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. CHicoHab says:

    Nice way to start second half!!!

  2. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    We win, and HNIC gives two of three stars to TB. Wha?!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  3. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Great game Price …


  4. HabinBurlington says:

    How can the Tampa coach keep St. Louis on the bench for that?

  5. punkster says:

    Hey Dean…you were wrong.


  6. slapshot777 says:

    That’s the way to do it Price!!!!!! Seems like he has been doing it all himself this season

  7. db says:

    another W for Price

  8. danhabsfan says:

    Yes, take the 2 points and leave town

  9. Mondou6 says:

    HNIC Three Stars of the Game:

    1 – St. Louis
    2 – Bishop
    3 – Purcell

  10. B says:

    Woo Hoo! Great game and shoot out for Price.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  11. Mavid says:

    I hate the shootout..bus I am very happy that Carey did well..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  12. Storman says:

    Price looking way more confident in the shoot out

  13. piter says:

    Good win. Too bad they got the loser point.

  14. Plekasuares says:


  15. Et le but says:

    We WON….

  16. CH Marshall says:

    boy Price looks good

  17. Plekasuares says:

    Way wide

  18. Storman says:

    Why did Bishop not poke check there

  19. B says:

    Vail’s 14th is a shortie and he adds an assist as Windsor beats Saginaw 4-1.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  20. HabinBurlington says:

    Wow, sweet move by Eller!!!

  21. DipsyDoodler says:

    Tampa never loses in shoot outs.

  22. Mavid says:

    Ah yes..Bishop played for the Sens..that explain’s pinwheel’s love for TB..

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  23. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Moen, Gorges, Budaj.

  24. twilighthours says:

    Desharnais the best Hab tonight.

  25. Storman says:

    Moen deflects Emelin screened point shot that looked labeled for the short side, until Moen deflected it to the net in the corner, Yikes, Galley calls it a nice deflection

  26. Plekasuares says:


  27. B says:

    Bruins lose in Ottawa 4-3

    –Go Habs Go!–

  28. HabsfaninVan says:

    Pleks needs to work on his shots. I see him get opportunities like this often, only to shoot it wide/high/both

  29. Mavid says:

    Boston lost..I should be happy but I am not..

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  30. Plekasuares says:

    Got to move a big goalie like bishop before you shoot

  31. habsfan0 says:

    My shooters

  32. RAM_TOUGH says:

    I hope MT will tell the shooters to go 5 hole on Bishop!


  33. Plekasuares says:

    I wish they played OT for more than 5

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay so MT will pick Plex cuz he scored, DD should be a given, does he give Galchenyuk one more try or go with Max?

  35. ooder says:

    i hope the players are smart enough to try and go 5 hole on the biggest goalie in the league

  36. Storman says:

    even 4 on 4 this game would have ended 1-1 teams met on the beach and discussed final score before the game , an obvious 1-1 game, should have bet a grand on the under on this game

  37. db says:

    5 min OT is useless..

  38. RAM_TOUGH says:

    The same shootout busts for the Habs I guess


  39. Plekasuares says:

    Again, they took away the pass…

  40. Mondou6 says:

    Plex misses the effing net. Jesus Effing Christ. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

  41. Storman says:

    Fans deserve for this game to be over

  42. B says:

    Beaulieu scores the shoot out winner, Condon gets his first win as a Dog.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  43. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Emelin ain’t no Orr.

  44. HabinBurlington says:

    DIaz just stood his man up at the blueline, nice play.

  45. Mondou6 says:

    This game deserves The Gimmick to decide a winner.

  46. db says:

    Wow Tampa has been to OT/SO 12 times this year.. winning 9 times.

  47. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Nice deflection by Moen. Not. Hands of Moen indeed.

  48. Et le but says:

    No shootout please…not a fan

  49. Mondou6 says:

    Well that was fun. Tampa did absolutely *nothing* for 60 minutes, and we still can’t beat them in regulation.

  50. Samovich says:

    DD has been very good

  51. Sportfan says:

    Least we get a point it all counts in the end.

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  52. Mondou6 says:

    Prust woke up a little. Hard to believe that guy used be our team MVP, and this year, nothing.

  53. NLhabsfan says:

    Nice effort by Prust

  54. Sportfan says:

    Think Ottawa will complain about losing Bishop?

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  55. durocher says:

    Please sit Briere for Bournival tomorrow — Briere has been in winter break mode all season

  56. jctremblay says:

    I know one way the NHL could improve their game. Have better ice in just about every single arena. That ice tonight is a disgrace, right up there with the Habs PP..

  57. Plekasuares says:

    Pushed DD right into the net, that should be a penalty

  58. HabinBurlington says:

    Oh, thought forsure the DD/Max combo was going to score the winner there.

  59. Blondie says:

    Prust? I didn’t think he was dressed.

  60. danhabsfan says:

    That was a soft play by Bourque, again

  61. Storman says:

    Bob Cole finally heard a puck or saw a puck hit the post

  62. Plekasuares says:

    How many posts?

  63. Et le but says:

    How many shots hit iron tonight, 4?

  64. B says:

    Utica PP scores with 1:04 left in the 3rd to tie it at 3 and send the Dogs into OT.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  65. db says:

    Is that 4 posts??

  66. Plekasuares says:

    We have chances on the rush but seem to be missing our passes.

  67. danhabsfan says:

    Wow… That Gallagher

  68. HabinBurlington says:

    Gallagher with a deflection off the post. He is such a nice player for us.

    • Storman says:

      Which Bob Cole announced to have gone widly wide of the net, i do not think he hears shots off the post anymore second time tonight he has mis announced a shot off the post

  69. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    And that was Chucky’s last shift tonite….

  70. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    They keep saying the offsides are due to rustiness. Might it not equally be due to the fact that ice is like Velcro? 24C there today, and as humid as soup.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  71. db says:

    Man those Sens are bad… they allow a soft goal per game

  72. danhabsfan says:

    Is the ice bad there?

  73. HabinBurlington says:

    Price vs. Bishop preview of Canada vs. U.S. olympic game?

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