Liveblog: Game 18 – Losing streak ends as Canadiens double Islanders 4-2


The future is bright

Third star of the game: Lars Eller, a goal and two assists

Second star: Brendan Gallagher, a goal and an assist

First star: Alex Galchenyuk, a goal and two assists ... and six shots on goal ... and two hits.

Rookie Michaël Bournival also got one.

Average age of Canadiens scorers on the night: 21 years, three months.



Kid puts it away

Brock Nelson brought it down to a one-goal game on an Islanders power play.

Then the kids took over.

Alex Galchenyuk completed a sweet passing play with linemates Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher to put the game away.

PP comes to life

Brendan Gallagher got the Canadiens on the board, converting a lead pass from Alex Galchenyuk for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.

But Pierre-Marc Bouchard beat Carey Price with a long knuckleball on an Islanders power play, the first goal conceded by the Canadiens' PK in 22 tries dating back to the San Jose game.

The Canadiens' power play got goals from Lars Eller, his sixth after a long drought,  on a one-timer off a lovely feed from Galchenyuk, and Michaël Bournival, whose fifth was a tip of a Raphael Diaz blueline blast.

Canadiens outshot the Islanders 9-8, 20-18 on the game.

Scoreless first

The Islanders had the first four shots of the game, but the Canadiens speed began to tell as the period progressed and they outshot the visitors 11-10.

The Canadiens killed a penalty and looked threatening on their one PP.

Sunday dinner .... minus Mom's cooking

It's weird to have hockey at 6 p.m. on a Sunday.

And the visiting Islanders played Saturday night in Columbus, where they lost 5-2.

The Blue Jackets ended a five-game losing streak, and perhaps the Canadiens can muster a win over a tired team to put the brakes on their own four-game skid.

The Islanders won two of their three games against the Canadiens last season, including a 4-3 overtime win on their only visit to the Bell Centre. Matt Moulson scored twice in that game, but he's been traded to Buffalo in the deal that made Thomas Vanek an Islander.

The Matt who bears watching is Martin, who had eight of the Islanders' 20 hits in their loss to Columbus. John Tavares, who's off to a slow start and has not meshed with Vanek, went 7-14 in the faceoff circle. Vanek played one shift before exiting with an upper-body knack.

The  Canadiens have scored two or fewer goals in six of their last seven games. They will face Montreal homeboy Kevin Poulin, who gets the goaltending start for the Islanders.

Puck drops 6:10ish. Check back later for live game blogging.

• Pre-game long read: How to build a winner



  1. The Jackal says:

    Isles had to get dominated for the dumb refs to call something there, after first ignoring a clear penalty.
    They truly do think: Team X is up by 2, game is almost over, we don’t need to call it.

    Don’t get me wrong, he does a lot of things well and he battles hard, but he should pass and use his size more to throw off the other team.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  2. Peter Young says:

    Just a pleasure to watch that line, particularly its effort…..

  3. Plekasuares says:

    Isles suck, good win you have to win these games.. Good effort by the eller galchenyuk gallagher line….i just cannot call them egg thats lame!

  4. slyCH says:

    EGG line on fire tonight!

  5. Propwash says:

    Dear Michel Therrien,



  6. HabFab says:

    Love the kids… yeah baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. DipsyDoodler says:

    Good win.

  8. scavanau says:

    Patches didn’t flop, fold, and limp off after that entanglement

  9. Coach K says:

    I know DD is unable to compete against bigger bodies and maybe should be sent to Hamilton for a “conditioning” stint but I’m more concerned about Max Pac. Either he’s still injured and shouldn’t be playing at all or he’s dogging it. He’s not moving his feet at all and is reaching while standing still. That will just lead to penalties. That’s no way to compete when you see guys like Gallagher, Gionta and Pleks bring it every shift. I take it back, that last shift was better…but still far too invisible for too many shifts for my liking.

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

    • NightRyder says:

      I’d say he’s still hurt. Plus, the big guys look lazy sometimes even if they’re not. Two Pacioretty strides equals 156 choppy little Gionta strides.

      • Coach K says:

        True what you said about the stride length and maybe he is hurt. But that’s where he needs to be a team player and give his spot to someone more able-bodied instead of hurting the team with a half-assed effort. Regardless, he’s still (for the most part) playing the game at the end of his stick and watching the game instead of playing it. That’s not good enough. In fairness, his last few shifts were his best. Hopefully that will continue.

        —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  10. NightRyder says:

    Dave Reid is an abysmal colour guy. That Brent Butt deadpan delivery is sleep-inducing.

  11. Mick says:

    DD is done and gone to Hamilton.
    Please grow a pair Mr GM.

  12. Plekasuares says:

    Hopefully that goal starts up Galchenyuk. Would be great just needs to stop fighting the puck and then we have our sniper

  13. slyCH says:

    REF; Habs win face-off too cleanly. WHISTLE!

  14. duffy says:

    Three stars tonight, Galager, Galchenyk, Eller. No question about that.

  15. Peter Young says:

    The kids (the kid line plus Bournival) put themselves in the position, the place, to score; the vets simply aren’t doing it. Why is that? Is is lack of heart or drive or what?

  16. Sportfan says:

    love the way chucky celebrated!

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  17. Strummer says:

    Tonight’s 3 Stars?

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  18. Storman says:

    Keep in mind those who think Chucky is not setting the world on fire,, boys and girls Chucky is only 19 should be playing in Sarnia getting ready for the World Junior Championships,

    • ShootThePuck says:

      How do you like Galchenyuk. A teenager is about to lead the scorers for the Habs. Some said (during the last game) he would never amount to anything! These people don’t deserve to have
      any kind of star playing for their team. There’s only one way to get a star player, and it’s to draft high. The Canadiens picked 3rd and got one. Give him 2 more years, heck he’ll be 21 by then, and you’ll see how good he’ll get.

  19. twilighthours says:

    You know… I wasn’t a huge fan of that celly. It was awkward and seemed forced.

  20. Rudy says:

    Tsn highlighting that PK pulled Islanders stick from him

  21. Et le but says:

    Gallagher NEVER gives up on a play

  22. Rudy says:

    Chucky kissing the CH on his jersey, LOVE that kid

  23. thorandresson says:

    All 4 goals scored by the young guns…

  24. Peter Young says:

    The kids show the way ….. again. I love Gallchenyuk kissing the crest. He knows what it means.

  25. The Jackal says:

    What a beastly line.
    Love those guys!

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  26. bellcentre hotdog says:

    That Brendan Gallagher kid is a real beauty.

    GREAT play by 11.

  27. Harditya says:


  28. Strummer says:

    EGG line got crackin’ tonight!

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  29. Storman says:

    Memo to DD loving coach MT please do not break up the kid line anymore

  30. icemachine says:

    One for everyone on the Kid Line, love it!

    Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

  31. slapshot777 says:

    Beautifil goal by Chucky great hustle by Galley. Look for another penalty against the Habs coming up.

  32. Propwash says:

    Attaboy Chucky! Great effort from the EGG line!


  33. sCOTT1243 says:

    Best line in the league!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Vets should be embareesed….Maybe they should trade paycheks, that could wake some of the vets up.

  34. Danno says:

    The EGG line is gellin’


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  35. Maksimir says:

    that goal was all gallagher

  36. T-roy West says:

    Chucky scores then kisses the CH on the jersey. I like that kid.

  37. slyCH says:

    Du jamais vue. What a play.

  38. The Jackal says:

    Max is a good player but he’s been ineffective lately and has shied away from using his size. Ever since Cole left and was suspended, he’s been more of a perimeter player. I get he is probably banged up but this guy does not use his size or go to the net effectively. If he doesn’t use his size, then what is the difference between having him or having a guy that is 5’10 who scores 30 goals too?

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  39. DipsyDoodler says:


  40. Et le but says:

    What a goal!!! Great effort Gally…

  41. slapshot777 says:

    This is where the ref needs to step in. They let this sh!t go and then it becomes a problem

  42. jols101 says:

    This is the time in the game when Therrien usually throws out the 4th line with Bouillon and Murray.

  43. sCOTT1243 says:

    Max is getting very close to my “could trade” list. No heart anymore…must be hanging around Bourque too much.

  44. piper says:

    It would be nice to be able to send Parros out to tune in Martin.

  45. punkster says:


    F’n disaster looking for a place to happen.


  46. slapshot777 says:

    They must put some sedative in their water between periods

  47. Nilan25 says:

    Max-Pac use your size!!! Wake the feck up.

  48. Strummer says:

    DD almost scored (on Price)

    that’s called an “O’Byrne”

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  49. Nilan25 says:

    Max-Pac use your size!!! Wake the f–k up.

  50. twilighthours says:

    If galchenyuk’s goal against the rangers counted, then that isles goal should definitely count

  51. Hstands4Hockey says:

    How much longer do we have to endure the train wreck that is DD???

    (Also, not sure why the NHL even bothers having a kicking motion rule – if that’s not a kick I don;t know what is!)

    Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

  52. The Jackal says:

    We have nothing to lose this season by putting DD out there and hoping he breaks out of his huge slump. But if he does not do so by the end of the season then that should be the end of it. Hopefully he is traded so he has a chance to bounce back rather than be dumped in the minors. Even better, hopefully he regains his 60 pt form.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • NightRyder says:

      He will never return to 60-point form because he’s never again going to get first-line minutes plus a ton of PP time. There are better players ahead of him on the depth chart now.

      A guy like that is utterly useless if he’s not playing on the top two lines. He’s a Francophone Corey Locke.

  53. Peter Young says:

    Does anyone keep count of what percentage of Canadiens penalties are unnecessary, as DD’s was since it was in the neutral zone with his team not in danger at the time? Bourque is another one who seems to take penalties that serve no purpose, usually at the opposition’s end of the ice. It’s lack of discipline.

  54. sCOTT1243 says:

    Why does this team make me rage so much?

    Just saw coach patting DD on the back…..Bend down and tell him to Wake up for crying out loud…Better yet, tape his paycheck to his stick.

    At this point I’d dress Budaj in place of DD.

  55. twilighthours says:

    Therrien is a good guy. He’s got desharnais right back out there.

    Me? I’d staple him to the bench

  56. RAM_TOUGH says:

    In 45 mins the Walking dead will be on. Better than this crap!


  57. Rudy says:

    Therrien patting DD’s back, grrrrr

  58. HabFab says:

    DD comes closer on his own net………haha…………

  59. jols101 says:

    What’s it going to take to get DD stapled to the bench?

  60. slapshot777 says:

    I guess that answers the question about benching DD

  61. doug19 says:

    Not having anyone who could clear the front of the net on that pk shift———————-GOAL!

  62. thorandresson says:

    Can we get a bag of pucks for Deharnais, he’s pure garbage at the moment, even his goattee is pretty gay, you’re supposed to grow a moustache, not a goattee for movember…

  63. slapshot777 says:

    Dave Reid he didn’t blow the high stick, he called it offside.

  64. AH says:

    Bourque and Bournival work well together, they should try that for awhile.

  65. slapshot777 says:

    That linseman blew that call

  66. The Jackal says:

    Terrible offside call there.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  67. DipsyDoodler says:

    ” 3P 20:00 Avoid an early GA and this one will be done and dusted
    by mike.boone 8:03 PM”

    He does it on purpose I think.

  68. RAM_TOUGH says:

    No player has the B@lls to call out the Refs!


  69. HabinBurlington says:

    In case anyone is curious,

    Here is the going rate to buy some DD’s.

  70. Mark C says:

    That was a tackle yet it isn’t a hold?

  71. caladin says:

    Wow it’s amazing how consistently anti-hab the reviews are.

  72. NightRyder says:

    Will Desharnais get another shift tonight?

  73. Rudy says:

    So much for the “dagger”

  74. icemachine says:

    Foot went from white to blue paint – I think it was more pivot than kick but could have gone either way

    Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

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