Game 77: Ward stones Canadiens

Canadiens’ Brian Gionta fails to get the puck past Hurricanes
goalie Cam Ward Wednesday night.
Allen McInnis, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: The Canadiens came out flying on Wednesday night, outshooting the Carolina Hurricanes 25-10 after two periods, but they still came out on the short end of a 2-1 decision. Montreal took a 1-0 lead early when Marc-André Bergeron scored a power-play goal 8:04 into the first period, but Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward stopped the other 24 shots he faced in the first two periods. Carey Price had an easy night through two periods, but was the victim of an unlucky bounce thanks to defenceman Roman Hamrlik. Brandon Sutter blew by Hamrlik and was in on Price before being hooked down by Hamrlik, whose momentum carried him and the puck passed Price and into the net to tie the game 1-1 3:44 into the second period. Early in the third, a period the Hurricanes dominated by outshooting the Canadiens 17-10, Eric Staal gave Carolina a 2-1 lead when he was left all alone at the lip of Price’s crease. Stall grabbed a rebound of an Erik Cole shot and popped it past Price only seconds after the Canadiens had killed off a Carolina power play.

• Key Moments: The entire third period can be classified as a key moment, one the Canadiens failed to show up for. Their power play in the third period was awful and they were dominated in every aspect of the game by Carolina.

• What It Means: Montreal drops to 37-31-8 and remains at 82 points, missing a chance to move up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens have five games remaining in their regular season, starting Friday night in Philadelphia. They are back home Saturday to take on the Sabres and end the season with matchups against the Islanders and Hurricanes on the road, and the Maple Leafs at home on April 10.

  1. Mattyleg, 31 March, 2010

    Man, I’m not usually one to point people out, but Lapierre has to try something new. He’s stuck in the ‘skate down the boards and lose the puck’ rut that players with wrecked confidence usually resort to.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. solomio, 31 March, 2010

    Well boys this isn’t going too good.?

    End of second period 1 – 1. Canes playing a perfect road game.

    Can Habs score more than 2 goals tonight.?

    They’re going to have to cause if history repeats Price will let in a softie.

    Canes goal stunk up the joint but you know thats just Price’s bad luck. Not knocking him..just saying.

    Laps got nothing to offer. Nothing. Lets hope for his and our sake he scores the winning goal!

    30 minutes of hockey to go. I don’t like our chances.


  3. BKAK72, 31 March, 2010

    The pair of HAMRLIK / SPACEK is a goalie nightmare. Neither skates particularily well, contributes offensively to any degree of danger and won’t crush bodies to put fear in the opposition. I can’t believe O’BYRNE is less of a liability. — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  4., 31 March, 2010

    Looks who’s Back!

    Submitted by Habsynthe
    on Wed, 03/31/2010 – 19:10. 

    one of our
    warriors…? Shane is a douchebag piece of garbage.


    STFU douchebag troll…go argue with stoolie
    and Barkshire and the rest of the Price fanboy squad.

    They call me Shane

  5. homerbowen, 31 March, 2010

    You got to give our tiny tots “A” for effort but they just can’t hold on to the puck long enough to score. Now where our our secondary scorers? C’mon Moen, Laps, Darche, AK,,,,geez can’t hit the net.

  6. tricolore, 31 March, 2010

    This game thus far, with 13 min left in the 3rd is a microcosom of the season. The Habs do not have a killer instinct. When you lead in shots 18 to 3 and you are still tied 1-1, you won’t win too many games.

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  7. deuce6, 31 March, 2010

    Hmmm..Since Cammy and MAB have returned our secondary scoring has gone missing..


    Can we please score more than 1 or 2 goals per game?

  8. lavie, 31 March, 2010

    I hope this is Price’s last game of this season. Then let’s talk about Price in October.

  9. deuce6, 31 March, 2010

    Price? lol

    If anything, he is the reason we are still in this one…We fell asleep and we can’t expect to win too many games scoring 1 goal every freaking game..Nobody wants to sacrifice and stand in front of Ward..How many times do we have a wide open shot from the point and nobody steps in front of Ward because that is the only way we tie this one up….Easy saves all night…

    This is anything but Price’s fault..

  10. duffy, 31 March, 2010

    Why would anyone think this team would win with Price in goal ,this team does not like playing in front of him.he has let them down too many times and let in soft goals to lose games on many nights.

  11. deuce6, 31 March, 2010

    You guys are too much..We score 1 goal and it’s the tender’s

  12. pmaraw, 31 March, 2010

    agreed, habs totally hammered 25 shots into wards chest in the 1st 2 periods, why wont the puck go through his chest?

  13. christophor, 31 March, 2010

    i think the two breakaways that MAB gave up during the last PP reveal the reason why no one signed him

  14. pmaraw, 31 March, 2010

    cause of the pile of shutouts halak has….  duh!

  15. tricolore, 31 March, 2010

    Dear Canadiens

    You don’t deserve to make the playoffs. Please end your season ASAP and get on with your spring and summer. It is much more fitting your cozy and comfortable lack of work ethic. You don’t deserve my hard earned money for your games or products. 

    Le Client



    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  16. deuce6, 31 March, 2010

    I hope Cammalleri finds his game soon because he has been brutal..

  17. tricolore, 31 March, 2010

    Where the heck are Pouliot, Gionta, Gomez, Pleks, Camm, and AK? Did these guys forget to score? You need to score more than 1 goal to have a chance of winning. Price is  no where near to blame here for anything.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  18. deuce6, 31 March, 2010

    It’s not lack of work ethic, but lack of sacrifice to get their noses dirty…Nobody wants to stand in front of the net..Frustrating to say the least..I will give the Habs organization 25 bucks to stand in front and take a beating if it meant tying this one

  19. christophor, 31 March, 2010

    if they play like they have in the last 5 games, and they happen by some miracle to make the playoffs, they are out in 4.

  20. HABWARRIOR, 31 March, 2010

    We’re gonna miss the playoffs.

  21. deuce6, 31 March, 2010

    Crucial back to back losses..We aren’t going to the show playing like this…What a crock of sh!t this has been..Where the hell is our offense? Since Cammy/MAB have come back, our 2ndary scoring has been sh!t..

    3 goals in 6 periods of hockey…ugh

  22. BC HAB, 31 March, 2010

    Mother f*&ker

  23. matraque, 31 March, 2010

    I wish the title was: Price stones the Canes


    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)

  24. BC HAB, 31 March, 2010

    I would love to see Hamerlik bought out.  He is a doofus.  That goal took the wind out of our sails.

  25. duffy, 31 March, 2010

    I think a guy with the initials BG is to blame for the whole mess.

  26. SmartDog, 31 March, 2010


    Price-backed Habs Find Way to Lose!  Again!


    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  27. Kooch7800, 31 March, 2010

    We don’t deserve the playoffs.  Really if we do sneak in it will be a quick exit and what is the point.

    I think I am finally coming to grips that the team really is just not good enough.  Andrei Kostitsyn is not a top 6 forward he is brutal.  Plek’s dissapears when you really need him.  They say he is hurt but you wouldn’t really even know he played tonight.  Same as last year in the stretch run and playoffs.  We will never win with our top two centres being Gomez and Plek’s.

    JM doesn’t have any real horses.

  28. christophor, 31 March, 2010

    it is a pattern. but on the other hand, they’ve flat out sucked for a couple weeks now, regardless of the tender

  29. Kooch7800, 31 March, 2010

    really does it matter. If we have to play pitsburgh or Washington it will be pretty much torture to watch

  30. HabsFansince49, 31 March, 2010

    Mr Gainey – thanks for all the right decisions. This looks like an average bunch of “Joe’s” in a Men’s Recreational League.

  31. ManApart, 31 March, 2010

    I’ve been saying this for ever. Maybe some people are starting to understand now.

  32. deuce6, 31 March, 2010

    Can Bergeron please be nailed to the bench please? Ever since he was inserted into the line up our 2ndary scoring has gone amiss..For what he brings to the table on the PP, which is still garbage, I am willing to get someone in there (Pyatt) that will actually take a shot in front of the net to tie the game…

    Bergeron is overrated..He has a good shot and that is it..Pyatt has so much more what we need..Grit..

  33. Stefman, 31 March, 2010

    Say what you want about A. Kosstitsyn, he was the only one who showed up with real passion in the third period. What kind of team goes into a third period tied 1-1-, at home, in a tight playoff race, and mails in a third period like that? Outshot 11-1 to start the period?? By a team that hasn’t had a sniff of the platyoffs all season?? What the heck is that?

    Lazy, poorly focused teams like we saw tonight in the third period don’t deserve to make the playoffs and will never succeed in them anyway.

  34. adam76, 31 March, 2010

    We – as fans – should not be upset by this loss.  Its obvious the franchise (players, management) don’t care if they win or lose – why should we?

  35. Habsfan_jay, 31 March, 2010

    I have a horrible feeling that this was the season…. No playoffs

  36. Kooch7800, 31 March, 2010

    you mean you can’t score from shooting behind the goal line twice in key points in the third period.  I thought he looked like Kessel out there (not passing the puck)

  37. 12cournoyer, 31 March, 2010

    Get over it!!!

    This was not Price!!!

    Did he let the guy breeze around him and then push him into the goalie??!!!

    Where was this team on Saturday with Halak in net??

    This is a team and a coach’s failure.

  38. Kooch7800, 31 March, 2010

    I think I am going to get my golf clubs out and stop watching hockey for the next week and a half

  39. christophor, 31 March, 2010

    this discussion used to be longer…

    did i say something bad? something about that buffalo game. 

    meh. its made its way into a few articles i’ve read elsewhere so whatever

  40. 23 HABS 23, 31 March, 2010

    “duffy” should really be quite embarrassed by your post.  It shows that either:  1.  You did not watch the game tonight   or    2.  You have no little to no knowledge of hockey and how to assess player performance (namely goaltending)!  Regardless “duffy” … your brain is obviously “fluffy” when it comes to hockey – still inexcusable!

    I am racking my brain to try and rationalize your opinion of soft goals that were scored tonight.  Are you refering to the goal the Hamrlik was beat to the middle, commited a penalty (Price stopped the initial shot) and Hamrlik kindly slides into Price and knocks the puck into his own net?  OR are you refering to the goal off the rebound at the side of the net (Again Price makes the initial stop) where no one wants to work to help him out?  Which one are you going on about as a softy?  I would love to hear it.

    Now I am sure you don’t want to talk about all the great saves Price made … especially on the break away (While WE were on the Power Play) – TWICE!  Price did all that could be expected of any goaltender!

    “duffy” if you think for a moment that the Canadiens would have one this game if Halak was in net … I am sorry my friend (and I use the term “friend” very loosley) … you are on CRACK!


    On a positive note:  I am still clinging on to hope that the Canadiens can tear it up in the next 5 games and make the playoffs – and go in with some much needed momentum (hopefully from a 5 game winning streak)!  I would like to add that I don;t care who plays in goal Halak, Price, or a nice mixture of the two!  I am a HABS (The entire team) Fan for Life!


    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  41. Olay Olay Olay, 31 March, 2010

    I know what you mean. But I like Bergeron….but not as a Dman, I like him on the wing when he can do minimal damage to his own team. 

  42. Billyboy, 31 March, 2010

    Price has let the team down ??? Is it not the other way around. How often does a tem win by scoring 1 goal??

  43. christophor, 31 March, 2010

    i’m not too sure. there was a long discussion, twice, about a certain headline that leaked. and they were quick to delete it, as they were after i mentioned it again just a second ago.

  44. habsguy, 31 March, 2010

    I don’t know what # you were watching,  I sure didn’t see ANYTHING AK47 did to warrent and that comment!!!

  45. Ian Cobb, 31 March, 2010

    Larry! you have a lot to learn about this dance me son.

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