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. Captain aHab says:

    They needed an excuse not to pick Subban on the Canadian team so thy asked the refs to put the goat horns on him.

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

  2. Storman says:

    Some times Cherry still makes me laugh VanReimsbroouk

  3. FlyAngler says:

    It’s is an effing travesty for a game to be decided on such a putrid call as that. The 2 zebras let go numerous infractions in the 3rd period that were far worse. MT should have heaped a shitload of abuse on St. Laurent after that call. I think I would have punched him……….

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  4. Danno says:

    That disallowed goal robbed us of the two points


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  5. Ring of Fire says:

    I don’t know what’s worse…NHL or NFL refereeing

    The Thin Blue Line.

  6. topher5468 says:

    Just curious, what was the call on PK, because I still can’t figure that out.

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

  7. The Jackal says:

    Ram we can agree on the need to call out the idiot refs. Who else gets 6 figures to suck at their job?

  8. Haberoooo13 says:

    Tough 3rd for Gorges.

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  9. twilighthours says:

    Only saw the third. Very exciting!

    Subban deserved his 2, but gorges need the goat horns. He bobbled the heck out of that puck and forced pk to take the 2

  10. boing007 says:

    Robbed by the Refs. Hee Haw! Hee Haw!

    Richard R

  11. SherbrookeW says:

    Habs Since ’68
    Gift from the refs. Horrible call on the disallowed goal; even worse call on Subban’s non-penalty. This is Bettman’s league.

  12. CHicoHab says:

    Refs lousy again tonite. We started rough and ended tough. Nothing wrong with that. What looked like a blow out turned out fairly decent. I’ll take the point. In the NFL wild card game in Toronto the Rangers got a touchdown. Lol

  13. slyCH says:

    And there you have it. I love watching zebra’s make calls…I mean that’s what were here for right? Who wants to see two teams play. So overrated compared to striped shirts lifting their arm. Oh well, at least a point.

  14. The Jackal says:

    What a bad call. The refs in this league are exponentially worse than whatever Timo calls the Habs on a bad day.

    Good to come back though and see Briere bring it. Hoping he can build from that and claim a top 6 spot.

  15. DipsyDoodler says:

    Toronto lost 7-1. Outshot 50-25.

  16. Cdnman1 says:

    A disallowed goal and a PP in ot! These refs are a joke again. How many games do they fix? How is it that they don’t have to answer? F’n joke!

  17. Adidess says:

    Things looked more dire for a while, salvaging 1 pt seems ok.

    Two freaking losses to this Sens team so far, hate that though.

  18. Thomas Le Fan says:

    F’in referee’s goal. After all they let go in the third to call that ridiculous penalty on Subban was simply horse crap.

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

  19. CJ says:

    Couldn’t fight fate I guess. Tough to overcome that start. Lots of character coming back though. Pisses me off to no end losing to Ottawa though.

  20. Harditya says:

    Habs have character. That was a solid, solid comeback until that penalty. Good we got a point out of it. Be happy, and enjoy the 7-1 drubbing of the Leafs.

  21. Frozen Village says:

    Maybe this is the point that gets us home adv. in playoffs

    Sweden is not a country of (BS) Liberal Socialists

  22. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Worst reffing of any league….

  23. habs-fan-84 says:


  24. Mondou6 says:

    Refs win again! Was this the same crew as Carolina?

  25. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Dear Boone. This is the way I am following the game. Please tell me if and when a shot goes in. Thanks.

  26. Propwash says:

    Oh well. At least there’s the loser point.


  27. Haberoooo13 says:

    Typical Sens with a BS win

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  28. Frozen Village says:

    Sweden is not a country of (BS) Liberal Socialists

  29. sirs81 says:

    Moulson should say something to the media about the Refs… They are very bad in nhl…

  30. durocher says:

    Well, we got a point. Briere has more trade value after tonight, so does Gio

  31. Plekasuares says:

    Soft call.

  32. Captain aHab says:

    Sens can thank the ref for that one.

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

  33. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Way to go, Habs!
    Especially Carey, and also some unusual suspects.
    Way to get the tie.
    Now what can you do?

  34. piter says:

    They don’t call the trip on Moen, but call PK. Dicks…..

  35. TMan1969 says:

    WHAT??? Only 290 calories?

  36. BCG says:

    Subban was pushing him into the boards – the hook came after the refs hand went up. Bad call.

  37. Adidess says:


    Edit Sorry 7-1

  38. Cdnman1 says:

    They have let worse go tonight.

  39. Adidess says:

    Tough kill here. But let’s go boys!

  40. Mondou6 says:

    What a stupid play by Plekanec, if he had just driven to the net and fallen down he would have drawn a penalty call there. The refs are going to be look to even up that BS call on PK.

    Instead he skates to the boards with the puck. Stupid!

  41. slyCH says:

    Not a great way to start the OT shorthanded.

  42. Plekasuares says:

    So they let everything go and then they call that


  43. TMan1969 says:

    Thats a bogus call…sorry Karl your no PK

  44. durocher says:

    Tough night for Gorgy Porgy

  45. FlyAngler says:

    St. Laurent hates the Habs is he from Quebec City? What a bullshit call!

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  46. habcertain says:

    Here what I don’t get about Therrien, Briere playing lights out and he sits him for Chucky on the last shift.

  47. Cdnman1 says:

    The fix is in!

  48. Storman says:

    4 on 3 as deady as a 5 on 3

  49. slyCH says:

    Great save but bad penalty…

  50. Captain aHab says:

    Refs let everything go then penalize this?

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

  51. CJ says:

    That’s on Georges. Tough penalty.

  52. Harditya says:

    Phenomenal. Price has been phenomenal.

  53. slyCH says:

    Thank God for that off side.

  54. Blondie says:

    Briere with the game winner for the hatty?

  55. CJ says:

    Keep riding that bull Price!

  56. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Meanwhile in Toronto… Rags put 5 past Bernier and 1 past Reimer. As Canada’s presumptive Olympic 1-2, this is worrisome.

  57. TMan1969 says:

    Murray clears the front like a bouncer at a strip club

  58. Cdnman1 says:

    Price has been great the second half of this game.

  59. Mavid says:

    Murray rocks

  60. Samovich says:

    Gorges awful again

  61. Propwash says:

    Hmm I didn’t feel any tremor.


  62. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    What the he11 is going on in MTL? A tremor?

  63. ooder says:

    2 of the 3 goals simply dont happen if that’s diaz instead of Murray. He forced his way down low and made stuff happen with his size

  64. Mavid says:

    A bat and now a tremor WTF

  65. habfan01 says:

    even though they came back to tie the score, I get the feeling they’re going to end up pissing into the wind

  66. durocher says:

    Murray has had a great game, Cube has been good too

  67. Cdnman1 says:

    Holing my breath here…

  68. slyCH says:

    Murray has a cannon shot doesn’t he…

  69. Hobie Hansen says:

    Murray is the best D tonight!

  70. joeybarrie says:

    To me refs missed an offside and a penalty.
    I’m all for an exciting game and to let little inconsequential things go.
    but sometimes we just get the short end of the stick.
    then again, I only remember when it goes against us…. There is ONLY ONE TEAM.

  71. sirs81 says:

    I think they should bring Murray up to forward…. He cant hurt the team there 🙂 only help hahahah

  72. TMan1969 says:

    Love this kinda hockey!

  73. 25insight says:

    There is no force short of a freight train that can get Gallagher out of a goalie crease.

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