Liveblog: Game 27: Canadiens skate to early lead, beat Leafs 4-2, move into third place


Season series evened

Toronto's miserable November ended with another loss, bringing their record for the month to 4-6-3.

The Canadiens 4-2 ewin gave them a 7-4-3 record in November.

They have vaulted past Detroit into third place in the Atlantiuc Division.

Two goals by Max Pacioretty and singles by P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec staked the Canadiens to a 4-0 lead.

The Leafs made it interesting on two goals – by James Van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond –within 20 seconds late in the second period.

Carey Price made 34 saves and maintained his GAA of 2.00.

Jonathan Bernier, making his first start in Montreal as a Leaf, was bombarded by 39 shots.

Alex Galchenyuk, who was in the penalty box for the first Toronto goal and on the ice for the second, spent the third period on the bench with George Parros.

No scoring, good D

The Canadiens outshot Toronto 14-12 in the third period and did a nice job protecting their lead.

It ain't over

But it should be.

After the obligatory George Parros-Colton Orr staged fight, Tomas Plekanec's ninth of the season and Max pacioretty's ninth – second of the game AND shorthanded – should have salted this sucker away.

Not quite.

The Leafs scored twice in 22 seconds: James Van Riemsdyk on a power play and Mason Raymond, both going high on Carey Price from in close.

Leafs outshot the Canadiens 15-12.

Should be a lively final 20 minutes.

Early and late

The game wasn't two minutes old when P.K. Subban snapped off a tape-to-tape head-man pass that found Max Pacioretty so far behind the Leafs D on a power play he had time to tap his own rebound past Jonathan Bernier. That's eight for Max.

The Leafs seemed to tie it up, but Dion Phaneu's point blast was ruled no goal because ref Chris Rooney hallucinated goaltender interference by James Van Riemsdyk.

Then with less than four minutes left, P.K. took the puck off a faceoff, deked a couple defenders and snapped his fourth of the season past Bernier.

Canadiens had a huge early shot advantage and it ended 13-9.

It's been too long

The last time the Leafs visited Montreal, Bell Centre fans showed up for the game in shirtsleeves.

That won't be the case Saturday night.

Our fair city is a bit colder on the last day of November than it was on the first of October.

The rivalry, however, is red-hot.

The Canadiens and Leafs each earned 31 points through their first 26 games of the season. If the Eastern Conference playoffs started tonight, each team would be in as a wild card.

There's usually a playoff atmosphere when the Habs and Leafs play. Both are looking to right the ship after Friday night road losses, the Leafs in OT at Buffalo, the Canadiens in a Shootout at Washington.

George Parros – who has averaged a little over four minutes of ice time and is minus-5 in five games – returns to the lineup, along with Douglas Murray, who's actually useful.

Puck drops 7:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

An incredible goal


  1. etcheverry92 says:

    Is that all you guys got – Kleenex and banners? I’ll admit that debating a top NHL and CFL expert like myself is difficult, but that doesn’t mean that you have to mail in the 2 points.

  2. habs001 says:

    TSN still has not opened the comments section for this game …This delay happens more when Leafs lose…

  3. WhatUp says:

    saw a funny tweet on another site: now that Movember is over Phaneuf can shave is fagina

  4. habnonymous1 says:

    Price is a lock.

    Habs may have the most Olympic players.

    For sure: Price, Subban, Pacioretty, Pleckanec, Markov, Diaz, Budaj.

    Possibles: Emelin, Murray

    Long shot: Galchenyuk

    Good from the standpoint that it’s good to have good players on your team, bad that they will have a heavy workload while competitors are resting up.

    Honourable mention: Lars Eller, if Denmark had qualified.

  5. This Guy says:

    Might’ve been one of the most satisfying moments of the game. What a game for the Crankshaft.

  6. Da Hema says:

    The poll question “which Leaf do you dislike the most” is rather silly. It’s like being asked to choose who you like the least from the following: Paul Bernardo, Karla Homolka, or Clifford Olson. They are all despicable.

  7. NLhabsfan says:

    I have to say I have enjoyed TSN call Montreal games.Fair and insightful.CBC Is so slanted towards Toronto it turns my stomach.

  8. Stevie.Ray says:

    I’m looking at the Olympic Team Canada possibilities, and it’s almost impossible.

    At Center I think I would go with Crosby, Toews, Getzlaf, and Thornton.
    I think Tavares may be able to move to the wing and play on Sid’s left, with Perry on the right.
    But that’s as far as I can get. Hopefully, Stamkos will heal in time but that’s no guarantee. If he can then I have:

    Tavares – Crosby – Perry
    Nash – Toews – Stamkos
    Giroux – Getzlaf – St. Louis
    Ladd – Thornton – Richards

    A couple question marks here though. Will Nash be completely back to his old self by February? Giroux has been better of late; will that continue? Ladd fills the role formerly filled by Doan and Morrow. Richards, I hate the guy, but he always makes Team Canada as a defensive specialist. St. Louis and Thornton bring some veteran leadership.

    But that list still excludes Duchene, Seguin, Hall, Couture, Eberle, Marleau, Benn, Sharp, Lucic, Neal, Gallagher AND Bergeron. And they are thinking about giving a spot to Kunitz?!?!?!

    On Defence, there is clearly an upper echelon of Canadian D.

    Keith – Subban
    Doughty – Weber
    Seabrooke – Pietrangelo

    Five of those seven defencemen are however right handed, so that may put Seabrooke or Pietrangelo’s spot in jeopardy, but there isn’t really anymore talented left handed Dmen outside of Bouwmeester and Keith. Campbell? Giordano? Vlasic? Unlikely!

    In net, it’s almost certainly Price and Luongo, with Crawford as the third.

  9. Sportfan says:

    SO with MTs when we win we don’t change the lineup idea does this mean Bournival and White will be out next game?

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  10. Sportfan says:

    I didn’t watch CBC I watched RDS did they say anything about the new 12 year deal?

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  11. adadi says:

    Amazing how many blown off side, icing and penalty non-calls went against the Habs but HNIC and Maclean are still whining. Well all I can say is that Leafs nation and Crosby nation are sounding more and more similar. WAAAAAAAAA…WAAAAAAAA…WAAAAAAAA!

    • The Jackal says:

      Lol Crosby nation?
      Crosby is fine, this BS that he is a whiner is so old and inane, it needs to stop.
      CBC on the other hand…. I think I am starting to see the bright side of the Rogers deal – Don Cherry, GTFO.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  12. frontenac1 says:

    You should have listened to Gally tonight on AC and what Parros meant to the team tonight. And how much of a lift he gave to everyone on the bench.

  13. Da Hema says:

    What’s with Maclean pouting on CBC? If you lose your job, Ron, it’s precisely because of how unprofessional you and HNIC have become. From my perspective, I could care less about HNIC now. I have no sympathy since it became Hockey Night in Toronto 10 years ago. CBC had a mandate to cater to a national audience, and they blew it. The sooner Maclean and Stock are gone, the better. Lamentably, Cherry’s right — he’ll still be around.

    • habnonymous1 says:

      Price is a lock.

      Habs may have the most Olympic players.

      For sure: Price, Subban, Pacioretty, Pleckanec, Markov, Diaz, Budaj.

      Possibles: Emelin, Murray

      Long shot ( way long ): Galchenyuk

      Good from the standpoint that it’s good to have good players on your team, bad that they will have a heavy workload while competitors are resting up.

      Honourable mention: Lars Eller, if Denmark had qualified.

  14. jimmy shaker says:

    Didn’t like Chucky being benched, but that’s part of learning I guess……but what is the reason for benching Parros? If you dress the guy, play the guy. He had what, maybe 4 shifts and one of those shifts was the fight with Orr right off the face off. Keep bournival or white in the lineup if your not going to play parros or role 4 lines. Felt bad for him! I know he is a defensive liability out there, but with prust and moen, there is no reason he can’t have a regular shift. Give him another shot and remember george, no staged fighting…..there really is no place for it.

    Shaker out

  15. Ton says:

    My thoughts……I like what I see…… Prust and Moen 4th liners but there not……they have big roles on the PK at the end of game! I think were two players away from being cup contenders…..could be one player only given many of our existing players have tremendous growth potential…….Max will get better, lars will get better, gally will get better, Chuky will get better, Price will get better, Markov par, Suban will get better, Pleks par………………….and good young players in the system………things look good and I hope a cup by 2016!

  16. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Nice win for our Habs. Also the Bulldogs beat Lake Erie 4-1. Tokarski is quietly having a “Price like” year in the Hammer.

    24 cups and counting….

  17. Un Canadien errant says:

    Carey, Patch, whatever. Player of the game was Douglas Murray, for leveling mouthy puke Nazem Kadri on his mouthy ass.

    Joffrey Lupul was not on hand to hold him back, but somehow Mr. Kadri found the will to not go after the Canadiens defenceman. That showed courage.

    … you know, because there’s no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.–Bill Simmons

  18. Stevie.Ray says:

    Will Tavares make Team Canada as a center or on the wing? I think he would play well with Sid

  19. Ozmodiar says:

    I wonder if there’s any truth to the rumor that Rogers/SN will be replacing Don Cherry with Ed the Sock.

  20. Chuck says:

    Predictable… Cherry didn’t like Pacioretty’s celebration after the 4th goal. No problem with Ovechkin or Malkin, though.
    Anything is possible.

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    So Cherry managed to find a reason to hate Max PAC, oh Don u will be soo missed…

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Cherry has been irrelevant for years. He is almost 80 years old. All of his opinions should be taken with a grain of salt. He is OOOOLD

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • formerly known as the hc says:

        I think Don is an idiot, BUT, he ain’t goin anywhere. Rogers is in the business of making money. As much as we don’t like him, there are all kinds of Laff fans who think he is the bees knees, and they watch hockey too. BTW, isn’t Rogers the principle owner of MLSE?

        • habnonymous1 says:

          Hi Former…hc,

          MLSE ownership is:

          37.5 % Rogers
          28% Bell
          9.5% Bell pension plan
          25% Larry Tanenbaum

          Bell also owns 18% of Habs, the pension plan involvement in MLSE lets them skirt NHL’s rules against multiple franchise ownership. Cozy.

  22. Kooch7800 says:

    Great game. Price looks like a wall. I was also really impressed with Diaz’s puck movement tonight under a tight forecheck. Also thought Murray looked great on the bottom pairing

  23. Reflektor says:

    Those combined IQ of 67 nutjob Leafs fans at The Globe and Mail will lose their collective mind. Clenching their tiny blue and white fists they are.

  24. Dr.Rex says:

    Criminal that Subban did not get a star from CBC…but its kinda expected.

    Na Na Na Na

  25. punkster says:



  26. Hugh Jass says:

    I live in Buffalo and unfortunately watched some of their game against NJ tonight, and find it astonishing that they can have 15 shots on net, score 0 goals, and lose, yet still be awarded a point.

    Then, because they miraculously beat the Leafs in OT last night, have their announcer say it was a “great” weekend for them. Comical.

  27. frankcasting says:

    Best games of the year for Pax, PK, Murray, love the chemistry between Briere and Pleks, encouraging game. Chucky might need some tough love right now, can’t hurt.

    Loving the Habs since 1965

  28. Danno says:

    Gallagher was great on AC. Lots of laughter and admiration.


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  29. Propwash says:

    It sucks that Chucky had to be benched, but it’s part of the growing pains. He’ll bounce back.


  30. Ozmodiar says:

    Habs played great.
    Leafs sucked.
    CBC sucked more.

    The bottom line is, the Habs played great.

    (okay, it was the top and bottom line)

    / feels good man

  31. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Phaneuf might be the biggest b@#tch in the NHL today. Runs small players but when he gets challenged (twice by PK tonight), he uses his stick…embarrassing.

  32. The Dude says:

    So I blame the current Habs turnaround on GALLAGHER….The guy is everything right in WINNING and just rubs off on his team!

  33. The Jackal says:

    I made a sacrifice tonight.
    I did not watch the game because when I was not watching, we were up 2-0. I decided F – it, like in that Bud Light commercial about sports superstition. I have atoned for my wrongs in the playoffs – were I watched when I should not have watched.

    Looks like MT made the right call dressing Parros. Good for him, a couple of more days that we won’t call for his head 😀

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  34. Cape Breton says:

    All we’re gonna hear is the non goal by that Rymsdyck guy.

  35. The Puckhound says:

    When Kypreos talks, its like a whole lot of nothing…his mouth is moving but nothing makes sense?
    I can’t see him on CBC???

    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  36. JM says:

    Habs are winning as a team also they play for the full 60-minutes instead of laying back in the 3rd. Good Game all around…

  37. smiler2729 says:

    D’ya know what’s better than beating the f***ing Leafs???


    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  38. twilighthours says:

    People I liked:

    Patches. Legitimate star winger. Explosive speed. Excellent game.

    Plex/Gionta/moen/briere. Great work in a shut down role, with lots of offence to boot.

    Eller. Nice effort, especially in his own end.

    Bork. So many little, unappreciated things done right.

    Prust. Enough said.

    Gallagher. Also enough said.

    Parros. Wasn’t horrible, and had a nice rush!

    All the D. Pk just being pk, the best player on the ice. Markov, so smart with his stick at our blue line and in our corners. Gorges and emelin were steady. Diaz was excellent, more intelligent play with a smart stick. Murray was full value and then some tonight. Great game.

    Leafs had nothing in the third period.

    • bellcentre hotdog says:

      I really like Douglas Murray.

      The guy is slow, but he’s toug as nails.
      He doesn’t take stupid penalties. He doesn’t make bad decisions. He’s the tough SOB stay at home Dman the Habs have needed for a long time.

  39. Storman says:

    RDS just showed an awesome, celebration by Markov on PK’s goal

  40. Reflektor says:


    – Cherry for his self-inflicted #1 spot, fading fast
    – HNIC crew for crying, all, game, looooooong
    – Princess Phaneuf, cuz her tiara was knocked off
    – Leaf fans, cuz its what they do (and they’ll blame the refs)
    – Kypreos, really CBC, Kypreos? Really?

  41. Mondou6 says:

    Is HNIC running HIO now? Why is there a picture of Orr dumping PK on the top?

    Jesus, can we get a little love here after that 3 hour CBC hate-fest?

  42. HabFab says:

    On the PK is listed as the second star, not van Riemsdyk.

    • Chuck says:

      That’s because he was chosen as the second star in the arena. Apparently HNIC doesn’t let the facts get in the way of their Leaf homerism.

      Anything is possible.

        • Chuck says:

          I don’t get it… reporting the details of a sporting event involves facts, and getting them right lends to your reputation and credibility. It may be sports, but HNIC is also in the news business. You shouldn’t be making stuff up just because you don’t agree with the facts.

          Anything is possible.

          • Captain Pike says:

          • Jed says:

            In all fairness, CBC has always chosen their own “3 stars” and not gone with the official game-selected 3 stars. I guess it’s their prerogative to turn the HNIC 3 stars into a joke that everyone should ignore.

  43. The Dude says:

    So I’m thinking PK Subban is top 10 in world best and growing and I’m not talking just Dmen!

  44. D Mex says:

    Can someone let the blogger know the game is over ?
    BTW : on l’AC, Gauthier’s 1st Star tonight is * George Parros *

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  45. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Anybody now rather see Boullion play over Murray? Ask the Leafs after tonight who they rather see…

  46. Coach K says:

    Now that’s what I’m talking about!

    Speed and skill trumps thuggery. I have to say thank you MB for putting an end to the nonsense and getting George Parros. It looks like our Habs finally have an answer for the Colton Orr and Milan Lucic types and I couldn’t be happier.

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

    • D Mex says:

      Right on !

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • etcheverry92 says:

      You missed a good game Coach K. The Leafs actually played a very soft game. The only thugs out there were referees Chris Rooney and Honest Justin St. Pierre. They correctly nail Gunnarson for interference, then ignore Subban interfering with Orr. They disallow the game-tying goal for a phantom crease violation, then ignore Gallagher tripping Leaf goalie Bernier. I mean, Gallagher making contact with a goaltender – you can’t expect the refs to be looking out for a first time offender, right? Interestingly enough, honest Justin had just shafted the Leafs in Buffalo and was back at it 24 hours later.

      Of course, Randy Carlyle didn’t do himself any favors with his brain dead decision to start Bernier. He blew the second and fourth goals, and overplayed the third goal. Reimer has really been strong at the Bell Centre – why even consider starting anyone else?

    • boing007 says:

      Murray vs. Lucic. I’ll drink to that.

      Richard R

  47. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I see some guys and girls, one with la Flannelle the other wearing da Weeds rag

    …a sure sign of a relationship in trouble

  48. NLhabsfan says:

    CBC hockey night is sadly unprofessional…homers is mild way to describe these cheerleaders.

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