Video: Habs escape with OT win over Flames

Nothing’s easy for the Montreal Canadiens.

The Habs moved to sixth place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference with a ridiculous 5-4 overtime victory over the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre, blowing a 4-0 lead then needing P.K. Subban’s winner in OT.

Here are two clips of Subban, three of Michael Cammalleri, and one each of goalie Alex Auld, who showed more than a little professionalism by coming out to face the music after his first home-ice start, and veteran defenceman Hal Gill.

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59 Comments

  1. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    BlahBlahBlah… Now get your sorry asses over to Stankonia, woop up some Buffalo hot wings, and bring some pain to Les Sabres… and make sure u sneak JM a few… PINCH ONE ALREADY!

  2. TommyB says:

    I wouldn’t put this on the coaching staff.  Usually the coach, or assistant coach, will call out a change (for example: “PK, you’re up for Wiz”).  Then it’s on the player to time the change correctly.  He needs to be sure first of all who he is taking, and then has to wait for him before he jumps on.  Sometimes the timing gets skewed due to a couple of things…the player coming off might hesitate at the last second while the player going on has eagerly jumped on the ice already.  It’s a fast game.  Some refs will overlook that split-second of two many men, some won’t.  The coach isn’t always going to be able to grab the player by the sweater in time to stop him from jumping early either.  He’s got plenty on his mind at the time.  It’s not peewee house league.

  3. apokai says:

    Maybe PK was a little eager but I was there and I can tell that Wiz clearly hesitated on the ice when he saw the puck coming in and changed his mind to stop it. Hard for any players especially when there was NO way for PK to see that the puck was coming…

  4. bostonantifan says:

    Could someone please explain why the Canadiens keep getting too many men on the ice penalties?  (Besides, of course, that they have too many men on the ice.)   I’ve watched the Habs for 40 years, and I’ve never seen so many of these penalties in a season before.  It seems like they get one almost every other game.  Doesn’t Martin have a clue on how to change lines?  A few games ago they got 2 consecutive too many men penalties in less than a minute.  I’ve never seen that before!

  5. stephen says:

    Last night’s looked to be on P.K.’s head. His number may have been called to go out next, but he jumped on prematurely when the Wiz was simply coming to the bench for a stick.

    Or so it looked to me…

  6. OverseasFan says:

    I feel bad for Auld, though. He hasn’t had much chance to practice this season. He did well the first part fo the game, and that sudden turnaround was almost a freak occurance. Then he gets pulled and the win goes to someone else.

    Go Habs Go!

  7. G-Man says:

    I looked in at 4-0. A couple moments later, it was 4-1. I laughed about the “here comes the Flames comeback.”

    Checked in a little later and there it was: 4-4. Glad Subban got the game winner in OT, but blowing a 4 goal lead in January to a crap team like the Flames is not a good sign.

    ON to Buffalo.

  8. J_P says:

    That selanne celebration was epic!

  9. OverseasFan says:

    Thanks!

    Go Habs Go!

  10. andrewberkshire says:

    No, the goalie who was on the ice for the game winning goal gets the win.

  11. Chuck says:

    No, becuase he wasn’t on the ice for the winning goal.

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  12. HabFanSince72 says:

    Kovy doing the moonwalk when he was with the Pens

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_0ppNe-1Bo

     

  13. OverseasFan says:

    Sorry if this is a dumb question — if Auld played most of the game but was pulled, does he still get credited with a win?

    Go Habs Go!

  14. HabFanSince72 says:

    I don’t understand the hoopla about the celebration. Players have been doing this since forever.

    Mario Tremblay did it. Theo Fleury did it. Mike Foligno did it.

    Remember Selanne shooting his own glove out of the air?

    (Tiger Williams too – but let’s ignore that.)

    I’m sure we could think of other players who  indulged in exuberant goal celebrations.

    In the playoffs OT goals are always wildly celebrated.

     

     

  15. avatar_58 says:

    I uhh…..I did too :o

  16. deuce6 says:

    Defensive zone coverage was soft after getting up 4..I agree that Auld could have made a couple of more saves, but the guys in front of him thought the Flamers were gonna just fold like a cheap tent…Gotta keep skating hard for 60 minutes to put games like this one away…

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

  17. avatar_58 says:

    Ok this goal celebration talk has to go away. ENOUGH. A kid (because he still basically is one) scores an OT winner IN MONTREAL and he hotdogs it? No really? He’s a habs fan living the dream. Tell me you wouldn’t do the same in his place.

  18. Propwash says:

    Honestly, I cant say that Auld should be taking the crap that he has been taking from people here. Sure, it’s easy to dump on a goalie, but it all boils down to what lead up to the goals scored against him, d breakdowns, so on and so forth. The guys in front of him share equal, if not more responsability.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  19. Chuck says:

    Meh. If your backup was as good as your starter, he’d be your starter. That’s why you have to be strategic in when you play your backup: you know that the goaltending might not be your strong suit that night.

    The main thing is that the Habs are finding way to pick up points even when their #1 guy isn’t starting.

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  20. andrewberkshire says:

    Can’t really blame him on the Iginla or Kotalik goals, and really for the lack of playing time he’s had this year, his numbers are very good. Tonight got away from him, but we still came out on top so it’s all good.

  21. observer says:

    If it is better the baseball way? Price could be used as the closer. But tonight the starter Auld needed some middle relief too.

  22. king ddd says:

    i love the way they make something out of nothing in MTL. tonight is Pk’s goal celeberation. But i like the way tanguay responded.” he scored so hes got the right to do what ever the hell he wants.”

  23. shiram says:

    Actually, he got in tons of practice, he just didnt get many game starts.

    And to be fair he allowed the 4 goals on him, his fault or not. Carey came in, shut the door long enough for Pk to putt in the winner. The rules say Carey gets the win.

  24. shiram says:

    Yup thats pretty mucn what I saw as well, Wiz was playing the puck with his skate, but Pk probably thought he would jump on the bench. A little over-eagerness on Pk’s part.

  25. kempie says:

    To be completely honest, the Fleury celebration pissed me off. Still does, but only because of the circumstances. Another one that bugged me was that salute thing that Jagr used to do. In general though I don’t usually have any problem with goal celebrations.

  26. J_P says:

    Some people just like to whine and complain. Hockey is a game, its supposed to be fun.  All this talk of ‘code’, and ‘respect’ is overblown BS.

  27. OneTimer says:

    What is with all these media types asking about the celebration? Talk about an unimportant part of the hockey game tonight! They’re just adding fuel to the fire of ridiculousness that surrounds P.K. Bunch of jackals.

  28. 24moreCups says:

    I don’t see the problem with the celebration, my friends and I almost did the same when he scored it haha.

    He’s a rookie(still a “kind” in the NHL) and scored a big OT goal in his home building, I’d be happy too!

  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    Alright, let’s laugh at the Leafs a bit.

    This is Ron Wilson after the acquisition of Dion Phaneuf:

    “I think our powerplay will be a lot more dangerous,” said Ron Wilson on February 1st,
    2010, following the team’s first practice with Phaneuf in the mix. “I
    saw that already with the way Dion fires the puck. That’s a weapon that
    we really didn’t have.”

    And who could blame him? Phaneuf had 16 PP goals his rookie year.

    Guess how many PP goals Phaneuf has in 54 games as a Leaf.

    Answer: none.

     

  30. The Teacher says:

    What happened to Boone? Is he ok? No quick hits?

  31. HABZ24 says:

    it was too good too last.up by four half way into it.gotter in the bag, foot off the gas and poof. wizzer was a game time decision maybe he wasnt ready to go. bottom line we pulled it outta the fire and got the two pts.love pk s  attitude and passion and zest for the game. hope he doesnt get craped on by idiots for the celebration manouver after he scored the game winner. why should every player be so cookie cutter by the book.wish more had pks joy of hockey life, hockeyd be even more fun to watch.

  32. andrewberkshire says:

    2 goals he had no chance on. An Iginla tip right in front of him and the Kotalik slapper that was a screened bullet off a giveaway. That’s how I saw it at the game anyway. I blame defensive miscues more than Auld, although no one will mistake him for Price.

  33. avatar_58 says:

    That’s what they need to keep up. Stop relying so much on the goalie to bail you out

  34. avatar_58 says:

    Consummate teammate, but it is what it is. At least 2 or 3 should have been stopped.

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

    Yes, great attitude. Very zen.

    Now if he could only stop a beachball.

     

  36. andrewberkshire says:

    I love the way it just rolls of Auld’s back. Perfect backup mentality. Ignore it and move on. I’d still start him against Ottawa.

  37. avatar_58 says:

    In case Boone or someone can help –

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    (GEEZ….sorry for this html crap)

  38. dre1744 says:

    Another goal for Andrei  hopefully his  slump is over  and he keeps on scoring.  Andrei also lead the team in hits  tonight.

  39. blu3chip says:

    Blowing a 4 goal lead is ugly, but holding the fort after the game is tied and winning it in OT with a beautiful play is nothing short of amazing.

    Both teams have great scoring chances throughout the game, the Habs cashed in early and Flames got some afterwards. I didn’t really see any serious ‘mental breakdown’ or ‘sit back and hold the lead’, sometimes the momentum swing plus some luck is just too hard to defend.

    Bottom line is, the team didn’t panic. They hold off the surging opponent and shot them down with style.

  40. avatar_58 says:

    Hey what gives, I want a new pic and I can’t change mine. Says the folder is not writeable? Server side issue it seems

  41. 134 says:

    -if they still have gas left and don’t play with their phantom limbs…

  42. HNS says:

    Hopefully a wake up call for tomorrow nite. 60 minutes!

  43. HabFanSince72 says:

    I don’t think we played that badly in the 3rd tonight. Only 8 shots given.

    Their goals were all the result of weak goalkeeping.

  44. thebigguy says:

    Anyone else think that our recent 3rd period troubles may be the result of this flu that’s floating around not only the team but it seems everyone in Montreal?

    Cammy’s been sick, Wiz, Pouliot. I know the Gazette mentioned a couple other players (I think Darche was one of them). That many players playing sick could be part of the reason for our 3rd period suckage.

  45. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Could be bud, but I highly doubt Montreal’s the only team with flu problems. 

    Playing without this team’s top 2 dmen hurts as well.

  46. Ian Cobb says:

    I do mot know why everyone is amazed at what is going on in Montreal
    these days. Just remember how long ago that Hamilton won the Calder
    cup, and who was on the team.!

    Slowly these players have
    graduated to the NHL to play along side the great veterans that Bob
    brought here,   one short year ago. To play a system that J. martin
    believes in and has implemented over the past year here.

    This
    team that has seen their top two defenseman go down for the year, still
    compete for a top spot in this years up coming play offs.

    I have
    to confess that I was not a J. Martin supporter when he first arrived
    here in Mtl. But after the great run of last year I have held my tongue
    and watched his stamp placed on this team.

    We as fans are
    disappointed if we do not win each and every game, and are devastated
    when we lose a couple in a row. But here this, we are a much better
    team this year than last, and we will go very much deeper than last
    year into the play offs this spring.

    We never win going away, but that is only to keep us into every game.! After all this is an entertainment business.

    Enjoy the ride to the top boys and girls, see you at the parade.!

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    Respectfully Ian, the only legacy left from the 2007 Calder Cup team
    was Playoff MVP Carey Price, while the top man for Hamilton on their run
    that season, he’s all that’s left. Lapierre, O’Byrne, Chipchura,
    D’Agostini, Grabovski are all offering their services elsewhere these
    days.

    This is more the legacy of the Habs later, more successful
    draft classes with Weber, Subban, Pacioretty. It will take until the
    12-13, 13-14 seasons to really see the benefits of the farm rebuild when
    names like Avtsin, Leblanc, Kristo, Tinordi start contending for spots and hopefully, free agent prospects like Nash and Engqvist.

     

     

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

  48. stephen says:

    Really liking Kostitsyn with grinders like Halpern and Moen. Reminds me of a sniper in the weeds, as it were.

  49. deuce6 says:

    PK, don’t stop being exciting…The game needs more players like you…This “old man” mentality is what is, old..As in yesteryear..I , for one, love watching this kid play and cannot say enough about his exuberance on and off the ice..

    I understand that he should be a professional about things, but why can’t you have fun at the same time..The kid shouldn’t apologize for celebrating an OT goal, especially after a game like that..Don’t bury the kid’s confidence..

     

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

  50. stephen says:

    While I’m not big on overzealous celebrations, I would hope people could understand that P.K. might have been slightly excited after scoring his first overtime goal.

  51. zak says:

    I’m sur the players love watching him go. They’re fans too. You think the players didn’t love watch Gretz , Mario , Jagger do their thing. GO HABS  GO. P.K. is exciting to watch

  52. Propwash says:

    Even though the vid isn’t up yet, good on Auld for having the ‘nads to face the media.

     

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  53. deuce6 says:

    No worse than jumping at the glass or throwing your glove in the air and shooting it with your stick like a gun..I’m sure Old man Cherry will something about this on SAT night..

     

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

  54. stephen says:

    Lost in the frenzy of a blown lead and subsequent overtime victory was Cammalleri’s trademark goal. It was nice to see him laser one like he can. Seemed like he had been missing the net an awful lot of late!

  55. Propwash says:

    PK can celebrate all he wants as far as I’m concerned, no ‘pologies required.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  56. deuce6 says:

    “Prime Time”..lol

    Perfect!

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


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