Liveblog: Game 25 – Canadiens top Buffalo 3-1 for fourth in a row

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A win, but not easy

The Buffalo Sabres are the worst team in the Eastern Conference.

But they have a great goaltender in Ryan Miller, and your Montreal Canadiens have a habit of making things difficult in games they should win easily.

A third-period goal by Brendan Gallagher gave his team some breathing room after the Sabres came back from a 2-0 deficit to make the game interesting.

Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais (also on a power play) staked the CH to their early lead.

Andrei Markov assisted on all three goals.

Matt Moulson scored late in the second period for the home team's only goal.

Carey Price made 24 saves.

The Canadiens had 31 shots on Miller.

Gallagher seals the deal

Brendan Gallagher's ninth of the year was a smokin' one-timer during a late-game power play.

The Canadiens outshot Buffalo 15-11 over the final 20 minutes.

The worst lead in hockey

David Desharnais tipping in P.K. Subban's shot on a Canadiens power play made it 2-0.

But the Sabres didn't fold.

Drew Stafford bodied Subban off the puck behind the Canadiens' net and fed Matt Moulson, unaccountably all alone in front of Carey Price..

As he is wont to do, Moulson buried the chance for his ninth of the season.

Buffalo outshot the Canadiens 10-7.

And the first-period goal we thought was Andrei Markov's hit Alex Galchenyuk's leg on its way past Ryan Miller, giving the kid six on the season.

Markov buries one

Using Alex Galchenyuk crashing Ryan Miller's crease as a decoy, Lars Eller beat Drew Stafford and fed a perfect drop pass to Andrei Markov, who fired a shot that ticked in off Galchenyuk's leg..

The Canadiens killed a four-minute high-sticking penalty to Galchenyuk and will start the second period on a power play.

Shots were 9-4 Canadiens, but Luke Adam missed an open net for Buffalo and Ville Leino rang one off the post past Carey Price.

The Sabres have given up the first goal in 21 of their 26 starts this season.

They had one shot at even-strength in the first period.

Trap game?

Even at this early stage of the NHL season, there's a 17-point gap between your Montreal Canadiens and their Atlantic Division "rivals", the Buffalo Sabres.

The Canadiens have scored 20 more goals than Buffalo.

They've allowed 28 fewer.

The Canadiens have won three in a row. The Sabres are on a four-game losing streak.

Buffalo is 2-10-1 at home, the Canadiens 6-4-0 on the road.

Heck, why play the game at all? Just award two points to the visiting team in Buffalo and let's get on with the serious part of the schedule.

But funny things can happen in a game played on a slippery surface, with Ryan Miller standing at one end of it.

The Sabres won three of the teams' five games last season. This is the first of four ostensible mismatches in 2013-'14.

 

692 Comments

  1. stevieray says:

    Enough of this bergavin / Dudley love in …..we have Parros for what ???…kudos to Murray but thumbs down to Bergavin/Dudlry/Therrian

  2. Propwash says:

    I cringed on that hit.

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  3. Reflektor says:

    Should’ve hacked at Scott like Kessel. Pre-season suspensions are fun.

  4. Storman says:

    Team should play there ass off for Murray..

  5. slapshot777 says:

    Gotta give Murray the thumbs up for sticking up for hi teammate, Gionta.

  6. SUMO says:

    The Habs are a better team with Murray on D than Bouillon. The linesmen are a joke. When Murray lost his helmet and had Scott tied up they should hv gotten in there.

  7. slapshot777 says:

    See this is where MT blows it. Parros should have dressed tonight. You knew at some point during the game Scott was going to start a fight. I mean here we are in the third period the Sabres are down by one and Scott is out there for one thing only. Shame on MT for not dressing Parros

    • Arrow77 says:

      Our 4th line is one of our best lines tonight. And we had somebody to fight Scott.

    • D Mex says:

      Isn’t it at least possible MT harbours questions about the extent of Parros’ recovery from the concussion ? Not that the Laffs are a pack (nicer word than gang) of lightweights , but Scott is the alpha goon after all …

      ALWAYS Habs -
      D Mex

  8. AH says:

    Great job Murray!!!!! Stepping up against that goon psycho beast Scott, protecting his teammates, that is why he needs to be in the line up!!!!

  9. F50Marco says:

    Yeah! Good job Dougie!

  10. Storman says:

    Therrien better bank that shit,, Parros should be dressed against this team, Ref should have stopped that fight 5 seconds earlier along the boards they had a chance to stop it , and then Murray got drilled

  11. Mondou6 says:

    Scott goons Gionta, then beats Murray to a bloody pulp…

    That’s why Parros should have dressed for this game. Absolutely ridiculous/stupid that he isn’t out there.

  12. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Atta boy Murray!!

  13. slyCH says:

    My prophecy on Murray insertion to line-up has come to fruition.

  14. Tyhudg says:

    Scott is a giant… that was ballsy. Good stuff.

  15. db says:

    Boone, if they dressed Parros the 4th line just wouldn’t be the same..

  16. Steven says:

    Bloodied face aside, Murray didn’t look too bad in that one. Scott definitely won but Murray held his own against an absolute monster.

  17. Arrow77 says:

    Murray in a nutshell: a scoring chance for the other team and a fight.

  18. SKHab says:

    Good for Murray for sticking up for Price et al.

  19. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Pucking goon Scott!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  20. db says:

    the linesmen were afraid to get in there hehe…

  21. Trisomy 21 says:

    something something fighting in hockey.

  22. frontenac1 says:

    Atta Boy Crankshaft!

  23. Propwash says:

    Murray held his own.

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  24. Et le but says:

    Murray making me 3rd period nervous…

  25. Storman says:

    Pacioretty described his last shift , like having sex without a condom

  26. slyCH says:

    I thought the old timer rule on helmet option had long run out.

  27. Habfan29 says:

    Pens get screwed out of a goal bt war room in ‘Toronto’

  28. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Geez Boone is optimistic!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  29. Strummer says:

    MAF playing his way OFF Team Canada tonight
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  30. SUMO says:

    Bruins getting spanked in Detroit; 4-0 still in 2nd

  31. doogie says:

    Anybody grab a pizza slice at Chez Dany, little pizza hole in the wall beside BEDO on St.Cath and DLMont ? Walk in there on Sat night and the guy behind the counter serving pizza looks like Andre Markov. I’m like, “whoa, didn’t you just put in a shift down the street?”

  32. Millsie says:

    Wow. Malkin unleashes one past Bernier.

  33. Peter Young says:

    If you put it like that, Price has been denied a shutout by his D and other members of his squad in every game in which the opposition has scored. I don’t put it like that; it’s a game in which no one is perfect.

  34. RAM_TOUGH says:

    How many shutouts has Price been denied this season by his D & other members of his squad?

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  35. naweed235 says:

    It’s refreshing to see someone as highly regarded as Dudley genuinely enjoying his time in Montreal. He seems to really enjoy the atmosphere around the team from management to players. For those who haven’t seen the video you can find it on the Canadiens page.

  36. habsfan0 says:

    Laffs are up 4-1.
    Which was the score before they collapsed against Boston in Game 7.

  37. Peter Young says:

    No secondary coverage on the Sabres goal. Not Gorges fault; he was in position along the boards for PK’s pass that never came, and when he saw what was what, he had too little time to get to the front of the net to cover Moulson. No problem if DD had come back to cover, but I guess everyone puts too much faith in PK.

  38. Storman says:

    Dudley says on TSN he does not want to leave even for a GM job, been there done that, he loves Montreal and the City and the passion of the fans,, Loves the people he works with and sees no point in leaving.. Not interested in any GM job.

  39. habsfan0 says:

    Moulson should have been covered by DD on the goal.
    No matter.
    Therrien will give him a pass and completely blame PK.

  40. johnnylarue says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen the Habs completely decimate a bottom-feeder team in 20 years. They have the unfortunate tendency to play to the level of their opponent.

    I’m still guardedly optimistic for a W tonight though.

  41. slyCH says:

    I’m hoping for another monster hit by Emelin on Moulson in the 3rd. I’m sure he’s still stinging after that one. Youch!

  42. Bill says:

    Wow, Carbo’s moustache: “It’s a me, Mario!”

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  43. duffy says:

    Crosby and the mighty Pens are sinking fast!!

  44. Strummer says:

    Looks like another nail-biter

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  45. Bill says:

    Habs outshot 10-7 by the worst team in the NHL in the second period. Gonna be lucky to escape this one. Not exactly their best effort.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Marc10 says:

      I know people will hate on MT for laying into them (if that makes it on 24CH for this game), but I would fully expect he give the boys a wake up call after that goal. That was a gift to the Sabres and brought them right back into the game.

      Price deserves better. C’mon guys. Skate them off the ice in the Third!

  46. Trisomy 21 says:

    Well I thought Subban went down pretty easily.

  47. doogie says:

    PK got his skates on the right feet tonight?

  48. Maksimir says:

    dafuq? 3-3 Wash/Sens

  49. Maksimir says:

    dafuq? 3-1 Leafs

  50. Max says:

    Is there a greasier looking player than Moulson? How can Subban get crosschecked into the boards and no call?

  51. Storman says:

    PK fire the puck around the board when you are being fore-checked, make the simple play man, I want to see PK so bad on Team Canada, has to stop that crap..

    • Marc10 says:

      If they bring him along for the ride, he’ll be the 7th man brought into the lineup if there’s an injury of if they can’t get the PP activated. He might see action against lesser lights during the tournament to confirm he’s low risk.

      But yeah… He has to make the safe play in situations like that, otherwise he ain’t making the cut.

  52. Bill says:

    PK didn’t shine on that play, okay, but what was Gorges doing? And all three forwards (DD line) floating high? Who had Moulson, all alone in front of the net??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  53. Maksimir says:

    What ever you do – don’t go to tsn.ca – you’ll see a big pic of that asshat Kadri hooting after a scoring goal

  54. slyCH says:

    And the manequin crowd comes to life… Posers.

  55. RAM_TOUGH says:

    And that wasn’t a Fiffin penalty there? WTF?

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  56. habfaninottawa says:

    I would very much like to see Therrien put Bournival with Eller/Galchenyuk. I have a feeling those three could be magic.

  57. Rugger says:

    Anyone else think Larry Robinson when you see DD’s stach?

  58. topher5468 says:

    Gonna be DD’s Goal, great deflection and great positioning,

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

  59. Storman says:

    Habs should have 3 Defense-men in the Olympics, (Markov, Emelin, PK) and the Starting goalie for Team Canada, time to maybe re-evaluate how good this team should or could be.

  60. Et le but says:

    Can Bournival be considered a Calder candidate?

  61. Habfan10912 says:

    How fortunate are we as fans to watch PK play? What a talent.

  62. Storman says:

    Markov best QB in the League

  63. Marc10 says:

    Good things happen when you get in the shooting lane.

    Nice one Boys!

  64. Stevie.Ray says:

    Desharnais

  65. doogie says:

    DD can keep the ‘stache.

  66. slyCH says:

    What a blast by PK.

  67. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Sumbody smack dat Mayers!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  68. Mark C says:

    That’s why team Canada should want Subban. Forget how much PK time he gets.

  69. NLhabsfan says:

    Nice!!few Hab fans in Buffalo tonight.

  70. HabFab says:

    100 assists for PK

  71. Et le but says:

    Beautiful puck control!

  72. db says:

    We gotta establish a down-low game on the PP.. we spread out their D so well.

  73. slyCH says:

    Emelin looks like Dartagnan.

  74. Storman says:

    Teams stop fore-checking at will or coming at you at full out speed when they know a board smashing tank like Emelin is waiting back there

  75. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Daggar time Habs. DAGGER TIME!

    Guts-Glory-Ram


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