Liveblog: Game 23 – Canadiens notch big road win, 3-2 in Washington

Hot goalie

Peter Budaj notched his 11th win his last 12 regular-season starts  and the Canadiens edged Washington 3-2.

Three lines contributed to the win as Travis Moen, David Desharnais and Daniel Brière, on a power-play, staked the Canadiens to a 3-0 lead.

With 22 seconds left in the first period, Alexander Ovechkin's 18th goal – from a bad angle, between Budaj's legs – gave the home team hope.

But a scoreless second period saw the Canadiens outshoot their hosts 13-3.

And the two-goal lead held up until 12:27 into the third, when another Ovechkin goal set up a wild ending.

Tense ending

John Carlson's shot ticked in off Alex Ovechkin to set up 7 1/2 minutes of lead protection.

The Canadiens managed to hang on but may have lost rookie Michaël Bournival, who blocked a shot with his foot.

Scoreless second

The Canadiens played an excellent period and outshot the home team 14-3.

Canadiens wisely stayed out of the penalty box.

Michel Therrien shuffled Travis Moen onto the TomasPlekanec line, with Daniel Brière dropping down with Ryan White and Michaël Bournival.


The suddenly explosive Canadiens

Travis Moen, of all people, opened the scoring – his first in 51 games.

That set the stage for David Desharnais's first in 26 – a controversial goal that video review showed coming off DD's high stick. And then, on a power-play, Daniel Brière's third in five games made it 3-0.

Romp, right?

Wrong. With half a minute left in the period, Alex Ovechkin's 19th, from a bad angle through Peter Budaj's legs, reduced the lead to two.

Shots were 13-13.

P.K. Subban fought Troy Brouwer, who had taken a cheap shot at Andrei Markov.

Difficult weekend begins

Your Montreal Canadiens play a back-to-back set against two teams that are ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings.

First up are the Washington Capitals, who are coming off an embarrassing 4-0 home-ice loss to Pittsburgh in which Marc-André Fleury made a mere 18 saves.

The Penguins play the Islanders Friday night and will be at the Bell Centre Saturday.

It's a safe bet Peter Budaj will face more than 18 Washington shots at the Verizon Center.

The Canadiens were 4-1 winners on their only visit to D.C., the third game of last season. Washington won both of its games in Montreal – including a 5-1 late-season romp in which Alex Ovechkin scored twice, added an assist and had six SoG.

Michel Therrien will go with the same skaters who easily beat Minnesota, except Douglas Murray draws in for Francis Bouillon.

Puck drops 7:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

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• Pre-game reading: Sean McIndoe, aka Down Goes Brown, in Grantland



  1. habbernack says:

    Brendan Gallagher..the best 5th round pick the habs have ever made

  2. meggy33 says:

    Im sorry but have you read Boones comments before the game in the live blog? Can he be more negative??? Ive never seen a guy being so negative nancy!! I think he gave like 15 different stats that all are bad to support his idea that they habs would lose. Cheer up a little! its psychological to think the team will lose so that in care they do, you will say you knew it/predicted it, etc and that will make you feel all good about yourself. And in the case they win, like last night, you will just say good for them and avoid feeling bad about yourself. Look it up..this kind of behavior actually has a name in psychology that escapes me at the moment!

    anyways, GO HABS GO!!

  3. Mattyleg says:

    Anyone know whether Gio’s goal counted at the end?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  4. Donkey Hoat says:

    Say what you will about DD’s playing ability, but that is a pretty impressive handlebar he’s growing there.

  5. Mattyleg says:

    What a game.
    Watched the first period, had dinner for the second, and watched the third.

    Amazing effort, hope that Bournie is okay, so great to have a backup like Budaj…


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  6. PADPZ says:

    There is no messing around our goalie when Murray is on the ice.
    This is exactly what we need.

    Fine it feels like he’s carrying a trailer and he’s not so good under pressure but he does actually have a strong first pass. San Jose fans must missed the Murray from 2,3 years ago when he was playing with Dan Boyle..

    My point is I’d rather see a rotation between Bouillon/Diaz… Same type of player. Unlikely to happen since Diaz is a righty but oh well.

  7. RH says:

    Can we give Gorges the Molson Cup already?

  8. Max says:

    Guys relax,I just heard from Dr.Recchi and he told me that Bournival only has an ingrown toenail and he should man up and get back on the ice tomorrow night.

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the 2 most memorable highlights in this game for Me were;

    first, Budaj’s outstanding goaltending …which understates for Me that Stephane Waite was THE most important/best acquisition for Us over the summer

    second; this is the first time, for these eyes, to have seen PK Subban not running-away from a fight or turtling since He became a Hab …was VERY impressed how He stood up for Markov (remember all that crap last season people here were throwing around that Markov and PK didn’t get-along ?) …and, in My eyes, PK actually won the fight, which was a nice bonus 🙂

    …the low-light of the game may be the possible loss of Bournival

  10. jimmy shaker says:

    Hopefully Price earns his team Canada selection tomorrow night and the boys put in another solid effort and beat sid and co. 3 goals on Fleury, no problem!

    Shaker out!

  11. scarboro_habitant says:

    I wonder if the habs would consider trading budaj or even if teams have inquired about him. hes been solid for us and is a former #1. some teams out there looking for goaltending.

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  13. habs-hampton says:

    I found a great way to watch the game when TSN carries as well. RDS is running abour 6-7 seconds behind, so as soon as a Habs goal is scored, I switch to RDS to hear Pierre Houde… classic!!

  14. habs-hampton says:

    … and about DD’s goal. The original call on the ice was a good goal. The long distance camera showing the puck hitting the stick above the crossbar is at ice level, so it is not possible to determine if it was contacted above or below the crossbar.

    The only way to properly us video on a close call like that is to have cameras at crossbar level (4 feet).

  15. HabFab says:

    PK’s fight… obviously lessons from Price on steer wrestling were applied but we will take it;

  16. habs-hampton says:

    Hard to believe Budaj wasn’t 1st star, but in Mtl, we’re no better at picking stars.

  17. habs001 says:

    This is a good win to enjoy….but it also shows that we should be happy if the Habs make the playoffs…if the Habs make the playoffs ,the first round will be a complete toss up…all the players gave a total effort..some did not look good but that is more of a talent issue…Galchenyuk is lots of talent but i just cant see him making the USA olympic team yet as he is fairly weak in his d zone and because of his age has physical limitations…

  18. Ktowner says:

    Good game. I was worried about the failure to go for the throat in the second but rock solid goaltending and an excellent transition game made the difference tonight. The face off performance was vastly improved.
    Bring on the Pens.

  19. B says:

    Grégoire scores his 16th into an empty net to seal a 3-0 win. Blunden scores his 2nd of the night into an empty net to seal a 4-1 Dogs win. Pateryn and Tarnasky have scraps to make Frontinac happy.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  20. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Looks like a 4-1 win for the Bulldogs too!

    24 cups and counting….

  21. RAM_TOUGH says:


  22. Danno says:

    When you get goals from Moen, Desharnais and Briere – it’s is a bonus win of unknown chemical origin.

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    • Lafleurguy says:

      Malkin scoring for the first time in 15 games gives perspective on how hard it is to be a consistent goal-scorer at this level, but it would be nice if Max pots some with regularity. He’s the one legit 30-goal scorer on the team. Little hope Eller could match his fellow Danes in the league (Nielsen, Boedker). Gallagher already had one stint on the IR last year. Galchenyuk’s time is in about two years. Nice opportunistic win, Habs outworked the Caps.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  23. The Gonk says:

    Hope Bournival isn’t damaged. What a player. And a Gauthier move to boot.

  24. The Jackal says:

    Good win the boys.
    Not sure why there was a bit of 3rd period HIO comment meltdown.
    Obviously the home team will come out strong with a last ditch effort during that frame, specially after the ass whooping they saw the other night against the Pens. Habs did a good job of taking the lead early, stifling them in the 2nd, and hanging on.

    In a perfect world they’d do more than hang on, but you don’t score 4,5,6 goals every game. Great job with the discipline this game as well.
    Sucks to lose Bourni, hope it’s not bad at all. Either way I think they left some in the tank for tomorrow, hence the lead protection – you can take a chance with that in a 3-0 road game. We get at least 3 out of 4 points this weekend.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  25. govenah says:

    Murray was solid. Persistent.

    Grind this.

  26. Lafleurguy says:

    Habs competed but didn’t outplay the Caps. Killed off a 5 on 3 with desperation plays and great stick work by Whitey and almost as good a play by Captain Brian. Without all these plays, a different result.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  27. CHicoHab says:

    Boodeye 9-1 last 10 starts. I think

  28. CHicoHab says:

    Boodeye 9-1 last 10 starts

  29. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Great game for Budaj. Very solid.

    Tomorrow’s game will be a whole lot tougher!


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