Multimedia: Video from the room, audio from Cunneyworth


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


  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”

    “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?


    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.


    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:

    ***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…
    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.

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