Liveblog: Game 22: Canadiens stomp Wild 6-2

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Happy birthday, Max

Max Pacioretty turns 25 on Wednesday.

Max-Pac got the party going early with a natural hat trick in the second period against the Wild, driving heretofore hot goaltender Josh Harding from the Minnesota net.

In setting a season high for scoring, the Canadiens also got goals from Michaël Bournival, Daniel Brière and Alex Galchenyuk.

Nino Niederreiter spoiled Carey Price's bid for a shutout five minutes into the third period and Dany Heatley added a popwer-play goal with a second left on he clock.

Canadiens outshot the visitors 28-27.

Four more goals

A lively third period, considering the game was over after 40 minutes.

Daniel Brière one-timed a Brian Gionta pass to make it 5-0.

Then after Nino Niederrreiter spoiled Carey Price's shutout bid, Alex galchenyuk converted a perfect Andrei Markov pass on a Canadiens power play.

Dany Heatley scored on a Wild PP with a second left on the clock.

Max-Pac comes alive

Hey, his 25th birthday isn't until tomorrow.

Max Pacioretty, who had two goals this season, scored a natural hat trick in less than 11 minutes, the last one – on a power-play – driving Josh Harding from the Minnesota net.

Michaël Bournival's sixth of the season was scored on Darcy Kuemper.

The Canadiens' four goals in 13:19 exceeded their output in the previous three games.

 

New line looks good

Brendan Gallagher has energized DD and Max-Pac, producing the nearest thing to a goal we saw in the first 20 minutes.

A video review ruled Josh Harding's glove kept the puck from crossing the line on a close-in try by Pacioretty.

Canadiens outshot the Wild 9-7.

The period included a pointless fight between Brandon Prust and Zenon Konopka.

(Gazette photo by ALLEN McINNIS)

Therrien shuffles the deck

New forward lines will face the Minnesota Wild at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.

Also a new defence pairing.

Your Montreal Canadiens have won two of their last eight games, and coach Michel Therrien is trying to resuscitate an anemic offence.

Brendan Gallagher brings his energy to RW on a line with slump-mired veterans David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.

Brandon Prust takes Gallagher's spot with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk. The PEG line?

Rene Bourque was supposed to join Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec, but word at the rink has Bourque out and Daniel Brière filling that spot. Ryan white draws into the fourth line with  Michaël Bournival and Travis Moen.

Alexei Emelin partners Josh Gorges on defence. Raphael Diaz drops down to the third pairing with Francis Bouillon.

Will the moves work?

Or is a desperate coach rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic?

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990 Comments

  1. CH Marshall says:

    I think the Oilers have awoken…

  2. slyCH says:

    Just got in to see Patches with the natural hat trick. Guess he showed HIO. Good for him. Throw in the Briere goal and a few heads must have exploded. Sorry I missed it.

  3. Timo says:

    Btw, do they not believe in throwing hats on the ice for a hat-trick in Mtl?

    • 25Stanleycups says:

      I think its because they spend a small fortune to watch the game as it is, and the idea of throwing 40 dollar caps on the ice doesn’t seem appealing. Or no one wears hats anymore.

  4. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Regarding the Cammy-Bourque trade: let’s remember we shed 3 mill in salary and got Fucale out of the deal. Habs won that.

    • Marc10 says:

      Bingo.

      And Cams wanted out. He was playing poorly intentionally… and needed to be sent somewhere fast (maybe not in the middle of a period and without his jersey… but fast!)

      So until the Flames trade him at the deadline for X… we’re way ahead on that deal.

      • 25Stanleycups says:

        Money, is irrelevant, when you waste money on buyouts, to such Gomez, or Kaberle, and sign DD contracts. And im not sure Cams wanted out, the Reebok commercials cam while he was in Montreal. I think its Goatier to wanted him out, and gave the impression that it was Cammaleri wanted out. Players dont decide to leave a game midway because they want out, management does that. Montreal has a bad rap of mishandling players for decades, this was the same story.

    • Bill says:

      The Habs lose that trade big time based on the production of the two players.

      The money doesn’t matter considering how it was spent.

      Fucale is still in the QMJHL and there’s no way to know if he will ever have an NHL career.

      I don’t see how it can be considered that the Habs “won” the trade.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  5. Bill says:

    My point is exactly that you DONT know what you’re picking when you pick 25th. It’s a total dice-roll.

  6. somtawyer says:

    There can’t be any better feeling for a pro athlete than making a bold statement and then going out there and backing it up with your best performance – way to go Max P. !!!!

  7. Bill says:

    I guess the only negative thing I could say about Price – because I am a Price fan – is that he usually does start off strong. He then has a mid-season slump, then recovers.

    I’m hoping that this year his slump isn’t as pronounced, and that his rebound is stronger. But we still don’t have a team in front of him that could be favoured to win too many playoff rounds.

    We are lucky to have the guy, and I hope the team gets stronger in front of him, because he is the kind of guy who can win it all.

    • 25Stanleycups says:

      Not so sure its a mid season slump hes accustomed to having. Or just starts to falter when pressure starts to mount, play off drives. Or playoffs in general, or shootouts in general. I think hes a great guy, and talent. And, maybe its just a matter of time until he handles pressure better. One other thing, im not sure if this has been discussed. But the shot blocking, by the team as a whole is at a different level then previous years, this but cant help Prices stats. One game just recently, the team had more blocked shots, then Price himself had on net. If he makes the starting goalie position for team Canada, this will no doubt answer any question there may be remaining about what Price is entirely made of.

      • Bill says:

        I don’t think he falters under pressure. He has already won a game seven OT in the playoffs. And he’s been good in the shoot-out apart from one really bad season. He’s won at every level and can obviously win at this one: he doesn’t have a problem with pressure.

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    • The_Truth says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Price is almost always one of the top goalies to start the year. After the first half he has struggled historically. We will see how that plays out this season.

    • Propwash says:

      I’ve noticed that Price has been playing a more aggressive style, and it is paying off. If it keeps up, then at least in nets, we have a chance.

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  8. RAM_TOUGH says:

    It was a great night for our Habs & Fans. A great WIN!

    Good night to my HIO fans … LOL

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  9. Bill says:

    In the case of Turner Stevenson, who was drafted 12th, you might want more, but he had a good career.

    McCarron was drafted 25th, and you can’t really “expect” much from a player drafted there. It’s just nice if you get it.

    • The_Truth says:

      If we knew we were drafting Turner Stevenson in Mac, would we have still drafted him in the 25th spot overall? Surely not.

      Now, I am not saying McCarron is a Stevenson at all. Too soon to tell as I said. Just commenting on the topic.

  10. Bill says:

    So many monkeys off of so many backs tonight. I was really glad to see Galchenyuk score after he whiffed that glorious chance earlier.

  11. frontenac1 says:

    Avs taking the Hawks to the woodshed. 5-0 in 3rd.

  12. Max says:

    Good game but I hated the team giving up a meaningless goal with one second left to Mr.spit moron Heatley. Screwed up Price’s stats as well.

  13. Casanova says:

    Where was Bourque tonight?

  14. Stevie.Ray says:

    Watched the high lights. Looked like DD and Patches could have scored 3 or 4 more. Patches had 10 shots

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Man, good on PJ Stunk to point out that Minnesota played badly.
    What a d!ck.
    Why they have him on that show is beyond me.
    He hates the Habs.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. The_Truth says:

    Have to give a lot of credit to goaltending coach Waite. Price is looking very technically sound right now. Very few bad goals. He’s done a great job so far.

    Price is a totally different goalie from last year. Budaj looks great as well.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I agree, but I’ll take a different track;
      He is looking less ‘technical’ under Waite.

      I talked about this at the end of last season; he needed to be less robotic, and be more instinctual. He is throwing himself around his crease more now, and it’s paying off for him. His technique has always been amazing, now he needs to be more agressive and WANT the puck, and challenge the shooter.

      He’s doing that now, and it’s awesome.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • RAM_TOUGH says:

      Yes, Price does look better this season so far. I can`t recall Carey giving up any bad goals so far though.

      Guts-Glory-Ram

  17. Mattyleg says:

    I suggested scratching Bourque.
    He didn’t play.
    We won 6-2.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  18. The Gonk says:

    Great game by Patches, he made his play back up his recent comments. Great compete by DD and he look fluid. Nice to see Briere respond too. The whipping boys produced. Hopefully this sparks some meaningful contribution by them going forward.

  19. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Matty:

    I have no beef with U or anyone else in here. Yes I am a Danny Downer but after years & years & years of crap Hab teams it is a bad habit I have developed.

    What I meant about coming here was to see my rec room covered wall to wall & floor to ceiling of Montreal Canadiens. My truck plastered with Habs decals. I have a Habs tattoo on my arm. It may not seem in here that I am a Habs fan but I assure you that I am a very Big Habs fan.

    I will try to be more positive in here!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  20. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Only bad thing about tonight’s win is that Michel Therrien lives to see another day behind the bench. Too bad.

  21. 25Stanleycups says:

    Great Game. Anyone watching the David Blaine special. This guy and his card tricks are just surreal.

  22. Sportfan says:

    Great game really enjoyed it like most of it here! Hopefully they can bottle up the way they played today and play the same way next game.

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  23. The Jackal says:

    It was a great effort and great win, but with D like that… I mean.. really? It should have been a SO. The first goal – fine. But the 2nd goal? Not to split hairs, but that was terrible D. That’s the D that leaves Price out to dry all the time and that sunk us last season. They better not forget about those 2 stinkers just because we had a blowout.

    But congrats to the team and to DD and Max – I hope they keep it up and I am happy for those two guys.

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    • RAM_TOUGH says:

      I`m glad that I am not the only one who feels the same about our D!

      Guts-Glory-Ram

    • twilighthours says:

      I think you’re kidding.

      But if you’re not, last goal was a pp goal, montreal was chasing to try and kill the clock

      • The Jackal says:

        I’m not kidding. It was a good win and it was a very fun game to watch, but I guess I’m disappointed that they let those goals in. I know it’s a Timo thing to point that out – no offense to Timo – but that D-zone play is that kind that hurt us near the end of last season and which we are still vulnerable to. After a team gains possession and establishes a good forecheck, we tend to fall apart in our end. Why? No idea.

        Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take 6-2 over 3-1 the other way, but there will be many games when our scoring does not click and defensive breakdown can be a big difference maker.

        All I’m saying is that I’m bummed Price did not get the SO, and also that we can’t afford to be sloppy in our end. Despite all that, I think we played a great game and that that’s our game – speedy, fast paced, and dangerous in O-zone. Just need to shore up the D.

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    • The_Truth says:

      Overall, the D has been quite good this year. Are they playoff built? that’s another story. Some credit to JJ Daigneault there

  24. Cal says:

    Patches went to the net, ffs, and scored! 3 times, ffs!
    Rinse and repeat. Good night to be a Habs fan, the only small but being that last one against Price. Would have been nice to keep it 6-1 and bump up that save percentage.

    And now the long wait until Friday and the Caps.

  25. moroccanhabfan says:

    What is it with Max Pac ? He did not celebrate on his first and third goal, and didn’t look all that happy thoughout the game & after the win. I wonder what’s going on with him…

    With Subbie, Chucky & Larsy… The Future is Bright !

    • slapshot777 says:

      The first goal I think he may have been wondering if it was going to count where it deflected off of his skate.

    • Habilis says:

      Check out his post-game comments, you’ll understand. Dude was playing angry.

      I hope he does it more often cuz dang.

      • moroccanhabfan says:

        I could see that. The guys on l’Antichambre made a good point, (Michel bergeron in particular) that if you’re going to say what he said in his post-game comments, you say it before you go out and score a hat-trick. Not after you’ve thrown your coach, teammates and system under the bus.
        Im a huge fan of MaxPac, but his comments prior to the game about the team playing “too defensive” and whatnot were inappropriate, and I found that they had an eerie resemblance to Mike Cammalleri’s comments that got him driven out of Montreal by the Goat.

        With Subbie, Chucky & Larsy… The Future is Bright !

  26. slapshot777 says:

    Right time to turn it around. With a couple of big games coming up.

  27. Propwash says:

    My niece was at the game donning my Price jersey, I texted her saying from now on, she must attend every game from here on out.

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  28. Jerman says:

    For the people who follow the AHL. Is Sven injured? I didn’t see him on the scoresheet for the bulldogs

  29. DipsyDoodler says:

    Let’s see how PJ criticizes the team.

  30. slapshot777 says:

    who were the so called Habs fans who said the Habs woud be shutout tonight. That it was an easy two points for Minnesota

    • Mattyleg says:

      I was saying that we would be shut out, and the reverse jinx worked!
      I must’ve said it five times in one post!

      Resulted in Harding’s early and ignominious exit.

      …if there were people that really believed we’d be shut out, then they’re fools.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Bill says:

      Are you talking about Matty and me laying the reverse jinx?

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Mattyleg says:

        Did you see my post as Harding left?

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • slapshot777 says:

        I didn’t mention any names I just wanted to see who was standing up for saying it or who was going to point out the ones that did. As for saying I was using a reverse jinx, that is just an easy way out, because if they did lose via a shutout, you could also come on and say I told you so. You guys just tried to leave it in such a way where there was no way you could be wrong.

        • Mattyleg says:

          (we said it was the reverse jinx on one of the last posts of the previous thread. Check it out! :) Bill and I ain’t those kinds of fans, Slappy!)

          -edit- There are some fans for whom being right is more important than supporting the team. I’m not one of those people (and nor is Bill, if he doesn’t mind me speaking for him!)

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • I said earlier Good Luck, they’re gonna need it and based on the last two weeks play how could you blame anyone for losing faith.

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      • slapshot777 says:

        Last week is in the past, I never live in the past what’s don is done. It’s what have you done for me lately that is what your looking for and the Habs answered with a resounding win. Not laying the goose egg which I know a few wanted to see happen.

  31. jsaz says:

    MT shook the team up. All lines were rolling!! Ppl still gonna hate on him, I like MT. Good team effort tonight fo sho bro.

  32. athanor says:

    Boone’s shot at Matt Cooke shows just how long a bad reputation lasts.

    He stands 217th in the league for penalty minutes with six minors.He also has three goals and six assists.

    Last season, he finished at 123rd in the league with 13 minors and two majors, and 21 points.

    It would seem he really did learn his lesson and reform after that long suspension a couple of seasons ago.

  33. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Well rest assured that they will not score more than 3 goals in the next 3 games. Max will score his next goal @ Christmas.

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  34. billylove says:

    I’m stunned. Price gives up more than 1 goal and still gets a win! It’s a festivus miracle!

  35. icemachine says:

    Well colour me entertained.

  36. The_Truth says:

    Off topic, He’s kinda weird, but that Phil Kessel can play some hockey.

  37. Now that was fun to watch!

    Back to trashing Luongo as Team Canada #1, oh there it is, Panthers score.

    Roberto’s mask sucks! Good lord that’s fugly.

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  38. SUMO says:

    Pacioretty’s Bday Nov 20th

    Didn’t see this coming at all

  39. RAM_TOUGH says:

    OH if the Habs only had some D

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  40. Danno says:

    The Wild should change their name to The Mild

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