Liveblog: Game 42 – Canadiens win a wild one in Dallas to begin 2014

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Trip ends on winning note

Max Pacioretty, who will be on Team USA at the Sochi Olympics, had two goals and two assists.

P.K. Subban – who better be on Team Canada – had a goal and three assists.

David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher (during a third-period power play) added goals, and Lars Eller beat Kari Lehtonen top shelf from a bad angle for the winning goal.

Carey Price, who was all over the place in the game, gave up goals to Jamie Benn, Valeri Nichushin, Tyler Seguin and Brenden Dillon.

Dallas outshot the Canadiens 32-28.

 

FIVE goals

After Brendan Gallagher's power-play goal made it 4-2, Dallas scored twice in 47 seconds: Tyler Seguin's 21st and one from downtown by defenceman Brenden Dillon.

Shades of Carolina, right?

Wrong.

Lars Eller went top shelft from an impossible angle for his 10th of the season and Max Pacioretty got his second of the game and 19th of the season into an empty net.

A bit of everything

Dallas rookie Valeri Nichushkin beat Carey Price on a penalty shot.

Then P.K. Subban, who had set up David Desharnais for the period's first goal, skated through the Dallas D to restore the Canadiens' lead with his seventh goal of the season.

P.K. has three points in the game.

Josh Gorges, who tripped Nichushkin to draw the penalty shot, also made two great plays with Carey Price down and out of position.

Shots were 12-10 for the Canadiens.

Max again

Max Pacioretty, who has four goals on this road trip, took a perfect lead pass from P.K. Subban and beat Kari Lehtonen with a wicked rising wrister for his 18th of the season.

Jamie Benn, converting a nice feed from Tyler Seguin for his 14th, had given the home team a 1-0 lead.

Shots were 11-6 for the Stars, who won an unreal 15 of 17 faceoffs.

The second half begins

The Canadiens start the homestretch – and 2014 portion – of their schedule with a visit to Dallas.

The American Airlines Center will be warmer than what the Leafs and Wings endured at the Big House on New Year's Day.

And it will be much warmer than Montreal, where the wind-chill factor hit minus-40C on Thursday.

Canadiens fans will just have to keep warm by yelling at their TV screens – which we did a lot of during the team's visits to Florida and Carolina.

Unless they meet in the Stanley Cup finals, this will be the final Canadiens-Stars game of the season. Dallas visited the Bell Centre on Oct. 29, when Carey Price made 26 saves and goals by Michaël Bournival and Rene Bourque secured a 2-1 win.

The Stars are 5-0-2 in their last seven, including two wins over the mighty L.A. Kings. Their offence is powered by Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and ... Erik Cole! The former Canadien has five goals in his last eight games.

 

1,322 Comments

  1. Hobie Hansen says:

    oops 1-0 Dallas?

  2. slyCH says:

    WHAAAAAAAAAT?

  3. Mark C says:

    What is Gally doing with that icing?

  4. Rob Maguire says:

    What grade would you give Marc Bergevin so far?

  5. Hobie Hansen says:

    Would be nice to see some physicality by the Habs here as they’re getting crunched all over the ice.

  6. Et le but says:

    Nashville up 1 zip on the Bruins; end of 2nd

  7. slyCH says:

    Wow Bourque, what’s got into him.

  8. Et le but says:

    Hope that gets René engaged tonight…

  9. durocher says:

    Poor play by Subban, he asks for the puck, gets it, all skaters are up ice, and he fails to get the puck up. PK has to keep it simple – get the puck up and keep your end of the zone clean.

  10. jols101 says:

    Go Habs Go !!!

  11. Adidess says:

    A Habs goal almost happened with Murray on the ice. Good sign!

  12. Sportfan says:

    GO HABS GO AND TRADE BRIERE TRADE!

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  13. Just A Guy says:

    French version of the national anthem sung with a southern twang… ok its not just the accent, she’s butchering the star spangled banner too. ouch.

  14. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    On the subject of stature: My mother-in-law, who is 4’11″ once said, “I always wanted to be taller. It just never worked out.”

  15. Plekasuares says:

    Watch Yzerman have more boneheaded picks than Burke…

  16. Et le but says:

    Red Wings and Maple Leafs nipping at our heels… A win tonight would be nice

  17. frontenac1 says:

    Vas-y Les Boys! Kick some Cowboy Arse!

  18. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Mike dot Boone, you are on fine form tonight! Your live blog looks set to be more entertaining than the hockey fixture. Who are all the pies?

  19. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    RE: Vikings picture

    Boone: wasn’t there also a coach who was a scalper? Forgot that meathead’s name…

  20. slyCH says:

    Watching Max on RDS now. Feel bad as hell. Guess print made his declarations sound more harsh. How’d he lose his teeth anyway?

    • Adidess says:

      Those lips look so “maganés”, he must be toughing it out out there. But probably not, because as everybody knows, Max isn’t tough. He is soft, lazy and useless, which is the reason he leads this team in goals every year, and has been selected among the elite core to represent US hockey at the next Olympics.

  21. AliHaba says:

    de la Rose had a strong game on the top line. Collberg was largely invisible. Reway is small…what’s wrong with that?

  22. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Briere for Stafford is a no-brainer. Both underachieving with the exact same contract. At least Stafford has size (even though he does not use it). Maybe he can do something with Eller…

  23. Habilis says:

    They don’t need a scout, Boone. Briere is in the pressbox. :D

  24. Marc10 says:

    I get Ott for Briere and that makes sense for the Habs. More realistic considering cap hits is Leino for Briere, but I very much doubt MB is up for that.

  25. John Q Public says:

    Yellow blimp…
    “send in the clowns”.

  26. slyCH says:

    Max P… humf! Gonna take me some time before saying his name without a bad taste in my mouth after his stoopid declarations.

  27. Hobie Hansen says:

    I think Boston gave up on Blake Wheeler a little too early as well Boone!

  28. Ian Cobb says:

    This one is not in doubt!
    We will run Hitchcock’s green bunnies right out of Dallas!
    Therrien will play the rope-a-dope system tonight.! Its a winning style! Roll 4 lines for 2 and a half perriods, then the big push at the end!

  29. jols101 says:

    Surprised Bourque didn’t come off the bus shirtless.

  30. Just A Guy says:

    Boone: Colberg was good, but Wenneberg and Forsberg really stole the show. TSN was drooling over De La Rose’s 200 foot game though.

    Crap. Now I’m confused, I think it was Lindholm. Not Wenneberg. One of those two :)

  31. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Habcouver, you’re only human. If she gave you her lace, you would have to proffer your leather.

  32. HardHabits says:

    Streams plz

  33. AliHaba says:

    What about a line of Gallagher, Galchenyuk and Bournival?

  34. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I fear another butt kicking tonight. But … Go Habs!

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  35. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Offensive juggernaut Carey Cizikas pots another, putting the Isles up 1-0 on the Hawks.

  36. AliHaba says:

    Time for Bournival to strike again. He’s been in a bit of a swoon.

  37. 416erHabsFan says:

    Gionta for John Scott?? Just throwing it out there, lol.

  38. Timo says:

    Mavid, I hear Wonda’s is a good place to shop. Give it a try. Bring your hubby with you.

  39. Habfan10912 says:

    Canes get s 5 on 3 goal and lead the caps 1-0. Is there a heavy mob presence in Carolina?

  40. Timo says:

    Oh man. On RDS people are ripping into Therrien, Briere, Bouillon and Diaz. I am loving it.

  41. FlyAngler says:

    The Sabres forward we might have interest in would be Moulson would it not and I believe he is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season……….

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  42. Alvin says:

    Steve Ott in a Habs uni ? NEVAH !!

  43. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Sweet little lies? Habcouver, you made me guffaw aloud.

  44. Mavid says:

    I am going to do some shopping in Montreal before the game, any good suggestions? Is the Eaton Center a good place?

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • habsfan0 says:

      Don’t forget Schwartz’s and Orange Julep.

    • Habilis says:

      Yeah, that’s a great place start, especially with this weather because you can access 4 other malls (Promenades Cathedrale, Complexe Les Ailes, Place Montreal Trust and Cours Mont-Royal) through the underground network without stepping foot outside.

      The Cours Mont-Royal is the “classy” one with all the high end stores and a pretty nice cafe upstairs. The others are pretty standard.

      You’ll also want to check out Ogilvy, even if you only go to see the spoon-man.

  45. CH Marshall says:

    Just watched Dreger talk about Briere and possible scenarios.

    Man. It’s just so obvious that MT loves DD, and MB has to justify the extension. As StevieRay said below: Same Sh*t Different Day.. and how

  46. jsaz says:

    Subban, mcdonagh, the wiz, markov we could of had this. That’d be a deadly D-core

  47. Ian_Habs4life says:

    Where did all these rumors come from ??

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      John Bartlett ‏@BartsBytes 1h

      Hearing some chatter that #Habs and Sabres could be looking at a move. #habson690

      • Ian_Habs4life says:

        I just found this on TheFourthPeriod.com

        The Daniel Briere experiment in Montreal hasn’t gone anywhere close to what the Canadiens or the veteran forward expected, so far this season.
        Briere, 36, joined the Habs on July 5, 2013, after signing a two-year, $8 million contract with the club.

        The native of Gatineau, Quebec, has struggled this season, registering five goals and five assists for 10 points in 28 games so far, while battling concussion symptoms. He has also voiced his discontent with the coaching staff and management about the way he is being used, as he’s seen little action on any of the Habs’ top-two lines.
        Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has made it known to some teams that he would be willing to trade Briere, if the interest was there.

        Briere, a two-time NHL All-Star, was expected to boost the Canadiens’ offense this season, an area in which the team is desperately trying to improve.

        Bergevin has been actively trying to acquire a top-six forward with some size and an eye for the net, but such a significant move might prove to be too difficult to complete mid-season.

        The Habs have been linked to Winnipeg Jets sniper Evander Kane, and were rumored to have some interest in Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny, who is in the final year of his contract.

        Briere, who has recently been a healthy scratch for the Habs, has a no-movement clause in his contract, but it’s believed he would be willing to waive it under the right conditions.

        It’s unclear if the Canadiens have approached Briere about waiving his NMC

    • Tis Himself says:

      Fleetwood Mac!

  48. SlovakHab says:

    If we get dominated tonight again, is there any chance MT gets canned upon the team’s return to Montreal?

  49. Tis Himself says:

    Boys stay ‘ard on the puck, support each udder and play haggressive and it will be close for about 40 minutes.

    • AliHaba says:

      Reporter to Therrien a few weeks ago when Bourque is hurt:- Mr. Coach, we’re hearing that Rene has another concussion but the team is calling it lower body, which is it?
      MT:- We always tell you the truth about injuries…if it’s a lower body injury, it’s a lower body injury. If it’s a hupper body injury, it’s a hupper body injury.

  50. Forum Dog says:

    It’s probably good for Emelin to sit for a game. He’s coming back from an injury that kept him off the ice for a good long-time, and he’s had to jump back into full-tilt NHL duty for a couple of months now. Taking an extra game to watch from above could help him mentally and physically.

    Briere – meh. Right now he is playing like a puss, the coach doesn’t want to use him, and he is useless as a 4th line energy player. It’s a vicious cycle. Without vigor, Briere is not going to play his way back into the top-six/nine, and that is what he was brought in for. The ice and linemates he’s been getting are not great, but he needs to take control of some of this himself.

    Didn’t get to watch the Carolina game, but read the post-game and looked at the stats. Would like to see some up tempo hockey. Despite what Therrien said, this is not a “grinding” team. They are a quick strike, transition team when they are playing their best. A grinding style with half the lineup less than 200 lbs is skating against the grain.

  51. Danno says:

    I look to this game with a deep foreboding sense of fear, loathing and horror.

    Other than that, I’m OK…

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  52. HabinBurlington says:

    Reading through the Liveblog comments, hard not to be positive!

  53. habcertain says:

    you would have to think other UFAs are looking at what is going on here, and say why would I want to endure that. Briere, weather you liked the signing or not, was signed to provide offensive. that means quality minutes with top players and MT has not really given him that shot, even benching him after producing, to protect a lead etc. I think the intent of the signing was to get him to produce 20 or so goals, which he was on pace to do, and hope he does something in the playoffs, if we got there. I guess that plan is shot

  54. Dunboyne Mike says:

    MMMMRRRRRRRRAAAAWWWWWWWWWW!

    Is there a reputable source for trade rumours with the Sabres?

  55. Habilis says:

    I’m not crazy about all these Buffalo rumors. Buffalo is quite obviously on the ground floor of a rebuild. They won’t want anyone over 25 and we’ll probably have to give away at least one draft pick to make any kind of deal with them.

    That is the type deal you make if you’re the Hawks or the Pens and have a legitimate shot at a Cup. We do not.

    • Eddie says:

      Please!

      Management has you guys so brainwashed NOT to believe we can win.

      Don’t you see what they’ve done?

      Low expectations, so they look brilliant if we win and they have a built in excuse if we lose.

      It’s the oldest political trick in the books.

      If we need to trade a young player and a draft pick to get Steve Ott, lets freak in do it for craps sakes already!

      Lets try and win for a change.

    • dr. gesundheit says:

      Reasonable concern considering that they probably wouldn’t be entertaining any thoughts of parting with Foligno or McNabb (two who have been previously mentioned as potentially of value to the Habs)…never mind picking up any Hab dead wood.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Bingo. Buffalo wants to shed contracts and receive youth in return. All this Briere and Bourque going their way is just that, nonsense. As much as I’d like it to be true.

  56. AliHaba says:

    A game to watch is Philadelphia at Colorado. Philly on a 4-game streak and have resurrected their season. Habs play them next week.

  57. SlovakHab says:

    I, for one, can’t wait for another game of sitting in a defensive zone, chipping the puck out for an icing and having the other team come at us in waves, outshooting us 42-25.

    Like Johnny Bellyfull brilliantly wrote earlier today: Yes, we are a grinding team. I grind my teeth every time I watch the Habs play recently.

  58. AliHaba says:

    And I’ll be keeping an eye on the Ottawa-Winnipeg game. Habs play the Senators Saturday night. Bobby Ryan has a big reason to pick up his game.

  59. HabFab says:

    Connor Crisp suspended for a slew foot.

  60. 1010 says:

    After Lupul receives his suspension I have to think the leafs must be nearing some kind of record for these kinds of things by a team in one season. That is if they haven`t set it already.

    GO HABS.

  61. slyCH says:

    If Briere is included in this deal then what are the chances of this org. ever signing a Franco UFA ever again. LOL!

    If one does sign, (one in the prime of his career mind you, not a washed up has been with limited options), then you know they got themselves a real gamer ready to take on the heat.
    Forget the Vinnies and Dannys of this province.

  62. AliHaba says:

    Will be interesting to see how the Habs react to the New Year’s Eve debacle. Lots of things that you can point to about that. Two positives to take are the 4 goals and the 2 PP goals.

    Will also be interesting to see the Bruins’ reaction to the almost identical occurance against the Islanders. Actually even worse since they lost in regulation.

  63. Harditya says:

    PK is the dynamic 40 goal scoring winger we have all been waiting for. Pacioretty-Galchenyuk-Subban line will lead us to the promised land. I can see it happening.. hey if MT can juggle his lines like no tomorrow, then why should we fans feel left behind?

  64. Sportfan says:

    Would Briere and Bourque for Ott and Stafford be so bad?

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Trade makes sense with Montreal throwing in a prospect or pick. If Buffalo is dying to get rid of Stafford the why not replace him with Briere? A change of scenery type of trade.

      Ott will probably not resign so Buffalo gets an NHL player at a reasonable cap hit. But Bourque won’t be enough…they will have to throw something else in.

  65. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    MB probably trades Bourque to Buffalo for Tyler Enis…LOL

    All jokes aside, they must be targeting Steve Ott (if the rumours are true). If there is one place that would take Briere…it would be Buffalo.

  66. JFriedman says:

    Latest rumor is Briere heading to Buffalo for Steve Ott.

    Better than a bag of pucks.

  67. stevieray says:

    Well Partners …After the debacle the other nite …I was ready to take all my CH ..hats..jerseys…cups ..books …pictures and seal them in a time capsule for my granddaughter to open in 25 years …
    I have had a change of heart and will watch tonite .. having been a fan for over 55 years it’s hard to turn ones back on my team . BUT ..the past few years each have begun with great expectations fueled by player signings ( the 3 smurfs ) ..management changes with the hiring of Gainey and Carbs who are near God status if your a Hab fan …then their firing …then new ownership ..new management …more and higher expectations … Briere’s signing ,DD’s big contarct …Parros ( weren’t ) we down that road before with Big George …
    I am getting quite tired of it all ….SSDD..same shit different day
    I will add I do enjoy PK,Price ,Markov ,Eller ,Alex ,the Gallager kid ,Pleks and Pacioritty …not so sure about the rest …

    nuff said …guess I start getting ready for the game and bring out my hats, jerseys,cups and pictures :)

    Damn cold in Nova Scotia tonite !…great nite for a hockey game pa

    • JUST ME says:

      As a Habs fan i understand your frustration. What i do not understand is why you did not tone down your expectations and match them with the management predictions of the pre-season. Nobody said the cup was within our reach this season au contraire they said they would have a tough time making the playoffs !

      But let`s say that they could promise the cup would you expect that everything would run smooth all season long and win 82 games ?

      I do not want to burst your bubble but this is not to be this season, not next season either but in two years ?…

      As for tonight better brace yourself cause we are facing a hot , talented and fast team. May not be tonight either !!! lol
      Have a good game anyway !

      • stevieray says:

        I guess I would like to see a little bit of improvement from year to year . It just seems we have been spinning our wheels the last few years . I would also like us to be a bit ” tougher ” to play against .

    • LTHF says:

      likewise fully frustrated with their 3rd period play in Carolina. keep a eye on Gionta, with 16+ mins of ice time last game, for the most part he was like a pylon , especiallly in his own zone, guess he needs to keep briere company in the pressbox

  68. Adidess says:

    I tend to be optimistic, but don’t have a good feeling on this one. Thankfully, I’m often wrong.

    But really, my feelings have more to do with where this team seems to be headed rather than this particular game. I fear a downward spiral coming if guys don’t wake up. This team needs more people contributing goals or points (looking at you Bourque, Gionta, Brière, Prust, Diaz, Moen). Too many ‘dead passengers’, to use an apt mix metaphor!

  69. Mark C says:

    Anyway the Habs can leave Texas with Brett Ritchie?

  70. Habcouver says:

    Big test against a hot team.
    No, the hot team ain’t the Habs!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  71. slyCH says:

    The real thread begins. It’s go time!!!!

  72. Harditya says:

    Thank you :)

  73. HardHabits says:

    Merci!!! :-D

  74. slyCH says:

    I like the player and would rather they keep him, just think his saying he can now concentrate on his play now that he’s been selected was not sage.

  75. Ian Cobb says:

    Just kiss him and get it over with. Then you could edit! ?

  76. Frozen Village says:

    Swedes

    Sweden is not a country of (BS) Liberal Socialists

  77. frontenac1 says:

    Finns. Closest thing to Canadian.

  78. db says:

    Same with Emelin..

  79. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Ya, speaking of Yemmy, where is he idle? In his parent’s basement???

  80. SUMO says:

    Yes. Funny how none of the Price Haters have come forward to praise him when he does play well. only crap on him when he doesn’t

  81. Haberoooo13 says:

    +1
    And they owe him for that debacle in Carolina where it seemed like a shooting range at the county fair.

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  82. Danno says:

    I don’t hate Price at all but Josh has been helpful

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  83. Plekasuares says:

    Every fan of every nhl team does that

  84. Propwash says:

    Price will be fine. Goalies all go through hot and cold spells.

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  85. Plekasuares says:

    Watch out you might get told off for being honest……!!!

  86. Propwash says:

    That’s already been established.

    What I’m saying is I trust Waite to work with him on it.

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  87. The Puckhound says:

    I would say..double yikes!

    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  88. HabinBurlington says:

    I wonder if White seperated shoulder on the hit. Blondie pointed out to me how Whitey didn’t use one arm at all in fight. Could be he hurt it on the hit.

  89. habstrinifan says:

    H e wa shurt before the fight. You could tell.

  90. CJ says:

    I thought the same. He would have destroyed Gaunce.

  91. Et le but says:

    What is he EOHF?

  92. Habsbill24 says:

    Why do we have to put a label on Max? What he is, is the first pure goalscorer that the Habs have had in 20 years. His 19 goals in 33 games played this year is a pace for 47 goals over an 82 game season. When have the habs had a goal scorer like that. Plus he is fast and has an extremely reasonable contract. Power, finesse whatever, we are very, very lucky to have him. With Price, PK and Max the Habs can build a team around them as they are all in their mid 20s, just hitting their prime.

  93. Et le but says:

    Benoit Brunet calls him a finesse player in a power forward’s frame

  94. punkster says:

    Disinterested and cowardly.

    Yep, you’re a real astute observer of the sport, aren’t you.

    Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
    but…
    ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

  95. HabinBurlington says:

    Soft for his size and there is no argument……. I guess I can’t argue.

  96. punkster says:

    No, heaven forbid we should argue the points.

    Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
    but…
    ELLER IS STELLAR!!!


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