Liveblog: Game 34 – Canadiens top Islanders on OT goal by Pacioretty


Not easy

The Canadiens and Islanders battled through 61 minutes and 50 seconds of scoreless hockey.

Then some determination – he was knocked down twice on the sequence – and clever playmaking by David Desharnais set the table for Max Pacioretty's 12th goal – and fourth game-winner – of the season.

Carey Price made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season and 21st of his career.

Evegni Nabokov stopped 24 of 25.

Max wins it

Just under two minutes into overtime, Max Pacioretty converts a pass by David Desharnais for the game's only goal.



Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov had to be  sharp on Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov and Lars Eller.

Shots were 6-5 Canadiens, 23-21 on the game.


The Islanders blew a 4-on-1.

Each team blew power-play chances.

Islanders had a 7-6 shot advantage.

Not a classic so far

Two minutes into the game, George Parros and Islanders' enforcer Eric Boulton dropped 'em in an absurd fight that ended with the refs ordering to Parros to the Canadiens' quiet room after he was KOed.

The game he left behind was equally quiet.

The Canadiens had an 11-9 shot advantage, but the closest thing to a goal was John Tavares hitting the post to Carey Price's left.

It can only get better.

Bounce-back game?

The Canadiens have lost more than two in a row only once this season: the beginning of October, when they dropped games to Minnesota, Colorado, St. Louis and Ottawa.

The loss to the Blues was a Bell Centre Shootout. The Canadiens have not lost three straight in regulation ... to date.

The Islanders are 19 points behind the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference standings. They are coming off a dismal road trip in which they lost four of five to Western Conference opponents (and scored an improbable Shootout win in San Jose).

The home team is 1-7-2 in its last 10. The Islanders are seemingly ripe for the plucking by a Canadiens team trying to get back on the winning track.

Sometimes, however, the plucker becomes the pluckee.

We'll see.

The decision on Shawn Thornton


  1. habstrinifan says:

    Dont call me a Troll please. But you know MT. And you know Max Paxioretty. Max lives by his own rules… in a kinda way. And MT has these ‘behaviour’ rules. This is twice now Max has done this… do u think he’s sending a message?

  2. Storman says:

    I just saw the Eller hit on Tavares, they really called that a penalty

  3. Habcouver says:

    That kid in the stands grabbing his CH crest after the goal: too cool!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  4. Sportfan says:

    Wasn’t very exciting but winning made it sweet!

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  5. CHicoHab says:

    It’s now a trademark for Patches. I like it. Keep it going.

  6. Et le but says:

    Who plays tomorrow, Price or Budaj?

  7. Marc10 says:

    We’ll take it! Nice work Patches and DD. Phew!

  8. habsfan0 says:

    2 goals for the Habs in 10+ periods.
    At this rate Price/Budaj will have to throw a shutout every game for the Habs to have any chance.

  9. habs-fan-84 says:

    nice finish

  10. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Boone… Vanek? Ye of little faith. Jacques Martin would be proud, non?

  11. Danno says:

    Price gets a shut out but no star…

    That’s rare…


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  12. HabinBurlington says:

    I’m guessing that still doesn’t qualify as a game Price stole by those who insist he never does so?

    • JohninTruro says:

      Didn’t look good in the two losses, and looked a little shaky tonight, but after two losses a little confidence gainer in this game should get him back on track like we have seen all year.

      • Bill says:

        Ha, yeah, he looked really shaky getting that shutout tonight. Very shaky with his 1.00 GAA in the last two games.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • JohninTruro says:

          Bill, he was awkward tonight in net, no this usual self. I didn’t see confidence in his game in my opinion, almost like he was falling down a lot. Maybe it was the ice because a lot of guys were down, but he didn’t have to be very good tonight, and I felt he looked a little uncomfortable, but as I said after this shutout hopefully it gets that confidence back to where it was.

          • olematelot says:

            Didn’t think he was awkward at all, tracked the puck really well, made some difficult saves look easy. Solid game from him.

      • RAM_TOUGH says:

        In Carey’s defence, the last two goals vs LA should not have counted.


        • JohninTruro says:

          I don’t remember the 4th, but the third one for sure shouldn’t have counted. That goal sealed the deal on that game, may have gone a different way tough to say though.

      • Grimmly says:

        He Let in 2 goals last game, not good at all. Seriously Price takes more crap for the fans then any other player, give the guy a break

        • JohninTruro says:

          Sorry folks, not criticizing Price here, big supporter of Price, but I am also not afraid to put out my opinion on a game. Like most people here (I will give the benefit of the doubt) I have watched every minute of every game so I have a good idea, again in my opinion, of when I know Price is being Price and on his game. I did not see Price on “his game” like he can be or has been most of this season tonight. Neither goalie had to be great to get a win tonight for their team. As I stated above, very pleased he gets the SO and more importantly the win as he needs to get his confidence back flowing again and hopefully this does it.

      • Grimmly says:

        The only people that bash Price the second he has a bad game are the Halak squad that are still butt hurt he got traded instead of Price. Only after a shutout can Price be critized

    • Mr. Biter says:

      HIB, you know no matter how good Price plays certain posters are going to hate him.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

  13. olematelot says:

    Max finishes DDs great work, beauty!!

  14. habstrinifan says:

    Thing that strikes me about this game… Suddenly 2 very BIG points.

  15. Peter Young says:

    That was all Desharnais and his hustle.

  16. durocher says:

    All those Habs fans can now party in Long Island… meaning they can raid the minibars in their Holiday Inn Express’s

  17. Mondou6 says:

    Nabokov #2 star…lol. WTF.

  18. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I was wrong about Max tonight. Glad I was. But he better watch out or MT will ban his post goal celebrations!


  19. Danno says:

    A shut out and a sh!t out collide in one explosive finale!


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  20. PrimeTime says:

    Too bad DD is too small. WooHoo

  21. danhabsfan says:

    Hate the sword thing by Patches, just celebrate without show boating

  22. punkster says:

    Just when you thought he was out…he drags you right back in.


  23. HabsFix says:

    The old sword

  24. bellcentre hotdog says:

    Huge play by DD.

    But Habs with 1 goal in last 10 periods.

  25. NLhabsfan says:

    CBC disappointed

  26. kalevine says:

    maybe the third person to play with Pacs and DD is…nobody

  27. durocher says:

    Another sword celebration by Max

  28. crabvader says:


    Good night, nurse. Enjoy a beer, fellas!

  29. Habbu says:

    DD what an effort…..

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Oh and Max did the sword in the sheath thing again. Now Jack Capuano is going to want to get him.

  31. slapshot777 says:

    It was a good goal not a fluke this may change the Habs fortunes

  32. Danno says:

    We’re a bit less sh!tty than the Islanders!

    Reasons to be cheerful part 3


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  33. olematelot says:

    All DD all the time.

  34. adadi says:

    Still want to trade him but thank God they won this one.

  35. twilighthours says:

    It is totally ok for us to give credit to dd there.

  36. Rudy says:

    Thank you. Listen to the crowd

  37. ABHabsfan says:

    Finally!!! Movie time

  38. Bill says:

    About time for those two stiffs. They slept the whole game.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  39. HabinBurlington says:

    Max and DD, just for Bill!

  40. durocher says:

    Great work by DD — credit, where it’s due

  41. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I was close


  42. danhabsfan says:

    Wow. We scored

  43. Propwash says:



  44. Sportfan says:


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  45. Et le but says:

    I’ll take it!

  46. Habbu says:

    Anyone in a white jersey please

  47. ABHabsfan says:

    I’m calling Pleks with the winner

  48. Mondou6 says:

    You could tell after the first period that this was headed to a 0-0 shootout.

  49. Propwash says:

    Pleki with the ol throw the stick technique of defense


  50. RAM_TOUGH says:

    DD just watch.


  51. John Q Public says:

    Parros scores in OT.

  52. Danno says:

    Overtime in the out house of mediocrity…


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  53. habstrinifan says:

    I want a 30 player shootout! Oh is Kenny still up Bill?

  54. NLhabsfan says:

    Everyone enjoying the cheerleaders for NY on CBC

  55. Habbu says:

    Yes a point……… small step

  56. Peter Young says:

    Oh, goody, five more minutes … or, one hopes, not.

  57. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Is it possible tonight both goalies get a shutout?


  58. adadi says:

    I agree with those who want to trade Patches. Too streaky, too fragile, too soft…

  59. HabsFix says:

    They have some pretty sweet disco lights at the rink

  60. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Oh Goodie another 5 mins of great hockey!


  61. jols101 says:

    Boy aren’t we blessed to get 5 more minutes of this crap.

  62. ABHabsfan says:

    That’s a big point for the good guys

  63. Rudy says:

    Get a goal in OT so you can get the hell out of there before you are snowed in

  64. habsbaby93 says:

    Is NYI any good for shoot out?

  65. HabsFix says:

    Please be 11 27 79 and 76 to start OT

  66. Maritime Ronn says:

    Habs now have 1 goal in the past 201 minutes and 51 seconds.
    Maybe an OT.?

  67. Danno says:

    All I know is I am glad I did not pay $19.99 (which includes free jersey, free parking, free hotdog and drink) to watch this sh!t show

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  68. Bill says:

    Pacioretty and Desharnais have been horrendous tonight, especially Pacioretty. His slumps are so frustrating.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • big coupdad says:

      id rate patches work effort at 50 percent,its shitty because he does have talent but coaches need to show him on video and tell him there is a lot more he could do with more effort and intensity

  69. HabinBurlington says:

    Max left the ice very slowly that shift.

  70. Propwash says:

    We need a Danno goal.


  71. John Q Public says:

    A cannonading drive.

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