Liveblog: Game 46 – Markov wins classic game in OT 2-1

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Superb hockey

That was the best 62 minutes of hockey the Bell Centre has seen this season.

Andrei Markov won it in Overtime after some spectacular goaltending at both ends by Carey Price, who made 19 saves, and homeboy Corey Crawford, who faced 37 shots by the Canadiens.

Markov's second-period goal opened the scoring.

The Hawks tied it up in the third on Marian Hossa's 16th of the season, off great passes by Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews.

 

Markov bags second

And wins it!

Hawks tie it up

Three of the best players in the league combined on a sweet passing play to tie the game:

Patrick Sharp to Jonathan Toews over to Marian Hossa.

Bingo.

Canadiens out shot the visitors 34-20 over three periods

Fourth line does it

George Parros parked himself in Corey Crawford's face and Andrei Markov scored from a few feet inside the blueline.

It  was the first CH goal Parros has been on for this season.

The visitors were held to eight shots through the game's first 30 minutes.

And when the Chicago power play finally got a chance, late in the period, the PK was brilliant.

Shots in the period were 11-9 Canadiens.

Game of the Season, so far.

 

Great hockey

Best first period at the Bell Centre in a while.

Skating, slick passing, scoring chances ... it had it all.

But no scoring.

The Canadiens looked dangerous on their two power plays.

Shots were 11-6 for the home side.

Cup-holders in town

For the first time in almost three years, the Chicago Blackhawks pay a visit to the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

On April 5, 2011, Carey Price made 42 saves – including 19 in he second period – and P.K. Subban beat Corey Crawford in Overtime for a 2-1 Canadiens win.

Price will start Saturday night, and let's hope his recently-tweaked groin is not subjected to another 40-plus shot bombardment.

But don't bet against it.

Your Montreal Canadiens have a mixed record against Western Conference powerhouses this season.

In October, they beat Anaheim 4-1 at the Bell Centre and lost 2-0 to visiting San Jose two days later.

After losing on the road to Minnesota and Colorado, the Canadiens  came home to face St. Louis and took the mighty Blues to a Shootout before succumbing 3-2.

L.A. beat the Canadiens 6-0 on Dec. 10 and they were 5-1 losers in St. Louis on the 19th.

The reigning Stanley Cup champions ride a two-game losing streak into Montreal, where the Hawks will face a couple alumni.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and goaltender coach Stéphane Waite will be facing their former employer Saturday night.

Former Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier is a scout for Chicago. And the Hawks front office is run by Stan Bowman, son of the legendary Scotty.

George Parros returns to the Canadiens lineup. Francis Bouillon is a healthy scratch.

1,070 Comments

  1. aroma says:

    just finished watching. No need to mention what a great game it was. Essential viewing when the team forgets how they are capable of playing.

  2. Abyssmal says:

    Yea Baby!!!

  3. Psycho29 says:

    Theres a new thread up now…..

  4. Danno says:

    You’re gonna like this…

    Great Game, Great Win

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  5. habcertain says:

    I think this game also exemplifies how you don’t want to play us, and validates the Bruins/Laffs/Flyers approach of physical play, and taking away space which really means we are not a grinding type team.

  6. scarboro_habitant says:

    heard emmy got a good lick in on kane. anyone got a link for that?

  7. Ozmodiar says:

    My ALN:

    “Wow!”

    / the end

  8. rogus says:

    Parros deserves more credit than he gets on these pages. He was indirectly responsible for the first goal of the game, and Bollig was a non factor tonight. Also, credit to Emelin for the big hits that got Chicago off their game! Plecs line had the best game so far this year, and Prust and surprisingly Bourque added some grit. Good job tonight boys!!!

  9. Danno says:

    Where is the ALN? Is Boone still celebrating this unexpected victory? :mrgreen:
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  10. Cal says:

    Incredible sequence started by Pleks to get that goal in OT. Talk about a full court press. The Hawks were so shocked by it they never recovered the puck before Markov lasered it home.
    Kudos to all the players on both sides for an excellent hockey game. This is how good hockey can be when all the bs is taken out of it.
    There was so much high speed end-to-end action, I was wondering if I was watching the right game.

  11. monmick says:

    I really hope Parros doesn’t fight McGrattan when the Flames come to Montreal in a couple of weeks. That man is even more dangerous now that he is (apparently) sober. KO’d Engelland tonight with one quick, solid punch…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  12. Denjen says:

    Where s all the Debbie downers now? Timo? Everyone who said MTL was gonna get blown out? Great game- the most exciting action I ve seen in any game this yr, glad MTL was on the winning side if the score board! They deserve it. Now time for more beer.

  13. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The only thing that would be make this weekend better would be a Chargers victory…go Bolts!

  14. habsfan1001 says:

    Truly a great game tonight. And a amazing game by Pleks, 11 shots on net.

  15. Habitoba says:

    Better than Hawks leader, Hossa, by……7!!!??

    Pleks had 11 shots. Impressive

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …tell me, is there a better way to spend a Saturday night ???

    …yeah, well, if I was 10 years younger I would list at least 20 options

    …but, considering the reality,…nope !!! :)
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  17. B says:

    The Habs are 1 point out of 1st in the Atlantic now.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  18. slapshot777 says:

    What was the final TOI for Parros ?

  19. 4m3y2j says:

    Eaasily the most entertaining game of the season .Could you imagine a seven game series with these two!That was pure enjoyment-
    john slattery

  20. commandant says:

    Heck of a performance for all involved. Not too many bad Habs in this one.

    Probably the best game of the season so far. Outplayed the Cup Champs and Crawford was the reason it went to OT.

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  21. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Carey > Corey. Therrien, all is forgiven? Have yet to watch the game, but am stoked. Giving up the loser point to the Hawks… I’m cool with that.

  22. CJ says:

    4 out of a possible six points this week. Let’s keep that going next week. I’d take a loss to the Devils if it meant wins against Ottawa and Toronto. Oh what the heck, I’m greedy. Let’s just win all three.

  23. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …like a medieval knight (call Me Sir Shootsalot :) ) I have been crusading for Our Montreal Canadiens to retire Toe Blake’s number 6 …and add His banner in the rafters next to Our other former Greats

    …some of You may believe Toe was only a Great Coach, and as a Player, did not quite rate such an honor …and/or, do not want yet another low-number retired and unavailable to contemporary Players

    …maybe unaware Toe Blake also was a great hockey Player, won an NHL scoring championship, the Hart Trophy and a Lady Byng, led Our Habs in scoring in 6 seasons of His Hall Of Fame playing career

    …Hector ‘Toe’ Blake was an key component with The Rocket and Elmer Lach on ‘The Punch Line’, which was the most feared scoring line of it’s day

    …most younger Fans understandably remember Toe Blake mainly as the genius Coach of the Montreal Canadiens at the cusp of Our Golden Era …the Golden Era that most of Us, whether We know it or not, were inspired to follow Our Habs as if it was ‘a religion’ unto It’s own

    …Toe Blake’s name is on 11 rings of the Stanley Cup; …8 as Our Coach, …2 as a Player for the Montreal Canadiens …and one as a Montreal Maroon

    …Toe Blake was the ‘heart and soul’ motivator Whom inspired and ‘showed the way’ to Our great Players of the time, both as a Player and Captain, …and as Our Coach

    …His Legacy is greatly taken for granted, I strongly believe, by the fact that Toe Blake’s number 6 is not represented yet in the rafters of the Bell Centre

    …the totality of Toe Blake’s legacy, as a Player and Our Coach, to the History and exceptional success of the Montreal Canadiens becoming the most famous brand in the hockey world is way past the overdue stage

    …I request all Montreal Canadiens Fans to join with Ian Cobb and I to right a wrong

    …We would like to encourage all Montreal Canadiens Fans whom agree with the objective to make Their opinions known to Geoff Molson and Montreal Canadiens executive board, that a special game night to honor Toe Blake’s number 6 with a banner in the Bell Centre is long-overdue

    …if this is something You would like to make right as I and Ian do, I provide the following mail contacts to send Your requests to ‘Retire Number 6 !!!’

    Geoff Molson: President and Owner

    Kevin Gilmore: Vice President of Operations

    Send your testimonial to:

    c/o The Montreal Canadiens

    1909, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
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    …merci beaucoup :)

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  24. Danno says:

    My heart is soaring like a Black-throated Huet-huet

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  25. B says:

    I hope Boone is having a nice drink while writing what must be an enjoyable ALN this time. I hope he has many more such opportunities!

    –Go Habs Go!–

  26. habs001 says:

    Habs play better vs skill talented teams like Hawks,Wings,Pitts and Bruins which is more of an rivarly…But they have real problems with big teams that have talent but are bigger than the Habs like the Blues,Kings,Flyers and even Ottawa…If they know who the check they do better as opposed to those other teams that dont have straight out A1 players to check

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      The worry I have with the Habs is playing tough teams on the road. Winning at home is great but I would be more comfortable with a win in Chicago. You know in Chicago they would throw out Toews against DD every chance…I would not like those odds.

    • commandant says:

      This team is still a work in progress. I think we all recognize that they need to add size, and they need to do so without sacrificing talent level. However every team is looking for big guys with talent, and adding pieces like that will take some time.

      In the meantime the core of the team is pretty good (Price, Subban, Max, Galchenyuk) so lets enjoy the ride as they build around them.

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      • habcertain says:

        We also need to get production on the front end, the goals from Markov were timely tonight but would like to see some forwards breakout. Still don’t get why Briere isn’t getting any time, seemed to be going well with the right pairing and we would would need him for any run.

  27. habsfan0 says:

    One of the best games of the season.
    Hopefully, the same will hold true when the Habs play the Laffs 1 week from tonight here in Toronto.

  28. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    What an entertaining game. Toews and Keith are fantastic players. Hopefully Toews is named the captain of Team Canada. I was hoping the Hawks would engage the Habs in a more skating game and they did (regardless of the score).

    MT’s move to play Parros against a non-trunculant team was bang on. One of the plays of the game was after Emelin ran over Smith. Bollig challenged Emelin and Parros stepped right in. Bollig skated away so fast I thought he was Gaetan Boucher…LOL. This is why you need an enforcer in today’s game. Habs need physical players so guys like Emelin and Subban can play without fear of immediate retaliation. Parros should play everytime Emelin is on the ice from now on…LOL. Parros’s screen on Markov’s goal was nice too…great game.

    • PrimeTime says:

      Happy for big George. I’m sure he’s feeling pretty good tonight.

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    • The Jackal says:

      For sure.
      Good to see Big George Parros get back on the ice too, he had a good game for us and so did Prust.

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    • monmick says:

      … and Bollig turned back towards Parros when the linesmen showed-up…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  29. Propwash says:

    Propwash
    January 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    “I have a feeling that this is gonna be a good game.

    Don’t quote me on that though…”

    Ok, NOOOOW you can quote me…

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  30. slyCH says:

    i’M BLIND….

  31. thebonscott says:

    Excluding the powerplay best game they played in a long time!!!!

    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

    • 24 Cups says:

      Every Hab came to play tonight except Max Pacioretty who then ironically sets up the winning overtime goal.

      As for the PP, the first one was great, the next two, not so much. I think one of the main issues with the PP is the lack of point men once Subban and Markov leave the ice. Diaz can’t cut it and having Gorges or Bouillon out there is an admission of failure. I’d let Subban stay out there as long as he’s able to handle the extended shift. That’s also another reason why you don’t see him on the PK that much. That chore needs to go to the Dmen who can’t handle power play shifts. That’s also why I wouldn’t re-sign Diaz to an UFA long term contract. The team needs to do better than Diaz in that regard if they hope to move forward. Here’s hoping Beaulieu turns out to be an NHLer.


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