Habs salvage point in sluggish post-Olympic return (Video)

(Photo: The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

The Bell Centre finally came to life in the last minute of the third period when Brian Gionta scored the tying goal against the Detroit Red Wings. But the Canadiens only managed to pick up a point, losing 2-1 in overtime.

Gustav Nyquist scored the overtime winner for the Red Wings.

The Canadiens registered only two shots on goal in a sleepy second period, the first one coming at 12:31.

“They were doing a good job of bottling us up,” Gionta said.

“We had no pressure anywhere on the ice. We were second on puck pretty much the first two periods. Most of that they were beating us to everything and it shows.”

It was both teams’ first game back from a 17-day hiatus during the Olympic break.

“You could tell from most of the players the execution tonight was not there and from both teams, by the way,” said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

“Both teams played solid defensively and there was not much space on the ice,” Therrien said.

It was Alex Galchenyuk’s first game back after missing 15 games with a broken hand. He was bumped up to Tomas Plekanec’s line in the third period as Therrien juggled lines to try to generate some offense.

Galchenyuk said he felt he played better as the game went on.

“I felt okay during the first and the second period. But I found in the third period I kind of started playing my game a bit, got the legs under me,” he said.

Canadiens’ back-up goaltender Peter Budaj played a solid game in net, making 28 saves.  

Defenceman Jarred Tinordi, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday, also turned in a solid performance, playing his first game with the Habs since last October.

With the overtime loss, the Canadiens now have 71 points, one more than the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic division, and five more than the Red Wings, who have a game in hand.

You can watch what Gionta had to say here:

You can watch what Galchenyuk had to say here:

And you can listen to Tinordi here:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)


  1. jols says:

    That sh!t show of a hockey game must have put Boone to sleep before he could write his ALS.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Sorry! I love the guy but he has to learn to not get himself into these positions of costing his team games.
      He went for the puck, took himself out of the play. The only thing left was to take out the man. The ref could have called interference, but did not. He got a break that he through away by tapping the guys head when he got up.
      The other penalty he also got himself into trouble and took a penalty.
      He just has to learn to be more disciplined. Just like his Junior coach told me, PK will either win you the game or lose you the game. Until he learns to be a pro, he will continue with this trend!

  2. Storm Man says:

    Well a little it was a home game and all but MT knows best.

  3. Timo says:

    Wow… that was a suck of epic proportions. What a contrast. Sometime you need the olympics to remind you how bad the Habs are. Looking at Therrien the first thing that comes to mind is “beer league”.

    Both penalties on Subban were horsesh!t. Good to see that the “r” word continues unabated. First goal was on Emelin… that 4 mil per now looks like about 2 mil too much.

    Did Habs even get 10 shots on goal this game? Eller line was brutal. I had a bit of hope for Eller this season but I think I am back to saying Habs got hosed in that Halak deal.

    Anyway, nice to see nothing has changed. Should be a fan game against Pitts tomorrow (not).

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      I never left that position, re: Eller. While many here see him as the great blond hope; I see a third-line center who should have been dealt early in the season while there was still interest. Galchenyuk is waiting for that center spot. Briere could fill in in the interim. Alas, Eller’s stock has plummeted.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  4. Storm Man says:

    Well we lost again. But I’m sure they had fun tonight. Winning is not everything it’s the only thing.

  5. The Juice says:

    The NHL’s war on Subban picked up right where it left off tonight. First penalty against him was for a harmless glove in the face of an opponent. Something that happens on every NHL shift. 2nd penalty was for diving…seriously. The 1st penalty led directly to the Wing’s 1st goal, and the 2nd cancelled out a PP in OT for the Habs. Sad, just sad…


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

    • Marc10 says:

      Chris Lee’s war on the Habs endures.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Yes, Lord knows it’s never PK’s fault. Everyone’s out to get him, and no one truly appreciates his brilliance. He never takes dumb penalties, like clasping the opponents stick between his knees until he pulls it out of the players hands, and then falls down. No, it’s all a conspiracy.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • D Mex says:

        Say it ain’t so !

        Timo FEBRUARY 27, 2014 AT 12:40 AM
        ” Both penalties on Subban were horsesh!t. Good to see that the “r” word continues unabated. ”

        And the b!tchfest continues …

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

  6. Frank2468 says:

    Nice to see nothing has changed in 2 weeks. The Habs didn’t skip a beat tonight. Yes lets play for the shootout and not go for it cause that would make to much sense. Anyway we should be all annoyed again real fast. I give a till Saturday night if they lose to the loafs again. I’m skipping over Thursday that’s a gimme.

  7. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Third! Was hoping Subban would score the game winning goal. Alas…

  8. ths says:

    Second ! Did PK play well ?
    I see he took a diving penalty. Will he be in the stands tomorrow in Pittsburgh ? It’s obvious from Sochi he can’t play on same ice as Syd so will he sit for Breezer ?

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  9. bhjv1 says:

    First! Unlike the boys tonight…….

    Habs Forever!

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