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. Plekasuares says:

    Weak shot pleky

  2. CH Marshall says:


  3. Danno says:

    Shot it right into Bishop’s chest


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  4. Plekasuares says:

    Hands of briere!!!

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    Both Bourque and Max look to have a little more gumption in their stride so far.

  6. habsfan0 says:

    Habs scored 3 first period goals in Nashville last week.
    Would be nice if that trend continued.

  7. db says:

    Id love to see a goal before they have a shot..

  8. Mondou6 says:

    In real life, that Apple commercial kid would be playing Candy Crush and surfing porn, not making a Steven Spielberg home movie.

  9. jols101 says:

    Can’t wait for the Therrien 2.0 era to be over.

  10. Plekasuares says:

    Bourque playing worse then he is lately. He can be usefull

  11. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Bouillon? Really?


  12. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    I see Santa didn’t bring us a PP.

  13. db says:

    Markov is so smooth..

  14. HabinBurlington says:

    Lets pot one here early.

  15. HabinBurlington says:

    Eller has become a hitting machine out there.

  16. RAM_TOUGH says:

    With the size of the Bigfoot in the Tampa net he should get a shutout every game!


  17. habfan01 says:

    It’s called a color guard Mike.

  18. db says:

    I don’t have HD TV… or tv at all, the CBC feed is great, too bad it’s only on Saturday nights..

  19. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Might as well start the fire MT crap because I’m smelling a defeat tonight. Hope I’m wrong but I still want MT canned.

  20. VancouverHab says:

    “Why do the Yanks militarize every sports event?”

    An equally-valid question is why Canadians avoid patriotic opportunities to properly militarise some sporting events.

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    Good move I think to start this 4th line.

  22. durocher says:

    Truth be told, I’d like to see Pateryn play instead of Diaz — both are RH shots, though Pateryn has size

  23. scarboro_habitant says:

    WTF?!?!?!?!?! CBC is carrying the sens game over the habs??? what a joke! guess i shouldnt be so surprised.

  24. Cape Breton says:

    Right on Boone. Cherry should have been a Yank.

  25. punkster says:

    Check out Rodriguez story Mr. Boone…interesting to say the least.

  26. RAM_TOUGH says:

    The Sens & Bruins are the national game on CBC. Figures!


  27. durocher says:

    Boone, he’s due back at the Hampton Inn Tampa Bay by 7:30pm

  28. jols101 says:

    Go Habs Go!!!

  29. Danno says:

    I have the absolute worst feeling ever about this game.



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  30. Plekasuares says:

    Packed house in TB. Most hab fans

  31. habsfan0 says:

    Mario Tremblay talking about Pacioretty..

    If the Habs trade Patches, I seem him turning into another John LeClair.
    What a mistake that trade was.

  32. scavanau says:

    Dear Santa,
    You didn’t bring me the girl from the Snap-On calendar I asked for so do you think you could put some OT in for me and show me a limping, bleeding, concussed, fat lipped, broke schnozzed, missing tooth Brad Marchand?

  33. B says:

    Crisp scores his 17th to tie it up at 1 early vs North Bay

    –Go Habs Go!–

  34. punkster says:

    Thank you MT…Diaz in and no Crankshaft-Cube pairing means hope springs eternal.


  35. smiley says:

    I’m with you Mr. Boone. That Apple commercial gets me as well.
    Go Habs Go!

  36. Strummer says:

    Phaneuf isn’t a bad defenceman. He plays 24-25 minutes a night against the opposition’s best players. He’s a plus 10 on a team that has terrible team defense. He’s 6’3″ and physical. And he make his share of gaffes.

    But $50 million for 7 years?

    No effing way is he worth that

    “It’s Christmas- not “The Holidays”

  37. ABHabsfan says:

    Fanoof has TO by the short and curlies. He will get his $7 mil only because the Leafs will not be able to get anyone else. He is slightly better than mediocre on a terrible d-corps, makes him valuable

  38. Reflektor says:

    That Hoover you hear across Canada is the HNIC morons sucking Leaf, hard.

  39. Canadiens 5
    Lightning 1

    No need to watch, you heard it here first.

    Winning 649 numbers- 2, 9, 27, 44,47,49 Throw me a freakin bonus 3

    Weather tomorrow in Brandon, -42

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  40. Strummer says:

    From the Toronto Sun’s Mike Zeisberger’s weekly power rankings:

    11. Montreal Canadiens (11) Subban should be on Oly team — case closed.

    Yeah baby!!!!

    “It’s Christmas- not “The Holidays”

  41. AH says:

    Phaneuf; 7 yrs 49 million LOL!!!!!!!!!!! How bad has this league become? In that case Pk gets minimum 8 mill/yr.

  42. Reflektor says:

    Hold onto your blue&white barf bags as the not stoved will give their unbiased opinion on Prince$$ Pylon’s big overrated payday.

  43. Plekasuares says:

    Did Boone call us little snowflakes….

  44. Adidess says:

    Habs games back on TV, it feels like it’s been two weeks though only a few days.

    I’ll give you my best Boone impersonation for the pre-game: “Canada lost to the Czechs earlier today in WJC play. I see a bad omen for teams with Canad in their names playing tonight. Habs lose a tough one to the Lightning tonight in Tampa”.

    LOL. Boone is the best!

  45. thehabsfan29 says:

    Just curious to see what everyone thinks.
    Who would you rather?

    Bourque Or Perron?
    Eller Or Eberle?

  46. HabinBurlington says:

    Glenn Healy with some nice Chia Pet hair going.

  47. Peter Young says:

    Mike, Liverpool playing with great style, Manchester United playing with no style, BUT United are only two points behind Liverpool now. Pool have a game in hand, but it’s against a contender. Pool should be looking over their shoulders. I’m enjoying it even if United are ragged.

  48. MrNax says:

    What channel on CBC?
    Rogers, GTA.

    • smiler2729 says:

      I’m in Orangeville and just checked, CBC everywhere in Ontario are showing Bruins/Sens… And lucky me, Center Ice is showing the Lightning feed, f*** me.

      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  49. AliHaba says:

    Chara out for Bruins too. And Spezza out for the Senators.

  50. Cape Breton says:

    Why not Habs on National TV tonite? Who cares about Ottawa fer cryin’ out loud?

  51. Alvin says:

    I note a lot of positive pundits on here tonight predicting a Habs victory. IMO the Habs have been playing terrible hockey lately and I do not expect the layoff or the Florida sun have improved them in any
    way. 3- 1 Tampa.

  52. Reflektor says:

    No Leaf for them tonight but expect the HNIC dolts to wet themselves over Prince$$ Pylon.

  53. Cape Breton says:

    Because of Mr. Sutter I hope Canada wins the Bronze.
    Go Russia!!

  54. Habilis says:

    Quick Hockey Canada rant:

    Why does this country’s coaching staff have an inexplicable need to play the older goalie in every possible situation?

    Maybe I’m biased. OK, I’m definitely biased, but Fucale still should have been the guy in this tourney. Everybody was naming him the starter prior to the tourney. Then Sutter goes with his gut or whatever, and we get lit up.

    It’s that same dinosaur mentality that had Roy starting over Brodeur in ’02 and Brodeur starting over Luongo in ’10. The same asinine mentality that has P.K. Subban as a “bubble” player. Ridiculous.

    And this time around, how much do you want to bet that Luongo will get the benefit of the doubt and the first start in Sochi, despite the fact that Price is obviously better right now?

    The best players should play. Coaches who try and over-complicate that recipe usually end up in front of a sea of microphones, explaining losses.

  55. AliHaba says:

    Can the Blues vaunted D hold back the Hawks tonight?

  56. AliHaba says:

    Bryzgalov getting paid by both teams tonight. See Psycho29′s explanation below.

  57. JohninTruro says:

    I feel guilty cheering for the Czechs today to bury a bunch of weak ones on Paterson so Fucale might get a chance. Oh well, looks like it worked and Fucale is expected to play the Slovaks.

  58. AliHaba says:

    Zetterberg back for Detroit tonight. Big boost for them.

  59. AliHaba says:

    Conacher for Bishop. One of Murray’s worst trades.

  60. AliHaba says:

    Lightning defense is hurting with Brewer, Salo and Aulie out. Leaves Hedman and Carle carrying a heavy load.

  61. AliHaba says:

    Seidenberg out for the year. Karma is catching up to the Bruins.

  62. frontenac1 says:

    Is Gudas in tonight for the Bolts?

  63. AliHaba says:

    Big night for PK. Gonna show Stevie why (or Y.) he cannot be left out of the Olympics.

  64. Habcouver says:

    Will miss the game but predict that a magnificently tanned DD will score the winning goal.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  65. Sportfan says:

    So the player who shoved the Ref at teh WJC he’s done right?

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

    • frontenac1 says:

      No, I think shoving the Ref to the ice is ok in international hockey. He got 2min. If you drop a guy after getting speared, you get tossed for the tourney.

  66. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    I have a good feeling about tonite’s game. A neighbour who moved a few streets over from us lost their cat three weeks ago. He turned up on our back deck this morning. Now he’s back home, warm and fed. Kind of a miracle considering how cold it’s been in Ottawa lately. So I expect the miracles to continue in Tampa. Habs win 3-2.

  67. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Maybe since the Lightning are doing so well without Stamkos, they’d let us have him for say … Bourque and Gionta? ;)

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

  68. Psycho29 says:



    The Oilers are paying Bryzgalov $27,637 tonight to keep the puck out of the net….The Flyers are paying him $20,034… hoping he let’s it in

  69. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …are We starting to decide Our New Year resolutions for 2014 yet ? :)

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Not to be so fixated on the Habs, it’s just a game after all.
      I will probably do as well at this as I usually do with other resolutions. Still out of shape, not rich yet, disorganized office…

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • frontenac1 says:

      I’m not going to use bad words and get snuffed by the cops. Ah,who am I f#cking kidding? Vas-y Les Boys!

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …I have been pondering easing-up on Toronto The Good

      …as in when I refer to the MuppleWeeds, not to include the crude offensive Turdranna

      …just too many nice folks now-a-dayz in Turd… …I mean Toronto, to be so nasty

      …so My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to hereto refer to ‘that’ team as the TORONTO MuppleWeeds

      …hard yo do, BUT being part of the HIO community so long has mellowed Me I guess :)

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …I have been pondering easing-up on Toronto The Good

      …as in when I refer to the MuppleWeeds, not to include the crude offensive Turdranna

      …just too many nice folks now-a-dayz in Turd… …I mean Toronto, to be so nasty

      …so My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to hereto refer to ‘that’ team as the TORONTO MuppleWeeds

      …hard to do, BUT being part of the HIO community so long has mellowed Me I guess :)

  70. Danno says:

    Bruins’ Seidenberg sidelined for the season with torn ACL


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  71. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Bruins just got “Emelin-ed”. Good luck replacing Seidenberg. If the Habs stay healthy, they can compete against anyone in the East with the injuries other teams are incurring. As much as many of us would like to see a major trade or player dumps, it probably will not be necessary this season.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Agree. Sometimes a big part of a successful season in all sports us staying healthy. The NHL has become very similar to the NFL in that way. Solid post.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Current players that are not in the future plans of the club should be traded as opposed to let walk for nothing. Also all other teams in the East who are in the play-off picture will work to make their clubs better, if the Habs do nothing they may as well be going backwards. Just because a rival had a major setback, you still have to improve and manage correctly.

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Upcoming UFAs…I agree. If I had to pick one that will be dealt, it would be Diaz. Other teams will work to improve, but good luck this year with this cap. The Bruins can not replace Seidenberg as much as they can try.

  72. HabinBurlington says:

    Another player out with a concussion, this time St. Louis Blues Alex Steen. If memory serves me right this isn’t his first one, seem to recall a few years back he had one.

  73. Habfan10912 says:

    OK, Murray sits so no worries about a Frankie B/Murray pairing. That was fteaking scary.

  74. 24 Cups says:

    Re-post from end of previous thread.

    What do Ondrei Palak, J.T. Brown, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Radko Gudas, Andrej Sustr, Dmitry Korabov and Mark Barberio all have in common?

    They are all rookies who will be in the Tampa Bay Lightning line-up tonight.

    Believe it or not, but Tampa has gone 12-7 since losing Steven Stamkos to LTIR. Ben Bishop (28/20/5/2/1.93/.935) for Cory Conacher (38/3/6/9) has to be the trade of the year so far.

    Is there any doubt that right now Jon Cooper has to be the lead candidate for coach of the year?

  75. Lafleurguy says:

    “On with the show, this is it.”

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  76. Cape Breton says:

    I see they’re goin for $10 each on line beings it’s Florida. You got ripped off pal.

  77. punkster says:

    Actually his 16th of the season.


  78. Jonson says:

    the kids a beast, he should be playing every game

  79. Cape Breton says:

    Nothing personal but this is sports, not real war.

  80. VancouverHab says:

    Amen. Excellent common sense!

  81. Jonson says:

    but he is blind

  82. punkster says:

    Ain’t too funny without some semblance of accuracy…but if BS serves as stats for you then…thanks for playin’.


  83. Plekasuares says:


  84. Chuck says:

    When will they be playing together?

    Anything is possible.

  85. punkster says:

    Hopefully for the Habs ;)


  86. twilighthours says:

    Not sure why, but of the multitude of typos I read on the internet, I like “liek” the best.

  87. Cape Breton says:

    Right on man!

  88. punkster says:

    How does MB seem to be amused?


  89. db says:

    I think you may be expecting a bit much from this group… MB doesnt want to give up his assets, he’ll take his time and hopefully he’s learned from jumping the gun on the DD contract. I see these Habs as a bubble team, but the east is weak this year..

  90. DipsyDoodler says:

    It’s just hockey, man.

  91. twilighthours says:

    Are you asking me what I would do with the PP? (sorta seems like you are)

    If so, I’d play PK the full 2 minutes, and Markov and Diaz would split the other 2 minutes.

  92. scarboro_habitant says:

    double minor?

  93. Mondou6 says:

    It’s the NHL. You expect common sense and integrity of the game?

  94. HabinBurlington says:

    The CBA would be a huge reason why they can’t just add that.

  95. No _______ Sherlock! :lol:

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  96. Only people who don’t know hockey would say a 19 is a bust.

    Makes me smile when fans write like that. Good entertainment.

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  97. AliHaba says:

    Wish I was there. I have a carload heading to Montreal for the family weekend. Can’t wait.

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