Liveblog: Game 4: Canadiens 4 – Edmonton 1


A split in Alberta

After old vet Ryan Smyth opened the scoring, the Canadiens scored three unanswered goals to take over an entertaining game.

Brendan Gallagher got them on the board during a second-period power play, and Brandon Prust made it 2-1 after 40 minutes.

Alex Galchenyuk's first of the season opened up a two-goal lead, and Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins pulled goaltender Devan Dubnyk with more than four minutes left.

After some tense moments, Max Pacioretty scored into the empty net.

Peter Budaj made 26 saves.

The Canadiens' western swing continues in Vancouver Saturday night.

Wild ending

Aafter Alex Galchenyuk's first goal of the season gave the Canadiens a 3-1 lead, Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins yanked goaltender Devan Dubnyk with more than four minutes left.

The Oilers came close, but Peter Budaj and his teammates stood tall.

Max pacioretty bagged an empty-netter - off an unselfish feed by Daniel Briere - to finish the Oilers off with seconds left.

Canadiens take the lead

An error by rookie Michaël Bournival caused the Canadiens to be called for Too many Men. And on the subsequent power play, vetran Ryan Smyth opened the scoring, beating Peter Budaj from close in as Canadiens penalty-killers scrambled around the zone.

Seven minutes later, on a Canadiens PP, Alex Galchenyuk picked up his sixth assist of the young season, feeding road roommate Brendan Gallagher for an easy tap-in past Devan Dubnyk.

A brilliant play by P.K. Subban at the Edmonton blueline created a chance for the fourth line and Brandon Prust banged in his first of the season – leaving the rugged winger one assist short of a Gordie Howe hat trick.

Edmonton ended the period with a stretch of dominance and outshot the Canadiens 10-8.

Scoreless first period

Rene Bourque had the best chance, ringing one off the goalpost past Devan Dubnyk.

Canadiens outshot the Oilers 12-9 but were outhit 12-3.

P.K. Subban played nine minutes ... and avoided the penalty box.

Brandon Prust gave away about four inches and 50 pounds in a spirited fight with Luke Gazdic.

And Michel Therrien shuffled his lines: Tomas Plekanec centring Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller with Daniel Brière and Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais with Bourque and Brian Gionta.

Canadiens try to bounce back

On their last swing through western Canada, in March, 2012, the Canadiens began their road trip with a 5-4 loss in Calgary.

Two nights later, that last-place Eastern Conference squad beat Edmonton 5-3 and followed up with a 4-1 win in Vancouver.

Will history repeat itself?

* Quote of the Day: San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl has been getting all kinds of stick from hockey's "old guard" (Translation: fun-hating, Don Cherry-loving  alcoholics) for his hot doggery against the Rangers. Overhearing a question about in the Sharks' room, Joe Thornton snapped: "Shut up, have you ever played the game? I'd have my c--k out if I scored four goals. I'd have my c--k out, stroking it."



  1. Stevie.Ray says:

    It’s not said enough, but Subban is ridiculously good

  2. piper says:

    Lost faceoffs will keep this team out of the playoffs. Something needs to be done in that depatrment soon.

  3. CHicoHab says:

    No need move Subban to forward. He plays like one anyways!

  4. duffy says:

    Move PK up to forward line ?

  5. sCOTT1243 says:

    If Subby does not make team Canada, you can pretty much close the book on whether or not the NHL has it in for the Habs.

    Hope he stays a Hab for a long time.

  6. HardHabits says:

    Budaj needs to play more games. More games than Price.

  7. SKHab says:

    Dangerous pressure against us.

  8. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Okay, who here is MB? I just saw you posting something on TV.

  9. Stevie.Ray says:

    Subban is an above average NHL hockey player

  10. Marc10 says:

    You wonder if knowing they’d get stuck with Briere for two years, if MB wouldn’t want to jump in the DeLorean, pop back in time, and give that coin to PA Parenteau or David Perron.

    If we’re going to invest in goals from not overly physical forwards, let’s at least spend on kids.

  11. Just A Guy says:

    Patches and Eller quickly forming some chemistry?

  12. adadi says:

    If you combined the Habs and the Oil and eliminated the riff raff you’d have the perfect team.

  13. AliHaba says:

    It’s an adventure every time Gorges and Diaz are out there.

  14. idle says:

    Looks like the EGG line got scrambled tonight…

  15. Laramy87 says:

    Is it just me or are the guys on Sportsnet absolutely terrible when it comes to play by play of the Canadiens. It seems like Bob Cole is calling this game. They cannot get anyones name right. Calling Plekanec Pacioretty. Diaz Beaulieu.
    I mean its your job to get these names right

  16. Bogie Man says:

    Max PAC is having a great game.

  17. adadi says:

    Patches needs to work harder.

  18. Marc10 says:

    Oh it’s on now. Your kids. Our kids. Here we go!

  19. Bogie Man says:

    Much better game tonight I feel. The legs are coming back et le but!

  20. Adidess says:

    If we’re gonna kill Markov by playing him 27 minutes a game, let’s leave him out there with Subban.

    At least we know they will be a + D pairing at the end of the night.

    Crafty play there by Subban!

  21. TheDagger says:

    MB needs to give PK a blank contract immediately and let him fill in whatever numbers he wants!

  22. H.Upmann says:

    AWWW YEAH PK such a great skater

  23. SKHab says:

    Bournival was right there as well.

  24. sCOTT1243 says:

    Et le Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutttttttttttttt

    Way to go Prusty!

  25. adadi says:

    The good guys scoring tonight.

  26. Propwash says:



  27. CHicoHab says:

    It’s all Subban

  28. SKHab says:

    Good on you Prust!

  29. ross says:

    Plekanec worked *hard* on that Gallagher goal, and pulled two defenders out of position in front of Dubnyk.

  30. adadi says:

    DD reminds of Gomez skating all over the ice and not really knowing where he’s going.

  31. Old Bald Bird says:

    My first opportunity to watch a game this year, and Bell Satellite is going crazy. Oh well. Go Habs Go anyway.

  32. SKHab says:

    Man Dubnyk gives up rebounds.

  33. Stevie.Ray says:

    It’s a good thing they brought Briere in. Gallagher will be a good mentor for him.

  34. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Thank you Galleys

  35. sCOTT1243 says:

    Oh good Lord above, DO NOT EVER split the G boys!

  36. db says:

    Great decoy by Pleks

  37. Adidess says:

    Let the kids play please!

  38. Stevie.Ray says:

    Whoop woop

  39. sCOTT1243 says:

    Oh Lord above, DO NOT split the G boys!

  40. Marc10 says:

    Good that Gallagher is out there on the first wave of the PP. He would score 30 if he got to play the full PP all year.

  41. SKHab says:

    Gallagher happy, Briere not so much.

  42. H.Upmann says:

    yeS!1 those kids.. thank god

  43. adadi says:

    Who else, heh!

  44. SKHab says:

    Great work kids.

  45. Propwash says:



  46. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Eller is very good.

  47. Rocket Riot says:

    No cohesion at all tonight except with the youth. Dd looks like a midget (talent and size) out there and has to go.

  48. Rosieman says:

    I’m sorry – we are a bad hockey team.

    White, Desharnais, Diaz, briere , Bourque are all really bad players and bad contracts

    Markov Gionta are almost done

    It’s going to be a tough year and hard to trade any of them

  49. Habbu says:

    I have finally realized what DD could be good at………..”a blocking dummy”

  50. SKHab says:

    Cross check and spear. Nice work

  51. TheDagger says:

    That all started with Pacioretty playing HARD on the boards.. like he needs to. But doesn’t enough.

  52. duffy says:

    Time to fire the coach,he has had his chance.

  53. CHicoHab says:

    Eakins looks like a young Lurch

  54. jols101 says:

    Utter confusion out there. Put the Egg line back together and move Pleks with Patches and Breire

  55. CHicoHab says:

    How do you stop. Wait 3 seconds. Then drill it at the oiler goalies chest

  56. H.Upmann says:

    Think i’m just gonna turn off and hit the bar myself. What would it take to ice a good team effort?

  57. frontenac1 says:

    Dallas Eakins looks like the guy up in the clock tower with a rifle.

  58. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    As bad as the Habs are, the Rangers are that much worse.

  59. Habbu says:

    Looks like they haven’t slept for days

  60. habsfor25 says:

    If it wasn’t for watching subban I would’ve turned this game off a long time ago. This offense is just brutal. At least put the kids line back for our entertainment, damn!

  61. sushamiboy says:

    “2P 15:18 Canadiens forwards are BRUTAL! Playing like they met in a bar an hour before the game.”

    Well if Therrien can stop juggling lines are stick with the lines that were trying to gel, we’d have something. Breaking up the kid line is an insult to their talent. Last year he kept DD with Patches for ever even though DD sucked, but the kids don’t get that respect.

  62. Sal from the Hammer says:

    They are not generating anything!!!

  63. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Bournival looking good.

  64. adadi says:

    Keep Bournival in the line up.

  65. SKHab says:

    Had they been drinking for a while in the bar before they went to the game?

  66. Puckdoc says:

    Putting Pleks with Chuck and Gally is like mixing milk with vodka.

  67. teamhab says:

    Where’s the offence?

  68. SKHab says:

    We dump it in and they get it out. Every time.

  69. Habbu says:

    Oilers taking control…….

  70. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Dumb penalty. Lucky goal. Price sucks. I know he’s on the bench, but sometimes you just gotta hate on the guy. 😉

  71. Adidess says:

    DD and Brière isn’t working, now MT goes with DD and Gionta. What’s wrong with this picture?

  72. twilighthours says:

    The best part was when Eller took out markov

  73. SKHab says:

    Georges took a shot on net.

  74. Prairienewf says:

    If habs were bread, Prust would be the crust! Crust man!….hmmm….no more city tap water for me.

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