Liveblog: Game 39 – Canadiens win 2-1 in Shootout


Lousy game, but a W is a W

Lars Eller scored the only goal of the Shootout, and Carey Price made saves on Valtteri Filppula, Nikita Kucherov and Teddy Purcell to secure two points.

Tomas Plekanec's 13th of the season and the great Martin St. Louis's 17th – both scored in the second period – were the only goals through 65 minutes.

Carey Price made 23 saves, Ben Bishop 20.

Eller! Price!!

On to the Shootout:

Filppula: Glove save

Eller: Goal!

Kuchherov: Leg save

DD: High shot

Purcell: SAVE!


Home team surges

No scoring in the third period, but Tampa bay outshout the Canadiens 14-6.

Carey Price was particularly hot during a TB power play.

On to OT.

Finally, some goals

Tomas Plekanec put the Canadiens on the board with his 13th of the season, a shot that snuck in under Ben Bishop's arm.

The lead lasted less than six minutes before Martin St. Louis – who else – snapped one between Carey Price and the post.

Shots were 8-6 Canadiens.

Power plays for both teams have struggled.

Max hurt

Max Pacioretty took an errant puck to the face and did not return from the clinic.

The home team took 11 minutes to get a shot on goal and ended up at the short end of a 7-3 shot total.

Three power plays – two by the Canadiens – were impotent.

Alex Galchenyuk had the best scoring chance but was foiled by a backchecking Martin St. Louis.

A genuine four-pointer

Your Montreal Canadiens return from their six-day Christmas break to face an Atlantic Division rival.

No, not Boston, Toronto, Ottawa, Detroit or Buffalo – all cities clutched in the icy grip of winter.

The Tampa Bay Lightning don't drive through snow drifts to get to their practice rink.

Like the Florida Panthers, whom the Canadiens play on Sunday, the Lightning are the warm-weather rivals of the aforementioned cold-weather cities.

And the Lightning have been hot on the ice.

They sit second in the Atlantic behind Boston and two points ahead of the Canadiens. And the Lightning ride a five-game winning streak into the Saturday showdown.

In this season's previous meeting, Nov. 12 at the Bell Centre, Carey Price made 44 saves – including six in OT – but Valtteri Filppula secured a 2-1 Lightning win by scoring the only goal in the Shootout. Beanpole Ben Bishop stopped 28 of 29 Canadiens shots through 65 minutes and all three Shootout attempts.

Puck drops 7:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.



  1. Mavid says:

    arg..what is with all these family gatherings on game day..don’t they know..I missed 1 1/2 periods last night..and now I have another one to go to today for 5 pm..I will have to sneak it in somehow on my tablet..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  2. AliHaba says:

    New Thread! New Thread! New Thread!

  3. Lafleurguy says:

    Talk about getting moderated. Historic.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  4. Xkhann says:

    fellow Canadienites…

    I don’t know if this could be a stat or not, well..nowadays anything can be a stat…but I’d like to know if someone knows of a game where either Price or Budaj had been pulled? How many teams, if any, have gone this season up to date without having to have pulled their starting goaltender? I just think it speaks of the quality of team goaltending in this regards..otherwise it might just be, well…a useless stat!


  5. Cal says:

    Any win after a long lay off is not aesthetically pleasing. However, it is two points that will be sorely needed in this breakneck stretch to the Olympics. It’s make or break time.

    As it is the end of the year, this song was the 3rd favourite at my site. Once again, here is Canadiens Pie.

  6. AliHaba says:

    @Matty–did you get to read it? (Maritime slang)

  7. rogieshan says:

    I have to admit, Desharnais had some good shifts tonight and is continuing his positive trend upward.

    Is it possible this team misses Michael Ryder? He may be a one-note player with defensive issues, but he could put the puck in the net. We can’t rely only on Pacioretty. Gallagher and Galchenyuk will get theirs. but man, the team is paying good money for Gionta & Bourque and neither is bringing it.

  8. AliHaba says:

    Anyone else get bumped out of ALN?

  9. AliHaba says:

    Kevin Shattenkirk with the shootout winner in the fifth round. Amazing.

  10. AliHaba says:

    Geez, Saku with 2 goals (including the O/T winner) and an assist and the Ducks win 3-2.

  11. Caesar says:

    Did I really just read below that some are saying Chucky is a bust? 19 years old playing in the NHL and he’s a bust?

  12. Ferguson-22 says:

    Entertaining game at Tampa tonight. Lots of Habs fans. The Tampa Forum is very nice. The huge display screen is fantastic.

    Not a bad effort for a week off. Off to Sunrise tomorrow morning for game 2…

  13. The_Truth says:

    Strange, despite the Habs good record, I just am not sure what kind of team this is.

    I can see them having a chance to beat any Eastern team in the playoffs, but can see them losing against anyone as well.

    It’s hypothetical, but I wouldn’t bet on the Habs beating any Western playoff team in a 7 game series.

  14. VancouverHab says:

    I am very much in the “we are fortunate to have Mr. Boone blogging the games” camp.

    He is an authentic voice with occasional admirable working-class wit. A true character who labours hard and faithfully. We’re are not supposed to agree with all of his posts: that’s the piquancy!

    We owe him.

  15. AliHaba says:

    Blues in the gimmick.

  16. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I think Price will get the start tomorrow.


  17. AliHaba says:

    So any rumours about Chara’s injury?

  18. Chuck says:

    I’d take 82 lousy wins over 82 exciting loses any day.
    Anything is possible.

  19. AliHaba says:

    Earlier I wondered if the Blues’ D could handle the Hawks’ O.

  20. PrimeTime says:

    Little Dude…..fix that tire on your house yet?? So sad you can’t move your home.

  21. PrimeTime says:

    This is Boone’s last season, right? Time for a lonely corner in the bar,,, and bedtime at 9:00pm

  22. Thomas Le Fan says:

    If ever a game should have ended in a tie …

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

  23. AliHaba says:

    On the same night that Halak gets pulled after the first period…
    Carey Price backstops the Habs to a big win.

  24. AliHaba says:

    Ten seconds after the Kings tie it up with 37 seconds left Fisher beats Scrivens to give Nashville the win.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Interesting how Scrivens has essentially been replaced by Jones and Frattin has been a disappointment. Rarely do goalies actually get traded for a big return.

      Look at what Bishop has been traded for twice, a 2nd round pick once, Conacher the next time.

      In hindsight, could PG really have gotten much more for Halak than Eller?

      • AliHaba says:

        I think that he did well with the deal. At the time it was done so quickly that the feeling was that he rushed the trade. Maybe he could have done better (who’s to know?) but the trade was definitely not a loss.

      • rogieshan says:

        Halak had just come off an outstanding playoff run.

        Semyon Varlamov was traded for a 1st & 2nd rounder with less of a track record than Halak at the time.

        Cory Schneider was dealt for a high 1st rounder but Vancouver was under the gun to make a move.

        The fault with Gauthier was he didn’t explore the market for Halak. He allegedly was targeting only on Eller. Consensus around the league was he could have gotten more.

  25. HabinBurlington says:

    Wow, St. Louis fighting back, game tied 5-5 now. Chicago/St. Louis playoff series would be a great one to watch.

  26. PrimeTime says:

    Why did we keep Price over Halak??oh ya. Halak is the…,,whatever….some people just can’t digest crow.

  27. AliHaba says:

    Blues tie it up late. 5-5

  28. Mattyleg says:

    Hi everyone!
    Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas with friends and/or family, and that you ate, drank, and were merry!!

    Our chaps got us a win!

    Oh, and Boone’s:”Lousy game, but a W is a W” is irritating.

    Can’t wait for another moany ALN!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  29. AliHaba says:

    Kane, Toews and Keith with 2 points each as the Hawks lead Halak and the Blues 5-4.

  30. Old Bald Bird says:

    Lousy game or not, at least Habs didn’t seem to be hanging on by their toenails as they often have lately. So, I didn’t mind it.

  31. AliHaba says:

    Saku with a goal and an assist as the Ducks lead 2-1.

  32. AliHaba says:

    Ben Scrivens in his first post-Jones start and the Kings are losing 2-1.

  33. habsfan0 says:

    As 2013 is about to go into the history books, I wonder what is HIO members’ favourite hockey memory of the past 12 months? It doesn’t have to be Hab related,just pertinent to hockey.

    I have to say my favourite hockey memory of 2013 is Game 7 of the Boston-Laffs playoff round.

    I can honestly say that I don’t ever recall laughing that long or that hard at any other time.

  34. habsguy says:

    does anyone know of a free feed for UFC 168

  35. Strummer says:

    Looks like the Flyers picked up the wrong prescription at Rexall Place

    “It’s Christmas- not “The Holidays”

  36. D Mex says:

    Just walked in from the slopes – listened to the 3rd period in the car on the drive home. Phil Esposito is a brutal colour man.

    AC is on and – whoa > Matthew Barnaby ! Speaks decent french ✔ and is capable of offering positive observations about the Habs ✔
    Bye bye Stock !

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  37. frontenac1 says:

    Matt Barnaby on AC. He’s pretty good. Hopefully replaces PJ stock.

  38. AliHaba says:

    Mike Mike Mike. Do you have to be such an a….hole? It was NOT a terrible game. It was just what we hoped for. Two points.

  39. HabinBurlington says:

    I actually feel sorry for Boone trying to come up with something interesting to write about for ALN based on that game.

  40. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Halak pulled AGAIN today


  41. HabinBurlington says:

    Good start for the OIlers, 30 seconds and Taylor Hall makes it 1-0.

  42. Priceless!

    Call me crazy but am I silly for thinking Galchenyuk has some of the sweetest shoot out moves on the team? He’s a freakin genius with the puck one on oh but that’s OK Carey bailed them out yet again.

    Thank baby Jessie this one is over, that was tough to watch.

    Quote of the night goes to the two new members who called the lone goal on Price as “weak”.

    It was only a rolling puck, moving 90mph, deflected off our stick, shot by one of the premier players in the league. 😆

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
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    Summit Member

  43. habsfan0 says:

    4:30pm Bills vs Patriots.
    5:00pm Habs vs Panthers.


  44. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Still don’t and never will like the shoot out.

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

  45. Peter Young says:

    A scrappy win on the road against a team that had won five straight and was ahead of us by two points. No complaints here.

  46. Danno says:

    Senate Turds beat Boston 4-3.

    All in all it’s a decent night


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  47. habstrinifan says:

    We won and two deservig guys won the game for the HABS… Price and Eller.

    But I am like Mavid. I hate the shootouts. And the fact that you get 2 points … same as a normal victory makes it doubly bad.

    What is has done is allow coaches to save their bacon by giving the fans lousy hockey and still ‘winning’ something.

    It seemed like a good idea when introduced but it has soured the game.

  48. Peter Young says:

    Wrong on the HNIC three stars in the comment below. They were in fact:
    1 Price
    2 St. Louis
    3 Bishop

  49. habsfan0 says:

    Full marks to Price as he played a great game tonight,stopping everything in the shootout.

    A bone of contention however..why doesn’t Price ever attempt to pokecheck a skater as he’s moving in on him? He always seems to back up into his net.

  50. durocher says:

    Price making a strong case for Team Canada tonight, not so sure PK helped his cause very much

  51. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Pacioretty got beat up by that puck. Good win Price. On to Sunrise!

  52. Danno says:

    A solid road victory with lots of credit going to Price


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