Liveblog: Game 13: Canadiens outshine Stars 2-1, even Bell Centre record at 4-4

Canadiens savor home cookin'

Once again, Canadiens skaters blocked more shots than their goaltender.

Carey Price made 26 saves and his teammates blocked 29 Dallas shots ... about 10 in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Sixteen Canadiens got in on the shot-blocking act.

The home team got goals from Michaël Bournival, the rookie's third, and Rene Bourque (fourth).

Cody Eakin was the only Star to beat Price.

Tense 20

two teams who played last night put on a helluva third period.

No scoring, but plenty of excitement.

Carey Price is first star again.

Teams trade goals

After Rene Bourque scored his fourth of the season, redirecting a Raphael Diaz pass, the Canadiens seemed to have things under control.

Against the flow of play, defencman Brendan Dillon hit Cody Eakin with a long pass and, using P.K. Subban as a screen, Eakin beat Carey Price stick side.

Shots were 12-9 Canadiens.

Diaz off the schneid

Raphael Diaz scored his first goal of the season, and it was a weird one.

Diaz's shot from the right point deflected off Dallas defenceman Stéphane Robidas and seemed to hit Kari Lehtonen on its way past the Stars' goaltender.

Carey Price made nine saves, the best of which came off Jamie Benn when Dallas broke 3-on-1. Fortunately, the one Canadien back was Andrei Markov, who took away Benn's passing lane.

Canadiens had the period's only power play, and it produced nothing.


Cole returns

Erik Cole plays his first game at the Bell Centre in the uniform of the Dallas Stars.

Cole is playing on a line with Stars captain Jamie Benn and former Boston phenom Tyler Seguin.

Cole assisted on goals by his linemates in Dallas's 4-3 win in Buffalo Monday night. The game marked an emotional homecoming for Dallas coach Lindy Ruff, who was behind the bench in Buffalo for 16 seasons.

With a record of 5-5-1, Dallas is last in the Western Conference's Central Division. The Stars have a minus-4 goal differential on the season and are 2-4 on the road.

The Canadiens are 7-5 and their plus-13 goal differential ties Boston's for the best in the Eastern Conference. But the team is below .500 – 3-4 – in the allegedly friendly confines of the Bell Centre.

The game will be the Canadiens' ninth against Western clubs. They are 4-4 to date.

Pre-game reading from The Onion

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Our old friend James David, JD_ to the HIO community, is once again partnering with the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation during the month of October to raise funds for underprivileged youth. The fundraising effort is built around JD’s Halloween home haunt located in Kirkland, QC. Although cash donations are accepted on Oct. 31st, you can donate $5 through your mobile at any time by texting “Habs” to 45678. Some pics from this year’s display.





  1. etcheverry92 says:

    The Canadiens honored referee (and Montrealer) Dave Jackson prior to working his 1000th game. They may have to honor him again – and soon. On Monday in New York, Jackson called an interference penalty on Chris Kreider as teammate Derek Brassard was breaking in alone with the possible game-tying goal on his stick. Jackson never even saw the origin of the play. Had he seen the sequence, he would have known that Josh Gorges and Raphael Diaz collided with each other.
    Jackson was back next night at the Bell Centre for the Dallas game. He didn’t award one power play to the”opposition”, ignoring an obvious late second period goaltender interference infraction.He also assessed a highsticking penalty to Alex Goligoski that he apparently didn’t see (Goligoski’s stick apparently did not make contact with Lars Eller). However, it was with two-and-a-half minutes to go that Jackson watched while Brendan Gallagher went into the crease and began pushing at Lehtonen. Jackson watched again as the Canadiens winger went into the crease a second time, making contact with the Stars’ goaltender. Lehtonen then punched Gallagher. Now, in a grand, theatrical gesture, Jackson whistled both players off. If Gallagher had committed goaltender interference, why wasn’t it called? Why was it only called when Jackson was in a position to even up? It looks like somebody didn’t want Dallas shooting for the game-tying goal with a man advantage. When a referee assesses penalties to onevteam that he doesn’t even see, while tolerating violations by the other team that he does see, there is a problem.

    It may be time for the NHL to look at assigning neutral on-ice officials to its games. This may pose some difficulties, but the integrity of the game(s) is currently being compromised.

  2. SUMO says:

    A sense of deja vu?

    Last season a rookie surprisingly made the team out of training camp, started in the press box but once he got into the line-up he played so well that the coach couldn’t take him out. Eventually his impressive play forced the GM to trade a uninspired veteran. Brendan Gallagher went on to become a finalist for the Calder Trophy and never looked back.

    Anyone else see something similar developing with Michael Bournival? He started the season in the press box and when he got his shot it was on the 4th line but injuries allowed him to play a top-6 role. Its going to be pretty hard for Therrien to take him off of Plek’s line (10Games, 7 Pts). Hes even been giving a chance to play on the PK and PP, so the coach definitely trusts him.

    When the injured players return it will be interesting to see what Bergevin does. He always says the younger players need to take a veteran’s spot and force them to make a trade. The sample size on Brendan Gallagher was only 36 AHL Games and 19 NHL games before they traded Erik Cole. Bournival has 69 AHL games and 10 NHL games under his belt. Do the coaches project him to be a winger or a centre (a Plekanec’s clone)? I think this decision will ultimately dictate who is moved.

    • Marc10 says:

      There was a great discussion about Bourni on the radio last week. Dany Dube, my go to guy on the Habs’ roster issues, pointed out that Bournival adds a forechecking dimension the Habs lack. That’s why he’s so effective and is able to ignite his line.

      Dube recalled a chat he had with Jacques Lemaire back in the day. He had asked the Lemaire what his instructions were to the first player on the forecheck. Lemaire had replied that he never told that guy anything. The first guy’s job is to get there. Cut the ice in half and apply pressure as quickly as possible. That simplifies things for everyone else that’s following as the options are halved.

      And Dube used that example to illustrate why Bournival is so important and why every line on the Canadiens needs a guy with decent size who has wheels and can apply the forecheck.

      You saw what four lines with a Bournival can do when the Sharks effectively toyed with our D for 60mins.

      So because Bourni is our best forechecker, he needs to stay on the wing. Let’s hope Patches can use his speed to perform a similar function when he returns. I don’t see many other Habs (Gally is too small and Chucky is too skilled to be asked to bang away) to get the job done.

      • SUMO says:

        Sorry Marc, I needed to edit this to address your comments. I initially wrote the 2nd part first. Absolutely Bournival’s speed will allow him to be disruptive on the forecheck but don’t overlook his hockey sense. He is a very cerebral player, a lot like Plekanec and ultimately wouldn’t you want that type of player down the middle? A centre who can play a 200ft game is more valuable than LW scorer? Plek’s turns 31 tomorrow, a lot of people cannot fathom the Habs without him but his eventual replacement may just be on his LW. (I’m not suggesting they trade Pleks, just that as a Centre, Bournival may be even more valuable than a winger).

        Since Bournival took Bourque’s spot its natural to assume he would be the most likely candidate to be moved but I hope they don’t trade him. They need his size on the wing’s and he is probably better suited on the 3rd line. With a healthy line-up;

        Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
        Bournival – Plekanec – Gionta
        Pacioretty – Desharnais – Bourque
        Moen – White – Prust
        >Briere, Parros

  3. Harditya says:

    How about we celebrate this win with Bour-bon! EH?!

  4. DipsyDoodler says:

    I thought 4 games in 6 nights against ANA, SJ, NYR and Dallas would see our injury riddled team tumble down the standings. 6 points out of that is great.

  5. DipsyDoodler says:

    * Took a while to get started but it was exciting at the end.
    * Diaz is pretty good. Don’t know why people hate him so much. No he’s not an all-star and he might look worse against a better and more physical team, but he makes smart plays at all times.
    * The 4th line is hopeless.
    * THe EGG line is awesome but needs a sniper. They had the Stars hemmed in all night but they all seem to want to pass.
    * Markov is great.
    * So is Price.
    * Stars were not too interested.
    * Bournival!

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      re Diaz: totally agree. He won’t be top 4 once Emelin returns. But he is a damn fine bottom pairing. Teamed with Murray, could be very effective.

      re Markov: he’s been outplaying PK the past few games (not sure what’s up with PK)

      re EGG line: been thinking the same. Might it be time to promote Galchenyuk to center finally and make Lars the 3rd center, and make DD…?

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  6. FishOutOfWater says:

    another goal for the leafs… where do they get these guys? bachman? i mean really, what a joke.

  7. MattZ says:

    Desharnais has now tied Niemi for points!

  8. gmoan says:

    Bourne to be alive

  9. Willy the bum says:

    La Ronde’s newest Bournival ride.

  10. piter says:

    I’m bourn again….

  11. Storman says:

    Bournivard of broken dreams

  12. Habcouver says:

    Bourn to be a Hab

    Waiting patiently for #25

  13. Harditya says:

    Bourning fire!

  14. Luke says:

    Former leaf Steen has 11. Hmmmm

  15. PrimeTime says:

    Bourning bournarisms

  16. Storman says:

    Me so Bourny

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    The folks in Edmonton must eventually revolt don’t they? Waiting to see empty seats and paper bags on heads there.

    Looks good on their owner, didn’t like how he tried to hold city hostage on new arena.

  18. Old Bald Bird says:

    Another point. Bourn Again.

  19. krob1000 says:

    Ryan O Bourn

  20. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Bourne To Score.

  21. HabCez says:

    Bourn for Calder

    “Emelin’s the real deal.”
    – HabCez

  22. DipsyDoodler says:

    “3P Douglas Murray? Really?”

    Therrien must know what he is doing.

    But from what I can tell Murray is the biggest pylon in a Habs uniform since Dave Manson.

    • He’s not mobile, but with his style he doesn’t have to be. He was in position all night.

      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      lol funny you mention Dave Manson. I just got my hands on one of his jerseys from the 97-98 season signed by all the Habs of that year. We’re auctioning it off.

  23. Habcouver says:

    Speed to Bourn

    Waiting patiently for #25

  24. JM says:

    Combo of Defence and Goaltending won tonight!!

  25. Cal says:

    The Bournival Supremacy.
    Another 2 points against a so-so team with regulars still missing?
    Take ’em and put ’em in the bank. They’re going to come in handy come April.
    23 goals against in 13 games? Can we ask for any better, really?
    Have to give Diaz some credit tonight for his blocking and 2 heady plays for points. Good effort by Bourque on the game winner and good to see the Kids put the pressure on.
    Long wait until Friday for the next one, so maybe they’ll practice to get better?

  26. Habcouver says:

    Not Bourne yesterday.
    How did this start?

    Waiting patiently for #25

    • Bourn to be riled.
      And I have no idea. : )

      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • krob1000 says:

      he earned it…he reminds me of that monohan kid…just makes quick right decisions…like he has been playing for 10 years in the show

  27. krob1000 says:

    Bourn to glide or stride

  28. CHicoHab says:

    Bournivalue Village

  29. krob1000 says:

    Bourn ready

  30. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Man Ole Man, the Sportsnet Tools are “Wet” with excitement over the Leafs tonight!


  31. Propwash says:

    Bournoulli’s principle…


  32. Propwash says:

    Bourn To Run


  33. Danno says:

    Bourn Star


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  35. CHicoHab says:

    Bournival Kilmer

  36. Strummer says:

    what’s Bournival’s nickname on the team?

    Edit – will find out in future episode of 24CH
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  37. CHicoHab says:

    Ozzie Osbournival

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