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. Sportfan says:

    Patches has 19 goals and 6 assists lol he’s on pace for about 35-40 goals and about I dunno TSN said 9 assists when he was at four so lets say 13 shades of Rick Nash. I say that cause in 2003-04 he had 41 goals and 16 assists.

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  2. BCG says:

    Man I love P.K. – all that talent and very good defense. All at the tender age of 24. Superstar. Despite the naysayers and fairweather fans like Boone who sees a need to point out when P.K. has a bad game, he’s obviously a major cornerstone like Price (who also has bad games).

    We’re not a Stanley Cup team (unless we get lucky), but MB and TT are moving the team in the right direction. I get more excited with each passing year – and I hate what the NHL has become!

  3. Luke says:

    Good game night folks! Pleasure to type with you all.(except you. You crossed the line).

    Yah… I’ll probably check on later. Time to watch “chopped Canada ” and finish beersoes.

  4. TMan1969 says:

    They can score!

  5. rogieshan says:

    Markov looked like he was carrying sandbags all night. Is he going to make it to April?

  6. habstrinifan says:

    We can’t go to sleep tonight guys!!!!!!!!!!!! How do you organize one of those flash parties? Let’s do it!

  7. DipsyDoodler says:

    That was good fun. Reminds me of the 80s.

  8. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Habs-fan-84: I see what you did there…

  9. Danno says:

    Damn good hockey game. Gallagher deserved a star. Things are looking up again.

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  10. The Puckhound says:

    It wasn’t Tomas Plekanec night… 20 draws.. wins four!
    Yikes!

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

  11. commandant says:

    3-2-1 on what is normally the nightmare Christmas road trip.

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  12. Harditya says:

    Subban is an Olympian. Enough said.

  13. jmac21 says:

    MT gets bailed out again
    Price will get blamed for the blown lead but MT got out coached AGAIN

  14. bellcentre hotdog says:

    What a crazy game.

    Somebody had posted earlier that the team had no character. That win tonight was ALL character. Dallas fought hard, yet the Habs fought back harder. Huge games for PK, Max, and Gallagher.

  15. JohnBellyful says:

    That’s more like it. Exciting stuff.
    Good bounce back after giving up two-goal lead.

  16. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Victory Green, my arse. Good game for the Habbies. Hope White’s okay.

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    Oklahoma beating Bama? Oh this night could get better!

  18. savethepuck says:

    That is now 19 goals in 33 games for Max, but this team doesn’t have a goal scorer. I have to disagree.

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  19. Ring of Fire says:

    Bama’ coming back in Sugar Bowl

    The Thin Blue Line.

  20. The Slacker says:

    4 point night for P.K. Subban. Are there still any naysayers?

  21. Et le but says:

    Well done boys! 7 points out of a possible 12 on the road trip.
    Not exceptional, but not the disaster it felt like at times either!

  22. CH Marshall says:

    Entertaining game finayll

  23. twilighthours says:

    Max is one if the fastest dudes in th nhl.

    Were I a Dallas fan, I would leave this game thinking that patches is an elite player, a dominant force.

  24. durocher says:

    Great victory — contributions from a lot of players, and the compete level was as high. One of the best two periods from the Habs in a long, long time.

  25. Luke says:

    And….. Wooohooo

  26. topher5468 says:

    Never in doubt, Haha,

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  27. yeg hab fan says:

    free wings a cage for road games?

  28. Plekasuares says:

    Good stuff

  29. Grimmly says:

    Wow, they finally won one for Price…

  30. Cdnman1 says:

    Great win.

  31. HabinBurlington says:

    Was that Iron Maiden I heard over the P.A. speaker during that last whistle?

  32. theox_8 says:

    Holy galcheyuk is out there with 20 seconds left mt you brilliant man you

  33. habs-fan-84 says:

    Wonderful. Most exciting game if the year!

  34. Marc10 says:

    Our two game breakers get it done. Yes!!!

  35. Cdnman1 says:

    I saw Patches and PK planning that during the time out.

  36. Adidess says:

    4 point-game by a defenseman, in regulation? In spectacular fashion! Elite!

  37. habsfaninboston says:

    Nice empty netter. Great clear by PK and nice finish by Max.

  38. HabinBurlington says:

    An entertaining Road Win!

  39. CHicoHab says:

    Good stuff. Soobie 4 points!!

  40. habstrinifan says:

    i dont know if u guys saw that… but Subban drew that up.. in the timeout!

    Check the little conference before the restart.

  41. Haberoooo13 says:

    PK with the perfect draw weight

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  42. DipsyDoodler says:

    What a play by PK!

  43. Propwash says:

    INSURANCE! INSURANCE! INSURANCE!

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  44. jmac21 says:

    Good thing we have PK and Patches

  45. Cdnman1 says:

    Nice play PK and Patches!

  46. slapshot777 says:

    Beauty play by PK and great speed by Max

  47. durocher says:

    Nice speed by Max

  48. HabinBurlington says:

    Ryan White stapled to bench since the fight?

  49. yeg hab fan says:

    pleks invisible

  50. Habbu says:

    So many have worked their asses off tonight…..nice to see

  51. Habcouver says:

    Are they playing PK the final minute?
    Waiting patiently for #25

  52. Cdnman1 says:

    Great game. What a battle!

  53. CH Marshall says:

    Is Bouquet uFA this summer?

  54. durocher says:

    Cube has had a tough season, but I like his game tonight

  55. monmick says:

    Bourque has to learn how to cut to the net…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  56. DipsyDoodler says:

    I keep hearing Jorge Ben.

  57. twilighthours says:

    Great read by murray

  58. Propwash says:

    I’m pretty sure Waite will address Price’s positioning issues l.

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  59. The Teacher says:

    Anyone else waiting for a shoe to drop?

  60. jmac21 says:

    Come on you know how it works it’s always Price’s fault
    Best goalie in the NHL and gets thrown under the bus by hab “fans” after every L

  61. WhatUp says:

    read somewhere else that Stafford didn’t play after 1st period….Stafford – Briere swap in the works?

  62. Cdnman1 says:

    Win or lose the team has showed some heart tonight.

  63. CJ says:

    Perhaps, in the spirit of the winter classic, these teams are engaged in a classic game of shinny. I can’t recall this many chances being exchanged this season. What a game. I have the feeling that there are more fireworks yet….

  64. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    What fans we have. Wee Davey having an amazing game, and guys here criticizing him. Tough crowd.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  65. Habcouver says:

    Up to 1000 comments!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  66. sCOTT1243 says:

    dd, raise the dang puck!

    Price hasn’t played bad, some of those shots were rockets as well as having 3 green shirts in front of him all night. He has been sliding back and forth a lot tonight similar to last year…glad to see the team scoring for him.

    Come on boys win this.

  67. DipsyDoodler says:

    Nice defensive play by PK.

  68. Et le but says:

    Time to shorten the bench MT….

  69. Habbu says:

    Those damn curved sticks

  70. Gerry H says:

    Did Price get his bell rung on the play that led to the penalty shot? He hasn’t been the same since. Losing pucks, flopping around, not on his game.

  71. The Teacher says:

    Wow lift it dude!

  72. --Habs-- says:

    Wow. A barn burner

    “Habs” Watch and learn….! Or Not!

  73. Reflektor says:

    Hands of Moen had an assist on Eller’s goal.

  74. Bogie Man says:

    Too bad they cannot play like this all the time, this is fun!


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