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

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.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.

718 Comments

  1. FlyAngler says:

    How does HNIC give Garrison the 2nd star for getting one assist in a game that his team loses 4-1. What a joke!

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  2. Danno says:

    I was watching RDS. What did grandma Gorges say or do?

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  3. Danno says:

    A solid road win. We can feel good again?

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  4. Peter Young says:

    NHL Center Ice cut off the CBC telecast right after the game finished. Who were the three stars?

  5. habsfan0 says:

    On a play in the 3rd period in the Vancouver end, when play turned up the ice, I could have sworn I saw Briere deliberately hook Prust when they were both trying to get back into the play.
    Briere must have had a brain cramp and thought he was still playing for the Flyers.

  6. twilighthours says:

    Great games tonight: price, pk, bork, galchenyuk, and patches.

  7. L Elle says:

    1st star – Grandma Gorges
    2nd star – Gally all looks alike family
    3rd star -puck trickling over line in own goal

    Great win!

  8. They win!

    Bernier my ask me later what I think of you?

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  9. Peter Young says:

    Well done all round, lads! Let’s have more of the same, please.

  10. nastyHABit says:

    Well played PRICE…………..Well played

  11. DipsyDoodler says:

    “Jack Adams winner Paul MacLean”. What a travesty.

  12. HabCez says:

    Although the final score does not show it..
    Carey stole this game.
    Markov perhaps his best game of as of yet.
    Bourque played with intensity.
    Briere still needs find his touch but I’m still patient.

    I have to say the forward lines are very well balanced.
    The D needs more tinkering. Boullion and Gorges (despite the goal) look slow.

    Anyways Go Habs go!

    “Emelin’s the real deal.”
    – HabCez

  13. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Price.

  14. DipsyDoodler says:

    And now to see Ottawa lose…

  15. L Elle says:

    Habs 3 wins all have the same score of 4-1. hmm

    Looks good on ya Torts!

  16. ABHabsfan says:

    That was a great friggin’ win. What would Joe T. do after a great win like that?
    Best game by CP in a long time, great to see

    “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  17. Mats Naslund says:

    very nice road victory for the Habs. No shame in a little luck going our way. Loved the hustle in the 3rd to close it out. They never sat back.

  18. Propwash says:

    Who said the Habs would get smoked by the Canucks?

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  19. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Price number 1 star…well deserved.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  20. Danno says:

    Habs came out of this one smelling like a rose

    Torts and Luongo, not so much…

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  21. shakey says:

    Sweeeeet!!!!!

  22. Bozo McBozo says:

    Great road win! Full credit all around!!!

  23. twilighthours says:

    Grandma gorges is amazing

  24. NLhabsfan says:

    So sweet isn’t it:)

  25. piter says:

    man, is it ever frustrating to try to post…….reload my ass……

  26. DipsyDoodler says:

    Torts is about to burst an aneurysm.

  27. NLhabsfan says:

    It’s always great when the ya hear Na Na hey hey from the Habs fans in the opponents building.

  28. Mavid says:

    Ole in YVR..love it

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  29. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Bourque has Bernard beast tonite. Wants back on the first line

  30. slyCH says:

    Bourque has some life tonight.

  31. savethepuck says:

    For those complaining that Carey Price never steals games, watch the 1st 2 periods of this hockey game. The Habs could of easily been out of this game without numerous huge saves by Carey. He’s the reason the Habs were able to dominate the 3rd.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
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  32. NLhabsfan says:

    Loving Bourque tonight!!!

  33. icemachine says:

    Habs have just gotten better all game. Maybe they’re playing one for the Captain, maybe it’s just cause the guys normally get fired up around midnight in Montreal. Either way I’m enjoying it!

    Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

    • savethepuck says:

      Or maybe Carey was huge the 1st 2 periods and gave them a chance to win and some confidence.

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

  34. twilighthours says:

    Best period of this young season for the Canadiens

  35. L Elle says:

    Grandma Gorges, what a cute grandma. :)

  36. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Easy to blame Fonzie but a lot of mistakes being made. What the heck has happened to Kessler? It’s been downhill ever since the Cup final loss…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  37. slyCH says:

    Please let Subban be ok. Please God.

  38. tab says:

    Feel bad about critiquing Josh about his lack of offense couple days ago, he gets further with his talent than anyone on the team

    • savethepuck says:

      It is called heart, and putting your teammates before yourself. He’s a class act.

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

  39. Bill says:

    Not a ton of defence in this one.

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  40. Mattyleg says:

    Man, we’re playing a pretty nice game of ‘keep-away’.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  41. Mavid says:

    no you take it..no you take it..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  42. NLhabsfan says:

    The fans are getting restless..

  43. DipsyDoodler says:

    “3P 7:50 What a rush by Gallagher! Did you love him ducking under the Hamhuis check?”

    Doesn’t he remind you of Yvan Cournoyer?

  44. ABHabsfan says:

    A lot of guys have a hate on for Whitey but the dude wins face-offs. I hope he plays every game

    “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  45. Bozo McBozo says:

    Gonna be a tough night for Larry Brooks! Oops, I forget myself!!!

  46. ianism says:

    uh oh subban is limping off :/ can’t afford to lose him…

  47. piter says:

    Patches is hurt

  48. adadi says:

    Don’t ness with granny Gorges.

  49. Peter Young says:

    We don’t need your steeenkeeeng own goal.

  50. Chuck says:

    Good for Josh. He needed that.

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  51. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    MT knows what he’s doing, eh? No line as dominate as the Kid Line, but all lines more equal and better since the changes. I can’t believe the coach knows more than me!!

  52. Danno says:

    Say goodnight Lou

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  53. slapshot777 says:

    Good goal by Gorges just get it on net.

  54. PrimeTime says:

    Nice! A hometown goal :)

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  55. NLhabsfan says:

    Now that’s the DAGGER

  56. Mavid says:

    Gorges!!! whooohoooo ya baby!

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  57. Mattyleg says:

    Gorges!!
    Top corner!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  58. DipsyDoodler says:

    That’s the dagger.

  59. Mavid says:

    I don’t find the announcers that bad..givin Gallager some love..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  60. ianism says:

    “…Subban and Kassian exchanging hairy eyeballs…”

    excellent!

  61. jols101 says:

    Man Bourque has wheels for a big man

  62. adadi says:

    Is Price back…I’d like to see him string a few games in a row.

    • PrimeTime says:

      He’s played a few games in row many times

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      • savethepuck says:

        And I didn’t think he ever went anywhere to have to be back. Too much looking at stats instead of watching the actual hockey game. A lot of goals have been major D errors IMO.

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  63. slapshot777 says:

    The Habs have to keep carrying the play don’t let up. So far so good. Nobody on CBC wants to give them credit for their play.

  64. DipsyDoodler says:

    Next penalty is against us.

  65. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Prust might be the best utility player in the NHL

  66. ABHabsfan says:

    Holy Crap! Briere had a shot on net!

    “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  67. jols101 says:

    There he is.

  68. jols101 says:

    Where is Prust?

  69. Dickie9 says:

    why the fuck is DD on the 1st wave….bench his useless ass please for fucks sakes

    • PrimeTime says:

      Issues?

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  70. Habbu says:

    Hrudey “a good break for Montreal”……can’t give them credit

  71. slapshot777 says:

    The Sedins are a duo of whiners. They whine about Briere in the faceoff circle now he whines about a hook on Gally. It was a penalty.

  72. Peter Young says:

    It appears the Canadiens this season are saving their best hockey for the third period.

  73. DipsyDoodler says:

    “THE DAGGER! ”

    Too soon!

  74. duffy says:

    These announcers sure are sickening !!!!

  75. PrimeTime says:

    What’s Sedin chirping about?

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