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. Johnny9 says:

    @ross

    Are you blaming Diaz??? Why don’t you blame Gorges for the give away and bad pinch always creating a bad situation for his D partner. He’s the one creating the problem!

  2. habs-fan-84 says:

    Great game boys.

  3. Storman says:

    Great defensive zone coverage there by the kid line

  4. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Had my first Schwartzs smoked meat last year. Overrated? A bit I guess. But glad I did it anyway

  5. Habbu says:

    No Gally for Captain

  6. Samovich says:

    The Finish Fog- Selanne has been invisible

  7. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Did Anaheim play this poorly against Toronto?

  8. ross says:

    That’s twice in two games that Diaz, defending against a 2-on-1, has chosen at the last moment to leap at the puck carrier and open up a cross-crease pass. Isn’t the best way to play a 2-on-1 to just block the pass the whole way through?

  9. jols101 says:

    Pleks and Gio having huge nights. Good for them. The vets are alright…

  10. CHicoHab says:

    Gorges for Captain

  11. adadi says:

    Anyone else notice that the smoked meat at Schwartzs sucks since Angelil got involved.

  12. SportsFan31 says:

    Wooooo! Goaaaaaaal!

  13. crabvader says:

    RENE BJORK!

  14. Sal from the Hammer says:

    OK Breathe everybody….

  15. Storman says:

    Now if Bourque could only put some of his 10 bell chances in he would be a 27 goal scorer again

  16. Habbu says:

    Backhand……love it

  17. Johnny9 says:

    Don Cherry would be proud how Bourque celebrated that goal!

  18. Phil Dude says:

    there we go! redemption

  19. CHicoHab says:

    Up by a field goal again

  20. crabvader says:

    Anaheim PP sucks cause Boudreau doesn’t know what to do when he doesn’t have Ovy at the point.

  21. Propwash says:

    BORK!!!!

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  22. Sal from the Hammer says:

    HUGE!!!!

  23. Et le but says:

    All is forgiven Rene

  24. CHicoHab says:

    There u go

  25. crabvader says:

    Chris Lee only calling Anaheim infractions… The world has lost control!!!

  26. CHicoHab says:

    Lesson learned against the Oilers. Not blowing this lead

  27. RockinRey says:

    It is true Pleks a joue match forte ce soir.

  28. Johnny9 says:

    @mattyleg

    He gives up the puck like that EVERY game!!!! Getzlaf makes up for it, Gorges is a give away machine and his partner doesn’t know how to play a 2 on 1. You can build your own team and draft Gorges, I’d rather have John Scott than him any day of the week, at least he knocks out Bruins and gets under the leafs skin!

  29. Hobie Hansen says:

    Not Gorges fault for anything, he’s a 6th defenceman on any other team, in Montreal he’s a 2nd or 3rd and being over used.

  30. Et le but says:

    Pleks best game of the year…

  31. turneria says:

    Is there anything Bourque can do? Didn’t finish his check in O zone then takes lazy penalty in D zone. MT leave him on the bench!

  32. habfaninottawa says:

    Gorges may owe Price a steak dinner for ruining his shutout, but it’s not reason to call for his head.

  33. habs-fan-84 says:

    heart attack habs back at it again. Come on boys!!

  34. Storman says:

    I smell something quite Fowler happening

  35. Johnny9 says:

    Bring back Murray Pilon Baron! I’ll take him over Gorges any day of the week!

  36. CHicoHab says:

    They’re not falling apart. Have the faith

  37. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Bourque needed to bury that breakaway, now he’s in the box! Jeeesus!!

  38. Mattyleg says:

    Heh heh.
    How did I know that people would be trying to hang Gorges out to dry because of that giveaway…

    Funny/sad that I was right.

    Think Anaheim fans are saying that Getzlaf should go because he gave the puck away? Do you think that they are inventing a history of giveaways to justify that position too?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  39. jols101 says:

    How and why would they fall apart like this with 10 minutes left?

  40. Phil Dude says:

    Ducks smelling the blood

  41. Et le but says:

    Price is gonna have to be good to help us close this one out

  42. CHicoHab says:

    True. But now he’s reason why ducks back in it

  43. DipsyDoodler says:

    Does Diaz know that on a 2 on 1 he’s supposed to stop the pass?

    Same thing against the Oil.

  44. nova scotia vees says:

    Why does price dive on his stomach instead of staying big. Frustrating.

    • Dust says:

      if he stayed big he would not have got across at all to make an attempt to save the puck. IF the dman took the pass out of the equation like he is supposed to, instead of player the shooter it wod not have been an issue

  45. J Haul says:

    uuuugh… always find a way to ruin the shutout, eh boys?

  46. duffy says:

    It’s all Bourques fault for blowing that breakaway ! And getting that Dumb Ass penalty.

  47. Johnny9 says:

    It’s really irrelevant if Gorges blocks shots ok the the PK cause he just forks the puck over and creates goal like the last play. It was his fault for The oilers winning goal, and again the ducks goal tonight. He’s horrid and needs to go!!!!!!!

  48. crabvader says:

    People always just remember the crap. Gorges was the reason they didn’t score on the PP with one point blank block and then getting in the lane of no other than Getzlaf.

    This was his fault, but you guys are a hoot.

  49. Coca Cola Kid says:

    Nice “pass” Josh

  50. CHicoHab says:

    Don’t rush gorges. Just pass it

  51. Arrow77 says:

    Ok, I’m not a Diaz hater but dude! Practice your 2 on 1!

  52. Habbu says:

    Simple play is up the boards……dumb just plain dumb

  53. Harditya says:

    Great pass Gorges

  54. Storman says:

    Holy Crap #26 just plain awful

  55. RAM_TOUGH says:

    The sooner Gorges is GONE the better!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  56. Et le but says:

    Awful turnover

  57. danhabsfan says:

    Stupid clearing play

  58. Habcouver says:

    So, Sharks are gonna be mad for losing to Booins tonight.
    Habs better bring an “A” game on Saturday.
    But let’s get through with these Ducks first!

    Go Habs Go!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  59. crabvader says:

    Gorges was HUGE on that sequence.

  60. BCG says:

    C’mon Boone – I used to like reading your blog until I figured out how to watch the games in Toronto. Montreal scores a goal in second – leads with a shutout – and you criticize? Not sure why you passive aggressively criticize your “proletariat” when they just mimic your adeptness at criticism.

  61. Storman says:

    Eller so good, but he takes some Benny dumb ass Pouliot penalties

  62. slyCH says:

    Hey ET LE BUT, all cool I hope. Just being weird because things at home front weirder then what’s been printed by me for humor sake. Damn the wife of my friend, if all can relate. I’ve missed half the action from the mid 2nd. I will eventually be incarcerated at this point.

  63. slapshot777 says:

    Hope if Anaheim does the same thick the Habs get the same call

  64. crabvader says:

    Chintzy call.

    I don’t care what Eller’s comments were against the Barons.

    He is a stud.

  65. Et le but says:

    A shorty would be nice….Bournival?

  66. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    If only bourque onverted on 10% of his chances…sigh

  67. Storman says:

    Love Eller, but you got Know they are going to call that sh…

  68. Phil Dude says:

    Cruyff used to say doesn’t matter if they score 4 as long as you score 10 !

  69. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Stupid Lars, STUPID!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  70. danhabsfan says:

    What pass by PK

  71. Et le but says:

    What a pass!!!

  72. Habbu says:

    I wish they would play; like they were 3 down instead of back on their heels protecting the 3 goal lead

  73. Phil Dude says:

    attack that puck boys!


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