Liveblog: Canadiens hand Devils first loss


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There were 38 seconds left in overtime when Andrei Markov scored on a Canadiens power-play to secure a hard-fought 4-3 win.
The Canadiuens had blown a 3-1 third-period lead.
It was Markov’s fourth goal of the young season.

The Devils came into the Bell Centre as the only undefeated team in the Eastern Conference.

Martin Brodeur had given up only three goals through his first three starts.

BIG win.

What a difference a year makes:

It took the Canadiens 10 starts to secure their third win last season.


  1. Price07 says:

    This team is going great right now, I love it!

    And geez Markov is such a stud!

  2. frontenac1 says:

    @Burly. Vodka is a warm weather libation,unless it is consumed in the morning..Stick with Single Malts and Cognac in the cold weather amigo. Saludos!

    • shootdapuck says:

      You never lived in Russia or Scandinavia!

      Very much a cold weather bevvy there!

      Or in fact any weather to be correct!

      The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

      “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
      “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
      ” I have a pet peeve”

    • Puck Bard says:


      clearly I missed you (I’ve been away for about a year and 1/2), but boy do I like you.

      “arrest this girl, her hitler hairdo, is making me feel ill”

  3. Strummer says:

    Is it true Bobby Orr is being referred to as the Canadian Andrei Markov?

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  4. Sportfan says:

    Happy the Habs kept it together even though the Devils caught up they never gave up and look what happened also Markiov has proven we really needed him the last couple of seasons.

  5. FlyAngler says:

    A new St. Andre(i) for Montreal et Les Glorieux!

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Seems to me Eller is playing almost tentative, like he is trying to make sure he makes the right decision instead of the wrong one. Almost the old play not to lose your spot kind of thing. MT has done the tough love already by scratching him for 2 games, I think perhaps some kid gloves may be necessary in order to try and get Eller’s confidence going.

    Others have made the point about how much better he has looked at center, and perhaps it is as simple as that. I am just not sure where you put him at center. The 4th line doesn’t suit him and they are doing fine. While I think Eller has potential to be better than DD, he has not shown that innate sense which DD when playing well has. DD is struggling also, but he makes small little plays which really show his high hockey IQ.

    I don’t know, I suppose with MaxPac out, Eller stays in, but I worry Blunden takes his place. I hope MT works this properly, end of day though it is up to Eller to play better.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I agree completely.
      People kept saying that Eller’s tentative play was because he was worried about being benched by JM. Now he’s doing the same thing for another coach.

      Maybe he’s just naturally tentative.
      As you mention, tentativeness on the wing is bad enough, but at centre it’s a killer. I’ve always thought that DD has more natural vision of the ice, and you put that point perfectly.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. savethepuck says:

    Really enjoying watching this team play early in the season. Some of the fearless predictions on here on how the Habs will finish the same as last year may turn out to be correct if they mean 73 pts and not 15th place.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  8. Puck Bard says:

    Markov… MARKOV?!

    “arrest this girl, her hitler hairdo, is making me feel ill”

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Well that was pleasant.
    I’m actually happy to see that we won in this manner.
    Lost a lead, but fought back for the win.

    Been a while since we’ve seen that, and great to see.

    You can see that Eller doesn’t have the coach’s confidence, and rightly so, he hasn’t merited it; a few good moments, a lot of floating.

    Chucky looks like the real deal, and I love love love the way that Bourque is playing. He’s frustrated, but it’ll go in, and once it does, it will keep going in.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. Hobie Hansen says:

    Great job by the rookies and an excellent game from the 4th line and Prust on the third. Therrien is doing a great job getting the team fired up and has the boys finishing their checks.

    Bourque is playing well, Markov is ridiculous but Price did let in a softie that pissed me off a bit.

    Love the new gritty attitude of the team.

    Go Habs Go.

  11. Habs_Norway says:

    Great win, good to end the loosingstreak against the devils.
    Mister Markov is hot!
    And what a game by the Gals. Thumbs up!

    Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

  12. Les Canayens says:

    The team is now in perfect position to sign PK Subban on the cheap. For those who say “PK Who?”, it’s better to have him than not. Coming in a tight winning group he has no choice but to fall in line, for those who assume he’s a dressing room poison, which nothing so far proves he is one.

  13. Hamayoune says:

    Good redemption by the Habs. They just defeated the hottest team in the league!

    The kid line has really given the team a boost. MT is playing his lines very well; playing the line at the right times. That’s how you build confidence in kids while allowing them to gain experience. Things are looking great!

  14. habsfan0 says:

    PK mulling over options.

  15. CCL says:

    keep the two Gally’s with the team. They look great with Prust.

  16. windycity says:

    Cole made up for his stinker at the end. DD needs to wake up tho

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    Antichambre crew “analyzing” Gallagher’s goal.

    On the 4th time they show the replay:

    See Galchenyuk takes the puck. Then he beats Greene. And Gallagher goes here. And Galchenyuk is going to pass it right there.

    You get paid for this?

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  18. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Time to put some ketchup on the crow and say it.

    A well coached game.

  19. SouthOttawaHabFan says:

    Who the hell is this Subban dude that you guys always talk about??

  20. otter649 says:

    Markov one goal in 21 games in KHL & 4 goals in 4 NHL games – I guess The KHL is a harder league to score in…….lol

  21. habsoul says:

    Nice win! Liking the energy on the ice. I watched the Devils feed and the announcers were commenting on how different that Habs are playing this year.

    Cole is starting slow, like he did last year. But he will pick it up along with Desharnais. Hard to imagine Galchenyuk not sticking. His skill set it amazing. He and Gallagher seem to have some magic going.

    Hopefully Subban will be back in the fold this week.

    “When you are the Canadiens, you cannot make excuses.”
    — Henri Richard, on what it meant to be a Montreal Canadian

    • habs_54321 says:

      cole may have a slow start on the stats page but he’s been getting plenty of chances, posts etc and does many little things that don’t show up on the stats page like excellent work in front of the opposition net, good forechecking, finishing his hits

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Lecavalier fought Luke Schenn tonight, Tampa romps Philly. Seems Lecavalier is playing well this year, has the amnesty buyout threat awoken him?

  23. CCL says:

    still not sold on Eller

  24. Nobody says:

    Love this: TSN’s projection for Markov this season – 3 goals, 13 assists.

  25. Carta-Hab says:

    Great effort! Markov makes it look easy. 3 points in 4 games for chucky and 2 in 3 for Gally. So refreshing to see young talent on this team make a difference.

  26. punkster says:

    Great work again Mr. Boone….thanks!

    ***FREE PK!!!***

  27. mrhabby says:

    The kids are staying.

    • Strummer says:

      i don’t think there’s cap room for Chucky

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  28. Habsville says:

    Brenden Gallagher is staying

  29. otter649 says:

    Devils first loss of the season…..

  30. HabInToronto says:

    Andrei Markov is not a human being ……unreal…….much credit to Therien as well, can’t complain about any coaching decisions thus far.

  31. Adidess says:


    OT winner gets first star, even if not voted star by the public. That’s automatic

  32. AceMagnum says:

    On the 20th anniversary of 1993 we shall reclaim what is ours

  33. HabinBurlington says:

    last year if we give up that lead, no way we win the game. Full marks to COle for drawing the penalty and of course the General again shows us why he is the general.

  34. Say Ash says:

    wtf was markov doing at the right post? Friggin ninja

  35. L Elle says:

    How does he do that with that wonky knee? 😉 he he

    Satisfying win, again!

  36. HabFab says:

    Arnott didn’t pass his medical with the Rangers, no deal;

  37. Galchenyuk says:

    Go Habs Go! (@leojl8 on twitter)

  38. NLhabsfan says:

    Nice to see ..especially after the refs gave them gift with the two penalty calls the one time.

  39. 2shoes says:

    Is it just me, or has Bourque been playing great hockey? Now that’s the player we thought we were getting

    • neumann103 says:

      He has been good every game. Putting in the effort, getting chances. Eventually the goals will come, but in the meantime he is pushing the play in the right direction, winning puck battles all over the place. Fits in nicely with the Plekanec line winning the the possession and position game.

      “Et le but!”

  40. WhatUp says:

    PK would have helped at 4 – 4 in OT..he is dangerous but makes thinks happen

  41. Haberoooo13 says:

    DD…Lousy game, but huge faceoff win makes up for it

    Na Na Na Les Canadiens Les Canadiens

  42. Habfan10912 says:

    Markov is just an amazing talent. Just incredible.


  43. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Markov – past halfway to Subban’s total of goals for last season…

    Wish they hadn’t blown the lead, but a nice win anyway. One beautifully set up play there.

  44. Strummer says:

    SouthOttawaHabFanJANUARY 27, 2013 AT 8:24 PM
    It’s last years habs all over again, blown leads here, there, everywhere, turning tv off…….;

    oh ye of little faith
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  45. Ice Storm says:


    Ok…. Are we good now or something…?

    PK Offer Update: 2 years @ 1.6mill per…

  46. Mavid says:

    Oh happy day

  47. slapshot777 says:

    Just think this summer there were posters who were thinking that we should trade Markov and that he was washed up. Good think they weren’t the GM at the time.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  48. Stormin says:

    Markov has so little hockey sense lol, what a smart hockey player damn

  49. Hoegaarden says:

    PK, get your buns down here while you still matter.

  50. aj says:

    That was close! good thing Markov was there to read the PP! Good win. Other than that, Its time Therrien would have to decide what to do with the Desharnais line. 4 games w/o goal production is really a telling sign!

  51. Habs win again, as Subban’s value drops on the Pat Hickey Market Report.


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    • Les Canayens says:

      Perfect situation. Better to get him on the cheap than having to overpay if the team is struggling.

      • commandant says:

        Wins and losses don’t change a thing in all honesty.

        He makes the team better, and the GM should always want to make the team better. Markov is the best D on this team, but we could still use our #2 guy.

        Just look at the TOI stats… we are running 5 defencemen hard right now. We could use one more who could soak up minutes from guys like Markov, Gorges, Emelin over this compressed season.

        Go Habs Go!
        Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

  52. I’ve always wondered: how can the fans be selecting the three stars by voting throughout the game, if the guy who scores in overtime wins first star every time?

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

  53. bleublancrouge says:

    I just want to be fairly compensated for filling in for markov… but pk your not filling in for markov anymore

    I would change my name to bluewhitered but I don’t want to start a controversy

  54. Rugger says:

    Maybe I missed it, but I do not remember the last regular season game where the entire team skates out to mug the game winner.

  55. Clay says:

    There is no question that a healthy Markov is the best player on this team. He makes a huge difference.

    ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

  56. otter649 says:

    Markov’s hockey IQ is something else with his anticipation etc…..

  57. Marc10 says:

    Le General! Holy! What a start to the season!

  58. 24moreCups says:

    Wow Markov, we really missed him these past few seasons. Team looking good, they seem to be gelling well so far. Hope this keeps up.

  59. windycity says:

    Chico Resch needs to shut up, says Cole interfered with Salvador. He did that all game, would say Oh that wasn’t a penalty and then would have to backtrack when the tape showed different. Dumbass

  60. topher5468 says:

    YEA. This year will be different. MARKY

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  61. Habbu says:

    The old man knows where to position himself on the ice

  62. mrhabby says:

    Yes…..yes….that was good.

  63. Harditya says:


  64. Mavid says:

    whooooooohooooo we win again!!

  65. jctremblay says:

    Well that was rules!

  66. Ice Storm says:

    Can we still see a shoot out please??? 🙂

  67. Rudy says:

    Not interference on Cole you idiots

  68. theox_8 says:

    Andrei the great!!

  69. sirs81 says:

    The. General!

  70. commandant says:


    Go Habs Go!
    Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

  71. HabFanSince72 says:

    I guess that was planned.

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  72. LOVE that look of sheer joy on Markov’s face.

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

  73. smiler2729 says:


    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.

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