Liveblog: Canadiens lose 2-1 in OT


Filip Kuba ends a crazy game in OT.
Ottawa deserved the W.
And they’ve caught the Bruins.

Without Carey Price and Josh Gorges, this is 6-1 in regulation.

The Canadiens had a season low 14 SoG to 33 for the Senators


  1. Adidess says:

    Neil’s fight turned the game around… Hmm, the obvious question would be how do you know it was the fight?

    Don’t tell me because the game happened to turn following the fight. Does that mean only fights can change momentum? One could say it was bc the coach got mad in the dressing room after the first as Ottawa was trailing. They actually have a better team and are playing for something, so there you have another good reason .

    So we don’t know it was the fight. I submit to you that momentum turns in all sports and only hockey has fighting.

    • otter649 says:

      9 or 10 PPs for The Sens had nothing to do with the game I guess……

      • Adidess says:

        Maybe Neil’s fight caused the Habs to have 14 shots total through three periods + OT.

        The scary thing is the fight happened in the first period but not having won it kept affecting the psyche of our players until the third period when the Sens finally tied it. Then it completely paralyzed them in OT when they allowed the winning goal to Philip Kuba. Neil is Superman!

        I want a top pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

    • Habs_Norway says:

      Why do you start to talk about fighting after this game?
      Is “stop the fighting” your goal?

      “Momentum turns in all sports”.
      Well, not half as much as in hockey after a fight or a huge hit.
      The momentum in a 8 days Cricketmatch could be the weather.

      Great fights tonight. Neal shows hockey/sportsspirit.,
      Lets go!

      Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

      • Adidess says:

        If you read closely, you would see I was actually responding to an argument about how Neil’s fight changed the game.

        Funny you would pick Cricket as your counterexample of games where there is no momentum shit. You could have easily mentioned basketball where huge blocks and nasty dunks are said to have the same effect.

        I don’t believe in that either. Because the argument changes depending on whether you lose the game or not. Well, we failed to build on the momentum of the fight. We failed to pounce on them after the huge Emelin hit. If you win, of course the fight or the hit is the reason why.

        I want a top pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

  2. Mr. Biter says:

    Chris Lee vs Habs = loss. Nuff said.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  3. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Waw, credit to Gorges, think it was 10 shots he blocked.
    If anyone is a true Hab, he is, he has proof all over his body. The season is over and still he is blocking shots, and it’s not even like he is going to be a ufa so he’s playing for a contract, he could easily just give up like allot of players did cause he’s locked up.
    I wonder how many ice packs he walks around with.
    Credit to also Price, Subban, Yemilen, DD, Cole, Pac, Plec and White who also shows up for every game.

  4. Gerry H says:

    A few observations from my evening in Kanata. (And, by the way, after twenty five years in Ottawa there are exactly two valid reasons for me to be in Kanata: 1) Watching a hockey game at the bank; and 2) Coaching speedskating at the Sensplex. Kind of like Laval, only with less culture.)

    – Cole is a MONSTER. Yeah, I know: “Thank you, Captain Obvious.” But his acceleration is so much more impressive at ice level.
    – I really liked Frederic St Denis. Smart, careful and plays much bigger than his physical size. It is very difficult to understand why he has languished in Hamilton while Campoli has eaten minutes that could have been played by an NHL defenseman.
    – Ryan White. Ok, I know he hasn’t played a lot of hockey this year. A lot of wasted movement, MANY boneheaded plays (does he play with his eyes closed?) and ZERO hands. I’m trying to remember why I liked him so much last year. I think it may just be a matter of the complete absence of physicality on last year’s edition of the team, which is no longer true of this club.
    – Staubitz can really skate. So can Blunden. Grit is more impressive when combined with a useful hockey skill: See Neil, C.
    – If Josh Gorges were a soldier, he’d be sporting a Victoria Cross in no time.
    – That Karlsson kid might be the best skater in the NHL. Seriously fast and fluid. Wicked shot. Wouldn’t use him on the P.K., though.
    – Ben Bishop is all legs. I realize that he is 6’7″, but the guy’s hips are at crossbar level. Carey’s what, 6’3″? His hips are like a foot below that. Ben’s going to make a lot of toe saves in the NHL.

    • LafleurGuy says:

      Learned something about skating skills from watching Karlsson and our inspiring David Desharnais who tonight was just average. These guys change speeds so well that they create openings aplenty. A true talent when you see the other good skaters not doing it as well. Spezza, Alfredsson, Cole have the change of speed move. Greening is just blazing fast.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Bill says:

      St. Denis looked brutal on the GWG.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  5. timothy13 says:

    I saw the light with the Montreal Canadiens tonight and it is white light. The three points against Ottawa mean little for the last place Habs but four points would have meant more to the play-off bound Senators. Yet the Habs made the Senator game difficult. Tonight it was a contrasting team effort compared to the treat the Habs brought to the Bell Centre Wed. This Montreal team still demonstrates character and I know they can be fickle yet when the right pieces are in place this team can go far. Go Habs go!!!!!!!!!

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    We’ll get em tomorrow! What we’ll get, that is another question. Good night all, I think tonight Gorges sleeps in the ice tub.

  7. C-Sword says:

    Do you guys rather have Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin on your team? Who’s the better player?

  8. habs_54321 says:

    you know this losing season can really benefit a player like carey price long term.. The reason being is that since day one that he’s been with the team they have always been on the bubble of making the playoffs and every game was do or die, it left no room for error and you can’t experiment/polish skills most of the better goalies had gone through some blown years luongo comes to mind when he was in florida when every mistake is not magnified you can feel more relaxed to try new moves and perfect them without the worry it will cost the season i believe thats what cary is going through now i see him trying things ive never seen him really do before hes been pokechecking alot more lately and its really paying off more than a few times in recent weeks a player has been cutting to the net only to have the puck swatted away by careys stick in the past he’d be more conservative and just go butterfly letting the player take the shot.

    • HardHabits says:

      Interesting observation. Do you have other examples of changes in his style?

      • habs_54321 says:

        just all in all playing a more aggressive goaltending style compared to conservative it will benefits him longterm he will gain confidence in his technique and trust himself more. i think the times in the past where awkward shots beat him from wierd areas is because he doesn’t trust himself as much as he could.

        • habs_54321 says:

          being more aggresive and experimenting on angles is another example ive noticed think of the game against toronto the other week where the shot hit him in the nuts he came way outside the paint to stop the shot in the past he might have stayed deeper in the net or just at the top of the blue paint, this is usually an underconfident goalie worried about rebounds or backdoor passes even if the play is clearly shot

          • Mr. Biter says:

            I think what pisses the Halekite’s off is he look so cool out there. He covers the net from side to side and makes it look so easy many posters just will never see how good he will be. Makes difficult saves look ordinary so when an”easy shot” goes in it may not be that easy but good shooting by the opposition. Anyone who has ever played goal at a higher level will know what I’m talking about.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

    • LafleurGuy says:

      Don’t like some of his careless passes. Weber slid to prevent a goal and had that gone in and one or two goalpost shots Price would have come away with an awful performance.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • NCRhabsfan says:

        You’re a Halakite aren’t you? He almost single-handedly stole the game from Ottawa and you still find fault. If they were outshot 78-4 and won 1-0, you would complain that he didn’t control his rebounds as well as he might have or didn’t sweat symmetrically. Halak is the BACK-UP goalie with the Blues now, get over it!!!!

        • HardHabits says:

          Look. Price is a very good goalie. Halak is as well. The thing to get over is all the drama. Roll with the humour.

          The Price-Halak debate is a classic.

    • 69HABS says:

      I agree habs_54321

  9. anotherhab says:

    Woop-tee-f–in-do Ottawa won, playing basically half an AHL.
    Gomez-Gionta-Moen with Kaberle and Markov not a bad line.
    Oh, I bet Neil was the school bully — what a clueless toothless tool.
    Way to ruin another game Chris Lee — how does he get out of Montreal without getting …….

  10. HabFanSince72 says:

    So after years of trading away every offensive minded player who had a bit of an independent streak, and getting nothing in return, we have White and Bourque playing with Plekanec.

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  11. H.Upmann says:

    The powers that be in the NHL are probably freaking out that the hated Canadiens may get a decent draft pick.

  12. jedimyrmidon says:

    Oh well. Habs didn’t deserve to win. Price was great. PK was great. Probably wore many key players down. Gorges was insane out there – glad he’s on the Habs.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Played with 3 NHL dman tonight and the standard 5 forwards. Hard to expect any better results. The roster is too light of NHL players. Who to blame?

      • L Elle says:

        Injuries and no depth. Sighhhhhhh

        Let’s blame management, just for the heck of it. πŸ˜‰

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Yeah, this team is not NHL caliber anymore. Half the forwards should either be in Hamilton or on the 4th line. I’m not lamenting this fact: hopefully PG knew that when he traded Cammelleri and AK away. Gomez, even though he didn’t play, is no longer really a factor out there.

        On the D, Campoli was pretty bad. Weber too. I think Weber should probably have stayed in Hamilton longer seeing as he’s regressed this year, but that’s in hindsight.

        That’s just how this team is. Pleks and Eller need better wingmates. Leblanc needs to develop more.

      • punkster says:

        I’ll give you a hint…he has a well worn NEXUS card.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  13. Shane1313 says:

    The good thing about PK is he always makes the games fun. He’s finding his balance and he’s a special player just like Karlsson.

  14. JohnBellyful says:

    Neil urging the fans on after his scrap with Staubitz – gimme a break. He should have received an additional minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    • Bill says:

      I’d give him two minutes for giving certain goon-obsessed HIO posters a chub.

      I’m just kidding, people, relax.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • HardHabits says:

      I agree. Sports should be more sombre. Everyone needs to be kneeling with their hands clasped while watching games.

      All this showmanship and trying to rally the troops is over-rated. Neil should have gone to the dressing room and had a silent moment of reflection on the whole matter instead.

      • JohnBellyful says:

        How about playing the game without the artificial theatrics. There should be enough entertainment in the game being played properly — you know, making passes, doing that stickhandling stuff, delivering stiff but legal hits, orchestrating tick-tack-toe plays, reeling off remarkable saves, taking wicked shots — but I digress.
        The game has declined so much that we must delight in the showmanship afforded by thugs. After the Senators sucked on all those power plays, Neil should have punched a Canadien and got the crowd back into the game. Missed opportunity. By the playoffs he’ll have figured it out.

    • otter649 says:

      Staubitz was going off on a line change (tired) but got jumped by Neil but did not turtle like some players may have…….

  15. AH says:

    How bad is a team that has bums like Campoli and Weber playing a regular shift. It’s so pathetic how far this organization has fallen. It kills me how a guy like Campoli is sitting around into September, nobody touches him, and then Gauthier signs him and he plays a regular shift for the Habs…so bad.

    And I’m still waiting for all those “dirty area goals” that Mr. Gauthier said Bourque was supposed score. If at least Gauthier isn’t gone in the off season, then this team is screwed for a very long time.

  16. Mark C says:

    Let’s go Ducks!

  17. HardHabits says:

    Nice. Bergie and the RDS crew lamenting that the Habs lead the league in blocked shots. And they are right. It amounts to not having possession of the puck and not being very strong defensively.

    EDIT: My mistake. Not being very strong offensively

    • AH says:

      Exactly..that just shows how soft the Habs are in their own end, it’s a frickin shooting gallery!

    • Mark C says:

      The Rangers are fourth. So their weak defensively and lack puck possession, too?

    • Bill says:

      Habs lead the league in blocked shots. One of the best PKs out there. Carey Price is just one game below .500 somehow. They just really can’t score, and 5-on-5, this injury-ravaged roster has simply been outmatched all year.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      It results from having the worst forward corps in the NHL! You don’t block shots when you’re on offence, something this team just has too few players with any skill level to actually go on. The two and a half men line and then Pleks and Eller playing by themselves. Every forward not in that group should be very, very afraid that their NHL experience is OVER.
      White? Staubitz? Darche? Moen? Bourque? Noki? LL? AP? Blunder? Gomez? They aren’t even decent AHL players.

  18. Bill says:

    Only ten games left.

    Thank God.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  19. NCRhabsfan says:

    Man does this team stink. Great game by Gorges, Price and Pleks to steal a point. The Habs have 5 NHL calibre forwards playing for them right now. Pleks, Cole, Max Pac, DD and Eller. All the rest can be replaced by any group of AHL players and they would be no better and no worse. Perhaps they can populate the 4th line with fans selected at random from the crowd. At the end of the day the stats would be the same. No shots, no goals, nothing worthwhile. LL and AP are at least another season away, Noki can go now. White, meh. Bourque, well at least he earns less than Cammy. He’s a 6′ 2″ powder puff. I won’t pick on Gomez because it was one of his better nights.

    on D St Denis looked overmatched most of the night and Campoli was flat out awful.

    Solid AHL player for Columbus perhaps.

    PG, or whoever replaces him, has some work to do. It’s one thing to replace a forward or two, quite another to replace two complete lines. Gionta will help when he comes back, but none of the others are worth spit.

  20. Mavid says:

    Ottawa deserves the W..are you kidding…the ref’s deserve the W..

    • joeybarrie says:

      Spend almost a full period on the PK, take out Gomez, Markov and Kaberle. And people bashing the Habs for going to OT.
      Your husband may have won, but you can’t be happy with that win.

      • JohnBellyful says:

        It was one of those rare moral victories that ended with the losing side actually getting a point — but did they really deserve to?
        I would think any bashing going on is directed at certain players who played poorly and deserve to be criticized. It was only the play of the usual stalwarts that salvaged anything for the team.

      • Bill says:

        … Gomez?

        Full Breezer 4 Life

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      The refs had nothing to do with it. The Habs deserved most of those penalties. They spent the whole night completely and totally outmatched, Men against boys, and that lead to a ton of hooking, holding, tripping and delay of game penalties because the were always panicking.

  21. JF says:

    The best thing about tonight’s result is that the Bruins fall from 2nd place to 7th. I’ll be cheering for every team that plays them. Man, I’d love to see them fall right out of the playoffs.

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Good effort from some of our key players going forward, nice to see they are not mailing it in.

  23. Adidess says:

    Nobody wants the players to tank. People want management to understand there is nothing else to prove this season, so be smart.

    Give a break to everyone who’s nicked up (ex Cole, Emelin), call up more youngsters from the farm you want to have a look at, play your nb 2 goalie a bit more, and play exciting high-tempo game where the emphasis is on offense. You score goals, you get fans excited, but more often than not, you will lose.

    Every team does this in every sport. That’s the way you manage the season when out of the playoffs early. You can’t ask or expect the players to lose on purpose.

    And yes the unofficial name of that strategy is, you guess it, tanking.

    • HabFab says:

      Ahhh! A Maple Leaf fan I’m guessing…

      • HardHabits says:

        The Leafs have never been so smart. The only time the tanked they lost the picks. The Habs are the Leafs now. A bunch of garbage points at the end of the season when they don’t matter with the end result being a worse draft pick.

      • Adidess says:

        You, sir, are a bright man. Don’t be shocked, you are.

        I want a top pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

    • Mondou6 says:

      The Penguins invented and perfected it, all the way to multiple Cups.

      And in football, look at the Colts this past year. They go from playoffs every year, to 2-14, and surprise, get the big QB prize in the draft next year.

      • LafleurGuy says:

        Crosby’s group got one cup, and lost in the finals to Detroit one year earlier. Their Cups in 91 and 92 were Mario’s doing with an assist from Jaromir, and a honourable mention to Alexei Kovalev. Must admit this year’s Penguins are good bets.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Bill says:

      Is there actually anyone on the farm they need to have a look at? Seriously, I can’t think of anyone. Name one. The farm? The Habs ARE the farm.

      On another note, I’d like to send Campoli and Bourque to the same farm my parents sent my dog to when I was six.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Too bad there is a rule limiting callups from the farm to prevent just what you say, thus trying to protect the integrity of the game, what is left. And I believe we have already used our 4 recalls.

      • Mondou6 says:

        The NHL & integrity…??? πŸ™‚

      • Adidess says:

        That is true, thanks for pointing that out. You still control who you puts out there on the ice, though. No better way to tank than to have Weber and Campoli on the ice together in OT. That was just textbook tanking … unless RC really has no clue.

        I want a top pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

      • otter649 says:

        THere also is emergency callups from juniors where The Flames have a junior callup scoring 3 or 4 goals during his time up with Calgary…….

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      I think you just have to stop calling it tanking. Tanking would be losing on purpose, and if there was evidence of that, I would think the NHL would take away your first round pick, and that would be the right thing to do.

      That said, there’s nothing wrong with evaluating young players in meaningless games near the end of a lost season. If anything, at least they should play with some enthusiasm (unlike Mr Bourque). Given the dearth of talented players in the AHL, I don’t think the Habs have a lot to trial. LL and AP look overmatched and they’re the best the Habs have. But they might as well let them play 17 minutes a night and see what happens. At the very least they will start the season in the AHL next year with a better idea what it takes to play in the show. And let’s be honest, the Bulldogs could probably get 14 shots most nights.

      By the same token, it’s time to take the foot off the Price pedal. Let Budjah play half the remaining games; lets see how he does.

      • Adidess says:

        NCR, you’re actually advocating the same thing as me. We can call it tanking or something else, but that’s the common name by which it is referred by in the sports world. There is no league where teams are really allowed to ‘lose on purpose’. Teams with nothing to gain down the stretch tend to give their young players more a chance to play and get experience, which by definition will bring you more losses than wins.

        I want a top pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

  24. 69HABS says:

    For a team to tank on purpose is classless to say the least. I would rather be known to build a good team like The Wings have done. Not through tanking.

  25. Mondou6 says:

    What’s going on with Markov? Someone saying he’s hurt, for real?

  26. Mr_MacDougall says:

    PJ Stock raves about Price’s heroics and Josh Gorges stellar D, then goes on to say “Ottawa will not beat the Toronto Maple Leafs if they play like that tomorrow night.”

    Just who on Toronto will play like Gorges and Price? Reim Time? The Munster? Phaneuf? Get real, the Laffs are a joke.

    • athanor says:

      I don’t really get the hate-on for PJ here tonight.
      The part of HNIC I watched, he was also talking highly of Subban — pointing out some ways he might be more effective, sure — but certainly not dissing him.
      Sure some of the the things he says could better thought out, such as your point, but he isn’t an idiot.

  27. HardHabits says:

    Bergie changing his tune on Bourque tonight. RDS crew has found their new whipping boy.

    • RGM says:

      Can they actually find footage of him doing anything?

      GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
      “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

      Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

    • otter649 says:

      Bourque is playing well defensively with Pleks on the first PK but not scoring but is replacing Moen quite well……

      • HardHabits says:

        At least he has physical contact with his opponent as opposed to Cammy. The other parts of the trade are the 2nd in 2013, Patrick Holland and the saved cap space.

        I too have noticed that Bourque has been often thrown into a defensive role by the Habs with big minutes on the PK. It doesn’t help his offensive numbers.

  28. athanor says:

    Boone asked how a team could have no shots through half a period.

    I would suggest that it was because they couldn’t string together two passes in a row through that period, unless you count the ones back and forth behind their own net.

    I’m not sure either that the game was wide open. That would imply chances at the other end but mostly the openness involved Montreal barely getting out of their zone and then dumping
    the puck into Ottawa’s end.

  29. RGM says:

    If the Habs are tanking, somebody forgot to give Josh Gorges the memo. Unbelievable effort level.

    GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
    “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

    Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

  30. HabFanSince72 says:

    6 shots in the last two periods and OT.

    6 shots.


    Among our forwards we have Leblanc who ought to be in Hamilton Palushaj, Blunden, Nokelainen, Staubitz who are not NHLers, and White and Bourque who just aren’t that good..

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • Shane1313 says:

      I’m not sure what those guys did wrong, seems like crapping on them for nothing.

      • Mondou6 says:

        I think he’s just pointing out that half our roster doesn’t belong on an NHL team.

        Not blaming them. Those guys try hard, they just are not NHL players. The talent is not there, as evidenced by 6 shots in 45 minutes.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Exactly. They try hard (mostly) but there are like 5-6 talented players on the team.

          Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  31. Shane1313 says:

    That was a fun game!
    Gorges’ heroics
    A crap load of penalties, couldn’t find our rhythm.
    But hey they had something to play for, we were loose!
    Plus St.Denis a little exposed on that last play.
    Carey was amazing tho

  32. Propwash says:

    Gorges, what a signing, that guy was heroic!

    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  33. mrhabby says:

    Not sure how far the turds go in the playoffs….yawn.

  34. punkster says:

    Well, St. Denis has been rushing the forwards at the blue line in both games he played this week so no surprise. Still he played a pretty good game and learned a lot. Like…don’t rush a guy like Alfie when he’s flying.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  35. Habbu says:

    So much work to do…….and I don’t want Gainey and Gauthier doing it. They’ve had their chance.

  36. HabinBurlington says:

    Josh Gorges First Star!!!!

  37. Chuck says:

    Damn. Carey and Josh deserved better.

    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  38. joeybarrie says:

    Not awful to see Bruins go down. We don’t take a loss. All in all not too bad.

  39. slapshot777 says:

    Boucher is useless. We are seeing what he is doing with Tampa Bay with a lot more offensive team then the Habs. If he doesn’t have that same offensive it only reasons that he would be a worst coach.

  40. Bill says:

    St. Denis and Weber out there, lol, Cunneyworth not even trying at this point, haha.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  41. novahab says:

    GD it is about time Ottawa won this game the Habs hand it to them on a silver plater. You know they wanted them to win to screw the Bruins. This team was drunk, they been drinling all the way on the bus. They didn’t care and still got a point lol.

  42. 69HABS says:

    Well the tank supporters are happy tonight & the CBC tools are wet!

  43. We didn’t need the point though….

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

  44. Captain aHab says:

    Campoli and Weber need to sit next game.

    Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?

  45. Mark C says:

    At least the Habs only got one point. But, what a crap team Ottawa is, enjoy getting bounced in the 1st round.

  46. Mondou6 says:

    Play horrible, ugly hockey. Check.
    Lose the game. Check.
    Get a point that hurts us for next year. Check.

    Ok, I guess we’re done for tonight.

  47. HardHabits says:

    Yay! Everyone wins.

  48. HabinBurlington says:


  49. joeybarrie says:

    Still hurts a bit.

  50. Bill says:

    Oooh, St. Denis.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  51. Propwash says:

    Aah well.

    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  52. scavanau says:

    Deserved win

  53. HabFanSince72 says:

    Now why couldn’t you have done that in regulation?

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

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