Liveblog: Game 5: Price brilliant in 4-1 conquest of Canucks

.500 road trip – at worst

On paper, this should have been the toughest challenge of the Canadiens' western road trip.

It wasn't ... because of Carey Price.

Playing in his home province, Price made 30 saves through the first 40 minutes to keep his team in the game.

The Canadiens outshot Vancouver 18-9 in the third period to cinch the win.

Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Josh Gorges scored their first goals of the season. Lars Eller got his fifth, a weird shorthanded score that came without a single Canadien in the Vancouver zone.

The Canucks' penalty-kill – a perfect 18/18 heading into the game – gave up two goals in the Canadiens' three power plays.

The Canadiens wrap up their western swing Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Textbook closeout

The home team was held without a shot on goal for 11 minutes.

The dominant Canadiens got a power-play goal from Tomas Plekanec and a floater from the point by Josh Gorges – first of the season for each of them.


What a weird one!

The summary says Lars Eller scored a shorthanded goal to restore the Canadiens lead.

How did Eller bag his fith of the season?

By dumping the puck down the ice.

With nary a white jersey in sight, Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis mishandled the puck.

It hit Roberto Luongo's left skate, caromed off his right and trickled into the net.

Bizarro, baby!

At the other end of the ice, Henrik Sedin had tied the game 1-1 with vancouver's 25th shot. Carey Price was left helpless by his teammates on the play.

Price has made 30 saves through two periods.

The Canadiens have 20 shots on Luongo.

Price shines

Carey Price made 14 saves, including beauties on Jason Garrison (twice), Chris Tanev and Daniel Sedin.

Roberto Luongo faced nine shots and was beaten, on a trickle-through, by Max Pacioretty during a Canadiens power play.

It was the first PP goal against Vancouver this season.

Best play of the period might have been Josh Gorges' billiard-shot clear that prevented icing after the Canadiens had been bottled up in their own end at the end of the period.

Canadiens were 14-8 on faceoffs and killed off a penalty to Lars Eller.

Jarred Tinordi loked shaky in a shade over four minutes of ice time.

Home game for Price

Carey Price will have family and friends in the crowd when the Canadiens continue their western Canada road trip with a visit to Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

And there will be a familiar face behind the Canucks bench. John Tortorella, late of the Rangers and Lightning, has brought his lively personality and demanding coaching style to the west coast.

That means a lot of shot-blocking in front of goaltender Roberto "Get Me Out of Vancouver" Luongo. Forward Chris Tanev has 11 blocks, defenceman Kevin Bieksa 10. Josh Gorges tops the Canadiens with nine.

Pesky forward Alex Burrows is out of the Vancouver lineup after injuring his foot while blocking a shot. The Canucks also will be without defenceman Alex Edler, suspended for his hit on sensational San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl.

The Canadiens will be missing captain Brian Gionta, who is in Montreal seeing to personal business. Ryan White will return to the lineup on the fourth line, with Travis Moen and Michaël Bournival. Brandon Prust moves up to take Gionta's spot with David Desharnais and Rene Bourque.

• Vancouver lines at morning skate: Sedin-Sedin-Santorelli, Higgins-Kesler-Hansen, Booth-Richardson-Kassian, Dalpe-Weise-Sestito

Carey Price is 3-1-1 lifetime against Vancouver, with a GAA of 2.56 and save percentage of .924 ... Roberto Luongo is 1-4 in his last five starts against the Canadiens ... Brendan Gallagher will be playing his first NHL game in the city where he grew up and played junior hockey with the Vancouver Giants ... The Canucks' penalty-kill is a perfect 18/18 through five games this season and has scored two shorthanded goals.


  1. HABZZZ says:

    It was a great game to watch live and Pricey kept us in it until our legs got going. Clearly the Canucks have changed to a dump and chase team but the Sedins aren’t fleet of foot so they got beat to every puck. Felt bad for Louie because he never saw the puck until it hit his second skate. But from the skytrain ride to inside the rink it was a sea of Hab fans and one Canuck fans said it was embarrassing to see. Outchanted Outplayed and Overwhelmed in the third period. Sad to see the Canuck fans leaving with five minutes to go and their faithful that were left weren’t impressed. Between the Go Habzz Go chants and the Ole Ole you couldn’t even hear their fans. When the Habzz come to town this whole city looks Go Habzz Go !!

  2. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Hey all,

    Little happy reality check…Toronto has beaten one team that’s over .500.

    ‘course that one team is us…butdepending on your outlook that could be a good or bad thing 😉

  3. Habcouver says:

    Just got home from the game. What a blast!
    Price was incredible. Hab fans chanting Go Habs Go, high five’ing down the corridors, singing that Ole song which actually was enjoyable live.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  4. As much as I love Habs winning tonight…..Price Sochi!

    Bernier was making a great name for himself (sorry retro) but Price will be the guy!

    Shane Oliver
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    • savethepuck says:

      But if you still compare the season stats for Bernier and Price, you have to be foolish not to see that Bernier should be the starting goaltender for Team Canada at Sochi this year. We absolutely need to make sure that a guy that starts 5 games ( sorry 4 and 1/2) because of his stats, has to be the favorite. You have to remember James Reimer doing it and even Ben Scrivens doing good it for Toronto.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  5. Bill says:

    I have a negative comment if I may be permitted before passing out. Just helping out the “haters”.

    The first two periods looked like the Calgary game: Habs came out looking overwhelmed and unprepared. I don’t like seeing that in 2 games out of 3. The only difference was some luck for Carey that he didn’t have against the Flames. I thought he played well in that game too, but didn’t get any breaks and the team kinda sucked.

    They found another gear in the third. Let’s hope they maintain it.

    • Da Hema says:

      Hey Bill! Kfourn said the same thing about the first period. I just can’t agree with your assessments of the first period.

    • JayK-47 says:

      I told my friend the same thing. I thought the Habs speed would be able to overwhelm an Edler-less ‘Nucks squad but most of the action was at the wrong end again for 2 periods.

      The team got Carey’d on Price’s back until they got it together.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      While the Nucks clearly overwhelmed us in the first 7 or 8 minutes, the Habs reversed the pressure in the second half of the first. I thought the boys showed great bounce-back.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  6. Da Hema says:

    Gallagher is simply the little engine that could. The kid never quits. It is exhilarating to see his effort, and then so depressing to watch Desharnais and Briere.

    • Habcouver says:

      Gallagher was so impressive. In the pre-game skate, ice level, he is much smaller than the other skaters but he played one heck of a game… like a Giant!

      Waiting patiently for #25

  7. Bill says:

    Now I gotta get up in four hours to take my kid to hockey.

    Good thing I quit drinking. I do not miss hungover lace-tying.

    • savethepuck says:

      You are a good Dad, remind me of my father in the early 70’s. The difference is, they looked differently on drinking and driving in the early 70’s than they do today. Or maybe I am way off base and no alcohol is involved in your statement.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  8. Timo says:

    What did San Jose give up to get Brett Burns? The dude looks wild.

    • savethepuck says:

      Didn’t they just steal him from ZZTop?, because he looks familiar to me. Or maybe he’s one of the Robertson’s from Duck Dynasty. Happy, Happy, Happy!

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  9. CranbrookEd says:

    I have November 16th in the “When will Torts totally lose it” pool . . . and January 12th in the “When will Torts refer to the Sedins as the Sisters” pool . . .

    Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . . What ever happened to Johnny Jelly-Bean!?

  10. Timo says:

    @Danno – nice touch with Mavid’s prize.

  11. The Dude says:

    the best game Price played in four years.

    • Da Hema says:


    • savethepuck says:

      He played great, but not his best in the last 4 yrs. You just have a short memory span for him and never give him any credit for doing anything right, despite most hockey experts classifying him as an elite talent. But they are all wrong, I know.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • Hardly! Can’t remember when , but Philly had a 5 on 3 for three minutes years ago and Price blew then away. That was one of my many favourite moments.

      Shane Oliver
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      • savethepuck says:

        I replied too Shane, but don’t waste your fingers because I am sure he will not give credit where credit is due, but it was awfully sweet that he finally gave Carey a compliment, despite all the bashing he has spewed forever.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

  12. Kfourn says:

    Price stole that one…take it and run boys, you had no business Winning that one after the first 2 terrible periods…Well at least the price haters got what they wanted, he stole a game…by the way has anyone seen them around? They all seem to be missing
    “It’s sad when our rookies have no NHL experience before they jump up to the NHL.” – nunacanadien

    • Da Hema says:

      I didn’t see the Habs play two terrible periods. The play between the Habs and Canucks was close in the first period (a nod to Vancouver’s play though), the Habs were notably outplayed in the second, and then they played a stellar third. I agree Price played a fine game, making some splendid saves during the first and second periods.

      • Kfourn says:

        What i saw was the Habs getting pinned in their zone for the first 2 and price bailing them out until they were able to get a pp goal and the biggest fluke goal i have ever seen. The third they were able to get sustained pressure

        “It’s sad when our rookies have no NHL experience before they jump up to the NHL.” – nunacanadien

        • Da Hema says:

          I guess we simply saw the first period differently. The Canucks outshot them 14-9, but the period was fast and entertaining with both goalies making some fine stops. Hard to see how someone could claim the Habs played a “terrible” first period — but there isn’t any metric I know of that could resolve this between us. So whatever I guess….

          • savethepuck says:

            The 1st period saw Lou make some saves but Carey make some huge saves, and I am sure I am not the only one who saw it that way. Carey continued that in the 2nd, and the Habs could of been down several goals before they got that flukey goal in the 2nd

            “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
            Carey Price

          • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

            I saw it the same as you. They tilted the ice back after the first 7 or 8 minute barrage. I thought they put a lot of pressure on the Nucks D in the 2nd half of the first.

            I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • slyCH says:

      He was solid for sure. The haters will appear tomorrow to say he played well because family was in the crowd or some other reason.

  13. commandant says:

    Where are the Price Haters tonight?

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Kfourn says:

      They must need their beauty sleep, it has to be exhausting hating all day and talking nonsense.

      “It’s sad when our rookies have no NHL experience before they jump up to the NHL.” – nunacanadien

  14. Stevie.Ray says:

    Price played yet another terrific game. Unbelievable so far this season. Anyone who has ever said, “ya, but when was the last time he stole us a game?” Well, he did tonight. He even took away scoring chances and made them look easy.

    • savethepuck says:

      He definitely stole this game the way he kept the team in the game after 2 periods, but those guys probably didn’t watch the game, they are going to see a 4-1 Habs win and see no way that he stole this game.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  15. Timo says:

    CH24 is playing in background… Briere’s wife is a maaaaajor… umm… gold digger? The love is just oozing from here.

  16. Cal says:

    Somewhere in Hockey Heaven (okay, so it happened to be floating over Vancouver), two Hallowed Habs are watching the game. The pair’s heads are shaking and they look as stern as hallowed Habs could look (even their brows were furrowed- make that very furrowed).
    One glances to the other, ” I can’t believe it’s 1-1. That kid Price doesn’t get any breaks, does he?”
    “Yeah. Dat’s right, ‘Owie. No luck at all.” The speaker is intent, his fiery eyes never leaving the game going on below them. Two minutes and forty-two ticks have gone by since the Canucks scored to tie the game and the Habs’ Tinordi has just been sent off for interference. “Calise! I can’t take dis shit anymore!” The fabled number 7 looks over to his companion. “Now, Mo, you know we shouldn’t interf..”
    “Je m’en fou!” the Rocket shouts, his eyes afire. He snaps his fingers.

    Down below, Hamhuis plays the puck off Garrison’s skate. It then caroms first off Luongo’s left skate and then his right before it settles behind the goal line. The crowd gasps in surprise, disbelieving what they just witnessed. Tortorella’s eyes bulge out of his head.
    “Well…. it has been twenty years…”
    “Too long, hostie.”
    “Okay then, that should do it for tonight, then. What do you think?”
    “I ‘ave one more ting planned, ‘Owie.”
    “What’s that, Mo?”
    “Gorges is gonna score in da tird to seal da deal.”
    Maurice smiles, hearing Morenz laugh. It had been a long time since he’d laughed.
    “Okay, Mo, but that’s it, okay?”
    “For now…” The Rocket’s voice trails off into an almost whisper. Morenz looks over to his intent friend yet again, a question in his eyes.

    • savethepuck says:

      Really not sure if I could understand where you were going here, but at one point were you saying Price was lucky that the Habs 2nd goal bounced off a few Nuck’s skates?

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  17. Timo says:

    Boone, where is ALN? It’s only 1 am in your neck of the woods.

  18. Timo says:

    You people still awake?

  19. Timo says:

    Price’s friends and family should attend more Habs game. Carey was excellent. Pretty much the usual suspects did the usual today, no?

    Diaz seems to have pathological fear of physical contact. Can’t wait for Emelin’s return. Next game Habs should play both Tiny and Beaulieu.

    Habs still turn over too many pucks in the D zone, took them too long to clear the zone on multiple occasions. but hopefully, that will be straightened out soon once couple more legit NHL defensemen get in the lineup.

  20. twilighthours says:

    @propwash, you gotta go back to the old avatar, dog. It was genius

  21. Lafrich says:

    Price was fantastic. Truly looked in control and like an elite goalie. Good on him.

  22. Da Hema says:

    Garry Galley….

    Did everyone hear him talk about how San Jose established the “foreplay” early in the Ottawa game? Another articulate CBC employee….

  23. AH says:

    That Scott Oake can sure ask some dumb questions….

  24. PrimeTime says:

    So where are all the haters tonight? Still celebrating the Leafs win?

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    • Bill says:

      It gets pretty quiet from certain posters when Price has a knock-out game. Also Diaz had two assists, so what would they say?

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Timo says:

        I still say Diaz sucked. I cannot believe how afraid he is of any kind of physical contact. The guy doesn’t play body AT ALL.

        • Tyhudg says:

          Diaz is not a physical player, that is OK. He still wins puck battles though and is generally where he is supposed to be…. something that cannot be said for a couple habs defenders. Diaz is a valuable defenseman, unloading him like many have suggested at this point is a bad idea. Nobody but him have proven that they are capable of playing top 4 minutes, and I’d say he’s doing alright.

          • Timo says:

            Not physical is ok. I am not talking about taking other players heads off or putting them through the glass. I am talking about avoiding a regular routine body check, extending his hand and stick rather than take the body, let alone sacrifice to make a play. When you say “not physical” I think Gorges or Markov. Diaz is about 2 layers of not physical below that.

        • Danno says:

          He played 20 minutes and got two points so he wasn’t THAT bad


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        • Bob_Sacamano says:

          Once Douglas Murray is in the lineup you´ll learn to like Diaz at least a little bit.

  25. Peter Young says:

    It sort of feels like a Saturday night from the old days. A great win to send us on to sweet dreams.

  26. JO says:

    Great game tonight by pretty much everyone. We didn’t need the lucky goal but we’ll take it. Bout time we had a little luck come our way. If we can get DD & Briere going we could do some damage!!

  27. jedimyrmidon says:

    Price was great, and he was finally rewarded for it unlike the first game of the season, and in Calgary.

    • savethepuck says:

      Habs could of easily been blown out early if not for numerous huge saves by Carey in the 1st 2 periods tonight. He deserves a lot of credit for this win.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

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