Liveblog: Game 30 – First place, baby!

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Guts!

Playing their third game in four nights against a well-rested Boston tea, the Canadiens gutted out a 2-1 win.

After falling behind on Gregory Camopbell's goal – scored during a first period dominated by the visitors – the Canadiens bounced back.

They outshot the Bruins 17-7 in the middle period and got goals from Tomas Plekanec (his 10th) and Max Pacioretty (11th)

Then it was the Carey Price Show.

With his teammates being beaten on nearly every shift, Price made 16 saves in the last 10 minutes to salt the game away.

The win moved the Canadiens past Boston into first place in the Atlantic Division – but the Bruins have two games in hand.

Price .. again

16 third-period saves protecting a one-goal lead.

He's the best.

Strike back

Which team played last night?

And which has had four days of rest?

The Canadiens outshot Boston 17-7, skated them into the Bell Centre ice and got goals from Tomas Plekanec (his 10th) and Max Pacioretty (11th) to take the lead.

Third period should be fun.

A sombre start

A lot of energy drained out of the game when Boston defenceman Johnny Boychuk was taken into the boards by Max Pacioretty and suffered an injury that required extended medical attention and departure on a stretcher.

The Bruins outshot the Canadiens by an embarrassing margin of 10-3 and got the period's only goal when Milan Lucic split P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov and fed Gregory Campbell for the fourth-liner's second of the season.

The Canadiens' two power plays were worse than Coeur de Pirate's two national anthems.

 

 

Them

We don't like the Leafs.

But the Montreal-Toronto "rivalry" has more to do with politics, economics and those anal orifice Leaf-blowers at Hockey Night in Canada than with anything that actually transpires on the ice.

How can you hate a team that hasn't won squat in 47 years? Have mercy on them, peeps, for they know not decent hockey.

With Boston, the bad blood is genuine ... and not infrequently spilled on the playing surface.

Ask your grandfather about Maurice Richard and Hal Laycoe.

Ask your father about Pierre Bouchard and Stan Jonathan.

More recent iterations: Milan Lucic destroying Mike Komisarek, Gregory Campbell using a loose elbow pad to carve up Tom Pyatt, Zdeno Chara running Max Pacioretty into a Bell Centre stanchion.

This ain't Carolina or Florida at the Bell Centre Thursday night.

Stuff is REAL.

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

• Lines and pairings for the Bruins: Lucic-Krejci-Iginla, Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson, Smith-Kelly-Soderberg, Paille-Campbell-Thornton – Chara-Boychuk, Seidenberg-Hamilton, Bartkowski-Miller and Krug as seventh D

 

1,378 Comments

  1. Coach K says:

    You want speed? – Check!
    You want sandpaper? – Check
    You want timely goal scoring? – Check!
    You want air tight defence? – Check!
    You want other-worldy goaltending? – Check!
    You want judicious use of the bench? – Check

    This team seems to have it all right now. Any way the opposition wants to play it, your Habs have an answer!

    Take a few well deserved days off boys!!

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

  2. Habcouver says:

    Let’s get those standings updated, huh.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  3. Mavid says:

    well that was incredible…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  4. D Man says:

    I found out how long I can hold my breath Whew, what a game! Luongo who!

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  5. Bill says:

    Who were the stars?

  6. Danno says:

    HIO blogger by the name of Psycho was at the game tonight in the 150 zone. Lucky dog!

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  7. Bill says:

    You just know that losing this one really bugs the B’s! An exhausted Canadiwns team, and they still couldn’t goon them.

    We’ve got a special group here if they can stay healthy.

  8. JUST ME says:

    3 games in 4 days for anybody is huge. 6 more points in the standings in 4 days is fantastic.
    I know it does not mean anything but Gallagher deserved a star tonight. He was everywhere. For me his best game with the Habs so far.

  9. John Q Public says:

    NHL & refs = Joke !

  10. HardHabits says:

    Anybody have a stream link for l’antichambre?

  11. Marc10 says:

    Carey! Carey! Carey!

    Props to the warriors… Patches, Gally, Diaz… and the list goes on. Big win! Big win!

  12. Danno says:

    I love this crazy bunch of beautiful b@stards we call Habs.

    They won the Indy 500 driving a Chevette with no gas in the tank.

    Spectacular!!!

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  13. Mats Naslund says:

    Kudos to the team for battling through the 3rd period. They’ve played a lot of hockey lately and the Bruins were well rested (except for having to play with 5 D). It wasn’t always pretty – but a win is a win and for now at least they can enjoy life at the top.

  14. Arrow77 says:

    Another game where Price doesn’t allow more than two goals. And another game where it’s not because the team in front of him was that great. Might be the best goalie of the league at this moment.

  15. Storman says:

    Even though The bruins were the better team Carey did not have to be extra spectacular, we kept a lot of the bruins chances to the outside, no clear looks, one speed and skill goal set up by of all people Milan LooseChick and that was it,, great gutsy game on an empty gas tank..

  16. Curtoph says:

    whatttta game!

  17. SportsFan31 says:

    Yeah Pricey!

  18. Et le but says:

    The last 10 second scrum behind their net a fitting end to a game won on guts and pride!

  19. twilighthours says:

    Gutsy effort. I really liked that 3rd period. They kept the bruins to mostly harmless shots.

  20. D Mex says:

    MaxPac with the winner – wow !
    Now, for the whine display … Mr Julien ?

    ALWAYS Habs -
    D Mex

  21. Sportfan says:

    Anyone who thinks Luongo should be the starter for Canada is brain dead!

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  22. habs-fan-84 says:

    Wow! Congratulations boys! What a game by Price, unbelievable !!

    A well deserved day off tomorrow

  23. slyCH says:

    They did it. They F’n did it with no legs. What a win.

  24. slapshot777 says:

    This team has turned the corner boys and girls from now on this team will only continue to get better.

  25. topher5468 says:

    Love it, huge W baby. Gonna be a good sound sleep boys. Adios

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

  26. Sportfan says:

    Carey Carey Carey!

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  27. Cdnman1 says:

    No doubt about the first star!

  28. The Gonk says:

    Best win of the season so far!

  29. Dave Jones says:

    Price is stealing games this season! He’s been unreal. Canada’s best.

  30. Habcouver says:

    Carey! Carey! Carey!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  31. DipsyDoodler says:

    Tremendous. They won that one on pure guts.

  32. Marc10 says:

    Wow! Is this team good or what? That is impressive.

    Ole! Ole! Ole!

  33. sprague cleghorn says:

    Okay, that was the one, the big game that Price stole for them.

  34. The Dude says:

    Nothing better,nice one boy’s!

  35. Sportfan says:

    YAY!

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  36. Cdnman1 says:

    This team is really something.

  37. Storman says:

    Pleky missing Gionta and Icing that puck just put us through another 20 seconds of oops i crapped my pants

  38. duffy says:

    Paciorety first star

  39. NLhabsfan says:

    Who would have BELIEVED IT!!

  40. Fansincebirth says:

    I guessed a loss and injury to us, reverse jinx!!!

  41. AH says:

    Yessss!!!Suck it scum Bruins!!!!

    Habs are rolling!!!!!!

  42. Sal from the Hammer says:

    This team bends, but doesn’t break! Real character!

  43. Ring of Fire says:

    First place baby..MT must b doing something right

    The Thin Blue Line.

  44. Adidess says:

    Sheer will tonight!!! Beautiful!

  45. SportsFan31 says:

    YEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! 1ST PLACE! GOOOOOO HABS GOOOOOOO!

  46. JohnBellyful says:

    The torch burns brighter tonight.
    (Should make for an interesting CH 24 episode.)

  47. RockinRey says:

    Wow! Nice win. Look forward to ALN Boone. Nice week. Lookout Sabres.

  48. Propwash says:

    Stick = measured.

    Les boys deserves a day off tomorrow.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  49. Rudy says:

    And the damn feed cuts out!!!!!!

  50. monmick says:

    Good play on Chara by PK at the end…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  51. habsfaninboston says:

    Yoooooohooooo!
    1st place baby!

  52. Cdnman1 says:

    PK keeping the puck behind the net

  53. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Way to go boys! we’ll take it!

  54. sCOTT1243 says:

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. This team is for real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Adidess says:

    Wow!!! First place!!!

  56. Fansincebirth says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  57. LeGrosBill says:

    1st baby!!!!

  58. Et le but says:

    YEAH!!!!!!

  59. Cdnman1 says:

    Icing! Bad move.

  60. Rudy says:

    Breathe, breathe, breathe

  61. jols101 says:

    Wow so close to the center line

  62. NLhabsfan says:

    Jeez need a strong heart

  63. RockinRey says:

    braincramps!

  64. Sportfan says:

    Go HABS GO finish them!

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  65. Willy the bum says:

    Got the right guys out for 40 sec, MT?

  66. sCOTT1243 says:

    COMON boys! Carey ain’t tired.

  67. ffenliv says:

    A lot of play by play guys for a lot of teams make a lot of mistakes on a lot of names.

    But I can’t stop laughing at ‘Michael’ Therrien. I mean, that’s not even trying.

  68. Fansincebirth says:

    shit shit shit shit

  69. Et le but says:

    40 seconds to 1st in division! BIG draw here

  70. SportsFan31 says:

    Price is spectacular!

  71. Cdnman1 says:

    Bouraval is the real deal!


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