Liveblog: Game 53 – Canadiens end losing streak as Price hangs goose egg on Carolina

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Price stops the bleeding

Carey Price made 36 saves for his first shutout since Dec. 14 as the Canadiens topped Carolina.

Brandon Prust, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens.

Next stop: Boston.

Uneventful

Carolina had a few chances, but Price stopped them all

The dangerous lead

Max Pacioretty's 22nd made it 3-0.

That was the score New Year's Eve in Carolina.

I'm just sayin'.

Hurricanes outshot the Canadiens 13-11, and Carey Price was brilliant, especially on a glove save on Alexander Semin.

Jeff Skinner and Semin rang shots off the goalpost.

Much-needed good start

The Canadiens needed more than five minutes to get their first shot on Anton Khudobin.

A minute later, Brandon Prust – who registered the SoG – scopred his fifth of the season off a nice pass by Josh Gorges.

Carey Price maintained the lead with brilliant bang-bang stops on Drayson Bowman and Jordan Staal, who broke away during a Canadiens power play.

The indefatigable Brendan Gallagher doubled the lead with his 14th of the season, poking the puck past Khudobin off a goalmouth scrum.

Carolina outshot the Canadiens 13-10.

Will the bleeding stop?

Two teams on four-game streaks meet at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.

Carolina has won four in a row and moved into playoff contention.

After falling behind 2-0 to visiting Columbus less than three minutes into the game Monday night, the Hurricanes rallied with three third-period goals.

The Canadiens have lost four in a row and are clinging precariously to a wild-card playoff spot.

In possibly their worst effort of the season, the Canadiens were smoked 5-0 by Washington at the Bell Centre Saturday night.

The faithful were not amused. Booing began in the second period.

And if Carolina jumps out early Tuesday night ...

Well, it ain't gonna be pretty at the ol' ballyard.

Carolina is playing its third game in four nights and fifth in seven. If the Hurricanes dominate the third period at the Bell Centre, this Canadiens team is worse than we think.
 

850 Comments

  1. Habbu says:

    This is a great night…..I think I will quit drinking again

  2. adadi says:

    MT breathing easier for now.

  3. Habifax says:

    happy for carey after the non support of the other games

  4. Mavid says:

    nice

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  5. danhabsfan says:

    Yes… pricey shutout

  6. SKHab says:

    Price deserved that win.

  7. Rob Maguire says:

    i still say … Fire MT!

  8. Propwash says:

    So I guess Price is still mentally fragile and all.

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  9. Mattyleg says:

    Some hockey poolers holding their breath now, I’d say…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. port elgin says:

    MT is a genius

  11. Habifax says:

    hoping for 31……

  12. Habbu says:

    I hope Markov doesn’t play much at the Olympics; he looks like he could definitely could use some rest

  13. Cdnman1 says:

    If Bork played this hard every night he wouldn’t be shopped all over the league.

  14. bender69 says:

    easy win —– THURSDAY will be the test’

  15. Cdnman1 says:

    Goalie left the crease to negate icing. They just want this one over.

  16. twilighthours says:

    What’s the status of Diaz? Is he hurt or just scratched?

  17. Peter Young says:

    Earlier in the third period, the Carolina telecast commentators said that outside Price, Gorges has been the best Canadiens player tonight.
    The Carolina players’ body language and facial expressions are now those of a defeated team.

  18. Murray our best defenceman tonight. Nice stick handling in the O-zone by the big man. Maybe he ate his Wheaties tonight?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  19. adadi says:

    Markov out of position again.

  20. habs80 says:

    only 3 Habs without a shot … Nice to see

  21. The Prustean Age says:

    Ohh, what a save on Bowman!

    - Or, Malholtra.

    Price: “meh…”

  22. RockinRey says:

    Big night for pricey. Close this one out and give him the goose egg!!!

  23. Sportfan says:

    Happy we are getting the W :D

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  24. habsfaninboston says:

    The Price is right.

  25. SKHab says:

    How many Hurricans were on the ice at the same time during that last sequence? I think that I counted seven by the bench.

  26. Cdnman1 says:

    Markov stands there? WTF.

  27. twilighthours says:

    Sometimes markov plays D like I do in my pickup skate.

  28. Habifax says:

    markov looked like a real pylon there…..

  29. TMan1969 says:

    What’s the best live feed link?

  30. twilighthours says:

    Otis redding’s version of Respect is so great

  31. Propwash says:

    Weight has the crazy googly eyes going on.

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  32. Sad that Emelin is in such a hole. Looks lost

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  33. Slackman says:

    Carolina ices the puck and the song that plays is “One More Time” by daft punk. lol.

  34. Cdnman1 says:

    Rolling four lines now.

  35. Mattyleg says:

    Love the Gio – Pleks – Bourni line.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  36. RockinRey says:

    Price has been big tonight. 32 shots for Carolina and five in seven has not affected shot total.

  37. adadi says:

    I’m guessing the Bruins will be looking to make a statement on Thursday. Does MT dress Parros?

  38. Still sloppy and can’t keep them out of our zone. If not for Price, it’d be tied. Still some work to do. Glad they are gassed

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  39. slapshot777 says:

    I don’t feel any sympathy Boone all the teams including the Habs have had to endure the same thing

  40. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    They’re shooting’em right at Price now.

  41. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Freaking Laffs steal another one out shot out played !!!Freakin unbelievable!!!! Their fans don’e even see it!

  42. Plekasuares says:

    Forward Bork! Future Captain

    Well…

  43. adadi says:

    Watching the end of the Laffs game. What a shame St. Louis is not going to Sochi. Yzerman really messed that one up.

  44. WVHabsfan says:

    Max Pac playing end to end, I like it

  45. Plekasuares says:

    Plek quietly shutting down e staal

  46. danhabsfan says:

    TO just won

  47. Cdnman1 says:

    Outthink line appearance and no damage done.

  48. RockinRey says:

    how ignominious have have the circumstances turned against Briere. Less time than Parros before that PP

  49. slapshot777 says:

    Explain how that was not icing on Carolina

  50. Et le but says:

    3-2 Toronto, last seconds in the third

  51. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Who is this “Bork” you speak of? An alien race on Star Trek?

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  52. habsfaninboston says:

    So close to getting the 4th one a few times there.

  53. RockinRey says:

    Where did this Passing come from? Wow . Like a completely different team

  54. Habifax says:

    semin is a stiff

  55. Cdnman1 says:

    Bork can’t hit an empty net.

  56. Habifax says:

    bork on da PP???

  57. doogie says:

    Beaulieu is not going back to Hamilton ever again!

  58. sCOTT1243 says:

    Holy fawk, how many more chances do we need on this PP.

  59. Mavid says:

    boys still have lots of jump…good to see..nice job keeping on side..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  60. Mondou6 says:

    Haha…The refs have given up trying to get Carolina back in this game, they called a penalty on them.

  61. slapshot777 says:

    It’s like a grenade nobody wants it

  62. jmac21 says:

    Good hands DD

  63. RockinRey says:

    At this point the whole team is even or + in +- column

  64. adadi says:

    Why is Briere benched?

  65. Mavid says:

    stupid Sens scored 3-2 why don’t they just go away

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  66. DipsyDoodler says:

    Come on. Were are the Semin jokes. Have completely shot our load?

  67. SKHab says:

    Briere did not happy on the bench.

  68. jmac21 says:

    He’s a MO killer habs PP

  69. danhabsfan says:

    Crap. TO scored.

  70. jmac21 says:

    Gally working down low in the d-zone as DD does his flybys at the blue line lol
    It’s Gally’s line

  71. Reflektor says:

    It will have to be blatant because the Canes will not get a penalty this period.

  72. bender69 says:

    if I gave Gionta a dozen eggs I bet he would miss my house 90%

  73. Anyone have a link so I can follow the game?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  74. adadi says:

    Gionta with a breakaway shoots from the top of the circle. Why?


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