Loss to Kings wasn’t a moral victory, Gionta says

The first time the Canadiens faced the Los Angeles Kings this season they were beaten 6-0 at the Bell Centre on Dec. 10.

In their second and final regular-season meeting, the Canadiens lost 2-1 to the Kings Monday night in Los Angeles.

A moral victory?

“No,” captain Brian Gionta told reporters in the Habs’ locker room after the game.

“We need points and we didn’t get any.” Gionta added after the Canadiens failed to gain any ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Canadiens remain second in the Atlantic Division with 75 points, two up on Tampa and three ahead of Toronto. The Lightning has two games in hand.

Said coach Michel Therrien: “Tonight we played against the best defensive team in the league and they showed it. They played a solid defensive game, and we ended up losing the battle of special teams.”

The Kings went 1-for-4 with the extra man while the Canadiens were 0-for-3 and had only two shots on goal.

The Canadiens continue their four-game West Coast road trip Wednesday night when they visit the Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). They then travel to Phoenix to face the Coyotes on Thursday (9 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690) before wrappingup the trip Saturday in San Jose against the Sharks (10 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Kings edge Canadiens 2-1, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Habs’ loss to Kings not a moral victory, by Pat Hickey

Habs vs. Kings photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Habs’ Price placed on injured reserve, NHL.com

Budaj a busy guy as the reliever, Canadiens.com

Habs’ postgame interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Fifth straight win for Kings, L.A. Times

Players in play at trade deadline, TSN.ca

How it feels to be traded, Sportsnet.ca



  1. HabsPooch says:

    Bryzgalov to Minnesota for fourth round pick

  2. AceTen says:

    Everyone was saying the same thing on here last year when we got Drewiske. Don’t panic depth signing blah blah blah… Look how that turned out for us, the dude has only played 9 games! Our 4th round pick last year was Reway. Now ask yourselves, would anyone in their right mind ever trade Reway for 9 games of Drewiske? I think that should be the next poll question.

  3. wjc says:

    I am laughing myself silly over the over/over reaction to trading a 5th round choice.

    The absolute disgusts at such a thing as a 5th round choice.

    Samples from the 2001 draft, Brukler, Beiska, Denik, Mantyla, Brenk,
    Vondrka, Andrew Schneider, Jantin, Malek, Dmitr Semin, Ternavsky, Mike smith, Scheuer Solomonsson, Trubachec Luc Edmond, Chiodo, Blazek Himelfarb, AND it goes on and on players that never even played one game in the NHL…..name after name, all 5th rounders drafted by many teams with ZERO hits.

    Drafted in 2001 so they had plenty of time to make it to the big leagues and are off selling insurance or whatever.

    Shame on you people for your reactions, but it is good entertainment for some of us.


  4. Un Canadien errant says:

    Team 1040 Vancouver discussing the possibility of a Ryan Kesler getting traded before the deadline. His agent is in town, they had dinner last night. The pundits think they should trade him now, and get some players back that they can ‘audition’ and groom for the last twenty games of the season.

    Roberto Luongo isn’t moping, but the feeling is that the Canucks at this point would listen to any offer from anyone for his services, so basically a salary-contract dump. I noticed that the Panthers put Scott Clemmensen on waivers.

    Apparently Canucks management is holed up in Phoenix, will stay there on Wednesday for the deadline.

    Morale is good in the dressing room, although the Canucks’ dressing room is supposedly a less boisterous one than normal. Ryan Kesler is moody and a little grumpy, but that’s normal for him. Any ill-will is some players resentment at Coach Tortorella for not getting enough playing time.

    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige


  5. Habitforming says:

    I can’t see Gally’s babysitter being dealt (Gorges).

    Let’s hope its more than a Drewiske type of move though.

  6. Maritime Ronn says:

    Not counting Tinordi-Beaulieu – yet including Bouillon, the Habs now have 7 Dmen on the Roster, and all have 1 way contracts.

    This cannot be GM Bergevin’s last trade.
    If so, and barring injury, Tinordi-Beaulieu will not see anymore Habs games this year.

  7. Soolz says:

    Just picked up my new “Weaver ” Habs jersey. Where is the front of the parade, I want to lead it!

  8. krob1000 says:

    OK this is crazy…people coming on here and saying there is overreaction. This is a team that currenttly (as far s we know (maybe Gorges hurt?) is actaully floating too many dmen right now. Beualieu who is much needed is in the minors, Tinordi just had a decent showing against ato team and held his own with kings tough guy. The Habs cannot ice a 2ndpp parining on D and have not established posession in the last how amny pps on the second half because of this? Hard to organize a pp breakout when you are actually outnumbered 4-3 in energetic bodies.

    COrvo was available…yes he is not great defesnviely, but Weaver is not great offesnively…Corvo was free and has a lower cap hit. What is Montrel lacking? they are a top 10 offensive team…they are a bottom feeder offensivley. Both guys are RH, there is not edge either way in toughness department. So what did Habs gain?

    Everyone can say overeaction but I think it is more disbelief…sure news will follow ansd we will al react then but in the meantime a collective waht thF&*$ is the normal reaction right now.
    Someone has to go on D and to add someone with noone leaving? and for a guy who is ot an upgrade? this is more than strange. Sure it may be a precursor tos omething else…that may or may not happne….but right now…this has happened.

    I don;t doubt Mike Weavers ability to be a pk dman or a bottom pairing stay at home guy…I seriously question his fit with this team…at this point ….now by Wed could all be diff’t but right now? what the f&*$

  9. Habfan29 says:

    Weaver a perfect fit for the Habs 5’9″ 185lbs

  10. jimmy shaker says:

    MB reportedly also looking into acquiring glen metropolit, jeff halpern or maybe bringing mathieu darche or guillame latendresse back out of retirement.

    Shaker out!

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