Liveblog: Game 54 – Rask routed as backup Budaj beats Boston


Go figure

With Peter Budaj making 34 saves and nine players getting their names on the scoresheet, the Canadiens beat the number one team in the Atlantic Division.

Budaj raised his record to 4-0 at the TV Garden.

The Canadiens got goals from Alexei Emelin (who was excellent), Max Pacioretty, Brian Gionta and Daniel Brière.

Tuukka Rask was beaten on three of the 18 goals he faced and chased to the bech after Gionta's power-play goal, 12 minutes into the second period.

Dougie Hamilton zinged one off Andrei Markov's skate for the home team's only goal.

Easy shutdown

The home team did nothing to get back in the game and were outshot 12-10 in the period.

Rask chased

Brian Gionta's ninbth goaof the season, on a Canadiens power play, ended Tuukka Rask's evening 12 minutes into the period.

Rask allowed three goals on 18 shots, a .667 save percentage.

Not trwo minutes later, Daniel Brière beat goaltender Chad Johnson on a breakaway. It was Brière's eighth.

Shots were 12-7 Boston.

Great start

Alexei Emelin got the Canadiens on the board with his first of the year, with massive George Parros parked in Tuukka Rask's crease.

Max Pacioretty made it 2-0 with his 23rd off a superb tic-tac-toe passing play with Brendan Gallagher and David Desharnais.

The 2-0 lead lasted barely longer than a minute.

Dougie Hamilton's point shot ticked off Andrei Markov past Peter Budaj to give the home team some life.

Shots were 14-13 for the Canadiens (DD line had six SoG).

The REAL rivalry

Yes, it's a big deal when the Canadiens play Toronto ... not least because the Leaf-blowers at Hockey Night in Canada get all hot and bothered about it.

And there was some hatred happening when Ottawa bounced the Canadiens out of the playoffs last spring.

But Canadiens-Bruins is a whole other level of loathing.

So many bitterly-contested playoff series. So much nastiness that carries over to the regular season.

From Maurice Richard breaking his stick on Hal Laycoe to Zdeno Chara running Max Pacioretty into a stanchion, tempers have boiled and blood has flowed when the bitter rivals hook up.

And between penalty whistles, we've seen some great hockey.

The teams' first meeting this season, Dec. 5 at the Bell Centre, was a comparatively tame affair. An injury to Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk cast an early pall over the game, which the Canadiens won 2-1, with Carey Price making 32 saves – including 16 in the third period.

That win boosted the Canadiens past Boston into first place in the Atlantic Division – a lofty perch they were to occupy for three days.

Boston currently sits comfortably atop the division while the Canadiens are scrambling for a playoff berth.

• Pre-game reading: The sad saga of Gino Odjick



  1. JohnBellyful says:

    — “A little song, a little dance, A little seltzer down your pants.” —

  2. kalevine says:

    yay! missed the game at friends’ for dinner but was checking phone now and then. I said they had to bring their A game to make it close. That was assuming the Boo-ins brought at least their B game 🙂
    Onward and upward I hope!

    • murderface says:

      you should have smacked your friend wife in the face for not putting the game on!!!

      twice for your bro….

      just kidding dude, enjoy the “super”bowl!!

      20 years of pittless cumber and counting….

  3. murderface says:

    now comes the time to watch express to tunes and really piss the neighbours off!!!

    me smokem war pipe!!!!!

    20 years of pittless cumber and counting….

  4. jimmy shaker says:

    28 games left

    – looking to end with 98 points for a nice comfortable top 3 finish.
    – 95pts is the usual cut-off

    that means the boys have to have a record of about 16W – 9L – 3 OT pts

    – and budaj needs about 7 -10 more starts to keep Price fresh and ready for a playoff run.

    All very doable

    Big weekend coming up, great win for the boys, love watching raask go berserk!

    Shaker out!

  5. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Crankshaft for Captain !!!

  6. Mattyleg says:


    Great game, outplayed, outworked, outcoached, outsaved, outeverythinged Boston tonight.

    Feels good.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Will Canadiens fans praise Therrien for playing Budaj the B’s Killah, or will they say he was lucky not playing Cool as ice Price?
    Did Therrien out-coach Julien, or were the refs calling it in Montréal’s favor?
    The timeout called after the icing, a waste or a smart move?
    Is Murray for real or a fluke of a bad product?

    These are the questions so many want to know the answer to…

    Find out next on Live @ 5!

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

  8. Bripro says:

    Budaj played a great game.
    He should have been the first star.
    I guess that means that MT is a genius. 😉

  9. Cal says:

    It’s official. Douglas Murray is one part French and one part Swedish. After all, the beginning of his family name is Mur. That, of course, is french for “wall”.
    Two excellent team efforts in a row. Be still my heart.

    • murderface says:

      Im just glad to see a good old irish boy fighting hard, an english tender blue chip, and a black kid from Ontario itching to get his jersey retired.
      dont even start with patches.

      oh, and Briere’s 2nd nice goal of the year.

      20 years of pittless cumber and counting….

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Cal, you’re going to have to change your funny lyrics if this win-thingy keeps up.
      No prob, right?

  10. murderface says:

    Gotta say, what a win!

    20 years of pittless cumber and counting….

  11. CJ says:

    I hate to be that guy, but before signing off I just want to say how much more enjoyable this site is following a win.

    I’m far from perfect and certainly don’t expect the majority to agree with my posts, but I can’t begin to tell you how much better it is not having to filter through posts that can only be construed as combative.

    My father always said in sports, as in life, you can never get too emotionally high following a win, nor can you test new emotional depths following a loss.

    The ebbs and flows of professional sports. Good night all. Cheers, CJ

  12. Psycho29 says:

    ve Stubbs ‏@Dave_Stubbs 2 mins

    Last 9 Habs vs Bruins games were decided by 1 goal

  13. Peter Young says:

    Well done, lads. A fine effort by the entire team; this was truly a team victory. And some credit to Therrien, too. But I hope Therrien now remembers who played well with who and rings the changes only when there is good reason to do so, as, for example, when Galchenyuk returns or when, in view of the opposition, the CH are safely able to bench Parros for a more skillful forward.

  14. Habcouver says:

    It’s great to hear Gally had a strong game. He gives 110% every game.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  15. Propwash says:

    In my unprofessional opinion, once Drewiski is back, sit Markov every so often for him to recharge a bit before the playoffs. He’s looking a little worse for wear these days.


  16. Psycho29 says:

    I was surprised PJ Stock wasn’t on L’Antichambre tonight.
    Or maybe he doesn’t appear when the Bruins lose?

    • Habcouver says:

      What about waiting for Cherry’s lame reasons for the Bruins’ loss during Coach’s Corner this Saturday?

      Waiting patiently for #25

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Nah, he’ll find a clip from tonight’s game to tear a strip off PK or that foreigner Emelin (he might say something nice about the Habs’ ‘Scottish’ blueliner).

  17. nova scotia vees says:

    Looks like I need to come to P.K’s defense again. Markov looks like a pilon but 76 takes one penalty and he’s bad??? He will go somewhere else and we will all regret it like we did with Chelios and Langway. A superstar who is treated like crap. Perhaps if his first name was Pierre things would be different.

    • CJ says:

      PK’s ice time was not impacted by the penalty he took. IMO it was based on the fact that he is off his game right now. I have every confidence that he will bounce back, but PK has not been at the top of his game the past two weeks.

      I have no issue with PK receiving just under 20 minutes tonight. Emelin and Markov got the ice time they deserved. Gorges was particularly bad tonight, following what I thought was his best game of the year.

  18. piper says:

    Nothing like a win over the Bruins to pick ones spirits up.

  19. Sportfan says:

    I am so sad i missed this game!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  20. Thomas Le Fan says:

    That’s more like it. When I saw his record in the earlier thread, I thought it wasn’t a bad idea to start Budaj. He wasn’t tested that much actually. Habs played a heck of a game from the git go. Too bad the Leafs won too. I still am not fond of Therrien. He needs to find a way to have them play every game like that. You might not win them all but lack of compete, as they say, is unacceptable. Go Habs!

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  21. CJ says:

    Prospect update:

    Connor Crisp and Charles Hudon both had two goals tonight. McCarron with two assists. Brady Vail with a goal and Jeremy Gregorie with an assist and 8 shots on net.

    Front, Crisp also got into a fight!

  22. The Juice says:

    Ole Ole Ole!

    Go Habs Go!!

    Les Canadiens Sont La!!!



    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  23. Psycho29 says:

    What a great win for the boys tonight!

    Where are all the Naysayers and Doom n’Gloomers tonight?

    Therrien’s “bonehead” move of starting Budaj didn’t hurt the team at all….

    Now the Habs sweep the weekend!

    • Stimpy007 says:

      Great win for sure but would have loved Pricer in there just to get him ready for the Bruins.

    • JUST ME says:

      That is the big difference between positive fans and negatives. Positives will always show up even in bad days and admit that things need to be worked on.
      Negative fans only tolerate negative vibes. Cannot admit that they are wrong and just do not know how to be optimistic. Sad and so useless…

  24. Ring of Fire says:

    Great weekend coming up…two Habs matinee games coming up…Waste Management Open from Phoenix…Hawks v Broncos in #48

    The Thin Blue Line.

  25. habs-fan-84 says:

    Feel good for Parros.
    He’s getting to play a little more and hasn’t had to fight in a while.

    He has to appreciate the coach sending him out there for the final PP (even if only to prevent any garbage time non-sense).

  26. Texus says:

    I’m actually liking the Bourque-Eller-Moen line, gives us a bit of size, only line with all 6foot+ players. Sub out Moen for Chucky when he comes back too

  27. aemarchand11 says:

    lol, discussing Murray with Andrew Berkshire is more or less impossible. So I’ve asked him for his advanced stats on murray vs the bigger, slower teams of the NHL.

    • twilighthours says:

      Replace “Murray” with any other word you like

    • ooder says:

      You have no idea. I tweeted back and forth with him and it basically went: I look at corsi and Fenwick numbers so I am right. Then proceeded to tell me that talking tk me was a waste of his time. Really glad he is off this site. Very stuck up person

      • FormalWare says:

        Berkshire seems destined to be the Alan Turing of his time. Brilliant, awkward, persecuted, misunderstood.

        Fine with me! 😀

        WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

      • aemarchand11 says:

        I know some of his old fellow students up in Fort Mac. Appearently he used to have a very short temper and would.. express himself with a lot of anger. He’s best served behind a computer where he can fight battles without being seen.

        I have no issue with advanced stats, but the issue is simple: theyre not the whole picture. Players like Murray and Parros have a job and reason to be here. Theyre exposed often when not matched up properly, but when they are used in the right situations they excel.

  28. boing007 says:

    I wonder how many donuts Clod will consume tonight?

    Richard R

  29. jrshabs1 says:

    A game like tonight’s tell us why Murray plays and Diaz sits.
    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

  30. FlyAngler says:


    * Gallagher
    ** Emelin
    *** Budaj
    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  31. boing007 says:

    Murray’s great at freezing the puck until the refs have no choice but to blow the whistle.

    Richard R

  32. JUST ME says:

    I liked the way the Habs won the battles on the board. It makes all the difference and as the game goes on the other team gets more and more nervous with the puck knowing that you are sharp and hungry.

  33. sweetmad says:

    That looked so easy,wish it looked like that all the time,but I think our little bump just dissapeared,I put enough proactive on it,should be healed by now,though the Gooins didn’t look ready to play,perhaps they thought it would be an easy win,bad mistake.

  34. sheds88 says:

    i can see murray being very valuble in the playoffs ……if we get there.

  35. FlyAngler says:

    It is just so sweet watching and listening to all of the commiseration on NESN….

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  36. Danno says:

    Lots of Ha ha ha on L’AntiChambre tonight


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  37. shiram says:

    Did anyone else not notice that Subban played under 20 minutes?

  38. CJ says:

    This team seems to go in step with Emelin. When he is on, the team is on. When he’s off, the team is off. Don’t ask me to explain it further, and maybe my comment has no merit, but it’s something I’ve picked up on.

  39. GrosBill says:

    I know people will hate on this, but, Murray was solid for them tonight. He out muscled the Bs best many times tonight.

    Going to bed now so I don’t have to read any fall out. Good game on the road in Bos, where the Bruins haven’t lost many. Enjoy folks!

    • Stimpy007 says:

      Murray is a beast and he has a spot on this team for sure! I dont care what anyone says.

      When we are losing he stands out the most as a bad player. Easy to pick on him.

      He does has a purpose and comes in handy against the large teams forchecking. Did you see him put Chara to the ice in the corner! Loved it!

  40. Habfun says:

    Thank you Mr. Boone!

    It\’s all about the CH

  41. JUST ME says:

    Budaj ,Emelin and Gallagher in Boston ! Really the 3 best guys on the ice. Good call by MT for choosing Budaj admit it !
    For weeks i have read not as so good as you think team but tonight i say not as bad as you think !

  42. CJ says:

    Mike McCarron with 2 assists tonight. Five points now in his last three games.

  43. shiram says:

    And people were just so afraid of the Bruins.

    Love that we always seem to get to Rask, and Julien pulling him must have angered him too.
    And Budaj, our secret weapon against the Bruins?

  44. mcmoo007 says:

    Murray, Desharnais & Gallagher

  45. Mavid says:

    who were the 3 stars..they never show it on TSN

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  46. GL says:

    Now that’s more like the Montreal Canadiens all around effort and a good one at that. All four lines Beautiful!!! Keep it this way MT.

  47. mcmoo007 says:

    but still…. GO HABS GO

  48. Habfun says:

    Excellent game especially on the road. Budaj was great and Gallagher always brings it, he seems to be a keeper for years to come!
    Great team game!
    Going to bed happy tonight. My wife is at the Sens game so I know she will come home happy too (wink wink)!!

    It\’s all about the CH

  49. punkster says:

    Anybody want to print a retraction?


  50. mcmoo007 says:

    Pleasantly surprised…. But I’ll wait a couple of games before really getting excited, (remember the Chicago game ? )

  51. AH says:

    Ayah! Nothing better than flushing scum down the toilet! Well done boys.

    Has anyone else noticed that Timex always “brings it” against the Bruins. What a player!!!

  52. Peter Young says:

    Three stars please?

  53. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    January was 6-6-1? Not bad, considering how stinky the Habs were for long stretches. Go Habs.

  54. habs-hampton says:

    Habs should threaten to trade Bourque twice a week!

  55. rljmartin says:

    Murray is a beast…. really starting to find his stride!

  56. DipsyDoodler says:

    Never in doubt.

  57. Mavid says:

    lovely..just lovely

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  58. Bash says:

    And Bourque looking like he cared!
    And Murray looking like a brick shoot house!
    And.and and and and and and …

    Plan the parade!!!!!
    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  59. Peter Young says:

    Poor Bourque is star-crossed. The post again and again and again–I don’t know how many times–this season. But give him credit for effort the last two games.

  60. habs-fan-84 says:

    MT 2.0 record:

  61. Alvin says:

    Anybody else find that game totally weird? The Bruins didn’t even show up. It was bizarre. They don’t ” fix” hockey games do they?

  62. Marc10 says:

    Nighty night!
    Ole! Ole! Ole!

  63. SlovakHab says:

    I’ve been on #FireTherrien bandwagon for weeks now.

    If he has the team play with style and intensity like today, I don’t mind him at all.

    Liked him last year, hated the way he has team playing since November. If he revert to last season’s style of play, there is still a chance to salvage the season.

  64. habsfaninboston says:

    Great win. Hopefully we’re back on track.

  65. piter says:

    “Parros and Prust on the PP” odd to hear/read

  66. RH says:

    Nice complete team effort. No lazy play by anyone.

  67. JohnBellyful says:

    I just hope Matty doesn’t show up again with more negative comments after a Montreal win. That guy can sure take the shine off a victory.

  68. slapshot777 says:

    I see the Bruin fan with his hand stuck out for the Habs to slap it. How Ironic a few minutes before he was probably giving the Habs the finger and using a lot of creative words, lol

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