Liveblog: Game 49 – Leafs win 5-3, tighten playoff race

MaxPhaneuf

Divisional loss tightens race

Toronto's 5-3 win moved them withing four points of the third-place Canadiens in the Atlantic Division standings.

A late goal by James Van Riemsdyk broke a 3-3 tie.

The Leafs also got goals from Cody Franson, Phil Kessel and Mason Raymond.

Brendan Gallagher, Brian Gionta and David Desharnais scored for the Canadiens.

Leafs score late to win it

David Desharnais tipped in P.K. Subban's point shot to create a 3-3 tie that lasted five minutes.

Errors by Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin and Max Pacioretty opened the door for Tyler Bozak to feed James Van Riemsdyk for the winning goal.

With Carey Price on the bench, Joffrey Lupul was hauled down from behind and awarded an empty-netter.

Canadiens outshot the Leafs 33-29.

Birthday boy captain scores a big one

The Canadiens dominated the first half of the period, but Toronto took the lead on goals by Phil Kessel and Mason Raymond – the former off defensive zone chaos, the latter with Alecei Emelin in the penalty box.

The home team was cruising until Brian Gionta, 35 today, tapped in a rebound with only 11 ticks left on the clock.

Shots were 14-10 for the Canadiens.

Carey Price made a highlight reel leg save on Kessel.

Ottawa redux?

Reminiscent of what the Senators did on Thursday, Toronto began by running the Canadiens out of the rink.

The Leafs outshot their visitors 6-1 and got a 1-0 lead when Nazem Kadri easily beat Alexei Emelin and fed a pinching Cody Franson for a tap-in.

The lead lasted until a late-period Canadiens power play.

A lucky bounce off Max Pacioretty found the blade of Brendan Gallagher's stick, and the diminutive one fired home his 12th goal – half of which have come on the PP.

Shots were 12-9 for the Leafs.

Carey Price's best save was right-leg robbery on Mason Raymond.

Another Atlantic rival

Their first visit to Toronto this season is unlikely to match the excitement of the Canadiens' crazy win in Ottawa, but there's every chance we'll see a good one at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night.

Clinging to a wild-card playoff spot, Toronto has won three in a row and is 16-10-1 at the ACC.

The Canadiens are third in the Atlantic Division, two points behind Tampa Bay and three back of the Bruins. They're 13-8-2 on the road this season.

The Leafs spoiled the season opener at the Bell Centre  Oct. 1 with a 4-3 win. The Canadiens made amends to the home fans, getting two goals from Max Pacioretty and winning 4-2 on Nov. 30.

Hamilton call-ups Nathan Beaulieu and Joonas Nattinen are expected to be in the lineup Saturday night.

Disappointing fans who voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking him out to the barn to be humanely euthanized, Rene Bourque will be in the pressbox, with Douglas Murray and Raphael Diaz.

The Leafs will be without "prize" UFA acquisition David Clarkson and goon Frazer McLaren.

Puck drops at 7:40ish, after the HNIC crew finishes their preliminary Leaf-blowing.

Check back later for live game blogging.

 

1,300 Comments

  1. Storman says:

    OK coach go pat PK on the back and tell him to go make something happen

  2. Steven says:

    So far our goals have come from Gallagher, Gionta, then Desharnais.

    It’s obvious that the tying goal is going to have to come off Briere’s stick.

  3. Habbu says:

    All night……right at the crest

  4. Propwash says:

    There goes the CBC cheering on the leaf player who imitated Subban’s celebration.

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  5. db says:

    We could use some guys willing to take the hit to make a play..

  6. bender69 says:

    pull price 5-3

  7. sCOTT1243 says:

    Patches needs a lesson on taking a man in the defensive zone.

  8. Rob Maguire says:

    Will the hockey world go after JVR for his celebration? Oh wait … he’s white.

  9. Davey93 says:

    Emelin has been stinking it up lately

  10. Storman says:

    I hated the tip past Markov,, i love Markov, but he showed zero urgency when the puck got by him

  11. slapshot777 says:

    Come on guys WTFU!!!

  12. yeg hab fan says:

    not to worry, they will play lights out for URS in Socci

  13. habstrinifan says:

    Still time.. put Markov/P.K together and ride them.

  14. Et le but says:

    Last gasp reverse jinx Mr. Boone?

  15. Habcouver says:

    Kadri looked great on the 4th goal, eh?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  16. duffy says:

    Emelin is completely useless since he has quite hitting .

  17. slapshot777 says:

    They are content to tie it up and then just float around once they tied it at three they should have been skating like crazy.

  18. TMan1969 says:

    Definitely interference…but there has been a lot of calls let go

  19. smiley says:

    They have a SCORING LINE. We don’t!

  20. Miltie01 says:

    Desharnais…..tipped it passed Markov forcing him to turn, which he can’t because of his knee

  21. piter says:

    Why no interference penalty???

  22. T-roy West says:

    And people want to resign Markov, ha ha funny!

  23. TMan1969 says:

    Emelin…benched..and healy has called the game

  24. Odie24 says:

    Emelin and Markov are both shite.

  25. slapshot777 says:

    They seem like they were content for a tie. Come on FFS

  26. Et le but says:

    Tie it up boys!!

  27. sCOTT1243 says:

    faaaawwwwwwkkkkk

    Reisdyke grabbed his sweater I wonder if Cherry will roast him.

  28. DipsyDoodler says:

    And again Emelin.

  29. Blondie says:

    Hmmm, time for another smoke.

  30. slapshot777 says:

    Why do the Habs stop skating every time.

  31. Storman says:

    MARKOV for FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF sake, smarten the fffffffffffff up

  32. CJ says:

    Emelin, I knew it would be you

  33. Et le but says:

    No!!!!!!

  34. HABitual Fan says:

    So SICK of the HNIC ( and TSN) love- in!
    Will we see a little more balanced coverage with the change in networks next year?
    I sure hope so!

    “… it’s still better than cheering for the Leafs!”

  35. piter says:

    “hit on Markov from undefined, lol

  36. monmick says:

    @Mavid. Is Quinn going to make it to the end of the game? Give him a hot chocolate…

  37. Propwash says:

    GOLF LEAFS GOLF!

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  38. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    No more Boullion please. Love the guy but his time has passed.

  39. Blondie says:

    Ha! I knew it would work. I went out for a smoke and they scored! :)

  40. stephen says:

    Fine, highlight Beaulieu’s ill-advised arguing with the ref during the play, but don’t neglect to mention the bonehead blind pass by Bouillon that led to that mess.

  41. slyCH says:

    Quell vision de merde.

  42. Habcouver says:

    Price is so calm.
    Go Habs Go!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  43. sCOTT1243 says:

    Man Bouillion couldnt move a lego from in front of the net.

  44. NLhabsfan says:

    Man that was a long shift without a change

  45. commandant says:

    According to the biased ******* on Hockey Night in Toronto… every Leafs goal has been a beauty and every Habs goal has been strange, and of course “no Picasso.”

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  46. Storman says:

    Lets make our 4rth and winning goal a little more smelly for them..

  47. filincal says:

    Eat a BIG Hab smelling #2 CBC!!!

  48. Mondou6 says:

    Announcer: That’s the third “unusual” Montreal goal of the game.

    lol. Right, every goal we score is undeserved. Every Toronto goal is brilliant.

  49. J.J. of Turku says:

    Still a half of a period left for Joonas to score a hat trick. :D

    http://static.iltalehti.fi/jaakiekko/uusetu_perkele050114PK_503_jk.jpg

  50. Alex says:

    @SCOTT1234 I fully support you. I switched to RDS midway through. Couldn’t stand the drek on CBC

  51. Storman says:

    CBC had zero reaction on Montreal’s third goal, at least Bob Cole would have said he scores or something,, When did Jim Hughson jump into this crap zone

  52. slapshot777 says:

    Apparently all the goals the Habs have got are “garbage goals” according to Healey while the Leafs goals have all been ” tic tac toe goals” what is he smoking. I don’t care if they bounce in of their arse. As long as they count.

  53. habfan01 says:

    You people north of the 45th parallel pay good tax dollars to listen to these announcers?

  54. Habcouver says:

    3 goals by the smurfs

    Waiting patiently for #25

  55. BCG says:

    So bloody tired of the CBC sounding sad when Montreal scores against Toronto. You’re the Canadian Broadcasting System – not the Toronto, or English Broadcasting System. I support the CBC, but this why I shed no tears for the hockey rights going to a private broadcaster. The CBC just didn’t do their job.

  56. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    Do it @sCOTT1243!

  57. duffy says:

    Third strange goal by Canadians . What a bunch of Morons .

  58. CJ says:

    Common boys! Let’s keep it rolling!

  59. slapshot777 says:

    The Leafs shoot the puck the length of the ice no icing. The Habs do the same thing icing. WTF!!!

  60. The Teacher says:

    He said three lucky goAls by Habs or something. What a loser

  61. NLhabsfan says:

    I can’t believe it!!

  62. Habilis says:

    You know, ever since we moved on from bashing DD on this site, he’s been terrific.
    Pat on the back for us, amirite?

  63. Rossy says:

    “Kadri’s had a great night” and HNIC is going to tell us all about it tell us all about it tell us all about it tell us ……

  64. yeg hab fan says:

    Dd better lucky than good

  65. B says:

    That’s the CH problem right there: DD gets another big point for them from in front of the net :)

    –Go Habs Go!–

  66. Et le but says:

    Stay on them now!!!! Get the dagger…

  67. Haberoooo13 says:

    Yes

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  68. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    “…and the Mtl Canadiens have just tied the game”. He announces downtroddenly.

  69. Danno says:

    Wee Dee Dee with the slick deflection!

    Alriiiight!

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  70. Storman says:

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF YAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Eat my Will Nots CBC

  71. slapshot777 says:

    Yeah Baby!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. Propwash says:

    YESSSSS!!!

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