Liveblog: Game 31 – Canadiens win ugly for fifth in a row

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There are no style points in hockey

The Canadiens stole one from the NHL's worst team.

Two goals – by Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk – within 23 seconds of the second period put the Canadiens up 3-1 and they hung on to win 3-2 – despite being outshot 25-19 in their own building.

They'll have to be better against the mighty Kings Tuesday night, but a win is a win ... and the Canadiens have strung together a season high five Ws in a row.

Brandon Prust, who was the game's First Star, opened the scoring and added an assist on the Plekanec goal.

Travis Moen had two assists.

Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons scored for the visitors, who frequently had the Canadiens running around their own end in abject confusion.

 

Too close

What a third period for P.K.

First he gets turned into a pretzel by Zemgus Girgensons, who beat carey Price for Buffalo's second goal.

But the pluggers gutted out a W.

Explosion!

It took only 19 seconds for Brandon Prust to pot the first goal of the game.

The Sabres equalized during a brutal defensive shift by the Tomas Plekanec line. Sustaines Sabres pressure produced an unstoppable shot by Tyler Ennis.

Then the Canadiens took control with two in 23 seconds: Plekanec's 11th, on a beautiful set-up by Prust, and Alex Galchenyuk's eighth, a one-timer off a perfect pass by Andrei Markov.

Sabres had a 12-11 shot advantage.

Better than Nytol

And not habit-forming.

Buffalo outshot the Canadiens 5-4 over 20 sleep-inducing minutes.

Liverpool had more than 20 shots today.

In soccer.

I'm just saying ...

We interrupt this string of challenging opponents to bring you ...

We interrupt this string of challenging opponents to bring you ...

The Buffalo Sabres.

Dead last in the NHL with a a goal differential, despite Ryan Miller, of minus-39 – which will be the temperature in Hell when this once-proud franchise is a Cup contender again.

Your Montreal Canadiens are 8-1-1 in their last 10. They are coming off an emotional win over Boston Thursday night and will be looking  for a season-high fifth straight W.

All portents, then, point to a Sabres upset.

The visitors are not bereft of talent. There's Miller and, for now, Matt Moulson. The guy in the photo, Tyler Myers, has the tools to be a great defenceman.

But Buffalo, under new president of hockey operations Pat Lafontaine, is in full-on rebuild mode.

And it might take a while.

Puck drops 7:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

759 Comments

  1. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    Just one more face off win

  2. jols101 says:

    Markov looks OK again. Hope he is alright.

  3. duffy says:

    Three stars, Prust, Galchenyk, Pleks .

  4. Bill says:

    I don’t care if Subban had an off night, he should be out there, not Gorges.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  5. Et le but says:

    Close this out boys!!!

  6. smiler2729 says:

    1st Star of the Night: Tyler Seguin, Dallas

    2nd Star: The Pesky Sabres eh…

    3rd Star: James Neal’s knee

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  7. Arrow77 says:

    No one better than injured Markov, really?

  8. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I am not impressed. The Habs should have blown these chumps out of the water tonight!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  9. Strummer says:

    Background music during the time-out is cheesy

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  10. NLhabsfan says:

    SEE if Julien supports Thorton.

  11. Samovich says:

    Have the Habs scored an empty netter yet this year?

  12. Mondou6 says:

    For some reason, we never score an empty net goal. Never.

  13. Bigdawg says:

    Thorton will be gone for a long time
    Neal will also be gone for a shorter while
    in a short while PJ will be gone for good.

  14. NLhabsfan says:

    How close was that!!!

  15. Et le but says:

    Think Markov is injured.
    Did NOT look good

  16. I will, however, give PK the benefit of the doubt. He is a superb talent and is allowed a couple of bad games. Over this recent stretch, he has been great. Where has he been so poor as some are suggesting?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  17. Arrow77 says:

    Somebody should glue Markov to the bench. No reason to take any chance right now.

  18. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    Patches appears to have lost his hot hand

  19. jols101 says:

    Marky loos off. Damn.

  20. Strummer says:

    Eller @ 8:18 Briere @ 6:29 bottom TOI so far
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  21. The Teacher says:

    Adadi how many will Neal get?

  22. adadi says:

    Scott Thornton is going to get 20 games for his cheap shot on Orpik.

  23. Storman says:

    That did not look good at all, Markov’s knee bent very awkwardly,, FFF I am pissed at PK tonight

  24. …and 45 hits for Buffalo. Too much time on their hands, or are they plastering us every chance they get and keeping us off balance.

    Not sure with some teams if more hits is better. Thoughts? Seems when we don’t running around hitting, we do better.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  25. Samovich says:

    on the replay that looked horrible on The General, got away with one there!

  26. duffy says:

    Cole, Markov hurt, no Emelin, no Marrkov, no Emelin, I guess it was Markov. Needs to retire.

  27. The Teacher says:

    Ow marky :(

  28. The Jackal says:

    Jeez! Sure, this game is not exactly a classic, but jumping ship already? Have we forgotten the last 10 games?

  29. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    I’ve been saying it for a while… Habs are terrible ať odd man rushes.

  30. jols101 says:

    Markov looks OK. Scary when he goes down.

  31. The Teacher says:

    He gave me some hope there

  32. Samovich says:

    GIONTA pfft…

  33. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Really rough game! Two holding the stick penalties! When will the madness end?

  34. Danno says:

    I am currently praying with my rum on the rocks for Markov’s left knee

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  35. Storman says:

    Gionta has to hit the netand most likely should bury that

  36. The Teacher says:

    Looked like he was favouring a knee too. Please no

  37. Mondou6 says:

    Gionta misses the net. W….T….F…?!?!

  38. RAM_TOUGH says:

    JC a 3-1 & they F it up!

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  39. Da Hema says:

    Gionta!!!!!

  40. NLhabsfan says:

    They must be looking at Subban really closely for that call.

  41. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    Oh crap

  42. SKHab says:

    Markov better not be hurt!

  43. Mark C says:

    What a play by Price.

  44. The Teacher says:

    Oh effing. No

  45. Danno says:

    I want the good PK back

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  46. Strummer says:

    ?

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  47. Strummer says:

    I’m hearing Gerard Gallant has been a big part of this squad’s recent success.
    make sense?

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  48. Samovich says:

    All teams have an intense schedule, its an Olympic year. NO EXCUSES

  49. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Lazy ass penalty

  50. jols101 says:

    PK’s worst game of the year? Easily in my books.

  51. Storman says:

    Do not send the tape of this game to Yzerman,,How bad is PK tonight holy ffffffff

  52. FlyAngler says:

    P K ! HORRIBLE tonight!

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  53. Danno says:

    Weak call – and of course it goes to PK

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  54. Et le but says:

    Even against the Sabres, this is a HUGE kill

  55. The Teacher says:

    Vancouver hab is correct

  56. The Teacher says:

    7 games 11 nights I believe?

  57. 17 shots on Buffalo? Huh? Are we asleep? Gotta bury these types of teams!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  58. danhabsfan says:

    It’s unreal that the Habs have 6 games in 9 nights. Do other teams have a schedule like that? I just don’t know. I’m seeing brain fatigue tonight.

  59. The Teacher says:

    Strummer. I’ll take the odds that that duo will always take the over on that one!

  60. Strummer says:

    PK and Markov on for all goals for and against so far

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  61. jols101 says:

    Not loving this.

  62. The Teacher says:

    Three things almost every fan gets out of their seat for.

    1) incredible save
    2) a goal scored by the home team
    3) a fight

    It ain’t leaving anytime soon.

  63. Kooch7800 says:

    no difference between what Bertuzzi did and now what Thornton did…..something tells me his suspension won’t be as long

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  64. Danno says:

    PK giveth and PK taketh awayeth. So let’s see what he does to redeem himself now…

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  65. RAM_TOUGH says:

    A streak will be broken tonight! Maybe 3!

  66. Bill says:

    Okay, I’m finally getting the CBC panel … no, PJ is way off base. He says He says the Orpik hit is what happens when there’s no fighting … pretty sure there is fighting in the NHL.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Danno says:

      PJ is – an forever will be – a dipstick

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    • Da Hema says:

      I must have logged on to Bizarro HIO. Some posters are trying to defend PJ Stock! Wtf?

      • VancouverHab says:

        But I still haven’t heard anybody say exactly which specific remark they object to and the argument against it….

        • Da Hema says:

          I believe he claimed what happened on the ice between Boston and Pittsburgh would not have happened if there were “fighting in the league.” As others have noted, there is indeed fighting currently in the NHL.

          • VancouverHab says:

            See above….And I will add that he explicitly stated that he was talking about the instigator rule — which is a good (I don’t say winning) argument.

            Instigator rule=non-fighting-rule league behaviors.

          • Da Hema says:

            Vh: see below.

            “VH: That’s a very charitable interpretation of the rambling incoherence that spewed out of his mouth.”

            :-)

        • Bill says:

          I object to him mitigating what Thornton did by saying he gave Orpik “little jabs” and it’s not his fault he’s too big and strong. And I object to him excusing the whole thing based on what was a borderline hit by Orpik.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • Dave Jones says:

            Me too Bill! There is a legitimate, larger discussion about fighting and the current rules’ relation to violence in hockey. There is not, however, a legitimate reason to absolve the particular actions of Thornton. If PJ’s argument can be used to absolve Thornton, it can be used to absolve Neal–which he was not willing to do. Both players did something despicable and dirty and, as Cherry said, what they did was not fighting. Yet, Thornton, the fighter, who used his hands instead of his knee to commit his violent act, is not really to blame, because of broader trends in the game–but Neal is. Ridiculous. Incoherent. Offensive, as Orpik, the victim, is taken to the hospital.

    • danhabsfan says:

      Not a real PJ fan, or hater, but I think his point was that without fighting, this is the type of stuff you will see. Still, it’s a horrible argument for those in favour of fighting.

    • VancouverHab says:

      As I said earlier, Stock’s argument (perhaps wrong, but reasonable ) is that NHL rules & guidelines on fighting are a dog’s breakfast that are tending the league toward the same behavior as occurs in non-fighting leagues.

      • Da Hema says:

        VH: That’s a very charitable interpretation of the rambling incoherence that spewed out of his mouth.

      • Dave Jones says:

        I think this is a fair characterization of PJ’s argument. I took offense to the segment taken as a whole. They seemed primarily focused on absolving Thornton of any real responsibility for the injury to Orpik. How can you slew-foot an unsuspecting player and punch him twice in the head while he lies defenseless on the ice, and be blameless? Actually, Cherry handled it much better. He was upfront about admiring Thornton and seeing some nuance in his behaviour, but was clear in condemning the action. PJ, on the other hand, emphasized Neal’s knee. And Weekes seemed to say, this all just happened because the ref missed a tripping call. Refs miss tripping calls all the time…

  67. Mondou6 says:

    What happened to Plex? I missed it…And HNIC didn’t mention anything, of course.

  68. Et le but says:

    Panthers leading division rival Detroit 2-1 with 9 mins left in the 3rd

  69. WTF?! Why do we play down to the worst team in the league? I just came on and expected at least the 3-1 that it was a minute ago and it’s now a 3-2 lead? Jeezus… Was hoping we were going to add to our differential!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  70. Da Hema says:

    It should come as no surprise that the NHL’s two dirtiest teams — Boston and Pittsburgh — embarrassed themselves and the entire league tonight.

  71. Rob Maguire says:

    Pleks to the room. Turtleneck adjustment?

  72. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Ever since mt pumped his tires last week pK has been stinking the joint out.

  73. Danno says:

    Play the body not the puck…

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  74. RAM_TOUGH says:

    If PK don’t want to go to Sochi?

    Guts-Glory-Ram


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