Liveblog: Game 28 – Canadiens beat nemesis 3-2

Bourque

He's human!

The great Martin Brodeur was beaten three times on a mere 17 shots.

Rene Bourque's sixth goal of the season, in the second period, erased a 1-0 lead fashioned by Steve Bernier in a first period dominated by the visitors.

After red-hot Max Pacioretty's 10th made it 2-1, Michael Ryder tied it up six minutes into the third period.

Then a bizarre sequence of bad passes ended with Alex Galchenyuk – benched for the third period against Toronto on Saturday – using his great hands to tap the winner past Brodeur.

Carey Price made 27 saves and preserved his stellar 2.00 GAA.

The Canadiens' penalty killers threw another shutout at NJ's three power plays.

Kid bags winner

Against Toronto on Saturday, Alex Galchenyuk spent the third period on the Canadiens' bench.

Against New Jersey, the 19-year-old scored the winning goal.

Martin Ryder had tied the game at 2-2.

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The great Martin Brodeur faced five shots in the second period.

Two went in.

Rene Bourque's sixth got the Canadiens on the board.

Then the home team went without a shot on goal for more than eight minutes before the red-hot Max Pacioretty blasted a power-play feed from Andrei Markov past Brodeur.

Shots were11-5 for the visitors ... exactly what they were in the first period.

Total domination

New Jersey outshot the home team 11-5 and got the only goal of the first period when Steve Bernier tipped home Marek Zidlicky's point shot.

The Devils had wide-open looks from the slot all through the period, as the Canadiens stumbled around their own end, unable to win puck battles.

Michel Therrien will have much to say between periods.

Him again

Martin Brodeur grew up in St. Leonard, a multi-ethnic district of Montreal.

His late father, Denis Brodeur, was a photographer for the Journal de Montréal.

But through the course of a first-ballot-cinch Hall of Fame career, the  New Jersey Devils goaltender has displayed little nostalgic affection for his hometown ... or at least for fans of the local hockey team.

Brodeur's lifetime statistics against the Canadiens: 44-18-6, 9 shutouts,1.83 goal-againstaverage, .930 save percentage.

And some of Brodeur's  best performances are on Montreal ice.

So despite recent stellar play by NJ heir apparent Cory Schneider, who posted a shutout of Buffalo on Saturday, the homeboy starts when New Jersey visits the Bell Centre Monday night.

The Canadiens begin a busy week: four games in six nights, including a return visit to New Jersey on Wednesday and Boston at the Bell Centre on Thursday.

Michaël Bournival draws back in for George Parros and will play with Brandon Prust and Travis Moen.

 

767 Comments

  1. Garbo says:

    Pittsburg gave up 2 second round picks for Murray last year.

  2. ProHabs says:

    MaxPac’s value is off the charts now. Time to trade him for Evander Kane and Bogosian.

  3. DickandDanny says:

    Other than he didn’t play much what the heck is wrong with Prust? He was the worst player on the ice tonight and has been awful of late, as well. Is he hurt…again? And, Briere you could tell wanted no part of tonight’s contest. He was doing fine playing on a different line but tonight he was invisible when he actually played. I would have rather seen White in the line-up for this game than either of those other two.

    “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

  4. doogie says:

    Price has saved their bacon darn near every night. Like Randorf said on the tube tonight, “if not for CP31, it’s 3-0 Devils”.

    Best hockey I’ve ever seen him play.

    • etcheverry92 says:

      Good comment. Price is in an absolute zone. I believe that he will carry the Canadiens to a Cup this year. If we look at Montreal’s streak, their only edge has been in nets – and it’s been a big edge. They launched the streak against Minnesota. Harding and Kuemper couldn’t stop anything. Neuvirth recovered himself late in Washington, but he gave up that all important first goal on a dribbler by Moen. On Saturday, Jonathan Bernier’s family and friends must have put bags over their heads. Their guy was just atrocious. And tonight, Price was great as usual and Brodeur looked sick on Montreal’s first two goals. Given how Price is whipping opposing goaltenders, the Habs’ streak figures to go on for a good while yet.

    • Rossy says:

      I noticed last night, as Price was setting up for a face-off to his left, how much his positioning reminded me of Jacques Plante. Never noticed that before with Price, but he seemed to be in a lower crouch … and totally focussed.

  5. Bill says:

    Scotland: What? Briere played fewer minutes tonight than Prust. And even if he hadn’t, how is it an insult to Prust?

    The whole fourth line played limited minutes tonight, Coach’s decision. I agreed with it.

    • savethepuck says:

      I wouldn’t argue with him Bill. Every grinder that can fight should get more minutes than someone producing according to him. Briere has 5 goals 4 assists in 18 games and Prust has 2 goals and 2 assists in 17 games. By the way, I am a huge suppprter of Prust and love what he brings to the team. He has a roll and does it well, but when the Habs are healthy, he belongs on the 4th line as a 1st or 2nd unit penalty killer.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  6. savethepuck says:

    Not a great effort by the Habs, thank you Carey. Let’s in 2 goals, one is deflected from close in and the other he didn’t see. Glad the Habs capitalized on their few scoring chances and Marty F didn’t stand on his head tonight. Hope people don’t have Rene B still on their $#it list because he has looked really good his last 2 games after coming back
    ( even though he had no points last game I thought he looked really good getting a lot of scoring chances ).

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
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    • DickandDanny says:

      Not sure that is completely accurate. We had lots of scoring opportunities but we can’t hit the net, or finish. Plekanec for one missed a great chance and never hit the net. And there were others as well, including Gallagher, and Diaz who had great chances from the slot. And what about the break-away by Patches and follow up by Eller. Gorges shoots wide on a perfect set up at the side of the net. Are those not all good scoring chances? That is 6 chances as i count them and there were many others I am missing.

      “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I feel no pity for Brodeur …he had zero for the Habs over a Hall Of Fame career

    …karma

  8. scotland says:

    agree with comment on prust getting small minutes. brierre playing ahead of him is an insult to prust, the players, fans. when it counts most therrien will have to come calling for prust to do the the tough work (bruins, pens, p[lay offs etc) …..prust wont but he could be very coy with the coach at that time.

  9. Bill says:

    Hope Budaj and the Habs can pull another one out on Wednesday.

    I don’t think that fourth line really works with Bournival. Rather see White out there making life hard for people. Bournival can wait until there’s an injury.

    And I don’t see any need to rest Murray and play Bouillon on Wednesday.

  10. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the shrinks of Turdranna must be REALLY rollin’ in the dough

  11. robdoobs says:

    Not the greatest game to watch, but did enough to win, will need all the points we can get!

    Now what’s with all these Pacioretty rumours?…I know teams have been contacting Bergevin, but why would they trade him now?…he’s scoring, team is winning, unless he wants out?

    Makes no sense, i hope it’s just smoke and no fire, a good young player, with tonnes of upside, with a solid bunch of youth on the team.

    Habs could be the only Canadian team to make the playoffs this year, wow!…..I may live in Vancouver, but the only way to watch all the Habs games, is to order RDS, best $2 a month i ever spent!
    GO HABS GO from the left coast!

  12. ooder says:

    Finally I got to see a game where they weren’t shutout! Man nj came to play. I think it said a lot about the teams character to win this one. They were emotionally and physically drained from Saturday. I found that Gally turned the tides with a beast shift that led to galchenyuks goal

    • etcheverry92 says:

      I think that Travis Moen turned the game when he wallpapered Fayne in the center ice area at a time when Jersey had a 1-0 lead. On his next shift out, Marek Zidlicky was first man back to a puck to Brodeur’s left. A Canadiens’ player (I couldn’t see who) was in pursuit. Zidlicky, whose guts have been questioned repeatedly during his career – and rightfully so – thought that he might get wallpapered a la Moen or, at the very least, might have to take a hit to make a play. The Jersey defenceman tried to rush things in order to avoid the imagined hit, and overskated the puck. The Habs picked up the puck and began a sequence of pressure that led to their first goal. The goal was critical because the record shows that when Montreal trails going into the third, they lose.

  13. Chuck says:

    As the old sports adage goes, no matter how good your team is expect to lose a third of your games. And no matter how bad your team is, you will win a third of your games. Its the really good teams that find ways to win the bulk of that other third.

    Tonight the Habs found a way to win one of that third.
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  14. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Guys have woken up recently…DD, Briere, Max, now Bourque…wow. Even the coach has woken up…moving Boullion aside for Murray, Briere with Pleks and Gionta, Max on the PK…everything is working. It is as if all the “if’ statements ever made on this site have come true at once.

    Still…can’t wait for Thursday.

  15. Peter Young says:

    The Canadiens are doing a very bad job at tanking.

  16. JM says:

    Thursday is the one I am waiting for. Lets see if they can pass the test. It will go one of two ways. A big win or a night of Excuses.

  17. monmick says:

    If the Habs win on Wednesday, they will be playing the Bruins for first place on Thursday; albeit with three games in hand…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  18. Lafrich says:

    Desharnais last 7 games:
    2 goals 6 assists plus 6.

    Nuff said

  19. Bill says:

    Has TSN not adjusted their standings to reflect the new playoff format? They have the Habs in third, I am pretty sure the Habs are technically in fourth.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • monmick says:

      Same total points as the Wings, but more wins…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

      • Bill says:

        Wings would be in 5th though, wouldn’t they? Tampa should be in third?

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • Peter Young says:

          Why, since Wings have two more points than Tampa and are third in the Atlantic Div., ahead of Tampa in fourth (although Tampa have two games in hand). So Tampa, outside the top three in the Atlantic Div., drop to 7th in the East playoff race.

          • Bill says:

            Because aren’t the three division winners automatically the top three seeds? No?

            EDIT: Never mind, realignment has me so confused.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

  20. Peter Young says:

    The Canadiens are plus 17 in goals difference, third in the East behind Pittsburgh (plus 22) and Boston (plus 20). The next team, in fourth place, is Tampa Bay at plus 10.

    • ProHabs says:

      The east is not the beast in the NHL though. The west is the best.

      • Peter Young says:

        Yes, but let’s be concerned about the East first. I’m not claiming we’re the best by any means, just pointing out that some credit is due.

        • ProHabs says:

          Absolutely, the Habs are playing well and I am very impressed by the work of one Michael Therrien. This guy knows how to bring a winning environment to a team.

          • ffenliv says:

            And yet was canned in Pittsburgh, one of the most talented teams there is.

            Coaching, winning, teams …. they’re strange beasts.

            Some days I feel like I know what I’m talking about. Most days I think we’re all just spouting out of our …. youknowwheres

  21. Peter Young says:

    During a Canadiens power play, the New Jersey play-by-play people were on about the tremendous firepower Montreal has! Thought I’d never hear that, and I’m not sure it’s entirely true, but we’ll take it as a compliment.

  22. Sportfan says:

    Yay Go Habs Go another win! They are on fire right not and I’m loving every minute of it!

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  23. Peter Young says:

    The Canadiens have 13 out of a possible 14 points in their last 7 games. They have let in two goals or fewer in their last 11 games.

  24. Peter Young says:

    Whenever I see an opposition goalie let in a weak one in Canadiens’ favor, I say, “Hallak would have had that.”

  25. RAM_TOUGH says:

    A good goalie is a lucky goalie. Last season those kinds of shots would have went in on Price. Nice to see his D coming to his aide!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  26. Peter Young says:

    PK is just a stunningly talented athlete. Just remarkable. We are so fortunate to have him.

  27. habcertain says:

    I think we can move past the PK Ole debate, the kid is playing lights out hockey.

  28. Peter Young says:

    Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that our good fortune in having no serious injuries among our regulars continues. For once our luck has turned–for the first time in several years if my memory is right. We are due some good fortune in that respect, although it certainly isn’t a matter for the law of averages.

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    2. New this week, PK Subban
    3. Down one, Roberto Luongo
    4. Cory Crawford
    5. Mike Smith

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  30. Habilis says:

    “Great teams win games even when they shouldn’t” – Some Sports Guy

    We may have something here, but I don’t wanna jinx it. So I’ll harp on the negative; They cannot play like that and win on Wednesday. This must be a learning experience and adjustments must be made.

  31. Peter Young says:

    Perhaps it’s that Murray racked up a minus 5 in his first 9 games. I know that doesn’t reflect pk time, but still it was among the worst on the team after only 9 games although other players had played far more games.

  32. habcertain says:

    Murray has become far more dependable then expected.

  33. showey47 says:

    “3P 4:13 Helluva PK. I was worried about using Murray there. They survived it”. Why would you be worried mr.boone? In over 26 minutes of PK time going into tonights game the PK hasn’t given up a goal yet with Murray on the ice. That’s one reason he a major upgrade over bouillon.

  34. habcertain says:

    Briers makes the Pleks line far more dangerous, Moen can work for a D game but doesn’t add anything on the o zone. Also don’t like Prust getting small minutes I think we can be rolling 4 lines a little more.

  35. Peter Young says:

    At one point Briere went for the puck in the Devils’ end along the boards and he visibly slowed down to avoid any physical contact, giving the puck to the Devils’ defenseman unmolested. Hardly saw Briere at all after that.

  36. Ring of Fire says:

    Someone lit a fire under Pacioretty….what a turnaround..good win after poor first period…lighter note anyone see pic of Rob Ford eating chicken wings at Rogers Center yesterday afternoon .

    The Thin Blue Line.

    • RAM_TOUGH says:

      Lighter, Rob is over 300 lbs!

      Guts-Glory-Ram

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Max came back early from a pulled hamstring and was wincing visibly every shift he was on the ice. From there he progressively improved. That wasn’t enough for the jokers who came on here and wanted him traded because he was soft. He was supposed to be Steve Shutt and Mike McPhee from the get-go.

  37. Habcouver says:

    Was the 17 SOG due to NJ’s trap style?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  38. Danno says:

    Why are they so freaking slow to put up the two points for the Habs on the standings on the official NHL site?

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  39. billylove says:

    Markov is the Russian grandmaster and Murray is the Sweedish dumptruck.


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