Multimedia: Canadiens lose 4-1 to Oilers

Habs defenceman James Wisniewski, in a photo he had taken of himself in an Edmonton hospital and then posted on his Facebook fan page.

• AUDIO: Jacques Martin | P.K. Subban and Carey Price | Paul Mara

This wasn’t the Canadiens’ finest hour.

Montreal lost 4-1 to the NHL’s
30th-ranked Edmonton Oilers tonight while the Boston Bruins were having their way with the
New York Islanders 6-3 to pull two points up on the Habs in the
Northeast Division. The Bruins have a game in hand on the Canadiens as well.

Here’s video of Canadiens goalie Carey
Price, defenceman P.K. Subban and head coach Jacques Martin, plus audio
of incoming defenceman Paul Mara, who arrived at Rexall Place in time to play but didn’t get his equipment until it was too late.

James Wisniewski was brutally cut by a shot off the stick of Oilers’ Taylor Hall – he put this photo of himself on his Facebook page – but he made the charter flight to Calgary with his teammates. More on his status tomorrow.



  1. ZimHabwe says:

    It sounds to me like there’s enough blame to go around for everyone, their mamas and grandmamas.

    Look – if you have a depleted D corps and out of the remaining D, 60% of the players are from your farm team and only 1 player has played more than one full season, chances are you will lose – even against the team ranked 30th. That is the reality.

    Maybe the forwards should’ve done better, maybe the D men should’ve done better, maybe PK should’ve avoided making a costly mistake, maybe Gomez and AK are not meant to be on a line together, maybe JM should’ve givern Halpern more ice time, maybe Carey should not have let some of those goals in, maybe Mara should’ve borrowed equipment………and the list of issues goes on and on.

    Our chances of winning were slim. At the very best, we would have taken this to OT and should the gods have been smiling upon us, we might have won in a shootout.

    No doom and gloom. Just reality.

  2. Miltie01 says:

    Pleks being an exception ? Why is no one asking why he had a terrible game ?

  3. Miltie01 says:

    Coaches usually play the forwards who give them the best chance to win, and last night that guy was Gomez.

  4. 1010 says:

    Had time to get ready for this game and no one answered the bell. Maybe these guys enjoy fighting for a playoff spot right down to the end…but I don’t enjoy watching it. Very disappointing effort for what should have been considered an important win. This could turn into a disastrous road trip.


    GO HABS…

  5. SmartDog says:

    Gomez is -18, and has almost caught Wisniewski (-19) who brought his big minus numbers over from the Islanders. The next biggest minus on the team (Hal Gil) is -8. 

    Where are all those people saying sure Gomez doesn’t rack up a ton of points but he’s a great defensive forward. My ass.

    And why is PK getting sh$t for being on the ice for goals against when no-one talks about Gomez.  Ridiculous.

  6. The Cat says:

    I think Halpern should get a bit more than 10 minutes per game, unless hes hurt or something. Theres no reason why Gomez should lead all forwards in icetime.

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

  7. SmartDog says:

    JM seems to like hard luck projects.   When Price was struggling last year Halak had to practically rip games from him.  Now Gomez is struggling since…. um…. October??  

    Except for one brief run of about 6 games and JM treats him like he’s Malkin or something, just needing a good bounce to get his confidence back.  What he needs to do is to stop hiding on the boards or rushing up the middle only to find himself all alone because he had everyone else waiting, waiting, waiting at the blue line. 

  8. theremster says:

    This is what happens when you play teams from the West with physical presence. Be prepared for a rough two games.

  9. Nahlsy says:

    When your second most senior defenceman is eligible for the Calder and the Oilers are trying to take advantage of your defence’s inexperience… you’re in trouble.

    It was Hammer and 4 guys that have never played a full NHL season on the blueline last night. It’s a good thing they got Mara for cheap or they wouldn’t even have enough to ice a team soon. Then the dolts on CBC are talking about how sloppy the defence looks? Hey geniuses, you guys didn’t notice that they’re missing five of their top 6 or 7 defencemen right now? What did they expect to see, the 70s Habs and the big three?

  10. StevieRay says:

    SD…as has been said before Gomez is always given the benefit of the doubt..he is a untouchable …the press don’t mind asking Carey about the goals he let in .. was your vision blocked .. etc …. but with Gomez NO hard quesions about his production .. line chemistry …and his -18 !! We are in a pickle with our millionares .. no one producing .. smallish in statue .. no teams require this type of player anymore so no trade value either .. Pleks being the exception .. and now with the D depleted may not be a pretty ride for the rest of the season ..

  11. Miltie01 says:

    Or how about you check your glasses and ask why our best center, who is known as one of the best two way centers in the league, was minus two as well. At least Gomez showed up. There is alot of blame to go around after last night’s game yet you can only find fault with the best player on the ice for us.


    Carry on beating your dead horse.

  12. Exit716 says:

    He’s exhausted from having to be the offensive catalyst and the top defensive centre as well. Funny, you’d think the Alaskan clown would at least fill one of those two roles, but no. All he does is make smart ass comments to the media and cut up his teammates like PK. I hope he gets buried in the AHL next season.

  13. Habfan29 says:

    I agree Subban made a mistake on the 1st goal, but come on he was on the ice for almost 30 minutes…..Gomez and AK are a waster of Cap space…

  14. shiram says:

    I’d say that having to lead the team on 5on5, pp, and pk might have tired out our turtleneck wonder.
    Really, for a long long time, he was the sole worthwhile center we had, and played extremely tough situation in every game. I can take a few off nights for Plekanec, because he has been on for the great majority of games.

    You can also look to our D, who had only one player having played at least one full season in the nhl, last night.

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  20. shiram says:

    Also factor in the number of games played by Price and you have to figure in a few off nights. But those few off nights should not offset all the great work he has done this year.

    Once again after a few loss this place is filled with doom and gloom message…

  21. Propwash says:

    Keep in mind, throughout the year, the Habs haven’t been quite the offensive machine.

  22. ManApart says:

    I’m not sure, but all I know is that i’ve seen Price outplayed by the opposing goalie on numerous occasions this season, including tonight.

  23. Habfan29 says:

    go away Troll…

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sell off the farm for high-priced, lower-quality deadline assets as teams looking to sell want to extort playoff-bound teams? No thank you sir.

    Defence is a seller’s market right now, does MTL no good to overpay for rentals when they need to look to long-term interests.


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  25. observer says:

    The majority on this board want Gauthier to basically stand pat at the trade deadline, That is the biggest joke of it all. Being that they consider themselves in their minds, not only the smartest, but also “fans” of this team.

  26. RGM says:

    WhoaWhoaWhoa there sports fan – have you not seen the countless “Gomez and Kostitsyn have to go” posts around here? That’s not remotely close to “basically stand pat” at all.

    Go Habs Go!

  27. habstrinifan says:

    You are right! Strange that he would do it and  that the HABS would allow it. Maybe he will be schooled on this by PG.

  28. The Cat says:

    The Wiz looks pretty banged up. Seems it shouldve been the last thing on his mind to put this on his facebook page.

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

  29. bandaide says:

    and what you forget Bulin’s lost last 14 before the 2 wins?Unfair comparison we all can’t expect him to steal every game yes the 2 ‘5’ hole goals looked pretty stoppable but I’ll take what we have can’t win everygame by a shutout cuz thats what we needed to win again.

  30. NickDags says:

    Hey I hear the leafs have an allstar goalie in the making, can you please start cheering for them? it would do us all a favor. Thanks.

  31. habs99 says:

    Thank you Andrew for posting with some logic.  Can you imagine if all stats in the world were based on sample sizes of two as opposed to 57.

  32. ManApart says:

    Against the Leafs and the Sabres? I disagree, The Leafs barely had a scoring chance. The Sabres had some and Price played well, until the shootout.  Just have been noticing, that when the Habs are outplayed and cave defensively, Price looks average or maybe slightly above and the Habs lose. Not making any ultimate statement, except that I’m not convinced he’s what people seem to say he is.

  33. andrewberkshire says:

    You do realize that’s a ridiculous observation right? I mean, you’re ignoring all evidence presented in the previous 57 games in order to sit on the fence because of one game where we had 3 rookies, an old goat who played terrible, and a journeyman way out of his depth on defense. What goalie exactly would you expect to shine under these circumstances?

  34. andrewberkshire says:

    What he’s doing is what I like to call fox news math, only read the crap that reinforces your own opinion.

  35. G-Man says:

    Price has been outplayed by the goalie on the end of the rink more often than not lately and has looked less than stellar on shots he allowed to get by him. He has played too much and when his D does not insulate him, he loses. Is it tough to play when the D in front of you stinks? Ask Khabibulin; he did all right last night, making that the 3rd goalie on 4 games that has outplayed Price.

  36. The Cat says:

    Im not by any means comparing Lalime to Roy (the greatest), but couldnt stop a beachball is grossly unfair. The team couldnt score, just like the habs today.

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

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

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    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  38. observer says:

    You’re 100% right they showed up for one period lsst night – the 2nd period. That is who’s fault? The coach for not getting them up? Or the players? We’ve seen this for years. Boston after they beat the Habs decided to vacation until last night. These overpaid athletesdon’t give a damn . Never saw this in the past and tickets didn’t cost $150 a seat and players never earned millions.

  39. WindsorHab-10 says:

    This team tries to win games by playing 20 minutes of hockey. I knew after watching the first period that it was going to be a painful evening & it was. I don’t care how many defencemen are out with injuries, you can’t lose to the worst team in the league.

  40. The Cat says:

    For comparison, here are Patrick Roy’s 4 cup year numbers.

    1985–86    Montreal Canadiens   1.93    N/A (20 games)

    1992–93    Montreal Canadiens   2.13    .929 (20 games)

    1995–96    Colorado Avalanche   2.10    .921 (22 games)

    2000–01    Colorado Avalanche   1.70    .934 (23 games)


    NHL totals      2.30  N/A (247 games) But his last 15 year avg is .916


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

  41. The Cat says:

    I thought Id put Patrick Lalime’s Playoff stats since Serious Fan said: Imagine what JM couldve done in Ottawa if he had a goalie that couldve stopped a beachball…

    2000–01 Ottawa Senators 2.39 .899 (4 games)
    2001–02 Ottawa Senators 1.39 .946 (12 games)
    2002–03 Ottawa Senators 1.82 .924 (18 games)
    2003–04 Ottawa Senators 1.96 .906 (7 games)

    NHL totals 1.77 .926 (41 games)

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

  42. patience is a virtue says:

    not good.  price made some nice saves early, but slipped up on the second goal and could have had the third.  cracks are showing on d, of course, (note vancouver’s cracks were showing tonight too). and how many times do i have to watch Moen not finish on a nice Gomez set up? drives me nuts.  we out shot them 37-28 but khabibulin was on.

    that said, i don’t buy all this throw in the towel/hold your cards garbage. you never know what can happen in the nhl playoffs (it is amusing how folks think they can predict how deep team a or b will go).  i’m not advocating mortgaging the future for rentals, we have tradable assets that can help us address short and long-term needs.  this weekend is the time for PG to act – consumate the deal your scouts and assistant GM were sent to Nashville to investigate.  AK’s number is up.  Not sure what else we will have to give, but I hope to see Franson and Dumont coming back our way.

    the game against hot calgary is going to be tough, but after that we have a stretch of very winnable games.  we need to make a move now to help avoid another slump/get the mo back going down the stretch into the playoffs…



  43. habs99 says:

    Oh dont get me started on fox news…lol. 

  44. habs63 says:

    durr. I’m tired of going to the games in Edmonton. They just don’t play in Edmonton. There was no effort in the 1st and 3rd periods and the 2nd they played just good enough to get a goal. I was at the game, and Price is not to blame for the whole game. The 2nd was his fault, but other than that, no one played well. The only exception was Hammer.


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  45. VancouverHab says:


    Back to square one, Einstein.

  46. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    What happened last time Auld was in net against the Flames?

  47. Habnofear says:

    Play Auld against  a screaching hot Flames team,PUCK-YOU:)

  48. Propwash says:

    Man, you nailed it down.

  49. HABZ24 says:

    price completely sucked and was the reason we lost this game.he shoulda been pulled after the 3rd goal where he looked stunned. bench price as punishment play auld in classic let price slow burn.

  50. NickDags says:

    You are a genius! Why didn’t the Habs interview you for the head coach job when it was available? Price really does need to be punished for this one game he played bad, so whats the punishment for the whole team riding his back all season and into the playoffs? Should they also not play on Sunday? How about we dress a midget AA team since everyone should be punished for playing a bad game because believe me Price is the last person on the team when it comes to bad games. Lets bench Price for the Heritage classic, that should do wonders for his morale going into the playoffs. Please do us all a favor cheer for the leafs.

  51. Rad says:

    You have a point. Price was exposed in the shootout against Buffalo. He was decisively beaten twice on the blocker side, and easily deked out on the winning goal. The Eberle goal tonight was on the blocker side too. I thought that rookie Buffalo goaltender was better than Price in the shootout, and that’s why the Sabres won that game. Not much said about that in the blogs, but an all-star goaltender should make those stops and win that game for you.

  52. Propwash says:

    See the forest through the trees, what goaltender would stand out to you given the same situation?

  53. andrewberkshire says:

    What a surprise. The D wasn’t exactly there the last two games either, and yet he stopped 59 of 61 shots.

  54. ManApart says:

    I’m not convinced on Price. If the D isn’t there to insulate him, he looks very ordinary. We’ll see come playoff time what he’s made of, but honestly I see some holes.

  55. wild flower says:

    Which NHL goalie are you convinced on?

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