Multimedia: Video from the room, audio from Cunneyworth

Gill

This was a must-win game for your Montreal Canadiens.
And they didn’t win it.
“The next game is our biggest game,” Randy Cunneyworth said. “We have to hunker down and bring it again.”

AUDIO: Randy Cunneyworth

100 Comments

  1. montreal ace says:

    Gomer our highest paid player, what a disaster, and 2 years left on his contract, now thats a problem that needs to be fixed. Markov our highly paid Dman, that a problem that needs to be fixed. I was hoping Gomez could help turn the team around, tonight should have been one of those nights. I dont think Molson has a choice, Gomez has to go to the Bulldogs. Markov I hope to see if he can still play at a high level, and I hope its before the season ends. This team wont win until these two problems are fixed, its also reached a point that its unfair to the guys who are playing.

  2. sc says:

    Ok, wouldve started budaj tonight just cuz he deserved it, however; the was by no means price’s fault. Ok one soft goal, but we need some offense to back up the goalie who keeps us in every game. That’s a fact. Maybe some of you remember the stat published in the gazette in the 09-10 season where he went 13-20-5 on the year. The Habs, in price’s 20 losses, scored more than 1 goal…..4 TIMES, INCLUDING OVERTIME!!! And everyone was calling for prices head ! Fools! How can the guy have a winning record if his team can’t score more than one bloody goal per game.

    Seems to me these guys just can’t consistently put the puck in the back on the net

    • montreal ace says:

      I agree with you, I think Price is great but I dont understand why they did not go with Budaj. Seems to me that the backup could develop a hot hand, and when he does go with it. I think the fact that Budaj did play well against NY, added some pressure to Price tonight.

  3. JoeC says:

    Wow, so the site has went from….

    “Budaj was a waste of a signing, terrible back up, we want auld back, he cant win us a game, blah blah blah”

    to
    “Budaj gives us a better chance to win, he deserved the start, hes better then price”

    Wow, some of you are just plain stupid or blind, pick what suits you better.

    Would Budaj have scored a goal for us to win tonights game? Would Budaj have got us to the playoffs last year if he was our starter? Woudl Budaj get the lazy ass players to play?

    NO

    Price played a bad game, yes, but how does this cloud the quality of work he has done for us since Halak was let go? You do realize Brodeur, Roy, Lou, had bad games right? the only problem is there teams where not as terrible as our, defensivly. Even the 93 habs had a better team infront of Roy.

    Give it up with the Price bashing, hes not the reason this team is so bad.

  4. nickster13 says:

    I wish we had the Wiz back. He was great for us.

  5. Sportfan says:

    Even though it’s been a rough yeah through and through I am a Canadiens fan and always will be, no matter how this season ends.

  6. ManApart says:

    Let’s face it. The bigger the game, the worse Price plays. At the very least he gets outplayed by the opposing goalie. It happens every single time. I think Scarey Price is officially back, yippee.

    That’s not why the team lost however. The team lost because Gainey and Gauthier are absoluetly clueless and incompetent and it finally caught up with them.

    I wish ownership would have had the foresight that I did, to realize this. Now we’re stuck in another semi rebuild for the next GM. I’ll never forgive them. I also will never forgive the morons here who supported them. It’s hard to be angry at those who just don’t understand hockey, but I still am.

  7. price365 says:

    Enjoy what’s left – They’ll have a long off season – no games in Montreal after the 7th of April last one against the leafs -it’ll be their last loss til training camp september.

  8. HardHabits says:

    A journeyman is someone who has completed an apprenticeship and is fully educated in a trade or craft, but not yet a master.

  9. montreal ace says:

    We have lost quite a few must win games this season, I think it might be fair to say all the ones we lost. I know that most people will put the loss on Price tonight, and he was a factor, but his overall play this season would put most teams in the playoffs. The sad part of this fact is we are not one of those teams. I feel Price deserves a good contract, probably 22 million 4 years, but thats tops.

  10. HardHabits says:

    I think Gainey should come behind the bench again so he can decide which free agents to not sign and which free agents to not trade so that he can make another foray into free agency.

  11. The_Franchise31 says:

    I’m scared for the future of this team. The Montreal Canadiens are full of bad contracts, have very few good prospects, have an intern coach, a gm that should be fired and both “have” to be replaced with some you can speak French. I’ve never been so ashamed to call my self a Habs fan….

  12. FlyingFrenchie says:

    The people on this site who blame Price know should zip it.
    On many occasions, even if he lets in no goals they would till lose.
    You need to score to win…
    Let’s see…The last time the Hab’s had a player in the top ten of scoring was? (ye old Roman era).
    You want to blame someone?
    Blame the idiots in upper management!
    What was once the classiest organization in the league
    is now a laughing stock. Sad! But true!

  13. Bill says:

    It’s still so weird that Kaberle plays for the Habs.

    Uncomfortable.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  14. boonie says:

    He he, “must win game”

  15. Bill says:

    Just to settle this, a journeyman is NOT someone who has worked in different places.

    It is a term that means an individual who is qualified and experienced in a field, but not a master or a distinguished practitioner.

    It’s too soon to call Carey Price a journeyman, but it’s getting closer.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  16. punkster says:

    Not about to sCHettino on them. They’re my team and I’ll stick with them through this rough spot no matter how long it takes.

    Never, Never Gonna Give You Up:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ihVhB63Aw

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • The Dude says:

      punkster….none of us have givin up on Les Glorieux ,it’s just this isn’t Les Glorieux and we will all be here for the changes.

    • citizenSanto says:

      we are all in the gutter,
      but some of us are looking at the stars.

      —————————————
      Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. — Augustine of Hippo

  17. durocher says:

    The off-season cannot come fast enough. Several players have no business being on the team — they offer marginal contributions at best, seem to put in effort, but should not be playing for us anymore: Weber, Darche, Kaberle, and Diaz. Others may have some value, but should not return at season’s end and should be shopped: Gill and AK46. Gomez had some jump tonight, but at $7m+ he’s still not nearly up to where he should be. One nice assist to Blunden won’t cut it. Add Campoli and Nokia to the mix, and that means 8 players should not be with us anymore. That’s 8 out of our current roster of 23. I would even argue that Pleks’s future on the team should be reconsidered. He’s not the same player. That’s 9/23.

    On top of that, we have management and advisers who are responsible for this inexcusable situation and who put RC and the franchise in an embarrassing position should be fired. This includes PG and BG, and anyone else in the inner circle who actively developed or condoned the actions that have led up to this sad state.

  18. smiler2729 says:

    Well from one nightmare to another,
    time to go snore up some mindporn

    Anything to make it all go away

    ___________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam

  19. nova scotia vees says:

    This team played with “fire” in front of Budjai. Flat as p..s on a platter with Price in. Even if you are a Price-lover (and there are many on this site), the other guy deserved the start tonight. The Canadiens management has NO CLUE how to build or keep team morale.
    Price is to blame tonight. The number of shots isn’t the issue. It is whether or not the shot should have beaten a “star” NHL goalie. How can anyone defend him on those first two goals? Deep in his crease….on his knees…and once again waving his glove at the puck. Good god, don’t re-sign him…not for fifteen bucks. And fire the entire management team…and start from scratch.

    • aj says:

      Oh cmon! Enough blaming Price. He did his best tonight and the 22 other players didn’t stick up to him. He failed to guard the net well since his teammates started treating the Hockey rink into a Carnival Bump-Car contest.

    • bellcentre hotdog says:

      I have to agree. Budaj should have started vs Washington. And Budaj should definitely get the next start. Right now, i think Budaj gives them a better chance to win. I am a big Price fan, but he has had a very mediocre season so far. And he needs to sit.

  20. Propwash says:

    Screw it, I’m still cheering the team on, through thick and thin.

    _____________________________
    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

    • Al aboo says:

      smartest thing anybody has said this season!

      • habsperspective says:

        If it truly is the smartest thing thats been said, either your expectations are very low. Or theres really nothing to look forward to.

        Either-way, whatever. But yeah lets keep cheering and supporting something of no value, and indifference.

        Why support a product that couldnt care less about any positive results. Thats the indifference that keeps the product from ever improving.

        Instead boycott, demand, and expect better. And that goes for anything in life. Stop this nonchalant acceptance.

        • Propwash says:

          In my view, pissing and moaning on every single piddly issue that affects the team is no way to be a Habs fan.

          _____________________________
          Don’t let the wultures getcha.

          • HardHabits says:

            Nobody is asking you to comment here. Either deal with it or take a hike. What do you add?

          • Propwash says:

            Really HH, you’re gonna go there?

            _____________________________
            Don’t let the wultures getcha.

          • HardHabits says:

            Look. Either have fun with it or check out. Stalking posters who vent and professing your undying love for the team by calling out others as not real fans is beyond pathetic. Its like those pompous posters who strut their feathers after a 1 game winning streak.

            Maybe try and counter what someone is saying with a decent rebuttal for a change. You act like you are part of the politically correct thought police.

          • Propwash says:

            HH, the fact of the matter is this.
            Everybody here wants the team to win the cup. I don’t pretend to know how to run the team. I leave it up to the professionals that are hired to run the team. I’m as passionate as the next guy about the team, but never once did I even try to pretend to know how to do it. I have more important things going for me.

            Just to add, I’m not going to leave this site, unless I’m banned.

            _____________________________
            Don’t let the wultures getcha.

    • The Dude says:

      Have fun picking on other Hab fans then….be gentle cus we all feel it!

      • HardHabits says:

        Habs fans have play-off addiction. Soon to be withdrawals. Me. I’m a Tankoholic. ;-)

        • The Dude says:

          After tonight the time to Tank is NOW,lol That was one suck suck suckest suckfest for a “must win ” game and was truly pathetic,oye! And I must add that if any so called fan nails another Habs fan and calls them a Troll after tonight…then They whom cast stone’s are truly the Trolls! And let it be known too all………..

  21. mb says:

    I have a question, maybe I’m gonna sound a little ignorant, but here it is:

    The tickets to the games are sold before the season in September, and I’m pretty sure they sell everything at that time.

    So if all the tickets are sold, but the ticket owners don’t show up, is the game still a soldout game?

    I mean, is a game soldout when the building is full or when all the tickets are sold?

    • Mattyleg says:

      Tickets sold.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • mb says:

        OK thanks guys.

        So, it just means that whatever we (fans) do, all the remaining games of this season are soldout.

        I guess the only way to piss Molson is to not attend the games anyway.

        10.40$ for a beer x 15 000 beers…
        The beers unsold alone should make a difference in his earnings.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Yes still soldout. Ever watcha game last year from Atlanta or Florida and there are about 2000 people there? But they show 15000 tickets sold, that’s how they qualify for the league subsidy, give tickets away for next to nothing then the people din’t go anyway

  22. smiler2729 says:

    The Audio:
    Gill is irrelevant…
    Price is shellshocked…
    Bourque’s confused…
    Gorges is confused cuz HIO thinks he’s Bourque…
    and
    Kaberle DOES NOT FIT IN and should just SHUT THE F UP

    ___________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam

  23. aj says:

    So where do the Habs go from here? Lose more games and be the laughing stock of the League?

    Geoff Molson is going to do some big damage control moving onward.

    • darcy1 says:

      Lose more games. Look how the Flyers & Blues were able to get good draft picks and turned it around a few years ago with shrewd trades and good draft picks, then reasonable contracts in the summer.

      (The Devils almost did it last year, but then went on a torrid streak in the last half of the season.)

      Write the year off as a once in a decade thing – this team SHOULD be competitive. Get rid of the parts that aren’t working (GM, Gomez, Kaberle) that can’t be disposed of during the season.

      ——————-
      The Bruins are the “Starley Cup Champians”??

  24. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Yes he should have stopped the 2nd goal. But he should have been on the bench to start the game.

    Budaj played well enough vs the Rangers to draw the Capitals. That is on Cunneyworth. Not a knock on Price (I have to admit, I was madder than a mosquito in a mannequin factory after that 2nd one). He was not the only reason they lost.

    The team out front did not do enough (how the F can their PP be so bad!, seriously!). So in the end, everyone sucked. Sure there were times where it seemed like they could get it done, instead, the Capitals backup goalie said “not tonight, none”. Price has to take some responsibility, but not all.

    Frustration is setting in big time. Almost seems like the players are playing like they could be the next to go. Not a good dressing room right now. I don’t think I need to be an insider to know that. It just can’t be fun right now.

    One thing that could change things around, is to name an “Interim Captain” (that is seeing Gionta is likely gone for the season). Sounds silly that it could make a difference. But I bet it can have an impact…ask Mike

    Got to admit, Bourque plays a hard game, he respects the boys club rules of the game. Knew what he did was dirty, took ownership for his OWN mistakes and acted on it quickly (hey Bert is still playing, and on the Red Wings, a very respected club). That is a character player. Someone the Habs need, plays with emotion. I don’t think they have enough of those guys.

    //end rant

    Ahhh the Kovalev days always brought playoffs…and a great PP.

    Can we call the KHL and borrow him for the rest of the season? (3,2,1…let the Kovy bashing begin)

    • aj says:

      Would it really make a difference if RC put Budaj on the net? The last thing the Habs need is another controversial goalie debate. Also, Budaj is also showing some inconsistency in his game. Not because he doesn’t have the same workload like Price has, but he seems to collapse when leads come against him.

      • RiverviewCanadien says:

        Price has NOTHING to worry about. His job is NOT in jeopardy to Budaj, there would be no controversy.

        Of course Budaj would show SOME inconsistencies, he has played only 6 games for crying out loud.

  25. doogie says:

    Trade deadline is Feb 27th or so. Who’s going to do the wheeler-dealer stuff? Gauthier? Is he still got the keys to the car?

  26. otter649 says:

    For those who live near Oakville, Ont – The Habs Alumni Team is
    playing at The Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on Thursday (19) at
    7:30pm. Cost is $20.00 & is fundraiser for the local hockey association……

  27. smiler2729 says:

    What is Wrong with the Habs in a Nutshell

    Q: What the hell is a Petteri Nokalainen anyway?
    A: 2004 – 1st round (16th overall) by the New York Islanders

    Was that a Milbury or a Snow?

    Goats had to have him no matter.

    ___________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam

    • chanchilla says:

      really, a fourth liner who was actually really solid for us all year who plays 4 minutes a night is whats wrong with the habs? you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  28. Kooch7800 says:

    start the dumping of players. I know I won’t be paying to see this garbage on the ice.

    Price should get no more thank 5 mill a season the way he is playing. I am not saying he is not a great goalie but right now I would not say he is an elite goalie.

    We need to spend money on Defense. Give up PK, AK to Nashville for Weber

    • mb says:

      I love Price but right now I wouldn’t even say he is a great goalie. He’s been barely good this season. Now add an average defense, a bad offense, and a horrible PP to a barely good goaltender… And you get the 2011-2012 edition of the Montreal Canadiens.

    • smiler2729 says:

      Seriously, Price, Subban, Gorges, Pacioretty, Cole, Gionta, Bourque, White are the only players I see staying in what will become known as THE PURGE OF 2012.

      See ya Goats.

      ___________________________________
      Jack Edwards is a clam

    • aj says:

      You know what’s the real biggest problem with these players? Their very lax and laid back. They need to start changing their work ethic and also instead of getting to much dayoffs in between games, the team should be training day-by-day to perfect their system.

      Gosh! I can’t believe after a 4-1 win against the Rangers on Sunday, the Habs lose a 3-0 shutout against the Cap? WTF is that?

      That’s total BS inconsistency!

  29. 50missioncap says:

    The fact that they couldn’t get it up for a must win game speaks volumes for this team. The sample size is big enough to conclude that this team is just not very good– from goaltending to defence to our forwards- and right up to the front office. Mediocrity reigns supreme.

    The problem is the place continues to sell out and the profitability of the franchise climbs. The Molsons are a business and are not fans, and business ain’t too bad…. Until sponsors start pulling back dollars and beer sales start to drop from empty seats, I’m afraid the pressure to make changes is minimal.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      The molsons will hear the boos cause right now they have quite the mess. This all started with Gainey’s small three but this year was destroyed when Markov didn’t play. Our d is pathetic. PK and Jorges are the only two top 4 d men. We are two short to make a top 4. Time to shed some dead weight and rebuild.

      We need a centre. We have three number three centres in DD, Eller and Gomez and one number 2 with Pleks.

  30. Dulljerk says:

    Aloof is the only way to describe Price.

    “Is the little dog going to yap, or is he going to bite?”

  31. The Dude says:

    For all those fans who thought we had a great team and great players,YOU WERE WRONG so don’t blame other Hab fans by calling them trolls or what ever cus truth be told = you were part of the problem in being sooo gullible !

  32. C-Sword says:

    Price isn’t the only one to blame. They didn’t even score a single goal, you do not win if you don’t score.

    • price365 says:

      price may not be the only one to blame – but come on – three goals on 10 shots – washingtons goalie had 31 shots no goals against
      lets get real – the Habs couldn’t score because the goalie stoned them and our “D” only allowed 16 shots – their “D” played lousy.
      a goalie has to steal a game once in awhile – and that’s exactly what washington’s did.

  33. aj says:

    Just by listening again to RC’s comment’s really makes me want to cringe for the Habs. I think its best that after the season is over, he should just give his resignation and coach another NHL team. The chief architects of this disaster, Gainey and Gauthier, have really placed this team’s reputation down.

  34. Kooch7800 says:

    I am honestly still baffled by that trade. I would much rather have Spacek currently than Kabby. I was embarrased to be a hab fan when PG picked him up. I have never liked his style of play and I really don’t see how PG looked at our D and went hmmmm we need another soft D man who can move the puck…..right

  35. Mattyleg says:

    (a journeyman is someone who plays for many teams)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  36. aj says:

    Well I for one is not in favor of trading both PK and Carey. Their young and they have big potential and I don’t believe giving up on them is the right answer. You’re right that we should build a team around these 2 players.

  37. Kooch7800 says:

    In faireness to Price he was great early in the year and now he has to be perfect for us to have a chance to win cause our defense is pathetic and our offense is non-existent. PK is in his second full season and is playing almost 30 minutes a game….that is a management mistake. PG trading Spacek for Kabby…DUMB just DUMB.

    Price is a good goalie and will be better when the team is better. I would only give him a three year deal at like 4.5 mill. That is about what he is worth. Subban will have to get a raise cause of his insane playing time

  38. Man Dingga says:

    This team has been average at best since they drafted Price. You clearly have no clue about hockey. You can’t put the blame on Price, this team has been undersized since Gio, Gomez and Cammi were brought in. Halak, Cammi, Gill and Gorges were the reason we made a little noise in the playoffs two years back. The team needs ownership to do their job and clean house. The team has been deflated since Martin was fired. Morale in that dressing room is at an all time low and till things change you can expect this type of play to continue. Look at Luongo’s numbers in the shootout this year, they are brutal. Miller is a shadow of himself. I agree he needs to play better but he is not the reason for our record this year or the loss tonight.

  39. boonie says:

    Or pick up MAB, who fits the role, costs next to nothing, can be signed to a series of one year deals and could have kept spacek in reserve for a deadline trade.

  40. smiler2729 says:

    or an Eric Clapton album

    ___________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam

  41. smiler2729 says:

    No, Mattyleg’s right, a journeyman is someone who has made many stops in different places over a long time…

    A veteran is someone who has played for years.

    ___________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam

  42. Mattyleg says:

    No, mine is the correct definition.
    Hence ‘journey’ in journeyman.
    He travels from club to club.
    “Journeying” if you will.
    Observe:
    – “Townsend began the nomadic life of a journeyman hockey player pulling eight different sweaters over his head in the next six seasons.” – http://www.legendsofhockey.net
    – “Chances are, few fans know much about Paul Vincent. He’s never stayed in one place long enough to create lasting memories. Originally a 6th round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993, the American player never made it to the NHL but has carved out the dubious distinction of becoming one of the most well-traveled professional players in hockey history.” http://www.hockeybuzz.com, article entitled ‘The Ultimate Hockey Journeyman’

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  43. Bill says:

    Correct.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  44. aj says:

    We did saw the classic Carey Price inconsistency of play tonight. However, we can’t blame for other goalies for not being at their A game either. Martin Biron did get a shutout with the Leafs before the Rangers came to Montreal. However, Price did get a shutout when Biron was playing goalie for the Rangers on their 1st visit at the Bell Centre this season.

  45. Bill says:

    NO!!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  46. Bill says:

    The author of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Martin” should know better than this.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  47. Cam_1 says:

    He has won a series ..when he shutout Boston 5-0 in game 7 if I recall. …and I would like to see Mr Halak would have made out last year….there is no way he would have carried the Habs to game 7 in OT against the eventual Stanley Cup winners Boston Bruins. You have to realize to, there is a big difference between playing Goalie in Montreal vs playing Goalie anywhere else in the league. The pressure here is immense and it has been put on Price sense day 1. Yes he is not having a banner year….but he is still young and I think he will develop into a great goaltender soon enough. I gaurentee he would flourish anywhere else but Montreal….the pressure of being a Hab …hearing he is the savior with a hundred reporters around him every game…if you ask me the young man has handled himself pretty good, much better than anyone else would have. Montreal is a pressure cooker and a difficult spot to play where you are always under the microscope…things are not as easy as they seem. Too bad it was not just as simple as him going in and playing goal and doing his job..like in every other market …but no here in Montreal he has to be much more than just a goalie…the weight of the world is on his shoulders and he knows it…can you imagine how much pressure that is on a young man…and on top of it all his team can’t score…yes he lets in softies and is not stealing many games…but no goalie in the world can do that in Montreal…can his team mates give him some goal support once in a while…then maybe he will make the critical saves…any way..you are way to hard on him like everytone else..and the thing is …its been hard on him since day one. Remarkable job by Price if you ask me…considering the odds against him and that he is facing here in Montreal.

  48. Cam_1 says:

    …and his numbers have never been good…hello ? Last year 38 wins…2.35 GAA and.923 Save percentage….over a vast amount of games..he was a work horse …who could maintain numbers like that over the vast amount of games he played, but know this year he sucks….he is having an off year with a Stanley Cup contender team in front of him right…yeah all his fault. The fact of the matter is he has a AHL team in front him…not even an AHL team worse…so it’s his fault tho right…god forbid he lose focus once in a while…he is overwhelemed with emotion having this great Stanley Cup contender team in front of him yes. Oh Price sucks…take him off the team and any other goalie gets this team in the play offs and they win the cup. Yeah right buddy….we could have a wall in nets for this team…they still wouldn’t make the play offs…they suck…but hey when the smoke clears..Price sucks..yeah thats what it is.

  49. Cam_1 says:

    But I do agree with your handle tho…Habs Management Zero…that is the real problem right there…and you might want to add Habs Owners Zero. The whole organization sucks..from top to bottom…from Owners, management right down to every single player on the team..every player …but according you…only Price is at fault. Gauthier moves were all perfect. Gomez is playing great hockey, Cammy was lighting up the lamp when he was here. Gill is a stud on defence. Campoli was the pick up of the year. All these great things going on…if we only had a goalie we would be a contender and be in the running to win the cup…ya and Im the cockroach…look in the mirror son’

  50. Cam_1 says:

    You said he has never won a series…he has ..game 7 over the Bruins 5-0 four years ago in his rookie year. (Fact)

    You said numbers don’t lie..last yrs final stats 2.35 – .923 (Fact)

    You said he is the and I quote “The MAIN reason we don’t make the play offs” lmao…that’s a good one..if you believe that you are the most delusional person ever. Quick or Rask would not get this team in the play offs.

    And no one was saying those were great shots last night. But lets say he lets one in…that’s it one..we still lose 1-0. The team puts up a goose egg on a regular basis..and our problem is goaltending. But I’m the cockroach.

    HIO regulars…seriously..who is right ? It doesnt matter who is right…habsmanagementzero has conceded everyone says it’s never Price’s fault…so at his own admission he is the minority. Prob could be a lone ranger on this issue…but hey he is expert..he is right…all bow down to habsmanagementzero !!!!!!


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