Liveblog: Game 43 – Canadiens comeback earns a point, but they lose in OT


What did we learn?

Daniel Brière has to play and will ... at least for a while.

Brière scored twice and assisted on Brian Gionta's goal, which brought the Canadiens back from a 3-1 deficit before Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal 58 seconds into overtime to win it.

Colin Greening scored 13 seconds into the game.

And After Brière tied it 1-1, Ottawa got two in 14 seconds from Mark Stone and Erik Condra to take control.

The Senators had a 34-29 shot advantage.


MacArthur wins it

With the Senators on a power play, patient passing set up Clarke MacArthur for his 14th of the season.

A line is born

Daniel Brière, with his second of the game, and Brian Gionta brought the Canadiens back from 3-1.

And Carey Price kept it at 3-3.

On to OT, with P.K. in the box.

No scoring

Each team had seven shots, the best of which was a Lars Eller backhander Craig Anderson got a pad on.

Michel Therrien juggled his lines: Daniel Brière joined Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, moving Rene Bourque to the Eller-Galchenyuk line and dropping Brandon Prust down with Travis Moen and Michaël Bournival.

Josh Gorges was paired with P.K. Subban and Francis Bouillon dropped down to the third pairing with Douglas Murray.

The Canadiens are 1-12-1 when trailing after 40 minutes,

Brière scores!

Daniel Brière, fresh from a two-game penance in the pressbox, converted a Travis Moen pass to erase the lead Colin Greening gave Ottawa 13 seconds into the game.

The jubilation didn't last long.

A giveaway at the Canadiens blueline sent Mark Stone in alone for his first of the year.

A mere 14 seconds later,Erik Condra banked one off Francis Bouillon's skate and past Carey Price.

The Canadiens failed to convert both a four-minute advantage and a 5-on-3 that lasted 45 seconds.

Shots were 14-10 for the visitors.

Carey Price wasn't stellar on the Stone goal but made a brilliant late-period save on Bobby Ryan.

Oh, and there's a bat flying around the Bell Centre.

Welcome back

The Canadiens, who haven't played in Montreal since Dec. 17, make their 2014 Bell Centre debut Saturday night against an Atlantic Division rival.

Ottawa, sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference, is nine points behind the Canadiens and has played one more game.

The Senators have scored 13 more goals than the Canadiens – 122-109 – but have allowed an eye-popping 40 more goals-against: 138-98.

You wouldn't have attributed defensive shortcomings to the Senators when the teams met in Ottawa on Nov. 7. Robin Lehner made 33 saves in a 4-1 win, the only Canadiens goal coming from Andrei Markov during a first-period power play.

Ottawa rides a three-game winning streak into the Bell Centre, where the Canadiens are 12-7-2 this season.

Subtext to the game: Max Pacioretty, who has 19 goals this season, will be on the U.S. Olympic team next month. Bobby Ryan, who's scored 18, won't be in Sochi.

Chris Neil and Jason Spezza are out for Ottawa.

Daniel Brière and Alexei Emelin draw back in for the Canadiens. Ryan White is injured and Raphael Diaz is a healthy scratch.



  1. CJ says:

    Price! Keep fighting bud. Hold the fort….

  2. Alex says:

    Where the Price haters now?

  3. durocher says:

    Big save by CP, he’s recovered from a tough start

  4. Hobie Hansen says:


  5. slyCH says:

    Gallagher was mugged in an alley.

  6. Rob Maguire says:

    Anderson gets away with a solid punch. Schmuck.

  7. Danno says:

    I Heart Gallagher


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  8. slyCH says:

    Shaming Briere a few games in pressbox paid dividend.

  9. Rob Maguire says:

    Gryba is like Teflon when it comes to the refs.

  10. formerly known as the hc says:

    For the time being, Postpone the floggings!

  11. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Walrus gonna have to use #61 more.

  12. Danno says:

    Someone quit to play poker and is missing a good game.


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  13. TMan1969 says:

    Speed is their game..

  14. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Man, when Murray scores the GWG, the roof is going to come off Centre Bell.

  15. NightRyder says:

    Rene Bourque may be the worst (non-goon) player in the NHL. Heck, some of the goons are better than he is.

  16. durocher says:

    Pinching D is the key here — Murray twice and Subban once.

    Keep Diaz eating hot dogs

  17. slyCH says:

    This period shaping up into a beauty.

  18. CJ says:

    Price’s huge save at the end of the second is looming large. Let’s go boys! If the Habs win this I’ll freak. Hate those bogus Senators.

  19. Et le but says:

    Please don’t sit back now and ‘protect’ the tie…keep the pressure on boys!

  20. PrimeTime says:

    I repeat…..Losers here sound so ridiculous. I guess they live one day at a time??

  21. Plekasuares says:

    See what happens when you take bork off plekanecs line…

  22. habcertain says:

    So I’m assuming it will go something like this, Therrien was a genius to put Briere with some skilled players.

  23. TMan1969 says:

    Size is great, but doesn’t always win out (our Jrs)…

  24. Hobie Hansen says:

    Please don’t sing the stupid Ole song!

  25. Gerry H says:

    Hobbits on the rampage!!

  26. Plekasuares says:

    How about pleky, briere, gionta

  27. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Briere has sweet hands

    …would have been what We needed past few years

    …that’s why I hate the little dick no matter how many goals He scores now

    • FlyAngler says:

      Maybe he deserves a little slack. Some have suggested that his b—-h wife was the reason he signed with the Flyers last time.

      “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  28. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Btw, this is what happens when I stop watching in order to give the kid her bath. Go Habs!

  29. Blondie says:

    Whoohoo! Briere figuring prominently again. Wow, gotta love it!

  30. Storman says:

    Bob Cole LOL LOL

  31. Harditya says:


  32. Et le but says:

    The usual suspects have us back in this one

  33. habsfaninboston says:


  34. DipsyDoodler says:

    Sens suck! HA HA!

  35. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Sorry, should have done that with numbers for the walrus.

  36. CJ says:

    Shove it Ottawa. Your homer refs can only take you do far. Let’s go Habs!

  37. Captain aHab says:

    OMGZ…Gionta actually scores one.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  38. durocher says:

    Habs have the mo! Great shift

  39. Propwash says:



  40. Rob Maguire says:

    F**K YEAH!

  41. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Murray is to Brière as Desharnais is to Pacioretty.

  42. TMan1969 says:

    Nah…Gallagher faked the crosscheck and faked falling

  43. Harditya says:

    We all deserve to eat crow right now. Briere and Murray wow!

  44. FlyAngler says:

    Briere’s 2 goals at the Belle Centre tonight are 2 more than DD has scored at the Bell Centre all season. But I guess that doesn’t matter because “he’s not a grinder”

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  45. The Jackal says:

    Alright, whoever predicted a big night for Danny Boy is now The Oracle.

    And if MT doesn’t lean on him this period then I will jump ship to the MT is mediocre at best boat.

  46. Hobie Hansen says:

    Can we get some forwards like Murray?

  47. TMan1969 says:

    Murray becomes a forward?

  48. Storman says:

    Murray making his case for Team Sweden………at the Highland Games

  49. DipsyDoodler says:

    Yeah Murray and Briere!

  50. habcertain says:

    Murray and Briere, that should silence the know things

  51. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Danno called Danny!
    Crystal ball city, Danno!

  52. Plekasuares says:

    Briere and pleks! And murray! Put briere with pleks!

  53. Captain aHab says:

    Maybe Murray is that first line C we’ve been waiting for

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  54. Cdnman1 says:

    It should 3-3.

  55. frontenac1 says:

    Haha!! Dany Boy! And Crankshaft!!!

  56. habs-fan-84 says:

    Lol Murray

  57. Adidess says:

    Danno, I owe you money. OK?

  58. Propwash says:

    There’s that early one!


  59. Rob Maguire says:

    Did Murray get another point? Sheesh!

  60. Blondie says:


    Comin’ back.

  61. Habsbill24 says:

    Murray the offensive machine. Size matters MT.

  62. habsfaninboston says:

    Great work by Murray in deep led to that goal.

  63. Samovich says:

    What work by Murray

  64. Danno says:

    What did I say?


    January 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I read my tea leaves and they told me Daniel Brière will have a big night tonight.

    Book it!


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  65. punkster says:

    All Murray…good on ya dude.


  66. MICP says:

    Cookie Monster top shelf

  67. Harditya says:


  68. Hobie Hansen says:

    What a game by Murray!

  69. durocher says:

    Wow! Put Murray on the forward lines 🙂

  70. Sal from the Hammer says:


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