Liveblog: Canadiens’ winning streak ends


Second game of a road back-to-back.
A parade to the penalty box.
A couple posts hit.

And they never quit.


  1. db says:

    Brendan Gallagher had 2 goals and at least one assist. This kid is crazy fast, and his legs keep going. It seemed like he was on the ice every second shift.

    Kevin Sundher on the Victoria Royals has some good moves too. The Giants won, carried by BG

  2. The Dude says:

    Say’s a lot about the Mods,eh! I would say not only is it necessary but a fun place to visit…..

  3. The Dude says:

    Look ,I’ve followed the Habs for 50 years and the Ref thing has always been there against them and yes it is caused by influence and hockey politics. And the only way it went away was when Les Canadiens would take the league over with excellence and a multitude of Cup victories “especially in a row” because they would be so good you couldn’t change the outcome! And knowing this ,”management” that is how you rebuild the team..excellence in all facets of the game. They have had 20 effing years to iron this Team out and put on a superior product and have Failed…so this is why we the Fans will keep going through with the Biased and some could say corrupt Officiating ! If Les Canadiens are 2nd to any other club …their Doomed!

  4. hansolo says:

    Just saw JM’s post-game presser on RDS’s website. It was short (1:17) and he DID say the 5 on 3 in the first period should have been a 5 on 4. He said the team deserved some of the calls but not others, like the 2 that led to the 5 on 3. He also mentioned the Habs were not the aggressors, indirectly pointing to the lack of an instigator penalty on Callahan.

    I think this was a measured response. Some will claim he should have defended his team more emotionally, but didn’t we learn during Carbo’s tenure that that doesn’t necessarily get you anywhere?

    If PG or Geoff Molson can do something behind the scenes, they should — and I’m sure they will. JM did his part tonight.

  5. JD_ says:

    It’s never really about the losin’ but the way you lose.

    I can live with the Habs bein’ 9-2 underdogs on the PK. What I can’t abide is when that is the result of some almost comically bad reffin’.

    Double-jeopardy on Blunden? Really? Absent the instigator to Callahan – I just presumed it, so imagine my surprise – it’s 5-3 and the Sathers are off to the races. Ok. Grade-A braincramp by the refs. Let’s move on.

    Unsportsmanlike conduct for a snow shower? Really? Critical point in a game whose patina was directly influenced by the refs and the most banal of things is suddenly a call? Shanahan gonna have a look at that one? Henry mighta caught the effin’ sniffles.

    Just br00tal.

    Despite this absurdity, the Habs were even on shots. When you add missed – Diaz needs to show up a wee bit earlier to practice – and blocked shots, the Habs outfired the Sathers 60-45, includin’ 4 posts.

    They outhit them 25-18.

    There is a right way and wrong way to lose. I can take some solace in that.

  6. jimmy shaker says:

    Deserved a better fate tonight with those two zebra’s out there helping the rags out large! Still wondering how the boys ended up down 5 on 3 in the first when dubinsky started the whole scrum…….2 consecutive posts and henry coming up with some big saves on cole was the difference as well. Oh and Carey, please get out of the blue paint……I would concede the richards goal as a nice shot if you were on the top of your paint. Oh well, movin on to Tuesday! Maybe Budaj will finally get a start!


  7. twilighthours says:

    When cool heads like Danno and HardHabits are convinced that the Habs got jobbed, then they really did get jobbed. I didn’t love the passive play to start the 3rd either, but really how can you blame the boys after getting ********* in the ******** all night?

  8. JohnBellyful says:


    NEW YORK – The two referees who officiated tonight’s Montreal-New York game were taken out and shot, NHL director of officiating Terry Gregson announced at a hastily called press conference.
    “I know it may come across as extreme but we’ve got to get the message across to referees,” Gregson said. “Read the *&$(#@^ rule book!”
    Gregson warned surviving NHL referees that the league is prepared to take even harsher action if they continue to call shoddy games but he wouldn’t elaborate.
    A spokesman for the NHL officials association expressed disappointment in the NHL’s decision to employ summary execution as a disciplinary tool.
    “We’re going to file a grievance,” the spokesman said. “This appears to be in violation of our collective agreement.”

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Evenin’ all.
    Not a happy game.
    People make laugh, though.
    Get royally screwed by the refs and people are still trying to blame the coach.
    Heh heh heh… (wipes tear from eye)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. naweed235 says:

    Can someone explain to me WTF is going on with Cammaleri? Am I delusional or was he actually one of the faster guys on the team… This season he looks so slow that I think Gill would out-skate him… I am really not liking his play so far and he is supposedly my favorite on the team…

    • twilighthours says:

      Cammalleri is exactly what he appears to be. A marginal skater, decent but not great puck handler, and smallish player with exceptional release and accuracy on his shot. He’s a streaky scorer. He’s in a cold spell right now. Put him with Crosby and he probably leads the league in goals. Put him on a team that requires him to play dirty, backcheck… you know, be a complete player…. and this is what you get.

      I can’t get mad at him. I think he does work hard (except for tonight). I think he’s just kind of a limited player.

    • DEANDALLEY says:

      Cammy went on record to say “This will be my best season ever”
      Ok, yeah right!

      “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”

  11. HardHabits says:

    This game was a travesty. There’s no accountability in the NHL for poor officiating. The Rangers beat up the Habs and the refs call snow showers. Unreal.

    I am tired of this passive turn the other cheek wimpiness. Somebody needs to step to the mike and rip the refs a new one.

    JM needs to say that he is proud of the way his team battled back shorthanded 5 against 7 for most of the game.

    • RGM says:

      To what point and purpose? The League would fine the Habs organization a bunch of money. The refs would still have no public accountability. Cursing out the horrible officiating is the unpaid labour of fans. The clubs themselves know that screaming about it into a microphone won’t get them anywhere.

      GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is our year!
      RGM’s Movember page:

    • Chris F says:

      100% agreed HH. I feel JM needs to come out and put PEEL in the spotlight, take the fine, say it loud, complement your team on not giving up, but put your name on a sound bite that gets PEEL in the news. And if it happens again, do it again. There has to be accountability. Who do these morons have to answer too? I’ll tell you who, their own guys, it’s just wrong. Just as wrong as the Bruins winning last year.
      Travesty is the perfect word. Win four great games in a row, and come into tonight with no knowledge that your team has “no” chance to win, none, it’s been decided. Nobody can convince me of otherwise. I’ve played the game, and how you can give PK a penalty for a snow shower should be reason enough to be suspended from calling games. How many times has Price taken a shower? I F*ing hope JM remembers this the next time it happens.

  12. W35T5ID3 says:

    …And in other news: The Canadiens plan to extend and modify the length of their penalty box at the Bell Centre in order to accomodate the seating for Canadiens players while in the box.

    …..You’ll never get to heaven if you’re scared of getting high…..

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    Tim Peel! is known to every coach in the league but Martin.

    He calls every game like that for the past 15 years. Junior, AHL and the NHL. Again, the coaches did not prepare this team to play tonight. If you are a pro coach, you prepare your team to play a certain way. But we do not have a coach that gets it.

  14. southbound says:

    Horrible 1st period!!! Hockey gods where wearing the zebra stripes tonight… we made it interesting and exciting…
    7-0 !!! Bruins romp the Leafs.. Seguin with 3!! hmmmm makes the lose a little easier to handle.. Leaf fans at work won’t be that cocky Monday morning…..

  15. W35T5ID3 says:

    Time to fire another assistant coach and go on another winning streak!
    …..You’ll never get to heaven if you’re scared of getting high…..

  16. Chris F says:

    F*ING PEEL should have to stand up in front of media to answer questions on why he determines outcomes every time he calls the Habs. Itès blantently obvious he hates the team and will do anything to ensure the habs lose.
    Do they actually think calling NY for a couple of penalties to try and even up the numbers after theyève already given the home team a 3-0 lead is going to fool anyone?
    This was an embarassing display of how NY is the Southern version of T.O., and the NHL’s desperation of having home fans go home happy. Pathetic, makes me mad enough to snap PEEL in half. Tired of seeing Martin shrug his shoulders. Not saying I want Torts behind the bench but what do you think he would have done if the Rangers were given 8 penalties in the first and the opposition team spotted a three goal lead? I have a feeling PEEL would have heard about it.
    You can’t beat a home team and the refs, not like this, not with our team right now, even though we were a post from tying it up.
    Cole is far and away our best right now.
    Given Emelin a chance.
    NY fans are idiotic, chanting USA, c’mon, do they even know what sport their watching.
    PEEL wins big in MSG and cashes in on Sportsline right after game.

  17. W35T5ID3 says:

    Dear Don Koharski,Andy Van Hellemond, Kerry Fraser, Mick Magoo, and anyone else who knows how to ref: Please un-retire and ref this league.It is now just a bunch of b.s. reffing.

    …..You’ll never get to heaven if you’re scared of getting high…..

  18. habsrpast says:

    e4. habs talking to LA for Penner.
    maybe Cammalleri back to LA for Penner?

    after all Cammy isn’t scoring and has about the same contract as Penner. yes I would do it.

  19. twilighthours says:

    Good officials would have gone to the room after the 1st and talked things over (and maybe even watched the replays of the calls) and then had an unspoken agreement to make things right. That’s what happens.

    Not tonight.

  20. durocher says:

    Gill – 0 hits
    Subban – 1 hit
    Weber – 0 hit
    Diaz – 1 hit
    Spacek – 2 hits
    Gorges – 3 hits

  21. arrow says:

    We played a good game, penalties sucked tonight! Subban has bad carma, he’s trying too hard to be the hero, should look at Georges, he’s solid and doesn’t need the spotlight! Stupid penalty on Subban (snow-spraying = bad carma) (empty net goal/crashing into the net with the puck = bad carma)
    At least we didn’t lose 7-0!
    Next game we OWN
    Go Habs Go!


  22. dallyd31 says:

    the bellyaching, whining and ” we suck” crap is getting ridiculous. The Habs got totally screwed tonight, but still never quit. They had 9 PP against but still only got outshot by 1…once again never quitting.
    The have got 9 out of the last 12 possible points. Get a little perspective.

    • JoeC says:

      Most of us Anti JM people havnt changed our minds, even with the 9 PP’s JM yet again mismanaged the team, and had the team come out not prepared.

      • dallyd31 says:

        you’ve illustrated my point perfectly….

      • 123456 says:

        terrible coaching – 9 times SHand gave up one shortie. not prepared for a full 2 min 5 on 3 – get a life man – JM IS a good coach

        • JoeC says:

          Would you like to have an adult discussion on why JM is a terrible coach? or should i get a life?? So, the only think this blowhard pushes is defence. Thats great when you have a team that can play good defence and still score. The problem is JM still has not adapted to the team he has. He has destroyed the offensive upside of almost all our players. Cammalleri never seems to want to shoot , and the last couple games hes just not there. Plecks on the point, WTF. Cole and AK not playing on the PP till what recently? Oh wait, i guess he does a good job on the bench drawing up plays, oh wait, thats what the 2 assistances do. What does JM do that makes you think hes a good coach? He has no clue at all on how to use the players he has, or even how to deal with his players. Muller smoothed over the team last year and between his PP and Price standing on his head, they made the playoffs. See the problem this year is our PP stinks, partially because Plecs is STILL on the point and PK is on the second wave, and Price can only win us so many games. How bout you give us a couple examples on what JM does so well? Hire Assistants? oh wait, nope. Tries to protect 1 goal leads for 2 periods? nope..Bench managment so people actually develop chemistry? nope, hell he cant even manage his bench to do proper line changes.

    • Habby says:

      Nice post!

      I mean, just look at some of the other games tonight. The Leafs (1st in the east) lose 7-0 to Boston (15th in the East). And Seguin gets a hat trick. Columbus loses 9-2 to Philadelphia. The Islanders (14th) beat the Capitals (3rd) 5-3.

      We fought until the end. Captain Gio led by example. If the refs are different I’m sure the outcome is different as well.

      The drive for 25 is alive!

  23. showey47 says:

    I take it blunden never got another shift after throwing a hard,clean hit?

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tim Peel needs to get fired. Out of a cannon.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  25. Mike D says:

    And to make matters worse, OTT-BUF went to shootout so a division rival gets a loser point. Icing on the f****n cake

    – Honestly yours

  26. tippytoes says:

    They sure miss the Wiz out there…Eric Cole is a hell of a hockey player, he makes things happen and goes into dirty areas…what speed…more players should follow his lead. He deserved T least to goals

  27. kempie says:

    Man, nothing feels as good as getting ****ed up the *** on national TV every *****ng Saturday night while the ROC nods approvingly. **** me.

  28. oshawahabsfan says:

    If they play for 60 minutes, they win that game. The four posts was a pretty rare occasion also which didn’t help things. Don’t even want to start with the one-sided officiating

  29. durocher says:

    Put in Emelin on Tuesday

  30. DEANDALLEY says:


    “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”

  31. habsrpast says:

    I bet on NY to win.
    I knew habs would choke .

  32. habs178 says:

    Habso I’m from Ontario….u callin me brain dead too?

  33. JoeC says:

    WTF front page story is already this game???? WTF IS UP WITH THAT>

  34. twilighthours says:

    Gutsy effort by everyone (except cammalleri), despite the most lopsided officiating since that hurricanes game a few years back.

    Gotta feel bad for Blunden. Clean hit but never sees the ice again.

  35. showey47 says:

    Probably one of the worst officiated hab games by someone not name chris lee i’ve ever seen.

  36. Habfan4lfe says:

    Yehaw, nice game by the officials! That hit coming off the bench was perfectly clean, nice acting by the NYR player though. Officials sucked hard tonight.

  37. Danno says:

    PK gets called for scraping a little snow off the ice surface.

    Coming soon. Two minutes for breathing.

    Tim Peel stole this game


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

  38. HNS says:

    Screw u Bettman and your buttmunch officials…

  39. HardHabits says:

    Refs 5 – Posts 4

  40. Rob D says:

    Thanks, Boone…always a gas..

  41. Mavid says:

    yes Timo…we get it you hate the coach…everything he does is stupid….

    second place is just the first loser

  42. JoeC says:

    So Mr Molson, as a boss, what do when you have an employee that gets payed this much money, and does nothing during important parts of a game? I mean, Cunny wast hired by Martin, and its a 1 goal game with a minute left, and Mr Useless calls the time out and watchs?

    I mean, does JM just spin his magic player wheel and let satan dictate lines? because i cant figure out what else he does. OH WAIT, he sold his soul to the devi to make Price better, thats it.

  43. Marc10 says:

    Loved the red on the centre ice face-off letting the Ranger center cheat and cheat and cheat some more.

    Absolute BS.

  44. kempie says:

    Go and cash in your Proline ticket Mr. Lee you ******* hack. Congratulations. Nobody noticed.

  45. LL says:

    “Refs steal 2 points for NY”


  46. Rob D says:

    Well. that sucked.

  47. W35T5ID3 says:

    hOLY FACKINg refs are making me seriously wanna go smash shieeeit.

    …..You’ll never get to heaven if you’re scared of getting high…..

  48. Mavid says:

    wonder which ref will get a star…

    second place is just the first loser

  49. PrimeTime says:

    Well, good to see they competed after the 1st Per fiasco

  50. Chuck says:

    Well, at least PK scored tonight.

  51. Propwash says:

    Crap. Oh well, can’t say they didn’t try


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