Liveblog: Game 12: Canadiens spoil MSG opener

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How bad are the Rangers?

They started the season with nine games on the road.

Returning home for the gala opening of a renovated Madison Square Garden, the home team suffered the ignominy of a 2-0 shutout.

And the guy hanging the goose egg was Peter Budaj, the Canadiens' backup goaltender ... who is perfect in his two starts this season. Budaj has a GAA of 0.50 and a save percentage of .982.

Tomas Plekanec scored his sixth goal during a second-period power play.

And with the Rangers pressing, Alex Galchenyuk's skate ticked in a Lars Eller pass to make it 2-0.

Ecah team had 27 shots in a mostly dull game that saw a parade to the penalty box: six minors to the Canadiens, seven to the Rangers.

 

Galchenyuk scores the dagger

Alex Galchenyuk's second goal of the season came in for review because it went in off his skate.

Good goal.

And good game for the Canadiens.

Finally, a goal

The most boring game of the young season came to life more than 16 minutes into the second period.

On the Canadiens fourth power play, hard-working rookie Michaƫl Bournival tied up two Rangers defenders, Marc Staal and Taylor Pyatt, allowing Tomas Plekanec to skate unimpeded to the front of the net, whence he beat Henrik Lundqvist with a backhander.

The home team had a 14-11 shot advantage.

 

No score ... or much of anything

Each team blew two power-play opportunities.

Shots were 7-7.

Best scoring chance was a shot that ticked off Peter Budaj's glove and ticked off the goalpost.

Historic game

Your Montreal Canadiens are usually the home when trumpets blow and spotlights shine.

Michael Farber, of Sports Illustrated and TSN, says there are two institutions that get ceremony right: the Canadiens and the House of Windsor.

On Monday night, we'll see how the New York Rangers do, pomp-wise.

After three years of construction costing a cool $1 billion U.S., the renovated Madison Square Garden opens for business. The Rangers, who opened their season with nine games on the road, play host to the Canadiens in an historic game.

MSG upgrades include two 600-square-foot high-def video screens and, of course, new luxury suites.

But is the team on the ice any better?

Under new coach Alain Vigneault, the Rangers have six points and a goal differential of minus-18. They are seventh in the Metropolitan Division, 14th in the Eastern Conference.

The Canadiens are fifth in the Atlantic Division, sixth in the Conference. Their plus-11 goal differential is best in the east.

The Canadiens won all three games against the Rangers last season and 10 of the last 13 against the Blueshirts, who will be missing Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan.

 

805 Comments

  1. Cam_1 says:

    Does anyone ever read the boards on the TSN website ? What a joke. The Leafs fans troll the Habs article all the time with oh look at the PP chances for the Habs. Oh Habs got a bunch of PP’s again what else is new.

    Hello Leafs fans ? Hello Mcfly ? Is anybody home. Every game both teams get their fair chance at PP’s. It almost always evens out in the end. The nerve of them considering they got a 5 on 3 in the game against us. Also Edmonton got robbed in OT in game against Leafs as Leafs got away with blatant penalty and then went down on a 3 on 1 and scored.

    The Habs are a fast skilled team who don’t usually rely on goonery like the Bruins and Leafs. So yes with speed and skill obviously teams will take penalties against the Habs.

    I like all Canadian teams. Nothing against the Leafs ..or I take that back alot against Leafs. Their fans are brain dead, and annoying.

    Every since the hypocrite Julien cried in the post game media conference about the very thing his own team does, everyone jumped on that bandwagon. You can’t think for yourselves fans.

    Conspricacy theories involving Habs ? What a joke …if anything Bettman and NHL would love to screw the Habs.

    End of rant. Leafs fans ! You are IDIOTS !!!!!

  2. ths says:

    Who do you think we can get for Price and DD ?

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  3. JM says:

    wanna see what you Guys think not that it is going to happen.

    Price, DD, Leblanc to Minnesota
    Parise, pominville to Habs

    Minnesota would have a goalie to build around!!

    • naweed235 says:

      As good as Parise is, he is a small forward, of which we already have an abundance; not to mention that ridiculous contract. Minnesota already has a great goalie in Backstrom. I am sorry but that deal makes no sense what so ever.

    • SlovakHab says:

      Why trade away Price?
      He’s finally hitting his stride.
      Who would be our goalie duo – Budaj / Tokarski??

  4. JohnBellyful says:

    Didn’t watch the game but seeing as he got a shutout there’s only one conclusion: Budaj had his Flanders (Force) Field set on high.

    • punkster says:

      JB…it may only have been a handshake but the memories will last a lifetime.

      Of course being over 60 those will be pretty short memories for me…but you get the idea.

      Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
      but…
      ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

  5. SUMO says:

    It would be nice to see Greg Pateryn get a shot tomorrow. Habs will be playing their 3rd game in 4 nights so it would be a good chance for MT to rest Frankie B and give one of our D prospects an opportunity to play.

    Markov – Subban
    Gorges – Diaz
    Murray – Pateryn

  6. savethepuck says:

    I have a commitment every Monday and Wednesday night and have to PVR Habs games on those nights. Sometimes it is hard to get out of where I am without knowing any news or scores. Just finished the game. Habs won 2-0, so I will not mention what I didn’t like. What I did like was that Boods played a great freaking game, probably his best with a CH on his chest. I really like the guy and hope he does good every time he plays. I was very impressed with the way Bournival sacrificed himself when he took the big hit when he dished off the pass to Plex on the Habs 1st goal too, the kid is plying good. According to LL, I thought he played a good game and no complaints from me, I am a big fan.
    Disclaimer; just because I said Boods played a great game does not mean he should be our starting goaltender, or that I don’t think Carey should be getting close to 65 starts. I am just elated he did his job tonight and I think he he is a great guy, great teammate, and he does his job very well.

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

  7. JM says:

    Myself I would give Leblanc a chance of a lifetime. Play him at center on the 3rd line. DD can be stick Boy for awhile. 1-point in 12-games. I think the stick boy could do that good…

    • SlovakHab says:

      It’s fascinating, isn’t it!
      DD looks really bad out there. Imagine an efficient and tough 3rd line center to give us depth and take on some solid defensive responsibility.

  8. scotland says:

    LE threw 5 hits. rest of team combined for 7. 10 players had none. and they won. thats how bad the rangers played.

    markov leads team in ice time every game, plays against other teams best players and still the best plus on the team….all that on one knee in his 15th season.

    gorges and diaz get flounder and panic shift after shift

    young guys all look very good. habs will be fine…….in time. MB has a long term plan!

  9. DipsyDoodler says:

    Good win but we had better get some injured forwards back. Gionta, Plekanec and Eller each played roughly 20 min. We were essentially running two and a half lines most of the night.

    Leblanc played 10 min and he did look pretty good. Made a few nifty plays.

    The Rangers are awful. They would need ten Gomez trades to be good again. Benny Pouliot on the 1st PP wave? Aye aye aye as Benoit Brunet would say.


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