Multimedia: Audio, video after Canadiens’ crushing 5-3 loss

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For your Montreal Canadiens, every game is the biggest game of the season.
After winning four biggest games, the team came out flat against Carolina, then mounted a spectacular comeback – three goals in six minutes – only to surrender a shorthanded goal that handed momentum back to the Hurricanes.
In a sombre dressing room, players talked about letting a big one slip away.

AUDIO: Randy Cunneyworth

92 Comments

  1. jonnyp says:

    Habs need to trade like 60% of the team

  2. topher5468 says:

    I think Cole took a shot at AK for his egregious turnover that led to the first Carolina goal,

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  3. Say Ash says:

    Honestly, what the hell happens during the second intermission? No more going back to the dressing room. Just stay on the ice.

  4. slim wallet says:

    right, brak72, i don’t get it. Thanks for the reminder. What was I thinking? But you bring up a point… gomez played about 7 minutes tonight. So if you’re not playing the guy because you think he brings nothing to the table, then why do you put him on the first wave of the PP late in the game down a goal when you need to dominate the zone? OOps, right, logic… damn!

  5. PrimeTime says:

    Someone’s signature is mocking PJ Stock’s intelligence?? Lol have you read the posts here again tonight?? I think PJ has a step on many and that is saying a lot! Embarrasing.

  6. slim wallet says:

    yeah, staal blew by kaberle like he was eller beating dion phaneuf, an all-star. Staal was a beast tonight. That goal was blown way earlier than kaberle’s failure against a true elite player. And frankly, Price was weak on that one. I know Kaberle’s soft, I’d rather unload him than keep him, but did he lose the game alone tonight? Pleks had the puck on his stick in the first in his zone and rolled it out to the point. Bang, in the net. PG took steps to address what he had to in bringing in Kaberle. I still say “thank God” because it means I don’t have to see Pleks on the point where he was like a deer in the headlights. Remember?

  7. Phil C says:

    What has AK done to be in the dog house? Eller, LL, and he had some good chemistry earlier in the year, so instead of playing a proven 20 guy guy with Eller and LL, Palushaj gets the nod. It doesn’t make any sense. I would really like to know why he has fallen so far out of favour.

  8. SmartDog says:

    What, no video from Kaberle?

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  9. Ian Cobb says:

    It was a fun second period! But does 1 out of 3 cut it?
    I am pleased for Kirk, he has turned his ship around, good on him.!

    Now we know who was caring Jacques Martin and Carbo! behind the bench.
    Cunnyworth is doing well, but look at some of the players he has to work with. Campolie, AK, Gomez, Kaberle, Gill, not much of an all star group. And then he has what? 6 or 7 rookie green kids learning how to play in the NHL under fire.
    Tough job to pull off, but he has our boys playing one heck of a lot better than the first part of the season.
    Management probably waited just to long in dumping Martin. But the next test is against Boston Wednesday and I just think we take um.!

    • slychard says:

      I didn’t see the game but as I was keeping track from my Iphone and the game was winding down a thought came into my head, the cane players wanted the game for Muller more then the hab players for Cunny.

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  10. BKAK72 says:

    I read today that MIKE KOMISAREK has been sent to the press-box in Toronto for 7 of their last 8 games.

    I remember the HABS did something similar with RYDER in 2008/09.

    Question…why does GOMEZ get a spot on this roster?

    — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

  11. slim wallet says:

    kostitsyn 4 min. of playing time? I’m sorry, Darche is a gamer but 18 min. of playing time? Are they a checking line?They were dominated by the Staal line. What’s the point? Two minutes to go in the game, down a goal, 4 on 4, and Cunnyworth puts out Pleks and Darche? Does he hope to score a goal and tie it or keep the game close until it’s over? I love desharnais but when you want bodies to keep the puck in the zone in the final minute, he got outmuscled on the boards, the puck was out and then in our net. Why doesn’t Cunnyworth ever play Eller on the PP? He had Gomez out there with 5 min. to go and the game on the line. And still Eller sits when he can make things happen down low. Or even Ak46. I don’t get it.

    • BKAK72 says:

      You simply don’t get it…stop using reason and logic.

      Cunneyworth’s problem isn’t his FRE language skills (or lack thereof), it’s his decision making that baffles the mind. Remember last month he used GOMEZ in a shootout, well ahead of his annual FEB goal scoring ability.

      — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

  12. Rainrocket16 says:

    Man some of you would get slapped hard like little crying babies if this website was a social gathering! I read..”Trade Cole” let’s trade you..friggin moron!

    • habs17 says:

      we trade cole because we need to rebuild and he will get us alot if we trade him now because is stock is high. U GOTTA TRADE UR STOCK WHEN ITS HIGHEST

      I support Scott Gomez

      • Rainrocket16 says:

        Cole stays! The only heart on this team other than Price! You don’t trade heart. Trade all the other usless bums! Start with Markov, Gomez etc. Cole is captain next year IMO!

  13. H.Upmann says:

    All politics. They have to keep Gomez to save face. Making the playoffs would mask the problem we have about having Pleks Eller DD: all of whom contribute more than Gomez. If there was any reason for BG to come back, it’s to fix this awful trade. Can’t see PG staying on for next year….. But hey, who knows?

  14. AnimalMother says:

    So basically…Eric Cole is having a seriously difficult time with his teammates work ethic. If I’m PG or GM I’m listening to this guy. Loud and clear. Bury, trade or buyout Gomez, Kaberle and campoli. Please now please god now please for the love of life, hockey and everything holy on this planet. Have mercy

  15. habs17 says:

    The time is now to trade cole, we could get 2 first rnders for cole we must trade COLE now the value will never be higher and he is getting up there in age and he plays a physical game taht will not help as he gets older TRADE COLE
    I support Scott Gomez

  16. SmartDog says:

    How can we really be sure PG isn’t trying to screw up the Habs?

    I mean first as the head of pro scouting he engineers a monumentally terrible trade for Scott Gomez…. and then when he becomes GM and the Habs seem to be developing some good young players on D, with a little cap space, he signs a) the perpetually injured Markov, b) the entirely useless Campoli and c) the ultra-soft Kaberle. Seriously when PG screws up, he screws up ginormously.

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  17. Peter Young says:

    I like shootdapuck’s proposal that Gomez be traded to a European team. I understand Gomez is from Alaska, and I suggest a Russian team would be most appropriate since I’m informed by Sarah Palin that one can see Russia from Alaska. Silly, yes, but at this point what else is there left but to be silly.

  18. nova scotia vees says:

    HEY STATS PEOPLE. How many games have we lost this year, due to pulling the goalie….WAY TOO SOON. I noticed the Pens the other night, left Fleury in until they had full control in the other end. That gave them a 35 second advantage and they scored. Not yanking the goalie with a minute and a half left.

  19. Sean Bonjovi says:

    If the LA Kings could add one REALLY good winger, I’d pick them to win the cup. I don’t think Andrei Kostitsyn is THAT good, but he might be the best player available, so “Andrei to the Kings” would not surprise me at all. Also, the Florida Panthers are mostly built of guys like Kostitsyn, so “Andrei to Florida” is my second guess.
    I think the deal will go down on Wednesday (before the game, not during). Feel free to quote me on all of these statements : )!

    “Andrei Kostitsyn will be traded this month”
    – Sean Bonjovi

    • habs17 says:

      my sources also tell me the kings are very high on Mr. Kostitsyn the wild card team in all of this would the Boston Bruins as i keep hearing rumblings on him

      I support Scott Gomez

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        My source is my hat.

        As for your sources: I’d trade Andrei for Jordan Caron and claim victory.

        “Andrei Kostitsyn will be traded this month”
        – Sean Bonjovi

  20. Un Canadien errant says:

    Some fans described tonight’s game as a roller coaster, and I was on it. As soon as the Canadiens were down 2-0, I started thinking I should review Craig Button’s list of the top draft prospects for this June (http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=387718). Then as the Canadiens stormed back in the second, I was jumping off my couch, arms in the air, loving life, my disdain for Tomas Kaberle almost mollified by his contribution to the power play. Then when he reverted back to abysmal, playing like the Tin Man he used to impersonate back in Toronto and allowing Eric Staal to waltz around him for a shorthanded goal, I went back to mentally reviewing the expiring contracts we can liquidate at the deadline and formulating a lineup for the 2012-13 Hamilton Bulldogs.

    There are still a lot of positives, incredibly, in this loss to the cellar-dwelling team in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens do not need to be blown up this summer, just tweaked. Among the positives, the powerplay clicked and looked dangerous, René Bourque was flying and hitting everything that moved, the Desharnais line continued to produce and be dangerous. Raphaël Diaz and Alexei Emelin are picking up valuable minutes and improving every game. This team has heart and spirit, fights hard during most games, has excellent goaltending and a lot of solid veterans and promising youngsters.

    There are some headscratchers as well. Chris Campoli and Tomas Kaberle, two players who will not figure in the Glorieux’ future, log way too many minutes. Scott Gomez keeps popping on the powerplay, as welcome by fans as a cockroach on the dinner table. Andrei Kostitsyn is relegated to the fourth line and plays minimally, while Mathieu Darche gets a regular shift. Coach Cunneyworth is holding Andrei accountable for his many mental mistakes and lack of effort, but when the team is looking for a goal it takes stones to send on Mathieu instead.

    The biggest puzzle for me was the Canadiens decision to call up Ian Schultz, a player who at least until recently had been a major disappointment in Hamilton, reputedly for being out of shape. His being brought up made me wonder why, if we were in need of his skillset, Pierre Gauthier hadn’t put in a waiver claim for Anthony Stewart, a big winger for Carolina who didn’t look out of place in an NHL game tonight. I thought that there really must be some skeletons in his closet for the Canadiens, along with 28 other teams, to pass on the opportunity to claim his very reasonable contract, yet feel the need to call up Mr. Schultz. Until that is, they decided to send him down after the game, right back to Hamilton. Maybe this means that Travis Moen is healthy enough to play on Wednesday, but since it is against the Bruins, and on Friday the Sabres, with Paul Gaustad and Patrick Kaleta slashing, uh, leading the way, wouldn’t it have made sense to keep him up for a couple of games and play him as the 12th forward instead of Mr. Campoli?

    Tonight’s game will not please TSN’s ‘TradeCentre’ panel, as it only prolongs the indecision by a lot of teams as to whether they need reinforcements for this spring or assets for next season and beyond. Those guys are getting pretty anxious, they’re been hyping what may turn out to be a whole lot of nothing.

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    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • slychard says:

      Funny you mention Kaberle as the tin man, no heart, but he could also be the cowardly lion and the scarecrow all rolled into one, he would be perfect for shady B-movie producers wanting to remake the wiz on the cheap, he would star for all 3 roles.
      I didn’t watch the game since I was at work ( I made sure to have wed off, big bad bruins), but was keeping an eye on NHL site and my friend was texting me while watching the game, Here’s an exchange after the short-hander.
      Me: Jesus Christ with these short-handers, what kind of game is this?
      Him: Kaberle sucks balls.

      And that summed up the game for me.

      I’m curious what you think will happen with Cunny this off season. I think he’s getting a grip. I’m also believing he’s past the French storm and may have a chance. What’s your take?

      PS: I noticed the mod deleted my last post to you. It was a drunken attempt at a joke. ;-)

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      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Missed it, they must have zapped it while I was watching the Vancouver game.

        I think Mr. Cunneyworth has a shot if:

        1) The team keeps playing ‘well’ like tonight, as opposed to like our game against the Capitals, for example,

        2) Mr. Molson doesn’t completely clean house, and

        3) he makes a serious effort to pick up enough French to do a RDS two-minute interview. Doesn’t need to be at the Bobby Smith level or even the Bob Gainey-Larry Robinson proficiency level, just the Murray Wilson level would do.

        Still wish that Kirk Muller, if he is bitter that he ‘didn’t get a shot’, had expended the effort during his admitted many years in Montréal.

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        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  21. JayBee says:

    The D has been a problem all year and will continue to be a problem. Gauthier should lose his job at the end of the summer just off of his gigantic gaffe with how he put together the D.

  22. awesomerino says:

    I’d add another year to Gomez’s contract if it guaranteed getting rid of Kaberle. He’s the worst defenseman in the NHL.

  23. shootdapuck says:

    Time for Goatier or whoever is GM next week to explore dumping Kaberle and Gomez to European teams.

    Maybe eat some salary but get them off the cap!

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    The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

    “Le problem est Markov n’ya pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
    “Louis Leblanc est un kid local”

    • aj says:

      Can they bring Campoli in the mix?

      • shootdapuck says:

        His deal is one year!

        He is down the catwalk kicking shale after April 7!

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        The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

        “Le problem est Markov n’ya pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
        “Louis Leblanc est un kid local”

    • Da Hema says:

      They did that with Laraque, but his salary still counted against the cap. The only option is to send a player to the AHL to do so.

      • shootdapuck says:

        Its how Chicago go rid of Huet!

        And his 5 mill per year contract!

        One way ticket to Swiss first division!

        =================================================
        The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

        “Le problem est Markov n’ya pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
        “Louis Leblanc est un kid local”

        • Da Hema says:

          But Chicago would have had Huet’s salary count against its cap. I didn’t negotiate the NHL’s collective agreement, shootdapuck. I’m just informing you that your original claim to somehow move Gomez and Kaberle to Europe will not “get them off the cap.”

          • shootdapuck says:

            Strange how his money is not on capgeek.

            He signed a 4 year deal in 2008 for 5.65 mill and it should be there someplace. if it was counting against the cap.

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            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

          • Duracell3 says:

            Huet cleared waivers before he was loaned. He is also on cap-geek, keep scrolling until you see non-roster players…the AHL guys.

            The NYR are the best example, Drury in the buyout section, and Redden and Avery as 1-way contracts sent to the AHL; no other team picked them up off of waivers for obvious reasons so there they sit off the big team’s cap.

            Clear waivers+ loan, or let them stay in Hamilton if they want, whatever. Or get some really good dirt on another GM, and threaten to go public unless they take Gomez for nothing.

          • shootdapuck says:

            Should have been more specific as saying his money does not appear on capgeek as counting against the cap

            Clearing waivers for Gomez and Kaberle does anyone even suspect an issue there?

            By sending them to Europe they finish their contracts and do not face the indignity real or perceived of riding the buses in the AHL!

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            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

      • slychard says:

        Laraque was simply cut, not shipped to Europe. That’s why his cash still affected the cap. I think this is the last year to stain the cap with him by the way. I don’t remember what the deal was for Huet and Chicago but I beleive they paid a percentage of his contract and perhaps he was off the books for them. I’m just not sure.

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        • Da Hema says:

          You and shootdapuck have lovely avatars! I could exchange ideas with both of you day and night!! ;-)

          You’re right. My understanding is that the only option to remove a player’s salary from the cap is to send him to the AHL. The other option is to sever the player from the team — and that player can try to play in another league — but I believe in this case the former player’s salary will still count against the cap. Indeed, I think the Habs still have Laraque on the books this year (but I may be in error).

          • shootdapuck says:

            Sending Huet to Europe was a major coup for Chicago when they were in a serious cap squeeze.

            No difference if its AHL or Swiss or German first division they trade the contract and the player still gets paid.

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            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

          • NCRhabsfan says:

            I think it actually cuts the cap hit in half. So, Gomez would still make whatever his contract calls for next year, but the Habs would clear about 3.5M in cap space. Maybe the new CBA will provide a better out.

        • Duracell3 says:

          Just like dumping any 1 way in the AHL, except that they let him go to Europe on loan.

          http://www.redrisingblog.com/2010/09/27/cristobal-huet-and-others-clear-waivers/

  24. aj says:

    I’m starting to notice a trend with this team. Every time they take breaks in between games, they loose. But after they loose 1-3 games, they start to win games. And the wins they get are from teams who are at a viable playoff spot. When the play against teams who are at the bottom 8 in the standings after a weekend or a day break, they seem to get that funk when they come back.

    Maybe its better they should be working on their playing and practicing in between games rather than wasting time doing nothing on their breaks. That way, RC and his staff can evaluate on how to actually make better plays when the next oppenent comes to town or whenever they’re on the road. Regardless on who they’re playing with, they cannot afford to take 29 teams lightly. Even after this season and moving onward, they have to change that mentality if they want to keep this team rolling.

  25. sims says:

    bourque on the pk is strange. max is good but even good players should backcheck. refs? coulda been better

    was that eric cole comin off the boards on the pp or alex kovalev?

    is there a better hab killer than eric staal?

    • shootdapuck says:

      Better Hab killer?

      You bet but fortunately he now plays for the Canadiens – Eric Cole!

      =================================================
      The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

      “Le problem est Markov n’ya pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
      “Louis Leblanc est un kid local”

      • kempie says:

        I’ve been reading your sig over & over and I still can’t understand what Stock’s point is. How are those two things even related? What a moron that guy is.

        • shootdapuck says:

          Mainly that his french is as useless as he is!

          And he states the obvious as it was a -personal brainwave!

          =================================================
          The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

          “Le problem est Markov n’ya pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
          “Louis Leblanc est un kid local”

          • shootdapuck says:

            The first one was his quote off Antichambre last week!

            Sorry, second was a typo!

            =================================================
            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’ya pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid local”

          • slychard says:

            I sent a e-mail not long ago to RDS telling them I not only despise PJ as an analyst but that his French is an aberration even to Cajuns.

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            Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  26. doug19 says:

    The tiny defense was a big weakness tonight. Heroic as they may be, a fast,big tough down low forward or two or three and they are done.Perhaps we could bundle for a Mcdougnah or wait we had him! So if all the teams below 65 points go on wicked loosing streaks and Habs win a few then what? Pray, Pray,Pray

  27. slychard says:

    This won’t cheer anyone up…but it’s a sick goal.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/alex-mason-scores-goal-2012-minnesota-high-school-134512109.html

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    Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  28. jedimyrmidon says:

    Season’s playoff hopes are/were balanced on the edge of a knife. All it takes is one loss (*any* kind of loss) and all optimism is gone. Hopefully, the current players won’t take this loss too hard, and just play the way they’re supposed to play.

  29. H.Upmann says:

    Not surprised we lost. Muller most definayely would know the strengths and weaknesses of our squad roster

  30. viper says:

    anybody know what happened to ak46 didn,t see him in the third at all

  31. JF says:

    We won’t be a playoff team until we learn to protect a lead. I believe this makes 11 games in which we have had the lead going into the third period but ended up losing the game.

  32. The Gonk says:

    AK frustrates everyone, but he can’t play 5 minutes a game. Bench Gomez, Campoli, Kaberle before AK. Anyway, AK is a goner. Too bad we’ll get little in return (assuming he’s traded) and he’s flourish wherever he goes.

    I support the anti-Gomez. ;)

    • habs17 says:

      Gomez is not the problem on this team the man only played 7 minutes he should demand a trade

      I support Scott Gomez

      • The Gonk says:

        I support the anti-Gomez. The one without press savvy, the piss-pour locker room guy, who gets 90 points a season, who leads by example on the ice, who scores 35 goals, back-checks always, and plays those tough minutes against the other team’s top line. The guy from Antarctica, with a mullet, who hits, takes a beating to go the net and has a negative cap hit of $7.5 million.

        Gomez will not be on this team next year.

      • Duracell3 says:

        As if any team in the league would trade for Scott Gomez lol

  33. L Elle says:

    At least we got to see Schultz’ missing teeth. Maybe next time he’s called up, he will have grown some.

    • aj says:

      He does have a good smile though when he was being interviewed late this afternoon. He wasn’t ashamed of that lost teeth. Maybe the next set of teeth he’ll put as a replacement are gold teeth.

  34. Stev.R says:

    Funny how one game can take everyone from optimistic about playoffs, to cursing everybody on the team. Bipolar much?

    • habs17 says:

      nope but that hope, was obviously just us being dislusional

      I support Scott Gomez

    • ProHabs says:

      The team finally gets on a roll, is playing the last place team in the east, if the Habs win they move to within 4 games of Washington and 5 of a terrible Toronto team for a playoff spot, and they play a stinker of a game. WHat do you expect, for us to be happy. This is a frustrating team to watch, especiallly Gomer and Kaberle.

      With 5 minutes left, MaxPac draws a penalty. The Habs dump the puck into the corner to the right of Ward. The announcer on TSN2 says Gomez and Kaberle are in digging for the puck. In my head I am thinking this is what the season has come down 2, these 2 soft clowns digging for the puck to get a powerplay goal. Predictably, the puck was easily dumped out of the Carolina end, that was the end of the powerplay, the game and the Habs season.

    • aj says:

      I can already see the love this team has for one other now – by doing the blame game.

  35. habs17 says:

    When’s baseball start cuz we are done like dinner and the rest of the season is more meaningless then preseason
    I support Scott Gomez

  36. homerbowen says:

    Clearly we are not ready for the big time and for this season we are done like dinner. Our focus should now be on the future and obtaining some assets for our upcoming UFA’s.

  37. bel33 says:

    Seriously… did that just happen? To Carolina? Geez-us….

  38. ProHabs says:

    Shultz sent back down. Damn. Was hoping to see him against the Bruins to beat up McQuaid.

  39. habs17 says:

    and enqvist is awful also this team is in trouble for a long while

    I support Scott Gomez

  40. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Paluhsaj passes to the point man, not nowhere, but the pass never makes it there, and besides that I agree with your assessment. I won’t waste any time learning to spell his name.

    “Andrei Kostitsyn will be traded this month”
    – Sean Bonjovi

  41. habs17 says:

    i know thats what i thought also but then my source said remember who your gm is

    I support Scott Gomez

  42. Adam says:

    Here’s a source for you. I’m positive it will be more accurate than your current one.
    http://www.grammarcheck.net/


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