Liveblog: Game 20: Bite me, Mr. Mayor! Desharnais the hero as Canadiens win Shootout


DD lives!

David Desharnais – who was in the pressbox for the Canadiens' first two Shootouts this season – beat Curtis McElhinney to secure a 3-2 win for the Canadiens in Columbus.

The home team led 2-0  on goals by Canadiens nemesis R.J. Umberger and Artem Anisimov when, with eight seconds left in the first period, Alex Galchenyuk stole the puck from Fedor Tyutin and raced in to beat McElhinney.

Lars Eller then tied the game at 2-2 on a power-play goal in the second period.

A scoreless third period and overtime set the table for heroics by Desharnais and Petr Budaj, who stopped all three Blue Jackets in the Shootout.

Scoreless OT

Columbus had the better chances, but Peter Budaj was hot.

So, another shootout

Letestu: Save

Galchenyuk: Save ... weird one

Anisimov: Glove save

Desharnais: GOAL!!!

Johansen: SAVE!!



Scoreless third

Neither team had golden chances.

The Canadiens outshot Columbus 11-5.

On the game, the Canadiens had a season-high 40 shots to 21 for the home team

Power play strikes again

Lars Eller scored his seventh of the season during a Canadiens power play.

The shots, at one point, were 12-1 and ended 15-6 in favour of the Canadiens.

Michel Therrien juggled his third and fourth lines, with David Desharnais moving up to centre Rene Bourque and Max Pacioretty while Daniel Brière dropped down to join Ryan White and Travis Moen.

Fresh off a shoulder injury that sidelined him 11 games, Brandon Prust fought Jared Boll.

Two bizarros, then a beauty

Columbus took the lead on two weird goals in less than two minutes.

A shot by R.J.F. Umberger, from a bad angle, seemed to change direction off Josh Gorges' skate before finding its way between Peter Budaj's legs.

They had barely announced that one when a sustained bout of Blue Jacket pressure led to Douglas murray sending Nikita Nikitin crashing into and upending Budaj. While this was going on, Artem Anisimov's point shot hit Daniel Brière's stick, bouned up in the air and sailed in over a prosptrate Budaj.

With the seconds of the period ticking down, Alex Galchenyuk stripped the puck from a sleepy Fyodor Tutin and skated in to beat Curtis McElhinney.

The Canadiens has a 14-10 shot advantage.

Friday Night in Columbus

Sounds like the title of a buddy movie, starring Jason Segel and Seth Rogen as two schmoes looking for a good time in Middle America.

Columbus would be jumping if Ohio State were playing a home game on Saturday, but the Buckeyes travel to the University of Illinois this week.

So the only game in town is hockey, with your Montreal Canadiens seeking their second win of what's been a tough month: 1-4-2.


The Canadiens have been idle since losing to Tampa Bay in a Shootout Tuesday night.

The Blue Jackets were 3-2 losers in Boston on Friday.

Peter Budaj in nets. Brendan Gallagher out with the flu. Brandon Prust is back, as is David Desharnais.

Taxi!, starring Alex Galchenyuk



  1. durocher says:

    Briere and DD on the same line is a disaster — they started the season together and we saw how well that went.

  2. CHicoHab says:

    They asked Gallagher to sit on purpose. Give more exposure to dangle and showcase DD.

  3. NLhabsfan says:

    Shoot out …jeez

  4. duffy says:

    We suck in shoot outs, another loser point ,

  5. Reflektor says:

    Someone give Gallagher some BENYLIN®!

  6. CHicoHab says:

    A point on the road always a good thing.

  7. kirbhabs says:

    brutal was that a pass or a clearing attempt

  8. Rob Maguire says:


  9. kirbhabs says:

    Columbus is use to the crappy ice obviously…

  10. CHicoHab says:

    Errol Flynn. I mean Bouillion almost got one

  11. Storman says:

    This Ice is hilarious, they should play a fart noise or sound effect everybtime some one falls

  12. duffy says:

    This is very hard on the nerves !!!

  13. Lil Snapper says:

    doubling these guys in shots and we are tied

  14. Storman says:

    In an interview yesterday Subban said he would play 60 minutes if the coach left him on, I am sure he can handle the 30 minutes a game Suter gets in Minnesota..

  15. Samovich says:

    Diaz with another Idiotic icing pass…a specialty of his.

  16. kirbhabs says:

    um… who said this team needs target lessons… agree

  17. Reflektor says:

    Leafs are winning, in SOGs.

  18. CHicoHab says:

    That’s right Storman. Any negativity on this site about Soobie needs a one year ban from this site

  19. durocher says:

    Not a great outing so far for the captain

  20. Et le but says:

    Didn’t Columbus play last night? Time for a big push boys…

  21. Cdnman1 says:

    It’s seems like that penalty pissed them off. Much better effort since.

  22. Storman says:

    Even Subban’s bad games, he is still got that superstar tangent of being the best at any given moment..

  23. Plekasuares says:

    Not that many negative comments thats a good sign…

  24. CHicoHab says:

    See. If Bourque aims to miss the net that shot goes in

  25. kirbhabs says:

    Did you see how DD got the puck to within 5 feet of the net… wow

  26. kirbhabs says:

    Well, we saved our legs tonight for tomorrow night

  27. CHicoHab says:

    You gotta bury those chances!!!!!!!

  28. BCG says:

    lol, Subban has a few shots on goal, some blocked shots, is a plus 1, and is having a bad night. DD has one shot on goal…. and not much else – and he’s having a good night. Briere must be having an Sittler-esque night.

  29. Plekasuares says:

    Just got in from sons football game. Good? Bad?

  30. theox_8 says:

    At prairie newf get a life .

  31. Storman says:

    Pk certainly made the call possible, by using is free hand gave the ref the option to make the call. bad move PK…

  32. Et le but says:

    BIG kill boys

  33. kirbhabs says:

    No penalty! at all!

  34. duffy says:

    PK with another brain fart !!

  35. Cdnman1 says:

    Was that a penalty?

  36. Reflektor says:

    More Therrien video for PK.

  37. Old Bald Bird says:

    I’m really not enjoying this Habs team lately. Boring.

  38. CHicoHab says:

    Soobie had the guys blade in his hands. I think

  39. kirbhabs says:

    PK gets no love in this league

  40. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Officiating is a joke.

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

  41. Samovich says:

    Bull crap !!

  42. punkster says:

    3P 10:30 The ice is slippery

    Nothing gets by Boone.


  43. kirbhabs says:

    Umm suban had the puck! how is he holding?!?!?!?!

  44. jols101 says:

    I’ve never been so bored during a close Habs game.

  45. kirbhabs says:

    Will this be a part of the classic CD set… come back to lack luster

  46. bhjv1 says:

    Jeff Rimer from Fox Sports Ohio broadcast keeps calling Chucky – Gachenluk?????

    Habs Forever!

  47. kirbhabs says:

    Nice Boone, finally commenting on the ICE! 😛

  48. Storman says:

    Looks like they are playing on outdoor ice in March on a sunny day

  49. Samovich says:

    Gionta a no show more often than not this season..

  50. kirbhabs says:

    Time for more wine… 10 min left…

  51. Storman says:

    Galchenyuk and DD equal ice time????

  52. AH says:

    As usual, Habs in a dogfight with a team that played the night before.

  53. CHicoHab says:

    Time for Bournivaluable to pot one.

  54. habfaninottawa says:

    Although I think Mike may have been a Sabre

  55. habfaninottawa says:

    Marcus is the younger brother to Nick. Mike was their dad.

  56. Reflektor says:

    Leafs have tied it.
    On the SOGs.

  57. Storman says:

    Markov so smart

  58. doogie says:

    Looking forward to a seeing a Habs game in which the other teams goalie has an “off” night.

  59. kirbhabs says:

    Second wave not exactly awe inspiring…

  60. habfaninottawa says:

    Hey Boone, it’s Marcus in Buffalo. Nick used to be in Ottawa.

  61. kirbhabs says:

    have I mentioned the ice…

  62. Storman says:

    That was a fffffffff horrible hit, look for Prust to jump Foligno later in this game

  63. kirbhabs says:

    Nice start!

  64. voicemajor2000 says:

    Is it just me, or do players get to take a LOT of liberties with Subban. These columbus players have their arms all over him. It’s like prom night!

  65. Willy the bum says:

    They can’t have another shootout if it ends… I can’t have that!

  66. kirbhabs says:

    Murray absolutely shut the door on behind the net to the front move, loved it!

  67. Storman says:

    Murray should play in construction boots, steel toe of course

  68. Prairienewf says:

    RDS does not like the rangers…,Keeps calling them ” New ‘Yuck'”

  69. kirbhabs says:

    That’s the spirit Boone!

  70. kirbhabs says:

    Ice is slow and soft

  71. Rugger says:

    Okay, go right now to NHL . com and check out the pic for the Bruins – caps game. Chara is a riot!

  72. durocher says:

    Briere with the kids shows that the kids can get anyone going.

    Pleks for Evander Kane — would you do it if you were MB?

  73. CHicoHab says:


  74. durocher says:

    Losing DD to waivers would not be a “tragedy” — it would be disappointing that the improbable NHL’er couldn’t keep up his performance, but it would be a blessing to the Habs and its cap situation.

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