Liveblog: Game 29: Budaj wins on the road again as Eller, DD score in Shootout


Crazy game

Two defensive teams, right?

The Devils and Canadiens combined for five third-period goals before Lars Eller and David Desharnais secured two points in the Shootout.

With the Canadiens aheda 1-0 on Brian Gionta's first-period goal, the home team tied it up and took the lead on third-period goals by Andrei Loktionov and Michael Ryder.

Then after Eller made it 2-2, P.K. Subban put the puck on Patrik Elias's stick and the Devils' veteran made no mistake.

A 3-2 lead with 66 seconds left on home ice?

Over, right?


With 37 seconds left, Desharnais deflected Gionta's shot past Cory Schneider to send the game into overtime.

After being beaten by Reid Boucher – playing in his first NHL game – in the Shootout, Peter Budaj made saves on Travis Zajac and Elias for the W.

New Jersey outshot the Canadiens 34-30.

On to the Shootout

Max Pacioretty had his stick explode on him while steaming toward the NJ net in OT.

Brendan Gallagher hit the post behind Cory Schneider.

The Shootout

Boucher (first game in NHL): Goal!

Eller: Goal!

Zajac: Save

DD: Goal!

Elias: Save!

Dull game goes nuts

Four third-period goals?


After Andrei Loktionov and Michael Ryder made it 2-1, Lars Eller broke out of a slump with his eighth of the season.

With 66 secopnds left and OT looming, P.K. Subban coughed up the puck to Patrik Elias, who snapped it past Peter Budaj.

Then with Budaj on the bench, David Desharnais deflected Brian Gionta's shot past Cory Schneider.

On to OT

Scoreless second

No goals, but New Jersey enjoyed long stretches of puck possession.

Shots were 10-7, the Canadiens' total boosted by a late-period flurry that saw Cory Schneider get lucky on a Tomas Plekanec blast.

The opposite of Monday

The visiting team outshot the guys in red jerseys 13-9.

And the Canadiens got a lovely goal by Brian Gionta, off a perfect feed by Daniel Brière. It was the first goal on Cory Schneider in his last three home starts.

The goal came after NJ's Eric Gelinas rang one off the post behind Peter Budaj.

It's déja vu all over again

For the second time in three nights, your Montreal Canadiens play New Jersey.

This time the game will be in the Devils' home barn, the Prudential Centre in Newark.

Other than a different locale, little will change.

As has been the case for decades, New Jersey will play disciplined defensive hockey. They will minimize errors, take away the middle of the ice in their zone, frustrate their opponents and anaesthetize fans.

It almost worked at the Bell Centre Monday night.

The Canadiens won 3-2 despite being outshot 30-17.

(And if you thought that was impressive, how about Dallas beating Chicago 4-3 Tuesday night while being outshot 50-18.)

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  1. Adidess says:

    Chris, please tell us what you really think of Subban!?

    I like how measured and forgiving you can sound sometimes, except when you it comes to Subban. I didn’t see the slew-foot, but would be calling you a liar if I argued it didn’t happen and I don’t think you are one. So will let that go.

    But you must be totally unforgiving to be so harsh on the give-away, considering the player wasn’t attempting a fancy move or anything when it happened. He’s a skillful puck-handler who just happened to mishandle the puck on that play, like we see happen all the time to players of all types and caliber. The way he’s been playing in the last month, someone who knows hockey like you should be able to file this under ‘forgiven’. But you have been one of the skeptics even on the Norris, so I understand where you’re coming from.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      I saw the slew-foot. They showed it close up on TSN.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • etcheverry92 says:

      Adidess, I agree that Subban’s bobble should be forgiven, but to say that you didn’t see the slew-foot? Subban is, without question, one of the dirtiest players in the game. He’s a master, though, at picking his spot

    • Chris says:

      I was annoyed with an incessant run of comments extolling the virtues of P.K. Subban on a night where, to be frank, he stunk.

      I’ve followed P.K. Subban since he played with the Belleville Bulls. I like a lot of things about his game, and he is one of the three players that make the Habs what they presently are (along with Markov and Price).

      But for all that people on this board whine about how hard the media is on Subban, it is just as bad that some here can’t acknowledge when he has a terrible night when it is blatantly obvious that he was not even close to his Norris Trophy form. People get a brutal case of bleu-blanc-et-rouge coloured glasses on this site, which is understandable but sometimes annoying.

  2. SmartDog says:

    Wha’happened to the team that usedta lost alota games it shoulda won? Instead we got a team that wins games it shoulda lost.
    The apocalypso must be acomin!

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  3. PureGuava says:

    Patches stick didn’t break – it was slashed!

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”
    – Robert Anton Wilson

  4. Sportfan says:

    Saw this on twitter Sportsnet also reporting #Habs trade could be as small as John Mitchell to as big as a package for Paul Stastny. As long as Patches doesn’t go the other way!!!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  5. durocher says:

    If the Habs are going after Statsny, who would be going the other way? Can we make room for him? We already have DD, Pleks, and Eller playing center.

  6. markoni says:

    Anybody have any idea where I can find 24ch season 2 in english? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

  7. ShootThePuck says:

    DD tied with Koivu and Kovalev in career shootout goals for the Canadiens in a lot less tries. Ataboy little Frenchie.

  8. Hobie Hansen says:

    It’s going to be a darn tough game for the Habs to win tomorrow. If the Habs were fresh I’d give them at least 50/50 with they way they’re playing. Unfortunately they played tonight and Monday while the Bruins had time to rest and mend.

    The legs will be burning and the bruises and cuts will still be fresh but it would be fantastic if they grinded out a win! Hopefully Murray is fresh and ready to go. You never know, Parros could come in handy as well if the score gets out of hand or to make an early statement.

    I just hope it’s a close game and the Habs don’t run out of gas.

    Go Habs go!

    • adadi says:

      I would rest Briere. Move Bournivale to Pleks line and have Parros, Moen and White as the fourth line. You know the Bs are going to be gunning for the Habs so push back will be important. And yes Frankie B takes a rest in favour of Murray.

  9. naweed235 says:

    that was the best final 15 minutes to a game i’ve seen in a long time

  10. slyCH says:

    And there you have the parting PJ words for the night on his score prediction on tomorrows game. 20-2 bruins. Douche ahoy!!!!

  11. FlyAngler says:

    Likely that Murray plays tomorrow night against the Big Bad (Evil) Broons. Hopefully he and Emelin get some good licks in against those B’s forwards. Can’t wait for the game and hopefully a huge win!

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  12. kalevine says:

    missed this one again and will miss tomorrow. Only game I’ve seen lately was the SO loss to Caps. 4 points:

    1) wasn’t I just saying that Eller, who apparently has no shot, or at least rarely takes one in regulation, seems to do well in the shootout?
    2) OK so it’s the Devils and they are no longer an elite team, but good to see a comeback from the Habs and a goal scored with a 6th attacker.
    3) I can live with 2 wins out of 5 on shootouts. That’s a lot better than the last couple of years
    4) will DD lead the league in deflections that go to video review and are upheld? He has the advantage that the stick could be above the shouler and still be comfortably below the crossbar. And yeah his shootout record is looking good

  13. JohnBellyful says:

    This just in:

    New Jersey – Montreal Canadiens right-winger Max Pacioretty has become the 197th player to join a lawsuit against manufacturers of composite hockey sticks.
    Pacioretty phoned his lawyer after tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils in which his stick snapped in two as he took a shot on a breakaway with the game on the line.
    Montreal tied the game at 3-3 in the final minute and then won it in a shootout, with Lars Eller and David Desharnais scoring, using wooden sticks set aside for such situations.
    Pacioretty was both exhilarated and livid after the game – ecstatic over the win, but steamed over his stick breaking at a crucial time
    “That could have cost us the game, the way PK almost did,” Pacioretty said. “At least PK can make up for his miscues and help us to victory, but not that stick. Once it became useless, it was useless for good. Except for one thing. If there had been a company rep from one of the stick makers in the building, I would have lodged a protest – right in the chest.”
    The players’ lawsuit alleges Nike, CCM, Louisville, Bauer, Easton, and others “wilfully choose not to exercise common quality control measures practised by manufacturers around the world in the production of goods, no matter what the industry.”
    The action launched last month further accuses the stick-makers of “using inferior materials, condoning shoddy craftsmanship, and engaging in deceptive marketing.”
    Players are getting “shafted” by their suppliers, it states.
    Pacioretty said composite sticks “do add 15 to 20 miles per hour to a player’s shot but it’s getting so you can’t trust them anymore. It changes the way you play. Look what it did to Davey (Desharnais). He hardly took a shot the first 20 games because he was afraid something like tonight would happen. I finally convinced him he had to have faith in his equipment, and it turned his game around. He’s still not taking many shots but at least he’s willing to use his stick for tip-ins. And he uses a wooden stick for shootouts. I think we all will now.”
    Pacioretty was asked if he would use a non-composite stick full-time if the manufacturer assured him it wouldn’t break when he took a shot.
    “Sure would,” he said.

  14. Chris says:

    P.K. Subban is an exciting player, but he played a brain-dead game tonight.

    That power-play 1 on 4 rush was a comedy of errors. If you have 4 guys on you, all 4 of your teammates are open. That’s some free advice, P.K. Thankfully, a short-handed goal did not result.

    Then he deals an unforgivably bad giveaway under no pressure, giving the Devils a late lead.

    Finally, he got away with an egregiously brutal slew-foot on one of the classiest and most respected players in the game, which led directly to the tying goal.

    I would not at all be surprised to see the NHL take a look at that and possibly mete out a suspension given Subban’s previous history with slew-foots. Don’t forget: Subban was fined $2,500 last January for slew-footing Chris Kunitz, so he is now a repeat offender. The Sportsnet highlight package picked it up pretty well: Subban clearly kicked Elias’ skates out from under him.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Hi Chris

      You posted the contents of your job application to Hockey Night in Canada on this website by mistake.

      I wonder what you sent them.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Cry me a river. If you’re talking about when Subban took down Elias which led to the point man being open for the tying goal, you’re crazy. The game was lost at that point so it’s time to chance getting a penalty and take someone down to get open. Who gives a damn if Elias is a classy player!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Agree except for the play on Elias. Elias was interfering with Subban from going after the Devils player with the puck on the boards so PK dropped him like he deserved. Too bad.

    • monmick says:

      He should also have been called for a penalty deep in the offensive zone late in OT…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • etcheverry92 says:

      While you make valid points, the NHL won’t suspend Subban. In fact, he is receiving preferential treatment to date, certainly from NHL referees. In overtime, he roughed up Zidlickey, then grabbed him and threw him to the ice WWE style. The referee was right there, but no call. No point having referees if you’re going to tolerate blatant infractions.

      Subban really has to lose his tough guy act. Tonite it was Zidlicky. Monday he roughed up Zubrus three straight times. No call, of course. He has instigated or tried to instigate fights with Turris, Tlusty, Fleishman, and a slew of others. The pattern is obvious. Subban always bullies non-combatants, usually Europeans, and invariably escapes penalty calls. Let’s see how many fights the paper tiger tries to pick with Chara, Lucic, and Thornton tomorrow nite.

  15. Reflektor says:

    Hoping Boone isn’t as negative for tomorrow night’s liveblog.

  16. Reflektor says:

    Thinking RDS’ Antichambre have the boneheaded PJ on for comedic releaf.

  17. Ring of Fire says:

    I have to ask for forgiveness for bashing Pleks n Patches and team after Blues loss….watching NHL network n Habs some special about them on….been a fan even before I had hair #1 between my legs …I should know better…hope this train keeps on rolling thru Beantown..Boston’s won enough this past decade…Go Habs Go

    The Thin Blue Line.

  18. Et le but says:

    Philly just beat Detroit 6-3 after trailing 3-1 early in the 2nd; unreal

  19. DipsyDoodler says:

    DD Yeah!

  20. Lafleurguy says:

    David Desharnais was clutch again tonight. His stats for the season are weak, and don’t reflect how clutch he was tonight as he was against Columbus in the-comeback-from-2-nothing-down-and-win-in-a-shootout game. Habs haven’t swept Devils back-to-back in memory. Desharnais has variations on how to find the five-hole, as good as the game’s pure goal scorers which he is not. Emelin was great. And finally, just 48 hours ago, Subbie swept a couple off the goal-line, so tonight was a bit of “regression to the mean” and allowed vociferous fans to see what the coaches have spotted without a goal being scored against to underline the point.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  21. CHicoHab says:

    Rumour has it Sportsnet will replace Cherry with Rob Ford. Call it Crack’s Corner.

  22. habs001 says:

    These two games vs the Devils showed that a strong forecheck and size gives the Habs major problems in their zone..To have playoff success two from the group of Gorges,Diaz and the Cube have to be upgraded…

  23. Bill says:

    Of the last nine goals scored against the Habs, five were scored or assisted by former Habs. That doesn’t count Grabovski’s SO winner. It’s so weird.

  24. CHicoHab says:

    We’ve outplayed teams in the 2nd and 3rd and lost the game. We’ve lost countless shoot outs. Tonite. It worked out for once. Enjoy it.

  25. Bill says:

    I could be down with a playoff match-up against the Red Wings or Bruins.

    No former Habs on either of those teams, seems safe enough to me!

  26. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Hope none of the Habs playoff rivals trade for Ryder…

  27. Et le but says:

    Philly just tied the Wings 3-3

  28. JM says:

    Habs out-played in the 2nd and 3rd periods won the game in the skills competition … Sorry Guys you had better play 60 minutes tomorrow night. There will be no Skills competition!!

  29. Peter Young says:

    Pk–his skating, his puck handling–are so exciting to watch and hence good for the game. Those who make their livings off hockey should be boosting him, not downgrading and even denigrating him.

  30. SPATS says:

    Just listening to PJ Stock stumble thru his french lesson on L’antichambre. This guy is doomed. Go back to Bahstan PJ, though I doubt they even know who you are…


  31. Propwash says:

    Habs seemed to put on more pressure from what I saw compared to the last game. Missed the second as I had to pick up Mrs. Prop but listened to it on the radio. Hopefully there’ll be enough left in the tank vs the Broonz.


  32. Ian Cobb says:

    Boys and girls!

    We are 1 point behind Boston and 2 points from 1st in our conference!!

    We play the Neanderthals tomorrow night.

  33. slyCH says:

    Alright Bergy to PJ, “toi t’arrive de Toronto, t’ecoute le monde la bas.” In other words, shut up you traitor.

  34. Peter Young says:

    Canadiens now have a nine-point safety net bulge in the playoffs race. They’re that many ahead of the ninth place team, New Jersey.

  35. CHicoHab says:

    #76 the most exciting player to play on the CH since….. well you know….AGES……. TSN should take that frown and turn it upside down!!!

  36. Bill says:

    If TSN and CBC and opposing players and coaches want to obsess over PK and focus on him in a negative way … well, that can only help the Habs, right?

    It’s kind of like the way Habs fans and the Habs themselves focus on Lucik and forget about the rest of the game.

  37. habsfan0 says:

    Those composite hockey sticks break at the most inopportune times.
    Bring back the wooden stick.
    If it was good enough for the Rocket and Lafleur,it should be good enough for these guys.

    Even vinyl records are making a comeback.

    What’s old is new again.

  38. nova scotia vees says:

    TSN says P.K tripped Elias on tying goal, but fails to point out that P.K was tripped on the give-away goal. And 3 times tonight P. K bailed Markov out. Why is he always under the microscope? I think I know the answer.

  39. Peter Young says:

    It bears repeating again that this team has such character; they never seem to give up. There was every reason to give up late in the third; many teams would have. Well done, lads.

  40. HardHabits says:

    I know there is a lot of hockey to be played but I just started imagining a Montreal-Detroit first round.

  41. CHicoHab says:

    In the OT Emelin bounced a guy right off the puck behind our net with such ease. Thought he had a good game tonite.

  42. Peter Young says:

    Yeah, our record of not giving up more than two goals for so many games has gone. But who cares about trivia like that compared to keeping our winning and non-losing streaks alive? Not me.

    • etcheverry92 says:

      Budaj struggled in the third period, but Schneider was even worse. Brodeur was bad 2 nites ago. Bernier was atrocious 2 nites earlier. Neuvirth coughed up the dribblet to Moen, while Harding and Kuemper couldn’t stop anything in the first win of the current streak. Canadiens have had the good fortune to rarely face NHL goaltending during this great run.

  43. slyCH says:

    Looking at the replay I’m still baffled as to the reason for the review. Why?

  44. habs-fan-84 says:

    What I liked most about tonight, was how MT left Subban on the ice after that gaffe. It was not a high risk play, just a flukey one.

    • Adidess says:

      I noticed it immediately. It is a sign that things are changing. MT is not acting as impulsively as he was early on. The coach seems in full control right now.

  45. Et le but says:

    Great point by ChicoHab
    Love that MT left PK on the ice after his gaffe to give him a chance to correct it; great coaching

  46. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Budaj’s GAA is gonna take a beating, though.

  47. Peter Young says:

    Once again the former players come back to haunt their old clubs: Gionta with his goal and his shot that Desharnais tipped in, Ryder with his second goal in as many games against the Canadiens after a long, long scoring slump.

  48. HardHabits says:

    The tying goal that made it 3-3 was first tipped by Pacioretty before being redirected by Desharnais. I don’t know what you call it. Chemistry. Skill set. Sixth sense. Quite a spectacular goal given the circumstances.

  49. Mr.Pointu says:

    PJ go to bed Honey. The adults are playing cards in the kitchen.

  50. Danno says:

    Shut up PJ


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  51. CHicoHab says:

    Soobie screwed up. Then MT leaves him out there. Soobie says hey I love this support. We tie it up with Soobie on the ice. We win in the gimmick contest. Sweep Jersey in a back to back. Who are these guys??

  52. Ian Cobb says:

    And it was never in doubt!!!

  53. Mattyleg says:

    Well that was exciting.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  54. Peter Young says:

    Boone gets his hat-trick. It’s not that God loves you that much, Mike, it’s that God loves me a little bit, 1 for 3’s worth. Congratulations on Liverpool’s success; I just wish it wasn’t Suarez scoring four goals for you.

  55. daveho29 says:

    Exciting finish.
    Budaj playing very well in his role as a backup, probably deserves to play a few more games but Price is one of my goalies in my hockey pool.

  56. habs-fan-84 says:

    Man is it ever good to have DD back. He’s been nothing short of incredible the last few weeks.

    And just as Eller was starting to go really cold, he lights the lamp.

    Great win. Big game tomorrow!

  57. Bill says:

    We could really use a Philly win tonight. It would put us firmly ahead of Detroit. And the Devils just picked up a loser point to climb closer to the Leafs. If Philly wins there will be two teams hot on the Leafs trail.

  58. slyCH says:

    Great, Putrid Jerk Stock on l’antichambre. What nonsense am I in for now…

  59. Adidess says:

    I’ll say this too. Cory Schneider is probably not as good as he thinks he is…

  60. JUST ME says:

    Huge win. Huge 2 points. Great for the team spirit . Guys stuck for each other. For P.K. for D.D. for Budaj. Wow !

  61. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Marc10 +10,000,000!





  62. The Gonk says:

    Now is the time to trade DD. 🙂

  63. twilighthours says:

    I’m feeling good for desharnais

  64. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Good game Budaj. Great save in the shootout!


  65. johnnylarue says:

    Man, these NJ/MTL tilts are turning into real barn burners!

    • HardHabits says:

      The game took a turn for a barn burner real fast. 1 goal scored after 2 periods. 5 scored in the 3rd and then 3 more shoot-out goals. Not your typical defensive match-up.

  66. Adidess says:

    7 wins + 1 OT loss in the last 8 games, are you kidding me?

    If we win tomorrow, I’ll call Joe Thornton and ask for advice on how to celebrate 🙂

  67. Bill says:

    I’m assuming the Habs are flying right back to Montreal, so they can’t get into any trouble celebrating in Newark?

  68. sCOTT1243 says:

    This team is gitting ir done!!!!!!!!!!

    Memories of last season…could this team be for real?

  69. HardHabits says:

    Unreal. Where’s Timo? Somebody has to play Devil’s advocate.

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