Liveblog: Canadiens beat Vancouver 2-1 in OT


Paul Byron tipped home Alex Galchenyuk’s shot to win it 1:13 into OT.

Unattended in front of Carey Price, Michael Chaput tied the game 12:49 into the third period. The goal energized the home team, and Price was very sharp to keep it 1-1.

Torrey Mitchell, who scored the only Canadiens goal in a 5-1 loss in Vancouver last season, got the visitors on the board four minutes into the first period.

It was Mitchell’s first goal since Dec. 8.

Shots were 38-28 Canadiens.



  1. Habnormal says:

    If just if Pleks can be even decent from here on in, pop in a goal every 5 games or so that would be wonderful.

  2. Habnormal says:

    Byron is all heart and a pleasant surprise since they picked him up on waivers. His speed reminds me of Russ Courtnell. You need guys like this to provide secondary scoring. I am really liking the way this team is playing right now and finding ways to win. Who knows, maybe they peak at the right time and catch fire. Maybe MB is right – just get in the playoffs and anything can happen. Habs were huge underdogs in PK’s rookie year yet they beat the Pengun and Caps. It could happen again. With a little luck yo never know. Price is obviously the key.

  3. Timo says:

    I can’t stay up any longer. I call first on Boone’s ALN. Someone post for me please!

    Good night and Go Habs.

  4. CHesterfield says:

    Benn and Davidson (88, bad chi) are good. Stay at home, role is uncomplicated. Done!

  5. durocher says:

    Anyone miss Pleks tonight? Me neither

  6. habs001 says:

    If Habs could have finished should have been 4-1 regulation game…Anyone miss Emelin and his D zone adventures ..Plecks PK face off loses…

  7. Danno says:

    Was that deflection off Lord Byron’s scrotum a set play from CJ’s Hunt, Seek and Seal playbook?

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  8. CHesterfield says:

    Team CH is built for playoffs.

  9. FenceSurfer says:

    I’ll take an OT win in the first western game road trip. Is it all down hill from there?

  10. CJinBK says:

    Good win for the good guys. A goaltender battle; the game started pretty gently, but got exciting in the third. Price looked very Pricean, and the GAA reflects the quality of his play. Miller was no slouch either, and was only beaten by two clever deflections.

    Stu Cowan said it during the second intermission, and I have also noted the definite increase in aggression by the Canadiens in their offensive and defensive zones. Habs’ defensemen are circling back behind their own net far far less than they used to, and as a result the team is spending a lot less time in their own zone. Turnovers in the neutral zone are usually quickly chased down, before opponents can get onside and into the zone. Giveaways had always been a nightmare under Therrien’s system, which seemed to involve passing the puck around in the defensive zone until there was a clear breakout.

    Defensemen seem much more comfortable carrying the puck, and there is a lot more pinching. Nate Beaulieu, who many of us would have been happy to see traded before the arrival of Julien, has rediscovered his game. He looks confident out there, and while he still makes some bonehead mistakes, he more than makes up for them with exciting puck possession and offensive flair.

    Speaking of puck possession… Bravo to the Habs for winning two games without their MVP so far this season. Radulov doesn’t need to be rushed back; the team is finding ways to win without his amazing puck control and vision for the open man. His work ethic seems to have rubbed off on Pacioretty and Danault.

    Shaw had some Gallagheresque sorties, inspiring Gallagher to have some of his own. It was a joy to see Gallagher tearing around out there like we’re used to seeing. He’s a little snakebit, he’s a little frustrated, but it doesn’t seems as bad as earlier in the season. He brings his energy every time he steps on the ice, and the points will come.

    On to Calgary, where the Flames are sitting comfortably in the first wild card spot. Will Price get the start again? I think you have to ride his hot hand, and let him fully replenish his mojo. Only 2 more back-to-backs for Montoya. I would keep Price in for the great majority of games unless the Senators fall behind. (Right now they’re keeping pace…)

  11. Timo says:

    Paul Byron… 16 goals this season. Not bad. One of the munchkins I do like.

  12. habsman-itoba says:

    I think Miller clinched best save% for the season tonight.

  13. filchock79 says:

    Great night for the Zebras – the refs were jobbing the Canucks and the linesmen were jobbing the Habs.

  14. Timo says:

    252 comments. Is this the lowest for Boone’s blog?

  15. eddie 56 says:

    Well, tough squeeze there but Carey sealed the leak and the ship stays afloat. Bit of an ugly one for most of it, but some bright spots were, Galchenyuk looking like he was getting better on the draw, and played a pretty solid defensive game, well other than that gaff that led to the tying goal by an Ile Bizarre native. Gallagher looked like he was buzzing, Danault went 20 and 8 in the circle, and Weber layed a massive hit on Daniel. 2 pts is 2 pts, the new boys are settling in, and the streak lives on. I’ll take it.

    Oh and 4 OT goals, plus a helper or two, but jeez Chuck means business in extra time. King Chucky The 4th anyone? Or A.G And The Cs?

  16. CHesterfield says:

    Lord Byron when big bodies don’t smash him! Does Martinsen look a bit psycho? A good thing to have no? When it works. King is ‘poser’ Moan, I like this.

  17. krob1000 says:

    sportsnet one…ot about to start subban vs ana

  18. krob1000 says:

    double post

  19. Sal from the Hammer says:

    It was ugly but, 2 pts is 2 pts!

  20. Danno says:

    The Mutt was a Tazmanian Devil tonight


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  21. There is nothing better than that goal scored on Miller. Love it when he looks silly.



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  22. chilli says:

    Price deserved first star.
    Is Benn my favorite new Hab?… well, after Radu of course.
    Byron and Gallagher have upped their game of late.

  23. johnnylarue says:

    “Dear diary,

    Tonight I scored a game-winning goal in overtime with my pants. Then the guys took me out for Chinese food. It was a good day.”

  24. sCOTT1243 says:

    Wow you’d think that game was played in the Bell Centre…ton of habs jerseys in that crowd.

  25. DDPKS says:

    Yay for Byron, speedy and goes to the net often. Feel good story of this season. Really hope he hits 20 goals this season.

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  26. FormalWare says:

    Ryan Miller. 367 saves. Only good for third star.

    “Good Luck With That,” Habs!

    • johnnylarue says:

      To be fair, he was up against a de facto hometown idol and a guy who scored the winning goal with his balls. Miller would have needed to put a hat trick on top of those 367 saves to MAYBE get second star…

  27. Habby_Haberton says:

    How cool is that. All the slump busting happening at same time. Byron, Lehkonen, Mitchell, Gally…just need Danault and Plekanec now…ok well Danault if we are realistic.

  28. PK says:

    Galchenyuk gets the Habs another OT goal but Byron gets the last touch.

    Remember the days when AG27 was in the doghouse with Roch Voisine’s ex-bodyguard?


  29. The Gumper says:

    Didn’t look like we had 369 shots but I’ll take it…

  30. Timo says:

    They better bring it against the Flames. An effort like this and they get demolished. I hope Julien is going to rip them a good one. BS game.

  31. krob1000 says:

    tough play….right nut deflection on pucking coming from left side….highly skilled play right there

  32. Danno says:

    Habs are playing .778 hockey in the new CJ era.


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  33. Al Burtlap says:

    By Byron’s balls! Habs win!

  34. Habituated says:

    Only third star for Miller after 367 saves? Tough judges.

  35. CHesterfield says:

    Damn, all on Byron too!

  36. Chuck says:

    Well how about that!

  37. CHesterfield says:

    I luv/hate my man Galchenyuk!

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