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. CHicoHab says:

    So if it’s reality they won’t trade Markov is it reality he’ll get 7 million??

  2. savethepuck says:

    The Oilers just beat the Avs 8-2. Patrick Roy left Varlamov in for all 8 goals. Does Patrick not remember how it feels for a starting goaltender to be left in the net for a blowout? Did Varlamov tell the team president that he will never play another game for the Avs again?

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
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  3. CHicoHab says:

    I will say it again but hope it’s not true. I believe Markov is UFA after this season. This is the trade rumour because apparently he’s looking for 7 mill a year. Habs not about to pay that. Or so goes the rumour. Not saying we should trade him. Not hoping they do trade him. But this is the rumour.

  4. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I think I’m getting a nosebleed. Go Habs!

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  5. Propwash says:

    …aaaaand meanwhile, this is the Leafs season in a nutshell…

    http://i.imgur.com/F7aOoAk.gif

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  6. Curtoph says:

    Check out this very interesting interview with Torts:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBilRHk-ZnU&feature=youtu.be

    Makes you understand why he is the way he is.

    • habstrinifan says:

      WOW! Check out Torts body language! Anyone with any some theoretical training in body language would be amazed at Torts here and Torts behind a podium. WOW!

    • D Mex says:

      Surprised to find myself saying I can relate to much of what he said.
      Duthie says at one point he is often asked about Tortorella and responds by describing him as a quiet, decent guy – believe I can see why.

      ALWAYS Habs -
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  7. scarboro_habitant says:

    theres been rumours linking the avs and habs in a trade lately. jan hejda went down tonight and looks like he could be out long term. could force the avs to make a deal.

  8. Mattyleg says:

    All’s I can say is that MB really missed the boat on firing Therrien and sending DD to Hamilton and blowing up the team when he had the chance.

    Why didn’t he realise that this is not a playoff team, much less an NHL contender?

    Tha’s right, I’m lookin’ at you, oh ye of little faith…

    Great game, great gut-check win.
    Go Habs.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Yeah maybe but then a little criticism can be a good thing. Maybe that’s what it took to get a couple of under-achievers motivated.

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  9. Mr. Biter says:

    Go away for a 2 week cruise and check in periodically (cruise internet rates make Bell Centre Beer cheap) and where have all the Trolls gone? MB & MT finally learn to do their jobs in the last 2 weeks? Nobody wants to trade away half our team or ” Blow the Team Up”? Am I on the right site? Pass me another Pina Colada and El Presendente, only 2 nights left.

    Mr. Biter
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  10. forskis says:

    Cannot remember if it was the first or second period, but the 4th line set up a cross-ice pass for Parros on the right-wing at the top of the faceoff circle…he got a decent shot off and Rask made the save…I was rooting for him to score…the shot just needed a little more oophf. Definitely not a skilled player but he isn’t completely lost out there.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  11. scotland says:

    white should be in, brierre out.

    i know it wont happen on a reg basis…….but it should

  12. scotland says:

    when playing markov is not only “the best d on the team this season” he has been the habs best PLAYER for the last 10 years.

    • Storman says:

      Anyone who thinks we should trade Markov,,Homer says DOHH, I would say Markov is not only our best D man but our best player and besides our goalie our most important player, quiet leader in the room, on and off the ice,, do you think the Red Wings ever entertained the thought of trading Nicklas Lidstrom, that is how good Markov is right now..

  13. HardHabits says:

    This is obviously a miraculous run and we should all be proud. We know what the team is capable of. I still think they are ahead of the curve. Price has been lights out. The team is firing on all pistons. Is it sustainable?

    Two factors will determine how things shape up by the end of the regular season; depth and health.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I think if they play this style ( a forechecking style described well by the TV analysts two games ago) they will NOT go into a swoon as we saw in the last two seasons. Unless of course you have major injuries to anyone of the top 5 or 6 key players… or is that 8 or 10 key players… I cant determine how many key players we have now.

      Let’s just say that while Prust is still important, he is no longer a key player. Which is not a knock against him…. just an indication of the team we are seeing now.

      Just my opinion anyways.

    • forskis says:

      I still think some improvement is needed, they cannot win in the playoffs or much more in the regular season playing only desperate hockey, the Bruins owned that third period and eventually the bounces and blocks will go the other way. It was almost a lucky win.

      “I am guilty of using elipses…”

      • habstrinifan says:

        Problem is to add that ‘improvement’ they WILL need to trade and it is too difficult to trade a ‘key’ piece now. I for one think they need a hard-nose forward with some touch. Not an Umberger as some rumours are proposing. Who knows maye my steal of the 2013 draft…CRISP could become our next ‘surprise’.

  14. donmarco says:

    For those (few) who are still crapping on Therrien, Bournival played 6 minutes more tonight than Galchenyuk. And that’s AFTER leaving the ice for a concussion check. He gave the ice time to those who deserved it tonight.

  15. JF says:

    That was an unbelievable effort. Can’t stop gloating over the standings. I love this team.

  16. habstrinifan says:

    Has Habs had a streak like this even in the Carbonneau years? This is elite level winning hockey.

    Bill (the Kirk Muller look-alike) made a post about 3 weeks ago when Max Pac was being criticised for not going to the net; for not playing a real power forward game. Bill explained the nuances of Max Pacs game and why Max Pac should not be evaluated as a ‘typical’ power forward. That was a great post. Has Max Pac played anymore consistently in his NHL career. He’s playing the game Bill described.

  17. naweed235 says:

    Any body else notice how Patch tried to pull the Eric Cole move (high fiving the ref) after he scored?

  18. Seps says:

    Let me say, born in ’93 I have never seen the team all put themselves on the line like tonight. With 4 minutes left every single Hab was trying to block any shot, whether they were diving, had a knee down, body down, you can’t say this team doesn’t want it. As far as a trade is concerned that may be the worst option possible if the team is this ready to sacrifice their body for each other. Great game.

  19. HABitat4humanity says:

    Love Markov, but trade him while his stock is high & knee is functioning

  20. Propwash says:

    Stick = measured, as I said before.

    The team has a good problem to have, which is rotating players in and out of the roster. It’s been years since that has happened. Normally it’s been callups for inexperienced players from Hamilton. Guys are also playing for contracts as well.

    There will be ups and downs this season for sure, but this team has heart. I’m liking what I’m seeing so far.

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  21. HABitat4humanity says:

    Depth is good. 4th line is all that needs help

  22. HABitat4humanity says:

    Resilience…. Habs playing like a playoff team. ( cant say stanley cup…yet). They have to learn to apply pressure even when leading. A fault that is ongoing but i am knittpicking. Glad to see they are playing physical. Before teams would take it to them & habs would do next to nothing. Emelin looks a little shaky going for the big hit. It was nerve racking seeing him hit Lucic. Cant wait to see them play again well rested.

  23. rljmartin says:

    Dr. Recchi just cleared Boychuk to return to Boston with the team…… back issue… the good doctor’s expertise.

  24. Stevie.Ray says:

    What would you give up for Drouin?

  25. donmarco says:

    In many ways this was a very strange victory. Not so much because we won, because these are 2 relatively matched teams, but more because Boston did not try to do what they’ve done so many times before, getting under Habs skin with after-the-whistle nonsense to goad them into penalties. Sorry, Bruins, but Habs were there to be had tonight. You gave up 2 valuable points. 100% plus for Habs effort tonight.

    • Seps says:

      They have a lot more Europeans now (that are soft), and minus Boychuk and McQuaid, they have a young D-core that’s really not very intimidating. Passing of the torch perhaps?

  26. Cal says:

    Balls. That’s what this team has. Big, heavy-duty-never-say-die balls.
    What a week thus far!

  27. naweed235 says:

    Now that all is good and roses, and considering all these trade rumors and the fact that with a healthy team (knock on wood) there is a traffic jam in the line up, who is the player you’d be least sad to see go.
    Bourque? Gio? DD? Other?

  28. jsaz says:

    Murray had a good night, and the big 14 had a awesome night. I wanted him gone at the beginning of the season I feel dumb for saying that now lol

  29. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Everybody talks about what would happen if the Habs did not have Markov (BTW they made the playoffs without him). How about Emelin??? The Habs’ record with and without him in the line-up is ridiculous.

  30. Habcouver says:

    No buts this evening, folks. Just a great team effort.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  31. HabinBurlington says:

    Well look who is first place in the Atlantic division…..
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/standings/
    Woohoo! Still can’t believe the week this team had.

  32. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Saw a lot of shots of Lucic on the bench. Must have been to compensate for his near-invisibility on the ice.

  33. frankcasting says:

    2 pts behind Sid, no games in hand, that’s impressive, much like last year, +19 goal diff, excellent team D and what more can we say about CP? There is no reason why we can’t do ’86/’93, those teams were no deeper.

    Loving the Habs since 1965

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    And it was never in doubt!!

    We are in 1st place in our division.

    Will there be a spring time SUMMIT, at the Parade on St. Catherine this year.?

  35. adadi says:

    Pretty sad reffing. What is it about the Bs that brings out the worst in the zebras.

  36. HabinBurlington says:

    The first goal Rask gives up, if Price gives that up, don’t most here call it a soft goal? My point isn’t that Rask is bad, but rather even the top goalies don’t stop them all.

  37. Habfan10912 says:

    Eller is the type of player that doesn’t need to score to be valuable. He’s a terrific player.

  38. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Good teams are teams which find a way to win. Last night and tonight were perfect examples in the case of the Habs. (Bad teams are forever clutching defeat from the jaws of victory, like last year’s Maple Leaf Meltdown against the Bruins.)

    Beating both the Bruins and the Leafs in regulation in the same week? Very sweet indeed!

    I love this team. Go Habs!

  39. Sportfan says:

    That was an early playoff game no

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  40. HabinBurlington says:

    Agree with Arnou below, I would be very very hesitant to make a trade, small tweaks maybe, but this team appears to have great character, heart and skill.

  41. cmc says:

    Eller has been a fantastic energy for the team.. Great win! The hit by Eller was a game changer.

  42. FANHABULOUS says:

    Great win by the lads tonight, that was all guts. Loved that Eller hit, I though the team as a whole showed some serious testicular fortitude, and were not intimidated AT ALL (and please don’t tell me having guys like Crank and Parros in there doesn’t make Lurch and the other Goons think thrice before doing something silly).

    As for Max’s hit… I think it was clean. He went shoulder-to-shoulder but both of their momentum/trajectories were directed towards the boards. It wasn’t even that big of a hit… I’m sure they’ll make a huge fuss about it because of the outcome (which is very unfortunate btw).

    PS – I wonder what Dr Recchi will say?!

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    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      They had to play aggressive. Our boys became the aggressor. The moment the puck dropped on the 1st, there was nothing held back. I think the Boychuk injury rattled their zone.

  43. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    This might be the game that officially marked the end of the Bruins “intimidation”. When Thorton avoids Parros (chicken sh#@%t), that sends a message that they’re intimidated for once.

  44. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Bergevin should think twice before making a move come deadline. Postseason is better for him to look for players to fit on the team. Right now, we are seeing this kind of success and I believe it will continue, I think its too early to talk about trades.

    I do however agree that Paul Stasny is a fit for the Habs. But for a $6.6M/yr guy, not yet.

  45. @Ram

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  46. Adidess says:

    Have to say I’m definitely warming up to Murray. He was a wall tonight.

    He skates like one big oil tanker, but the guy is so physical and so effective. When he’s in front of Carey, I don’t mind the scrums.

  47. Bill says:

    Eric Belanger, what is with that suit? Did Don Cherry clean out his closet? Did Pride Week come early? Are you insane??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  48. Storman says:

    Boys will get a well deserved day off, with a definite trap game coming up on Saturday against a last place Buffalo team

  49. slyCH says:

    Did MT just mention Murray as two separate players in his press conference? LOL.

  50. Bill says:

    That’s two wins in a row where the other team scored first BTW.

    That’s serious character.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  51. Willy the bum says:

    Therrien post-game Thursday night: “This is a tough part of the schedule for us. The Bruins are fresh because they haven’t played since Saturday. But we’re playing at home and we’re counting on the fans to supply us with some energy.”

    And now…. the Habs got some energy from the fans tonight.

  52. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Yeah Baby!

    - The were out muscled and outplayed by a team that has more talent. But they busted their buts and got the win. Also, the Bruins were just too tired to play on the 3rd prd. Let’s get this party rolling and more wins to go!

    BTW, I like the picture on TSN.ca – http://www.tsn.ca/

    Our beloved Habs are Bear Tamers!

  53. Storman says:

    My Turning point of the game was Eller’s hit on Campbell

  54. slyCH says:

    Diaz with the 4th star.

  55. nova scotia vees says:

    All of a sudden this team is jelling. No Bourque..not missed. And Price is so good this season. Waite has corrected most of his problems. Woohoo.

  56. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Shall I dare say “It feels like 93″

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  57. Et le but says:

    On AC, Bergy saying Lucic was invisible tonight

  58. Almost never fails, no idea why but well rested teams almost never win.

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    3. Cory Crawford, and he’s an iffy at best.

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  59. Bill says:

    Canadiens out-hit the Bruins by a lot?? WTH??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  60. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I’m right more often than I am wrong …but will eat crow on Murray

    …He is more than a stationery pylon … He’s smart as well as BIG

  61. frontenac1 says:

    Check the suit on Eric Belanger on AC .He looks like Grapes long lost love child!

  62. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Parros even had a chance! And he didn’t have to fight.

    Man, Timo is going to be pissed. Guy hates not having anything to complain about…

  63. BCG says:

    I’m a little giddy with the win so it’s only going to be positives. I love the fact that Price is finally playing to his instincts – for too long he looked like a goalie that was playing a style. I put that improvement on Waite. I love that the Habs are using their strengths – yes, they are small, but what we are seeing are forwards that accept they are a poor man’s version of Martin St. Louis. Work hard and take the opportunities to score. And finally, and most importantly, it seems like Therrien has accepted that Subban is a top flight player – yeah, he’s not perfect, but trust him like the organization trusted Price and you will be rewarded. Subban has been a catalyst to this streak much like the team’s play (and his play) at the start of the season.

    I have no criticisms about the direction that this team is headed – and I thank Gauthier. And Bergevin for not blowing up Gauthier’s work. Mainly, I thank TImmins for some great analysis. Still think Therrien is not a great coach, but as the NYR and VCR experiment shows – a coach only has so much influence.

    It’s a long year, but working hard and using one’s talent tends to pay off. Go Habs.

  64. HabinBurlington says:

    We got ourselves a hockey team folks, what a tremendous week of hockey, capitalized with a big win tonight.

    Tremendous!

    Looks like MT hit a 4 while sitting on 17 again with the lineup he iced as well.

  65. JohnBellyful says:

    The Eleven Games to Christmas

    On the second of December, my fav team gave to me
    A home win over New Jersey

    On the fourth of December, my fav team gave to me
    A comeback shootout V, and
    A home win over New Jersey

    On the fifth of December, my fav team gave to me
    A rug made from a bruin
    A comeback shootout V, and
    A home win over New Jersey

  66. Storman says:

    Guys were smart not to take a late penalty , being gassed it would have been a very hard kill.

  67. duffy says:

    Who’s the guy wearing one of Cherrys suits on L antichambre.?

  68. Danno says:

    Bergy says Patches hit Boychuck from behind. That’s false.
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  69. Dunboyne Mike says:

    That took heart. There was nothing left in the tanks or legs. Remember how much that hurts?

    But did anyone else think the Bruins were nearly as gassed as we were? I saw a lot of them breathing hard, and we weren’t the only ones slow to the puck. I think they were still recovering from the pace we dictated in the 2nd.

  70. rljmartin says:

    Bournival has earned his keep and Murray is a stud…. even Briere had his moments in the game… BIG team effort!

  71. Storman says:

    Just poured a nice 3 finger glass of neat Jameson

  72. Phil C says:

    Loved Subban knocking Chara on his ass in the scramble behind the net at the end of the game.

  73. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …what can a true blue Habs Fan say, but …beautayy !!!

    …almost as good as sex :)

  74. habfaninottawa says:

    What a huge win! Keep it up!

  75. Beardbaron says:

    Really good job by Diaz tonight. He stepped up physically and really helped a stellar effort all around by the habs d-core tonight.


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