Liveblog: Galchenyuk scores in OT to beat Columbus 1-0


Mr. OT does it again.

Alex Galchenyuk scored on an Overtime power-play for the second night in a row to give the Canadiens the win.

Shots were 30-26 Canadiens.

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Late-breaking: DD dealt to Edmonton for Defenceman Brandon Davidson! Black armbands ordered for L’Antichambre.

From Hockey’s Future:

Talent Analysis

Davidson is a no-nonsense, all-around defenseman. He does not excel in any one area, nor has many glaring weaknesses. He is a tireless competitor who plays a sound positional game, engages in tough battles and is willing to sacrifice his body to block shots or passes. His skating, pivots in particular, is still an area in need of improvement as is his decision-making and confidence when handling the puck. Davidson is adept at making the first pass out of the zone, but on the whole he is a calm, unremarkable player in terms of his offensive game.

Read more.

And this on Davidson’s battle with cancer.


  1. knob says:

    Nice seeing a guy like Benn knock some off those blue jackets around behind the net. So far I like the guy.

    Also, the guy they got for DD looks like a physical guy too. Kind of depth the team needs. Happy that I won’t have to watch DD slip and slide all over the ice and consume key ice time doing nothing while more talented players wait in line.

    Now, move out Flynn and Nestorov.

    in all thy sons command

  2. savethepuck says:

    So a little Cap space was created with the DD trade tonight. I’m thinking MB is working on something. Someone with a high salary Cap hit may be coming our way to help pot a few more goals. A lot of posters want a “legit” top 4 DMan but I don’t think that is necessary at all. I’m very happy with our present D. Looking at NHL D scoring leaders, we have Weber in 11th, Markov and Petry are tied for 27th and N8 is tied for 54th. That’s 4 in the top 60 and there’s 30 teams in the league, why do we need help on D? I also think all of these guys are good at both ends of the ice. If not a center, we need another scoring winger.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • maddog16 says:

      the habs do not need another dman. we need some one who can play center and actually score

    • knob says:

      Agree on your defence comment. With Benn in there, we have a good mix.

      in all thy sons command

    • Merc_Roswell says:

      I thought the general consensus from both fans and management at the end of last season was that the Habs needed a top 6 guy. Some offense and size at the very least. Lack of scoring was a huge issue last year (yes, the loss of CP was significant too) and frankly, pretty much the last 23 years in regular season and playoffs. So, last year I got the sense that enough was enough from Habs management and MB said that he would like to land a top 6 guy despite it not being easy to do without giving up a significant part of your core (or draft choices). But, at the end of the day, scoring was needed. So what happened? PK Subban gets traded, a good defenceman prospect gets drafted, middling players are moved around and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to hear MB say the familiar old refrain, “You can never have too many defensemen”. come end of trade deadline.

  3. BC (Because of the Cats) says:

    I don’t understand the Desharnais trade. We now have two spare defencemen but are actually in danger of finding ourselves thin at centre. If anyone is injured, Brian Flynn would be the replacement. Unless Bergevin has another move planned, the trade doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Or maybe it was about clearing cap space. Maybe a package is going somewhere in exchange for offense.

    “We gotta lotta dep.”

    • RightNyder says:

      MB: “I have a guy I don’t want, but he’s been a good team guy and I don’t want to embarrass him by waiving him. Can you help me out?”

      PC: “Sure, I’ve got a spare pud that I really don’t want to pay next year…”

      MB: “Did you say pud? Deal!”

      • Adidess says:

        Exactly. We should see the trade more as a favor to DD than anything else. That we like the guy we get in return is most probably not the reason this trade happened.

    • knob says:

      We have Mitchell and McCarron as well. DD is garbage and about time they moved him.

      in all thy sons command

    • Adidess says:

      Seriously? How long has it been since DD played like 3 games in a row? We’re thin at centre with or without DD.

      My impression is the logjam on defense is a temporary situation. There’s probably another move coming and that trading partner was not going to take DD, but will likely take one D from us. Therefore you move DD elsewhere for a D, which makes one of our current D expendable. It’s a theory, I wouldn’t bet money on it. And anything you get in exchange DD at this point isn’t a piece one should count on anyway.

  4. BC (Because of the Cats) says:

    In his post-game interview, Pacioretty was asked what explanation the referee had given him for disallowing the OT goal. Pacioretty answered, “He said Bobrovsky had covered the puck.” The interviewer said, “So they reviewed a play that wasn’t reviewable.” Pacioretty agreed and added, with a smile at the corner of his mouth, “He saw Bobrovsky cover the puck. It was hard to see… when it didn’t happen.”

    “We gotta lotta dep.”

  5. chilli says:

    I will be cheering for DD whenever he plays, but glad he’s gone.
    Was impressed with Benn.

  6. RightNyder says:

    Price under Julien:
    1.56 GAA
    .942 save percentage

  7. Butterface says:

    Was that the trade BGL was talking about ?

    Cause if that was it, he needs to look up the word “major” in the dictionary.

    That was minor.

    I am hoping it has major implications.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

    • bwoar says:

      Cleared some cap space, have patience.

      • krob1000 says:

        I wonder though if 3 wins in 4 nights has taken some of the pressure off…hope not…but you know playoffs are a must and this stretch likely all but clinched that barring falling off a cliff. That was a playoff game…against a very good team and Habs were full value…still a need for more offense …Duchene/Iginla package? Drouin? Duchene and OTt? need another tougher forward IMO…and a top line caliber offensive player….I am in the minority but Ilike our d…especially now that have gotten tougher…but I think it makes keeping Nate more of a priority unless they can replace that speed somehow. Weber cannot break a forecheck on his own, we were spoiled with Pk in that regard…but assuming he has options either through a supporting dman or cooperating forward he is really good….

  8. Cal says:

    Pacioretty, inspired by Radulov’s play (as he was by Cole a loooong time ago), is setting the example on the ice. It’s taken him 140 games or so as captain, but he’s finally looking like one. Good on him.
    Galchenyuk, being given a bit more leash and being doled out a dash of positivity from the coach, has started to produce when it matters most. Again, I ask: when will he be given the keys to the car? Danault isn’t producing. I don’t care how responsible he is in his zone when the job is to score. Drop him to #3, where he belongs.

    • krob1000 says:

      I think the additions of Weber, Radulov, Kirk Muller….all of these guys have contributed to the leadership …MAx now has plenty of support in that role….

      • RightNyder says:

        When he started as captain, I didn’t think he could lead a one-man parade.

        Early this season, I changed my mind – he could indeed lead a one-man parade.

        Now, I’d say maybe himself, a tuba player and a girl twirling a baton.

        Baby steps…

    • Coach K says:

      Maybe Julien is “hiding” Galchenyuk on the 2nd line as a way of properly developing him as a centre.

      He probably knows that Danault will never generate the offence that Galchenyuk can but he doesn’t have to worry about Danault’s defensive game as much so that’s why he’s leaving him there for now.

      Instead of asking Galchenyuk to shut down the other team’s top centre while he learns defence, he gets to deal with their 2nd best which, should be an easier assignment. He also gives him PP time and uses him to press when they need a goal like in the last minute or overtime.

      It’s a great way to show confidence in him without overloading him with defensive responsibility.

      The only flaw I can see with this 2nd line deployment is that Galchenyuk has nobody to work with for wingers. Gallagher isn’t going to the net or scoring and Lehkonen is equally ineffective.

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

  9. DDPKS says:

    Goodbye quote from DD.

    “Je vais toujours avoir le CH dans mon cœur”

    If you hate this guy then you hate love.

    DDPKS: An embrace that can never be broken.

    “I have a reason that I can’t really tell you why, but if I could, you would probably understand.” – The CH approved explanation that school-aged Habs fans can now use to explain poor grades.

  10. PK says:

    Why did Chiarelli take DD?

  11. berc says:

    Watching the Habs is way better than watching Donald Trump.

  12. bwoar says:

    Don Birnam dunno if you’re out there but I hope ya took the Under!

  13. berc says:

    Some things that did not happen tonight:
    Columbus did not score 10 goals.
    David Desharnais was not a Hab.
    Habs did not manage to score in regulation.
    And some things that happened:
    Yet again–too often it seems–the refereeing of a Habs game was dubious.
    Yet again–for the third game in a row–Habs win in OT.
    Columbus was shut out by Price, who had a lot of help from the crossbar and the goalposts.
    Jordie Benn was a Hab and did a respectable job.
    The PK was effective yet again.
    Things are looking up–sort of. Here’s hoping something significant happens before the trade deadline.

  14. Coach K says:

    When any new coach comes in to a team it is pretty much always because the team is underperforming.

    Julien knew this going in. It’s taken him some time to find out what he had and the potential that lay within but it looks like he’s getting a handle on it.

    Now, with 3 straight wins, the team is starting to respond. They’re playing like a team. They’re looking focused (with the exception of power play zone entries) and they are starting to drive to the net.

    I’m thinking they have enough centres. Bergevin needs to move out somebody else and acquire a scoring winger with size who can contribute to the scoring in the top 6.

    Once that happens the coach can really put his stamp on the steam and we’ll all enjoy the ride.

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

  15. Cal says:

    DD is gone
    Chucky’s de mon
    Dat’s All I got to say
    To you.

  16. Merc_Roswell says:

    Wooohoo! DD finally traded! DD did at times contribute positively for sure (and I’m not talking about providing fodder for endless jokes:) and kudos to him for making the NHL and a fat contract (Thanks MB) but it was definitely long over due time to go. Thanks Deadmonton!

  17. slapshot777 says:

    The Habs are beginning to get their mojo back and once they get skating and Price is making all the saves the goals will come. Tonight against a good CBJ team the Habs had good chances and just not quite there.

    Galchenyuk with three goals in three consecutive games has to be gaining confidence. He just has to make better decisions when making plays. Pacioretty again tonight leading the guys

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

  18. berc says:

    Galchenyuk 9% on faceoffs tonight and Danault 18%.

  19. habsfan0 says:

    From the glass half full department:
    Because Habs only goal was scored in OT, does that mean their home scoreless draught is still alive?

  20. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Tortorella did showed his “true colors” after the game. Johnny T. is nice when his Blue Jackasses are winning. But when the team loses, Torts’ winning attitude turns into whinning.

  21. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    What is the PK% now since Julien took over? Yeah MT deserved to stay…NOT. Can’t wait until CJ kicks JJD’s butt outta here.

  22. ILC says:

    One thing to say: a win is better than a loss. Second thing to say: frog jump, splash ….. lighten up curmudgeons

  23. Timo says:

    Still not a word on RDS

  24. idle says:

    Well Julien is directly responsible for this win tonight. If MT is still coach, no way in hell Galchenyuk is out there to score the winner after his blunder earlier in OT. Probably isn’t out in OT at all.

  25. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    Timo, DD moving closer to you. What will you do?

  26. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    Is DD really traded? What’s Davidson’s salary?

  27. slapshot777 says:

    I must say that Jordie Benn play a good game for the Habs and in front of Price. He cleared the net blocked the shots and was a presence anytime anyone came near Price.

    The Habs have really gotten much bigger on the back end

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

  28. B says:

    It would have been nice if the zebra gave an explanation like they usually do.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  29. Goldenchild says:

    Konfidence…..with a capital K!!

    Bring on P…K……OK????

  30. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Put Alex Galchenyuk back at centre! I’m not convinced Chucky’s developing offensively, nor defensively as LW. Give this kid some linemates whom he can play with.

  31. CHair Troll says:

    Do the TV commentators know what a mirror is?

    It was almost a duplicate play for sure but not a mirror. Galchenyuk didn’t suddenly pick up a right handed stick and one time it from the left point.

    “I have a reason that I can’t really tell you why, but if I could, you would probably understand.” – The CH approved explanation that school-aged Habs fans can now use to explain poor grades.

  32. boing007 says:

    Postgame: Jordie Benn just called Montreal Hockey Heaven one more time.

    Richard R

  33. Habnormal says:

    Pacioretty is becoming the leader we all hoped he would become. If he keeps this up, he will be the undisputed best bargain contract in the entire league. If he keeps this up in the playoffs, he will be due for an $8 million per year contract. Scary


    Welcome to Montreal Jordie!

    Outstanding Game, she was like a pitchers’ duel between goaltenders, coaches, and perfect defensive play.

    Best play of the game, calling the timeout and setting up the play.

    Thirty seconds before than I said some pretty obscene things towards my second fav player Galchenyuk for his ridiculous entry in OT.

    The Good Guys Win, both on the Ice, and on the boards here. Nice work everyone.


    Shane Oliver
    29 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
    Shane&Son Dec 2016

  35. PK says:

    Pacioretty missing his little buddy, Davey.
    Hope Pacioretty does not go into a slump.

    Oh, Habs had to score two OT goals so that they could get the win.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

  36. DipsyDoodler says:

    I think it was a good call on the Jackets’ penalty at the end. If you don’t call it maybe they score and win the game.


  37. Timo says:

    Hope they saved something for PK’s return on Thursday. Day off tomorrow I say.

  38. idle says:

    I was freaking at Galchenyuk for his giveaway and completely lossed play. Then he scores again. I get the feeling that either way when he is out there in OT he will be responsible for the game ending.

    • johnnylarue says:

      The thing about the kid is that even when he was on a point-per-game tear last season and early this season, he seldom dominated on the ice. He just magically appears at the opportune time and puts the puck in the net.

      This will change as his game matures, but for now I think we just have to live with the growing pains and flashes of game-breaking brilliance.

    • Gerry Pigeon says:

      Shades of PK? 🙂

      Trade Carey for young offence.

  39. Coach K says:

    Gritty win and they played last night and traveled too!!

    That folks is kinda encouraging. Doncha think?

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

    • Timo says:

      I hope it can be sustained. They are probably riding some kind of an adrenaline rush because Therrien is gone. I hope Julien can keep them playing like that on a consistent basis. Hopefully maybe even winning a game or two in regulation.

    • Gerry Pigeon says:

      Actually, they only played the third period last night 🙂

      Trade Carey for young offence.

      • toneez says:

        Are you ever happy or do you have to moan and groan all the time , we WON and the one you want traded had a shutout and is back to playing incredible … Geez

        All Habs all the Time

  40. smiler2729 says:

    The Pacioretty non-goal should’ve counted but the war room in Toronto screwed us of course.

    So the ref being the coward he is, does the makeup call crap on Swee’Pea Jones…

    Whatever, Habs W
    Leafs blow…
    Jack Edwards is a clam…
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead…
    and oh yeah, Tomas Plekanec sucks

  41. twilighthours says:

    Beau with a marvelous game.

    • Coach K says:

      He had a reliable, proven NHL caliber, stay-at-home partner for a change.

      I like what this coach is doing. Let him get comfortable as the wheels on the 3rd pairing. Let him develop some confidence and maybe if he continues to show promise, slowly move him up the food chain with a similar type of partner.

      That’s how you properly develop young players. You don’t throw him on the #1 paring against the other team’s best forwards, watch him flounder then claim he’s not a #1 paring defenceman.

      Maybe Julien is the RIGHT guy to improve the player development on this team?

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

  42. Psycho29 says:


  43. Sir Lance Compte says:

    If the referee blew the whistle before the puck went in the net then there shouldn’t have been a review. That goal should have counted. Nice makeup call by The Ref on the Jones penalty

  44. Ozmodiar says:

    Nice win!!

    CJ had them playing tonight!

    MT gone. DD gone. Things are looking up in Habs land.

  45. sCOTT1243 says:

    Wonder if MB, hung up the phone after that goal… Yes he hasn’t played great but between injury and MT, the kid needs a little time until the head clears.

  46. PeterCH says:

    This is playoff hockey now and this is Julien’s team. Discipline, defence, speed, determination and focus. MB needs to tweak the offence without giving up N8 and Galcenyuk. Its a simple game…

  47. habsfan12345 says:

    Moved a center check stockpiled more dmen then we know what to fo with? Check seems like we are geared to trade a dman for a center tommorow

  48. johnnylarue says:

    How nice to feel anything but abject misery following a Habs game!

    My only worry is that they’re squandering all of their OT mojo on the regular season…

  49. CJinBK says:

    Canadiens for the Cup, surely.

  50. krob1000 says:

    someone with pvr please see if Chucky smacks that neutral zone draw into corner deep off draw on purpose? Considering they were losing all night and had the extra man, and had Rad there and put Patch back it makes me think it was by design….someone from the press ask Kirk…that looked that way to me….brilliant if that was what they did

  51. HNS says:

    WOW. I missed the NJ game. This makes up for that! Sweet win!!!!

  52. boing007 says:

    And the First Star …

    Richard R

  53. joeybarrie says:

    Things are not going well. We are struggling to find our top form, if we even had it there to begin with.
    These guys are battlers. Four wins in five games, all (wins) going to OT.
    I have a feeling tomorrow will be a big day for the Habs, and March will be a good month.

    Loved Benn tonight. (good luck Pateryn, I liked him too)

  54. Adidess says:

    Somehow having Weber has made me appreciate Markov more. If Weber is a consensus ‘elite’ defender in this league and it doesn’t look like he’s that much better than the general even at his age, then our old man is pretty good.

    Weber can eat more minutes and has that shot, but I don’t see a more well-rounded or savvy player than Markov. Am I overrating Markov here or selling Weber short?

  55. colinmyatt says:

    The only thing Alex did all night, but it’s all that’s needed

  56. filchock79 says:

    Three straight overtime games for the Habs and the refs came through for them in each game. It’s Cup 25 if this keeps up.

  57. slapshot777 says:

    It was a mirror play from last nights game

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

  58. StevieM61 says:

    Enter our hammer dude to tell us how they won somehow since Carey is such a friggin sieve and all.
    Oh yea, he’s insulated also.

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  59. PK says:

    Someone should tell Torts that he has jumped the shark, several lifetimes ago.

  60. Habby_Haberton says:

    Deja vu!

  61. cndgoose says:

    Let the Julien era begin!

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