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

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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

 

550 Comments

  1. B says:

    Some like to call it the “dreaded 2 goal lead”, but I would always rather be up by 2 then down by 2.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  2. habcertain says:

    No predictions but Briere can sneakily start to find his game, there would be a lot of crow eaten here if it happens.

  3. StevieM61 says:

    1st 5 minutes of the next period will decide this game

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  4. Danno says:

    I have a bad feeling the refs are going to continue making questionable calls to alter the outcome of the game.

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    • StevieM61 says:

      I personally think they treated the habs well in that first period.I would have not bitched if the DD goal was called the other way.
      Caps had a few in a row called.

      Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  5. GomezForPresident says:

    boone has a man crush on ferraro….. he is pretty damn good though

  6. Mondou6 says:

    Caps’ TV feed are a couple of homers.

    Not nearly as bad as the Bruins’ clown show with Jack Edwards, or even Pittsburgh, but still, they aren’t that great.

  7. Samovich says:

    # 99 on TSN maybe he would pick P.K for team Canada..

  8. slapshot777 says:

    I hope the guys realize that there is still two periods to go. Now I not the time to set back.

  9. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Got to keep the pressure on & keep attacking, better yet, play smart. Caps have the best pp in the league. We may suck 5 on 5 but the Caps swallow.

  10. Mondou6 says:

    I have a bad feeling that we’re going to go into a defensive shell and try to make 3 goals stand up.

  11. SlovakHab says:

    Ah, Emelin retailiates and Budaj lets in a soft one… Caps are back in the game, unfortunately.

  12. habsfan0 says:

    9 goals in last 3 periods for Habs.
    Scoring slump over?

  13. Mondou6 says:

    Well, the refs got what they wanted.

    As good as Budaj was early, that was a horrible goal to let in.

  14. Shamrock says:

    Smart shot by Ovechkin weak goal but a goal scorer doing his job

  15. Phil C says:

    You can’t teach that kind of goal scoring.

  16. Samovich says:

    Not good, the goal and the timing…

  17. GGtheHab says:

    2nd best team in the building: Miller and Ferraro…

  18. kirbhabs says:

    how does that go it?

  19. VancouverHab says:

    And so it was White whose manliness saved a goal. Another Hab stud.

  20. Shamrock says:

    NHL officiating is so predictable in these situations where a team gets up big early

  21. Phil C says:

    Big faceoff here.

  22. Habbu says:

    Here come the even up calls

  23. kirbhabs says:

    very weak call

  24. Shamrock says:

    Markov quietly having a very Nicklas Lidstromesque season

  25. Hockey Bob says:

    HIO ever going to repair the mobile site? I mean can’t read or make comments anymore I mean EOTP mobile site can pull it off? FFS is that asking too much?

  26. habsfaninboston says:

    Whitey saved a sure goal.

  27. duffy says:

    Can we call it a game at the end of the first ?

  28. NLhabsfan says:

    How did that not go in..this game has everything

  29. Strummer says:

    Somewhere on “Caps Inside/Out” the commentariat is complaining about the officiating

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  30. VancouverHab says:

    Budaj has a pair!

  31. Samovich says:

    Budaj with an unorthodox play

  32. slapshot777 says:

    Why in the Hell is Gorges on the PP anyway. He has trouble handling the puck at full strength

  33. Propwash says:

    Budaj ain’t effing around boys…

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  34. topher5468 says:

    How did Eller miss that, Oh boy

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  35. Samovich says:

    Diaz…umf

  36. piper says:

    DD should have a hatty already.

  37. Gerry H says:

    When did Ray Liotta take over as coach of the caps?

  38. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    My good feeling is just getting better and better.

  39. Max says:

    I think Therrien is drunk!

  40. SlovakHab says:

    What are odds of Moen, Briere and DD scoring in one game?
    Wow!!

  41. Et le but says:

    And a 4th please???

  42. db says:

    Budaj is a beast!

  43. Phil C says:

    I can’t believe how well Emelin is skating.

    • Shamrock says:

      He is so good under rated offensive abilities as well, and so important to this team, team are a little less apt to forecheck at will with the tank ready to introduce you into the boards and or his shoulder..

  44. XKay says:

    happy to see Emelin on the pp

  45. Shamrock says:

    Ferraro just mentions Budaj’s early saves as huge , so true

  46. Eddie says:

    Ok now Murray will make it 4!!

  47. habsinnyc says:

    No fair. Boone and everyone up north gets the TSN Team. On NHL Center Ice in USA it’s the Comcast Capitals feed. Almost as bad Homers as Broons announcers. On the Erat penalty their view was Markov tripped over Budaj and the goal was a lucky bounce. Oy!

  48. Shamrock says:

    Ray Ferraro’s as an NHL analyst is as good as Jon Gruden on NFL broadcasts, both very good..

  49. Max says:

    Moen,Desharnais and Briere all scoring in one period? I’m going to have to check that Mayan calendar again!

  50. GGtheHab says:

    anybody miss Bourque????

  51. Phil C says:

    Briere is quietly putting up some points lately.

  52. Eddie says:

    Emelin and Gorges who would have thunk it??

  53. Et le but says:

    Can’t let up

  54. Harditya says:

    Briere and Desharnais. Wow!

  55. Phil C says:

    Wow. 3-0!! Briere is dangerous around the net.

  56. Danno says:

    Briere with the dagger?

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  57. habsfaninboston says:

    Yes!!

  58. Propwash says:

    BRIERE…WORTH. EVERY. PENNY.

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  59. NLhabsfan says:

    Oh wow..can you believe it

  60. duffy says:

    The pair of clowns announcing said it was a high stick on goal , shows how much they know.

  61. Samovich says:

    Subban so important to the team

  62. Max says:

    Martin isn’t a dog,he’s arat!

  63. Propwash says:

    DD… WORTH. EVERY. PENNY.

    Yeah, I’m bringing it back.

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  64. yeg hab fan says:

    1 more and we chase Neuvirth

  65. Et le but says:

    Make it 3 boys!

  66. Habs_Norway says:

    Good goal, you say? Well, i’ll take it!

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  67. Tyhudg says:

    Nobody cheers for Desharnais like me, but I don’t think that is a good goal. Still, very happy for DD.

  68. Eddie says:

    Look how happy Desharnais is!

  69. habs-fan-84 says:

    That shouldn’t have counted, but I’ll take it.

  70. Rob Maguire says:

    “A good hockey goal…” What other kind of goal could it be?

  71. Max says:

    If Desharnais scores,I’m off to buy a lottery ticket!

  72. Danno says:

    He’s so small the stick can’t be above the crossbar

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