Liveblog: Canadiens take the broom to Islanders

The Canadiens completed a season sweep of their series against the Islanders with a 3-1 road win.

With Michal Neuvirth on the bench and the home team on a power play, Josh Bailey deprived Carey Price of a shutout and set up a tense ending.

Lars Eller doused the tension with an empty-netter.

Price made 35 saves for his 38th win, tying his career best.

The second period wasn’t a minute old when Tomas Plekanec completed a nifty three-way passing play with Alex Galchenyuk and P.A. parenteau to get the Canadiens on the board.

Max Pacioretty’s shorthanded goal, scored off a bad play by Islanders goaltender Michal Neuvirth, made it the dread 2-0.

Matt Martin had a chance to get the Islanders back into it but muffed his shot and was robbed by Carey Price.

Torrey Mitchell was injured on a first-period faceoff and did not return.

Happy Pi Day! Pi to five digits: 3.14.15. It happens once every century … like the Leafs winning the Cup.


  1. Un Canadien errant says:

    New thread.

    Right this way folks, step lively, no waiting…

  2. HabinBurlington says:

    Team skated hard, some good offensive plays and Price was Price.

    ALN is now being served.

    Where is Timo?

  3. Danno says:


    I have not heard or seen Front ever since I mentioned powdered alcohol.


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  4. NightRyder says:

    Sekac lighting it up in Anaheim with no goals and three huge points in nine games.
    Next year, when he pots himself a dozen goals, will we ever feel bad.
    Extracting Ryan O’Reilly out of Colorado would be nice.

  5. chilli says:

    The only way to win the cup this year is on a classic Roy/Dryden-like nutty run by Price with people like Eller, Smelly and Chuckie coming alive.
    Kinda like last year when we won with Weiss, Bourque and Eller coming alive.
    Most non nutty Habs fans know that. (Which feels like 10% of the people that post on this site as opposed to the other 90% who feel we should win every night and get really pissed when we don’t).
    Remember, our GM said at the beginning of the year that this is a step back year. So I wish you would enjoy it more.
    We are not that good, but still in first.
    Thanks to the coach, the goalie and the system.

  6. The Jackal says:

    Bhull shit

  7. Bhull says:

    Besides being incompetent and an egomaniac, this coach is also a bald faced liar. He had the gall to tell the Sportsnet crew that he does not have the Habs playing a defensive system. What a tool!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Name calling does nothing to help you prove your point or to have people to respect your posts.

    • devhab says:

      This is not a defensive system. New Jersey for years had a very successful defensive system and if you got through the trap, you had to beat Brodeur. Their system gave up very few scoring chances. Whatever the habs are playing gives up lots of scoring chances. We’re not great defensively or offensively.

      We just have great goal tending.

      Giddy up

  8. Danno says:

    Hey Front!

    Why does the rum taste so much sweeter after a big win?


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  9. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Chucky was excellent on the first goal. Dodging the hit and then making a fantastic pass…what a play. A coach can’t teach this. The second goal was an excellent designed play. The coaching staff deserves credit for that one. Feel really bad for Price. If he didn’t play for a team that make a couple of big blunders every game, he would have 15 shut-outs easy.

  10. Chelios24 says:

    would you trade Tinordi, Fucale and Desharnais for Logan Couture and a 2nd round pick?

  11. on2ndthought says:

    have to say the kid pairing looked very good tonight. who sits when Emelin comes back?

    “a cannonading drive”

  12. Chelios24 says:

    Would you trade Subban and Desharnais for Boychuk, Brock Nelson and a 1st round pick?

  13. CHicoHab says:

    These guys are in the nhl. Been playing hockey almost all their lives. Can they not take their own initiative and come up with a PP strategy. Do they really still need to be taught how to control on a PP by a PP coach.

  14. B says:

    Lernout has his 14th goal and 27th assist. 4-1 SC over PA in the 2nd

    –Go Habs Go!–

  15. Allan Walsh @walsha 1 min ago

    Lars Eller, 8 shifts with Pacioretty in 2015, 7 points, I’m signing this thoroughbred. FYI Capuano, next time play my boy instead of the backup against the best team in the East.

    Coach T’s got his smack together 😎

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  16. nshab says:

    MT no day off tomorrow, PP practise !

    Habs are now back in the game.

  17. FormalWare says:

    It’s surreal to see a team that has struggled as much as the Habs leading the league. If you compare the game against the Islanders to the game against the Senators, the Habs played much the same, allowing their opponent to make Carey Price work really hard while requiring very little of the other goaltender.

    This isn’t fun to watch. It makes me a little angry. Yet victory is ever sweet.

    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      For a red-hot Goaltender who’s on the verge of winning two awards this season, why would a coach not let him play?

      The issue is, are the Habs scoring goals or they’re just deflecting opposing teams’ goals?

      • FormalWare says:

        When I said “the other goaltender”, I meant the other Team’s goalie – e.g. Neuwirth and the Hamburglar. Habs seem comfortable giving up far more scoring chances than they generate. And they can get away with it as long as Price is otherworldly.

        WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

    • habs001 says:

      The only difference was that Ottawa scored and the Islanders did not…If Habs win vs Ottawa posters would have said great game and if they lose today the Ottawa game comments here…Game analysis for many posters is really based on the result…

  18. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Watching the first goal go in by the Islanders already made it clear that the Habs are more concentrated on protecting their own zone. Our team is not in the elite level scoring capability. They will win games in either a 1 or 2 goal lead.

    2 questions I find that will haunt them as they go to the playoffs:

    1) Are the Habs really a defensive team? – For me, its a NO. I can see this team has a good offensive punch but its just too conservative. If coaching staff is to blame, it has got to do with Gerard Gallant leaving MTL and being the Panther’s head coach. Dan Lacroix shouldn’t be the assistant coach IMHO. Plus, their defensive system of dumping the puck in the offensive zone and creating rushes is just predictable. No wonder why the other 29 teams know how to get more scoring chances.

    2) They have got to change their powerplay structure. – All season long, their pp. sequence is just as predictable as their defensive play. On a 5-on-4, they do a lot of perimeter passing, then move the puck on two positions: either pass the puck to the central player in front of the goalie, or have the 2 defensemen shoot the puck from inside the perimeter. What do opposing teams do? – they collapse in the middle and do more shot-blocking from there. Its absolute waste of time and I don’t see Therrien is benefitting in this method.

    These 2 things should change if they plan to go for a deep run come postseason.

    • habs001 says:

      This is not a line up that will score 4 goals regularly….Their pattern has been 0-3 goals most games…it will not change in the playoffs…They will have to win most games like tonight..they will have to be able to get the next goal in tied and o/t games more times than the opposition…it is really short at least one more offensive player

      • Arnou Ruelle says:

        Seriously, I would rather have Andrighetto in the lineup if DSP is just there to do defensive plays. The playoffs is the time where big goals count.

  19. Chelios24 says:

    Is DSP basically just a 4th liner (i.e. big hitter with little vision, play-making, shooting or skating ability)? I found him almost invisible out there lately. I like the hitting dimension he brings but Sekac is definitely the more skillful and talented hockey player.

  20. nshab says:

    The Russian bull will be back for the next game and Gonchar will not see the ice again this season unless someone gets hurt. I like Pateryn game he hitting and he is big.

    Habs are now back in the game.

  21. on2ndthought says:

    what a lame coach, he put Lars Eller out there in the last minute with MaxPac and Gallagher. Why switch up lines in the last minute with the net open??? What good could come of that?

    “a cannonading drive”

  22. innis_mor says:

    Habs executed on their system tonight and they won.

    Highlight, for me —

    I just had to really like what Galchenyuk displayed on that first Hab goal — head up the whole way: (1) sidestepped the Hickey step-check as he saw it coming; (2) joins the 3-on-1, setting up the triangle properly; (3) pulls the puck and “loads up” with a bit of a toe drag for his great shot when PAP played it back to him, drawing the Islander goaltender out for an expected shot; (4) slides the puck to Pleks instead of shooting — the correct 3-on-1 play the entire time. All because Galcheyuk had his head up the whole way, letting the game come to him.

    Plan now is for continued same.

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  23. habs001 says:

    While Malhotra may not be the answer some key faceoff loses in the D zone in the third….

  24. habs001 says:

    Islanders probably deserved a goal…

  25. Habitoban says:

    Great win. Just caught the 3rd. Observations: (1) Galchenyuk sees plays that no one else does, lately that seems to be because they aren’t there. (2) Pateryn clears the net… so nice to see that for a change.

  26. Danno says:

    TVA 3 Stars?


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  27. CraigFrancis says:

    Great game. Really glad for Eller, and really glad to see that second line come together so well. Thanks for the live blog, Mike.

  28. nshab says:

    I read a few posts that the PP coach should be fired. If they have a PP coach I am shocked. It is time to fix this F$%^ing PP and if there is a coach Fire him ! Come on MB you hired the right goalie coach and look what happen to Price. I have to believe you can find a proper PP coach. There is 13 games left and this team needs a powerplay. There is no reason this team should not be better on the PP.

    Habs are now back in the game.

  29. Slack says:

    Great game!

  30. CHicoHab says:

    No Flynn, No Mitchell, No Gonchar, insert Pateryn……voila…2 pts on the road against Tavares and company.

  31. The Mask says:

    Max deprived Carey Price of the shutout.

  32. FormalWare says:

    And the Jets got it done! Yesss!

    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  33. Slack says:

    Jets did us a solid!

  34. B says:

    Jets beat Tampa 2-1

    –Go Habs Go!–

  35. durocher says:

    I think we have ourselves a blueline

  36. CHicoHab says:

    Patches said to Price….don’t be pissed at me…close your legs next time…

  37. on2ndthought says:

    Bob Cole calling Wpg and TB! he makes a game sound so exciting

    “a cannonading drive”

  38. habs001 says:

    This the type of game that Habs have been winning all year…This is their style …There is just not enough offensive talent on the team to look sleek and smooth…If they have playoff success this is how they will have to play…

  39. danhabsfan says:

    Poor Price, it’s all Patches fault

  40. CHicoHab says:

    Pleks up at centre with Max. Keep it that way.

  41. HabSgt says:

    Amazing game by Price. Now if the Jets can do us a solid & beat the Lightning, all will be well.

    Winter is coming.

  42. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Big win, if it matters! Tampa losing 2-1 to Jets.

    Price was, well, amazing!

    Home ice in the playoffs overrated!? Discuss!

  43. FormalWare says:

    Eller not a star in the estimation of Sportsnet. Idiots.

    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  44. habcertain says:

    Price pissed he lost the shutout

  45. piper says:

    Carey gets it done again.

  46. danhabsfan says:

    MyStars. Price. Eller. .???

    • innis_mor says:

      Lots of good play from Eller tonight — mainly a lot of good decisions. DLR, DD, Pleks, Prust too. One of Prust’s better games I thought. Petry may have been the best Hab D-man, He or Subban. Great games from both.
      Marc Bergevin: “The Stanley Cup play-offs are a bit of a crap shoot.”

  47. The Mask says:

    Carey not very happy.

  48. joeybarrie says:

    Never in doubt

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