried to push back the habs would score

    • ooder says:

      aaand my avatar doesn’t work.. that sucks

    • Nahlsy says:

      Maybe next season Gomez will respond to the constant bashing he’s taken all year this year the way Price has responded to the constant bashing he took last year. I have no issues with Gomez, it’s not as if he’s not putting the effort forward, he’s just not being rewarded on the scoreboard. He’s got to be the most frustrated person in the world with his production (even if he was the high scorer for the club in the December area if I recall correctly). He’s the one stepping in nose to navel with Chara for example and is likely doing the best he can in other aspects of the game so he can feel like he’s contributing more when he’s not finding the scoreboard as often as he’d like. He’s a scrappy guy with a tonne of heart and loads of pride, I can’t see him floating around thinking things are peachy keen and he ripped everyone off for all that money haha ala a Mogilny or a Kozlov. If anything, he’s likely trying too hard and is his own worst enemy right now.

      • ooder says:

        i was just kidding around…
        i do think that gomez has a lot of professional pride and that right now his mental game is messing him up..i mean everyone knows he can muster up more then 7 goals a season

      • jgoody says:

        I agree completely. Gomez works hard and was great in the playoffs last year. He’s had a rough season for sure, but he’ll be there when we need him most …

      • BS comment about Mogilny, obviously you wouldn’t be saying that about him if he weren’t Russian. Probably one of the best players ever to come out of Europe, and he got screwed by the Devils despite being one of their top producers.

        • Nahlsy says:

          BS accusation of discrimination. (your highness, agree or disagree, but you are NOT the authority on all things hockey, contrary to your own belief). Mogilny showed up with effort in contract years and couldn’t be bothered for the most part in non-contract years. He went from 76 goals one year to 79 points the next. Same applies to guys like Yashin and Kozlov who showed up when it was time to get paid and then vanished when they were paid. It has nothing to do with where they are from, it’s the way they show up or don’t show up in any given year. Richer was also infamous for bouncing up and down like happy funball as well.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            Mogilny along with several other players, including future first-ballot Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne hit heights in 1992-93 that were unprecedented and sometimes career-bests the league was consumed by incredible scoring feats that season.

            He had injury issues like other players that took a toll on his career.

  13. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    HAT TRICK PIN PRESENTATION ARTICLE COMING, I’ve been waiting since last week for this article. i’m not being sarcastic, looking forward to reading it.

  14. Nahlsy says:

    Go here, go there, sign up with this site, sign up for a free trial of extenz, jump through a hoop, do the hokey pokey and you can have a picture up. Enh, or you can just post with the default stick figure guy over here and save the hassles. (obvious which option I chose).

    I couldn’t respond to those who commented to me below because of space issues I am guessing? so I put it up here instead. No biggie.

    As far as Cooke goes, so does Mario walk the walk and back up his talk about having a major issue with repeat offenders? Here’s your chance to make a statement Mario. Cut this PoS from your payroll and let him go find a job somewhere else (hopefully not in the NHL) and your words and sentiments will carry a heck of a lot more weight. Have your Captain publicly support the move and his own complaints will also carry weight. If the two of you sit on your thumbs when it’s your own player (the worst offender in the league) then you’re both little more than the whiney hypocrites everyone called you when you shot your mouths off in the past couple of months.

  15. sampson12 says:

    I live in China so I had to get up at 6am to listen to this game on the radio. I drifted in and out, and I honestly thought it was a dream. Especially when Tom Pyatt scored.

    • Mattyleg says:


      Did the lovely ‘DING!’ come through the radio as he rang it in off the far post? Like fairy chimes in a far…away…place… zzzzzzzzzz

  16. RC-51 says:

    Just want to say i don’t mind the name change of the site, but really wish they would have kept the layout the way it was, it is nowhere near as good as it was before.

  17. jordo says:

    Finally, we have heard the last of the hat trick pin.

  18. habfan1969 says:

    Nice win etc. But holy moly, what a craptastic makeover for HIO. Dull, conservative, generic, years behind the times … just like The Gazette!

    But seriously, this is the exact same generic WordPress template and features that a buddy set up for my blog in 2006. I paid him with a six pack. I hope Postmedia paid no more for this, and that the savings were spent on a better server.

    Back to the game — remember that old saw that all the West conference teams are so much better than the East?? Ha! At this point, I’m mostly hoping to see a bit more consistency before the playoffs. The team D lapses that sank us Friday are still a concern, even if just about nothing was a concern against this joke of a team tonight.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I was thinking about ‘that old saw’ while I was watching the game too.

      Beh. There’s no reason that Western Conference teams would be any better/worse/different than any Eastern Conference teams now that players, coaches, trainers, etc etc move around so much.

  19. Mattyleg says:

    That win was deeeee-lish.

    Great to see Whitey score his first one! And good fight too… no fear. Stoner’s a big dude.

    Love that kid.

  20. Great game tonight by what is left of our boys. Hopefully we can keep some chemistry and heal a little for the playoffs. First post on this new page format which sucks.

  21. Fred D says:

    This game demonstrates what Benoit Pouliot can do when his head is right. I think we have another blossoming “artiste” on our hands!

    I am very happy to see PK bury some shots with his up ice shenanigans! Great player in the making!

    Kudos to Alex Auld!

    On to Buffalo!

  22. deuce6 says:

    Gonna sound like a Noob here, But where in the F do you insert your avatar?

    • blu3chip says:

      1. go to
      2. sign up for an account with the same email address you used to sign up in HI/O
      3. a confirmation email will be sent to your email. Click the link inside and activate your Gravatar account
      4. Follow the instructions and upload your profile picture(s).
      5. Once that is done, HI/O will (eventually) pick up the profile picture from your Gravatar account.

      • deuce6 says:

        So, I have to sign up for another account on another website to add an Avatar on this site? So now, my email is gonna get spammed by a third party?

        • idle says:

          That about covers it

        • blu3chip says:

          That is why you never use your primary email address(es) when signing up in forums/site.
          Create an email account for all these sign ups (and other promotions) and let it takes all the spam. You never really need to read the emails anyways, except when you need to confirm your accounts.

        • Nahlsy says:

          <== Which is why you will see this as my new avatar here

          • idle says:

            I gave up a long time ago trying to protect my email address. It will be picked up by the necessary bots whether you are careful with it or not.

            The yahoo address I have used to sign up for this site is the same address I have had since 1993. A few years ago (before spam filters got improved) I would sometimes get 100 spam messages a day. Now I get around 15, but most of them make it into my spam folder so only a couple a day into my regular mail.

          • blu3chip says:

            All you need is two email addresses: one personal email address which you don’t share easily; one email address which you share all the time, provided that you don’t care about the emails from the senders.
            How hard can that be?

  23. in habs we trust says:

    Just want to say totally lost in this new format.

  24. WestHab says:

    the least they could have done is warn us. I’m onthis site at least 7 times a day. we get one day warning. it’s not all bad but just show us some respect for putting you up there!!! the faNS MADE THIS SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. WestHab says:

    a bouns 2 points just what this new hio needs to keep up the loyal attendence .

  26. habs365 says:

    Now you know how the Habs felt Friday night….if the wild were not tired the score would not have been 8-1…But the Habs would still have won…..

  27. rocketsglare says:

    How about our back up goalie. Props to Auld for his play against the Rangers and Wild. He certainly has performed admirably.

  28. pierre lapuck says:

    Just a test post after Minnesota Massacre and P.K. pummeling!

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