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. Et le but says:

    Great restraint captain Brian!
    Make ’em pay boys!

  2. Propwash says:

    Good job there Ovie…


  3. twilighthours says:

    Wow did Ted leonsis ever lose a bunch of weight

  4. VancouverHab says:

    Edit not working. “hit” not “hot”.

  5. Danno says:

    Gallagher’s mustache looks embellished


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  6. habcertain says:

    Like Prust, but he has no business on the PP, MT needs to mix it up.

  7. topher5468 says:

    C’mon Eller, hit the net,

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

  8. B says:

    Dumont with his 1st, 3-0 Dogs.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  9. VancouverHab says:

    Okay: White takes the puck deep and then takes a hot on the boards so that he can advance the puck at the same time to Briere who is now at the back boards.

    Briere sees a defender coming at him, and so he funks out of the check and avoids the puck creating a turnover as the puck then goes to a Capital.

    I hate that kind of non-play.

  10. topher5468 says:

    I wonder if something was said to Pacioretty, he’s been a different player the last 2 games, I like it

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

  11. twilighthours says:

    I’ve seen but one shift by Murray and I liked it

  12. Et le but says:

    Good call…thought they missed it
    End this now please boys!

  13. kirbhabs says:

    NIce, peeps are letting up when PK lines then up now… love it

  14. habsfaninboston says:

    Nice job clearing the crease by Murray.

  15. Et le but says:

    Different team with Emelin in the lineup

  16. kirbhabs says:

    Do you think PK’s hands are hurting?

  17. B says:

    Brady Vail scores his 11th to go with 2 assists.
    Crisp nets his 8th.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  18. Harditya says:

    Allons-y boys!

  19. topher5468 says:

    Good stat, Jagrs’ GWG last night, his 121’st, tied him with the great Gordie Howe. Wow, what a career.

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

  20. Mavid says:

    clown face woman on TSN..maybe if they stopped hiring them on looks only we would have some decent broadcasters..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  21. frontenac1 says:

    Isles coming back. 3-3 against the Pens in the 3rd. Macdonald is something else.

  22. twilighthours says:

    So I just turn the game on and Paul Maurice is going on about habs turnovers and how they got sloppy with the puck in the second period. Then I see the shots were 14-3 habs. What gives?

  23. topher5468 says:

    Does Panger think Stephan “White” helped Budaj? Hahahaha, just kidding

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

  24. B says:

    Morgan Ellis with his 1st of the season makes it 2-0 Dogs.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  25. B says:

    A goal and 2 assists for Hudon so far tonight.
    Reway with a goal as well.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  26. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Quick, somebody slip Subbie a Power Bar or something. He’s mega sluggish tonite.

  27. topher5468 says:

    Good road period, didn’t give up many shots and aside from the Backstrom breakaway, no quality scoring chances

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

  28. kirbhabs says:

    Our second periods are getting better, but still want more

  29. habcertain says:

    After 2, how are we all feeling boys and girls?

  30. StevieM61 says:

    first 5 minutes of next period.

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  31. Et le but says:

    Only 3 shots allowed that period…good road game so far

  32. B says:

    Habs out shoot them 13-3 in the 2nd.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  33. habcertain says:

    Ellet and Chucky get PP mop up, don’t get that.

  34. GomezForPresident says:

    has anyone noticed how many pp’s and pk’s we’ve had with exactly 2 minutes left in the period this year? at least 5 that i can think of off the top of my head

  35. Samovich says:

    Thats a strange and bad call frankly

  36. Et le but says:

    Let’s put this away now

  37. StevieM61 says:

    Subban giveaway?

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  38. omgblamebriesbois says:

    Man, nothing has came from it, but this is one of the best games i’ve seen Gionta play in a long time

  39. habsfaninboston says:

    PK should have taken that shot.

  40. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I’m thinking Murray’s looking at DD and Travis Moen, and wanting to get himself a G.

  41. habcertain says:

    Not much noise from the PEG line tonite

  42. frontenac1 says:

    Patches got tagged by Joel Ward? No problem. It will piss him off and he will get a hat trick.

  43. B says:

    Dogs up 1-0 over Syracuse on a Blundin goal. Cedrick Desjardins in nets for the Crunch, Tokarski for Hamilton.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  44. AndyF says:

    You gotta love Beniot Brunet giving Pacioretty advice about how to be more alert so that you don’t get injured. Hahahahahahaha….!!!!!!

  45. Et le but says:

    Murray with some moves deep in the Caps zone

  46. habcertain says:

    Max looks hurt on the bench

  47. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Subbie’s making it easy for Stevie Y.

  48. SlovakHab says:

    Well done so far, Pete Budaj.

  49. GGtheHab says:

    PK is playing Ovie tough….ya watching Stevie Y..?

  50. Samovich says:

    P.K good D on the great 8

  51. StevieM61 says:

    I think any team in this league would want Budaj as backup …or starter

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  52. Et le but says:

    Budaj sharp…

  53. StevieM61 says:


    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  54. habcertain says:

    Diaz trying to take on 3 Caps, please

  55. VancouverHab says:

    Speaking of blathering announcers (but I repeat myself) on TSN, apparently Subban is not a lock for the Olympic team because he doesn’t play the PK on his own team.

    So, to translate, Subban might not make the Olympics because his Club coach is a complete moron.


  56. kirbhabs says:

    Love Murray!!!

  57. naweed235 says:

    Here’s a trio that should be put together while gally is playing witg DD. Put bourni with chucky and Eller. That could blow up

  58. Et le but says:

    What a pleasant surprise Bournival has been

  59. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Next goal wins.

  60. habcertain says:

    Hey Boonie, that pass was right into the winger, he coughed it up.

  61. kirbhabs says:

    Pk made a terrible pass… but there was no coverage on the back end either

    • VancouverHab says:

      Don’t agree–Briere could have that if he’d have…you know, tried. The TSN blatherers focused on the “soft” pass–it was 6 yards away from a defender to a fwd attaining the blue line. It’s on the forward in Bantam, let alone NHL, to make that pass work.

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        A pass in the neutral zone should be fast enough that Briere blinks and it’s on his stick. There was way too much time for the Washington defenseman to think about what to do.

        The Defenseman was inside of Briere anyways, I don’t think he would have been able to grab the puck if I recall correctly.

  62. Mondou6 says:

    lol…This game has featured a bunch of terrible plays. All 4 goals were laughably weak. That breakaway shot was pathetic. Budaj dropped to his knees and the Caps guy slid the puck slowly into his pads.

    The tape of this game won’t be submitted to the Hall of Fame.

  63. db says:

    cmon boys! this game has a recipe for disaster..

  64. kirbhabs says:

    what is the deal with weak passes, take it to the net boys!

  65. Arrow77 says:

    Budaj was a bit lucky. He went down very early.

  66. Samovich says:

    Shut the F up JJ!!

  67. VancouverHab says:

    I don’t get Briere as a Hab….what does he bring that Leblanc wouldn’t for less and with benefit of blooding a youngster?

  68. Et le but says:

    4th line breakaway scoring chance aside, and this last chance, we are off to a strong start this period

  69. StevieM61 says:


    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  70. Mondou6 says:

    That last minute goal pissed me off to no end. If we were up 3-0 after 1, I’d say the game was over. Now, I’m expecting Washington to easily tie this up, and probably win it.

  71. VancouverHab says:

    Briere is a soft soft player–DD soft–and that shows up really badly playing with Gionta who isn’t soft…

  72. SlovakHab says:

    Caps TV announcers are annoyingly infatuated with Ovechkin.

  73. Mavid says:

    so why are we talking about the one mistake..lets talk about the three great goals we got instead..negative nelllies

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  74. B says:

    Boone points out how it’s nice to hear someone in the media who actually sticks up for a certain Hab’s player. Don’t ya just hate the ones who seem to always harp on the negative about some of our guys? 🙂

    –Go Habs Go!–

  75. ont fan says:

    Relax guys, we have a 2 goal lead. They aren’t, going to change their game.

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