Liveblog: Game 16 – St. Louis wins in Shootout, Canadiens set shot-blocking record


Good effort against tough team

Too bad you can't block shots in a Shootout.

The Canadiens set a record with 38 blocks through regulation and five minutes of Overtime. But the Blues won 3-2.

Outhit and outplayed through the first period, the Canadiens fell behind 1-0 on Alexander Steen's 13th goal of the season.

Second period goals by Rene Bourque (his fifth) and rookie Michaël Bournival sent the Canadiens into an unlikely lead.

It lasted 11;31 into the third period. A long shot ticked off a few bodies before Chris Stewart tipped it past Carey Price for his second goal of the season.

The Canadiens had a chance to win late, but Tomas Plekanec missed a penalty shot awarded after David Backes knocked the St. Louis net off its moorings.

Overtime was scoreless, although the visitors had the better chances.

T.J. Oshie scored the only goal St. Louis would need in he Shootout, as Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty were stopped by Jaro Halak.

First Shootout of the season

Five minutes of scoreless OT, with St. Louis having most of the possession.

Galchenyuk: Save

Oshie: Shelf goal

Gallagher: Easy save

Steen: Save

Pacioretty: Wide




Blues tie it

A weird shot riccheted off several players before Chris Stewart tipped it behind Carey Price.

With less than a minute left, the Canadiens were awarded a penalty shot ... but Tomas Plekanec shot high. First OT of the season

Canadiens strike back

Outplayed badly in the first period but trailing only 1-0, the Canadiens got goals from Rene Bourque (his fifth) and rookie Michaël Bournival (fourth) to take an unlikely lead.

Shots in the period were 9-9.

The Canadiens hav blocked 24 shots and their penalty-kill is perfect on the night.

Four Blues have blocked shots, 13 Canadiens ... led by Douglas Murray with six.

The Bell Centre held its collective breath when P.K. Subban went to the Canadiens dressing room with what appeared to be a wrist injury.

But he returned shortly after.

Blues strike early

The game was less than three minutes old when St. Louis captain David Backes bodied Douglas Murray off the puck behind the Canadiens net and fed a pass to Alexander Steen, alone in front.

Steen promptly scored his 13th of the young season, and for a while it looked like St. Louis would run the Canadiens out of the Bell Centre.

The home side didn't register a shot on Jaro Halak until the game was almost nine minutes old.

But the Canadiens weathered the early storm, including three penalty kills.

Shot tally was 9-7.

Looking to bounce back

Your Montreal Canadiens ride their two-game losing streak into a tough challenge.

St. Louis has an 8-2-2 record and a plus-15 goal differential. The Blues are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.

The Canadiens are 8-7 and have scored 10 more goals than they've allowed. They are 5-5 over a 10-game span.

Both teams have shuffled their forward lines.

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock has broken up the high-scoring line of Alexander Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie. Chris Stewart will join Backes and Steen, while Oshie plays with Derek Roy and Vladimir Sobotka.

With David Desharnais a healthy scratch, Michel Therrien will use Alex Galchenyuk at centre between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Lars Eller – whom the Canadiens obtained in the trade that sent Jaro Halak to St. Louis – will centre Rene Bourque and Louis Leblanc. And Hamilton call-up Martin St. Pierre will play with Ryan White and George Parros. The Tomas Plekanec line, with Brian Gionta and Michaël Bournival, remains intact.

• Pre-game reading: Stephen Harper's hockey book

• Pre-game giggling: MT takes his boys for a spin


  1. CH Marshall says:

    Bournival has hockey smarts. Bet Detroit would love to have a prospect like Bournival

  2. NDO33 says:

    Watch Pleks be first shooter lmao!!

  3. topher5468 says:

    That was the worst 4 on 4 I’ve ever watched. Thank god it’s over.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  4. twilighthours says:

    For the love of Pete, unshackle subban

  5. RAM_TOUGH says:

    49, 11 27 in the shoot out!


  6. Mavid says:

    Gallagher the energizer bunny

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  7. db says:

    Why aren’t they even trying…

  8. adadi says:

    MT is coaching a terrible game…I think PK should call him out.

  9. SUMO says:

    Bourni has some big time acceleration.

  10. ffenliv says:

    So it turns out that the rule required Plex take the penalty shot. How do the refs keep all these almost-never-used rules in their heads?

  11. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    No shots. Hard to win that way.

  12. durocher says:

    Horrible OT. Gio and Pleks as the forwards were totally lost. Perhaps shows how important Bournival is to them.

  13. Whatever says:

    There’s the answer

  14. NDO33 says:

    Is Gallagher skating hard or I the rest of the team just moving rediculously slow?

  15. CHicoHab says:

    Gimme 10 Bournivaluables

  16. Et le but says:

    Shoot out?

  17. Rudy says:

    Frig, can not score from that end

  18. Habbu says:

    What is wrong with Eller?

  19. Mondou6 says:

    We can’t get the puck out from behind our own net. WTF.

  20. habsfan1001 says:

    we on a pk

  21. NDO33 says:

    Wow this team looks lost. Pathetic

  22. NLhabsfan says:

    Oh me nerves

  23. Mark C says:

    For all the people asking why not Eller, why not so and so. The player shooting had to be on the ice.

  24. The Dude says:

    Now lets see which Tender is a clutch athlete?Remember $3 million per season separates the two…..

  25. adadi says:

    Keystone Habs so far.

  26. NDO33 says:

    What’s wrong with MT?!
    Get Parros and St-Pierre out there!

  27. Arrow77 says:

    Btw, Pleks didn’t miss. It touched Halak’s stick.

  28. db says:

    Cmon boys, use your speed and skill!

  29. Whatever says:

    Pen shot had to be taken by someone on the ice.

  30. Arrow77 says:

    Before the game, Boone said he’d be happy with a point. We have that point and we should be happy. We gave ourselves a chance to win against one of the top teams of the league.

  31. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Well earned point. Shall they make it 2?

  32. Habbu says:

    Why Pleks?……..Why? Why? Why?

  33. NDO33 says:

    I just want to stop caring so badly. It’s tough.

  34. Lil Snapper says:

    Gotta go with the youth in PS or Shootout, that’s what these kids do…

  35. db says:

    Pleks looked like he didn’t want to take that shot… I woulda preferred a kid. Bournival or Chucky..

  36. nova scotia vees says:

    M.T. Is incompetent. St.Pierre??? He treats our star like crap, plays Murray when he shouldn’t even be on the team…so many dumb moves.
    He should go back to RDS where he is an expert.

  37. NDO33 says:

    At least give it to Bournival. He at least seems to have some jump in his step.

  38. Jed says:

    Ugh, that won’t set the tone for anything.

  39. adadi says:

    2″ to the left would have been in.

  40. habsfaninboston says:

    What luck. Off the butt of his stick.

  41. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Of all players the little girl. MT has clearly lost his mind!


  42. durocher says:

    Pang is such a homer. He is not calling this game the white way

  43. MattZ says:

    Horseshoe up his ass (Halak), what luck.

  44. danhabsfan says:

    Why not eller

  45. NDO33 says:

    There’s the Habs for the last 19 years in a nut shell.

  46. Whatever says:

    Just got a piece

  47. ffenliv says:

    Why Plex for that? I’d rather have seen Subban, or Galchenyuk, or anyone really.

  48. db says:

    So who takes it?

  49. durocher says:

    Backes mouths off to the ref. Then gets this call against him.

    Lesson: bite your tongue, Backes.

  50. Et le but says:

    This is fun…

  51. Rudy says:

    Can not believe they called that

  52. Lil Snapper says:

    Malhottra scored a Beauty and win against the Flyers in OT WOW, Impressive for two crappy teams!

  53. CHicoHab says:

    U gotta call that. So obvious

  54. habsfaninboston says:

    I can’t believe they’re actually calling that.

  55. Mondou6 says:

    When did the NHL change the rules so Interference isn’t a penalty anymore?

  56. CHicoHab says:

    We have the most shots blocked in the league. Is it possible we also have the most shots not to hit the net in the league??

  57. Mondou6 says:

    I think we’re headed for the first Gimmick of the season.

  58. CH Marshall says:

    man that kid just always wants to get somethin going

  59. slapshot777 says:

    MT must be losing his mind with what he put out there for the second wave on the PP. Georges and Diaz scare the hell out of me when they are on the ice. They make soft passes and blind passes as well

  60. Habbu says:

    Blues are simply out working them.

  61. CHicoHab says:

    They haven’t had a power play since Saturday. Kinda forgot how to work it

  62. Lil Snapper says:

    Canes score to tie with 52 sec left

  63. Rudy says:

    Price is the MAN

  64. Jed says:

    Well, we have our new Darche for the PP.

  65. adadi says:

    Has MB made any good signings since joining the Habs?

  66. NDO33 says:

    That was a great PP. Very threatening

  67. RAM_TOUGH says:

    MT has lost his Fiffin mind!


  68. habsfan1001 says:

    diaz man

  69. CHicoHab says:

    Shoulda been another penalty

  70. NDO33 says:

    St-Pierre on the PP?!

  71. Ozmodiar says:

    If you think Parros is a 4th liner and Moen is a 3rd liner than I can only hope you’re using zero-based numbering.

    • hockeyscout101 says:

      Moen was a 4rd liner in Anahiem when he won a Cup. He sometimes played with Perry and Getzlaf even. Parros and Thornton played in the finals against Ottawa as well. Brad May was on the 4th line as well.

      Moen played 3rd line when Montreal made it to the Conference Finals.

  72. twilighthours says:

    Good thing parros fought that guy and stopped him from gooning our best players

  73. db says:

    Man, that was late and from behind….

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