Liveblog: Game 36 – Canadiens explode in third, win 3-1

MaxPhoenix

20 minutes does it

Dead in the water and trailing on Mikkel Boedker's goal after two periods, the Canadiens came to life in the third.

Outshooting the Coyotes 14-5, the Canadiens got power-play goals from Andrei Markov and Max Pacioretty to take the lead.

An empty-netter by Pacioretty came with three seconds left.

Carey Price made 21 saves through two periods en route to 26 on the game and First Star honours.

Three in the third

On an early-period power play, Andrei Markov blasted the puck through Mike Smith to get the Canadiens on the board.

Max Pacioretty's 13th, on another power play, was the winner.

Max-Pac scored into an empty net to seal the deal

Signs of life

The Canadiens killed a double minor to Brandon Prust.

Max Pacioretty hit the post behind Mike Smith on a power play.

Alex Galchenyuk forced Smith into a flamboyant glove save on a one-timer from in tight.

A 10-7 shot advantage, but still no goals.

First-period woes continue

The Canadiens haven't scored a first-period goal in their last six games.

Mikkel Boedker got Phoenix on the board, beating Carey Price with one of 15 shots the Canadiens' goaltender faced. The Canadiens blocked 12 shots, and six missed the net.

Mike Smith made 3 saves. His teammates blocked four and three shots missed the net.

Domination ... on home ice.

Rare visit

Lock up the lambs, the Coyotes are in town.

Phoenix has not visited the Bell Centre since Oct. 25, 2010.

The Canadiens won 3-2. The hero in Overtime?

Andrei Kostitsyn.

Sometimes, when the moon is full and the wind is blowing from the general direction of Belarus, I wonder what happened to dear old AK46.

Canadiens fans wondering what happened to Mike Ribeiro, Kyle Chipchura and Jeff Halpern get their answers at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.

This is the Canadiens' last home game of 2013.

Lines at morning skate: Galchenyuk-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Bournival-Eller-Brière
Bourque-Prust-Moen

 

• Speaking of the Canadiens' anemic offence – which we weren't, because it's too depressing – fan Andy  Kirstein notes "if you take away 27's goal in Philly with the goalie pulled and 6 skaters and 67's goal in Long Island at 4 in 4, we haven't scored a 5 on 5 goal since the 2nd period against Buffalo last Saturday."

• Why professional athletes should avoid bars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MP1Z44I7gQ

785 Comments

  1. jimmy shaker says:

    MT, the team was drained from all the hockey lately so let’s go and shorten the bench and play 3 lines. I wonder why DD was given so much ice time when he struggled but Briere gets nadda. Feel sorry for the guy, and wouldn’t be surprised if he wanted out. Hoping somehow MT can wake up and roll the four lines. He has the extra bodies now with the team being healthy, run these guys and scratch/rotate them in and out! It’s not to often where a team runs into the problem of too many healthy bodies. Great game Max, (leave the swashbuckling alone) great came Price and gorges with that great poke check in the dying seconds. PK……smart plays please!

    Shaker out!

  2. Habilis says:

    In tonight’s edition of “As The East Sucks”, we look at two ridiculous facts.

    1. The Leafs are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games and yet they are still 3 points clear of the Flyers and the Sens for the last playoff spot.

    2. The Leafs are still only 2 points (!) behind Detroit for the 1st wild card spot.

    The math is just scary. At this rate, there are going to be two or three terrible hockey teams in the Eastern Playoffs this season.

  3. scotland says:

    dd played alright. habs could not be healthier. nobody but parros is injured. and they still played one period outta 3 and were booed in their own barn again. one period.

    patch hit 3 posts on scored 2….close to a 5 goal game. ha! empty netter.

    negatives…gionta and brierre play way too much. bournival plays 5 minutes??

  4. scotland says:

    “6 teams lost tonight” did the 6 teams go 15 periods with a total of two goals 5 on 5?
    nah.

  5. Luke says:

    Despite the poo kicking he took here this afternoon, it needs to be pointed out that DD had a heck of a game.

    He could of have an easy 4 points, but for some unlucky linemates.

  6. PrimeTime says:

    6 teams lost tonight so I take it all those fans are yelling for coaches to be fired and players to be traded. MB should have a busy day tomorrow picking the pockets of fellow GM’s. Sorry, forgot, micro minded fans know fucale.

  7. Habcouver says:

    Just saw the highlights.
    Kudos to Gally for going to the net on both goals. No assist but a big asset tonight.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  8. Stevie.Ray says:

    It’s nice to have a team that even though they don’t play well, they still have a chance to win. Of course I would rather have a team that played well and won.

    But it could be worse. We could be the Leafs………

  9. Old Bald Bird says:

    It’s nice that the idea of skating with speed and determination kicks in every now and then. I understand funks, but collective ones are a bit puzzling to me. Win or lose, I hope they keep the energy and compete level up.

  10. krob1000 says:

    yahoo scoray, yahoo scoray…. something happened in whoville cause I swear I saw Douglas Murray’s stride grow three sizes that day! There were a couple times where he extended his legs!! he is loosening up…look out forwards…there is a monster inside the Habs blueline

  11. Feraco says:

    Danny B is playing like a little B. He’s pouting…awww poor guy isn’t happy with his role. Guy comes in as a FA and now is calling the shots. He signed here for the money. The team is in the top 5 in the east and he is complaining…apparently asking for a trade. No sympathy for him and I’m sure his team will tell him to go cry in the corner

  12. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    It was nice to see the Coyotes’ fan at the game. I wonder if he’s on staff, and goes on the road with the team as well as being their fan when they play in Glendale. Not so nice to see the Bruins with a clean sheet against Calgary. Very nice to see the Panthers beat the Maple a Leafs 3-1 in TO. Nicest of all: Habs winning despite some lame officiating, and Price clearly winning the Battle of the Olympic hopefuls against Luis Suarez. Go Habs and good night!


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