Liveblog: Game 48 – Call the cops! Canadiens steal two points with 5-4 OT win

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Craziest game of the season

Carey Price never steals games, right?

The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead.

They were outshot 38-17 through two periods.

Were it not for the brilliance of Price, Ottawa would have been up by five goals after 40 minutes.

But Tomas Plekanec's second of the game tied it at 4-4 in the third period.

And P.K. Subban won it in OT.

"I know he's my teammate," Subban said after the game,  "but I think he's the best goalie in the world right now. Look at the tape."

And from Max Pacioretty: "I witnessed the best goalie performance in my life. It was awesome!"

 

Wow!

Erik Karlsson got pinched on the boards by Brian Gionta.

The puck popped loose to P.K. Subban, who shot it right at Craig Anderson.

In through the Ottawa goaltender's legs.

5-4

 

Pleks salvages a point

Injured in the second period, Tomas Plekanec takes asweet head-man pass from Brian Gionta and is credited with the typing goal when Jared Cowen kicks the puck past Craig Anderson

Again, two late ones

With less than three minutes left in the period, Ottawa got goals from Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris in 84 seconds to take the lead.

Were it not for the heroics of Carey Price, the score would be 10-3.

Price's 17 second-period stops included miraculous saves on Milan Michalek, Ryan and Mark Stone.

The Canadiens were outshot 19-10, 38-17 on the game.

Oh, and the hits are 37-20.

This team is terrible, peeps.

A wild one in Kanata

The Canadiens skated to an early 3-0 lead on three kinds of goals: Tomas Plekanec on a shorthanded breakaway, Max Pacioretty on a power-play one-timer and David Desharnais at even-strength.

Off to the races, right?

Wrong.

Late in the period, Ottawa got two  in 72 seconds: a Clarke MacArthur deflection and Erik Karlsson into an open side of the net.

They were the 17th and 18th shots on Carey Price, who had made brilliant saves early on Milan Michalek, Bobby Ryan and, in alone, Colin Greening.

Shots were 19-7 for Ottawa. Hits 17-9.

A four-point biggie

The Canadiens play an Eastern Division rival Thursday night at Canadian Tire Centre  (cleaning supplies in Aisle 32).

The Senators trail the Canadiens by seven points, but Ottawa has launched a push for the playoffs and is 7-1-2 in its last 10 games.

Ottawa has become something of a bête noire for the Canadiens.

The Senators eliminated the Canadiens from the playoffs with dismaying five-game ease last spring. And they've won both games between the teams this season: 4-1 in Ottawa on Nov. 7 and 4-3 in overtime at the Bell Centre Jan. 4.

Two special-teams stats do not augur well for the Canadiens:

The power play has not scored in 18 man-advantages stretching over five games. And Ottawa has killed 24 of the team's last 26 penalties.

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

 

1,544 Comments

  1. third generation haber says:

    Why do people want us to tank???

    Because Price would need to constantly steal games for us to survive a playoff run, getting out shot, out hit, and losing puck battles every night.

    The “tankers” don’t want us to lose, they want us to win a cup in the near future.

    We are a few years away clearly, so let’s make tough decisions now (trade the vets now!) that will make it possible then.

    j.p. murray

  2. etcheverry92 says:

    I think that this was an extremely important win for Montreal. They were very close to being psyched out against Ottawa, so any kind of win changes the psychology of the rivalry. I don’t agree that Ottawa would wipe out the Habs in a playoff series. The very dim Paul Maclean still hasn’t grasped the fact that Craig Anderson is a career journeymen – he thinks the Anderson of last year is the real Anderson. And as long as he insists on playing Anderson, the Senators aren’t going to beat anybody.

    • third generation haber says:

      Ottawa is just beginning to come into form. Look at the shots on goal! Yes, they would definitely beat us in a playoff series. So would Boston, Philly, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Tampa-bay, and the Rangers. Even if we beat one of these teams, there’s now way in hell we’re going to the finals.

      j.p. murray

  3. Willy the bum says:

    Well, I’m outta here. It’s a good game, not much like the Hawks game but still an entertaining one nonetheless. The Habs still got to find ways to win regulations instead of giving single points to the oppositions like giving gifts to naughty kids in Christmastime.

    I say to them that next time they should hold onto the puck and bring to the opposing zones instead of flipping out (as the opposing teams always got the puck right after) and getting more shots on nets. Always find the opposing players if they are in front of Price, because that’s where some of the goals are coming from.

    They got time to find out before they see the Leafs Saturday. Meanwhile, ciao everybody!

  4. Sportfan says:

    Jets win second in a row, coincidence?

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  5. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    As bad as MB has been since the DD signing (draft excluded), if he did not recruit Stephane Waite the Habs would be toast.

  6. jimmy shaker says:

    Big scrap in the stands after the game……looks like the habs fan or fans were on the losing end…..just saw a quick video of it on sports net 360!

    Shaker out!

  7. CH Marshall says:

    Starting to think Stephane Waite must be some kinda frigging master teacher

  8. The_Truth says:

    Fun to get the win, but overall this team was completely dominated by Ottawa. Very lucky tonight. Price had one of the best games of his career and still let in 4 goals and Anderson was bad.

    If Ottawa plays Montreal in the Playoffs, look for a repeat of last year. Don’t let the lucky win fool you, this was ugly.

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Off-topic question for you:

    Let’s say I go out to my freinds’ place for the evening and leave my g/f at home with the kids to feed, bathe, and put them to bed.

    Then, when I come home at 10:30, I lose my sheee-it at her because she has only started folding the clothes rather than being finished them, and despite cleaning the kitchen, hasn’t put the dishes in the dishwasher, but only left them soaking in the sink.

    My question: in this scenario, I am completely insane, right?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Insane would be if you came home, and she was folding dishes in the bathtub and the kids were soaking in the sink.
      But I guess that’s a different scenario.

    • CH Marshall says:

      “get your ass back in the kitchen!!!”

    • Willy the bum says:

      I was about to say something, but I’m keeping my opinions to myself and let you figure this one for yourself on this.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      How do you have a g/f?

    • Habilis says:

      Right. But this isn’t like that.

      This is like if you came home and found the basement flooded, the good silver missing, the kitchen on fire and your GF on the couch with two hairy bikers and a Chihuahua. BUT, the kids are fed, bathed and tucked into bed.

      She did everything you asked, but you can still be a little upset.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Matty. I’ve been married for over 30yrs. My advice? Let it go. Be Thankful you’ve got a great gal that puts up with all your bullshit and will still have your back when it really counts. I am, every frikkin day. saludos amigo!

    • veryhabby says:

      Matteyleg…is this really an off topic question, or are you trying to make some analogy of the game last night?

      Cause if it’s a real situation then yes you are an idiot and a few other words I can not use on this Site.

      Seriously, you go out for the night and then are upset that ur gf didn’t finish all the house work you left her to do? Seriously, are u drunk? Next time, stay at home, help her to complete all as you’d like it done, AND THEN go out to ur friends. Oh wait, the night may be done by then. That ok, at least all the work around the house will be done as u like and you’ll go to bed happy. Isn’t that better then going to your friends?

      Dummy!! And yes I am a

  10. Propwash says:

    I was listening to TSN 690 during the first period, and to me, the wheels fell off when Ottawa had too many men on the ice, and Peel was about to call the penalty, then changed his mind. Apparently, Therrien went ballistic at that point, and so did the rest of the team. Ottawa capitalized on the distraction, and boom, 2 goals scored.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      The Habs had a pulse at some point? I was at the game and I don’t recall them waking up even once. Carey had to be wondering “Why did I come here by myself?”

  11. forskis says:

    I just remembered something and those Habs fans in the GTA may appreciate this…

    If you want to thank Price in person for stealing two points tonight, he and Gallagher will be doing a signing on Friday from 7-8pm at AJ Sports near Keele on Steeles…I do not want to deprive anyone of this info so I will post this again on Boone’s ALN and no, I do not work for AJ Sports, it is something I just realized people on this forum may want to know.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  12. DickandDanny says:

    Tonight’s ratings for four players who should be traded :

    Diaz = D- constant give aways and turnovers
    Eller = G- completely baffled out there all night long.
    Briere = I- (I for invisible which he is almost every night
    Bourque = Z- (Z for a zero which he is)

    Unless we upgrade at those four positions we have no chance of doing anything this year.

    Everyone blames MT but tonight it was obvious the blame goes to the GM for assembling such an unskilled, unimpressive squad. I actually take my hat off to MT for juggling his lines and playing what little players he had who can actually compete. That was like pulling a rabbit out of your hat tonight.

    “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

    • Mattyleg says:

      Bergevin didn’t assemble this team, and he is taking steps to improve it, especially through the draft.

      True about Therrien, though!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • The_Truth says:

        Bergevin has not done anything so far as GM but not give away picks, which may or may not be fruitful. I had high hopes and it’s early, but not impressed at all with him so far.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Mike lost the Bench in the second period. He got it back in the third. No need for a walk in the back 40 and a cap in the back of the head. He will live another day. Saludos!

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      I agree with most of what you say, but I think you’re being a bit hard on Lars. They played him at wing where he looks out of place. Nonetheless, he showed more hustle, albeit largely ineffective, than a number of his team mates. What has happened to Prust? He used to be good. Now he just does impressions of Bourque.

  13. olegpetrov says:

    Wow. what a game. Price was amazing to see play. Those saves he made were phenomenal.

    One thing that I took from watching this game live…Bourque is terrible. Utterly terrible. You don’t see just how terrible he is when watching the game on the TV because you see him float around the ice when he’s off camera. He’s basically the relative that nobody likes but feel obligated to have around.

    Habs fan…Nuff said

    • Mattyleg says:

      I felt the exact same way when I was at the game on Tuesday night.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      I was there too and you are absolutely right. His lack of interest is obvious. He makes half-hearted attempts at passes and loafs around the ice when he doesn’t have the puck. On a team that is supposedly “fast’ he shows an incredible lack of foot speed. He is almost, but not quite as bad as Parros, and that takes some doing. At least with Parros you get the sense he is trying. Frankly I wouldn’t even try to trade him; sometimes just showing a player the door is a good thing for the room.

  14. HabinBurlington says:

    Jets destroying Calgary tonight, Flames 2-8 in last 10. Burke is really doing a bang up job. Maybe he needs a goal scorer like Borque or Briere?

  15. Vid says:

    Players spent too much time witnessing one of Price’s best performances.

  16. piper says:

    This Habs team will go as far as Price can carry them. He was brilliant tonight and still let in 4 goals. This team gives up way too many great scoring chances. I don’t know if it’s the coach and his system or if it’s that most of the players just don’t care. Something has to be changed.

    • Willy the bum says:

      Defense need some improvement still, plus forwards must put more shots on net.

    • formerly known as the hc says:

      It appears that the coach feels his system is the only way this group of players can win. I don’t know if he is right or not, but let’s face it: there’s some smoke and mirrors needed for this team to be successful on a consistent basis
      .. too many holes. Take the wins when we get them.

      • Willy the bum says:

        I keep wondering what happened to the team when they got a winning streak of 9 out of 10 regulation wins earlier this season. Why don’t they go back to those strategy plays?

  17. punkster says:

    Even a blindly faithful, positive, rose coloured glasses, rainbows and unicorns fan like myself is sitting here tonight and thinking how the f* did we pull that one out?

    Whatever. Makes up for one we got jobbed on earlier I suppose.

    PK, Price, and Pleks are stunning. Gio made the superb check that made that final play possible. Eller played a strong game. Markov, Gally, Max, and DD were good. Emelin and Gorges were OK. Mistakes all over the ice and behind the bench by almost everyone but somehow they managed to pull a rabbit out of…well…their butts really.

    2 points…on to Laffland.

    Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
    but…
    ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

  18. jacquesthemonkey says:

    I’m going to rename my kids Carey and Price. And I will change the street number on my house to 31.

  19. sprague cleghorn says:

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  20. Willy the bum says:

    Hey what happened to that poster who left the site when the Sens took the lead in the 2nd? Did he freak when he finds out afterward?

  21. Habbu says:

    Just got up……..after that one….I had to go lie down for awhile…

  22. ShootThePuck says:

    What happened with the assists from Gionta and Plekanec on Subban’s goal. How can we tell the NHL to review that play and reconsider.

  23. Willy the bum says:

    If I can see the see-saw of this Habs team recently since last two months, I predict a OT loss to the Leafs Saturday.

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