Habs get some good news with Gallagher; Price will start Game 4

Coming off Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the Senators in Ottawa, the Canadiens held an optional practice Monday afternoon as they prepare for Game 4 Tuesday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

“We’ve proven in the past that we’re capable of bouncing back,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Ottawa Monday. “We have to bounce back tomorrow. ”

Therrien confirmed that Carey Price will start in goal in Game 4. In the first three games, Price has a 1-2 record with a 3.69 goals-against average and a .879 save percentage.

Price and Peter Budaj were both on the ice Monday, along with Yannick Weber, Tomas Kaberle, Jarred Tinordi, Davis Drewiske, Travis Moen, Mike Blunden, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Jeff Halpern, Michael Ryder, Gabriel Dumont and Colby Armstrong.

More details to come in a new HIO post from The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell once practice and interviews with players wrap up.

The Canadiens did get some good news Monday when right-winger Brendan Gallagher was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s outstanding rookie. The other finalists are Florida Panthers centre Jonathan Huberdeau and Chicago Blackhawks left-winger Brandon Saad. The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup final.

Gallagher a Calder Trophy finalist, montrealgazette.com

Pageau’s three goals sink Canadiens, by Pat Hickey

Coaches’ war of words escalates, by Pat Hickey

An embarrassment in every way, by Dave Stubbs

Feud will have a nice ending off the ice, by Dave Stubbs

Game 3 photo gallery

Changing the channel from HNIC, by Jack Todd

War of words between MacLean, Therrien continues after game, by Ottawa Citizen


  1. nunacanadien says:

    We didn’t learn the first time Carey lost us a stanley cup series. I say bench Carey till he matures. Use Budaj and any other goalie as your number 1. Enough of this. We lost already under Price in the playoffs. Same formula, small players in front of what the Habs think is the new Dryden only to find out the small players can’t stop the offense from rushing Price and scoring on him! Put Budaj in nets after the first score at least Therrien if you are reading this. Don’t fall into the same trap Gainey and Carbo fell into over Price!

  2. kalevine says:

    I have been trying to figure out why last year’s team, which wasn’t as good as this year’s team and was not even as physical, suffered few embarrassments of last night’s ilk, which seem to be commonplace especially in recent weeks. The only explanation I can think of is that the opponents didn’t need to out hit the Habs to beat them. They just needed to persist on the forecheck and they would take the game back. This year the easiest way to beat the Habs is to knock them around and intimidate them, and it usually works. Last night I could feel it when there was a sequence early in the first where every Hab would be hit hard as soon as they got the puck. A lot of those hits looked like charging to me, but what do I know?

  3. PeterD says:

    Very happy for Gallagher to be in the hunt for the Calder.
    Hopefully all his Performance bonuses kick in and pay out for him…the kid is worth every dime he earns.
    Well done kid.

  4. AceMagnum says:

    What a fine group of assholes. It’s true what they say, the Internet is the den of socially inept, grammatically challenged, also-rans. Nobody with the slightest bit of personality or sense of humor. Just a pack of know-it-alls who have never seen the sun and find it too taxing to write out words like ‘Desharnais’ and correctly spell difficult words like ‘you’re’ and ‘too’. There’s a real world out there and people who know how to have fun, that’s what hockey and the playoffs are about, having fun and not taking life so seriously. Sports is entertainment except on the Internet where cowards and big talkers take center stage, because they can’t anywhere else in life. Whoever the tech geek is for this site, please delete my account here, I can’t be bothered to figure out how.

    • twilighthours says:

      But you post only to stir the pot. Why?

    • Bripro says:

      1. “What a fine group of assholes.” As opposed to? A nasty group?
      2. “the Internet is the den of socially inept….” which medium do you use to communicate? The Holier-than-thou network?
      3. “Nobody with the slightest bit of personality or sense of humor.” Hang on… we’re just getting started.
      4. “There’s a real world out there….” – Yet here you sit, typing.
      5. “….having fun and not taking life so seriously….” yet again, here you sit, criticizing the socially inept “a”holes.
      6. “….because they can’t anywhere else in life…” please indulge us with your crystal-ball of astute (or lack thereof) perception.
      7. “…please delete my account..” Yes, please do!

      • Da Hema says:

        The “holier-than-thou network?” 🙂

        How about the “self-righteousnet?”

        • nunacanadien says:

          What about when the management by committee that puppets Molson, you know the Toronto based owners, have basically hoodwinked us all. I am suprised people in Montreal don’t get it. If I were a Montreal fan and the owners sabotaged the team to please their Toronto investors, I would stay away from games, stop buying their merchandise and most of all let Molson know what you think! Enough is Enough! We want the old habs back! Enough of this small forwards and wimpy defense who can’t hit back worth a damn. I am not asking for goons, all I am asking for is regular sized hockey players for Montreal!

    • kalevine says:

      can’t be bothered to figure out how? Guess you can add indolent and listless to your list of adjectives

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      “Nobody with the slightest bit of personality or sense of humor.”

      That’s a sentence fragment, and it’s pretty funny with your rant about grammatically challenged writers.
      Like a lot of posters who just want to recreationally troll or stir the pot, you dropped in in and dropped out.
      You’ve already been replaced, I’m sure.

  5. B says:

    Congrats to Gallagher on the nomination, he earned it with a lot of hard work.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  6. Willy the bum says:

    I heard probably on TSN 690 one time, that Ryan White used to be a goal-scorer in the Juniors. I must be a huge fan on White since his first game as a Hab, and amazed at his big goal on Game 2 (not to mention the hit on Mentol).

    If he could possibly try out a spot on the first two lines, we’ll never know but could be a huge surprise if there are goals to boost up the games.

  7. jrs10069 says:

    Maclean is a pompous prick, typical ottawaonian. I’m a mtl guy, now living in ottawa so obviously took a lot of heat this am but…those in my office who know hockey agreed that the refs were the real reason habs got out of control last night. They need to be better at controlling their emotions but when you get f’d on the non calls and then get f’d on the calls…it’s easy to lose your cool (especially after a lousy goal or 2).

    Despite the continuous charging by the Sens to start the game, habs still controlled the puck until said refs decided to f Pac and then a cookie 5-3 and voila…..

    So frustrating but the good news is that with a little better goaltending which we know we can get and a “head downm just win” attitude, we’ll take it.


    • habs11s says:



      “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

    • Garbo says:

      Maclean is doing his job. Best way to counter that is to win.

    • B says:

      Paul Maclean was born in France and grew up in Antigonish Nova Scotia. You may have lived in Ottawa longer than he has. Note that I still think he is a dick, but I don’t buy that it is because he is “ottawaonian”.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  8. Timo says:

    I hate this comment from players and fans alike: “We were always able to bounce back after a bad loss”.

    There is always a first time. Why put yourself in such position to begin with? Didn’t now game 3 in a 1-1 series was important?

    • thebonscott says:

      they don’t have the players necessary, too wimpy, still too wimpy

      Carey Price meet Matt Foley.

    • Garbo says:

      You seem to be suggesting they suffered a bad loss on purpose, just so they can bounce back?

      Highly doubt that is the case.

      • Timo says:

        No, I suggest that they should have been better prepared for game 3 than they were. Gionta saying “we simply didn’t move our feet”
        begs a question – WHY didn’t you move your feet?

        Another point I am making is that if you play with fire eventually you’ll get burnt.

        • Alex_425 says:

          Well, rare is it for a hockey player to really give fleshed-out comments in general after a game, I find. That’s mainly why I never stick around to hear ’em. You make a valid point, though.

          But I’m no expert….

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Do you honestly believe they put themselves in this position on purpose? Because that’s the insinuation you’re making. Seriously, sometimes $%&* happens and things don’t go the way you intend them to. I’m sure you can relate.

  9. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Sometimes getting blown out and embarrassed is better than the frustration that comes with losing a squeaker………….right?

  10. Timo says:

    Pacioretty: “We got embarrassed,” Pacioretty said. “It’s time for everyone to look in the mirror and say we have to be better.”

    Well said. Start with yourself, Mr. Pacioretty. You were one of the biggest embarrassments on ice last night.

    • habs1992 says:

      Agreed he was the worst last night, and the little girl was not very good either, he was a just a big girl last night

      I support Carey Price

    • HabsFanInTampa says:

      MaxPac is damaged goods. He hasn’t been the same since “the hit”. Hopefully he’ll suck it up and start playing like he did before “the hit”.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Uhh, he was amazing last year.
        I agree that he hasn’t been great this year, but he came back great last year.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • habs11s says:

          He did lead the team in scoring this year. IMO his injury is hurting him physically and mentally…


          “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

      • Garbo says:

        He had a career year following the hit. He had actually never been better before the hit.

        Unless you’re talking about a different hit than when Chara broke Max’s neck?

      • TheKarl says:

        hasn’t been the same since the hit, wtf?!? he may have sucked so far in the playoffs but simmer down now, the dude potted 33 goals last year.

        he just needs to step out of his awful slump right now

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        Pacioretty had a career year last year and led the team in scoring this year. Pull your head out of your ass.

        He’s been playing through injuries all year.

        • HabsFanInTampa says:

          Relax Habs-fan-84. No need to turn into a douchebag with the “head out of your ass” immature comment. Grow up, asshole.

          • habs-fan-84 says:

            The maturity and ignorance of your initial post leaves a lot to be desired. Post crap and you’ll get crap back.

      • Coach K says:

        Max hasn’t been the same since Desharnais started playing like he’s afraid to take a hit and they gave him Ryder to replace the hard nosed Cole.

        Under those circumstances I’m surprised he’s able to produce at all. It’s pathetic the way both of his line mates tend to lose every puck battle they find themselves in. Have you ever watched Ryder attempt to carry the puck between the blue lines like Cole used to? Ryder can’t skate with the puck on his stick. It’s simply embarrassing since he has neither the hands nor the foot speed to pull it off. Ryder is a one-trick-pony. He’s got a quick shot. That’s it. Period. And if he doesn’t get into a shooting position then he adds no value and becomes a defensive liability.

        It must be unbelievably frustrating for Max to realize that even if they do get into the offensive zone, every play that he’s not directly involved in will result in a turnover. No my fellow poster, the problem is not Max.

        —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  11. NLhabsfan says:

    I hate to be the downer but ..if we play the way we did last night…will only get ONE game back at Montreal.everyone knows by now that PJ Stock is full of BS.A know nothing player that had a very brief career.Should be fired oh HNIC and I watch all my games on RDS even though I can’t speak a word of french I prefer watch the game without getting such with the comments from ignorant Stock and Weeks.

    • Garbo says:

      Unfortunately, you’re not beeing a downer, but a realist.

      Completely agree about Stock. Actually I don’t think I’ve met anyone who can stand him. Amazing he’s still on there, or that RDS lets him on also. I would think at least RDS would keep him off its air.

    • jrs10069 says:

      Last night we were stuck. Can’t watch HNIC nor RDS when the opposition has a quebecer on the team, they cheer for them over the habs. Happened with Biron in Philly, happened with Pageau last night.


  12. AceMagnum says:

    After a good night of rest and the dawn of a beautiful new day, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I’m filled with a renewed sense of optimism! We can come back in this series! It’s only 2-1 and we have the best goalie in the world! GO KINGS!!

  13. Steeltown Hab says:

    Ryder – Plekanec -Gionta
    Bourque – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
    Pacioretty – Dumont – Prust
    Moen – Halpern – White


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

    • Willy the bum says:

      I’d switch Bourque with Prust. Other than that, spot on.

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        I like that too the idea is just to get Pacioretty with some guys who’ll influence him to grind a bit / doesn’t have to be the go to guy from a physical standpoint.


        Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

        • Willy the bum says:

          Bourque is a reasonable player to step up the game and is much of a gritty role. I’m sure Patches would work out with Bourque.

          Also I stand by my choice with Bourque’s assist on Ryder goal in Game 2.

      • ari says:

        then, galch..with dumont

    • Loonie says:

      Scratching Desharnais at this point would be a dumb move in my opinion.

      • habs1992 says:

        In my opinion it would be simply genious

        I support Carey Price

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        In theory it may seem dumb with Eller out, but in reality it’d improve our chances of winning, Dumont’s no joke.


        Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

        • Loonie says:

          We’ve had two games in this series where we’ve only scored one goal and the solution to that is to take an offensive player out of the lineup?


          • Steeltown Hab says:

            0 shots, and can’t win a single puck battle. Dumont can bring offense, may not be proven at the NHL level, but his compete level and AHL production are enough to warrant the switch at this point.


            Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

    • derfab says:

      Pacioretty, Ryder and Moen should also sit. Blunden and Leblanc deserve time. somewhere. Weber? Never mind…I’m getting depressed about this.

    • jctremblay says:

      A look at that collection of talent gives you some idea why they are such a marginal team if they don’t outwork the other team by a significant margin. Hopefully, this upcoming draft fixes a lot of our woes. I made the mistake of watching San Jose last night…they look like they are 3 inches and 30 lbs heavier on average than Ottawa/Mtl…and they can skate and pass and shoot and stuff..lol

  14. Habcouver says:

    Just getting the nomination for the Calder is an honour.
    Way to go, Gally! You were our true Giant to watch in the ‘Dub.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  15. habs1992 says:

    I really think this series is going to go 7 games

    I support Carey Price

  16. Say Ash says:

    How come Sens/Habs play three in four nights while Leafs/Bruins play three in six? What’s up with that?

    • Willy the bum says:

      Blame Rihanna.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      We had to play a “catch up” game as a result of the Rihanna concert on Wednesday at the Bell.

      Leafs/Bruins got an extra day off cuz they’re the Leafs/Bruins and apparently have to play prime time on a Saturday night.

      ..just like when the Leafs go on their Canadian west coast trips…the home teams have to cater to Toronto and start prime time …Eastern time

      • ffenliv says:

        There’s actually a very reasonable, non-conspiratorial explanation. As you pointed out, we had to play catch-up. Following that, the CBC had the rights to both series, and I’m sure the NHL scheduled them on alternate nights so they didn’t have competing broadcasts.

        Habs played Thursday and Friday to catch up, Bruins/Leafs played Saturday because both of those games on the same night was a network/ratings no-go.

  17. Rudy says:

    So Gally won’t get to to go to Vegas or do an acceptance speech if he wins? That’s too bad.

    • Stu Cowan says:

      Here’s official word from NHL: “All of this season’s award winners will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, with more detail on format to be released at a later date.”

  18. Un Canadien errant says:

    Misplaced post.

  19. habsfan0 says:

    “The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup final.”

    Maybe it’s because it’s a shortened season, but aren’t individual awards usually announced in Las Vegas after the Stanley Cup final?

    Of course,this year,that would be sometime in August.

  20. H.Upmann says:

    PJ Stock should stay on that ZERO list, Todd.

    • Mustang says:

      It is strange that Cherry isn’t on the list this week.

      • Alex_425 says:

        I felt really weird inside afterwards, but Coach’s Corner on Saturday actually wasn’t bad, I actually agreed with Cherry’s comments, about the suspension, about the height of the boards in the defensive zone, and about the refs taking faceoffs and all the theatrics attached to it.

        Ron looked really uneasy about it and tried to move on right away. No surprise there.

        But I’m no expert….

  21. Kooch7800 says:


    Probably already posted but I just saw this. That is awesome

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  22. krob1000 says:

    Both coaches are doing a fantastic job at what they are really trying to accomplish right now….they are both trying to deflect attention from their players and put the media burden square on their own backs…excellent work by both Therrien and Maclean really.

  23. Un Canadien errant says:

    I guess individual honours will have to suffice this season.

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