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. J Haul says:

    MT looks drunk.

  2. PrimeTime says:

    All 4 lines score. Ya. MT should be gone. Lol.

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  3. Samovich says:

    Goon time…

  4. Mattyleg says:

    Hmm, we going to see the goon squad out now?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  5. kalevine says:

    it’s like all those nights where the puck just would not go in are being paid back in one game

  6. habsfaninboston says:

    Chucky!

  7. Mavid says:

    MT grinning from ear to ear..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  8. Danno says:

    Quintuplet dagger

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  9. Habbu says:

    What a wrist shot that kid has!

  10. danhabsfan says:

    Wow that the first time MT has smiled this season

  11. Et le but says:

    Markov has bionic vision!

  12. adadi says:

    Nice shot Galley.

  13. Mattyleg says:

    Everyone.
    Gets.
    A.
    Goal.
    Night.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  14. Propwash says:

    CHUCKYYYYYY!!!!

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  15. Habilis says:

    So I guess we have some new lines. I’m not sold on good ole Mike T just yet, but I’ll happily be proven wrong. Great game by the entire team so far.

  16. Mavid says:

    WINGS!!!!!!!!

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  17. Prairienewf says:

    Wild coach looks like Gallagher’s Dad. Hmm so Gally, who’s yo Daddy?

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …wish ‘certain People’ here that start talkin’ prematurely about shut-outs will stuff Their clams

    …and You know who You are :(

  19. monmick says:

    Heatley can’t skate anymore! Hanging around with Rob Ford all these years eventually takes its toll…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  20. Et le but says:

    Let’s regain that 5 goal lead

  21. PrimeTime says:

    Michael “Jack Adams” Therrien!!!

    º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º

  22. Prairienewf says:

    Emelin went for the big PK hit and habs got burnt. That’s why MT was asking PK to be selective on the big hit. On that one it cost habs. Live and learn.

  23. slapshot777 says:

    I don’t know why but the Habs never have that killer instinct. They get up a few goals and they never finish off a team. They always give that team a chance to get a goal or two. They just stop skating and what really pisses me off is those soft little tips and dumps up the middle

  24. John Q Public says:

    Lets go Whitey its your turn.

  25. monmick says:

    La première étoile. The first star. From Chez Paré. Mignonne!

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  26. adadi says:

    I do not care what anyone says about tonight. MT showed his true colours during the Ottawa series last year. Frankly it was embarrassing. This team is still a long way from being a contender, but I’ll enjoy tonight none the less.

    • Marc10 says:

      Injuries, lackluster goaltending, terrible officiating, a team that wasn’t built for the post season…

      Oh wait, if we only had you for a coach! What was MB thinking for overlooking your candidacy?

  27. db says:

    Maybe he deserved the shutout but he will at least get the win. Which is what he deserved the last couple of games too.

  28. jols101 says:

    That sucks for Price.

  29. HabFab says:

    Bulldogs up 5-1 also.

  30. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Markov having some brain farts before.

  31. slapshot777 says:

    That’s your fault Boone, because you mention the shutout earlier.

  32. RAM_TOUGH says:

    PK is useless in his own zone! USELESS

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  33. DipsyDoodler says:

    Thank god they switched keepers.

  34. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    That was superb! Kinda like tonight’s lines.

  35. PrimeTime says:

    How does that timeout look now Boone?

    º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º

  36. Sal from the Hammer says:

    That’s what I’m talking bout….

  37. danhabsfan says:

    Everyone is scoring except the EGG line…. (I know)

  38. bellcentre hotdog says:

    Not an empty netter and not off his pants.

    Terrific goal.

  39. Jerman says:

    Now briere.. What is happening!!

  40. Samovich says:

    Its Bizaro Habs!

  41. Danno says:

    Briere is another bum who should retire… Oh wait!

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  42. D Mex says:

    Free Wings ! wooo hooo !

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  43. habsfaninboston says:

    Wow, even Briere is getting in on the action.

  44. Propwash says:

    WOW! Briere from Pleki!!!

    Whoops, from Gionta

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  45. danhabsfan says:

    There’s your wings… Too bad I’m in TO.

  46. db says:

    The Wild has a jump in their game… and there it goes!

  47. Et le but says:

    There’s your wings!

  48. danhabsfan says:

    These first 5 min look like Sat nights game

  49. danhabsfan says:

    MT call a time out

  50. D Mex says:

    Nilan mentioned earlier that he would’ve enjoyed playing against Cooke …

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    D Mex

  51. db says:

    We want free wings!

  52. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Let’s see the Habs run up the score. Let’s see some goal differential, les gars.

  53. jols101 says:

    Anyone know how many shots Pricey has faced tonight?

  54. Et le but says:

    Boone shutout reverse-jinx?

  55. John Q Public says:

    Briere pls retire.

  56. VancouverHab says:

    Bournival, White, Moen is an AWESOME fourth line.

  57. JohninTruro says:

    Clarkson finally gets his first…Darn!

  58. johnnylarue says:

    I love how Brunet says, “Chez Weber”.

  59. Sportfan says:

    Loving this game so far! Happy for Patches and DD, I won’t watch Anti Chambre cause we know they’ll praise DD like there is no tomorrow but I’m glad he’s having a good game.

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  60. D Mex says:

    Where is Mrs Bit¢h, whine, cut & slice (Timo) tonight ?

    ALWAYS Habs -
    D Mex

  61. Mick says:

    This is much more fun.
    All Patch’s
    We still need to trade DD and Patch’s is still soft, but what do I know.

  62. Strummer says:

    It pays to put a scorer like Bournival on the 4th line rather than 5 minute guy/defensive liability Parros.
    A good forecheck can create scoring chances

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  63. DipsyDoodler says:

    Leafs again being outshot almost 2 to 1 but lead the game.

  64. monmick says:

    Un-bournival-able!

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  65. Millsie says:

    How come no hats on the ice??

  66. VancouverHab says:

    Moen is a stud, by the way.

  67. Danno says:

    It’s been more than six minutes since Pacioretty scored a goal. What’s wrong with him?
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  68. Reflektor says:

    Is Max Pac a lock for Team USofA?

  69. Mattyleg says:

    Girlfriend just looked at the score and said, “Ah, 4-0, that’s a boring game.”

    I should’ve gone to the pub…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  70. johnnylarue says:

    Just got in from post-work drinkies…

    Did I miss anything good??

  71. danhabsfan says:

    When did the 4th line last score?

  72. Samovich says:

    How many shots did the Habs block this period?

  73. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Don’t take the foot off the petal…

  74. Mavid says:

    when was hat tossing not allowed..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf


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