Liveblog: Game 19 – Canadiens rally late but lose 2-1 in Shootout; Price makes 44 saves


Heroic PK in OT

The Canadiens managed to kill a TWO-MAN disadvantage in overtime and take this crazy game to a Shootout.

Carey Price made 44 saves in regulation and OT.

Galchenyuk: Save

Filppula: Goal

Brière: Save

Purcell: Save

Gallagher: Wide

Carey Price was the game's First Star .. well deserved


At least a point salvaged

A Max Pacioretty pass bounced in off Daniel Brière to tie a game the Canadiens trailed for 55 minutes. On to OT ... with Lars Eller in the penalty box

Lucky it's a one-goal game

A point shot by Radko Gudas beat Carey Price, but the light didn't go on and play proceeded up ice.

Video review produced a ruling that Price had been the victim of "incidental contact" on the play.

The visitors outshot the home team 13-5 in the period, 23-13 on the game.

Three chances blown

The Canadiens had three power plays during the first period.

There were chances, but Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop stood tall ... very tall.

Ryan Malone scored the only goal of the period, surviving a Douglas Murray crosschecks on Carey Price's doorstep and tipping home a point shot by Eric Brewer.

Shots were 10-8 for the visitors.

Star won't shine

What a bummer!

Bell Centre fans miss out on seeing one of the NHL's brightest young stars when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Canadiens Tuesday night.

In a goalpost collision eerily reminiscent of the one that sidelined Serge Savard early in his career, Steven Stamkos fractured his right tibia in Boston Monday afternoon.

Stamkos, who had never missed an NHL game to injury, is out indefinitely. He had been tied for the league lead in goals at 14 with Alexander Steen of St. Louis and in points at 23 with Sidney Crosby.

Tampa Bay defencemen Sami Salo and Keith Aulie also left the Monday game with injuries.

The Lightning had gone through their first 16 games without injuries – in contrast to the Canadiens, who are still missing Brandon Prust but may see the imminent return of Daniel Brière and Alexei Emelin.

The gold standard of hockey celebrations


  1. rhino514 says:

    Really happy for Price. If he gets his confidence going he could go on a roll.
    Great that Briere got the goal. We had tons of offensive depth going into the season but now the third line centre spot is a question mark.
    Would it be dreaming in technicolour to think Briere can find something left in the tank?

  2. jsaz says:

    I was never a fan of max PAC nor dd. And plekanec as well, I met home once here in edmonton and he was really rude didn’t wanna sign any autographs. Pretty much looked at us and put his nose up and left. Cammaleri was a awesome guy so was……. Gomez haha but those 3 I could care less for on the team never have

  3. DickandDanny says:

    Pacioretty, Plekanec, and Desharnias, to Edmonton for Hemsky, and Schultz?

    “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

  4. MattZ says:

    I was at the game tonight and was behind Price for the 3rd period and OT and on at least 2 occasions I was sure the game was over and yet he still made the remarkable saves. Other than Price and the pk, there was not much more to get excited about, the kid line was good even though they didn’t score. I am starting to believe that the players are tuning out the coach(es), they are playing less inspired hockey than last year, thus leading to less goals. I believe they overachieved last year, but unless they really overachieved, a problem with the coach is the only thing I can think of for the poor performances…

  5. Mr. Biter says:

    Wanted: Hockey Player who can score in Shoot Out. Please apply to MB of the Habs.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

    • DickandDanny says:

      I’ll take the three lasses in your photo. I’m sure they each have ‘more moves’ than any of our present hab players.

      “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

  6. DickandDanny says:

    Desharnais, Pacioretty, Tinordi, and Gionta to NJ for Zajack and Henrique. They love Gionta in NJ so maybe we could hood wink them into making this trade and Tinordi could be the gravy on top to make it wash.

    “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

  7. scotland says:

    “cruises by a player and just waves his stick at him and god forbid he throw a hit”

    you just described the canadiens captain to a t…..and plekanic… when you captain plays that way…..chances are so will some others. ie pax, dd , brierre,

    its a shme when the best forwards on the montreal canadiens were in doubt to stay with the club last year because they were teenagers. now they are the best forwards on the team by a country mile. and even the captain cant follow their lead

    hardess hab team in history to watch for 60 minutes

    • DickandDanny says:

      Your right, it’s contagious. This team may be the best non contact team in Canada right now.

      “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

    • PrimeTime says:

      I hope you have a few aspirins for the morning

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  8. One thing about this game: Brière at centre – on his first game back after an injury – was much better than Brière on a wing, and nobody missed Desharnais (least of all Mayor Corderre). Also, Murray made a case for himself, and looked like a meaner Hal Gill. Pacioretty needs to step it up. Bourque too.

  9. scotland says:

    when your top six fowards include gionta and plekanic ya aint going anywhere….and you are way too easy to play against.

    show me a team a good goalie, a norris trophy defenceman, kids with heart and speed…….and i will show you a team that is way above 500.

    unless a bungling coach gets in the way

  10. DickandDanny says:

    All the other posters summed up the game very well, so I will comment on just one player. Max Pacioretty. I will venture to say, that never in the history of the club has there been one player who is consistently the laziest and yet most played player on the club. I challenge anyone to just focus on Pacioretty for a few shifts, don’t watch the play, just watch him and you will see what i mean. This guy has no vision, no hockey sense, no energy. He just floats in and out, around the net, never goes to the right spot, or attempts to get open, and he barely gets a rebound or wins battles in front of the net. And, never, God forbid ever, does he throw a body check. I dare you to just watch him, it’s painful, but do it and see for yourself. And, if he skates by one more opposition player and just waves his stick at them and cruises by without so much as a thought of actually hitting them, I am going to demand the NHL go to a non contact division so this guy can actually play and not embarrass himself. And, please, please no comments on how he set up the tying goal tonight. That was a complete fluke and basically was the only thing he did all night. Yes, he is just one player, however think about what this one player is supposed to be for our team, before responding to my post. He is supposed to be our power forward, a guy who can challenge for 30-40 goals yearly. Well, unless they do go to no contact hockey, he’ll be lucky to score twenty. Please trade this guy for someone, anyone. I can’t bare to watch him do nothing out there any longer. His play is pathetic, and yes summarily the team was no better tonight (reminded me of the Calgary game all over again), but this lack of team effort starts somewhere and I think a good coach, a good mgr will always recognize if those top players aren’t leading then your in trouble. With Max as one of those players ( I can’t use leader in the same sentence with him) I think we are in trouble. Just completely horrible effort by this guy game in and game out. Please package him up with a couple other underachievers and send them somewhere for something. MB do something because this team does not have what it takes, and TB totally humiliated us tonight in our own building. The score was not indicative of the outcome. TB, without Price playing unbelievably wins that game 5 or 6 to 1.

    “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

  11. scotland says:

    btw…. heard you guys talking about shoot outs………subban used to light it up in the ahl. great moves, great snap shot.

  12. ooder says:

    Can’t believe people have criticism for price this game. Can’t fault a goalie for a team shooting blanks consistently.

  13. scotland says:

    coach does not even know who his best shoot out guys are.

    told ya that therrien would have to break up gionta pleks and pax. line does nothing.

    way too much gionta and pleks when watching a hab game. would never pay for a ticket to watch those two lead the montreal canadiens. its gotten to be more than a bad joke. pleks and his blind passes on the pp. therrien has them both out for pp, pk, 4 on 4 …. they are out getzlaf perry, datzuik zetterberg, crosby kunits, stamkos st louis…. lol ……. easy to play against as a couple of girls.

    carey price after the game “we can play better, lucky to get a point, you play a bad game and ya gotta put it behind you”

    when markov, pk and the kid line are out there the habs play competitive nhl hockey. when the other 15 players are out there….its a mess. they stink. even pax is going down hill under mt. zero goals since he came back from injury.

    price makes great saves on tips off gorges every night.

    murray, diaz gorges killing penalties at end of third and in ot…..but norris trophy winner rides the pines.

    no trips to hab town this year…..thats a for sure.

    • ooder says:

      Got to agree with a lot of what you said.
      IMO itsn ridiculous to have ghallager out there in a shootout
      He created havoc and scores from that. That’s awesome don’t get me wrong. But it’s not needed in a shoot out. Also for me its pathetic that Markov and subban generate more offense night in and night out than 13 other players combined

  14. Storman says:

    Just watched a recap of the game, and was reminded how brilliant Price was, how correct the call was to dis-allow Tampa Bay goal, and How in the Hell did they not call A hook on Galchenyuk’s chance where he was in alone , and had his hands hooked from behind,the ref’s call hooking when its not even hooking the one on Galchenyuk is normally called 99.9 % of the time, probably could have been called a penalty shot..

    • savethepuck says:

      That was a horrible non call. I was passed when it happened and nearly freaked out later when they showed the replay showing how bad it was.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • Storman says:

        Holy Crap just watched it again to see where the ref was,, he was looking right at the play, like he decided he just did not want to call it for whatever reason, ridiculous non call, and they say they want more scoring in the league, a blatant penalty that takes away a legit scoring chance goes un-called, but they will call some bs away from the play..

  15. CHicoHab says:

    Habs can’t score. Any solutions??

  16. HankHardball says:

    The Canadiens problem is the same as it’s always been: they can’t score.

    They’ve know played about a quarter of the season and they’re averaging 2.5 goals per game.

    In their last 10 games, they’ve averaged 2 goals per game.

    That’s not good enough to make the playoffs.

  17. mksness says:

    habs always play well enough to lose. price always plays stellar but the other goalie is just one save better…

    for god sakes score some goals already. tampa is not a very deep team yet they shut down the habs for most of the game. wow…

    and shoot 5hole on the goalie who has the biggest 5hole in the league already!!!!!!

  18. Habs1962 says:

    wow.. we got himmed in a few times for forever ! Are Lightning that good?
    we woke up in the third and were battling for pucks and producing. Good to get a point
    Price is very good right now ! Hope it last for 10 years !
    Go Habs!

  19. CHicoHab says:

    Price we know not good in shoot outs. But tonite without him we have no shoot out. Team can’t score. That’s never going to change. Not this year at least.

  20. Say Ash says:

    As much as Price was showcased for Sochi, you gotta win the shootouts. Price simply does not, and that’ll be huge in the Olympics. And don’t tell me about the junior semi. He stopped like 4 of 11 shots.

  21. CHicoHab says:

    Horrible game. Horrible team. Horrible coaching. Horrible ownership. But I still wanna watch them night in and night out like a chronic fan!!!!!!!

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