Video: Habs on brink of elimination after Game 5 loss to Bruins

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Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban in post-game interviews.
Stubbs video capture

Quick game-over story on the Canadiens’ 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal, leaving the Habs one game from elimination against the Boston Bruins.

PAT HICKEY
The Gazette

BOSTON – The Canadiens are facing a must-win situation Monday night at the Bell Centre after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Boston Bruins Saturday night at the TD Garden. The win gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal. The Boston power-play came to life with a pair of goals.

Missing in action: P.K. Subban, who has been poised on and off the ice during this series, was a study in frustration but he wasn’t the only Canadien who struggled. Max Pacioretty, Thomas Vanek and Rene Bourque once again failed to provide an offensive spark.

Bruins strike first: Carl Soderberg’s first NHL playoff goal gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 13:20 of the opening period. Carey Price made the save on Loui Eriksson’s shot from the slot but the puck trickled through his pads and Soderberg nudged it across the goal-line. He became the sixth Bruin to score his first playoff goal in this post-season. Eriksson scored at 14:12 of the third period to put  Boston ahead 4-1.

The drought ends: When Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal at 1:04 of the second period, it ended five years of frustration for the Bruins’ power play against the Canadiens. The Bruins were 0-for-38 on power-play opportunities in playoff action against the Canadiens dating back to 2009. Smith redirected Dougie Hamilton’s shot from the blueline to give Boston a 2-0 lead. The Bruins made it 3-0 when Jarome Iginla scored another power-play goal 32 seconds later. Tomas Plekanec was in the penalty box for both goals.  

Calling it tight: In the two previous games, there was a sense that the referees were letting the players play and there were only five power plays in the two games combined. In Game 5, there were six power plays in the first period alone as referees Eric Furlatt and Wes McCauley didn’t let much go. The Bruins went 2-for-4 on the power play while the Canadiens went 2-for-5. Montreal’s first goal was scored on a power play at 14:39 of the second period when Brendan Gallagher planted himself in front of Tuukka Rask and deflected a shot by Plekanec. Subban made the final score respectable when he scored on a rocket from the blueline at 17:31 of the third period.  

Minor adjustment: Daniel Brière has assisted on three game-winning goals in this year’s playoffs and he was added during the off-season because he has played his best hockey in the playoffs. But he was a healthy scratch as Brandon Prust returned to the lineup after a two-game absence.

What’s next: The Canadiens are facing elimination as the series returns to the Bell Centre Monday night (7:30 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN-690 Radio). Game 7, if necessary, will be played Wednesday at the TD Garden.

Stubbs videos:

Captain Brian Gionta:

Defenceman P.K. Subban (sorry for the jostling and rough ending):

 

120 Comments

  1. CalgaryHab says:

    I’ve been watching this bruin bs for too long – we’ve been allowing it for far too long also. What has been solidified for me, yet again, is just how ugly the b’s and their faithful are – ugly on the inside has always been more than evident, but ugly on the outside I’m certain has increased 10 fold. The camera just can’t find anyone that’s at all pleasing to the eye at the TD garden. It’s remarkable how alike the fans and team are. I hope for nothing but the worst for the both of them.

    • CAPSLOCK DAN says:

      EVER SEEN “The Fighter”?

      SPECIFICALLY THE ARGUMENT SCENE WITH THE STEP-SISTERS?

      THAT IS BOSTON TO A T.

      CLASSLESS, LOWLIFE, TRASH CITY. THE NEXT DETROIT, ONLY WITH MORE UNLIKABLE PEOPLE.

  2. Cal says:

    So, like, have you enjoyed the playoff run or would you rather they pull an Oilers or a laff every year and miss out? I mean, like, the Habs don’t owe you the Cup, do they?
    This run has been a lot of fun. We get more one game at the Bell Centre to watch. Then, the CBC and their Gooins can continue to consummate their unholy alliance.

  3. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    4-2 Habs on Monday. Book it. Then back to Boston, where we will crush their souls with a victory in OT.

    Philly beat the bulk of this team 4-straight in a series. I know that we can get 2.

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    • CAPSLOCK DAN says:

      Philly had Pronger.

      I hate Mike Richards and think he’s a below average NHLer, BUT HE PLAYED HIS ASS OFF.

      GIROUX.

      CARTER (He’s a huge asshole but he also played well)

      All of the above are better than every player on the Habs right now except PK.

      I would happily trade our roster for the 2010 Flyers roster (except PK)

  4. AH says:

    Lol!, a certain poster on here was all over me for calling Max Perimeter Max during the year, and he posted some nice colorful picture showing where he scored his goals from to supposedly prove his point; well here we are in the playoffs and Max is sure lighting it up and going to those dirty areas to score isn’t he?

    Yeah but he scored 39 goals!!! Yeah well I’d rather he score 9 goals in the reg.season and then light it up in the playoffs….when it matters most!

    • CAPSLOCK DAN says:

      IF I WERE MB, I WOULD THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT TRADING MAX. HIS NEAR 40 SEASON AND GREAT CAP HIT WOULD WARRANT A MASSIVE RETURN. THROW IN A PICK AND WE COULD TOTALLY ROB SOME SUCKER.

      HIS PLAY THIS POST SEASON HAS BEEN DISHEARTENING AND WE CAN’T AFFORD TO HAVE ANY PASSENGERS CLINGING PAST THEIR DUE DATE. (The Koststsiyn Brothers come to mind). DON’T MAKE MARTIN’S MISTAKES.

      • HabsTrueBlue says:

        Don’t panic. Chara shutdown Crosby and Malkin last year and the Sedin brothers a few years back. The team needs to play with desperation. Subban and Markov have to be jump in more while 5 on 5 to help the forwards. The forwards are getting killed out there 5 on 5.

  5. habs001 says:

    It should also be considered that the Habs are not a cup winning lineup..There is just so much you can get out of the lineup…Very rare that a team wins a championship when there are clearly 5 to 7 teams that are better….

  6. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    I’m his proxy. Habs will play their game of the year on Monday to send the series back to Boston for Game 7.

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  7. Habcouver says:

    MT’s post game podium responses were good, considering the stupid questions asked.
    I am impressed that the Habs are staying professional and classy, win or lose.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  8. RoySubbanPrice says:

    Looking forward to a More quicker, more disciplined, more intense Habs team in Gm 6

    No one remembers those who play average – PK Subban

  9. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    I’M GONNA TURN OFF THE CAPSLOCK TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT POINT HERE.

    I think it’s time for PK to stop trying to impress the no-gnads PC crowd and the racist CBC cretins at the same time. Time to turn off the nice guy act and become a bit of a heel (to the Bruins at least) and fight fire with fire. I felt sick seeing Thornton get away with spraying him like that. Thronton scares NO ONE, two years ago I get it but right now I think DD would whip his ass, he’s washed up, shot, practically comatose and he can’t fight anymore. PK should have made a huge statement and cross checked him through the floor on the next shift, a “I’m madder than hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore” moment. It would have sparked the team and Thronton wouldn’t have been able to do a damn thing about it – I can’t remember the last time he’s been in a fight, let alone won one. Time for PK to take off the collar, it’s bound to be chafing, unleash the anger. Only then will players truly fear and respect him. He doesn’t have to fight, I don’t remember Vladdy Konstantinov fighting hardly at all and he was one of the most feared players in the game.

    Time for him to stop seeking approval and start seeking success. He damn good already, could you imagine how dominant he would be if he stopped fearing the establishment?

    same goes for Carey, He should have thrown the hell down after getting hit in the head by Rask, no one would blame him if he did. I lost a bit of respect for him after that.

    JUST A FEW THOUGHTS.
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  10. D Mex says:

    Bush league move by Thornton with the water bottle.
    Minor league move by the NHL to do nothing about it.

    Buttman, Daly, and too flippin’ many franchise owners who grew up worshiping the greenback instead of an outdoor rink, a wooden stick and a net to bury a puck into. Too many who couldn’t stand up in a pair of skates to save their lives.

    It’s an issue, and it’s not insignificant : they don’t know where the game began or have a real understanding of what it takes to play it. Buttman makes me ill any time he spouts off about ” our game “, or flips his limp little wrist when pretending he knows more than he does. He knows nothing about the game, so he hasn’t a clue that spraying water at a player who’s carrying the puck is akin to a coach impeding a ball carrier running down a football sideline.

    If Buttman had any appreciation for this game, and what it means, or how difficult it really is to win the Stanley Cup, he would be directing that stupid grin be wiped from Thornton’s kisser, and fining his owner’s ass at the same time.

    No knowledge of the game, no integrity, no credibility. Get this game into Canadian hands – soon, or kiss what’s left of the NHL’s credibility goodbye.
    Its CEO can’t even tie his own skates.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  11. habs-fan-84 says:

    We’ve seen MUCH worse Habs teams come back from 3-1 series deficits. Either you’re a fan or you’re not.
    GO HABS GO

  12. 24AW says:

    Two things haven’t changed since their 1st game back in OCT 2013
    not enough offense and when they lose it’s always the refs fault. Sorry but offense on occasions and injury prone players do not win Stanley Cups and until this changes, we will be a playoff team but never a Stanley Cup team IMO their playoff run is slowly coming to an end.

  13. habs001 says:

    Habs win on Monday…and Price comes up with a 42 save game 7 shutout…May not be fair but Price needs to play a game where he stops shots that you can argue are not his fault if they go in….Habs may need to give up no more than 1 goals a game to win….

  14. AH says:

    PK Subban always all class in his interviews. Stands out even more when they are facing classless Bruin scum and their scum fans.

    Gionta: his interviews are such a crock, he says so much at the same time saying so little all the time.

  15. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Wish list for Monday night, with nothing to lose:
    Ryan White for Prust
    Briere for DD
    Beaulieu/Tinordi for Weaver/Murray

    • RoySubbanPrice says:

      I”d do Briere for Prust
      Beaulieu for Murray – Keeps Markov fresh, more speed and quicker transition 5-on-5 and on PP.

      No one remembers those who play average – PK Subban

  16. RoySubbanPrice says:

    Pk’s Post-game interview showed way more dissatisfaction about the loss than Gionta’s (and he’s the captain). It’s understandable that you want to keep your emotions in check, but it didn’t seem like the way the team showed up tonight bothered him.

    No one remembers those who play average – PK Subban

    • CAPSLOCK DAN says:

      He’s been a good footsoldier for five years. His first two were great, made me get his jersey. Injuries in the third and fourth have taken their toll. He’s 36, he doesn’t have quite the jam. maybe time to hang e’m up. He was good this year, he has a cup, he seems like he’s saved his $$$. Why not zip around on Lake Ontario for the rest of ones life if he has the means?

      gracefully.

    • AH says:

      +100, see my post above, IMO he’s a crappy Captain, he along with others need to be gone.

      • RoySubbanPrice says:

        I don’t think he’s a “crappy captain”, but he could definitely be better!

        No one remembers those who play average – PK Subban

  17. Hobie says:

    Oh, btw, Bourque in most definitely injured. He’s missed the last few morning skates, they said he had the flu, he’s obviously hurt. I think Vanek might be banged up as well, though I’m not positive.

  18. Storman says:

    First Stubbs with a Terry Oreilly tribute and now Hickey with a complete senility view of PK Subban;s game tonight..

  19. hitgurl says:

    Hickey should write for the Boston Globe

  20. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    “Missing in action: P.K. Subban”…is this a joke? He looked like the only one who was trying to hit anyone. He worked over Lucic on one play for heaven’s sake. Give me a break…

    • Habcouver says:

      What game was Hickey watching?
      PK was the only one out there playing like he cared.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

      • Clay says:

        …and Gally.

        __________________________
        ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

        • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

          I wish we had a couple more of him.

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          • Clay says:

            So does every team. He’s exceptional.

            __________________________
            ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

          • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

            No wonder the nickname “Honey Badger” suits him so well; he gets driven head-first into the boards collects himself, and what’s the first thing he does? Skate the the front of the net and park his ass in the crease.

            No if only we could motivate some of the other forwards to play that way…

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  21. nova scotia vees says:

    Is Pat Hickey blind? PK missing in action??? He must have been sitting behind a pillar. Go home and watch the game! Geez.

  22. hitgurl says:

    PK should be captain of this team. He leads. No one else has as much drive to win.

  23. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Does anyone think the league will suspend Thornton for squirting Subban from the bench as PK was trying to make a play? Will this league ever grow big enough balls to tell the Goons from Boston enough is enough? That’s unsportsmanlike & very disgusting.

  24. Bim says:

    Pacioretty 0, Vanek 0 = Golfing. Gotta produce guys or its done..booya! The big question for me is who do you keep on next year’s team? Lotta questions! Gionta? Vanek? Cube? Murray? Moen? How much do you pay PK? Will Tinordi, Beaulieu and Leblanc finally make the team full time? Good luck Mr. MB! As things sit right now the off season is a lot more exciting. It was a good try but I think I hear the fat lady singing and its not Ginette Reno.

  25. ProHabs says:

    Montreal let Boston back into the series and now there is not stopping the Bruins unfortunatley. The longer you let a series go versus the Bruins, the worse it is for you. The Bruins wear you down with their big bodies and by game 6 or 7 you are so sore, you can hardly move. The Habs are starting to feel this.

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      A good reason to get some rested legs in there, though the only changes I think are coming are Briere and… well, no that’ll probably be it.

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  26. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    Interesting that PK’s interview took place in front of the empty Vanek and Pacioretty stalls.

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  27. hitgurl says:

    Bruins wanted to win. So did PK. That’s about it.

    Boone how can u say the refs called everything when the Bruins got away with so many cheap shots. Sometimes I think you are a Bruin lover in secret.

  28. hitgurl says:

    Therrien is an idiot for not playing Briere. Playing Murray again was not too smart either.
    And I said that BEFORE the game as did many I am sure.

  29. C-Sword says:

    Why is it okay for other teams like the Kings and the Ducks to play rookie forwards and goaltenders, but it’d be the end of the world if the Habs dress either Tinordi or Beaulieu?

    • Hobie says:

      They gave Tinordi a real look at earning a spot and he made a few game costing mistakes. I thought Beaulieu did play well enough to earn a spot though.

      I don’t think Murray is back next season. Bouillon will also be gone. So we should definitely see Beaulieu and most likely Tinordi. Habs did sign Pateryn for two years this week as well.

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      more pressure on coaches and players in Montreal to always win now

  30. Habitoban says:

    Prust is broken!! Why isn’t Whitey playing n his place if we are goingto sit (I play best in the playoffs) Briere. A fear of a lack of discipline perhaps? I remember a recent series against the Bruins when a young player with a lack of discipline got a penalty for boarding Johnny Boychuk. I would have given him a medal, but old JM with the full support and insistence of the HIO braintrust, benched him for the rest of the playoffs and he never played another game for the Habs. Well Benny Pouliot, still takes the odd dumb penalty, but he seems to be doing just fine in the playoffs. We could have used that “lack of disipline” tonight instead of the wussy performance of too many of our players.

    • dr. schmutzdeker says:

      The Gauthier/Count regime wanted the team to be as wussy-like as possible. Any pushback by a team member against the opposition resulted in a benching.

  31. munch17 says:

    DD is the 10 th leading scorer amongst habs forwards in the playoffs.
    That’s why he had more than 20 minutes ice time tonight and is on the first wave of pp.
    Makes perfect sense.

  32. FormalWare says:

    I can’t understand Prust for Briere. And leaving Murray in. Almost as though Therrien was conceding this one to the Bruins, content to ice the lineup least susceptible to meaningful injury.

    If I’m even close to the truth, we’ll see Prust and Murray sit for Games 6 & 7.


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  33. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    The game plan for Monday HAS to be to skate to the front of the net. And I’m not talking about doing what Vanek was doing tonight, which was standing outside of Rask’s line of sight waiting for a rebound that won’t come because Rask can see the puck all the way in. They need to do what Gallagher did–all 5″9″ of him–and stand directly between Rask and the puck shooter. And as we also saw tonight, it also throws Rask off his game.

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  34. dexterthebeagle says:

    Veterans let us down tonight especially Gionta, as far as I’m concerned he’s been really lazy on the backcheck, doesn’t get deep when he carries the puck in, always a slapshot from the top of the circle, I’ve seen 4 goals scored by the Bruins due to dropped defensive assignments by him. I really hope we don’t resign him

  35. habs-fan-84 says:

    The Habs are my favourite hockey team! I also happen to like a lot of players on this team. I will continue to support and believe in this team!

    GO HABS GO
    Habs in 7!!

  36. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Whether we win or lose this series, the world should know by now that PK Subban is one classy individual. I can just imagine any member of the Gooins & the crap that comes out of their mouths if they had to deal with what Subban dealt with tonight.

    Very proud to be a Habs fan.

  37. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Darren Dreger tweeting Thornton may be fined for interfering from the bench

    …a game suspension makes more sense in a common-sense World

    …but, I’ve long realized this ain’t a common-sense World

  38. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I rather go-down blazing playing Our young long-term Players like Beaulieu and Tinordi than see Murray, who will not be re-signed

    …I get very frustrated watching other top-teams playing their young kids, providing them energy, edge, speed and skill

    …kudos to Therrien bringing Us this far, but We would, in My opinion be ‘even better’ to trust Our Kids …especially now

  39. Mondou6 says:

    No one is playing good enough to win this series.

    We gave away two games, no one can score, we can’t stop the Bruins when we need to.

    Outplayed, out coached…We sh@t away this series. Same old result.

    Really disgusted…

  40. AceMagnum says:

    That Simon guy on TSN690 was right, this team had TWO chances to put a stranglehold on the series and blew it both times. Its not in the cards this year.

  41. FormalWare says:

    Reporters are trying to get PK to say who squirted him in the visor with water. He’s trying to be classy, but he should have said: “You tell Me! You’re the ones who’ve seen all the replays! Who did it? Anyone?!”

    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  42. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I don’t want another 2011 repeat. Please! This is not the Jacques Martin/Gainey-Gauthier era anymore.

  43. careysubban3176 says:

    Bottom line. When your best big skilled guys in vanek and pacioretty continue to play on the perimeter in the playoffs, your not gonna score many goals. They are not playoff material.

  44. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Not over till it’s over.

  45. 24 Cups says:

    Let’s be honest, we were never in the game.

    Time to repeat Game 3 back on home ice which would set up a crap shoot in Game 7. I can live with that scenario.

    24.4 Cups

  46. FormalWare says:

    Oh…. Kayyyyyy.


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  47. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    What did you expect them to do? Pull Thornton off the bench so that someone could hit him?

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  48. RoySubbanPrice says:

    ha funny! so your playoffs are over? series is still on Monday – Gm 6

    No one remembers those who play average – PK Subban


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