Liveblog: Game 10 – Canadiens pluck Ducks 4-1, end short L streak

Koivu fans

Saku! Saku! Saku!

The ovation began with Saku Koivu taking a late-game faceoff and continues through his selection as the game's Third Star.

Classy, Montreal.

Good on us.

And good on the Canadiens, who broke their two-game losing streak with a solid effort against an Anaheim team that looked sluggish until late in the second period.

Tomas Plekanec, the game's first star, had a goal and added two assists. Rookie Michaël Bournival had a goal and an assist. The other scorers were Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque.

Carey Price made 31 saves for his milestone 150th career win.

 

Never in doubt

Ptrick Maroon made it interesting with a goal  nine minutes into the period.

But fresh out of the penalty box, Rene Bourque beat Jonas Hiller with a stoppable backhander to seal the deal.

Another letdown

After Brian Gionta scored his third of the season on a 5-on-3 Canadiens power play, Anaheim outshot the home side 10-3 and tested Carey Price severely.

Shots on the period were 16-9 for the visitors.

What's with this team and middle periods?

Stop me if you've heard this one before ...

Your Montreal Canadiens lead 2-0 after 20 minutes.

But a new hero tonight: Speedy, hard-working rookie Michaël Bournival scored the first goal of the game (and his second of the season) and assisted on the Tomas Plekanec slapper that made it 2-0. Bournival has points in four straight games.

It was Pleks' fifth of the young season.

Canadiens had a 10-7 shot advantage

Adieu, Saku?

Thursday night's game may be the last time Montreal hockey fans see Saku Koivu skate on Bell Centre ice.

Unless the Canadiens and Ducks meet in the Stanley Cup final.

Just to be on the safe side, Montrealers who want to wave goodbye to the team's former captain may wish to do so during the only Anaheim visit of the season.

The Ducks are coming off a 4-2 loss Tuesday night in Toronto. Koivu, who turns 39 on Nov. 23, played almost 15 minutes.

Tonight's refs: Frédérick L'Écuyer and ... wait for it ... CHRIS F. LEE.

• Arpon Basu on the special bond between Saku Koivu and the city of Montreal 

655 Comments

  1. DJ says:

    Solid game by the habs. Much better in the D zone. Can someone please teach Diaz how t play D on a 2 on 1. Same dumb move as against Edmonton where he lunges at the shooter rather than let the goalie take the shooter and prevent the pass.

  2. JM says:

    I have a feeling Toronto will come through Saturday night

    Habs not sure.

  3. leehammer says:

    I miss Koivu

  4. Sportfan says:

    Good Job Habs missed most of it but saw the end with Saku! I wish they had given him the first star!

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  5. jsaz says:

    Saku!! Saku!! Saku!!

  6. oldtimerguy says:

    if pleks plays like that up until the deadline, he should fetch a bundle! go pleks!

  7. port elgin says:

    Fire M.T!

    Trade Plekanec!

    Price is a bum!

    oops, sorry, wrong cut and paste

  8. Cal says:

    That was beeyootiful!
    Excellent game by most everyone tonight with very few bad errors.
    Bourque deserved two or three tonight, so I was glad that back hander late went in. Solid goaltending again by Price, who deserved a better fate than a 2 on 1 with a 3-0 lead.

  9. naweed235 says:

    Am I a monster for having 0 sympathy for the Bruins with what happened last night? Don’t get me wrong I wish Eriksson a speedy recovery but to see the Boston media and fans calling for stuff like suspend Scott for as many games as Eriksson is out is sort of hypocritical… After all that team has been on the other end of this type of situations more than a few times… Pacioretty and Ryan Miller come to mind…

    • ProHabs says:

      You are not a monster. No sympathy for that organization either. I would have preferred if it was Lucic, Chara, Marchant or Boychuk who took that hit from Scott but I guess Eriksson will do.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      One thing I noticed is that Adam McQuaid pulled the same move that Colton Orr did on George Parros in his fight against John Scott.

    • Oilrook says:

      Absolutely not naweed. I completely agree. I hope Eriksson is ok for sure. No one deserves a head shot like that….but the Bruins should refrain from commenting when they have Marchand on their team…let alone a guy that tried to kill someone in Chara (I sincerely believe he knew what he was doing with Patch).

      Last time I checked they also had Thornton on their team who regularly plays less than 10 minutes a game. If he’s such a good all around player why don’t they give him more ice???

      I’m sick of the most hypocritical team in the league….enough’s enough.

  10. Led says:

    Great win!

    Tonight’s game is an excellent example of how flawed it can be to use shots to measure possession and thus indicate the better team.

    Anaheim 32 Montreal 25

    Does anyone think Anaheim were the better team tonight?

  11. le but says:

    Very class act in giving Saku a standing ovation and a star to boot.

    • Mike D says:

      He got 2nd star on his first return in 2011 (Boone said he got 1st but for once the Headmaster was incorrect – it was given to the Ducks player who got the winning goal in the shootout which I think was Bobby Ryan).

      I was at that game and it was crazy! Had a good seat in the reds and brought a “Welcome Home Saku!” sign with me. Not only was it an incredible experience, but I got to cross “being part of a Bell Centre standing-O” off my bucket list, all while paying respect and homage to probably my all-time favourite Hab.

      Love me some Saku.

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  12. Johnny9 says:

    Icemachine and Dan live in TO I assume? Just moved here last year, go to Kilgours a lot to watch the games?

  13. bigjames says:

    Gorges was indeed the goat on the goal against. but he was very good IMO on PKs all night. i think throwing him under the bus for one brain f*rt when he was solid all night may be off the mark.

    Moen, who i have always liked, was weak on several clears. Boone called him king of miffed clears or something and i saw several instances of him missing pucks in our end.

    but hey i am watching from hong kong so what do i know.

    very happy with the win and happy to see saku get recognition. i don’t think he would care what number star he got, just that he was recognized. mission accomplished.

  14. Johnny9 says:

    Street level any day of the week! Overall better restaurant also!

    • Mike D says:

      Are you allergic to being right? :-P

      The street level one is a nicer joint, that’s for sure, but the smoked meat is better at the downstairs one (I think it’s on Stanley and Ste. Cat)….and it’s less expensive too.

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  15. CHicoHab says:

    Those fans tonite showed nothing but respect for Saku

  16. Mike D says:

    OKAY, two things:

    1) Saku should have ABSOLUTELY been 1st star. Period.

    2) Reuben’s over Schwatz’s?!?! You guys just lost all credibility! BTW, which Reuben’s?….the one on street level, or the one downstairs? I’ve been to both, and although the basement one has better smoked meat, neither hold a candle to Schwartz’s.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

    • danhabsfan says:

      1) Saku 3rd star… That was classy
      2) Smoke Meat Pete’s

      • Mike D says:

        It was absolutely classy that he got a star – I never doubt the classiness of Montrealers…especially when it comes to hockey. Just saying that Saku should have been 1st star.

        I’ve never tried Smoke Meat Pete’s so I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve had a chance to try it. I was saying that Schwatz’s is hands-down better than Reuben’s (who do make a good smoked meat sandwich in all fairness). I’ve also heard that Abe’s in the West Island is incredible too….. but haven’t tried it either.

        – Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

      • Propwash says:

        +1 on Pete’s.

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        • shootdapuck says:

          +1 on Petes’s!
          Better parking too!

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    • 24moreCups says:

      I’ve always liked The Main

  17. CHicoHab says:

    Can Xmas come early?? Pens smash the Laffs and we beat the Sharks. Nice 4 point gift.

  18. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Great game

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  19. Just A Guy says:

    Moen with almost 20 minutes tonight, he played great. Ate the puck well on the PK and kept it simple in the O-zone. -1 because of the Gorges/Diaz gaffe I believe.

    Koodos to the Pleks line, they made Boudreau break up his top line who were a -2 by the end of the 1st I think.

    Does Markov look faster lately?

  20. JM says:

    Great game tonight. Not looking forward to Saturday. The Sharks will be hungry after losing to Boston tonight. A upset would be Beautiful. We would be on a roll again.

    A good center for the 3rd line would be awesome.

  21. slyCH says:

    I ‘m out. Shout out to LE BUT for putting up with my “way out west” humor. Good for ya. The high percentage of my jokes are, not only lame, but a sure thing from funny. So, life is not Timo, It’s Burly. Enjoy.

  22. CHicoHab says:

    Saku moving served him well. He looks relaxed and content.

  23. DipsyDoodler says:

    Very nice win. In control from start to finish. Against a team that was 7 and 2.

  24. nova scotia vees says:

    Somewhere Bob Gainey and Gauthier should be hiding their faces. They made me so ashamed of my team when they dumped Saku. They cut the heart out of this club. THANK YOU FANS FOR A CLASSY GESTURE.

    • krob1000 says:

      You need to look no further than this site today to find why Saku left. Half of the fans had no respect for him, the media dogged him relentlessly and everyone tried to hold him to Jean Beliveau standards. Because he was not the captain of a winning era ….the first prolonged losing era he was a divisive figure. It was not his fault, all he did was give the fans something to cheer about…unfortunately there are people who need someone to blame all of the time. Saku in my opinion will one day have his jersey hang from the rafters…..and some, many in fact will disagree….they will look at his stats, the fact he won no cups,etc….but to many like myself he was a generation of the Habs…and while his team was not stacked with HOF’ers like all of the other cup winning teams he was worth watching and was an inspiration ….Thank you Saku!

  25. Et le but says:

    Solid win…see you all Saturday Night, night Sly…

  26. Storman says:

    Fun night in Tampa bay. 5-5 in overtime

  27. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Carey is married by the way!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  28. Phil Dude says:

    alright was fun boys and girls.. look forward to ALN

  29. sheds88 says:

    i think bournival saw what it took to make the team through gallagher last year. another player fun to watch.

  30. RockinRey says:

    Look forward to Boone’s ALN

  31. Harditya says:

    Saku Saku Saku!

  32. CHicoHab says:

    Donatello first star

  33. RockinRey says:

    It was a very good game by the Habs. Very efficient game.

  34. SportsFan31 says:

    Aw yeah, we won! Niceeeeeeee. :D

    I was impressed by Price. He made some great saves.

  35. danhabsfan says:

    Miss Saku, hope Ducks win the Cup this year

  36. Mattyleg says:

    Who picks the stars now?
    Finally some sense has come back to the star selection.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. Mavid says:

    that was awesome..i am gonna cry

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  38. habs-fan-84 says:

    That’s what sports is all about. Great night!

  39. Storman says:

    Pleks played the crap out of his turtleneck tonight

  40. slyCH says:

    ET LE BUT my man for the night. Everyone else a shout out. My homies. We won. Now I have to take my friend from the Psycho wife and shoot pool. Always a $ maker. God bless and good night. See the late bloomers soon enough.

  41. Phil Dude says:

    if FLA really wants DD, i say let’s make a deal, and then get Saku for one last run.

  42. Arrow77 says:

    I have something in my eye.

  43. Propwash says:

    Nice that Saku did a final skate. Could be our last time seeing him at the Bell.

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  44. piter says:

    Georges skated over to Price and apologized when the buzzer sounded

  45. danhabsfan says:

    The love in for Saku, but they gave him a hard time when he was here.

  46. Johnny9 says:

    Saku should be 1st star and get the ovation he deserves!

  47. doogie says:

    heard on the Fan 590 this morning, one of the commentators said about the John Scott hit on Louis Erickson, “instead of a fine on the Sabres coach, the team should be required to play Scott, who is a notorious goon limited to 3-5 minutes per game, a minimum of 20 minutes per game for the number of games suspended. So if Scott is suspended for 10 games, he plays the next 10 games at 20 minutes of TOi. Great concept, only hurts the team really.

  48. CHicoHab says:

    Pleks played possessed tonite.

  49. Sal from the Hammer says:

    No let down tonight. Ducks play like a junior team, eh?!

  50. frontenac1 says:

    @johnny9. They both blew it amigo. Gorges on exit of zone and Diaz on 2 on one. (take away pass leave the shooter to goalie)

  51. VancouverHab says:

    I take second place to no-one in finding Diaz to be maddeningly weak but he did all that could reasonably be done on the 2-on-1.

    • AssInTOheartInTheForum says:

      I try not to be too one sided with Diaz, but he should have blocked the passing lane and let Price handle the shot, instead of diving towards the puck carrier.

  52. Habcouver says:

    1st star should be Saku.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  53. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Yup Gorges & the rest of the D cost Price 3 more shutouts this season so far.

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  54. Mattyleg says:

    Hi Johnny9,
    Did some research, and found something kind of fun!

    I had a peek at the official giveaways stat on the NHL website.
    Hey, here’s the link if you want to have a gander yourself!

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20142MTLSASALL&sort=giveaways&viewName=rtssPlayerStats

    Josh Gorges has 2 giveaways, not 8 or 9, (one per game as you suggested).

    Dustin Byfuglien has 15.
    Ryan Getzlaf has 10.

    So that might help you out a bit.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  55. Samovich says:

    “I wouldn’t play P.K. anymore”-Boone. Why?

  56. CHicoHab says:

    Bournivalue Village

  57. Johnny9 says:

    I’ll give Gorges credit for ONE thing, he has a Smoking HOT wife! Good job buddy! Lucky you’re a hockey player!

  58. RockinRey says:

    Best game by Pleky in a bit.

  59. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Bournival Supremacy

  60. Storman says:

    Maybe the team can get Little Davey Crockett a goal

  61. Johnny9 says:

    That stat doesn’t count bad pinches like against the oilers and battles he always loses down low like when koivu stole it from him in the first period and they hit the cross bar. Next game matty, do me a favour and watch him closely and you’ll see what I mean!

  62. CHicoHab says:

    Bournivaluable

  63. Propwash says:

    Make it interesting, pull Price.

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  64. Habbu says:

    Oh goodie……my seat is still available on the bandwagon

  65. Storman says:

    Price and Bourque will be both drinking on Gorges tab tonight

  66. Storman says:

    Bourque just told Gorges to tell his wife, he will be late tonight

  67. Johnny9 says:

    I’ll take Reubens over Schwartz any day of the week!


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