Liveblog: Another blown lead, but 4-3 shootout win


The Canadiens had no shots in overtime and only 19 in the game.
But they’ll get at least two more.


Boyes: Save

Max-Pac: Goal!

Pominville: Save



  1. SmartDog says:

    Looks like Timmins got a steal in the 5th round with Dietz (just tied a WHL record with 4 goals in a game by a defenseman). At the time he was drafted he wasn’t putting up a lot of points offensively, just a solid, big stay-at-home guy with a good plus-minus. Defensively responsible was his thing. But now he’s working on his offensive game and surprise – he’s got that too. 🙂 Also has sandpaper, at 6’1″ and 200 lbs that’s a solid kid.

    Seems to have a head on his shoulders. Here’s a passage from an interview going into this season:

    McKeen’s: For people who don’t know you, or haven’t seen you play, how would you describe your game?
    Dietz: I like to consider myself a stay-at-home defenseman. I take care of my end first, if there’s and opportunity to jump into the rush, I go but try and stay low-risk and make sure I play good defense first.
    McKeen’s: I didn’t get a chance to catch you very often last season as I generally scout the QMJHL but I thought you did have some upside offensively. You carried the puck up the ice fairly well a few times and created some opportunities. Would you like to bring out this part of your game a little more next season as you gain a little more experience?
    Dietz: Yeah, I would like to, and as I get more confident with the puck, I hope to. Confidence is huge. It doesn’t matter what kind of skill you have if you don’t have the confidence to use it so that helps quite a bit.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  2. Danno says:

    I give full credit to Lucky Toque.

    And for Randy Ladouceur for giving shit to Gomez and unleashing his inner goal-scoring monster.


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

  3. Phil C says:

    I don’t see why the Habs can’t be sellers AND try for the playoffs. Sam Pollock used to routinely trade veterans for draft picks, that’s mainly how he accumulated five 1st overall draft picks from 1963-1980, without tanking. It’s just good asset management. Between the salary cap, draft lottery and waiver rules which promote parity, it’s one of the few ways to gain a competitive advantage. As long as you have the depth in the organization to replace the player, the impact to the team is minimal. The Habs have lots of bodies on defense right now, so moving Gill is a good example of how to stockpile assets while minimizing the impact to the team overall.

    You only have to look to Ottawa from last year for an example. They pretty much sold everything they could, addressed an organizational weakness by getting a goalie, then started winning more than before they were sellers. When you factor in Timmins’ talent for finding gems in the later rounds, it is even more important for Montreal to have many draft picks every year. I think they can continue with moving Moen and Campoli with minimum impact to the team. Moving AK will hurt the team because they really have no one to replace him in the system, so I would try to sign him unless the offer is too good to pass up.

  4. FormalWare says:

    Textbook give-and-go from Kaberle. High hockey IQ. If only his EQ were as high.

    If Eller were pronounced “Ell-ay”, Larry would be #2 with a bullet!

  5. H.Upmann says:

    Nice post Chuck!! Frankie the Cube. He gave a lotta effort but sadly played on an edition of Habs that really lacked heart…. not that we’re all NAG right bout now 😉

    Just saw on TSN stats guy: Gorges 1st in NHL for blocked shots, and Emelin 4th for hits!!

    (btw what happened to Habs Prof?)

  6. Chuck says:

    I think I know what Gauthier is up to: addition by subtraction! He knows that an outright, deliberate ‘tank’ would never fly in Montreal, so he’s got to be subversive about it. He needs to lose games to improve his draft position, but can’t make it appear as though he’s actually trying to lose.

    Think about it: what has bee the team’s strength all year? The penalty killing. And who was one of the most effective players while short-handed? Hall Gill.

    So Gauthier is approached by Nashville, who inquire about Big Hal. He plays coy, acting like he’s happy with the big guy, forcing the Preds to up their offer to a 2nd round pick AND two prospects… then pulls the trigger.

    In an instant, the PK is weaker and will probably cost the team a few extra wins, thus allowing the team to draft higher. And he’s now got the 2nd-rounder and two prospects in his back pocket… and one a Geoffrion, no less. The only way that gets better is if the kid’s last name was Richard.

    As an added bonus, Gill is a UFA, and Pierre could send him on his way with a handshake, wink, and an understanding that he’d be welcome to re-sign with the Habs in the offseason.

    “Oh, and Mr. Gill… while you’re enjoying the playoffs in Nashville, please be sure to have a chat with their other two UFA defensemen, Frankie Bouillion and Ryan Suter, and let them know that my door is always open.”

    So one seemingly insignificant trade could net the Habs:

    A higher 1st round draft choice
    A second-round draft choice
    2 prospects, one of which will be an instant hit and wear #57
    At least 2 UFA defensemen, giving us a top-6 of:

    Markov – Subban
    Gorges – Emelin
    Gill – Suter/Boullion

    F’n brilliant.

    Of course, the only fly in the ointment is if the team rallies in the face of adversity and against all odds starts stringing a bunch of wins together, thus putting the high 1st-round pick in jeopardy; we may have seen the start of that tonight. If that’s the case, expect another trade should they win their next game… with another UFA given the ‘wink’. Pack your bags (but only with enough clothes for a couple of months) Andrei Kostitsyn.

  7. Marc10 says:

    Is Ryan White the second coming of Chris Nilan?

    I love that guy!

  8. Timo says:

    2 more goals on PP today? that’s like 4 in last 2 games, no?

  9. habs17 says:

    team 990 giving props to gomez tune it rite now

    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  10. JayBee says:

    Good win tonight.

    This is a better team with Cunney than it is with Martin. Why? The simple fact that they’re more aggressive, more physical and score more. Of course the D isn’t as good, but that could be fixed with actually icing an NHL caliber back end. It’s amazing we’re 6 points out with Campoli, Kaberle, Weber and Diaz on D.

  11. The Gonk says:

    I support Ryan White. We need him in duplicate.

  12. abetx says:

    Please: can someone educate me?
    Suppose the Habs trade Gomez for a 1st and 2nd round pickks, or 2 2nd round picks, but continue to pay Gomez salary, either totally or only part 1-would the NHL allow it? and 2- the amount the Habs dont pay, would count against the cap?

    • The Gonk says:

      Is this a serious question? No one wants Gomez in a trade and if they did, his salary goes with him. If he clears waivers however and comes back up and he’s claimed, we’re on the hook for 2/3 of his salary if I remember correctly.

  13. H.Upmann says:

    @Matt Jordan: there is definately a Scott Gomez club… but entry to the club is VERY exclusive…. even Molson is on the outside looking in 😉

  14. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We finally showed Ryan Miller who’s boss.
    Good win Boys. Devils are next.

  15. H.Upmann says:

    Always good to save money….. but Im doing it now with a extra small reason: maybe hang out in mtl watching hockey and enjoying myself 🙂

  16. Adidess says:

    This will keep the excitement going for a little longer, but it will take a miracle of tremendous proportion. We’re 6 pts behind Toronto, but by the time we play them they may be not in 8th place anymore. Washington and Winnipeg won tonight in regulation. Tampa Bay and Islanders are 2pts back with 2 games in hand.

    That said, I understand why management is going for it. No team in the league is tanking at the moment, including Columbus and Carolina, though i have a feeling it will start pretty soon. This (once) proud franchise couldn’t be the first one to throw the towel with more than 20 games to go! Would not have looked good…

  17. habs17 says:

    wow is no one excited we just won, all i hear is negativtiy, we could be watching history ENJOY THE RIDE

    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  18. Mr. Biter says:

    I hate to say it but the goat got agood deal for Gill. Gomez,White andAK line was great espically White. No fear and patting the ass of a sabre after crosschecking crap out of him
    But, highest priced 4th line in league.
    Better picks by RC and where are the Price bashers tonite? Hello where are you guys?
    Also we did not look any worse for wear without big Hal on the PK and actually faster on defense.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  19. habsfan0 says:

    Habs: 11 out of a possible 14 points.

  20. vic says:

    What a bunch of negative A holes on this site.The team won enjoy

  21. RGM says:

    Folks we are 6 points back of the Leafs and we still play them twice. DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!

    GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
    “Scott Gomez, a potential Hall of Fame player, has two Stanley Cup rings and a Calder Trophy that says ‘I’m a player whom any authentic NHL coach will rely on to fix a game problem.’” – VancouverHab

    Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

    • habs17 says:

      ” Just a small town girl, living in a lonley world, she took the midnight train going anywhere” sing it

      President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

      (I support Scott Gomez)

  22. habsfaninboston says:

    Jets win.

  23. The Gonk says:

    The three stooges strike: Gomez, Kaberle and Campoli. Good gravy. If they can do it again tomorrow then that would be something. Here comes the 14th pick.

  24. NCRhabsfan says:

    Kaberle, Campoli and Gomez? Surely it’s a trade and not the Habs goal scorers tonight?

  25. ABHabsfan says:

    Apparently the Sabres did not get the memo to shoot low-blocker on Price. Good for us! Put those 2 pts on the pile and move on. Hopefully the play better on Sunday, not great hockey in that one. No pictures on the scorecard,I guess (hopefully I didn’t jinx ’em with the golf analogy!)

  26. habs17 says:


    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  27. podbay says:

    Subban was in another space-time continuum tonight. Something has really changed inside this guy. And the TOI? Good Lord! How can he get enough rest to be ready for tomorrow’s game? What an animal!

  28. nova scotia vees says:

    Yeah…have to enjoy each win as they have been too infrequent this season. Has someone finally convinced Price to come out and challenge the shooters? Maybe next he will even try a poke-check…not that it worked tonight for Miller…Go Habs.

  29. RetroMikey says:

    Tank I say! Tank!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • JUST ME says:

      Tanking is for losers.

      • saskhabfan says:

        Trust the hio regulars,you couldn’t ask for a bigger loser then the guy you just responded to.He might know what end of the hockey stick is used to shoot the puck with and perhaps where players stand for a faceoff.But that is pretty much where his hockey smarts ends.But if you want to know all about grocery store coupons,he’s your guy.

  30. Willy the bum says:

    This is such a direct opposite game to last Wednesday’s Bruin match-up…

  31. habstrinifan says:

    Sorry to be a downer guys but Saturday game at 6pm and P.K played prox 30 mins…. What is RC supposed to do for defense tomorrow.

  32. L Elle says:

    Way to go Mr. Softie! Your detractors are going to double up on the medication tonight. LOLZ

  33. That DD has more moves per cubic inch than anyone.

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  34. punkster says:

    Excellent. Happy to see them win this one.


    As in victory, success, conquer, overcome…

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  35. habs17 says:


    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      damn those 2 pts. we gave to Carolina on Monday…..ya I know the whole season’s been a mess and there’s a lot of games we should have won, but man those missed 2 pts. we gave up on Monday sure hurt right now. Oh well, I love this team, lots of optimism for the future.

      GO HABS GO!!!!

  36. Propwash says:

    Finally, the shootout works for the Hab’s advantage. Price just solid, and Patches with DD sealing the deal, love it.

    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  37. P-Habby says:

    Kaberle, Gomez, and campoli score and the Habs win in a shootout….wtf?!?!

  38. Right on Novahab… but I think the officiating sucks system wide. We should start a website reviewing all the bad calls every night. We’d have our work cut out for us!

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

  39. Habbu says:

    I just reversed the PVR; just to be certain that really happened

  40. temekuhabs says:

    Slick move by Desharnais
    We win We win

  41. HabCez says:

    Good job CW Good SO picks..

    Go Habs Go!

    “Emelin’s the real deal.”
    – HabCez

  42. joeybarrie says:

    OBVIOUS ending. WE win in a shootout. Gomez scores, Campoli scores and Kaberle scores.
    What team is this?

  43. Rugger says:

    With apologies to Pete Townsend – The kids are alright!

  44. Rainrocket16 says:

    Great David!!!

  45. habs-fan-84 says:


  46. aj says:

    That was close! If it wasn’t for Desharnais, they could have lost this game.

  47. novahab says:

    Once agian if I was DD I would pick up the puck and give it to the refs. Then say F$%k you, you crooks it didn;t work tonight.

  48. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    So the Canadiens will draft 10-16 position …can’t they do anything right.

  49. Kimberly2u says:

    We won in a shoot out?

  50. 24moreCups says:

    NICE!! Shoot out win! Price looked better maybe it’s the new helmet, MaxPac and DD got’r done for us.

    • English is not a Crime says:

      He looked ‘better’ because they actually managed to score in a shootout and he won. It’s tougher for a goalie to win a shootout if his team can’t score any goals (go figure)

  51. Mavid says:

    goal scorer’s Kaberle, Gomez, Campoli and then we win in a shootout..go figure

  52. Propwash says:


    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  53. durocher says:

    What a day for the Habs — shoot-out win, contributions from Gomez, Kaberle, Campoli, PG makes a solid deal.

  54. novahab says:

    If i didn’t se it with my own eyes I would never have belive it.



  56. jo_maka says:

    Damn !!!!
    AK can’t get a break………

    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  57. habsfaninboston says:


  58. Propwash says:


    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  59. Habbu says:

    I wonder if it’s in the player’s heads as much as it is in ours?……the dreaded SO

  60. novahab says:

    Nothing is ever going to change with these crooked ref until a coach takes a fits. Attention has to be brought forward over this crap. The Rangers are in first becuase the refs are afraid of Tortorella.

  61. punkster says:

    Diaz, Weber and Budaj.
    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  62. Rainrocket16 says:

    Well thats it!! Shootouts are a given to our opponents

  63. twilighthours says:

    Vanek is an automatic goal

  64. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    no extra point please

  65. Heroic? Playing for a point? Not really….

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

  66. jo_maka says:

    So…..are we mad if RC send our 3 snipers ?
    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

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