Liveblog: Game 24 – Canadiens beat powerhouse Penguins 3-2


Max on fire

Max Pacioretty scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season to key the Canadiuens' 3-2 conquest of the Penguins.

The Canadiens led 1-0, on Pacioretty's first goal of the game, after 40 minutes and took control in the third period when Tomas Plekanec and Pacioretty beat Marc-Andree Fleury.

James Neal scored twice for the visitors.

Carey Price made 29 saves to 26 for Fleury.

Sidney Crosby was blanketed by Plekanec and kept off the scoresheet.

The win completed an unlikely back-to-back sweep of Washington and Pittsburgh.


Explosion of scoring

Before the third operiod was three minutes old, Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty (with his second of the game) gave the Canadiens a 3-0 lead.

Over, right?


James Neal got the Penguins on the board with an unstoppable laser. And with three minutes left, Evgeni Malkin's spectacular end-to-end rush set up Neal's second of the game.

Then the Canadiens held the fort.

Max scores, exits

Pouncing on a ridiculous turnover by Pittsburgh defenceman Olli "Vowels" Maata, Max Pacioretty fired a wrister past Marc-Andree Fleury for the game's first and, thus far, only goal.

Pacioretty left the game midway through the period.

The Canadiens had back-to-back power plays but could not beat Fleury.

Shots were 11-8 for the home team.

The period ended in a scrum, featuring Brendan Gallagher and Chris Kunitz, setting up a lively third.

As advertised

The POenguins and Canadiens played 20 minutes of terrific hockey.

The home team didn't get a shot until eight minutes into the game. And they had to kill two penalties.

But the Canadiens had the best of it late in the period, and a Tomas Plekanec shot nearly trickled past Marc-André Fleury.

Carey Price's best saves were on a bang-bang close-in chance by Pascal Dupuis.

Shots were 12-12.

Good game.

Scouting report

While y'all had a good Friday night's sleep after that nice W in Washington, the HIO staff stayed up studying video on Pittsburgh to prepare for the Penguins' visit to the Bell Centre Saturday night.

We perused a 20-page scouting report full of McGuirean detail, such as Matt Niskanen's tendencies on dump-ins to his opposite corner and what Beau Bennett studied in high school.

But all the accumulated intelligence boils down to this:

Keep an eye on Sidney Crosby ... and Evgeni Malkin ... and James Neal ... and Chris Kunitz ... and Kris Letang ... and ...

The visitors have a lot of weapons – not to mention a hot goaltender in Marc-André Fleury (13-6-0, 1.90, .924).

The Penguins are the best team the Canadiens have faced – and the best Bell Centre fans have seen – since San Jose came to town. Pittsburgh's last visit, on March 2, Brandon Sutter scored in OT to secure a 7-6 barnburner win.

If both teams play well Saturday night, it should be a terrific game.




  1. Rob Maguire says:

    Dear Crosby: suck it.

  2. Et le but says:

    On Letang to boot!

  3. kirbhabs says:

    2nd time patches rushing down the Right side love it

  4. Harditya says:


  5. Grimmly says:


    Fleury is terrible,


  6. bellcentre hotdog says:

    What a lethal shot.

  7. kirbhabs says:

    Patches is awesome, screw you PJ for “no stars on the Habs comment”!!!

  8. Propwash says:



  9. Stuck_in_To. says:

    Crosby has skill to burn, character to question.

  10. VancouverHab says:

    Anyone notice that Markov among the best defensemen that the Habs have ever had?

  11. danhabsfan says:

    Someone asked…. Yes, Patches is hot

  12. Et le but says:

    Are you kidding me?

  13. piter says:


  14. Plekasuares says:

    WHERES CROSBY? IT is called PLEKANEC and he scores!!!!!!!!

  15. Habilis says:

    Pleks is owning Crosby something wicked. Let’s hope that the Czech coaches aren’t watching. 😉

  16. Mondou6 says:

    Crosby is such a dick. Gets thrown out of the faceoff for talking crap at Plex.

  17. Mattyleg says:

    I get the feeling that Pleks loves playing against Pittsburgh.

    And that he gets under Crosby’s skin something fierce.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  18. Et le but says:

    Is there a smarter hockey player right now than Markov?

  19. Arrow77 says:

    So many people want to trade that guy, but how many can blanket Crosby and then score?

  20. Rob Maguire says:

    Did Crosby get tossed from the circle for bitching?

  21. kirbhabs says:

    Just wondering…. have we shed our 2nd period doldrums… 2 good ones in a row

  22. DipsyDoodler says:

    Marky. Such class.

  23. slapshot777 says:

    Crosby and the Pens will be chippy now

  24. Grimmly says:

    That is why Fleury wont be on team Canada

  25. slapshot777 says:


  26. kirbhabs says:

    No Jacques Martin 3rd period for me Boone!!!

  27. danhabsfan says:

    Just what. The Dr ordered

  28. Harditya says:


  29. Propwash says:



  30. Et le but says:

    Deserved it!

  31. kirbhabs says:

    that was nice!!!

  32. sweetmad says:

    Well I don’t know about the Jacka!!!!!!!es Penguins
    are such a talented team,they have played pretty dirty to me,how often do we get into brawls after the whistle,not often.Something must have got our boys riled up, it’s out of character.

  33. bellcentre hotdog says:

    And 67 is back.

  34. Storman says:

    Patches is wearing extra protection for his boys this period

  35. Nilan25 says:

    Keep getting bounced from the shite CBC feed to the Laffs.

  36. LimestoneHab says:

    Sorry, I thought this was a site for Hab fans, not the I Love Sid The Kid Club!

  37. slapshot777 says:

    Hopefully Patches will be back in the third.

  38. carolinahab says:

    Missed what happened to Patches???

  39. bellcentre hotdog says:

    I thought it looked like Max took the puck in the mid section.

    If he’s out MT has to reunite the EGG line.

  40. Storman says:

    That Picture of that CBC just showed of Tomas Hertl rated very high on the gag reflex scale

  41. habs001 says:

    Caps 28 shots after 2..still 1-0 Leafs..

  42. twilighthours says:

    Let me re-pose:

    Could those of you who call him “Cindy” explain why you do so, and why this is apparently an insult?

    Honest question

  43. Garbo says:

    I like how Eller is coming along, but for the past few games he seems to have been making bad decisions and really bad passes, often to no one. Maybe it’s just that I notice more when he makes a mistake, but he seems to have lost whatever confidence he gained at the beginning of the season, lately.

  44. LeGrosBill says:

    Bourque is Tremblay’s disappointing player so far. Meanwhile he has 6 points to DD’s 4. I hate that pro-Quebec bias…

  45. AH says:

    We complain about the Gooins and the loser Leafs antics and rightly so, but is there any team out there that gets any more chippy than the Pens when they’re in a close game or they’re losing??

    Loved Gallagher jumping in on that coward Kunitz!!

  46. LimestoneHab says:

    Yes I am Twilight. Are you not sick and tired of him whining like a little girl?

  47. icemachine says:

    2 to Kunitz for roughing and 2 to Gally for responding, not surprised, think the Refs want to keep this from getting out of hand

  48. Peter Young says:

    In answer to someone who responded to my comment that the Canadiens were playing very well with the observation that it helps when you get three power plays in a row:
    You get three penalties in a row called on the other team when you are playing well.

  49. Arrow77 says:

    You gotta love the team’s effort tonight. It will still fall on Price to steal the game but the Pens will have to score on the 3rd period of the second game in 2 nights. I much prefer defending the lead in that situation.

  50. twilighthours says:

    Are we still calling Crosby “Cindy”? Lame

  51. AH says:

    Penguins sure have some guys who think they’re tough..Prust and Moen time to “settle things down”.

  52. slapshot777 says:

    Crosby starting to cry. Going at Pleks in the face off circle. Then going to the ref looking for a penalty against Pleks. Kunitz will get the penalty after that.

  53. theox_8 says:

    Kunitz even considered for team Canada…. Barf

  54. StevieM61 says:

    More Cindy whining

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  55. Plekasuares says:

    Thats it. Do not let then bully pleky!

  56. db says:

    Nice punch Kunitz….

  57. Mondou6 says:

    How is that not a Pittsburgh penalty? Kunitz suckerpunched Plex after the whistle. WTF?

  58. durocher says:

    Kunitz took a swing at Pleks and one at Gally11 — he has to get two for roughing

  59. LimestoneHab says:

    I’d love to see PK tune up Cindy!

  60. danhabsfan says:

    Look at Sindy crying

  61. Mondou6 says:

    Nice work by Markov and PK tonight. Love their attitude.

  62. kirbhabs says:

    Marky old school, while PK taps Crosby several times around the net, Love it

  63. durocher says:

    Question for your second intermission consideration:

    If MB trades Bourque, who do you think he should be traded for?

  64. danhabsfan says:

    Habs need another one

  65. Grimmly says:

    I love Prust, i really do, but he does not have what it takes to be on a line with CHuck and Larry

  66. topher5468 says:

    CBC showed Max getting a puck to the head, probably getting stitched up

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

  67. Peter Young says:

    What a performance so far by our team. A pleasure to watch.

  68. adadi says:

    Lots of chances but still lacking the finish.

  69. Mondou6 says:

    I wonder how Subban would be on a team that encouraged him to open it up. It’s rare to have his talent, and it seems like he’s handcuffed most of the time.

  70. Arrow77 says:

    We were great on PP but didn’t score. That could hurt us.

  71. Storman says:

    BTW Boone nice avatar, was Mr Dressup a Habs fan

  72. Grimmly says:

    Emelin stops a goal, and the best line on our PP is the one that plays the least…

  73. Harditya says:

    Wow what action.. so close to potting one there.

  74. Storman says:

    Bob Cole id hilarious and blind

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