Liveblog: Pittsburgh 4 – Canadiens 3 in OT

On a power play in Overtime, Evgeni Malkin scored to end an entertaining New Year’s Eve game.

Third period goals by Doug Flynn and Conor Sheary (with less than a minute left) sent the 3-3 game to OT. 

Barely a minute into the second period, Patrik Hornqvist tapped in a Malkin pass to tie the game at 1-1.

Three minutes later, Phil Kessel wheeled around Ryan Johnston and beat Carey Price with a rising backhand to make it 2-1 on the Penguins’ third shot of the period.

With 33 seconds left in the second, Paul Byron had a Jeff Petry shot bounce off him and in to tie it at 2-2.

Four minutes into the game, Alexander Radulov completed an exquisite passing play with Shea Weber and Byron, beating M-A Fleury with his eighth goal of the season.

Shots were 41-40 Pittsburgh, which had a 4-0 edge in OT.


  1. habsfan0 says:

    2017 predictions:

    Montreal Canadiens win Stanley Cup;
    Buffalo Bills win Super Bowl;
    I win lottery.

    Law of Averages says I’ll get at least one right.

  2. boing007 says:

    Richard R

  3. boing007 says:

    Ripped off by the refs. The move that Byron made on the Penguins player that was called a penalty can be seen on modern city sidewalks every day at lunch time.

    Richard R

  4. Gerry Pigeon says:

    Happy New Year to all HIO posters, pollys, nellys, and trolls. ☺

    Habs will be even better once they get Chucky, Markov, and Shaw back. Playoff run this year, it’s going to be fun.

  5. Islandhabber69 says:

    If dd was there 2nite carrying the nice cold buckets of Gatorade and nice dry towels to the bench…..they woulda won….period….some fine tuning….and healthy bodies…we’ll be OK…..many cheerz from the rock….

  6. HabsCHfan says:

    Happy New Year to all the Habs Fans on HIO!!! And hoping that the trolls go away in 2017, especially since many of them are Leaf fans! 🙂

  7. BC (Because of the Cats) says:

    The team is doing well considering the number of players in our lineup who started the year in St. John’s. Our support players are doing a great job, and Danault is getting valuable experience. We’re at .500 so far on this road trip, which is more than I would have expected. It would have been great to get the win, but I’m determined to be happy (more or less) with the point. January will be a tough month; by the middle of it, these OT losses might be looking pretty good.

    “We gotta lotta dep.”

  8. Goldenchild says:

    Since 1966 I have been a great Habs fan. So has my Dad, his Dad as well as my son and daughter. One of my grandfathers worked for Kenny Reardon when he was VP of the Habs. I have seen firsthand what class is behind this organization. Win or Lose, this team is in my blood. I am thankful for the Habs and the decades of great entertainment they have provided. I will never forget the Stanley Cup parades and meeting some greats such as Henri Richard in Vancouver or Guy Lafleur in Penticton or Chris Chelios in a stereo shop in Ville St Pierre or Yvan Cournoyer on a flight from Montreal to Toronto. I am sure you have similar stories to share. Take a moment and give thanks for all the great things in your life my friends. With my recent father’s passing, I know realize just how much of a difference the Habs have made in my life and I am grateful. Emotional? Perhaps. But so what.

    Happy New Year all!!

    Goldenchild out.

  9. D Mex says:

    Well folks, with some of the finest people in Canada about to ring in a new year,
    I’d like to do the same as Mrs Mex and I prepare to head out for a bit here.
    Les deseo a todos un feliz año nuevo, lleno de felicidad, buena salud,
    y prosperidad. ¡ Nos vemos en 2017 !

    ALWAYS Habs ~
    D Mex

    Support Therrien – vote Desharnais :
    See the Therrien – Desharnais duet here :
    Therrien / Lacroix / Pacioretty : All Desharnais All the Time !

  10. HabsHammerZone says:

    Well Habs are off to Nashville to face the Preds whom will be without PK. It seems he may have a Herniated disk, since he tried skating twice in the last few days and it did not go very well at all, knife pains in back.

    He is most likely gone for the year if he has this surgery and it will be 50/50 if he can recover his form,

    I knew he would be facing much more heavy opposition and being an under sized D Man and all but this is more than unfortunate, he will undoubtedly be providing generously his time to charities etc. for the next little while.

    You gotta bet, that teams players and management will be looking over at Shea Webber and having some hard feeling about the trade and all.

    Hope habs hammer them.

  11. smiler2729 says:

    Even with brutal key injuries, the Habs are a pretty solid team.

    On to 2017 and the playoffs!
    Leafs blow…
    Jack Edwards is a clam…
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead…
    and oh yeah, Tomas Plekanec sucks

  12. The Puckhound says:

    Habs need to worry about using Weber and Elemin too much! Weber’s plays has gone down hill…plays away too many minutes.

    Bergevin needs to get another defenseman..Barberio and Johnson is not the answer.

    Forever #4

  13. Oach61 says:

    Crosby even gets to tell the linesman where he can put his skates on a faceoff and Cherry and Mclean find that very amusing,refs were horrible,Habs will be fine ! Any of you posters that are calling some of these players trash and garbage and sad sacks…find a new team !!!

    “GO HABS”

  14. FormalWare says:

    Icing, Three-On-Three.

    Comes trippingly off the tongue.

    “Good Luck With That,” Habs!

  15. Flower Power 10 says:

    Apparently Duchesne in Colorado could be available. Anyone want to guess what it might take? Juulsen, 1st and Scherbek?

  16. UKRAINIANhab says:

    The only thing you should be blaming Price for is why we don’t more top picks.

  17. CHicoHab says:

    Price is always in a butterfly. But when you look at that goal hes well within the crease. What happened to goalies just pushing out a bit on an angle to cut down the net space. He stands up a bit more. Comes out cut the angle. That puck hits him. He is an all star worlds greatest goalie. But that shot may have been more challenged. Yes 4 pts on the road mych better during this holiday than the past ones I believe

    • devhab says:

      They don’t play farther out anymore as it makes it more difficult to go cross crease. That’s one of the things Waite fixed when he came over.

      Giddy up

    • Oach61 says:

      No goalie would have stopped that shot , if not for Price they wouldn’t have even got a point… If we listen to all of you sad sacks of Hab bashers they should go 82-0 during regular season and 16-0 in the playoffs , they would have none of their current roster and a player from every other team and you would have picked up Halak off of waivers…chill out haters !
      Happy New Years to all the true Habs fans

      “GO HABS”

  18. devhab says:

    To the idiots on this forum trashing Price, please find another team to sneer for.

    You obviously don’t know the first thing about goaltending.

    Giddy up

  19. slapshot777 says:

    Habs played a good road game, not great but good enough to win in regulation. The Refereeing was horrible as usual against the Habs. We have the most penalties against by any team in the East.

    I would say easily 30% of the calls against the Habs have been BS.
    The Habs never would get a call like the Penguins got late in a game and losing to give a chance to get back in the game and rarely would we ever get a call in “OT” to win it.

    The officiating in the NHL as to be the worst officiating of all professional sports. If it was consistent you could live with it, but the penalties are so all over the place that you could have 3 or 4 penalties of the same degree and yet only one would get called.

    The Player safety is the same as Shaw can attest to. If that play was reversed and Shaw hit Krug like that you could guarantee a suspension would have been issued. It is not just that call but many others throughout the League.

    Price played a great game but no matter how good you are you can’t beat bad officiating and being put in bad situations. Which is what happened tonight to both the Habs and Price.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high

  20. Gerry Pigeon says:

    Four of six possible points this week, not bad at all for being on the road.

    Bad call against Byron tonight costs us the game, but great effort on New Year’s Eve!

    Good comeback vs. Panthers, bad third period cost us a point vs. Lightning.

    All told, still a good week to close out the season.

    Happy New Years to all, even the crabby ones tonight! 🙂

    • slapshot777 says:

      Only problem here is it is yet another road loss. If you are planning on going far in the playoffs you have to win on the road. I don’t like this because eventually it gets in their head and becomes a mental issue.

      The Habs need to get winning games on he road, whether it is in regulation or “OT” or shootout but they need to get wins to gain confidence. The points are always good to get but we need some wins.

      The Habs also need to get better in the third period. If MT ends up screwing up this season he is out as coach. I think the only way MT can save his job is to go to the SC final or win the Cup. Anything short of this is his ticket to the sidelines and back to AC
      To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  21. Coach K says:

    OK. So a loser point against the Cup champs in their barn isn’t terrible.

    Especially when one considers the talent differential, the questionable calls and the fact that the Habs are playing with a squad that is made up of about 1/3 of a below average AHL team.

    It will get better, eventually.

    Happy 2017 to all here at HIO!!

    -Adversity Does Not Build Character…it Reveals it-
    (James Lane Allen)

  22. RBK says:

    Hi. Just wanted to voice my opinion on our team. It’s an absolute disgrace. Poor Carey Price having to deal with this joke of a coaching staff and useless pud players. He’ll split out of town soon enough I’m sure. I mean who in their right mind would want to be a goalie for these sad sacks. Let alone the best goalie in the world. Fire who u can and get rid of Pacioretty, Plekanec, any other useless, lazy, bag of wheat… That would be a good start.

  23. Chuck says:

    I love the “why’s the goaltender on his knees” posts… I guess you’ve never heard of the butterfly style.

  24. HabsHammerZone says:

    As a Fan I will be petitioning the NHL and many other avenues for ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEWS so that post game reviews are conducted of the top 5 calls, non calls, and referees will be in attendance, their representatives etc.

    Habs played awesomely on the road, despite Hockey night in Canada gushing from beginning to the end about the penguins and nearly nothing about the habs all night long except for Price, they talked alot about Price whom got beat again over his shoulder although he actually played a much better game tonight, brst in the last month.

    And then to end the game that loud mouth biased Cherry and gutless Mclean have nothing to say about the habs, lets move on quick and discuss anything bu the habs, absolutely shameful and they call it Hockey night in Canada.

  25. longtimehabsfan says:

    Doug Flynn? He played second base for the Expos.

  26. Habsolo says:

    Habs can’t hold a lead. 4/6 points is good on the road. There’s no loser point in the playoffs. This season rides on a significant MB trade or Price standing on his head from this point forward. Stanley Cup winners don’t blow 3rd period leads.

  27. Cheech says:

    too many guns on Pens….good measuring stick game Pens played us cat & mouse

  28. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Geno scored that goal clean. Special teams on that 4-on-3 pp in OT was not up to par with the Pens’ top scorers.

  29. Chuck says:

    This team is wasting Price’s best years.

  30. DLS HAB says:

    Second post in a year. I will say it again the Habs will never win a Stanley Cup with Therrian as Head Coach. Better to cut ties sooner than later.

    • Habalicious says:

      We have to keep Therrien. There are no other decent French-speaking coaches available. Remember, that’s endlessly more important – not having the best coaching staff, but having a French one.

  31. CHicoHab says:

    The habs effort fine. But too many men in OT?? Byrons penalty late? All changes flow. The effort in the end use less

  32. longtimehabsfan says:

    Can’t fault the team tonight. Pens didn’t take the night off. Great game.

  33. Gerry Pigeon says:

    Four on three. Pens ice Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, and Letang.

    That’s pretty incredible skill, Price didn’t stand a chance.

  34. twilighthours says:

    This schedule, man…

    Habs need to get home for a few.

  35. CHicoHab says:

    Weber should not play a minute of OT. Coaches dont get the concept of only strong skilled skaters. Beaulieu, Petry, Barberio have wheels. Forwards. Rads, Danault, Gallagher, Lehkonen, Patches, Byron, Mitchell have wheels.

  36. Slack says:

    If that piece of trash Plekanec buries that golden chance he had we win. This guy flubs on golden opportunities game in and game out. He is useless. He is garbage. Easily the worst contract in hockey. If half the ire directed at DD were directed at Tomas ‘LOSER’ Plekanec, I’d have a hope for the general intelligence of Habs fans.

    Happy New Year to all of you

  37. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Someone tell me what was wrong with the Habs effort tonight ? You all need to chill. Lol some posters during live blogs are the real trash.. Not the players.

  38. habfan01 says:

    Will this team ever learn how to play 3 on 3?

  39. theox_8 says:

    Not to be negative happy to get the one point but can somebody please tell me when Montreal has ever scored in the last min to tie the game up with the goalie pulled ? Because I for the life of me can’t remember .

  40. The Puckhound says:

    Another streak comes to end Price loses on a Saturday night

    Forever #4

  41. slapshot777 says:

    The refs like I said earlier as to always get involved in the outcomes of games against the Habs.

    Crosby took a slash on a Habs player and got nothing called. The Pens were going on a 2 on 1 and got blown down. The Habs player was never even involved in the play to affect the play so why call he too many men.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  42. twilighthours says:

    The call to be upset about was the Byron call. That was so, so bad.

  43. D Mex says:

    In my book, too many men is always a coaching error. You hold that pony back until it’s good to go.
    That being said, the penalty call that allowed PIT to tie it up was absolute horse$hit.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

    Support Therrien – vote Desharnais :
    See the Therrien – Desharnais duet here :
    Therrien / Lacroix / Pacioretty : All Desharnais All the Time !

  44. Coach K says:

    Nobody is stopping that shot but man, the officiating was awful.

    Normally I don’t all them out but that call in OT changed the outcome of the game. Amateur hour.

    -Adversity Does Not Build Character…it Reveals it-
    (James Lane Allen)

  45. iha8losin says:

    Hard work wins sometimes but talent wins most of the time.

  46. boing007 says:


    Richard R

  47. The Puckhound says:

    Another wasted effort.

    More points to give away.

    Forever #4

  48. thesenator18 says:

    Price on his knees again.

    • moggs says:

      Your name is “thesenator18″…no trolling here. What kind of a clown comes to a Habs thread as a Sense fan to write this? You even made an account..what a life.

      • thesenator18 says:

        U are a clown and your IQ is far below your shoe size have u ever heard of Serge Savard the Senator and he wore number i will let u figure that one out ….genius.

  49. The Puckhound says:

    Plekanec out there..seriously!!!!

    Forever #4

  50. slapshot777 says:

    Got to keep Pacioretty off the ice in overtime. Either he screws up with his passing or he stays out to long and changes at poor times.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  51. Habalicious says:

    Our performance in OT is all on the coaching staff. We have absolutely ZERO confidence or flow.

    Here comes the conclusion to our choke job.

  52. CH Sam says:

    Kessel and Malkin would have been a lethal 2 on 1

  53. thesenator18 says:

    That was not too many men…period

  54. cndgoose says:

    5 bucks on Price to save our BUTTS

  55. Coach K says:

    That’s a bullshit penalty. Max was within a stride of the bench. You’re normally allowed 5-10 feet.

    -Adversity Does Not Build Character…it Reveals it-
    (James Lane Allen)

  56. Slack says:

    I cannot think of a worse Hab in recent memory than Tomas Plekanec

  57. joeybarrie says:

    we can hold on. i know it

  58. The Puckhound says:

    What a bonehead call! Too many men!

    Forever #4

  59. twilighthours says:

    The right call against the Habs. Horrible.

  60. Habalicious says:

    Ah yes….first an icing…and now a penalty in OT LOL….

    Our OT performance is laughable at best. So pathetic.

  61. The Puckhound says:


    Forever #4

  62. twilighthours says:

    Honestly, what was that from Weber?

    • Habalicious says:

      I’ve posted here endlessly about how we have no skill for 3 on 3. We are so locked into our “system” that when it’s simple 3 on 3 and skill….we tighten up and look lost. Seriously…icing on a 3 on 3????

      • CH Sam says:

        the same goes for our PP.. it’s a by-product of MT’s system. Once the boys have to actually pass the puck around or make some decisions, they don’t know what to do

  63. Habsolo says:

    Blowing 3rd period leads has become a trend.

  64. Gerry Pigeon says:

    Great effort tonight, especially on that last PK (BS call on Byron).

    Nice officiating…not.

  65. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Pacioretty for the win !

  66. Coach K says:

    You have to think that 3 on 3 strongly favours the highly skilled Pens over our grinding Habs…but you never know right?

    -Adversity Does Not Build Character…it Reveals it-
    (James Lane Allen)

  67. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Relax folks ! We got this. No need for calling players pieces of trash.

  68. habsfan0 says:

    Just like New Year’s Eve 1975

  69. The Puckhound says:

    If Tomas Plekanec could score this game is over.. what a useless tool at 6 million and then keep him next year too!

    Forever #4

  70. longtimehabsfan says:

    Battled our asses off. Had 3 chances to get it to 4 to 2

  71. Slack says:

    All I want in 2017 is for Tomas Plekanec to play for another team. What a useless piece of trash.

  72. twilighthours says:

    Habs will get a PP in OT, if it gets that far.

  73. cndgoose says:

    Emelin should have gotten off mid penalty kill

  74. Habalicious says:

    Could see the tying goal coming. Habs had about 444895933 chances to bury them and once again, lack of skill does them in. Here comes the “hold on and hope like hell” OT strategy.

  75. CH Sam says:

    3 on 3 vs the Pens will be interesting..

    • Habalicious says:

      I’m always hopeful as a Habs fan…but let’s just say that if I were a betting man, I would put my money on the Pens in a wide-open 3 on 3 format…just sayin…

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