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. careysubban3176 says:

    The reason why the Habs finally got on the score board and started turning it up offensively was because of the big hit Pacioretty laid out on an Oiler in the offensive zone. After the hit the he got the puck back and they started cycling the puck and eventually Briere drew the penalty. This just goes to show you when you start forechecking and hitting with a purpose good things will happen. If not for that hit I don’t know if they win or not. Wondering if any else saw this and came to this conclusion.

    Stop blaming the goaltender! He can only do so much.

    • von says:

      In my opinion, the biggest hit was Gorges laying out Hall in the defensive zone.


      “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  2. jamman says:

    Great game last night. I don’t know what it is but P.K is simply a BEAST on the road! I mean we all know he likes to show-off, but maybe he gets a little nervous in front of the home crowd who is watching him so closely?

  3. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Budaj played well last night. And he 13 games last season (not counting the horrible last game of the playoffs VD Ottawa)

    So I take it MB can trade Price for a top D & forward?

    Dat’s wha me tinks

  4. pmaraw says:

    Having Chucky, Gally and Eller on the same line, as exciting as it is, is like putting all you EGG’s in one basket.

  5. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    After tonight’s games, Dubnyk’s GAA will improve. Lundqvist’s GAA will be his shoe size.

  6. pmaraw says:

    fearless prediction, article about Chucky competing for the hart trophy tomorrow

  7. jedimyrmidon says:

    “Gallagher got a gift, Galchenyuk scored a 2 on 1 goal. That’s hard. I’m not sure what else they did after that.” – Dallas Eakins

    Someone’s a wee bit jealous…

  8. Say Ash says:

    Hilarious post on TSN:

    “Galchenyuk is tied for point leader in the NHL, Subban is the point leader in defenseman, Eller is 1 point behind the point leaders and Gallagher isn’t far either. And all 4 combined are cheaper then Kessel”

  9. Hobie Hansen says:

    It’s going to be very interesting to see what Bergevin and Therrien decide to do with Desharnias. The guy shouldn’t even be in the lineup at this point and he’s signed for three more seasons after this @ $3.5 million.

    Just pisses me right off that we were stuck with a few bad contracts, we buy out Gomez and Kaberle and then immediately replace them with Desharnais and Briere. So painful.

  10. habsfan0 says:

    I really hope MT reunites Eller with Galchenyuk and Gallagher in Vancouver.

    That line was just starting to gel, and MT breaks them up.

  11. sweetmad says:

    Just read through some comments,some people saying Borque was bad,he made a couple of really good shots on goal,when he was all alone, no one to help or catch the rebound.GO HABS GO

  12. I can’t remember the last time we had 4 players in the top 15 in scoring. I know it’s still early, but the youth movement is impressive.

    It was a sloppy win, but we had more players actually show up tonight than in Cowtown.

    Something to build on.


  13. Timo says:

    Btw, I really like that Pacioretty didn’t pass a puck to Briere for the open net goal. Work for your own goals, b!tch!

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