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. Say Ash says:

    Thank you, BG and PG for Galchenyuk. You two are truly visionaries.

  2. Timo says:

    Habs need to get Bournival more ice time… few consequitive games. He looked pretty good again out there. Certainly better than little Davey.

    Btw, does anyone else thinks that Plekanec looks totally disinterested? People complain about Price being nonchalante, but looks at Pleks. He has more skills than Desharnais so he makes fewer mistakes, but I am not seeing much effort from him.

    And speaking of my favorite little Davey, when does this experiment end? He wasn’t any better today than any of the previous games. Just got less ice time… or at least that’s what it felt like.

  3. sweetmad says:

    Never thought I would agree with Timo,but this time I do ,just wish Eller had got a point,he deserved it.

  4. JO says:

    BUdaj should play Saturday

    Pacioretty and the two Gally’s 1st or 2nd line
    Bourque Eller Gionta 1st or second line
    Prust Plekanec Briere 3rd line
    Moen Desharnais white/bournival 4th line

    Mt try these lines against Vancouver!!

    • I’ll be shocked if the Habs don’t play their number one goalie against one of the best teams in the West.

      In fact I’ll eat my Price jersey…..ok I won’t do that, but you’re pickin up what I’m throwin down?

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    • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

      I’m not an uncritical Price booster by any means, but come on. Budaj looks good against one of hockey’s crappiest teams, and you’re ready to anoint him #1. Ridiculous. Price will play in Vancouver and he bloody well should.

      • dr. gesundheit says:

        Some might say Calgary is also one of “hockey’s crappiest teams”. How’d that work out?

        • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

          Yeah, the loss in Calgary was all Price’s fault, and Petr Budaj is the future of this team between the pipes. After all, he showed conclusively in Colorado that he is an elite #1 starter capable of playing 60 games per year at a high level. Hey wait, I have an even better idea: let’s put Desharnais in net. As a goalie, he is undefeated! That makes him Vezina material for sure.

  5. habsfan0 says:

    I didn’t notice DD much in the 3rd period.
    He must be deceptively fast.

  6. Hobie Hansen says:

    Ok, Bergevin messed up and underestimated the readiness of the EGG line and signed Desharnias and Briere to those stupid contracts.

    Here’s hoping he doesn’t do something similar with the defence. Markov, Diaz and Bouillon are all free agents next year and should not be resigned. Ideally they should be traded so we get something in return.

    My point, get Tinordi and Beaulieu in the lineup at the same time. I think Diaz and Bouillon should be sat in order to make room for the two youngsters. And I really hope Bergevin doesn’t give Markov, Diaz or Bouillon another 1 or 2 year deal after this season.

    • krob1000 says:

      Just because they proved ready doesn’t mean the d will…and it is harder to play D in the NHL then forward at a young age. Keep Markov to also help bring Beaulieu along.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Markov will probably want to sign another deal ranging anywhere from 2-4 years. Do you really want him on the payroll, counting against the cap, hopping around on one leg, for another 4 years?

        I’m hoping by season’s end that Tinordi and Beaulieu are regulars and guys like Pateryn and/or Dietz are pushing for jobs in on next year’s team.

        The Habs are not winning the cup with the core of veterans we have now. So play the kids.

        • krob1000 says:

          I think he has earned it…the cost will be the factor. Any good team needs experienced leaders and vets I don’t doubt for a second PK has learned a lot from Markov. Beaulieu could use that same mentorship. 2 years of markov? absolutely I am ok with that…I don’t think is skating is as bad as last year either. When he gets tired his stride gets super short and it will never be what it was but paired with Subban he looks good and that duo makes any forward unit they play with a threat. markov couls till play 20 mins a night 2 years from now with Subban or even Emelin IMO.

          • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

            If Markov cannot be signed at an affordable rate and reasonable term (two years is good), he should be gonzo. He is now closer to being Marc André Bergeron than the player he used to be, and Bergevin would be stupid to be held hostage by sentiment over the player he once was. He “deserves” nothing more than the huge salary he made when he was a great player, and a much more modest deal now that he is a one-dimensional one.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            1 year Max at a much lower salary.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

          • dr. gesundheit says:

            Agree…1 year/much less.

        • JO says:

          Hobie – Should be there now (Future) best line

    • dr. gesundheit says:

      No kidding (re Briere and DD)…but it does appear to be the modus operandi of this current regime. (unfortunately) i.e. “We’re going to get younger, more truculent and bigger…but…for time being, let ‘s try and get even softer, older and smaller”

  7. krob1000 says:

    In a year or two can you imagine a line of Galchneyuk-Patches and Gallagher? Not sure who Eller plays with but if they move Galchenyuk to the middle with those two snipers….100 points.

  8. Psycho29 says:

    Rangers losing in the 3rd to Anaheim 6-0 after losing to the Sharks 9-2…

    Can you imagine if the Habs lost 2 straight games this way?

    HI/O would implode….

  9. Psycho29 says:

    Everyone come in from the ledge….it’s safe now!


  10. habsfan0 says:

    Carey Price will start Saturday in his home province.
    No pressure.

  11. Timo says:

    Ok, I know you’re all happy here but this was a case of team that sucks beating a team that sucks more. Lots and lots of very sloppy play. It’s like these guys never played hockey before.

    That being said Habs had a few studs this game. Prust was great, Galchenyuk and Gallagher were monsters and yes, of all people, I thought Gorges was a great trooper tonight. He was already banged up, took a huge hit from an Oiler goon yet stayed in the game and just kept plugging in. Respect (tonight).

    Oh, and Budaj is better than Price 🙂

  12. krob1000 says:

    Duchene, Landeskog, O’Reilly, Mackinnon vs Hall, Yakupov, Nuge and Eberle? Which 4 would you want?
    I think the heart and character as well as grit all go to Colorado. 4 leaders in Colorado and 4 scorers but not sure any of them have the character that all 4 of those Avs have….

  13. db says:

    Nice to see the kids carrying the team.. hopefully it buys some time to let the vets get their legs. I’m glad we go into Van on a win and the Canucks a loss.. Can’t wait to be at that game! (even tho its the no booze zone, vancouver will never lose its ‘no fun city’ label)

  14. habsfan0 says:

    Pleks,DD, and Diaz for Yakupov.

  15. JO says:

    What did MT have for lines tonight didn’t get to see the game.

  16. The Jackal says:

    Good game, Price let in a softie but Budaj was great.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  17. krob1000 says:

    Now Galchenyuk leading NHl…tied with a couple with 7 points

  18. AH says:

    Aaahhhhhh, the one game on this trip I wanted them to win the most. YES!!!!!

  19. H.Upmann says:

    Budaj was solid

  20. Mark C says:

    As badly as he needs a goal, you have to appreciate Danny giving up a shot at an open net for a higher percentage play.

  21. Hockey Bob says:

    In Budaj I trust.

  22. morivera says:

    Win! Budaj in the man!

  23. Marc10 says:

    And the crowd goes wild! In Edmonton!

  24. duffy says:

    I say stick with Budaj.

  25. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Budaj played great!!

  26. db says:

    Only in Montreal does Briere have an accent on his jersey. Loi 101? :p

  27. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Whew!! Good game!!

  28. CHicoHab says:

    Briere was dying to get that pass back

  29. NLhabsfan says:


  30. Adidess says:

    Subban 3 pts tonight!

  31. SKHab says:

    Sweetness. Great patience and unselfish.

  32. morivera says:

    After a disturbing incident in the dressing room, Joe Thornton is no longer allowed to play Xbox NHL in the dressing room.

  33. CHicoHab says:

    I say budaj scores before Briere

  34. db says:

    prust must assist!

  35. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Eller must score!

  36. CHicoHab says:

    In the words of the crocodile hunter budaj says. Look what I found

  37. oldtimerguy says:


    budaj excellent

    galchenyuk is a sublime talent, glad we sucked enough to draft him.

    Gallagher is a great complement to galchenyuk

    nugent Hopkins is super talented

    eller is so strong on the puck this year

    bournival deserves more ice, kid looks really good.

    pleks, dd, briere, bourque,gio …not a factor at all.

  38. morivera says:

    Finally we have a goalie who is playing well. Trade Price already. We can still get something decent for him

  39. FormalWare says:

    Since we’re naming lines…

    Bourque – Desharnais – Gionta: The Invisible Men

    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  40. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Hall’s skates were touching the boards when Eller made contact. Just an unfortunate fall by Hall b

  41. CHicoHab says:

    Hall is on this power play after that hit. What suspension

  42. SKHab says:

    Prust is tough!

  43. Stevie.Ray says:

    I hate hits from behind. I realize he was just trying to pin Hall, but that play needs to have consequences. I say automatic 3 game suspension.

  44. TheDagger says:

    3P 7:45 THE DAGGER! Do we love those kids!! 3-1

    Yes Boone, we do, thanks for asking.

  45. Cdnman1 says:

    Great goal!

    Number 25 in 2014!

  46. Les Canayens says:

    Rexall place is playing Beastie Boys after a Montreal goal, as if it’s a home goal.

  47. db says:

    Time to cut the dead weight of those older guys that aren’t cutting it… send a message. Trade a vet. What a beauty!

  48. Adidess says:

    Let the kids play!

  49. sCOTT1243 says:

    If budaj wins should he play again until he loses, maybe sending Price a message? Now I say that as a huge Price fan.

    Maybe Price needs a little competition to step it up a notch.

  50. SKHab says:

    Beauty goal. Speed and youth.

  51. CHicoHab says:

    Highlight reel goal!!!

  52. CHicoHab says:

    Briere was traded to Calgary during 2nd intermission

  53. teamhab says:

    Ok, I’d get Beaulieu and Tinordi in as starters, 61 and 55 can alternate sitting out

  54. teamhab says:

    Is Briere on this road trip?

  55. jols101 says:

    Chucky put another one on Gally’s stick but he couldn’t pot it…too bad.

  56. habs001 says:

    At this stage of his career Plecks has to play better ..He has talent but so far this year he is playing like someone whose head has been cut off..terrible passes and decision making

  57. SKHab says:

    Beautiful set up by Gallagher.

  58. SKHab says:

    Prust had a nice hit.

  59. teamhab says:

    Uh… That would be 2014!

  60. teamhab says:

    Good 3rd period pressure with the lead, very unhab like

  61. Cdnman1 says:

    Why did they break up the egg line?

    Number 25 in 2013!

  62. SKHab says:

    Did you see the hit by Georges? Wow!

  63. TheDagger says:

    Gorges BEST play in the last 2 years! Perfectly played!

  64. naweed235 says:

    I know he is very young but I have not seen anything convincing from Beaulieu in the last couple of years… I’m really not sold on him. He is extremely shaky in his own end and for D-man who is supposed to have offensive talent, he seldom makes good choices in the Off.-zone. Just my opinion.

  65. Laramy87 says:

    haha perron looks like Steve-o from jackass

  66. CHicoHab says:

    Since the beginning of this game

  67. Puckdoc says:

    PK is best since Jose Theodore.

    Our last individual star and award winner.

  68. Marc10 says:

    What would the Oilers ask for Yakupov?

    Beaulieu and a pick?

  69. ProHabs says:

    Anyone know when Guy Carbonneau is going to publish his book on what really happened during that centennial year.

  70. govenah says:

    Prust just needs an assist for a Gordie Howe hatrick.

    Grind this!

  71. TheDagger says:

    PK is the best player to wear the CH since _______.

  72. AH says:

    Unbelievable, here I am in Edmonton, Habs vs. Oilers and what does Sportsnet West have on..NFL football!!!! What a joke!

  73. db says:

    8 hits….. cmon man.

  74. jols101 says:

    Amazing how we can play 3 or 4 great shifts in a row and then suck ass for the next 3 or 4 shifts. We need a more consistent effort.

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