Liveblog: Conference Final Game 5 – Canadiens win wild one to stay alive


A wild one at the Bell

Even at inflated playoff prices, the fans got their money's worth as the Canadiens won 7-4 to force a sixth game.

It wasn't easy.

A 4-1 lead with Henrik Lundqvist on the bench should have been safe.

It wasn't.

The Rangers scored three unanswered goals – on six second-period shots – to tie it.

Rene Bourque restored the Canadiens' lead with his second of the game and added a third as insurance.

Other scorers were Alex Galchenyuk, on an early power play; Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and, into an empty net 2ith more than four minutes left, David Desharnais.

Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves, including some big ones in the third period.

Killer instinct

Rene Bourque's third of the game and David Desharnais's empty-netter put this one out of reach.

Goaltenders battle?

Early goals by Max Pacioretty and Rene Bourque chased Henrik Lundqvist.

4-1 and back to NYC for Game 6, right?


The Rangers got three quick goals by Rick Nash, Derek Stepan (his second of the game) and Chris Kreider, on a power play, to throw a pall of gloom over the Bell Centre.

Rene Bourque's second goal of the game and beat Cam Talbot restored the lead.

But this is a nervous building.

The Rangers scored on three of their six shots in the period.

At last, a lead

The Canadiens started fast and struck early as Alex Galchenyuk tipped in a P.K. Subban rocket on a power play less than two minutes in.

The Rangers tied it on a 45-foot Derek Stepan wrister that dropped six inches on Dustin Tokarski's blocker side. This after the Toker made a spectacular save on Carl Hagelin.

Less than two minutes later, Tomas Plekanec beat Henrik Lundqvist glove side from distance.

Canadiens had a 12-10 shot dvantage.

They'll start the second period shorthanded.

(Insert desperation cliché)

Win or go home.

Do or die.

Tuesday dawned overcast and drizzly in Montreal, where your Canadiens face an ominous situation that matches the weather.

The team has faced elimination twice before in the 2014 playoffs. They won Games 6 and 7 to eliminate the mighty Bruins.

Can they win Game 5 to stay alive against the Rangers?

This team has displayed character and resilience all through the regular season and playoffs, up to and including two overtime thrillers at Madison Square Garden.

It's unlikely Bell Centre fans will have to endure the kind of Game 5 stomping that ended the Canadiens' playoff series against Ottawa last year.

And regardless of the final score, we should celebrate a 2013-'14 that exceeded the expectations of all but the most delusional Habs supporters.

This team has taken us on a helluva ride.

And it isn't over.

Puck drops at 8 p.m.

Check back later for live game blogging.

• What was Alexei Emelin doing on Game 4's winning goal? Not much of anything.

• Pre-game viewing: Michael Farber's excellent TSN feature on Ginette Reno

• It worked for the Kings. The brilliant Josie Gold suggests Ginette needs a Slash approach to change the Canadiens home-ice luck in this series.

Ginette Reno




  1. ebk says:

    Bergevin has been amazing with his acquisitions but none better than Tokarski for Desjardins last Feb, what a fleecing!!!!!!!

  2. johnnylarue says:

    Seeing Price in full gear at practice gave ME a ginormous infusion of hope… I can only imagine the effect it had on his teammates.

  3. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Jeez… Worried about the bad ice at MSG… Hope the Habs are more cautious with bouncing pucks..

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  4. 24AW says:

    Gotta give them credit on a big win, but I still don’t think they can do it, sorry gang this team is too streaky to make a believer out of me. must admit they have gone a lot farther than I ever expected. should they take the Rangers out than I’ll admit I’m a loser to every Habs fan on this site.

  5. Puck Bard says:

    Please tell me this team has learned they can beat these a-holes?

  6. Storman says:

    50 Cent throws out one of the worst first pitches ever today in NY

  7. nova scotia vees says:

    These guys are hard on the heart! P.K fantastic..30 minutes. And yet that piece of crap, Simpson blames him on the Gorges brain dead own goal. And who picked Markov as a star? HNIC is a disgrace. McLean makes the snide comment that PK goes down awfully easy. Anyone would fall down when their skates are kicked out from behind. Please Rogers..can this bunch.

  8. C-Sword says:

    Like I said earlier, if the Habs really wanted to take revenge on the Rags for injuring Price, they could’ve just let Subban slapshoot those pucks at them during the 5 mins powerplay. Missed opportunity.

  9. Frank2468 says:

    So here’s a question. If the Habs win the series and Price is ready for the finals what do you do?

    1) Put Price in straight away?

    2) Leave Toker in?

    3) Start Toker ride him till he loses?

  10. Ton says:

    shit I hope Bork don’t get suspended for that cross check………rds talking about it.

  11. Classic Lundqvist, coach asked him if he would play the third, and he said “I don’t want to play”


    Shane Oliver
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Don’t Poke The Bear

  12. Max says:

    I liked the fact that St.louis was neutralized tonight.The guy needs to be pasted every chance they get.Not the same player when he is played physically.

  13. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    Why are we afraid of John Moore?
    Why are we afraid of Dereck Dorsett? He’s a punching bag. He’s never won a fight in his career.

  14. Ton says:

    Possible for Price to return in the series? RDS debating!

  15. sheds88 says:

    is embellishment a new penalty ? i thought it was an unsportmanlike

  16. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I bet that garden gnome Brooks at the NY Post will be clamoring the NHL to look into Dorsett’s head butt/spear and Moore’s head shot…yeah right.

  17. Storman says:

    LOL that is an awesome place to watch the game in Vegas, been there done that.

  18. ricardamundo says:

    Of all the comments you could come up with, this is your best effort? What a low-life.

  19. PK says:

    Cannot complain too much, Habbies ……
    Our beloved Habs have a hockey game on May 29th …

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  20. Ton says:

    Geoff Molson giving high fives to players coming off ice!

  21. Say Ash says:

    Wow. Full, and I mean full, panic on the Rangers forums. Thursday is their game 7.

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

      Which one are you looking at?

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      • JohnBellyful says:

        I dunno, Chuck, X’es seem so clinical, so detached. I’d go with something that reflects the joy that each win brings. You know who I’m talking about, the littl’uns:
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 6 5 4 3 2 1

        • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

          At first I was going to use names of retired-numbered or Hall Of Fame Habs, then realized that my signature would be the length of Retro Mikey’s media guide.

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          • JohnBellyful says:

            Good idea, but you’re right about the length
            Are you working on an Stanley Cup icon to take the place of number 1?

          • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

            Sadly, I wouldn’t know how to go about doing that! I find it challenging enough to hit “submit comment” 🙂

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  22. JohnBellyful says:

    Hab fans, classy in good times and bad …

  23. Jdub1985 says:

    They did blow a 4 goal lead and allow 4 goals – lets be realistic – lets see this offense on Thursday and not so lazy in the D end!

  24. Ton says:

    just out……..habs press guy says weise has a minor hair crack in his jaw…………..definately not there from birth! Surgery is required

  25. Jdub1985 says:

    I can’t blame the habs for that lackluster 5 min PP – they were trying to milk the win, truth is an offensive normal PP strategy would have worked much better.

  26. Keep Briere on the bench in NY and we win again.

    Moore = 3-5 games
    Dorsett= 1 game

    Rangers are gonna be scared!


    Shane Oliver
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Don’t Poke The Bear

  27. habsfan0 says:

    So are J Moore and Derek Dorsett BOTH going to get suspended?

  28. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:
  29. habs001 says:

    Need Hawks to win game 5…More playing and flying for those teams

  30. Coach K says:

    I didn’t see anyone mention it yet but tonight, the Habs penalty killing was absolutely heroic! Probably the difference in the outcome.

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  31. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Watching Bourque play is like watching a zombie movie…you’re waiting for a stiff to wake up. The guy had a hat trick and he still pissed me off because he had a hold of Kreider near the end of the game and did nothing…LOL

    BTW Bealieu was excellent tonight.

  32. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Anybody of you guys still think Vanek was a great decision that MB took on trade deadline?

    IMO, Vanek should sit in for next game and let Bournival play then Prust should take his spot.

    • Ton says:

      no chances of a goal coming off his stick are greater than bournaval………wont happen!

      • Arnou Ruelle says:

        Honestly, Vanek is buying his time here. He knows he will test free agency.

        Cherry was right, Minnesota is in Vanek’s mind right now. However, I doubt if the Wild will take a chance now that he’s showing the kind of player he is come playoffs.

    • kempie says:

      I’ll reserve judgement until I hear about his injury. Because he’s really not this bad. There’s no possible way.

      I hear it’s his hand.

  33. habs001 says:

    Game 6 is the big one…Rangers could afford to lose today…Some keys in game 6 will be the 2nd period with the benches having long changes..No doubt first goal will be huge….PP will probably be 3 chances at most per team..would be nice to score…Not taking anything away from the effort that the Habs D put in but lot of it is caused by their limitations..While the Habs need improvement on the forwards i still believe if they had more of the potential D they have in the system(good skaters,tall and physical etc) they would have won this series

  34. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    All-in-all, that had to be the worst that I’ve ever seen a team play and still score 7 goals. But I’ll take it!

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    • JohnBellyful says:

      The five-minute power play was a real downer. This team doesn’t make it easy on itself.
      And that goal that opened the floodgates. Up 4-1 and Gorges is standing in the crease covering … nobody? But Simpson puts the blame on Subban for the goal, for a ‘lazy’ check way over by the boards! Gimme a break.

      • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

        The first, second, and 4th goals should never have happened. On the Nash goal, Tokarski poke-checked it to him right in the middle of the slot. That’s a puck that Price pounces an and freezes.

        All-in-all though, a great game by the Toker. That stick-shaft save was incredible.

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        • JohnBellyful says:

          At the other end, Pacioretty’s and Bourque’s first were very much stoppable. Tokarski came up with more timely saves, that’s for sure.
          And it was good to see Montreal score twice on Talbot, who has given the team trouble in the past.

  35. JohnBellyful says:

    Game Seven: Montreal scores an empty net goal to take 3-1 lead with 22 seconds to play. Camera pans to Bergevin, who puts his feet up on the counter and stuffs a huge unlit cigar into his mouth, flashing a big smile.
    Make it so, guys.

  36. PK says:


    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  37. habsfan0 says:

    My post from earlier today:
    habsfan0MAY 27, 2014 AT 10:51 AM
    Bourque was tremendous against Tampa,good against Boston,non existent vs New York.

    Looks like Bourque took this to heart.

  38. Puck Bard says:

    Feck the Rags… Now bring on Prust.

  39. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Does anyone know where to find icetime split by period ?

  40. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Are you guys happy with the game of Gionta, Vanek & Gorges? Can’t win Thursday with these guys. We need some new blood in the lineup.

    At the end of the 2nd it felt more like a loss even though we were up 5-4 but the guys came through in the 3rd. More ice time for Eller, Bourque & weisse.

  41. habfaninottawa says:

    In Therrien’s post-game, he stated that Emelin has a “body injury” from last game

  42. Frank2468 says:

    Well there should be a 2 game suspension for Moore after all fair is fair. And for Dorsett what a cheap player head butting with a helmet there should be some kind of discipline for that as well.

    • gumper says:

      Later, more head contact and more blindside. I say at least three.

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

  43. Storman says:

    Rene Bourque’s fifth goal was a game and season saver..

    • Storman says:

      Canadiens come out of that second period 4-4 and it would have been very deflating to say the least

    • PK says:

      Thank you Mr. Vegan for getting rid off that smurf and bringing in the enigmatic Bourque !!!
      If Borky does nothing else for the rest of his contract .. we will forgive him, he did OK tonight!!

      Prust back in, Game 6 … It is Go Time!!

      >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  44. Ton says:

    Rene Borque was a force out there……….in todays nhl its hard to have one player play like that every game……..he’s a keeper and playoff performer……….he was our best player last year as well.

  45. Cal says:

    Just confirmed- Game 6 will be on THE BIG SCREEN at Bell Centre!

  46. Storman says:

    Markov’s penalty on St Louis is the only time he has really been hit in the series.

  47. DipsyDoodler says:

    The magician Cherry showed is the son of HNIC interviewer Scott Oake.

    Moving. Forward.

  48. DipsyDoodler says:

    That was fun, but these refs need some special mention. I know we’re used to bad reffing, but this was incredible.

    Moving. Forward.

  49. habsfan0 says:

    Prust will now be back for Game #6.

  50. C-Sword says:

    Why are Habs fans throwing bottles and trash at the opposing team? I thought we were supposed to have more class than the Bruins’ fans.

  51. Rugger says:

    Note to AV: don’t expect to ever catch a break from the refs after blaming a ref for one of your players attacking said ref.

  52. Storman says:

    Bourque with another trifecta in Habs 5-2 victory Thursday in NY,,

  53. Psycho29 says:

    They changed the penalties at 20:00 on to a cross checking MAJOR and misconduct to Bourque…that’s all, nothing for Dorsett.
    They might be messed up, they show a 10 minute match penalty to
    Moore for the hit on Weise…..

  54. Coach K says:

    Bourque was playing like a guy who never figured that he’d ever get close to a Cup anyway…

    Now looks like he’s a guy who knows that this could be as close to the getting his name on the cup as he might ever get…good for him!!

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  55. UKRAINIANhab says:

    What Human being snows a kid, before a hockey game.

    Dorsett you are an idiot.

  56. doogie says:

    Pretty incredible to think that this team has won 10 post season games this season….. what an improvement from seasons past.

  57. PK says:

    Dale is a true Habs fan and player!

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  58. TeflonDon says:

    Pk also had captain written all over him, especially after the hit on Weisse. Nice game by our Habs. This city has hope and pride in a team given no chance this year. So so proud to be a Habs fan. MB has found fighters. MT has coached survivors. WE have believed in winners. Despite it all, this years team has given us hope. Win or lose, I’m happy 2014 happened. I won’t forget. GHG.

  59. Mavid ® says:

    Boy I thought the Bruins were bad..I had no idea the Rangers were such scumbags
    Here is Dorset snowing the flag kid..what an asshat
    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  60. HabinBurlington says:

    Perhaps the Habs are best served announcing Weise has a dentist appointment tomorrow.

  61. habsfan0 says:

    Not to rain on the Habs victory tonight,but if they continue to allow Martin St. Louis to skate in their zone with impunity at New York, they’ll have a very difficult time forcing a Game 7.

  62. on2ndthought says:

    more thoughts with the sound off:
    PK is captain of this team
    only thing I missed not having volume was who called the time-out
    Eller is ice-hot mad (which i asked for today)
    nostalgia is passing me by

    “a cannonading drive”

  63. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    Rule 47 – Head-butting

    47.3 Major Penalty – A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who head-butts an opponent (see 47.5).

    47.5 Game Misconduct Penalty – When a major penalty is assessed under this rule, a game misconduct penalty must be imposed.

    47.6 Fines and Suspensions – There are no specified fines or suspensions for head-butting, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).

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    • HabsProf says:

      Is that what Dorsett did? Head butt? No penalty was assessed, at least not according to the boxscore.


      They brought their f____ing toys with them!

      • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

        No penalty assessed, but the replay clearly shows him head-butting. Should have been 5 and a game, plus possible review for a suspension.

        Plus, he snowed one of the flag kids before the game. Now THAT was a dick move.

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  64. gumper says:

    A couple of questions:

    1. Can MT continue to lean on Markov and Subban as much as he has for the rest of this series? If not, who can gobble up some of those minutes? Dare we even consider the idea of giving some to Murray in the hope that he can encourage Kreider to leave Tokarski alone?

    2. Has this team got two more wins in it, or did they leave it all on the ice tonight?

    3. Should Moore get more, fewer or the same number of games as Prust?

    4. Should Dorsett be suspended for the headbutt?

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

    • on2ndthought says:

      1. no choice, it is a long wait for Tinordi and Beaulieu to become minute eaters, a priority for Brgevin this summer
      2. yes, no they did not, they will be better each game, the rags worse
      3. same (2), but may get less because Weiss is tough
      4. one game (it would be nothing if the refs got to penalize him)

      “a cannonading drive”

  65. Ton says:

    We all been taking shots at Gionta but we must admit he played mcdonaugh real tough tonight…….I think he wore him down a bit!

  66. Storman says:

    The only bad thing about Habs winning is I now will probably watch Steve Kouleas schticky hockey show..

  67. zak says:

    Rusk and King Henry have lousy records against the Habs

  68. Louisville says:

    Habs did not play a good game, but the Rags played a worse one. Anyway at least the Habs are in the King’s head.

  69. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    Boone, I don’t get your memo to OVI? Did he say something about Markov?

  70. I love Subban! Kissing Toker thank you! Don’t care what anyone says. He’s a great kid and should be let loose to score, score and quarterback the D.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • gumper says:

      Also loved how he gathered up Wiese after the Moore hit, whether it was to prop him up or to hold him back, and how he gave Markov a little encouragement when he was gassed after the icing at the end of the game. This kid is the real deal.

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

  71. Arnou Ruelle says:

    PK Subban is now becoming an active leader in this group. If Gio does stay, he’s still captain. If he does leave, it will be the top 3-dmen to shoulder the leadership roles. Now choose, who could be your potential next captain for the Montreal Canadiens:

    #26 – Gosh Gorges,
    #76 – PK Subban,
    or #79 – Andrei Markov?

    I think both PK and Marky will stay after this season. Bergevin will have a headache on how he’ll fix those contract extensions with their agents.

    • Texus says:

      Personally I feel like Subban is captain material. The way he handles himself off the ice in interviews and such, combined with the fact he’s a rare player that can step up when it counts on the ice, he would be my choice.

    • Get Gorges outta there! I’m so sick of the Gorges boosters. He almost single handedly had us collapse tonight. He doesn’t have an outlet pass, no shot, no body. All he does is block shots. Keep Weaver and bring in the Hamilton D. Markov scares me like he scares everyone. PK is a stud.

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  72. CHicoHab says:

    Weise gets decapitated and post game Cherry talks about Scott Oakes son. Rightttttttttt!!!!

  73. HabsProf says:

    PVR’d the game so I haven’t watched it yet. What did Dorsett do at the end? If it was so bad, why did Bourque get the only penalty? (A 5 minute CC major may result in a suspension).

    Someone please explain.


    They brought their f____ing toys with them!

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