Multimedia: Canadiens video, Martin audio after loss to Oilers

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The Canadiens felt they played well enough to win.
Credit to the league’s hottest goaltender and a young opportunistic Oilers team.
The power play went 0-for-6, prompting Jacques Martin to describe it as “a work in progress.”

“Give him credit, he was playing big,” Max Pacioretty said of Edmonton goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

Max-Pac was the only Canadien to breach the Bulin Wall, as the Oilers’ goalie stopped 28 shots.

AUDIO of Jacques Martin


  1. BONZOHABS says:

    Rough loss last night. I don’t think you can blaime the Habs for much of the loss tonight. The Plek’s turnover was a Big Egg that was very un-Pleks like, but it just goes to show how uncomfortable it for him to be the quarterback of the PP. He’s more like a half wall man. Our PP lost us that game. Can’t blame Price, a breakaway with a move that all teams seem to be using on Price this season; Andrei Markov-esque shootout goal. The 2nd goal hopwever was a lucky bounce. We were being hemmed in our zone and a harmless shot hit Gorges and went by Price…and lo’ and behold Patches gets a goal 20 sec. after…what luck!? Anyways..I like how the Habs played tonight defensively, in the neutral zone and offensive zone, but we have to improve our finish and our PP has got to connect! Need to get into a winning rhythm. Go Habs Go!

  2. Habfan10912 says:

    I am confused again. Lets see. We have a dman playing forward, a forward playing defence, one of our more skilled centerman playing with little skilled marginal 4th liners and Martin says its young players making mistakes. This is nothing more then a coach who is making poor decisions and is too stubborn to admit it. Did he see Gionta play last night? GILL? DD? I sure as he’ll did
    If Martin is not fired soon our season will be lost.

  3. The Cat says:

    Plekanec is another overrated hab, much like Markov but not as much. He only looks good by virtue of comparison with others in the same position as he on the team

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

  4. The Cat says:

    Seems like by the words he sometimes uses, JM still thinks its training camp or something. “work in progress” “experiment”.

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

  5. HabsFansince49 says:

    I wonder if many commentators here watched the same game as I did last night. The Oilers were a much better team on the night. Most of our shots on goal were not of a sustained nature. How many times did we pin them into their end as the Edmonton kids did to us? Worse, the horrible rationalizations such as ‘we played well enough to win’ and ‘work in progress’ are a sad commentary on the Montreal mess.
    No need to panic but –
    – why can’t Martin re-adjust which is different than playing line ‘musical chairs’?
    – The Eller-Moen line looked weak without AK46 (I’d trade a few players before him)
    – Gionta looked really out of it
    – Cole best forward
    – PK looked stupid on many shifts
    – Martin is overplaying Pleks who had his worst game since becoming a Hab

    Good news –
    Leafs lost again
    Ryder scored 2 goals.

  6. 1010 says:

    And now we hear how they felt they played well enough to win but they met another hot goalie…again.
    I hope it doesn’t turn into a year long battle to get back up to .500 hockey and then…they meet another hot goalie…again.
    Maybe they are getting close to turning this around but without some consistancy on their special teams it won’t be in the works.
    This team will probably have to average two PP goals a night just to win.

    GO HABS…

  7. G-Man says:

    What can you say? The Habs stink from the pipes out. Price with another .846% performance while the goalie at the other end is lights out. Weber, Diaz and PK looked like a Lost in Space episode. The snipers? Can’t hit the broad side of a barn, save for a tip in by an Oiler Dman with barely any time left.
    The “rejuvenated” coaching staff got a 5 game bump where the players put in an effort but it’s back to the same old lack of aggressive play.
    For those thinking DD is better than Gomez, how’d you like what you saw last night?
    The Habs don’t need to tank this season; it’s happening anyway.


    When in doubt, blame PP.

  8. Captain aHab says:

    What I find odd is that Martin constantly breaks up lines that work well, but cannot seem to be able to grasp the concept that Pleks at the point on the PP doesn’t work. The PP seems to be getting worse to me, likely because other teams have figured it out and the word is going around.

  9. habsperspective says:

    As much as I have great things to say about the HABS…

    Anyone else out there enjoying the live WSOP feed on TSN.

    Or am I just trying to find something to soothe the pain about the first thing.

  10. durocher says:

    The Pleks on the PP point experiment has to end. 0-6 is laughable, and we didn’t generate many chances or much possession either.

    Pleks-Cammy-Cole // PK-Gorges
    MaxPower-Gio-DD // Emelin-Spacek

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Cammy-Pleks-Cole // PK-Gorges
      Pacioretty-Eller-Kostitsyn // Emelin-Weber

      • VONLEBARON says:

        Your right not to say dd. He would not be in the lineup but he is french. He starts the draw on every powerplay and wins about 25%. Then we spend the rest of the power play trying to gain the zone.We all ready have MC and BG that are small, we dont need another small forward thar is way more soft on the puck than them. He cant shoot and he is lost on the defence side of the game. He started the season geting big minutes and is still geting them now. Mabye its alot to do with our poor start. And while this continues, our young big center of the future (heller) sits on the bench getting zero time on the power play while DD and MD as ben on the power play the hole season. That might have somthing to do with why then pp has been the worst since I can remember.

  11. durocher says:

    Just watched the game on my DVR: I’m happy we played big — Emelin had a great game, as did Cole and Max Power.

    I don’t know why there is a love affair with Weber or Diaz. They were both horrible tonight. I don’t see any rational reason to keep Emelin out of the lineup.

  12. OneTimer says:

    – the media darling Oilers didn’t even look that great tonight. I remember one long cycle shift by the Kid line in the third, but aside from that, did Edmonton ever look dangerous for sustained periods of time?

    – a rare bad…no, terrible…game by Plekanec. The giveaway for the SHG, and then the blind pass in the last minute. Doesn’t matter though, Pleks is our work horse and these off-nights will happen. File and forget and move on.

    – we were beaten, once again, by a hot goalie. That’s hockey. File and forget and move on.

    – Desharnais didn’t look great tonight. I think he matches up well against some teams, and very poorly against others

    – Maybe AK46 is an important part of this team’s offense after all, huh?

    – the dump-in strategy to set up the power play has GOT to change. it’s so weak. 🙁

  13. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    And further to the shot count: we should have had about 40 shots, but players kept dishing off when they were in perfect shooting spots, only to have the pass intercepted or mishandled. This was especially true on the PP. They had a 3 and 1/2 minute stretch with the man advantage, and got ONLY ONE SHOT on net. The Oilers were ripe for the picking tonight, but we played passive, tentative hockey. Sooo frustrating.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  14. Matt. says:

    From Hockey’s future:

    A couple of days before the draft, General Manager Bob Gainey told the assembled media that there was one player in particular that they wanted at No. 12. And while they were able to obtain the player, Minnesota high school defenseman Ryan McDonagh, don’t think that the club was content to sit around and wait.

    “We like a lot about Ryan. I had him high on our list – in fact, we were trying to trade up to get him, but we couldn’t find a dance partner,” he said. “Luckily, some things happened at the top of the draft that shook it up a bit and he fell to us at 12. I know there were a number of teams trying to move up to seven or eight to get him.”

    “I don’t see too many weaknesses in his game – he’s a powerful skater and he’s a powerful player,” Timmins said. “He’s the complete package on defense.”

  15. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    I’m not sure what I find more annoying: the Habs’ performance or this party line adopted by the team and some members of the media that “they played well enough to win” (sometimes phrased as “they deserved a better fate”). Since when are 28 shots considered a dominating performance? Yes, they doubled the Oilers shot total, but the Habs had very little sustained pressure on an inexperienced defense, and very few second chances. There was no flow to their game, and they spent long spells marooned in their own end, feebly trying to chip it up the boards. Whatever happened to the stretch pass that we used to use, taking advantage of our team speed? And what happened to that aggressive two-man forecheck that helped us achieve 5 wins? Instead it was back to the passive one-man-in, 4-men-back Jackie Martin system. Dull and ineffective! Cripes, the Oilers at one point sent two men in WHEN THEY WERE ON THE PK!

    Erik Cole was, by far, one of our two best forwards out there tonight, yet he saw 3 and 1/2 minutes less icetime than Brian Gionta who has apparently decided this season to emulate the 2010/2011 Scott Gomez style of playing. I never understood why so many (including key Gazette writers) were so keen to anoint him captain. I simply don’t see his leadership qualities, and never have.

    And sadly, my man Plex had an atrocious game. Yet Martin made no adjustments, and gave him more icetime than any other Cdn.

    That was a boring, uninspired performance. And once again, the coaching staff’s inability to light a spark or make creative in-game adjustments left them floundering and then excusing themselves by saying they came up against yet another “hot goaltender”. I for one am truly sick of this attitude.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  16. Matt. says:

    if the Canadiens go 4 – 2 over their next six games they can be a 500 hockey team at the quarter mark of the season.

  17. Neutral says:

    won’t be a cake walk against phoenix thursday either – going out on the limb – a win for phoenix.

  18. Sportfan says:

    I was at the game and although i had fun with some stuff. Once again I hate with a passion having plek on ths damn point that give away to that hobo Jones was horse crap sigh.

  19. HardHabits says:

    Idiot Martin played Emelin 10:44 and Nokelainen 07:33. So essentially he went back to skating 3 lines.

    I hope the Habs keep Martin for the remainder of the year, tank hard and fire Gainey, PG and JM before the next draft. Keep Timmins though and rebuild around him. He seems to be the only one in management with any hockey sense.

    • showey47 says:

      Blunden 44 seconds. He must have thrown another big hit and pissed off JM.

      • HardHabits says:

        He wasn’t listed on the box score. Just checked the Event Summary and you are correct sir. What a disgrace. They lose playing three lines and the System. They win rolling four lines playing an aggressive fore-check.

        So I imagine if the Habs start to play the aggressive fore-check again Gainey is going to replace Martin behind the bench.

      • stevieray says:

        Hard to imagine we’re that thin on talent in our system that a player gets only 44 seconds of playing time … granted he’s not a big scorer but 44 seconds out of 60 minutes …must be quite demoralizing …

    • avatar_58 says:

      You JUST said earlier in the day they shouldn’t tank. Make up your mind

  20. BKAK72 says:

    I really want to know how many hockey clubs feel threatened by this HABS roster? They are not an offensive threat, defensively it’s ok and one doesn’t have to fear being bruised and battered.

    The booze must have been flowing and the crack cocaine burning when the brilliance of Gainey decided short small hockey players win games and championships.


  21. piper says:

    If Habs don’t make some changes for the better and soon, Price will walk first chance he gets and I wouldnt blame him one bit. Them were screwed big time for a long time.

  22. 306Hab says:

    Ok, everyone take a deep breath and relax!!

  23. Bullsmith says:

    I’ve been to hundreds of games, literally, and I’ve seen many times when the Habs were robbed by great goaltending. This wasn’t one of them. Frankly the Habs didn’t deserve the one goal they got. They were pathetic, aboslutely heartless, gutless, and effortless. The Oilers barely managed 14 shots and THEY WERE THE BETTER TEAM.

    Reffing sucked, Oilers sucked and your Montreal Canadiens sucked more. Truly pathetic. Again, out of hundreds of Habs games I have gone to this was one of the ten worst performances I’ve ever seen. The fact that the Oilers didn’t even have to show up to win 3-1 is not the compliment to the Habs that Martin and the players think it is. Bad teams find a way to lose.

  24. canadiens26 says:

    Hey Jacques,

    A work in progress? It’s been 14 games, figure it out already. If all of us hab fans can realize that Pleks on the point is mistake why can’t you? On another note, have you ever heard of motivation?

  25. DEANDALLEY says:

    JM & PG have many, many, many years of experience between them & NO CUPS!

    “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”

  26. jrshabs1 says:

    How many shorty’s do the Habs have to give up before they “give up” with a forward playing the point on a pp? Watching this team throw away points is sickening. The Habs have to get bigger upfront and win these games by getting dirty. I’m sick of the mako shark approach this team has adopted. Small forwards who play at the top of the circle do not win championships. Gomez coming back will only make this team worse. Habs need to make some trades.

    Go Habs Go!!

  27. ooder says:

    why are people pissed about martin..
    the habs outplayed the oilers, got more chances and played better d.
    that means they did that thanks to martin.
    the fact that they couldn’t bury their oppurtunties is on the palyers
    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

    • Bullsmith says:

      They didn’t outplay the Oilers. They outshot them by throwing the puck on net from anywhere they could. Ten of their shots were from stupid angles, the one goal they scored was a fluke. The Oilers had almost as many breakaways as the Habs had real scoring chances, frankly. Could the Habs have won, absolutely. But what’s missing from the coverage of the game is that the Oilers were TERRIBLE, they were PATHETIC. And the habs not only didn’t take advantage, they barely tried. Anyone who paid cash (I paid 350 bucks, thanks) isn’t being consoled by the lop-sided stats sheet. The game wasn’t nearly so lop-sided. The Oilers sucked as bad as any team has in the last decade, when the was the last time the Habs gave up so few shots? And they still deserved to win!

  28. billylove says:

    Altogether now……… FIRE THE FRIGGIN COACH!

  29. I wonder if I set up a shooter tooter, could I score more goals than any of the Habs.

    My little fella (11) and I make ice in the back yard every winter (almost here).

    We set up the tooter, and fire pucks into the holes for hours.

    I think before they (security) drag me out I’m gonna challenge Cammi and Gionta.

    See you in Montreal Boys, haha

    Shane Oliver
    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    Ph- 204 724 8418

  30. deuce6 says:

    PP is horrible..Do we give up another asset and bring in another Wiz or do we stick with Plex? I say we give the job to one of the kids and let him grow into that role…Having Plex back there just gives the other team a ticket to play aggressive on the point…Watch how much pressure Plex gets while handling the puck on the BL..Freaking horrible pass in the neutral zone Plex…You pretty much gift wrapped that one for him..

    I still don’t understand why PK is not on the 1st PP unit…Brutal coaching call there, IMO..

    Good thing we fired Pearn, eh? What’s next to “shake it up” Cutting Youppi! loose?


    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

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