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:

    at least someone should ask MT about some of his decisions tonight

  2. ShootThePuck says:

    Carey had a good game. He’s staying put between the pipes. But he’s 0-3 against Halak. On that shootout goal, Carey is way too low, it seems like he needs glasses.

  3. Chrisadiens says:

    This one hurts really bad for some reason.

    The end of MT on the horizon perhaps?

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  4. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Great effort by the boys!

  5. Ferg says:

    Hang that one on the coach. No reason for Parros to be on the ice in the 3rd period of a 1 goal game. And why send Pacioretty in for the shootout. Halak probably knows him and you have the kid Bournival who is hot right now and Halak couldn’t know much about his tendencies.

  6. JF says:

    What was Pacioretty doing in the shootout? He’s hopeless in that situation. Gionta or Eller would have been a better choice, even Plekanec or Bournival.

  7. Sportfan says:

    Hopefully we won’t get a barrage of analysts and DD fans saying how if DD was playing we’d win lol

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  8. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Price outplayed “Play me or trade me” Halak & lost. Fiffin BS!


  9. SUMO says:

    Can someone ask Therrien,

    Bouillon – 19:57
    Diaz – 24:04
    Gorges – 23:41
    Markov – 25:26
    Murray – 16:16

    Subban – 20:52
    -Didn’t he win the Norris?

  10. The Jackal says:

    F*#$&# HALAK!

    Angry outburst done.

    This is gonna get buried in the throng of inane negative comments, but here it goes anyway.

    Habs played a solid game, but a flukey goal did them in.
    The D was actually decent – they defended well against the rush but their problem is clearing the zone – they suck at it.
    Price had a great game, and we made the right move keeping him.
    The Blues are a good team but they are not great.

    They out-possessed us but barely did anything with the puck. They seemed to lack finish and a killer instinct and could not put the game away even when they were dominating in the O zone.
    The Habs pushed back and had some flashes of greatness, but again, we are a work in progress.

    Nonetheless, we played a good game, it was exciting and it was unfortunate that we lost. The shootout is a bad way to lose but whatever, can’t say we were not in the game and that we did not have a chance to win – but maybe that’s what makes it a bitter pill.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Cal says:

      Repost this tomorrow morning. It’s too sane for right now, it seems.

    • JF says:

      I agree. After a tough first period, in which only Price and the suddenly excellent PK kept us in it, we pushed back. It was a gutsy effort.

      I hate the shootout as a way of deciding games, but losing it doesn’t feel so much like a loss as losing in regulation or OT. Nonetheless, Therrien ought to know better than to send Pacioretty out there. Gionta, Eller, or even Plekanec would have had a better chance of scoring.

  11. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Very unfortunate. Therrien tried a lot to lose this game in regulation. Maybe next time.

  12. Cal says:

    Good game. It took the gimmick to beat the Habs tonight. Price played rock solid and everyone played hard. Habs need Prust, Emelin and Moen. They would have made a difference against this physical Blues team.

  13. johnnylarue says:

    I don’t want to be unfair about this, but that’s the second loss in a week I’d pin on Parros. I hope Therrien is taking notes…

  14. montreal ace says:

    Good effort by the team, we stopped a losing skid, happy with the point and look forward to the next game. I consider the fact we are still in the playoffs, with all the injuries and bad luck, a pretty good team accomplishment.

  15. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Nothing to be happy about this game!


  16. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I, for one, am happy to emerge with the point and to have not lost any of the Habs to injury.

  17. MattZ says:

    Last time I checked the shootouts were for players with hands and not power forwards. Why does Patches always shoot instead of Eller. I’m not saying he would have scored, but I think it’s a safe bet that he would have hit the net…

  18. monmick says:

    Why not put Eller on the SO?

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  19. RAM_TOUGH says:

    MB was the idiot who hired the other idiot MT


  20. NDO33 says:

    Hard to watch your team lose to a better team, understandable.
    Even harder to watch half your team play with no heart, no excuse

  21. Max says:

    Have the habs ever won a shootout? I don’t even bother watching the shootouts anymore. Worst shootout team in the league me thinks.

  22. durocher says:

    – sit Parros, unless we are playing Boston, Toronto, Ottawa, or Philadelphia
    – sit Diaz, he is not contributing ANYTHING offensively and is a defensive liability. Play Pateryn, Tinordi, Beaulieu, or anyone else.
    – bring back up Holland. He has speed and a high hockey IQ

  23. Ozmodiar says:

    Add Moen and Prust.
    Minus St-Pierre and Parros.

    There. That’s better.

  24. Lil Snapper says:

    PEOPLE!!! RELAX!!!!!

  25. CH Marshall says:

    PK absolutely should have been double shifted. Kinda looked like the coaches had no plan for OT

  26. Habbu says:

    Thanks to Carey they got one point……When do they play Florida?

  27. port elgin says:

    Don”t anyone say at least we got a point.

    Absolute garbage, can”t anyone hit the bloody net

  28. chemic says:

    they cant block shots in the shootout…..

    good game habs if you erase the first 20 minutes out of it.

  29. CHicoHab says:

    Not for anything but Prices chin was almost touching the ice as Oshie was skating in. Too weird.

  30. Sportfan says:

    Yes the Refs were awful and the 4th line being out on the tying goal was bad luck, but we did get at least a point from the Blues! I’m sad we didn’t win, but happy that we didn’t quit and got a point.

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  31. slapshot777 says:

    Mt was the cause for the loss on this night, but I am sure he will try and pin it on PK. H will tell he press where Pk yelled for the fourth line to jump on.

  32. Harditya says:

    No clue why Bouillon, Gorges are out there in overtime. That is when PK should be double shifted man.. anyways. Good to have a point. Price was solid.

  33. Adidess says:

    Trusting Bouillon and Gorges more than others in OT is playing not to lose, plain and simple. It is so much more pathetic when you still lose.

    • Mark C says:

      So what, just use three D in OT?

      • Adidess says:

        4-on-4 hockey offers the best opportunity for a defenseman to score (besides the power play). If you would rather rely on Bouillon and Gorges, who even by accident won’t score, for most of the 5 minutes, it means you choose to passively defend and wait for the shootout. That’s pathetic, especially if you still lose. Is that so hard to get?

  34. Lil Snapper says:

    Shoot out is like a coin toss, Doesnt matter, Habs impressed me, I aint mad!

  35. joeybarrie says:

    our penalty shot takers are not good.
    from what I can remember Gionta is our only player who can score on in the shootout.
    like in 93 when you knew we would win the OT…. Once we hit a shootout, its over for us, cause we suck at penalty shots.

  36. Whatever says:

    Thought we were a team of skill?

  37. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Drats. If only dd had been available in the shootout. Sigh….

  38. commandant says:

    The tying goal was a bad bounce, but a bad bounce can’t happen if you clear your zone.

    Why are White and Parros on the ice against their top line with 10:00 to go and protecting a one goal lead?

    Go Habs Go!
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    • hockeyscout101 says:

      I agree with you on both points. I am a fan of fighting, but Therrien needs to do a better job of getting the 4th line out when safe. This killed Therrien against Carolina many years ago when he had Bill Lindsay and Gino Odjick on the ice for an offensive faceoff that costed us the series.

  39. SlimDiggity says:

    Wasn’t Halak always trash in the shootouts for us? Funny what a good team does for a goalie’s confidence in the skills competition.

    Lame game, two lame goals for the Blues. LUCKY goals at that.

  40. theox_8 says:

    Yawn brutal , gorges looked stealth out there in the ot lol

  41. topher5468 says:

    The Loser Point, it’s what we deserved.

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

  42. Lil Snapper says:

    I am proud of my Habs! Great game boys way to show your moxy against one the leagues best….No one should be too upset with this!

    • topher5468 says:

      OT was awful, No offensive pressure up by one goal in the 3rd in our building, I’m disappointed with that, Plus the lousy shoot out performances. I’ll take the point because they did compete in the 2nd.

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

  43. SlovakHab says:

    Beaten by the much, much better team.
    Still got 1 point though.

    Will be as good as Chicago, St. Louis, San Jose or Boston one day?
    Will it take a decade or more?

  44. CH Marshall says:

    oh well we got the 1 point against a ridiculously tought team, plus garbage reffing as always

  45. The Jackal says:

    God that Halak is freaking plug. More so than Anderson. Plays behind the best D and thinks he’s good. GRRRRR.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  46. calvee123 says:

    Well for F-sakes!!! Piss me off!!!! I am mad!!! Hate it…. Well I really think they could of won this…

  47. Et le but says:

    Has Max ever scored on a shoot out? Why not Eller or Bournival? Don’t get where MT is at the moment…

  48. The Dude says:

    Well that makes it 3-0 Halak….go figure .

  49. adadi says:

    Looks like Eller is also in MT’s doghouse.

  50. slapshot777 says:

    Practice tomorrow all players need shooting practice. I never seen a team miss the net so much as these guys.

  51. NDO33 says:

    Awesome shot by Pacs!!! Man this team is so pathetic. PATHETIC!
    Pacs is such a cry baby. Has a little temper tantrum after a terrible attempt. Embarrassing

  52. ffenliv says:

    I love Patches, but man, that shot didn’t even look close on the replay.

    Oh well!

  53. Mondou6 says:

    Absolutely pathetic. We could have taken 30 shots and not scored.

  54. db says:

    Come on Max…. hit the net. That was pathetic.

  55. habsfaninboston says:

    Here come the Halakites.

  56. Et le but says:

    At least we got a point…silver lining?

  57. NDO33 says:

    Halak stones them both easily.

  58. db says:

    Damn that kid Oshie is awesome… 53%

  59. NDO33 says:

    This team is awful

  60. Rudy says:

    No matter what, Price has been awesome!

  61. Ozmodiar says:

    Prediction: DD zip-lines from the pressbox to score the winning shootout goal!!!

  62. B says:

    Dallas beats Boston in a shootout. Cole only played 6:03 but was on the ice for both Bruins goals. Ouch.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  63. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Note to MT: practice 4/4. Habs seemed to think they were on the penalty kill there.

  64. durocher says:

    Couple things that MT does that I don’t get:
    – why insist that a left-handed shot take the draw on the left side, and a right-handed shot take the draw on the right side, if this means a natural non-center has to take the draw. Example: Gio, a right-handed shot, takes the draw on the right side and, of course, loses it
    – why the fourth line ever takes an offensive zone draw. It’s a total waste. We had the fourth line out against the Blues’ fourth line in the offensive zone. This would have been a perfect opportunity to put out any one of the other three lines.

  65. Jed says:

    A penalty shootout! It’s your goalie versus mine! The winner will be showered with praise; the loser will be taunted and booed until my throat is sore!

  66. habsfan0 says:


  67. The Jackal says:

    Parros, Gorges, and Cube are shooters.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  68. Habbu says:

    Parros, White & Murray…..just for the hell of it…

  69. Samovich says:

    very little P.K on 4 on 4? playing the game not to lose rather than trying to win?

  70. Ozmodiar says:

    Boone’s comments say it all for that OT. Geez.

  71. CH Marshall says:

    the HIO climax you’ve been waiting for: Halak vs Price shootout

  72. adadi says:

    MT singularly un impressive….I really think he is already losing the room.

  73. Harditya says:

    Being too cute, it’s OT, for god sakes. A little more intensity would have been nice.

  74. duffy says:

    Now we will see who the best goalie is .

    • The Jackal says:

      Oh yeah, as if Price did not show he is better during the game.
      The shootout is totally the best place to decide that! Not!

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

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