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. PeriodPain says:

    Good to see Chara making mistakes

  2. jols101 says:

    Not a DD fan, but he should have had a helper or a goal that last shift. He worked hard for it.

  3. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Who’s faster, Crank or Marky?

  4. Rudy says:

    Boston announcer just said middle of second period what an idiot

  5. DipsyDoodler says:

    Good guys starting well!

  6. slapshot777 says:

    Skating is the biggest part of our game. The Habs skate and there are not a lot of teams that will say we are easy to play against

  7. CJ says:

    Good start boys. Let’s keep working.

  8. The Teacher says:

    Reason we scored is cuz there was someone in front of the net.

  9. Prairienewf says:

    There’s something to having a legit big guy that can actually screen a goalie.

  10. The Teacher says:

    Parros already on more tonight than the entire year.

  11. topher5468 says:

    Reason we scored that goal, we won every faceoff in the Bruin end, thats so damn important,

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  12. Plekasuares says:

    Subban gets booed everywhere lets not overplay this…

  13. NLhabsfan says:

    Loving the hustle in the HABS tonight.

  14. Habilis says:

    Amazing start. Can we keep it up for 60?
    Holy Beer I hope so. We need this.

  15. Miltie01 says:

    Last baseball team maybe……first to have a black man in hockey though

  16. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Parros makes a better door than a window, as my mum would say. Go Habs!

  17. Plekasuares says:

    How was that on rask?

  18. J.J. of Turku says:


    Pils are working! Boys are scoring!

    Twitter: @jjturku

  19. Dulljerk says:

    Without the screen by Parros, that don’t go in. Take that Boone.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  20. topher5468 says:


    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  21. RockinRey says:

    @ Boone….P.K. being booed … in the city where the baseball team was the LAST to integrate.

    And still majorly racist city!!!

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  22. Plekasuares says:

    George with the screen

  23. habsfaninboston says:


  24. Plekasuares says:


  25. Propwash says:

    YESSSS!!! Emelin!


  26. slapshot777 says:

    Yah!!!!!!Atta Boy Emelin

  27. habsfaninboston says:


  28. CJ says:

    Yes! Let’s go boys!

  29. jols101 says:

    Maybe Bourque actually likes it in MTL. He has some jump in his step since the trade rumor.

  30. Maksimir says:

    Brian F. Gionta?

  31. JohnBellyful says:

    I’m going to rein in my hope of a win tonight in order to enjoy the game more at its conclusion.
    If everyone were to do the same, there would be nary a negative post tonight.
    If the Canadiens lose by four goals I can live with that
    — three goals: consider it a moral victory
    — two goals: almost a tie, really [nods several times]
    — one goal: Wow! The smurfs played big, even the big played big
    — WHAT?? WE WON!!! WE ACTUALLY WON! Take that, you misbegotten, malformed mounds of Massachusetts mediocrity.

  32. Habilis says:

    Buck The Fruins.

  33. John Q Public says:

    We suck !

    Superstitious, yes.

  34. Loop_Garoo says:

    That may have been the most horrific national anthem I’ve ever heard. A truly terrible experience.


  35. The Teacher says:

    One thing about RDS I intensely dislike. Not showing anthems. So annoying.

  36. frontenac1 says:

    Hola Amigos! This is what it’s all about. Bruins /Habs.We got the Muscle dressed and I’m already Hammered. Vas-y Les Boys! Kick the shit out of these buggers! Saludos!

  37. Plekasuares says:

    Someone destroy chara! That’d be nice

  38. topher5468 says:

    Good evening Boys, just wondering, didn’t Budaj steal a game in Boston last year. Lets hope he plays well along with the team.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  39. Habilis says:

    Varlamov just signed a 5 year deal with a 5.9M AAV.
    That’s Price territory. I don’t watch enough Western hockey to know, but is he worth that?

  40. Habitant in Surrey says:


  41. jols101 says:

    Habs are penny pinchers these days with the call ups.

  42. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    So pumped,love these games.
    Always has that old western movie feel.
    The evil Lee Van Cleef in black vs. the righteous Clint Eastwood in white.

  43. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Couple of points from Sarah Connors’ preview (SBNation Bruins’ site):

    “Briere centering Parros and Moen is going to be the funniest thing in the world to watch.

    “Can the Bruins hit quota for a fourth game in a row? Probably not, but against the Canadiens, you never know – anything can happen.”

  44. bwoar says:

    Classy post of the day:

    Let’s not get all caught up in this one. Things might escalate badly. Wouldn’t want to choke at the end.

    OK I’m outta here !


  45. FormalWare says:

    Boone oxymoron: “…which Glen Sather finds excessive….”

    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  46. jctremblay says:

    Link to game?

  47. Subban in Sochi says:

    Boone: Funny that you’re stumped about Price “resting” tonight and then a couple entries later address the Fatigue Angle with Tuukka Rask.

    One possible explanation for Price’s very weak Playoff performances is over-riding him in the regular season. Price looks like 55 regular season games is his top end…if he is to play at his HIGHEST level. Throw in his likely Olympic work as a starter and the big guy is primed for a Playoff performance nosedive. Budaj’s capabilities, which are fairly well documented, have been WAY underutilized. Foolish.

    Add that “Buds” does well in Boston and this was an “easy” call for the Habs’ coaching staff…whether they (actually) select goalies 1 month in advance…or not.

    In conclusion, how would any goaler like being behind the rapidly aging, somewhat immobile Canadiens’ d-men…?

    “Cannonading drive!!”

  48. DipsyDoodler says:

    One thing to get off my chest.

    People sometimes talk about the one Bruin they like and admire.

    You know like Ray Bourque back in the day.

    Or Patrice Bergeron now.

    Maybe they said it about Jean Ratelle too.


    There’s no likable Bruin.

  49. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Would be happy with both Seidenberg and Callahan as Habs.

  50. RockinRey says:

    Who has bid in from the farm? Thomas is standing by and did not make the trip out West?!!

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  51. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Is Diaz going to be told to stay in Switzerland after the olympics? Seems like his time is done with Nathan up,Franky the golden boy waiting in the press box and Drewiskie healing.

  52. DipsyDoodler says:

    “LeBrun says Boston is handcuffed by the cap.”

    Ahh… isn’t that just too bad?

  53. jols101 says:


    Beauieu was told to get an apartment? He is staying? When was this announced. I’m happy for him and the team cause he makes us better.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      That’s the good news.

      The bad news is he has to play with a boat anchor strapped to him for the rest of the season.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Now, if only Therrien would let him play on his natural left side!
      I think Therrien comes form the Bizarro world! Everything backwards!!

      Just because doing the opposite of what he should do worked for George Kastanza, doesn’t mean that it will work for Therrien


    • Dunboyne Mike says:


      And the experience makes him better (albeit Dipsy’s anchor duly noted).

      Get the kinks out, be a better person, learn Crescent St control etc before October 2014.

      And yup, he’ll contribute.

    • Harditya says:

      Nothing has been confirmed as of yet jols101, I am sorry I don’t have a credible source. It’s being reported by a lot of non-credible sources from twitter and facebook, so yes it might be untrue. I found it believable though cause it’s a very logical move.
      “It looks like Defensemen Nathan Beaulieu has been told by Marc Bergevin that he will be staying with the Montreal Canadiens the rest of the 2014 season. The big 6’3 left shot from Strathroy Ontario has made a big impact on the Habs blue line this year and has really impressed the brass.”

  54. Plekasuares says:

    I feel Rivalry more with the leafs to be honest…

  55. bigjames says:

    Kung Hei Fat CHoi all! Happy Chinese new year of the horse! New years day in Hong Kong and we want to celebrate with a Win here!
    Go Habs Go!

  56. scotland says:

    careful boone. you almost criticized therrein there.

  57. stevieray says:

    I’m figuring Parros is gonna go tonite .
    Lets hope if he does it turns out favourable

  58. Psycho29 says:

    Re: That Denver Post article about P.A. Parenteau for P.K. Subban trade.

    There is only one reader’s comment that sums it up:
    “P-A Parenteau for PK Subban? Let’s embrace the crazy.”

  59. Dunboyne Mike says:

    @MikeB re. ALN

    An utter peach: Eller looked “about as comfortable as Stephen Harper in a mosque”.

    Going on 48 hours, still laughing.

    (Imagining a future D’Arcy Jenish chronicling the Habs in their 200th season; a footnote on p. 148 which contains the above and a few words of explanation: “Stephen Harper was Canada’s redneck Conservative party Prime Minister in the early 20th century.” etc)

  60. Cal says:

    In the end, this just may be the greatest rivalry in sport.
    Do I hear a Go Habs Go?

  61. scotland says:

    lol. get this. Price is not starting tonight. therrien wants to “keep carey menatlly sharp and he has played a lot of hockey lately”
    he also added price has played 4 games in six nights…….neglecting to mention that against pens and caps he only played half a game.

    so after the shut out….he sits. lol

    bruins in their last 3 games have scored 6 , 6 , and 6 for 18 goals.

    • scotland says:

      he just cannot leave a line up together for two games……even after a shut out win that ended a slump.

      somebody get this coach outta the way.

      “ya cant fix stupid”

  62. Harditya says:

    I absolutely love the fact that Beaulieu will stay with the Habs for the remainder of the season (who doesn’t?). He could use this experience and hopefully he’s seen the last of Hamilton. The Habs could definitely use his legs, mobility and vision on the back end.

  63. DipsyDoodler says:

    Imagine this as a gift:

    * a free trip to Montreal,
    * best seat in the house at a Habs game
    * access to the locker room with the players before and after the game, and in between periods.
    * talk to the coaches about strategy etc …
    * a couple thousand dollars spending money
    * and an official Habs home jersey with your name on it.

    Essentially that’s what the Habs gave Nattinen, Leblanc, Thomas. And some say mgmt doesn’t care about the prospects.

  64. jimmy shaker says:

    I fart in your general direction!

    Shaker out!

  65. Propwash says:

    Imagine if this happened during an NHL goal celebration…


  66. bwoar says:

    Maybe we can get an injury to Chara to cast an even BIGGER pall over the game.


  67. Habilis says:

    They just called up Thomas for the weekend games.

    I hope he gets some real ice time. Don’t see the point of calling these kids up and playing them for 3 minutes.

  68. GrosBill says:

    Boston is the Habs rival. No other team comes close IMO.

    Best rivalry in hockey.

    Go Habs!

  69. Hobie Hansen says:

    Going back to the last page….

    Is this guy from Denver on Crack, LSD and Heroin all at once?

    If the Habs were going to trade Subban to the Avalanche for Parenteau and picks it would have to be Denver’s 1st round picks for the next 10 years!

    I heard another Denver reporter on TSN 690 and Marinaro was trying to coax him into believing some of Montreal’s slumping or poor players were stars and there should be a trade. The Denver reporter believed every word or it…

  70. SlovakHab says:

    Good pre-game read.
    (It was linked in the previous thread which I missed, so not sure if u guys already talked about it)

    • The other sportsnet article was even more alarming. Granted, I don’t know much about stats but there seems to be a pattern among Therrien-coached teams. A troubling pattern. =/

      Defense wins championships

    • Phil C says:

      That is a much better statistical analysis than straight corsi/fenwick because it attempts to differentiate between the quality of shots.

    • munch17 says:

      Interseting read. I have always found there is too much emphasis on some goalie stats which don’t reflect the defense and quality of shots.
      Patrick Roy had GAA in Granby of 4.44 , 5.55 , 6.26.
      In 1993 he had save % .894 and GAA 3.2
      I don’t think these stats reflect Price’s performance – you just have to watch the games!!

  71. Dunboyne Mike says:

    …oh great…
    Who let you guys in?

    • Da Hema says:

      I keep coming to this site hoping that Bergevin will trade Desharnais, Bourque, and Bouillon to Pittsburgh for Sidney Crosby.

      C’mon Bergevin! Get it done!! Easy as pie!!!

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Goes like this:

        “Look into my eyes. You are feeling sleepy, so sleepy. When I click my fingers, you will believe your Fairy Godmother has foretold the future to you and revealed that Rene Bourque is about to score 80 goals per season for the next five years, and that Sidney Crosby is actually Scott Gomez.”

  72. Da Hema says:

    Sloppy second….


  73. 25Stanleycups says:


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