Liveblog: Toronto edges Canadiens 4-3 in OT

Auston Matthews ended a terrific game, 48 seconds into Overtime.

Jonathan Drouin’s first goal as a Canadian gave the CH a 3-2 lead 11 minutes into the second period. But 70 seconds later, Patrick Marleau pushed a loose puck past Carey Price to make it 3-3.

Jeff Petry blew a Jonathan Drouin feed past Frederik Andersen to open the scoring, 2:19 into the game. The Canadiens dominated the early going but needed a spectacular Price save on Mitch Marner to keep the visitors off the board, seven minutes in.

Shortly thereafter, a James van Riemsdyk knuckler beat Price from close in to tie it up. That goal had just been announced when Matthews – who’d had a goal disallowed – danced through the Canadiens “defence” and beat Price with a wrister.

On the second wave of a Canadiens power play, 17 minutes in, Alex Galchenyuk beat Andersen with a laser to tie it at 2-2.

Shots were 34-22 for the home team.


  1. 4loorplay says:

    Watched the game lat night. Not at all impressed with our play..Yes we outshot them yet our shots for the most part are harmless shots that hit the goalie. What stuck out is how T.O. pass tape to tape 80% of the time and we pass into skates or behind a player while in flight or to other team…when we have the puck its as if its a hot potato. No leadership on this team, no chutspa within the core of this team. Price i believe has changed his game to prevent injury..he is always on his knees…ALL THE TIME. He will never be a money goalie. The people on this board who thinks hes a world class goalie must be the same people that believe we have a chance to win cup….well it gonna go like this….to win a loto you need to buy a ticket to ave a chance…how many have bought that ticket…DID YOU WIN THE JACKPOT… That my friends is how our team is built. No flow no finish no identity no pride = no cup. Il eat crow if we even make the playoffs this year… even coach see’s he got nothing to work with….


    Nirvana is earned…

  2. port elgin says:

    Drain the swamp

  3. HNS says:

    Mister Softie to the rescue

  4. Habby67 says:

    Next week’s road trip will be an expected disaster as usual.

  5. whocares says:

    Didn’t actually watch the game tonight but a quick look at the stats and comments gives me a lot of optimism. We outshot them again. What’s our streak now, I think we’ve won the shots on goal battle every game now?

    One thing doesn’t seem to jibe like the old (soon to be ancient) days though. The Leafs’ fans are not impresssed with their team’s performance tonight but they got a win. They aren’t satisfied with just getting a win, they see room for improvement. The Habs lost and they have a lot of apologists talking about “bad luck” and giving them the pass because they should have won. After all, they did outshoot them. Leafs fans are starting to expect results. Habs fans are either resigned to the fact that the team sucks and nothing in the near or even remote future suggests they wont for a long time, or they make excuses.

    Their best player scored tonight so clearly the best thing for Julien to do is keep beating him down. That worked. Keep him unhappy, keep publicly embarrassing him by starting him on the 4th line, and don’t let him take playing time away from guys like Paul Byron.

    One thing concerns me a bit, though I’m no negative Nelly. A lot of people feel that our best prospect is Charlie Lindgren. But there is no possibility that he will ever be the Habs #1 goalie unless Price gets hurt. Price’s contract is untradeable, and no matter how well Charlie Lindgren plays in the AHL, he wil never have any value until he does it in the NHL. So he’s redundant in Montreal, and if you are lucky you might get a 5th round pick for an AHL goalie Doesn’t seem like very good asset management to me.

    But what do I know, we got them tonight in the shots dept. and we got a point, I’m focusing on the positives.

    Can’t wait for the next Orwellian analytics explanation of how Price is actually playing excellent, it’s just the trajectory of the shots, temperature of the ice, alignment of the planets etc. that is fooling us into thinking otherwise.

    • MoscowHab says:

      @whocares — your point about Lindgren is spot on ” A lot of people feel that our best prospect is Charlie Lindgren. ” MB never discussed
      what players we could bring in when paying Lindgren a Matt-Murrayesque salary ($500k) and by using the $8.5mil cap space money. We lose Emelin, Markov, Rads, Beaulieu, Andrighetto and replace them with Martinsens, Otts, Kings, etc …
      What that Price money and that cap space could have purchased are to me – what separates the Bergevins from the Rutherfords ..

  6. doug19 says:

    they would have won double shifting Radulov, I mean Hemsky!

  7. habsfan0 says:

    His contract notwithstanding, CP is not what one would term a “money goalie.”
    The book on him seems to be he goes down early, shoot high.

  8. nova scotia vees says:

    I have been saying for years that Price is over-rated…and now over-paid. We actually outplayed them . Chucky scores and M.B.can’t even crack a smile or do a fist pump. Reminds me of how he hated it when P.K. did anything spectacular. He clearly wants him gone. No doubt we will get some broken down mule in return. M.B. is a moron.

  9. Cal says:

    You see, the thing about superstar type players is that some nights, like tonight, when your team is being outplayed and out-checked, it doesn’t matter. Matthews had 3 or 4 chances tonight and scored twice legally, thrice if you count his great hand-eye bunt into the net. Matthews is going to be a great player for a long time.
    Price, the Habs superstar, has played poorly behind a rather shaky defense so far.
    Once the team hits 9 games and its record is below .500, Mete’s time with the Habs should be over until next season.
    Jabba’s horrific deployment of Galchenyuk and his choice of players to start the OT makes me wonder how the bleep he ever won that Cup.

  10. Habnormal says:

    New thread

  11. Fleur says:

    Is Max Pac ever going to go to the net to try and score or is his speciality of firing from the parking lot (as Knuckles would say) the only trick in his bag? So far this year I can count at least a half dozen times when he is coming down the wing, with room, and could make a pass, cycle back, drive the net. Instead he fires it right into the old bread basket. Instant stoppage in play. I know he’s not Guy Lafleur but he does have size and could use that to his advantage. He needs a little Brendan Gallagher in him. Now with 3 games out west, one win in their first eight is staring them right in the face. Those types of starts are very hard to rectify. Good teams find a way to win games like tonight. Bad teams find a way to lose them.

    • xman4227 says:

      Exactly…..they needed this win before they go on the nightmare southwestern road trip that kills them every year. But now they might be looking at 1-6-1 when they get back. Love the scheduling Bettman. 3 games on the road to start and Chicago first game at home. Ass.

      Respect the CH ….or don’t f&$@in put the sweater on

    • Bim says:

      They’re on their way to last place overall. I have little doubt about that. Bye, bye MB. What’s next? Bring back Randy Cunneyworth and company?

  12. xman4227 says:

    Boys played good for the most part tonight. Mete was awesome. Hemsky was invisible. Chucky got the goal but still not out of the dog house.

    I’m seeing in the comments what I’ve been saying for awhile. Price is not playing up to his label of the “best goalie in the world”. He has never stepped up to steal games in the playoffs. Up to now his solid regular season play has overshadowed that fact and given him some slack but now its bleeding into regular season play. His team badly outshot the other, once again, on a night that the Habs were supposed to lose 6-0 if you watch TSN or listen to Leaf homers. It wasn’t the forwards or defence that let the team down (weak back check in OT by Byron, notwithstanding). It was Price’s inability to make the key saves. He’s not making the saves a goalie in his pay grade should be making. Lundqvist, Crawford, Holtby and now Andersen have all outplayed our “star” goalie.

    Poor decision to match up a shut down trio against Mathews and Nylander instead of an all out offensive line like Mete, Drouin and Chucky/Patches.

    Respect the CH ….or don’t f&$@in put the sweater on

  13. sCOTT1243 says:

    Not sure I’d call that a near miss…Byron shoveled it with one hand towards the goalie….half assed attempt. He could ve taken it around the net and made a better play.

    I like your optimism in respect to things will come around, but man I just don’t see it with this group and the jerkstores running this team.

  14. Paz says:

    The Canadiens are trying to win with 8.5 million in a Tax free savings account somewhere.
    That’s way too much of the Cap not being used.
    8.5 gives you two more top notch players.
    Not surprised that they’re not winning.

  15. Habnormal says:

    @Chuck fair comment. Upon reflection
    The teams that have won it lately have indeed had superstars and tanked in the years before that. Different times I guess. You could be right

  16. dexterdog says:

    Claude Julien probably wishes he was back in Boston than being here coaching this bunch of talentless puds…

  17. alfieturcotte says:

    Carey Price our “thoroughbred” struggling to hit .900 and being outplayed by each goalie thus far this season. To think, MB was in such a rush to sign him to that ludicrous contract at age 30. The contract has potentially rendered him un-tradable unless perhaps the Leafs might just want to take a chance. Time to rebuild w/a new GM.

    Fire MB, Fire MB, Fire MB

  18. Chuck says:

    Habnormal, it’s been that way since the early 90’s which is a quarter century ago. How teams were built before then doesn’t enter into the equation.

  19. stevieray says:

    Drouin is not a #1 center

  20. Clay says:

    There were a lot of positives tonight. But Price’s poor play and Galchenyuk’s lack of ice time and talented line mates were not among them. What does our coach and GM have against this guy? Isn’t it in the teams best interests to have Galchenyuk happy, confident, and motivated? It truly defies explanation.
    ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

    • Captain aHab says:

      If he’s still on the 4th line with Hemsky next game, then we’ll know for sure that winning is not the objective….

      Low risk, low cost, no return
      AKA The MB Trifecta©

  21. MtlCANADIENS93 says:




  22. I_Am_Second says:

    This game was all on Price. Montoya would have won that one.
    Price can’t stop a beach ball.

    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”

  23. Chuck says:

    Great post, slapshot777. Everyone needs to chill.

  24. CJinBK says:

    Listened to the game on the TSN app, followed along a bit here, watched some highlights… Time for a goalie controversy? Yes, that was a knuckleball in OT, but the other goals against were pretty ugly, and a SV% of .818 tonight, and .899 for the season are not acceptable. It would be great if Price could be Pricean, but right now I’d settle for Hellebuyckian.

  25. Sir Lance Compte says:

    Plex and Byron had just finished a 2 on one near-miss for a game winner and Toronto came back and scored the other way. Happens all the time in overtime. Not defending coach’s decision to start those two but if they had a scored nobody would be mentioning them starting. Problem with this team number one is on the back end with Benn. Schlemko should help there. Price is obviously not price and hopefully he gets it together which I’m sure he will. Hemsky gone and some more tweeks especially in my opinion the captain on the second line, and things should come around

  26. Habnormal says:

    @Woodzie agree entirely. @Chuck the Habs have won many times over the years without tanking. 1986 and 1993. They did it without a true star–just really good captains and a lot of heart. Man, I miss those days…

  27. zorro says:

    Leafs best player (Mathews), played better then Habs best player (Price). Price is off to a slow start, if he doesn’t play better Habs will miss the playoffs. Habs can’t match Leafs talent. Keep in mind what it took to get these players, a lot of losing (tanking).

  28. Woodzie says:

    Where the hell has Carey Price been this year? By far his worst game of the season. I thought Chucky played well… but the Captain was invisible AGAIN! Honestly I think it’s Patches who belongs one the fourth line, not Galchenyuk.

  29. Captain aHab says:

    I guess Edmonton needs another generational player or 3.

    Low risk, low cost, no return
    AKA The MB Trifecta©

  30. Chuck says:

    What’s really depressing about this league is that to have any hope of getting a stud offensive game-breaker on your team, you’ve got to pretty much be the worst team in the league. The NHL rewards ineptitude with talent and, eventually, Stanley Cups. Teams are penalized for constantly trying to win. I’d love to have a Matthews/McDavid/Crosby/Ovechkin type of player on the Habs, but it sucks to know that the only way thay can happen is if they become unwatchable.

    • piper says:

      getting there.

    • montreal ace says:

      could not agree more Chuck

    • zorro says:

      Yes, so true. The Maple Leafs knew this kid had world class talent, so they tanked their season to be sure, they could choose him (Mathews) first overall. Laine was also available.
      All these shit teams are taking advantage of superstar kids.

    • ArmyFan says:

      Yup. I preach this all the time. The loser/lottery draft model is a cancer. Needs to be changed to a random 31-team draw, every year.

      • piper says:

        It’s been like that as long as i can remember. The worst team gets the best chance to get better. That’s the way it works and always has. The game is not only played on the ice.

    • Bim says:

      You’re about to get your wish. Habs are right there..the worst. That game tonite was very painful to watch. I just knew when I saw Matthews out there right off the bat in OT the Habs were done. Despair is the only word that comes to mind when watching this years version of the bleu-blanc-rouge. Who can you turn to that will put a little life in this team and make it interesting to watch? McCarron? Carr? Terry? Lernout? 6 years with this management team can you honestly say they are moving things ahead? I’m watching Junior hockey.

  31. Habnormal says:

    I counted 6 occasions where MaxPac passed the puck to the other team in the second period alone. He may not be the problem but he certainly is not the solution–especially on the PP

  32. dexterdog says:

    22 shots on goal against our all world goalie. Four goals against. Thanks Carey.

  33. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Decent goaltending would have earned us 2 points.

    A wasted effort. Thanks #31.
    “I hate the Leafs like a sickness”

    • haberoo13 says:

      Idon’t disagree but forwards that could hit something other than the middle of the goalie’s chest pad would help too

      MAAAA!!!! THE MEATLOAF!!!!!

  34. slapshot777 says:

    The positive out of this is we scored more than one goal and overall we didn’t play a bad game just some bad luck goals. The Habs outplayed the Leafs for most of the game.

    They also played a decent game against the Hawks. Yje wins haven’t come yet but we are close. Schlemko looks to be good I do think he will help the back end. I watched his game in Laval and he made smart passes and good breakouts and reads.

    Price is not where he should be and I bet he will be the first to tell you that. I know a lot here before the games started was thinking that the Habs were going to get blown out.

    PP got a goal tonight. The lines needs a few more tweaks but even that is getting closer. The worst pairing seems to be whoever is with Benn. Schlemko should upgrade that by a lot.

    I am not going to stay and take the time to read all the negative posts that will be spewed. I like to look at the positives rather than dwell on the negatives. If you can move past that yourself how do you expect to move forward without letting it eat you up.

    The Habs and coaches have to do the same. It’s a work in progress.

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

  35. Max says:

    Price has been awful.He’s going to have to make a few saves once in awhile. This game was ours for the taking if we had a goalie tonight.

    • expat_habsfan says:

      Leafs could probably have made the same statement if the Habs had won. Neither goalie looks like a potential Cup winner but Andersen will get better goal support.

  36. newbrunswick troy says:

    I can,t remember the last time Jesus Price stole us a game …i can certainly now remember the last time he lost us one!

  37. leafs stink says:

    The Leafs were not on there game tonight and they still looked good enough to be the habs.

    Weber looks like he is in slow motion.
    Benn is trash this year.
    Alzner is slower than weber
    Plex is a waiste of time taking Chucky’s spot
    Price is not the best goalie in the world
    and our leader maxi boy, sucks!! an embarrassment to all the other captains that have worn the C

  38. expat_habsfan says:


    Gardiner-Matthews-Nylander versus Byron-Plekanec-Weber

    Nothing like showing up to a gun fight with Nerf Balls.

    Talk about an extreme coaching gaffe. They could have started Drouin, Chucky and Mete and they still might have lost but at least they would have had a chance.

  39. delete says:

    The systematic application of The Process will soon produce a Gelling none of you could have believed of!!!

    • Clay says:

      For that we need someone who is ‘good in the room’. Is Gomez available?

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

  40. powerplay says:

    Habs played a good game.Price can be better and he will.Winning streak against the Leafs had to end sometime.

  41. Habituated says:

    No joy in Habsville tonight.

    The game had the makings of a rout after the Leafs potted two quick ones in the first. Habs managed to score three, but that wasn’t enough given that Price wasn’t particularly good.

    Actually, the game had lots of bad hockey from may of the players, on both sides. Entertaining at times, but no real flow for much of it. And little sustained pressure, again on both sides.

    A moral victory in gaining a point?

    Certainly a lot of information to be gleaned from the game tape, if the coaching staff is willing and/or able. Some decisions to be made, post haste.

  42. haberoo13 says:

    Only 2 forwards with less icetime than Chucky..thanks CJ
    Prince needs to better, yep
    But a bunch of guys who shoot on the other goalie’s chest pad
    …thanks MB


    • Captain aHab says:

      I wish a reporter had the balls to ask Julien about this: “you say it’s a meritocracy and he scored a goal tonight and played well…why stiff him on the ice time?”

      Low risk, low cost, no return
      AKA The MB Trifecta©

  43. haberoo13 says:

    Only 2 forwards with less icetime than Chucky..thanks CJ
    Prince needs to better, yep
    But a bunch of guys who shoot on the other goalie’s chest pas…thanks MB


  44. Captain aHab says:

    The good news is that the Habs scored at a lofty 8.8% against the porous Toronto D.

    Low risk, low cost, no return
    AKA The MB Trifecta©

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