Liveblog: First W of the season

Alex Galchenyuk
A night of firsts:
First win for Marc Bergevin as Canadiens general manager.
First win for Michel Therrien 2.0.
First NHL point for Brendan Gallagher.
And … all together now:
“GAL-CHEN-YUK!”
Get used to yelling that non-Canadian name.
The kid, chosen third overall in a draft that seems a long time ago, scored the first of what will be many, many NHL goals.
It gave the Canadiens a 4-1 lead in the second period and sent the Bell Centre faithful into a frenzy.

And what a night for HIO: 1,000-plus Comments on the second live blog of the season.

Hockey is back, eh?

988 Comments

  1. HabInToronto says:

    Great win for the Boys, Happy for Galchenyuk and Gallagher!

  2. 24moreCups says:

    I think at this point we should trade Weber, the kid just doesn’t seem to have a future with the team especially with Diaz who is a similar and has looked better during his time here.

  3. The Jackal says:

    While all of you are off in happy-land, you are forgetting the biggest mistake the Habs have made thus far. NO, it’s not the PK showdown or benching Larry, it’s much worse.

    As you recall, the Habs bought out Gomez not too long ago, and if you don’t already know, Gomer is now with SJS, waiting to sign a contract – in the mean time he was been practicing and skating with the team. G-love hasn’t even played a game yet, and look at the game tonight – Sharks have scored 6 goals. They are so excited that Gomez is gonna be on their team that they are ripping it up. Mark my words. When Gomez is officially a Shark, they will go on a winning streak because of the spark he’ll provide.

    Be happy for the win, but with Gomez gone, we lost an opportunity to improve our team even more.

    ;)

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  4. habaholic68NJ says:

    Markov looked great tonight. He had great chemistry with Diaz on the PP.

    White did the right thing when he defended Gorges. Great message to send to other teams, Habs not to be pushed around anymore. The team bailed him out with a great PK effort.

    Price has not let in a 5 on 5 goal this year.

    The GALS looked good with Prust.

    Would like to see Eller back next game, centering the 4th line between Moen and White.

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    • savethepuck says:

      Agreed about Markov, I actually thought he looked great Saturday night too, just didn’t get the points. Don’t have a problem with what White did either, he stuck up for an important teammate who he thought took a dirty hit. I hate the staged fights or the so called momentum changing fights, but I’m OK with sticking up for a teammate.

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

  5. vegas says:

    Great to see the Ole Markov back
    Props to Bourque, Emelin, Diaz, Prust and Price
    Chucky and Gally get their first points

    So who visits the press box next game. I vote for Moen

    would love to see a kid line of Larry, Chucky and Gally

  6. HardHabits says:

    Hats off to Therrien. He was skewered all day for sitting Eller but is looking like a genius now. I like how the RDS crew gave him props for suggesting that if the Penguins are one of the elite teams today it is in large part due to Therrien’s work.

    I like his subdued fire. Yes he’s passionate, but controlled. He challenged the referees. It will be interesting to see whether he punishes or rewards White. At any rate the Cats couldn’t cash on their major penalty, even when given an added extra man. I have no issue with Ryan’s actions. Good on him in my eyes.

    Funny how the team’s fortune rest on Jacques Martin’s mantra, goal-tending and speciality teams. The difference this game was Therrien didn’t get turned off by fore-checking, hitting, creating turn-overs or setting the tone of the game.

    Therrien mentioned during his interview that putting Galchenyuk on the third line with Gallagher gave him more space to do and less energy spent thinking what he should do, as if he was playing with veteran(s). Prust added the edge those kids used to advantage.

    People mentioned the 4th line and it should be mentioned. Armstrong-White-Moen is way better than whoever with Weber and Palushaj.

    Price looked solid which should be confidence boosting for the team.

    I also like how Therrien deflected the importance of this being his first win as new coach of the Habs and said that it was the first win for the new general manager.

    • Marc10 says:

      The Panthers are tired and struggling with injuries, but our Habs delivered a 60 minute performance tonight in their second game.

      You could probably count those on one hand last year. You’re not going to win the cup with this team, but the guys can show up and play 60 minutes and make it a lot harder to win Montreal. And really, that’s down to the good coaching and guys supporting each other. So right there with you HH on Therrien. If that’s his brand of hockey, I will take it.

      Special shout out to Kid Gallagher tonight. He didn’t score, but I’d argue he was the best under 21 out there. On ya kid!

    • savethepuck says:

      I am not going to comment on every point, but regarding RDS praising MT for the success of the Pens, I doubt that would of been mentioned with a Montreal loss tonight. It seems to me the media in Montreal is much like a small majority of the louder fans, their opinions on players, coaches, and management seem to do a U turn after every loss or win. I am hoping that because of tonight’s win, I hope to be able to come on here for the next 44 hours and enjoy not having to read how much the team sucks and how player A,B,C, and D should be traded and/or bought out. How much the GM and coach sucks. Hopefully we can enjoy the win and look forward to the next puck drop at least until the next loss, when they’ll all suck again.

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

  7. habsfan4ever says:

    Galchenyuk. Simply Awesome !!! Big Habs win, Congrats Bergevin Therrien Galchenyuk Gallagher Prust Price & Co

  8. Rudy says:

    In the states. Anyone know where I could find video of the 3 stars?

  9. Ron says:

    This puts us tied with the douche laffs. Come Thursday night lets hope we are 2 points ahead. The Caps are going to be a big test this early on. Going to be a hard one to watch. HIO, there’s 2 days left before Thursday nights game, any chance you can fix this poor server. Kind of ridiculous in this day and age.

  10. doug19 says:

    Coach of the year!

  11. HardHabits says:

    Does this ever happen to you?

    You sit down and take a nice long time to write down a great idea on HIO. And you push the thoughts out until you are sure that you are done. After you wipe clean all the spelling errors and you’re sure that you’ve said all that you have to say, you get up and your brain decides that it isn’t finished expressing itself and you have to sit down again because out comes another creative thought.

    That’s totally crap man!!!

  12. savethepuck says:

    First of all, this server sucks, takes forever to read comments or post. How many times should we have to login just to refresh the page.
    Secondly, I have nothing against the proponents of the tank, or those that have resigned themselves to this team finishing near the bottom and obtaining another high draft pick, I know they think it is in the best interests for the future of the organization. All I can say personally is that my beer tasted much better tonight than it did Saturday night and I enjoyed watching the game 100 x more. I will live with last season’s debacle for now because we got hopefully what will turn into a superstar, but I honestly don’t want to have to witness another season like that.
    Hopefully tonight’s effort can become the norm and not a rarity. Been a long time since I remember the Habs even scoring a goal against the Caps, hopefully that changes Thursday night.

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

  13. Un Canadien errant says:

    2013 Season prediction for the Montréal Canadiens

    As a Montréal Canadiens fan, there is reason to be excited about this season, shortened though it may be. There are indications that the team will play with intensity and there are surprises to look forward to, as well as the opportunity to see youngsters develop.

    So excited, maybe, but not optimistic, at least as far as the standings go and a shot at the playoffs. The team has a couple of new faces but is fundamentally unchanged from last season’s squad that produced bottom-dwelling results.

    It can be refreshing to contemplate that players such as Alex Galchenyuk, Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong are now on the roster, at the expense of plugs such as Blake Geoffrion, Aaron Palushaj, Mike Blunden and Mathieu Darche. It seems like an unquestionable upgrade from last season, except that these callups and fourth-liners were mostly there to fill out a roster ravaged by injuries as March and April dragged on. When compared with the 2011-12 opening game roster though, they are missing talented, offensively-gifted players like Andrei Kostitsyn and Mike Cammalleri, and these guys have not been replaced.

    So on paper, this is not a stronger team than last season’s. The pieces are even less impressive. The presence of an Andrei Markov is countered by the absence of P.K. Subban. We’re reduced, if we are to predict an improvement in the team’s performance, to bank on incremental development of the team’s constituents, and intangibles.

    So we hope to hold the line, and maybe even wish for a marginal improvement for the top line, despite the fact that Erik Cole had a career year. We count on Carey Price and Josh Gorges to be the horses they have been for a couple of seasons. We expect Andrei Markov to perform largely as a he did prior to his two lost seasons. Same goes for Brian Gionta, he’s expected to not suffer any consequences from a season-ending injury and another calendar year having passed. Francis Bouillon surely has a couple useful seasons left. Brandon Prust will offer full value for the big contract he signed in July and redress past wrongs.

    We then add in improved offense from Tomas Plekanec, who had a down year, and for Lars Eller to bloom into the kind of production you’d expect from a player of his size and pedigree, and who was acquired at the cost of playoff hero Jaroslav Halak. We think that René Bourque will return to the form he showed with the Flames. The young trio of defencemen of Emelin-Diaz-Weber will have benefited from their rookie season and will be more reliable and productive.

    Only the most biased fans can believe that such a scenario is likely or even reasonable. In fact, we can expect that for each player who will take a big step forward, another will seem to regress. Career seasons tend not to repeat.

    So the best-case scenario has a low probability of occurring. It’s just as likely that, for example, the Pacioretty-Cole-Desharnais line will find the going tougher now that teams will game-plan and line-match against them. P.K. Subban’s contract negotiations and possible protracted absence can serve as a distraction, and the team is much less formidable without him. Other difficulties will arise, such as players not finding the new system or coaching team matching well with their skills and mindset.

    The main factor though is that the biggest weaknesses of the team still exist. The team lacks goal scoring and offensive explosiveness, as well as depth. Marc Bergevin has gone a long way to alleviate the lack of team toughness that fans and analysts decried in recent seasons, but he is handcuffed when it comes to putting more pucks in the net. It is probable that any great leap forward in that area will arise when the contingent of young draftees like Sebastian Collberg, Danny Kristo, Louis Leblanc, Tim Bozon and Charles Hudon, among others, graduate with the Grand Club in a couple of seasons.

    Until then, and until the young Bulldogs persist through their first season’s growing pains, the Canadiens’ depth chart will be painfully thin, and the inevitable injuries will nullify the best-case scenario. Whereas the future looks bright when we look at the Canadiens’ system, this is really only in the medium-term. There is no immediate help for the team on the farm, and the plan to roll four lines and play with intensity every game will have to be changed when Michel Therrien finds himself as short-handed as Randy Cunneyworth was last season.

    Taking all this into account, and suspecting that Marc Bergevin will not sell the farm to improve the club’s fortunes in this shortened season, but will rather stand pat, I believe the Canadiens will finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and out of the playoffs. This will in no way diminish my interest and enjoyment while watching the games, strong in the belief that this is the right course of action for the organization at this stage of the unending five-year plan.
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  14. habs_54321 says:

    Niederreiter has requested a trade from islanders

  15. ProHabs says:

    An offer sheet from the Flyers for PK Subban is coming very very soon folks.

    • commandant says:

      Great, we’ll match it and they’ll do Bergevin’s work for him.

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    • Saintpatrick33 says:

      PK won’t help the Flyers their goalie has more holes than swiss cheese. But I’m surprised no one has tried to submit an offer sheet yet.

      • commandant says:

        The thing you have to remember with offers sheets, is that teams only do it when they sense the other team is vulnerable.

        Like in Nashville, the question was…. does this ownership have enough cash to make the up front payments to keep their player.

        Or with say Dustin Penner… do the ducks have the cap space following the cup win to match.

        With Montreal having plenty of space this season, with Gomez buyout next year, and another buyout in their back pocket… and with all the financial might of the 2nd biggest revenue team in the NHL… its unlikely the vultures will try and prey upon us.

        Go Habs Go!
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  16. Marc10 says:

    That’s more like it!

    Now we just need that kind of effort against the big boys. Very happy for Pricey, Marky, Gally, Mini-Gally, Pleky, MT and Prust.

    Whatdyaknow… Fearless prediction came through!

    No Excuses. Let’s smash Ribs and Ovie! :)

  17. Habilis says:

    I love how the fans stuffed the ballot box for the kid. What a night for him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHOmn8Qhfks

    First of many.

  18. ClutchNGrab says:

    It’s only one win, and I don’t want to diminish the former head coaches, but that picture makes me smile:

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/montreal-canadiens/7857280.bin

  19. Hobie Hansen says:

    Excellent game by Montreal! Aside from taking a few too many penalties, it was awesome to see Markov have a BIG game and to see Galchenyuk pot his first goal.

    Habs need to play with that jump every night!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Great game, fun to watch. We just have to cut down penalties.

      • HardHabits says:

        I thought the refs were harsh. However they were consistent and competent. All the penalties were deserved. If games are called that way I can live with it.

    • Ron says:

      Even though Florida was a tired team, the Habs still came out flying and did not let Panthers get any thing going at all. Good on MT and the rest of the staff for preparing them for this game. Very inpressed with Prust’s play tonight. A real team player. Even Moen and Armstrong gave good value for the minutes played. Whitty losing it abit was IMO a great team booster. I don’t think he would have went so ballistic if the score had not been what it was. It did show the Habs are there to help each other. In all a great game for us fans.

  20. habs_54321 says:

    hopefully this will quiet the few delusionals that were whining for kovalev the last 3 days

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    Yakupov with his first NHL goal.

  22. ooder says:

    tally by gally!
    also what an amazing game by Markov!!! great positioning, great stickwork.. AMAZING passes and nice physical play.

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    • savethepuck says:

      I thought he was great Saturday night too, just didn’t stand out as much because he didn’t get the 2 goals. Smart hockey player, great hockey sense.

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

  23. Chuck says:

    Habs were full-measure for the win tonight, with lots to like. Still yet to give up an even-strength goal, too.

    By the way where do we donate to buy HI/O a new hamster wheel for the site? The slowness used to be a hindrance; now its to the point where its not even worth commenting during the game.

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  24. Ron says:

    Brian Wilde CTV just tweeted that the Panthers TV crew just said that Gally had tears in his eyes when he came out as first star. What a lad

  25. Sportfan says:

    That was a heck of a game :D Very excited for the next! Won’t be crying for PK yet haha speaking of our pk it was great!

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  26. dhenry1234 says:

    Anyone know how long it usually takes for NHL or Canadiens.com to put up the game highlights?

  27. Danno says:

    Nice touch by Therien to give the boys the high fives as they left the ice.

    He’s much more animated than the Count ever was.

    But so are the figures at Madame Tusseaud’s wax museum

    HIO server had me log in at least six or seven times tonight.

    What’s up with that?

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    • CanadienBoy says:

      This morning guys where bashing Therien for everything from Bouillonn playing to much ,Markov done , Diaz over Weber ,Pust to slow … well all the above are the reason they won out Karburle in Diaz with Markov on power play on and on good coaching decision

  28. Habbu says:

    Our household is a happy place tonight and we aren’t even into the sauce

  29. Shadows says:

    ggwp

    (good game well played) !

  30. SUMO says:

    Emelin had 9 Hits tonite.
    Prust, Bourque, Bouillon, Cole & Gallagher with 4 each.

  31. H.Upmann says:

    That was a nice article on Gally`s family today. They must be super thrilled right about now

  32. NLhabsfan says:

    Nice infusion of youth..What do you keep both rookies playing.

  33. SUMO says:

    Emelin had 9 Hits tonite.
    Brust, Bourque, Bouillon, Cole & Gallagher with 4 each.

  34. habs-fan-84 says:

    all for one, one for all

  35. Stormin says:

    i shut down all my porn and this site is still sticking lol

  36. HardHabits says:

    A team that can defend against penalties can take liberties. A team that can burn you on the power play will make other teams weary of taking liberties.

    The Habs had money in the bank and White took out a small withdrawal of Fleischmann’s flesh.

  37. NLhabsfan says:

    Full team effort tonight.

  38. aversglay says:

    markov
    price
    Galchenyuk

  39. Stormin says:

    Anyone else having issues with a big time lag on this site again

  40. HabinBurlington says:

    Perhaps it isn’t the server choking, but rather the fact this site is powered by a laptop in some corner basement of the Gazette!

  41. HabFanSince72 says:

    Three stars: Price, Marky, Galchenyuk (for the goal)


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  42. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Jeese this site is slower than Molasses running uphill on a cold Montreal winter’s day.

  43. Rugger says:

    Don’t the ref’s know the Habs are NOT playing the Leafs tonight?

  44. Bripro says:

    Question is:
    What runs out of gas first?
    The panthers or this server?

  45. AceMagnum says:

    I told you!!

  46. Propwash says:

    HIO servers choking something fierce again tonight.

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  47. Danno says:

    MT version 2.0′s first victory

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

  48. Marc10 says:

    Prust is a warrior. I know we overpaid, but we badly needed a guy like that. Kills penalties, forechecks, drops them against pretty much anyone… Awesome team guy.

    Full value tonight. Good to see someone other than Pleky get it done on the PK. Good effort by Moen and Armstrong too when we were short.

  49. Habbu says:

    And Therrien does it all without writing himself one note

    • Danno says:

      I sorta miss the way JM used to jam his hands into his pockets FORCEFULLY while looking up at the clock in the third period. But not too much…

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

  50. Stormin says:

    Markov deserves the Maurice Richard penalty tonight.

    2 Minutes For Looking So Good

  51. Marc10 says:

    Holy. I don’t believe that penalty kill.

    Masterclass.

  52. HabFanSince72 says:

    White’s reaction was stupid. It didn’t send any kind of message and it could change an easy win into a loss (well, if the Panthers weren’t completely out of gas).

    Nonetheless, why is that a 5 min major? It should be 5 for fighting and 2 and a match for instigating. But the 5 min shouldn’t result in loss of a player.


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    • Bill says:

      White’s reaction looked pretty spontaneous … I don’t think he thought it through. You can say he shouldn’t have jeopardized the game and I agree. You can say Fleischmann is an easy target and I agree. But White wasn’t thinking, and I honestly believe he would have gone after anyone in that situation. He does need a cooler head, but you can’t really fault his instincts there.

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    • Bripro says:

      I think Whites reaction is to reaffirm that they’re determined to not be pushed around as much this year.
      As for the 5, it’s a penalty and does in fact cost a man on the ice.

  53. CCL says:

    I know a lot of people will not agree. the lines look good tonight. why not try Eller the next game with Moen And Armstrong. we just may have a 4th scoring line. worth a try. I think Galchenyuk is better suited at center than on the wing and I realize this is only his second game.

  54. Boomer says:

    Gallagher getting his first would be awesome here

  55. Andy and the habs says:

    All three lines scoring…Markov scoring in power plays…nuna disappearing into the abyss…Breath of fresh air

  56. twilighthours says:

    Some of us can complain all we want about White’s actions there (personally, I think fighting is stupid), but every singe Hab on the bench had a huge smile on his face afterward.

    This is why we will never understand NHL hockey players nor play in the NHL.

    • Danno says:

      White did the White thing. I mean *right* thing.

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    • Captain aHab says:

      I don’t like fighting for the sake of fighting but that was White sticking up for his teammate.

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  57. Bripro says:

    Another bad call.

  58. HabinBurlington says:

    Wow, team is still killing itself with penalties.

  59. HabinBurlington says:

    Was the interference call on the Linesman?

  60. Danno says:

    That’s b__shit

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  61. Bill says:

    OMG. SO many penalties tonight.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  62. Bripro says:

    The panthers are running out of gas.

  63. Danno says:

    HIO’s steam-powered servers are very delicate

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  64. Harditya says:

    Florida announcers sound so sour. You know what, eff yourself. Habs have been pushed around enough over the years and no announcer ever felt bad for them. So just eff yourself.

  65. Mavid says:

    I was wondering were Whitey was…and now he is gone..these Florida announcers were pretty good…until that..

  66. HabinBurlington says:

    Huge penalty kill here!

  67. HardHabits says:

    I like Therrien’s fire. His subdued fire.

  68. Bill says:

    5 and the game for White.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  69. Propwash says:

    Mighty Whitey was pissed.

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  70. mdp2011 says:

    Now that’s what a 4th line is all about.

  71. Bill says:

    It’s kind of weird to see a Hab jumping an opposition and punching him in the face for a questionable hit on a teammate, eh?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  72. Strummer says:

    White’s an idiot
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  73. frontenac1 says:

    Atta Boy Whitey!!!!!

  74. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Excellent individual efforts here (Markov) but the team is a unit.
    There was a little indiscipline earlier, but they seem tighter now.

  75. OttawaValleyHabsFan says:

    I love White’s willingness to stick up for teammates, I hope he becomes a fixture on the 4th line for many years to come.

    That ref needs a kick in the arse though……


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