Game 81: Habs blown away by Hurricanes

Hurricanes’ Chad LaRose scores on Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak Thursday night. Ellen
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• At a Glance: For the second time in less than 10 days, the Canadiens failed to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, a team eliminated from playoff contention that has given Montreal fits. On Thursday night, the Hurricanes posted a 5-2 win, dominating the game in just about every respect. Two Carolina players did all the damage. Eric Staal scored a hat trick and Chad LaRose added a pair of goals. The Canadiens got goals from Brian Gionta and Marc-André Bergeron. Gionta’s goal gives him 27 on the season to lead the team. Staal finished with five points on the night, while LaRose had four.

• Key Moments: The Canadiens went 0-for-2 on the power play, a facet of the game that has been dreadful of late for Montreal. The Canadiens also missed several good scoring chances, with pucks bouncing over sticks or missing empty nets.

• What It Means: With the loss, the Canadiens see their record drop to 39-33-9 and the remain at 87 points, still shy of a berth in the postseason. Montreal will be watching the scoreboard on Friday night because if the New York Rangers lose to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Canadiens will back their way into the playoffs.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens finish the regular season on Saturday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.


  1. canada4l says:

    We can only hope that JM will be fired.  Only problem is he is Gauthier’s friend.  It’s well knowed that Gauthier was a major reason why JM was hired.  I would love to fire JM and call Boucher up from Hamilton.  Is it too late to send Martin down to the minors or does he have a one way contract with a no movement clause?

  2. luca says:

    o my if sergie wasint hurt im gonna snap i could of named a handful of ppl that should of been benched, Jm is a joke of a coach and this team i just dont get it one night they look like a top team and the nexted 4 wow its brutal.All i no is that this team has one bright spot and thats there goalies and thats all

  3. slapshot777 says:

    I rather play a whole year with the Bulldog defense then watch this defense again next year. They should all retire. You want an incentive to play good hockey, have a clause put in if a team misses the playoffs then they have to give back 15% of their contract.

    I bet we ouldn’t be watching hockey like we have seen in the past week. I bet the Habs would have wrapped it up 3-4 games ago.


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

  4. Les Habitants says:

    good idear?

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  5. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    I hate the Leafs with a passion, but after these last 2 games and remembering that debacle a few years back in the last game of the season, you just gotta know!

  6. slapshot777 says:

    He hasn’t done anything. I said earlier that he ws one of the players who were invisible out there. Just as well be on the bench. They can’rt beat the weak teams and you can already see the outcome on saturday.

    After the season is over fire JM and bring someone in like Boucher who can work the team into some kind of offense, rather than this sh!t they’re playing.

    What the F*@k good is a team going to the playoffs when they can’t even beat the bottom feeders.



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

  7. tricolore says:

    Time to sit some non producers.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  8. Les Habitants says:

    so what if they do get in, sure not going any where with that bunch of losers………

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  9. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    Say goodnight and goodbye. Leafs will eliminate Habs Saturday night, JM will be fired.

  10. Mrhab24 says:

    I think I just threw up in my mouth. If I have to put up with the friggin Taranna fans after knocking us out of the playoffs again………. oh my god……….. i cant take it……… waiter ANOTHER ROUND PLEASE!!!

  11. Kooch7800 says:

    Playoffs?!?  Why bother!

    Cammy looks way out of sync.  Plec’s dissapearing act continues.  We don’t deserve to play past Saturday.  Gomez constantly giving the puck away.  I thought he was supposed to be good defensively? 

  12. tricolore says:

    Boy, you could just hear Halak on that 4th Carolina goal. He was left out to dry. The Leafs will play to kill on Saturday. I know this is a tough job but frankly, I think Martin is a failure as a coach. He makes the wrong decisions and should give serious consideration to using youth and strength if they actually make the playoffs (Deharnais, Trotter, Subban). Having said that, it is a culmination of factors that are limiting the success of this team. Lack of production from your so called ‘stars’ is inexcusable and a huge detriment to this club. Wake up you pansies!


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  13. brandonhab19 says:

    you think with the playoffs on the line this team would show a little more compete level. But they weren’t even in this game tonight, and its time for Martin to go, his system is’t right for a team with bad defense, and semi skilled forwards.

  14. christophor says:

    screw this.

    even if they do get in…washington?

    leafs play spoilers again?

  15. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    there’s no point for a team like this to go and get swept 4 straight in the playoffs against an actual quality team

  16. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    there’s no point for a team like this to go and get swept 4 straight in the playoffs against an actual quality team

  17. krob1000 says:

    If Sergei isn’t injured then Martin should be…..

  18. slapshot777 says:

    If this is the best the Habs can muster, they should miss the playoffs.


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

  19. habbyone says:


  20. deuce6 says:

    MAB finally uses his one and only asset and scores….Use it more often, ya moron, and help out your teammates instead of turning the puck over….


  21. slapshot777 says:

    I don’t understand what is so difficult for the Habs playes to understand win 1 game in the last four now the last two and there in. Get one point in the last three and there in. Are they just plain stupid. So far this game players who really stand out as not doing anything are:

    O’Byrne, Pouliot, Hamrlik, Cammalleri, AK46, SK74, Gomez,  these are a few who are pretty invisible out there.


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

  22. habs63 says:

    Unfortunately, we only have one call up space left.

  23. habs63 says:

    Thank you Gionta, now get back to even with another goal please.

  24. habs63 says:

    This is painfull. Please someone do something other than Markov pinching and getting caught.

  25. tricolore says:

    You got that right. Nice avatar by the way.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  26. tricolore says:

    Leave it to the habnots to not putting things away when they can control their own destiny. I know it’s still the 2nd period but they are down 2-0 and the best player for them is between the pipes. Too bad Halak can’t score goals. Poor guy. His team is abandoning him tonight. Where the hell are Camm, Gionta, Gomez, and AK? Where are the goals? 

    I’d call up Deharnais, Trotter, and Subban. 

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  27. SmartDog says:

    Gomez = 0 points in 3 games; 1 goal in 15 games.  And half asleep tonight. Wow.  True suckitude.

    Halak = Best numbers of ANY goaltender since the Olympics.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  28. Derek2 says:

    Good analogy.  I agree with your assessment on the D

  29. Mad Habber says:

    I agree about the goaltending being the reason why there is even any chance of the playoffs, but what’s wrong with Gionta? 26 goals is tied for first on the team, and he missed a good chunk of the season with injuries…


  30. pmaraw says:

    if halaks name was price, no its not good enough

  31. LeeFree says:

    I wonder what team will show up tonight.

  32. SLONCOLD says:

    uhmmmm baby seal burger

  33. Chuck says:

    It’s just a rumour, but I hear that Halak is an active participant in the yearly baby seal hunt.

    Howzzat for causing a stir?  🙂


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  34. SLONCOLD says:

    i agree with ya, just i always get the feeling from posters that the goalies gotta steal every game for us.

  35. Danno says:




    Beat the drum hard!



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

  36. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    I’m with you on that. If we had played a better game at the end, or in the first period. If Max had fed Darche for a tap in. Hell, if Hamr didn’t get walked around at the beginning of the third, we’re in a different situation. But, things being what they were at the time, 39 saves wasn’t enough.

    I don’t know if my point is coming across, but I’m not saying that Halak cost us the game, or that he is a bad goalie. All I’m saying is that for this team to come out ahead in games, we’re going to need stand-out performances in net. It sucks for them, but that’s what the situation is. I can’t think of many games this year where we got decent goaltending and two points in the same night. Not allowing any bad goals is not going to be good enough, we need them to stop a lot of the ones they have no business stopping. Halak had a few of those on Tuesday (Tavares across the crease), he needed one more.

    Actually, if I’m going about it this way, I should say that 39 saves was too many. What we needed from Halak was 5 fewer saves. 34 out of 36 in regulation would have gotten the job done just fine.

  37. Bugs says:

    No stone unturned analysis: Montreal Canadiens feeling the fear.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  38. SLONCOLD says:

    maybe we needed more scoring chancing and shoots on goalie and more offensive zone puck possesion. pretty just that might have helped

  39. nunacanadien says:

    JM hasn’t got us into the playoffs, its all be Halak, Halak has saved many on the Habs from facing a dismal post season with terrible stats, for instance Gomez and Gionta, both very highly paid players who hardly scored since being with Montreal.  So I would say JM is where he is because of good goal tending.

  40. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    Easy, now. I’m not slamming goalies at all. I am very aware of why we are where we are. Halak has consistently shown up and won games for us all year. I am very happy with his play and very confident in him as we head to the playoffs.

    All that being said, 39 saves last game was not enough. We needed one more. That’s not intended as a slam, it is a mathematical fact.

  41. HNS says:

    This team’s system seams to be choke the lead with minutes left in the 3rd and blow it in the shootout. Wonderfull system eh

  42. SLONCOLD says:

    uh………………. give me a break, you guys r killer on our goalies. you are aware that we’re in a playoffs race due to our goaltending being our strongest position?

  43. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    No dig on Halak, but no, 39 saves wasn’t enough last game. We lost.

  44. SLONCOLD says:

    39 saves wasn’t good enough for you last game?

  45. Say Ash says:

    It’s hard to make cross-conference comparisons.

  46. JIMVINNY says:

    I’m getting a little tired of this “cam Ward owns the Habs” sentiment.  Does no one else remember the time we lit him up for three power play goals in the first and he got yanked before that period was done?  We’ve done it before, and we can do it again!!!  Positive thinking, people!  Besides, Halak’s due for a good one.

  47. soperman says:

    Filling the rink is easy (in Canada), building a good team is hard.  Guess which one of these things the Leaf’s management cares about?


    “Pusie possessed a wickedly wild shot, so inaccurate that he could not hit the province of Quebec if he was standing inside the Montreal Forum.” Dick Beddoes

  48. B says:

    Calgary does have more points than Montreal FWIW.

  49. Say Ash says:

    Probably, but everyone else wets themselves as well during those late one-goal leads.

  50. Daard says:

    Maybe, if she lost ten or fifteen pounds, that is….


  51. SLONCOLD says:

    oh yoy oyoy oy oyo

  52. SLONCOLD says:

    Q1. what is considered a good game for a goalie?( it appears 39+ saves doesn’t qualify, sometimes a shutout isn’t good enough)

    Q2. is it really necessary to say the other goalie would have made that one save if he were in?

    Q3. Can we please agree that although goaltending is very important to win, a strong team effort from the other 20 players is much more important.

    Q4. given halak’s numbers this year. Do you think he can reproduce the same type of numbers in the following years or not( why/whynot).

    Q5. for those who think carey has more potential than halak, does this mean you think he’ll have a high numbers career wise compared to halak numbers this year?

    this should cause a bit of a stir… lol

  53. wotever says:

    He’s in a damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t situation.  If he changes and they lose, the mgmt goes, “That’s not what we hired you for”.   If he plays the same old schtick and they lose, he goes, “That’s what you hired me for”.  The only thing he thinks he CAN do this late in the season is play the way he’s always played, for better or worse.

    I’m more curious what the rest of the coaching staff is thinking, and what he’ll do in the playoffs when the going gets rough.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  54. Say Ash says:

    I know a lot of us here consider it so. I’ll bet you’d agree that Sutter, Sutter & Co. had a bang-up year as well.

  55. shootdapuck says:

    Come on!

    1-2-2 trap is a system!

    But it requires mobility in the back-end and forwards who actually come back!



    PS. JM had a wet dream with that 1-0 game in Philly!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  56. smiler2729 says:

    HA! Perfect!!!

  57. punkster says:

    System? SYSTEM??? This team doesn’t have a freakin’ system and it never did. That was a joke we all shared in the fall but nobody really believed it, did they? I don’t confuse ineptitude on the ice with a breakdown of any sort of system. These guys are still a few good players and a full year from being a real threat to anyone. But a system?

  58. Say Ash says:

    I heard last night on RDS that Toronto has a chance to finish with both the worst PP and PK in the league. The last that happened was the (Mighty) Ducks in 1994-95. Their coach? Ron Wilson.

  59. punkster says:

    Bingo! I know it would add 20 yards to my drives.

  60. mike g says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Benoit Brunet in our next shootout…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  61. shootdapuck says:

    The “systematic” woes are from one source!

    The players don’t just suddenly decide to play 1-2-2 and stop forechecking!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  62. mike g says:

    While your point is valid, you can’t let yourself be satisfied with it…

    The fact of the matter is that if this team was coached properly, we would have clinched a spot 3 weeks ago, and probably be in 4th place. With the amount of games and points we’ve blown because of his failed “system”, the Habs should have 95+ points this year even with all the injuries!

    Immagine how much better we would be with Lindy Ruff behind the bench…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  63. shootdapuck says:


    The “shortcomings” cost him cups in years with loaded teams in Ottawa!

    The inflexability and lack of adjustment in-game are the worst.

    “Fell into the playoffs” may be more accurate!

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  64. TomNickle says:

    I agree, I have respect for him as a good coach, I just don’t think he’s the guy to make us a top tier team.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  65. shootdapuck says:

    Remember Mara just had shoulder surgery and can only use one arm!

    Youppi is a healthy scratch – away game.

    Moen could possible score so no way!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  66. Danno says:

    Toronto is going to finish in 29th spot this season. And they proudly take home this trophy.


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

  67. punkster says:

    Just for the sake of argument and because I don’t necessarily believe the woes of this team can be “blamed” on any one person:

    Will the players show some desire, even with a lead, at any time and particularly in the third period?


  68. smiler2729 says:

    Whatever his shortcomings, JM has gotten this team into playoffs in spite of all the bumps and bruises.

  69. mike g says:

    I think you may be right except for one of your points; the shootout list

    JM’s next one probably goes something like this: Travis Moen, Josh Georges, Youppi

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  70. TomNickle says:

    Facts are facts.

    In the Ottawa game they held a 1-0 and ran a controlled breakout from behind their net whenever they got possession in their zone because we trap every time a team runs one.  There’s nothing wrong with that when you’re tied or up a goal or more but it slows the game down and gives the opposition control when they have a lead, he didn’t make an adjustment.

    In the Buffalo game he had Dominic Moore and Hal Gill on the ice for around 90 seconds before getting a whistle and instead of calling timeout and getting a good defensive group on the ice he went with Pleks, AK46 and Cammalleri(in his first game back).  It was a big part of the reason we lost.

    His failure to make the proper calls in game have cost the team important points.  It’s very beneficial long term to preach discipline and consistency while trying to refine the defensive game of ALL of your players to where you want them but at the cost of a possible playoff berth or good matchup isn’t satisfactory in the eyes of some fans.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great ones

  71. shootdapuck says:

    He was not the best choice because the best choice was not / could not be considered!

    He is still living in the clutch and grab era when the defence could back in and tackle anyone in close.

    His passive resistance late game “SYSTEM” has proved over and over to be a failure but he keeps coming back cause its all he knows!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  72. smiler2729 says:

    Seems you’re not a JM fan. He’s hard to get behind… I’ll give you that.

  73. shootdapuck says:

    So many questions need to be answered tonight:

    Will JM allow his team to forecheck 2 deep even with a lead in the third?

    Can JM make in-game adjustments, like any other million dollar NHL coach?

    Will JM continue the use of MAB on defence late in games?

    Will JM use his time out late in the game? ( last game was an exception rather than the rule)

    Has JM already made out his Shoot-out list? (Mara, Carey Price and Gill?)

    Will Paul Maurice add his name to the list of NHL coaches who have outcoached JM for a win?………….. AGAIN?

    Time will tell?




    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

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