Liveblog: Canadiens beat Detroit 3-2 in OT

Alex Galchenyuk – of all people – scored his fifth Overtime goal of the season to end it.

He beat Peter Mrazek 1:42 into OT to win a meaningless game for the Canadiens.

With a shade over a minute left in the middle period, Artturi Lehkonen batted his 18th of the season past Mrazek to make it 2-2.

Dylan Larkin’s laser, 13 minutes into a second period dominated by the Canadiens, had restored the home team’s lead.

Nathan Beaulieu’s power-play rocket from the point beat  Mrazek to tie the game at 4:19 of the second.

Frans Nielsen got Detroit on the board with a top-shelf backhand, 10:44 into the game.

Shots were 30-27 for the Canadiens

303 Comments

  1. Rad says:

    I liked the Lernout kid. Big, strong, takes the body, pretty good skater. More mobile than say, Greg Pateryn, or our other 6’4″ defenseman 🙂 This was the first time I’ve seen Lernout play, he seems to have a presence out there. He’ll get a lot better over the next year or two.

  2. BC (Because of the Cats) says:

    Even though it was a meaningless game, I’m glad we won. It’s good to finish the season on a positive note.

    Artturi Lehkonen is a gem. He has never looked out of place this season, but it took him a while to start scoring regularly. It seemed at first that he was going to be a very good defensive forward, but not a scorer. Now he looks like a perennial 20-25 goal scorer. He’s also a clutch playoff peformer, as his record in the Swedish Elite League playoffs last year demonstrates.

    I thought Galchenyuk had a somewhat better game. He seemed to be working harder and was more involved. I’m hoping scoring the OT winner will restore some of his confidence and help get him going. Claude Julien said in his press conference that he put Galchenyuk with hard-working fourth-liners in the hope that their work ethic would rub off a bit on him. Perhpas it worked.

    I liked Lernout’s game. He looks like being a keeper. Bergevin certainly thought so a few years ago, giving up two mid-level draft picks to grab him.

    Sergachev still has things to learn. He looked as though everythig went a bit too fast for him, but it was a nice gesture on the part of the Habs to call him up.

    As for the Maple Leafs, I’m happy they made it. I don’t dislike them at all. I hate the anglophone media’s fawning on them, but not the team itself. They’re a skilled young team and exciting to watch. And their long-suffering fans certainly deserve some playoff hockey.

    “We gotta lotta dep.”

    • PK says:

      Good post, BC/Jane.

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  3. FenceSurfer says:

    Let’s hope Lehkonen has a playoff run to rival his of last season in Europe.

    Bring on the Rangers and Kreider. Let’s smash his face into the boards!

  4. berc says:

    So who misses the net more–Petry, Plekanec, or Mitchell? Petry seems to shoot into a defenseman or wide of the net almost every single time. And as for his highly-touted offensive skills? No goal in last 46 games, if I heard tonight’s announcers right. Lernout performed acceptably tonight, and Lindgren was great last time and pretty good tonight, too. In fact, he has the highest save percentage of any goalie this season who played two or more games!

    • smiler2729 says:

      Plackanack

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      Jack Edwards is a clam…
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead…
      Tomas Plekanec, since 2008, “I played like a little girl out there”

    • Gerry Pigeon says:

      Pleks never misses the net, he always hits the goalie square in the chest, and the goalie always has the angles covered 🙂

      Mitchell doesn’t get any shots usually, so how can he be missing the net?

      Therefore, the answer must be Petry.

  5. Danno says:

    Crosby really didn’t try very hard to score when he had that golden chance. Must be a closet Leaf fan.

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  6. Habsbill24 says:

    Interesting stat: Years leading the Canadiens in scoring

    Lafleur-8
    Morenz-7
    Beliveau-6
    Pacioretty-6

  7. berc says:

    Galchenyuk still seems hopeless in defensive zone and not doing great in neutral zone either. Last year’s king of the minus, Eller, was gone in the offseason. Will the same thing happen to Galchenyuk? His playoff performance will likely dictate what happens. I, for one, am not optimistic that he will turn things around once the playoffs start. As for the rest of the team, I see Habs playing in eastern final this year.

  8. bel33 says:

    Strange how I love that spot down by the ACC when it’s “Jurassic Park” for the Raptors playoff games…. by I loathe it when it’s all Blue and White. All my buddies here (in T.O.) are chatting up a storm. Sigh… Ottawa (or Washington) better do their job and not let them out of the first round.

    • PK says:

      Leafs are a different breed than the Raptors and Blue Jays.

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      “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

      – Nostradamus, 1552

  9. Chuck says:

    Danno, they literally tanked their way into one of the best players on the game, and had previously sucked their way to a bunch of cant-miss prospects. Hard to respect a team that builds that way. It wouldn’s surprise me if they’re stitching up that banner right now.

  10. Danno says:

    Is it true they will be hoisting a banner that reads “Leafs Make the Playoffs 2016-17” inside the Air Canada Centre?

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    • smiler2729 says:

      LMAO!!!!!!

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    • Rad says:

      Monsieur Danno, you are blowing some hot air on our old (and now new) crosstown rivals? I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of these guys for the next 10 years or so.

  11. kalevine says:

    I sure did not want Tampa to get in the playoffs on such a roll. Rather face any of the 3 other Atlantic teams that got in. None of them, nor the rangers for that matter, have been very impressive down the stretch

  12. habsinnyc says:

    NHL Network in the US is all about the Leafs “monumental win” as well. Ridiculous!!

    • smiler2729 says:

      Who? Milbury? Some guy named Ed?

      The NHL Network is so lame that they pulled the plug on it in Canada.
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      Jack Edwards is a clam…
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead…
      Tomas Plekanec, since 2008, “I played like a little girl out there”

  13. petemahovlichHOF says:

    Brandon Davidson = Davis Drewiske

  14. cbhabsfan says:

    After watching a surprisingly entertaining Habs-Red Wings tilt, here are three bold Habs predictions:

    1) Arturri Lehkonen will never score less than 20 goals in any relatively injury-free season he plays in the NHL.

    2) Charlie Lindgren will be our starting goaltender year after next if Carey Price demands a Kane/Toews contract.

    3) Mikail Sergachev will spend next season in junior and perhaps even a year in the AHL before he becomes a top six defenceman in Montreal.

    • berc says:

      Agree. Lehkonen will be a star for Habs. Lindgren will be backup NEXT YEAR. Lernout will make the team in the Fall. Sergachev should spend awhile in the AHL, but they are likely to move him up quickly.

  15. smiler2729 says:

    Puke!

    Get ready for two weeks of HNIC sucking Leaf d*ck, get ready for that idiotic Maple Leaf Square crap, get ready for no other Canadian team in the playoffs even getting mentioned…

    Great… thanks Penguins for letting down the rest of Canada.

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    Jack Edwards is a clam…
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead…
    Tomas Plekanec, since 2008, “I played like a little girl out there”

  16. Butterface says:

    Boston holds tie breaker…Leafs have one more game to get a point and stay in Atlantic bracket and kick Boston down to second WC.

    They will want that point to play Ottawa and not Washington.

    Scary if Montreal and Leafs win first rounds…. they are the last team I want to play.

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    • Loop_G says:

      I would not be the least bit surprised to see Toronto win tomorrow.They will be on a high and CBJ will have nothing to gain. It would be great to see Toronto and Ottawa, to see Washington dump Boston, and hopefully end up with Montreal v. Toronto in rd 2. Toronto has been so bad for so long I just can;t hate them anymore, the fact that they really are fun to watch doesn’t hurt either.

  17. The Gumper says:

    From the “wtf is wrong with me?, file… I’m happy to see the Loafs make the show. The more Canadian teams the better, I say and Tranna is sorta, kinda Canadian so, fair dinkum…
    Plus their blue line is heinous and their goalies can’t stop a suitcase so, I’m not completely crazy…

  18. Chuck says:

    Well, if the Habs and the Leafs match up somewhere down the line, I guess that we’ll be the underdogs, at least as far as TV coverage is concerned

  19. Duffy says:

    The way they are acting on CBC you would think the Leafs just won the Cup ,,,,,,

  20. thesenator18 says:

    Laffs not a real playoff team only got in because of the injuries to Tampa.

    • HabsfanlostinTO says:

      Tampa beat them on Thursday, then beat us last night

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    • Loop_G says:

      That is kind of a silly statement as part of the challenge of getting through is to stay healthy, and we have no idea how things would have been different if Tampa was healthy. Maybe Tampa would have beat the Senators or Bruins a lot and then Toronto would have been in but another team out. No way to know how it would have played out, and good on Toronto for finally starting to get it right. It sure took long enough


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