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. johnnylarue says:

    Feel Good Story of the week?

    How ’bout some love for DD, folks… Come on… 😉

  2. jamman says:

    Davy saves the day! Budaj is godly in the shootout

  3. twilighthours says:

    When Gallagher is healthy, briere should sit. Desharnais was way better than he was tonight

  4. Plekasuares says:

    DD for mayor? GO HABS GO

  5. doogie says:

    Ok, found my watch, Leafs lose, DD scores the winner….what a day!

  6. CHicoHab says:

    Ok. I got it. DD becomes our pinch runner. Put him in only for shoot outs

  7. Lil Snapper says:

    DD needed that hugely, Cheers mates!

  8. Habbu says:

    I’ve always loved that DD………….just had difficulty showing it

  9. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I don’t care. Win or lose, I still hate shootouts or tirs de barrage or whatever they call the gimmick.

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

  10. NLhabsfan says:

    Maybe I should hate the shoot out more often

  11. Et le but says:

    It’s about bloody time…for DD and a win in the shootout

  12. Whatever says:

    That’s the secret. Play DD for 15 sec.

  13. duffy says:

    Budaj in for all shoot outs from now on ,

  14. durocher says:

    Nice to see the boys support DD

    Good game by Budaj after the rough start

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Victory: David Desharnais.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. CHicoHab says:

    Bood eye gets it done. DD our MVP

  17. Storman says:

    Budaj should go in for every shootout, he is a shootout specialist goalie

  18. Propwash says:

    Wow, that was a sweet fake from DD


  19. twilighthours says:

    That’s his move

  20. Willy the bum says:

    Yeah, DD! Bless you, finally!

  21. Harditya says:


  22. Danno says:

    Hollywood ending for David?



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  23. Storman says:

    He is so FFFFFFFF good lol

  24. kirbhabs says:

    The ole, stick around the puck, classic

  25. Grimmly says:



  26. Et le but says:

    No way…

  27. CHicoHab says:

    MVP in my books

  28. Samovich says:

    Booo Denied!

  29. Grimmly says:

    Amazing ice! Bring the Olympics here now!

  30. NLhabsfan says:

    What a nice stop

  31. kirbhabs says:

    Ice is just fine

  32. Willy the bum says:

    Let’s go, Douglas Murray!

  33. Whatever says:

    Just score please

  34. CHicoHab says:

    Bood eye!!!

  35. CHicoHab says:

    Lol. Even MT nervous watching

  36. mark-ID says:

    Desharnais shooting. This should create a shit storm haha.

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  37. Grimmly says:

    I want DD in the Shootoutby mike.boone 9:43 PM

    IN hamilton I hope…

  38. Storman says:

    IF DD shoots,,, if he scores he stays , he misses he goes to Hamilton

  39. Et le but says:

    Just hate shootouts….

  40. Plekasuares says:

    DD…lehsss go

  41. Willy the bum says:

    Put DD in shootout?

  42. johnnylarue says:

    While they were just “saying what everyone else was thinking”, the Habs are TWENTY NINTH! in the The Gimmick since its inception in 2005.

    That makes me sad. 🙁

  43. mark-ID says:

    Just saw the stat….Habs are 20 wins and 63 losses in shootouts since 2005. OUCH!

    77 for 277 in attempts.

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  44. Storman says:

    Would love to see MT use some D in the shootout Subban, Markov Galchenyuk Eller,

  45. twilighthours says:

    Gotta send desharnais

  46. CHicoHab says:

    #27, #14, #81

  47. Harditya says:

    Cmon boys.. let’s win a shootout for once.

  48. Plekasuares says:

    Leafs lost to buff LOL

  49. Storman says:

    Price has been absolutely amazing this year,, but I kind of like Budaj in the shootout,

  50. slapshot777 says:

    Anybody notice that Murray either played very little or not at all in the third period/

  51. D Mex says:

    That place looks half empty.
    The dream lives, Buttman, the dream lives …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  52. Arrow77 says:

    I’m hoping for Galchenyuk, Brière and Plekanec. Actually scoring a goal in SO would be a plus.

  53. Danno says:

    Who to put out?

    Gallchenyuk Eller Briere?


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  54. NLhabsfan says:

    As I thought shoot out..I am beginning to hate the shoot out…

  55. Rob Maguire says:

    It’s a good thing we’re awesome at shootouts.

  56. habfan01 says:

    shoot out time we lose

  57. Storman says:

    If DD gets 3.5 million a year for 4 years, I hope MB is sober when he tries to sign Eller.

  58. durocher says:

    Pleks and Gio don’t step out until after Bourque and Prust.

  59. CHicoHab says:

    Bood eye!!!!

  60. kirbhabs says:

    what a give away…

  61. Storman says:

    I have better ice in my glass of Jameson, thats for sure, this ice is a complete joke.. NHL should take notice..

  62. Reflektor says:

    Buf wins, 3-1.

  63. kirbhabs says:

    bourque and prust, 1:50 left, really!

  64. Rob Maguire says:

    This is ridiculous.

  65. Storman says:

    Seriously cant wait for the shootout, with this ice someone might fall during the shootout

  66. kirbhabs says:

    was that holding by subban…

  67. Et le but says:

    3-1 Buffalo

  68. Storman says:

    If it were not for the Blue Jackets two picture perfect goals,,,,,doh

  69. Samovich says:

    Lets see…Diaz, Moen, Gorges, and Gionta on 4 on 4 …

  70. CHicoHab says:

    And 41 MSOG

  71. Danno says:

    Montreal had 40 SOG


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