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


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!"



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.



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?


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. 1 Jacques Plante- 314
    2 Patrick Roy- 289
    3 Ken Dryden- 258
    4 Bill Durnan- 208
    5 Georges Vézina 175
    7 Carey Price- 167
    6 George Hainsworth- 167
    8 Michel Larocque- 144
    9 José Théodore- 141
    10 Gerry McNeil- 119

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  2. Forum Dog says:

    Bob McKenzie reported that Carolina GM Rutherford sent a league wide email suggesting that Tlusty was available.

    Wonder what he’d be like on Plekanec’s wing instead of Moen….

  3. Caesar says:

    I would like to thank Gally for choosing #11. I used to love that number –Saku / Muller. The number was a staple of greatness for the last 20 years symbolizing great hockey players and great men. Gally brings everything those greats had and nothing the other guy had.

  4. habsfan0 says:

    I LOVED the way PK celebrated after the win by pointing to the crest on his sweater..the CH..he wasn’t pointing at himself.
    Shows how much pride he has in the sweater.
    Too bad the same can’t be said for everybody on the roster.

    • Habcouver says:

      PK learned that from that kid with the Habs jersey on Long Island.

      Waiting patiently for #25

    • Caesar says:

      His spirit should be bottled and force fed to a few of the others. If anyone has a problem with how PK acts they should score a game winning goal in a game like that first. Otherwise they do not know what they are talking about. Go Habs !

  5. Willy the bum says:

    Talk about seeing a great game again. I’ll bet some posters here got their mouths shut and their hands frozen when Plekanec got the tying goal, not knowing whenever this game would be over with a loss.

    Still, it’s tough to see the Habs come back in such a small amount of time. Again without Pleks’ goal, there will be speculation about the team’s lack of heart and confidence after a loss. There’s so much to learn about this, but then again they had 16 losses so far… have they learned already, so they can play better? Not by a long shot. Bergevin said this when he first got the job, that this team is still in the learning process (at least that’s what I heard). Give them some time to watch the plays over and over, and figure out.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      What does Pleks goal have to do with heart? Cowan kicked the puck into his own net during a period when the Habs had 4 shots on net trying to come back from a one goal deficit. That’s not heart, it’s luck. This Habs team was full on shyte from puck drop until Anderson let one trickle through his legs. No fight, no fire, no hustle, no intensity, nothing, nada, zip, zilch; there are corpses in the morgue showing more life than the Habs tonight. It’s great that they won, but let’s not make this into something it wasn’t. This game was Price, Price and more Price with a soupçon of Pleks and PK and a no show by the rest of the team. If the Habs play Ottawa in the play-offs and play like they did tonight, they lose in straight games. This team is a seller at the trade deadline.

      On a positive side, you have to like Canada’s chances if Price plays like that in the olympics.

  6. habsfan0 says:

    So does MT come back with Price in Toronto after a performance like that?

  7. Habifax says:

    too many players could not be trusted to be put on the ice in the third.

  8. Forum Dog says:

    Time for a shakeup, even if its just between the Habs and the Bulldogs. Bournival is not learning anything playing 9 minutes a night on a fourth line, and there are some players down there who could use a taste. Even if its just to get everyone’s attention again.

    • jacquesthemonkey says:

      I agree. The Habs are way overdue for some callups and sit some veterans.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      He also wasn’t good tonight. He is a shadow of the player he was early in the season. MT doesn’t seem to have any skill at developing players, which is very unfortunate because that is the type of coach the Habs need right now. MT seems pretty focused on keeping his job and less focused on building the winning team of the future.

  9. Habifax says:

    saturdays game should be billed as “Battle of Berated” (coaches).

  10. CJ says:

    The perfect crime. I hope the getaway is smooth and clean!

    Jokes aside, let’s enjoy this tonight. Lots of time to disect the game tomorrow. Good night! Cheers, CJ

  11. AH says:

    Up y$&)rs Sens fans! Pk and Price rule!

  12. GGtheHab says:

    since borque isnt using his big body wouldn’t it be something to see Gally be able to borrow it? wow wouldn’t his game be amazing in that frame..

  13. habstrinifan says:

    OK! Boone go on home. The following posters have written ALN for you!


    MattylegJANUARY 16, 2014 AT 10:13 PM:

    Love it.

    Therrien totally outcoached The Walrus.

    Rope-a-dope, and then killed it in OT with the perfect line selection.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—


    stephenJANUARY 16, 2014 AT 10:15 PM
    Ouin, on va dire.



    DipsyDoodlerJANUARY 16, 2014 AT 10:16 PM
    HA HA!

  14. “@LavoieRenaud: Marc Bergevin was waiting for Carey Price after the game to congratulate him. #canadiens” best goalie in the world bar none

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    • jimmy shaker says:

      Well he did let in that first one which was a bit of a squeaker which kickstarted ottawa’s comeback. Should’ve had it!

      Now before we get bonkers on here sholi, I’m totally kidding. Price was ridiculous tonight and can’t wait to see him in sochi. Price = hart trophy candidate at the least, if not the winner, if he keeps this up!

      Shaker out!

    • CJ says:

      Bergevin might not have won over every Canadiens fan, but I’m sure he has the respect of every player in that dressing room. Watching him run down to check on Parros, congratulating guys… This is a retool job, but I’m sure the players appreciate his work.

  15. Ton says:

    Fire the coach… is that going to happen? Its results that count and there almost at the top of conference in points and in a playoff spot……..that request will fall on deaf ears…….don’t ask me how the f*** that are in a playoff spot but they are…….so don’t go there this coach will not get fired!

  16. duffy says:

    2000 Posts by Breakfast ?

  17. slapshot777 says:

    MT needs to turn this team loose and let them play hockey. This is not a grinding team.

  18. Ton says:

    Like PJ Stock would have said on Antichambre…….le goaler ce soir was very bon!

  19. Forum Dog says:

    The only positives out of that win were the points, the goalie and the play of about 5 skaters. Otherwise, it was not what you want if you like spring-time hockey….

  20. Habifax says:

    there is something wrong with this team right now. the heart is not there.

  21. duffy says:

    That game should be enough for the Walrus to shave off that hideous looking moustache.

  22. Old Bald Bird says:

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

    Old Bald Bird: Wrong. It would have been 5 after 20.

  23. CHicoHab says:

    Celebrate a win by a horrible team and coach Matty. Sure they won. But this team in disarray.

    • Mattyleg says:

      It’s all adjustable, Chico.
      As we’ve seen in many games this season, we have the ability.
      We’re pushing hard for more offence, which leaves space in our d-zone.
      We can mix things around to compensate for that.

      We’re rebuilding at the moment, which makes me even happier that a team that many thought (and still think) would be struggling to be in the playoffs are two points out of first in our division.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  24. Mattyleg says:

    Where did all those negative posters go?

    ….not that I miss them, but I thought that maybe we could all celebrate the win together…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  25. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Bergevin, for the love of God, if you watched this and many others, you would know that this team needs a coach with a plan, some kind of a friggin system. Do the right thing & let your Biotch MT out of his misery.

    • Mattyleg says:

      As I said below, I think our lax defensive zone just comes from pushing too hard at the other end of the ice.

      We had amazing d-zone coverage earlier in the year, but lacked goals.

      Don’t you think that might be the issue rather than just ‘bad coaching’, which sounds like a bit of a cop-out?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  26. Mavid says:

    Homers given the love to Price and Plexs

  27. CHicoHab says:

    The players responsible for bad play. But MT really is not the type of coach this team needs.

  28. habstrinifan says:

    I just replayed the last 30 seconds of this game. I take EVERYTHING back I said about the game.


    Also SENS SUCK!

    “History is written by the winners!!!!!!”.

  29. Mavid says:

    Ha keep booing PK losers

  30. Forum Dog says:

    Plekanec had two goals and was solid, but I thought Eller might have been the best forward out there tonight.

  31. CHicoHab says:

    Soobie saved MT another game or two before the axe hits. Really this coach is a goof.

  32. Habifax says:

    SHOW PK DA MONEY $$$$$$$$

  33. Willy the bum says:

    @Boone, you need that pink stuff in the bottle to get rid of that heartburn.

  34. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Carey Price & PK Subban. Where would this team be without them?

    Thank God we have them & thank you for the steal.

  35. edtheh says:

    One thing most seem to forget, this is a business. Sold out 9 years in a row. Every loge is booked solid. The money is rolling in. Win or lose, good/bad coach, better def, doesn’t matter cause to money keeps coming. Us the passionate fans will keep on suffering. Diaz, Bourque, Gionta, Briere…. Makes no difference.

  36. frontenac1 says:

    Karlson gets 3rd star? He lost the game! Why not PK? He won the frikkin game!

  37. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Man, Erik Karlsson needs a stylist. That facial hair plus hockey mullet makes him look like a pædophile. From the 70s.

  38. Storman says:

    Classic line from antichambre, if Price does not let in that crappy goal from MacArthur we win this in regulation

  39. RockinRey says:

    Look forward to ALN tomorrow Boone.

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  40. canuckhab says:

    Who got 1’st star?

  41. Timo says:

    Unreal. Not the good kind.

  42. Willy the bum says:

    Happy to see the Habs win, but hate to be a downer… This is the 4th or 5th win recently that the decision happened in overtime or shootout. I don’t remember the last time they got a win out of regulation. They really have to keep finding ways to get something, ’cause tonight is another time to get themselves lucky.

  43. jimmy shaker says:

    Briere…….play this son of a B—–, MT! and never let bourque see the ice again!

    Shaker out!

  44. RH says:

    My 3 stars are 31 31 and 31\76

  45. mrhabby says:

    I seriously hope bergevin and his team are working the phones….we get 2 points but man they never make it look easy.

    Price is the Mvp of the team this year.

    • PrimeTime says:

      Every GM is working the phones.

      “Fans are entitled to express their opinion, but most of the comments on talk radio and on The Gazette’s Hockey Inside/Out website ranged from the mildly uninformed to the outrageously stupid” – Pat Hickey.

      º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º

  46. twilighthours says:

    Were I an Ottawa fan, I’d laugh at the injustice of it all.

    But I am a Habs fan, so I’ll just shake my head and be a bit sad.

    Actually, truth be told, montreal did play a great third period. So there’s that.

    Plus, we just did to them what they did to us twice in last year’s playoffs. So there’s also that.

  47. Mattyleg says:

    This place will be significantly more pleasant for the rest of the evening, I will hazard to guess!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  48. Danno says:

    Who would have guessed Price would deservedly get the first star after allowing four goals? Bizarre!

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  49. Plekasuares says:

    Thanks Price, pleks, Subban.

    Especially Price. GO HABS GO

  50. stephen says:

    The night feels wholly incomplete without the erudite insight of PJ Stock on L’antichambre.

  51. RiverviewCanadien says:

    You heard it here first folks…

    RiverviewCanadien JANUARY 16, 2014 AT 9:26 PM
    Subban, Pleks and DD score in the 3rd.

    Price will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd star! Great game by Carey.

    I know, I know, Pleks is 2nd star, but…

    All I have to say about that is 2 out of 3 ain’t bad

    Folks, it’s Bushmills time, and that’ll keep ya warm!

  52. The Puckhound says:

    Thank God we don’t have Anderson!
    Take the 2 points and now off to TO… kick some leafs butt!

    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

  53. frontenac1 says:

    Karlson f#cks up, PK the hero! Habs get two points,sens get 1pt to catch up on Laffs! A pretty good night!

  54. Habifax says:

    not sure i can take 2 more yrs of bork!

  55. CHicoHab says:

    Soobie with an oscar performing celebration!!!! Every one on Ottawa saying “Whaaaaatt

  56. RH says:

    Who the hell is Eric Carlson? I think they got the third star wrong.

  57. RockinRey says:

    How the mighty have fallen. Briere is way out of favour. TOI 10:48 , less than everyone except Parros and Bournival.

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  58. slapshot777 says:

    Another good thing about this win also is that we won it in OT not in the shootout which helps our ROW which is crucial if anything had to be decided.

  59. Davey93 says:

    They got the 2 points woo hoo. But there’s still so many problems with this team..

  60. Forum Dog says:

    Attaboy PK. Good finish. Almost makes me forget the previous 40 minutes. Two points is 2 points…..

  61. Habilis says:

    Utter theft on our part.

  62. Habcouver says:

    Now I’ll say that was an entertaining game!
    Me thinks Price is First Star?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  63. 😆 Price second star, that tops the whole night off!

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  64. Walmyr says:

    PK Subban is so so so much better player than karlsson!!!
    This win started with Pleks…passing by Price…and ending with PK Subban!!!…just like that…


  65. habs001 says:

    After last years playoffs Anderson owed the Habs that goal…still a lot of forward issues on this team and d also…

  66. Gerry H says:



  67. aversglay says:

    so who of pleks, pk or price does not get a star. Canadiens don’t deserve three, but…

  68. Old Bald Bird says:

    What a laugh!

  69. punkster says:



  70. johnnylarue says:

    Was there ever any doubt though, really?


  71. bmcalig says:

    Man that was lucky. But I still think MT has to go. This team is so poor when it comes to positional hockey and that is MT’s fault. the Habs have no idea of what they should be doing on the ice and where they should be when they don’t have the puck. They need a lesson on the basics.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I think it has more to do with the forwards trying to push harder in the offensive zone, and then being late on the backcheck.

      Earlier in the season we were amazing at coverage in our zone, but couldn’t score enough goals.

      It’s just about making some adjustments.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • trennyl says:

      I agree, this game was won on some skill and a lot of luck. The coach had no answer for what the Sens threw at the Habs. His lines sucked, his in game changes sucked, the team won cuz –who knows–just not coaching.

  72. mrhabby says:

    What a nasty, crazy, unpredictable, fup game.

  73. slapshot777 says:

    We Have a offensive d-man too Sen Turds. Karlsson take a look at our Nrris trophy winner

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