Pacioretty, Gomez key Canadiens’ win


The Canadiens finally broke into the W column with a thrilling OT conquest of the Ottawa Senators.
The Habs roared back from a 3-0 deficit keyed by two Max Pacioretty goals and an equalizer, in the dying seconds, by Scott Gomez.
Erik Cole cinched the win in the Shootout.

The Gomez line, with Max-Pac and phenom Brendan Gallagher, was the Canadiens best, with 19 of the team’s 33 shots – plus two posts by Pacioretty.

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Interesting chat with  Dany Dubé after the game.

In addition to being impressed by Brendan Gallagher, the 98,5 FM analyst liked what he saw on the back end from Jarred Tinordi, Alexei Yemelin and Raphael Diaz.

Mark this down for future reference: A pressbox consensus is forming on Diaz:

He’s better than Yannick Weber.

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Video of Brendan Gallagher:

Max Pacioretty:

Jacques Martin:

A fitting end to a very entertaining hockey game in Ottawa.

Filatov: Save


Max-Pac: Wrister shelf!! What a night

Spezza: Goal

Gallagher: Wide

Daniel F.: Wide

And Cole wins it!!

The Canadiens roared back from a 3-0 deficit, with Scott Gomez tying it up in the dying seconds with the goaltender on the bench.

And Max is back … big time.

Gomez was good, too.

And Brendan Gallagher did not look out of place with the big boys.

19 shots on goal for that line.


  1. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Not that he’s not ok, but Gomez skating doesnt look 100% he normally flies but right now looks very average speed

    OMG did he just drive to the net :S hell must have frozen over

  2. VancouverHab says:

    Cole, Gomez, Patches: a LINE.

  3. durocher says:

    He’s back!

  4. AK_PK_Usay says:

    I have to say Pacman Gomez and Cole looks really really good… better than Plex cammy and cole IMO

  5. Danno says:

    Ca sent le comeback!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  6. Patches has had just a great game. He’s gonna be fun to watch this season.

  7. JIMVINNY says:

    It was only a matter of time for patches. He’s been great.

  8. Nice play by Weber at the blue line.

  9. habsfaninboston says:

    MaxPac is back!

  10. xchicksxwithxsticksx says:


  11. Wamsley01 says:

    If you are worried about pre-season, remember that the Bruins/Canucks went 4-8-1 last pre-season and were -11 in goal differential.

    The teams with the most points last pre-season?

    Toronto and Calgary.

  12. Danno says:



    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  13. Propwash says:

    Zomg! Goalie controversy!!!!!!!

  14. sreuel says:

    How come the alerts are so behind I just got a alert right now it is 2-0 sens why

  15. Chris Higgins says:

    I’d love to hang with you guys tonight, but my pal has the boxed set of “Ice Road Truckers!”

  16. This year’s preseason is like a carbon copy of last year’s.

  17. Ayan_SB says:

    Michalek scores, 3-0 Ottawa.

  18. habstrinifan says:

    Listening to the game on TEAM990 while following Boone’s blog.

    Analyst’s comment “Scott Gomez was looking for the 3rd man coming in as a trailer but no one was there so he had to give it to Pacioretty” for a weak back-hand.

    YES.. We talking about PRE-SEASON. And if in pre-season your guys are NOT joining in on the offense as described then again I ask the question, “What the hell is being done in training camp to develop offensive patterns-instincts by this team.

    The analyst on team990 again commented on the lack of offense after 3 pre-season games.. and he IS RIGHT!

  19. AK_PK_Usay says:

    I never seem JM be so patient with rookies before, he must like his vets quite well.

  20. habs001 says:

    too early to really care about these games….if the team looks this bad in the final 2 exhibition games than there might be a bit of concern…we have to remember that the habs have been one of the worst scoring teams in the nhl the last 2 years so i am not sure that suddenly we will become a scoring machine even with the new additions and we still have our great anti scoring coach martin….

  21. first the fire alarm, now glass problems, this Ottawa rink is being held together by duct tape.

  22. durocher says:

    I know it is pre-season. I know these games don’t count for anything. But that doesn’t negate the observation that, in these meaningless games, we look like sh*t. Slow, chasing the puck, no jump, no energy. Important game or not, in professional hockey a team should still come out to play.

  23. Chris Higgins says:

    The Sens just cut to commercial saying that they were “enjoying” a two-goal lead. I would too! They don’t happen that often!!!

  24. DEANDALLEY says:

    Just put the full team together and let them come together!

    It is all for nothing if we don’t win the Stanley Cup!

  25. Propwash says:

    Jeez, Martin won’t need to make cuts, injuries will do that for him…..

  26. Tinordi looks huge out there. freakin Hall Gill huge.

  27. Ayan_SB says:

    This is the same Swedish referee from last year’s controversial Detroit-Montreal game right? The one who shook Johan Franzen’s hand after the game?

  28. Chris Higgins says:

    Guys, you have to chill on the lack of scoring. I’ve seen this before in support of a teammate. The Habs won’t pot one until the Gomer does!

  29. durocher says:

    Engvist looks slow to me, albeit big. At least Tommy Pyatt could really skate. Halpern seemed faster too

  30. DEANDALLEY says:

    Can the Habs be any worse?

    It is all for nothing if we don’t win the Stanley Cup!

  31. habstrinifan says:

    OK! Someone’s gotta do it … poke the elephant int he room. So I am gonna do it. I have been worried from the start of the pre-season that these Canadiens look awfully confused and disorganized as a team and show very little ‘offensive’ cohesion. And yes this is pre-season. And yes they are playing so many different lines/people.

    But geez…. apart from the second game power play with P.K. things seem very much as if very little is being done to develop an offensive patterns as a team.

    And based on Boone’s blog tonight it is same-o same-o and too much resemble shades of last year.

    What the HELL is being ‘developed’ in training camp?

  32. Mavid says:

    they think Darche hurt his knee even though he is streching his arm and pointing to the middle of his back…goofs

    second place is just the first loser

  33. Man, Patches can really be a force of nature out there.

  34. JIMVINNY says:

    Second time Darche has shown frustration with the reffing.

  35. Mavid says:

    stupid building..stupid team…stupid fans…i wish they would go away except its a nice close place to watch the Habs and its pretty close to being at home

    second place is just the first loser

  36. I was wondering what that sound was Boone.

  37. Hobie Hansen says:

    If PK were playing there would be three Subbans playing in Ottawa tonight!

  38. fun police says:

    Preseason? Preseason? we’re talking about preseason? (in my best allen iverson voice) I think the teams that the habs have played so far have all had something to prove to their fans and thus have picked their lineups accordingly. Dallas didn’t make the playoffs, are bankrupt and dwindling fan interest, preseason is important. Buffalo has a newish owner who spent a lot of money, hence as max put it, a playoff-push roster. Ottawa sucks and their fans know it, a little preseason success is all they will talk about. The Habs, true to real preseason form dresses a line and a half with some exciting rookies splattered in.
    How good is Gallagher going to be? man is he fun to watch. max is ready, he will have a big year. weber, at least tonight, looks shaky. why is nobody talking about darche possibly not making the team? i guess he does the little things right, because in two games so far he has been unspectacular.

  39. JIMVINNY says:

    Wow. Those Rogers TV commercials look like amateur hour compared to Bell commercials.

  40. Another rough 1st period. Good thing it’s preseason

  41. Un Canadien errant says:

    This link seems to work for me.

    EDIT: sorry, it seems to have flaked out on us. Not getting picture anymore. Maybe when the 2nd period starts up.

    I listened to the first period on Team 990, good to finally find some video. JustinTV came up short this time, usually you find one or two jumpy grainy links on there.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  42. AK_PK_Usay says:

    AK on point? WTF

    Hmm, that would have been nice late period goal, good try by ak and gallagher

  43. scrowe21 says:

    2 goals on 7 shots….

    Pacioretty and Gallagher came so close.

  44. kempie says:

    Does anybody here know when “The System” is expected to make its pre-season debut? Hal Gill and Carey Price were asking.

  45. DEANDALLEY says:

    If I had a $ for every post & open net the Habs have had in the past season & so far this season …

    It is all for nothing if we don’t win the Stanley Cup!

  46. durocher says:

    Nice play by AK46 — he’s been our best forward in the pre-season, which isn’t saying that much to be sure

  47. HardHabits says:

    Well it looks like the Habs will have another injury filled offensively challenged season and back into the play-offs again.

    Middle of the pack mediocrity.

  48. Someone wake me when the preseason is over.

  49. Chris Higgins says:

    God, you think getting waxed in a controlled scrimmage is bad? Try Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals!

  50. durocher says:

    AK46 as the PP QB???

  51. durocher says:

    Come on Weber, you were the third person back (late) on a PK situation

  52. Propwash says:


  53. DEANDALLEY says:

    Boone, Floppin around the ice worked for Thomas last season!

    It is all for nothing if we don’t win the Stanley Cup!

  54. SeriousFan09 says:

    I would remind Hickey that Melanson excels at destroying the mental game of his charges given enough time.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  55. JIMVINNY says:

    Yemelin gets crosschecked in the face 6 feet from the ref in the habs zone, and the guy at the other end of the ice is the one that called the penalty. WTF?

  56. durocher says:

    Nice hit by Gilbert Dionne, I mean, Blunden

  57. DEANDALLEY says:

    Boone, Price tried EH.

    The same story, no Habs to take any Sen out of the play …

    It is all for nothing if we don’t win the Stanley Cup!

  58. JIMVINNY says:

    Price’s dmen kind of ran him over there, with a little help from the sens.

  59. durocher says:

    Wow, Price was almost in the faceoff circle

  60. DEANDALLEY says:

    Slashed the stick out of his hand and no call ..

    It is all for nothing if we don’t win the Stanley Cup!

  61. JIMVINNY says:

    Doesn’t look like the Habs are getting any calls tonight. A few muggings, and a text book slash just seconds ago have gone uncalled.

  62. Hobie Hansen says:

    GAME IS ON CHANNEL 456 Center ICE PACKAGE on Rogers Cable there boys. They be showing it for free.

  63. Propwash says:

    Guess I’m S.O.L on being able to watch the game. Oh well, I’ll stream it on Team 990 *shudder*

  64. Ayan_SB says:

    For those of you unable to watch the game, here are a couple of online streams. Hope it works for you guys. Enjoy.

  65. kempie says:

    “Bulletin to Expressvu subscriber: NHL Centre Ice is on free trial. You can watch this game on channel 435”

    Post of the night. Thank you.

  66. I really like Anderson. It was a huge mistake by the Panthers to get rid of him.

    • Ayan_SB says:

      You mean the Avalanche? I think the Panthers had him as a backup to Vokoun, so I don’t blame them.

      • Panthers had him and he played really good here. Vokoun was out with an injury and Anderson was lights out good, thats when I noticed him. then he was traded to Colorado. Big mistake, considering Vokoun bolted as a UFA. They could have kept Anderson.

        • Ayan_SB says:

          Considering the goaltenders they’ve had for the past decade or so (Luongo, Vokoun, Anderson), it’s almost crazy to think that the Florida Panthers haven’t made the playoffs since the Clinton administration.

          • I know, it’s pathetic. the team has been mismanaged badly. I never gave a crap about any team other than the habs, but I kinda have a soft spot for the Panthers since I moved here. funny stat, check out the last time the Panthers played in the Stanley cup final and the last time the habs did.

  67. Hobie Hansen says:

    OK, the guys calling the game on Ottawa community television don’t even know the names of the Sens’ players let alone the Habs’.
    The picture reminds me of watching a game in 1987 as well.

  68. xchicksxwithxsticksx says:

    I’m listening to the game on the team 990. its WAY behind the live blog:( thanks for doing what your doing boone!

  69. DEANDALLEY says:

    Bloody post!

    It is all for nothing if we don’t win the Stanley Cup!

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