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


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.



  1. scotland says:

    did not like pax just standing there and watching when gallagher got crunched from behind by meyers. max was just watched the entire play from 2 feet away. his response ? turned and skated away.

    just one of the reasons that this is one of my least favourite canadien teams. been a fan since 1970. thats 44 years and 44 teams. this team would not crack the top 40.

    • johnnylarue says:

      I’d argue the sport in general is less interesting and significantly less “honourable” than it’s been in the past 44 years.

      But to watch PK and Markov do their thing on a nightly basis, peppered with the occasional burst of bone-crushing delight from Emelin, the emergence of a bona fide youth movement, and Price’s phoenix-like rise to greatness, I think this team has a a lot more going for it than most Habs lineups in recent memory.

      For starters, I don’t blame you for having erased from your memory the traumatic decade that followed the Roy trade… Saku and Theo aside, the Habs iced some downright unwatchable squads in that stretch.

  2. FormalWare says:

    Warms da cockles of me heart, seein’ Larry dash down da wing, like dat, holdin’ ‘is man off wid one hand, then backhandin’ it to Marky, real sharpish!


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  3. monmick says:

    Anyone else think that Gally’s goal looked like a Cammellari goal?

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  4. scotland says:

    “has a team ever been held shotless for an entire period before tonight” ?

    yes. in 2000 sabres did it to the leafs. same year in a play off game devils did it to …… guessed it…..the leafs.

  5. habsfan0 says:

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford plans to attend the January 1 Leafs Red Wings Winter Classic along with 107,000 other people.

    I have a funny feeling he’ll be more entertaining than the game itself.

  6. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Carey Price #1 in the NHL in GAA & SAV% having played 20 games & over!


  7. Ring of Fire says:

    Just back from the FN Center….good win…..turkey will b alot more enjoyable after that game… n Canadian Club all day tomorrow can’t wait…..kudos to Murray for standing up to Scott…good to c that
    The Thin Blue Line.

  8. jsaz says:

    I don’t care what anyone says I still don’t care for max PAC or DD.

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  10. Hobie Hansen says:

    Should have been a shutout for Price and the Habs. I think that’s the 1st time I’ve seen Subban knocked down and cough up the puck?

    Great heart shown by Murray. He was trying to get off the ice on a line change, several times times, before Scott jumped over the boards. I’d like to see Murray and Scott got at it fresh!

  11. krob1000 says:

    Has any team ever had it’s two leading scorers be defensemen? it is a very real possibility in Montreal and I can’t imagine it ever having been done before…anyone know for sure?

  12. Say Ash says:

    Does Moulson have more points than Vanek since the trade?

  13. krob1000 says:


  14. on2ndthought says:

    Great game for the kids and the BMW line. White and Moen were beasts. The D was fine; Diaz has an IQ approaching Markov, Emelin was rocking.

    One floater, Danny B. Saving it for the playoffs, I guess. Still, he played sound positionally and competed for space, just wasn’t using more leg than he needed. If I was coaching, I’d try to spot Danny and Rene in and out, catch them on good nights.

    Good for Murray, and unlike some; I thought we showed exactly the team toughness we needed. Murray was dressed so he could respond to Scott, and he did. That means Prust didn’t have to. Good player selection.

    “a cannonading drive”

  15. Bill says:

    Habs and Leafs now have identical records I think?

  16. Reflektor says:

    Are there shootouts in the Olympics? If so, um, no Bernier, please.

  17. habsfan0 says:

    The Laffs love blowing a 4-1 lead,apparently.(Game 7 vs Boston)

  18. Jed says:

    Man, Malkin’s skills are sick.

  19. Ozmodiar says:

    LOL – bernier!!

  20. Et le but says:

    Pittsburgh wins it in the shoot out!
    Flawless night, loser point for Toronto aside

  21. db says:

    Thank you Bernier..

  22. Ozmodiar says:

    Anyone else hoping the Leafs miss the net in the shootout??

  23. Et le but says:

    No shots in OT for the Leas either…less than a minute left

  24. Bill says:

    It’s too bad when’s hockey player like Murray, tough as he is, has to fight a useless goon like Scott.

    I mean good for him for having the courage to take on that cave troll, but the NHL needs to get goons out of the league.

    Sad thing is that Scott doesn’t even seem to know he’s not a hockey player, judging by his comments.

  25. slapshot777 says:

    Don’t think I ever seen a team shutout in shots for a complete period. 17-0 for Pittsburgh

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

    • Jed says:

      With their underlying numbers, it’s not just a Habs fan hopeful wish – the Leafs will be coming back down to earth. You can’t keep up as a statistical anomaly for 82 games.

  26. habsfan0 says:

    The Laffs didn’t get a shot on goal in the 3rd.
    Interesting strategy.

  27. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Have you seen a luckier team than Toronto this season? Throw up in my mouth!


  28. Peter Young says:

    Man, 4:13 left in third period, and the Pens have outshot the Leafs 16-0.

  29. duffy says:

    Outshot 16 to 0 in third and they will probably score on there next shot.

  30. Propwash says:

    Heh, so the site now has a spellchecker on it?


  31. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Could that be 5 points for wee Davey D in the past 4 games?

  32. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting gameplan by Toronto, appears they just let opponent do whatever they want and hope opposing goalie falls asleep.

  33. slyCH says:

    UGH! PJ really cracks himself up, doesn’t he.

  34. duffy says:

    Let’s hope pens finish them off in regulation,hate to see leafs get a point .

  35. duffy says:

    I hate Pittsburg, but I hate the leafs even more, GO Pens go.

  36. slyCH says:

    Did Briere play tonight?

  37. RAM_TOUGH says:

    When Pitts wins tonight, does MA get the win?


    • slapshot777 says:

      No, once the score got tied at 4-4 which is when he got pulled the backup now coming in gets the win. The only thing Fluery can get is a lost or no decision.

  38. Storman says:

    Holy crap just watched the replay again how the ref allowed that goal, unbelievable, Malkin pushes Bernier off the puck into the net and then scores, LOL ridiculous, but 5-5 I love it NHL refs suck

  39. Reflektor says:

    Markov is the new Lidstrom.

  40. Rugger says:

    Pitt just tied it up!

  41. Stevie.Ray says:

    9 years ago they got rid of the red line, and it doesn’t look like anyone misses it.

    How long until they get rid of the bluelines?

  42. Storman says:

    They have to bring in review on goalie interference goals, i hate leafs but no way that goal should be allowed , he pushed Bernier in the net with his stick and then shot the puck in..

  43. Reflektor says:

    Fleury and Bernier no longer Team Canada goaltender tandem.

  44. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Malkin pushes Breiner into the back of the net & scores 5-5


  45. Reflektor says:

    5-5, eat it Leafs (and TSN).

  46. HabinBurlington says:

    5-5 Pittsburgh toronto

  47. Peter Young says:

    A fourth straight win without playing particularly well, just well enough to win. Random comments. Gallagher is terrific; what effort, what a spark plug. Bournival not too far behind him in effort. Our power play’s puck movement is superb at times. Some outstanding goaltending at both ends tonight. P.K. lost his feet once, and it cost, but one can’t be too harsh with him for the occasional error. His puckhandling and skating is wonderful to watch. The core of a very good team is there. Markov’s age precludes him from being considered part of the future, but he still has a couple of years of excellent hockey in him. Our defense appears more solid since Emelin’s return; it can’t be coincidence.

  48. AH says:

    Does anyone know what “Request Deletion” means after I post a comment? Thx.

  49. slyCH says:

    PJ on l’antichambre, what a way to put a damper on a good night.

  50. JM says:

    Bournival Gotta go on the 1st line. What a waste on the 4th line. Keeping a good scorer down. Not right. I really like Prust but Bournival has to take his place ….

  51. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Crikey – go Pens go!!

  52. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Media: MT, why did U not dress Parros tonight with Scott in the lineup?

    MT: Next quession!


  53. Reflektor says:

    TSN’s main web page is stuck on the Leafs. Weird as they have no hockey future (TSN and the Leafs).

    • Strummer says:

      TSN is broadcasting the game nationally- why not lead with this considering it’s a notable comeback for Pitt.?

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  54. Stevie.Ray says:

    Brutal. Trade ’em all!

  55. johnnylarue says:

    Convenient to bring this up after a 3-point night, but I sincerely hope Bergevin recognizes the re-signing of Markov as a priority.

    The knees are holding up to an extent that I no longer cringe every time I see him get hit, and the guy has the Lidstrom-like hockey IQ required to maintain his effectiveness for the next three seasons at least, even as his body slows down.

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