Liveblog: Game 38 – Canadiens blow 3-0 lead but DD wins it in OT

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It would have been a long flight home

The tornado warning in Nashville did not, ultimately, apply to the Canadiens' room.

David Desharnais' spectacular Overtime goal saved his team from the ignominy of blowing a 3-0 lead in Nashville.

Tornados or not, the Canadiens ought to fly out of there before the cops arrive to investigate theft of two points.

The Canadiens were outshot 34-23.

DD!

David Desharnais stripped the Nashville defenceman and beat Carter Hutton with a laser to secure two points the Canadiens probably didn't deserve.

Lead blown

P.K. Subban was in the penalty box when Patrik Hornqvist bashed Andrei Markov into the boards behind Carey Price.

Mike Fisher got the puck and fed Nick Shea Weber for the tying goal.

Total domination

Leading 3-0, the Canadiens were outshot 20-6 in the second period.

Nashville got goals from Gabriel Bourque and, on a power-play, Nick Spaling to set up a very nervous third period.

Douglas Murray was on for both Nashville goals, screwing up a Carey Price clearing attempt on the second.

Michel Therrien may set a record for f-bombs.

Early explosion

The Canadiens had not scored a first-period goal since Dec. 2 in New Jersey.

They got three in Nashville.

In three minutes, seven seconds. On three consecutive SoG.

P.K. Subban got it started with his fifth ... and first in 11 games.

Max Pacioretty's 15th – on a brilliant head-man pass by Brendan Gallagher –  and Tomas Plekanec's 12th (tipping in Brian Gionta's shot) completed the surge ... and ended the night for goaltender Marek Mazarec, beaten on three of five shots.

Carey Price made sevensaves and was helped by his goalposts, which Viktor Stalberg hit twice.

Ho-ho-home soon

Saturday night in Nashville, the Canadiens will play their last game before a nice long Christmas break.

After flying back to Montreal, the team is idle until Dec. 28, when they begin a Florida swing in Tampa Bay.

The Canadiens will be trying to get back on the winning track after that stomping in St.Louis.

Francis Bouillon, who played three seasons in Nashville, returns to the lineup against the Predators.

Daniel Brière – who watched Thursday's game from the pressbox, whence he could observe it helps to be as tall as Patrik Berglund – will also draw in.

815 Comments

  1. Peter Young says:

    God only knows what it will it take to give some people here some satisfaction with the way the Canadiens have performed. Here’s a team picked AT BEST to finish in the bubble for the playoffs, and yet it’s 11 points clear of its closest threat for the playoffs, the ninth place Philadelphia Flyers (albeit the Flyers have two games in hand over the CH). That’s a robust margin, five wins and a draw. At the beginning of the season, nearly everyone would have been extremely happy if told that would be where the Canadiens stand at Christmas time. In the spirit of the season, let’s count our blessings.

  2. adadi says:

    My understanding is that MB had a chance to sign Jagr over Briere this past summer. We all know that signing DB was not a good idea. I call that Strike One! But does not signing Jagr count as Strike Two!?

  3. Mr. Biter says:

    DD again and the haters will continue on.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  4. theox_8 says:

    That slapped by dd was reminiscent of the one that st Louis scored to eliminate is way back when. . And no I’m not saying dd is the player st Louis is …

    • adadi says:

      I have to admit that it was a great goal. He looked like Galley on that play. No doubt he has some heart, but he gets pushed around too easily and his hands are not quite those of Chucky.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        I’d take DD over Bourque any day of the year. At leasat DD tries, Bourque , floats, no heart 9 out of 10 games. Was like giving Cammy away for free. Prehaps that’s why PG was reculant to give Cammy his jersey so he could say he got did not get anything for him.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

  5. Alvin says:

    Anybody who is placated with a win is a win or 2 points is 2 points is in serious need of a reality check. The Habs sucked again tonight. You all know it and should not deny it.
    I heard someone on sports radio today say that “the Habs have a solid back end.” Excuse me !!. Gorges, Boullion, Murray, Diaz do not a solid back end make. Habs have 3 good defencemen. They need 3 more.
    Up front Briere, DD, Gionta, Moen, Parros, Bourque, need serious upgrades.
    No knowledgeable Habs fan can honestly say that they think this current version of the Habs is a contender for the Stanley Cup.
    The Habs aren’t even close to that lofty position.

  6. adadi says:

    Oh by the way.

    BAH HUMBAG!!!!

  7. adadi says:

    Gee what a wonderful game plan MT put out tonight. He gets 3 goals using team speed and then decides that it is time to grind in the second. YO MT, in case you and your useless assistants haven’t figured it out yet, this team can’t grind. It is not built for it. You have one grinding line (Prust-White-Moen) that for some reason you refuse to use. The other lines are speed and finesse lines. Also, PK plays his best hockey in a month in the first period so you use him for only 6 minutes. Wow. Absolutely brilliant. Nashville is still shaken by it.

    Please save yourself the embarrassment and resign before your increasingly suspect GM has to turf you to save his skin.

    • AliHaba says:

      Mr. Negative is back.

      • adadi says:

        Nice to see you too Ali. In case you have not figured it out. You guys take this stuff way too seriously. Half the fun for me is seeing the reaction. Does not mean that I do not think MT is useless. He is more useless by the game. I’m sure you loved the 2nd and 3rd period performance of the Habs. Wasn’t it brilliant? Jesus they should make a training video about WHAT NOT TO DO IF YOU ARE COACHING A PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY TEAM.

        So how are you Ali. You seem like a nice guy. Did you pick up the Pronger book?

    • habs001 says:

      Once the opposition starts to pinch and heavy forecheck this lineup has no answer for it…this team is very weak at winning any board battles …In the last 4 weeks teams have started doing this more and more vs the Habs usually from the 2nd period on and it has been chaos in the D zone…

      • adadi says:

        You’re absolutely right. So what should the coach be doing as an adjustment. The idea would be to keep the puck AWAY from the boards. Really this is not that complicated, because once you pinch you are exposed to the passes through center ice. Much like the pass to Patches on his first goal. Can someone please explain why the coach does not see or understand this. Guys he really does not get it. I’m not making this up. It’s right in front of you on video.

  8. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Habs were oh for two on the penalty kill tonight. When’s the last time that happened, and was Josh Gorges also unable to play in that game? (Glass half full: Habs won the game! Stop whingeing, people!) Happy Christmas. Before I forget, please let me recommend a not-crap Christmas album: “Funny Looking Angels” by Smith & Burrows. A couple of years old, but I just discovered it.

  9. habs001 says:

    It may hurt a lot of posters feelings but DD has been a way better player over the last 15 games than Eller…There is no way you can have Diaz,Murray and the Cube in the same lineup…

  10. Lafleurguy says:

    OT winner by petite Desharnais was terminally ill.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  11. Timo says:

    SO winner by Datsyuk was sick.

  12. Lafleurguy says:

    Nice classic journalistic posting, Boonie, mentioning Bob Froese. Better find than “Jagr passes Messier.”

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  13. 25Stanleycups says:

    Tonights 24/7 episode is especially full of f-bombs! Happy Holidays!

  14. Old Bald Bird says:

    Cherry on DD: “You people in Montreal, you’re so lucky to have him.”


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