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. Habs1962 says:

    Kids had a great game… I think the 23 plus guys will get going.
    If they leave Pleks, Gionta , Patch together… they will get some goals and be Defencively good.

  2. Cal says:

    And the Jets pull a win out of their hat against the Sharks at home. SO win, but what can I say? I’m still glad they got their team back.

  3. DipsyDoodler says:

    Coderre’s tweet is disrespectful of a player and of the office of mayor. It’s not smoking crack but it’s a bit gross.

  4. nova scotia vees says:

    Love the kids. Look at Colorado. Patrick is not afraid to play his youngsters. Time for a bunch of Habs to move on…including Pacioretty. He has turned into a floater. Thanks goon. Bourque is a bust, too. And P.K. is playing tentatively…thanks Therrien…

    • ragthepuck says:

      Each egg on the kid line with a goal and assist, and most on 5-on-5. Great confidence boost, and let the P.K. B.S. settle once and for all. You think a superstar of his maturity and curiosity would not revel in being the talk of the town? And still be delivering? I think somebody on TSN said this, “He has a ridiculously thick skin.” Let the man grow.
      All hail The Egg Men!

  5. JM says:

    We won tonight and yes I am glad for them but the deadwood is still one of our biggest problems. we’re gonna win some games here and there but it’s not gonna amount to much. we’re still not that good and will probably have mini slumps all season ….

  6. petefleet says:

    Three negative things stood out tonight. 1. DD is terrible. I don’t care what the reasons are. He needs to sit. The whole team must be fed up by now. Gomez 2.0. 2. Bouillon sucks as well. He made some terrible plays or rather flubbed what should have been easy plays. No wonder he leads us in plus minus on the minus side. 3. Jorges needs to come up with a better play than shooting left of the net and nothing happens…seriously he does it every time.
    Some positives. 1. Pleks is awesome. 2. Max is really trying but he needs to bury a few soon. 3. The kid line competes. That’s the difference. 4. Bounival is smart.

    “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet”.
    Abraham Lincoln

    ***Go Habs Go***

    • chanchilla says:

      Nothing you say is relevant until you learn players names.

      • petefleet says:

        All your comments have a negative sarcastic tone. Nothing you say is relevant regardless of the player’s names.

        “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet”.
        Abraham Lincoln

        ***Go Habs Go***

        • chanchilla says:

          I wasn’t being sarcastic at all, his name is spelled Gorges, it’s the one plastered on the back of his jersey. It’s pretty ridiculous to call yourself a fan when you can’t spell our players names right. Bouillon has to make up for Murrays lack of speed and defensive liability, that’s why his plus minus is so low.

          • habcertain says:

            oh yes, spelling players names correctly is a sign of hockey knowledge

          • adamhabsalex says:

            Bouillon’s team leading – rating comes from playing with Murray?
            How many games have they played together

            That’s a pretty dumb comment coming from a guy who’s worried about spelling!

          • VancouverHab says:

            Uhhm, Cube is a good guy and an honest hardworking player. But he doesn’t need Murray to get himself a poor plus-minus: he earns that all by himself.

    • VancouverHab says:

      Uhhm… Gomez has 705 career NHL points (equivalent to Daniel Sedin, without playing soft minutes or a twin brother), he has a Calder Trophy, & two Stanley Cups.

      So not even even in your dreams is Desharnais the second coming of Scott Gomez.

  7. montreal ace says:

    I thought Price tonight, was freezing the puck less then he has recently. I know the safe play is to take the face-off, but tonight I thought he helped the defence with dishing off the puck wisely. I also like the fact that it seemed to affect line changes for NY.

  8. VancouverHab says:

    I missed the game because I was playing (using the term in its most generous sense) on my own team, but according to TSN, Desharnais played over fifteen minutes, but got zeroes across the board except under PIM.

    What did he do to earn those minutes? More than twice as much as White: did White have a stinker? & more than Bournival, who scored, I see: did Bournival look bad the rest of the time?


    • db says:

      White did what he was paid to do. Forecheck and kill penalties.. he killed 1/2 a penalty by himself, 1 on 4 in the offensive zone. Seemed solid on the draw too. I’m not sure what DD is doing, he looks lost out there.. he doesn’t even have hockey sense anymore. He’s just constantly in the wrong spots. Poor guy… I’m not sure what they can do with him.

      • Phil C says:

        ” I’m not sure what DD is doing, he looks lost out there.. he doesn’t even have hockey sense anymore.”

        I thought the same thing which is unfortunate because it used to be his strongest asset.

      • VancouverHab says:

        Thanks for the info: much appreciated.

        So why not give some of DD’s minutes to White? Is it to keep him fresh for the PK? (Sounds cruel ;–)

      • showey47 says:

        Been lobbying for a couple of years to move DD to the left wing. DD is not,strong or fast enough to compete in a 200 foot game against other teams top centers,especially in the defensive end. The center is basically responsible for more ice then anybody else out there. He gets exposed even more on the road where the other team gets last chance. Move the guy to the wing,his defensive responsibility is lessened to pretty much a 150 foot game and his assignment in the defensive end is usually one of the opposing teams defencemen. That’s my opinion anyway.

  9. DipsyDoodler says:

    Listening to the NFL half time show on NBC, well-spoken, thoughtful, urbane, insightful, makes you realize how dumb, how aggressively, in your face, dumb, hockey night in Canada is.

  10. Phil C says:

    A good win, but that was a fairly soft Islander team. Their PK was so passive, no wonder it’s the worst in the league.

    It will be interesting to see who sits when Briere is ready.

    • habstrinifan says:

      But I think after Isles tied it up MT coached (thru ice time etc) a more ‘take it to them’ game. Just my opinion. Maybe they were a weak opponent and yes their PP had lots of passes but little danger…. but who knows this could be a big lift.

      • Cal says:

        First game in a while that Eller’s line had some time and space. They are in tough against good checking teams. The Islanders aren’t that team yet.

      • Phil C says:

        That was certainly their style early last season. Now that they have almost all their forwards, maybe this style will be back. They rolled four lines last year with that up tempo style, so they need to have a real fourth line to do it.

  11. habstrinifan says:

    Eddie November 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm
    “We match up well against teams that don’t play nasty. Gives us all the time and space we need to skate with speed and play with talent.”

    This is a great post especially based on what we saw. It reminds me of one of the few times that P.J Stock was right, when he said that the Canadiens playing a full skating style are not “hit as often” as people fear. It’s when they ‘bottle up” their game and become ‘standing targets’.

    I know it’s the Isles and there are teams that will make it almost impossible to use our speed and talent(which we have lots of). But that should be our identity. Tha should be what should mark our style of play. ‘Take it to the oposition’ speed and skill… just work your butts off to recover from the inevitable mistakes. And if we lose playing that style at least our players DEVELOP and so do our coaches… and our GM can evaluate our true talent more successfully.

  12. Propwash says:

    Arpon Basu ‏@ArponBasu 8m
    Therrien on Desharnais: “We’ve tried everything to get his game back…We’re seeing that the kids line has success because they compete” 1/2

    Arpon Basu ‏@ArponBasu 7m
    Therrien cont’d: “For me, this is leadership what they’re doing. Regarding David, it’s tough right now.” 2/2


  13. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Bring back the Triple Low Five!


  14. habstrinifan says:

    Some may disagree and I am not sure I am right re this stat… but the very best thing about this game for me was nothearing the announcers rave about how many shots we blocked.

    I know it was the Islanders, but maybe ‘take it to them’ hockey is back. This team will improve, the players will develop, and eventually we will be able to properly evaluate and improve our entire organization when we play ‘take it to them’ hockey.

    Just my opinion.

    • habcertain says:

      we have a one line hockey team, when the EGG line produces we have done well, when they don’t we lose. we need to get another line meshing but DD appears to be the stop gap wherever he plays and drags down the others. Briere needs to assume a center role and DD needs to sit, for awhile. if Briere can’t produce we are in a world of hurt.

  15. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Desharnais needs more power play time to get his game in gear, in Hamilton.

  16. Eddie says:

    Tampa, Columbus, Rangers, are right in our sweet spot.

    Give us time and space and we are tough to beat.

  17. vess69 says:

    Why is Deharnais still getting power play time?

  18. Cal says:

    On a night when Galchenyuk gave us a glimpse of how good he can be, the Habs bank 2 points. White, playing twice as effectively than DD, played half the time. (DD- 15:04, RW- 7:56)
    The MeriTocracy continues.

    PK and Markov both with a little over 25:30 in TIO.
    The Tank rumbles back into the lineup hopefully this Tuesday.

  19. Eddie says:

    We match up well against teams that don’t play nasty. Gives us all the time and space we need to skate with speed and play with talent.

  20. HabFab says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you all BUT I’m looking forward to Briere coming back and playing CENTER… get my drift amigos!

  21. Ton says:

    Patch> something tells me he is not the same player anymore……he could still be hurt……….I did mention to my son that I would trade him. a simmons or a kane would be nice

    • db says:

      I was hearing that Wayne Simmonds is available right now… I think I would pull the trigger on that and send Max the other way. We couldn’t get burned as bad as the LeClaire deal way back… SImmonds is a beast and will actually fight. He’s more a power forward than Max IMO.

  22. Propwash says:

    Already posted below


  23. Sportfan says:

    Kids should make the rest of the players want to play better!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  24. Psycho29 says:

    Just tweeted from a spoof account (I think) :

    Therrien’s Temper ‏@AngryMichel 4m

    Da boys are all taking me out for da 250th win. We are waiting on Douglas. He is still on da ice skating toward da bench.

  25. HabFab says:

    BUT are we appreciated?

    356 429 – Number of fans having seen the Canadiens in action so far this season, both at home and in opposing buildings. The Habs have played 100% of its matches in front of packed houses.

  26. Psycho29 says:

    I just want to give kudos to Hockeyscout101, who all day was telling us how the Islanders would come out flying and Carkner and Boulton would pound the smurf Habs into the ice at every chance. Also he told us that the Isles would win 4-1.
    We should have listened but we didn’t. We’ll know better next time.

  27. CH Marshall says:

    re DD: what can ya say? A guy with some NHL level offensive skills, but not enough of the other stuff to be an effective NHLer on his own.

  28. twilighthours says:

    This new montreal mayor tweets Habs games?

  29. habsfan0 says:

    Emelin and Briere are due back soon.
    Things are looking up.

  30. punkster says:

    Gee…won a game without Parros in the line up.

    Go figure.


  31. DipsyDoodler says:

    I still think the H I/O DD obsession is silly, but yeah he’s done. He’s just not strong enough to play his position so that when he is unable to make the smart plays he becomes a liability. Trade him for whatever you can get or bench him.

  32. icemachine says:

    Good effort win by the Habs, were strongly challenged at times through the first 40 minutes but kept bouncing back and worked for that win.

    Was very happy that the linesmen stepped in fairly quickly to keep Carkner from beating on Max Pac

    Celebrating with some Strombo and Péché Mortel now

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

  33. The Dude says:

    Missed the game but happy bout the W……EGGScellent!

  34. B says:

    The Islanders have 3 guys ranked in the top 15 scorers, they were contained fairly well tonight. A good win for the Habs to snap the losing streak.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  35. Strummer says:

    EGG-heads of the World unite!

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

  36. Peter Young says:

    Nevertheless, I’m glad to see Galchenyuk get top recognition, if only for kissing the crest…..

  37. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Great win. Therrien better bench or break up that line. /sarc

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  38. doug19 says:

    Wow DD played 15 minutes!

  39. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the Grade A Egg line played an entertaining game …but first star Gallagher shoulda been number one game star, with all due deference to M. Galchenyuk

  40. Peter Young says:

    Eller so unselfish and smart on that last goal……

  41. piper says:

    Great game by the kids. They make this team fun to watch.

  42. habcertain says:

    the kids are alright tonight.

  43. filincal says:

    The EGG got crackin’ tonight!!!

  44. twilighthours says:

    Whitey played a heck of a game

  45. slapshot777 says:

    Why can’t we make it easy rather than always have it go down to the wire. I know we had a two goal lead with half a period go, but the team still didn’t instill that confidence that this was in the bag.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Um … because that’s what exciting hockey is all about? Two teams fighting it out, the outcome in doubt until the final siren?

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  46. NightRyder says:

    I freaking hate that salute to the fans at the end of the game. So cheesy.

  47. Rudy says:

    Who were the 3 stars for those of us south of the border? Thanks

  48. Peter Young says:

    Islander telecast cut off the three-stars after Eller. Please tell

  49. Propwash says:

    EGG line gets all 3 stars, well deserved!


  50. Mavid says:

    now the walking dead 👿

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  51. Nilan25 says:

    Coderre tweet. Was he in a “drunken stupor” when he tweeted.

  52. bellcentre hotdog says:

    Good game for Carey.

    Solid all night.

  53. piter says:

    We needed this one…

  54. Grimmly says:

    David Desharnais 0 0 0 0 2 0 15:04


  55. HabinBurlington says:

    Much needed win, good job boys!

  56. Danno says:



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  57. DipsyDoodler says:

    One day there won’t be jobs in hockey for people like Matt Carkner.

  58. slyCH says:

    EGG line should cover all 3 stars spots.

  59. Rudy says:

    Have we had the situation this year where it is ok to sing the goodbye song. Feels good

  60. The Jackal says:

    Love Patches but his play in the O zone is very predictable.
    He gets the puck, he’s gonna shoot.
    And the thing that puzzles me about him is that he is a perimeter shooter!

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  61. Grimmly says:

    They must be showcasing DD for a trade, oh wait better chance to trade him not playing him, we dont want other teams to see how bad he is.

  62. slyCH says:

    The mark of EGGcellence.

  63. topher5468 says:

    I guess DD has earned this PP time? Well, It would be nice to get him going,

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

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