Liveblog: Game 44 – Canadiens play 40 great minutes, win 2-1, move past Tampa Bay into second place in Atlantic


Panthers finally de-clawed

It wasn't easy.

Through 40 minutes, the Canadiens outshot Florida 25-11.

Goals by David Desharnais and Brian Gionta offset one by Sean Bergenheim.

The visitors came alive in the third period, unleasing a 16-shot barrage at Carey Price.

He stopped them all.

The Canadiens outshot Florida 35-27 on the game, but Tim Thomas kept it close.

The win moved the Canadiens past Tampa Bay into second place in the Atlantic Division, behind Boston.

Price slams the door

16 saves in the third period.

Hello, Sochi

The captain is hot

Brian Gionta had one goal in 28 games.

Then the Canadiens' captain scored against Ottawa on Saturday and popped another against Florida.

Credit Tomas Plekanec with chasing down Ed Jovanoski and stripping the Panthers defenceman behind Tim Thomas. Pleks then fed a saucer pass to Gionta, who beat Thomas high.

The Canadiens outshot Florida 12-6, 25-11 through 40 minutes.

Thomas hot

  • David Desharnais beat Tim Thomas on the Canadiens' first shot, 6:23 into the game.

The home team dominated until Sean Bergenheim beat Carey Price on Florida's fourth shot of the game.

Thomas made 12 saves after conceding the goal.

Carey Price faced five shots – equalling Max Pacioretty's individual total ... plus hitting the goalpost.


The Panther paradox

Florida sits 15 points behind your Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Panthers have scored 11 fewer goals than the Canadiens.

They've allowed 32 more.

But for all the evident disparity in quality between the two teams, Florida has beaten the Canadiens twice this season: 2-1 at the Bell Centre on Dec. 15, 4-1 two weeks later in Sunrise.

In both games, Scott Clemmensen outgoaled Peter Budaj.

Carey Price will face the Panthers Monday night.

And P.K. Subban will strut his stuff one more time before the Olympic roster is announced on Tuesday.

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

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The Dawn of hockey on TV in Canada:



  1. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    I’m not a big fan of college ball — much prefer the pro game. But that was fun!!!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  2. naweed235 says:

    Man was Markov horrible tonight or what?

  3. Plekasuares says:

    Thanks for the talks guys! Good game

  4. Plekasuares says:

    ACC ACC ACC! Proud to be alumni of an Acc school

  5. CJ says:

    Beauty game. Knew it would be close. Can’t wait for the playoffs beginning next season.

  6. Peter Young says:

    You guys induced me to tune in a gridiron football game for the first time all season. I watched from about halfway through the third quarter. Yes, that Seminole cry is as bad as the USC Trojan cry–gets on your nerves after about three times. Even though I’m not a fan of gridiron football, that was one hell of a finish, very exciting. Hope the best team won.

  7. slyCH says:

    Has anyone heard the term “toilet seat” to describe the Habs logo before? I haven’t lived in my native land of Canada for a little over 25 years and today was the second time I heard my Habs T logo described that way. A toilet seat cover. WTF!!!!

  8. punkster says:

    Almost as exciting as a Buckeyes game.


  9. Storman says:

    The Tigers have ran out of Miracles

  10. Storman says:

    Like I said SEC stands for second best

  11. punkster says:

    FSU comes through.


  12. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    What a game!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  13. Plekasuares says:


  14. Storman says:

    Auburn better be wearing there big boy pants,

  15. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    That was a horse collar!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  16. Storman says:

    That guy in the ESPN article who stands to win 50K if Auburn wins must be having shit fits watching this game

  17. Storman says:

    Tigers left too much time on the clock

  18. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Time to earn that Heisman..

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  19. Plekasuares says:

    Wow! What a game

  20. Storman says:

    SEC stands for second best

  21. Plekasuares says:


  22. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    I hate Auburn’s offensive system. All that rinky-dinky option stuff.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  23. Storman says:

    Auburn having trouble playing big boy football

  24. Sportfan says:

    Heck of a BCS game I usually don’t watch, but wow!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

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