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

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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?

Wrong.

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.

 

 

816 Comments

  1. Et le but says:

    Stay positive guys…we have the lead!

  2. VancouverHab says:

    Oh, and a weak stick-wave by Diaz as he collapsed in….

  3. Arrow77 says:

    I hope that’s it for Bouillon and Diaz tonight.

  4. petefleet says:

    Seriously? Bouillon with 3 mins left is on the ice? C’mon MT

    “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet”.
    Abraham Lincoln

    ***Go Habs Go***

  5. VancouverHab says:

    Why did Desharnais take himself off in the middle of that Malkin rush…I mean literally in the middle of the rush?

    Anyone?

  6. habsfan55 says:

    Boullion and Diaz on d,,,,needed Murray tonight

    habs fan but will cheer for any team that beats the leafs

  7. Adidess says:

    Diaz, I know it’s Malkin but you didn’t have to kiss him on his way to Price

  8. sCOTT1243 says:

    tabernouche guys…comon!

  9. AH says:

    BOUILLON AND DIAZ WHAT A PAIRING!! NOT!

  10. aversglay says:

    Bout d’ail

  11. RAM_TOUGH says:

    No Fiffin way he should have got to the net there. Fawk!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  12. kirbhabs says:

    here we go, Crosby plays till the end

  13. Grimmly says:

    Diaz and Boullion, wow

    so we sat Murray for Boullion to go minus 11 now

  14. Rob Maguire says:

    Montreal can’t hold a 3-0 lead, can they?

  15. danhabsfan says:

    Wrong lines again…why? Maybe end of back to backs?

  16. kirbhabs says:

    Boulion and Diaz need to do more than poke check him

  17. Harditya says:

    Neal and Malkin.. against DIAZ AND BOUILLON. WTH!

  18. scavanau says:

    Diaz. I called it before. Keep. Him. Off… The ice

  19. DipsyDoodler says:

    Jesus Diaz !

  20. Et le but says:

    Nail biting time again: two nights in a row

  21. Propwash says:

    Oh sh**…

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    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  22. kirbhabs says:

    Malkin is a freaking night train!

  23. sCOTT1243 says:

    Keep it up boys…reminds me of the team from last year!

    Emelin, welcome back.
    Need the EGG line back together.
    Sorry Patches for talking crap about you earlier in the season :)

    I think the Price haters must be reconsidering

  24. Et le but says:

    I enjoy it here soooo much more when our team is winning.
    Anyone else notice how quiet the usual spewers are when we are winning?

    Keep it up please….

  25. LeGrosBill says:

    all our Dmen are +1 tonight…

  26. Nilan25 says:

    Best game I have seen from Gionta in a long time,

  27. kirbhabs says:

    has there been any body checks in the 3rd period?

  28. B says:

    Final in Syracuse, 3-0 Dogs.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  29. Et le but says:

    Great hustle

  30. twilighthours says:

    Ridiculous pass by pk

  31. Grimmly says:

    3P 8:54 Not a great night for Letang

    GOOD? Not sure why we really care other then we are winning?

  32. danhabsfan says:

    Really like Pleks and Gio tonight

  33. kirbhabs says:

    hey I am Letang, do you not know I am an Olympian

  34. kirbhabs says:

    Moan on pleks line again?

  35. LeGrosBill says:

    PK has almost 21mins TOI, most for both teams…

  36. monmick says:

    White needs a fight…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  37. kirbhabs says:

    DD needs just another inch for reach

  38. danhabsfan says:

    Not noticing DD tonight. Anyone else seem missing?

  39. VancouverHab says:

    Gionta earns his pay each and every shift (he is reminding me of Carbo).

  40. VancouverHab says:

    Groan. Back to being miserable about Desharnais: he put that play offside in a way that would look bad in my beer league.

    You want to like him but he makes it hard to do. (Unless you’re a fanboi of course.)

  41. Harditya says:

    PK is an Olympian. You can’t even compare him to Letang, PK is in a different class.

  42. B says:

    Beaulieu make it 3-0 Dogs with another PP goal. 2 pts for Thomas and St.Pierre so far. Just over 6 minutes left in that game.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  43. Et le but says:

    Does Patch have another trick in his hat?

  44. kirbhabs says:

    All because of another crappy clearing attempt… we must have the worst record for failed clears

  45. LeGrosBill says:

    hwaven forbid diaz should clear the front of the net…

  46. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Nice screen by Gorges

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  47. slapshot777 says:

    Refs are happy for the Pens

  48. Propwash says:

    Protip-stay outta the box.

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    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  49. NLhabsfan says:

    Have to say Cindy getting on my nerves.Little yapper.

  50. kirbhabs says:

    Got to et that one out

  51. Plekasuares says:

    Most overated player: Kris Letang

  52. RAM_TOUGH says:

    The Ref grinning all the way the the P box!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  53. Et le but says:

    BIG kill time

  54. Ring of Fire says:

    Any more room to get back on that wagon

    The Thin Blue Line.

  55. Plekasuares says:

    Thats ok we have price in net.

  56. topher5468 says:

    I don’t think Bob Cole gets it, or maybe I don’t . the Ole’ing isn’t because anyone thinks the game is over, It’s more about being happy and cheering, Or am I wrong

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

  57. slapshot777 says:

    Here comes the penalties

  58. kirbhabs says:

    here it is, the start of 3 penalties

  59. slapshot777 says:

    The Habs could be up 10-0 and Bob Cole wouldn’t give the Habs a compliment. Everything he says about the Habs is negative.

  60. Arrow77 says:

    Jacques Martin’s head probably exploded. You don’t defend a lead that way!

  61. vegas says:

    i never say IT because they say it brings bad luCk, and tHE other team Usially ends up getting a goal anyways. So here goes.
    LET’S GET PRICEY A SHUT-OUT TONIGHT!

  62. AH says:

    Hey, it’s 5 HOLE FLEURY!! LOL!!

  63. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Was that Gael Garcia Bernal after Patches’ goal??

  64. monmick says:

    Letang is playing very soft. Can anyone tell me why he would be on Team Canada?

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  65. twilighthours says:

    Such a slick move by patches to get he shot off

  66. danhabsfan says:

    Did I hear a few of the Montreal TSN radio guys calling the Habs to go 0-2 this weekend. Oh boy

  67. HabFab says:

    Bulldogs up 3-0 also.

  68. Adidess says:

    Patches ‘softer’ and better than ever!!!

  69. kirbhabs says:

    Remember when we had 3rd period JM hockey like this… thank god that is gone

  70. Et le but says:

    Remember the big saves by Price when it was scoreless and 1-0; clutch!

  71. SlovakHab says:

    PLEKY!!!

    PACS!!!!!!!!!

  72. LeGrosBill says:

    gotta love that 3rd period JM hockey

  73. Garbo says:

    The 3 goal formula! MT has it all figured it out!! :)


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