Canadiens drop opener 2-1

Michel Therrien

Way too little, way too late.
Brian Gionta scored on a power play to make a game of it late in the third period.
It brought the crowd to life for a mildly entertaining final six minutes.

The Canadiens were outshot 26-22 and outplayed for most of the game.

Carey Price may have been faulted for the Nazem Kadri goal that opened the scoring. But the Canadiens’ goaltender had no chance on the Tyler Bozak shot that made it 2-0.

Both Toronto goals were on power plays.

The Canadiens PP struggled until the late-game flurry.

Florida is at the Bell Centre on Tuesday.


  1. FlyAngler says:

    One game is one game- nothing more, nothing less. What bothered me the most was that both of the Leafs goals came as a result of bad penalties taken by veteran players who should know better- (Cole and Plekanec). The Habs are simply not good enough to make those kinds of mistakes and get away with them. I hope that Therrien explains to Les Boys that part of “No Excuses” means that there is no excuse for taking dumb, undisciplined penalties especially by veteran players who should be leading by example and making plays instead of needlessly putting the team in a hole.

  2. Habfan17 says:

    Wow, the Habs have played one game and so many people crap on them. Get a grip! Yes, the Habs have holes. Yes, Bergevin could have overpayed 2nd line free agants last summer not knowing what the new CBA would bring, however knowing that this summer, there will be more free agents available and he and his group would have a season to evaluate the team he has.

    To me, he has shown to have made wise moves so far. Galchenyuk will prove to be a great pick, they will still draft high enough in a strong draft to get a very good prospect, and because he didn’t panic and sign over priced free agents last summer like Gauthier and Gainey did, he will have room at the end of the season to add some pieces having a much better idea of what is currently in the system.

    Boullion’s contract ends, if they can’t trade Kaberle, they can buy him out and free up cap space. If Eller, Galchenyuk and Gallagher really improve, some older players can be moved for more assets.

    As far as Subban goes, yes he is probably the best the Habs have on defence, but Bergevin cannot afford to overpay him and he hasn’t shown enough maturity to warrant a long term deal yet. If Subban is marure and is sincere in his words that Mtl is where he wants to be and help wi the cup, then do what Price and Patches did and take a 2 year deal at $3.5 million and give the team a chance to put together a winning roster and prove yourself. The cap will be higher then and if Subban reaches the level we hope for, he will get an even better contract then and over both contracts, probably make more money than if he sighend long term now!


  3. The Cat says:

    Im not juggling salary cap numbers by any means here, and it aint a reaction to last night’s stinker- No need to panic, it might take a couple of games to find the legs etc- But in my opinion, Gomez was a lot more useful than Kaberle was. Gomez is grossly overpaid but he was at least responsible for the occasional foray into enemy territory. How many scoring chances did the habs have last night? One or two?

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • DorvalTony says:


      When I find myself in times of trouble Marc Bergevin says to me “Tony there is hope, we’re Gomez-free. Gomez-free, Gomez-free, Gomez-free, Gomez-free,” speaking words of wisdom “We’re Gomez-free.”

  4. F50Marco says:

    They were rusty no doubt about it. But look at the positives, Price looked sharp, Chucky looked decent for a kid who’s only 18, Emelin was a hitting machine.

    It’s one game, sure it wasn’t great but they only lost by one goal and they played bad. Now imagine once the rust and cobwebs are gone. They will be a much improved team after the first couple games i think.

  5. Haborama says:


  6. Clay says:

    I noticed (amidst their getting drubbed) that the Wings picked up ‘The Monster’ as their back-up goalie. How desperate a move was that?

    ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

    • B says:

      You think Bergevin and Therrien are bad? How about Holland and Babcock in Detroit tonight? What a stinker eh? Shut out 6-0 with only 14 shots on goal! Clearly those clowns in Detroit don’t know what they are doing. 🙂

      –Go Habs Go!–

  7. Chuck says:

    Holy Chicken Little!

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

    • savethepuck says:

      This place should be called not H I/ Gets a little tiresome how people react to a loss.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  8. Vid says:

    I think the Habs have a good set of forwards. I can see improvement happening here with this group. Faceoff winning ability is a question though. Liked seeing Gio and Plek right up in the goalie’s face for the one goal. It’s nice to see a first round draft choice who has the potential to immediately play in the NHL. I also think this season and next season will be critical for Eller. If he doesn’t put up some decent offensive numbers then I doubt he ever will.

    I am not impressed by our D corps. Adding Subban will help as he adds physicality and offense. But even with Subban, it won’t be enough. We need someone else who can land a hard slap shot from the point (whether it be a forward, Weber or another Dman with better defensive abilities) and I hope Tinordi pans out because we could use someone of his size back there.

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