Liveblog: Game 57 – Canadiens douse Flames 2-0

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Price moves up the list

Carey Price made 27 saves for the 23rd shutout of his career.

This ties Price with Jose Theodore for seventh on the Canadiens all-time list.

Rene Bourque's second period goal was the winner.

David Desharnais added an empty netter.

The Canadiens had 27 shots on Reto Berra.

Turning point: four minutes and change into the second period, two Canadiens penalty-killers – Lars Eller and Tomas Plekanec – were in the box.

The Canadiens killed a two-minute 5-on-3.

Finally, a power-play goal

With Reto Berra on the bench and Mike Cammalleri in the penalty box, David Desharnais's ninth of the season sealed a 2-0 win.

Bourque!

Playing against his old team, Rene Bourque pushed a Brandon Prust pass past Reto Berra for the game's first goal.

The Canadiens killed off a full two-minute 5-on-3 with two of their penalty-killers – Tomas Plekanec and Lars Eller – in the box.

Canadiens outshot the Flames 15-14.

Scintillating entertainment

Let's got to the first-period highlight reel:

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But hey, Raphael Diaz scored in Boston.

Those were the days

The last time Calgary visited the Bell Centre, on Oct. 13, 2011, Andrei Kostitsyn opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game.

The unlamented AK46 was the only Canadiens to beat Mikka Kiprusoff that night, as Flames – despite a 36-21 shot deficit – pumped four goals past Carey Price.

Rene Bourque scored twice for the visitors.

Yes, THAT Rene Bourque – the enigmatic winger who has scored one goal on the road this season.

The Flames, who beat the Canadiens 3-2 in Calgary Oct. 9, ride a five-game winning streak into the Bell Centre.

The Canadiens are coming off a pair of weekend losses to Tampa Bay and Winnipeg.

 

1,071 Comments

  1. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Some around here seem spellbound like giggly schoolgirls by Lars Eller’s blond, boyish good looks. Because nothing he does on the ice merits the support he gets.
    Meanwhile, wee Davey gets raked over the coals regularly, even though he is far more skilled and productive, and is minus 1 compared to Eller’s minus 9.
    Face it: Eller is, and always will be, a 3rd liner at best!
    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • Saintpatrick33 says:

      DD is also given sheltered minutes and lots of PP time. He also plays with our teams best wingers. When the EGG line was together it was a thing of beauty but for the sake of one player MT breaks our best line while trying to get DD going. That is why people rake him over the coals.

    • boing007 says:

      DD only works when MaxPac is in the mood to make it work.

      Richard R

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  3. 25Stanleycups says:

    Even Canadiens Express is boring.

    • wd40 says:

      For games like this, they need a condensed version of Canadiens Express. Canadiens Express Express. Just show the goal(s), maybe a hit or two, couple good saves, and the celebration at the end.

  4. Just A Guy says:

    Missed most of the game, but I saw a nice shift near the end of the 2nd involving the newly formed 4th line. Was good to see them cycling the puck, getting mediocre scoring chances. Glad to hear Diaz got a goal too.

    I’m still curious about the habs having so many players on their roster with potentially all 25 of them coming back healthy from the olympic break. The roster freeze is this Friday I do believe.

  5. Timo says:

    Wee Davey and Paciorrety are floating… two lazy bums.

  6. Phil C says:

    Diaz led the Canucks with 25 minutes of ice time, finishes with a goal and plus one. He also led them in both PP and PK ice time. I’d say that’s a pretty good start.

  7. Willy the bum says:

    I think the Habs are playoff worthy, at most a wildcard team. The last few games there’s no grit or heart. Their record are 30-21-6 so far, which doesn’t seem much of it. 9 wins apart from the losses; it’s not enough.
    They have to shoot more on net, no more dump and chase or making elaborate passes. Get on opposing players having the puck and put pressure on them instead of standing around to let the opposition play their way. The Jets game, on one occasion, all 5 Habs are in position of protecting Price and only 1 Jet player (who has the puck) was in the zone while the rest are changing… and no Habs are getting to the Jet player? So messed up.
    Habs are a grinding team? No grind at all, but they have to suck it up because it’s what Therrien wants.

    Anyways, good job on tonight, and onto the ‘Nucks Thursday! I suggest putting the 4th line on first shift… :P

  8. Timo says:

    Wow, nothing like the Habs to remind you what bad hockey looks like. And people pay money to go see this sh!t? Win is a win, sure, but was it ever boring. Bleah.

  9. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Man Diaz scored in his first game for the Canucks. Quite a nice shot. I think it was the first slap shot I’ve ever seen him take.

  10. jrshabs1 says:

    LOL! Mod’s did what they do..good job boys!

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

  11. The Jackal says:

    Like any fan, I’d be pretty excited come the playoffs and puck drop for game 1. But depending on the opponent, things will get very hairy and we may just want to say mercy. Unless, that is, the team adds some scoring or a shutdown D, or uber-optimistically, both.

    I really like DD and his story, and I wish the guy the best. I hope he has a great career in the NHL, but I do believe he is the odd man out at centre. I think we have a better shot at being elite with Eller and Plek at C than with DD and Eller/Plek. I’m not sure if DD will be moved however, and at the same time, that doesn’t really seem to bother me much. DD takes a lot of crap but he’s been good since breaking out of his slump. I wouldn’t mind keeping him provided we got a big guy like Cole – that would be a very good top 6 line if it was able to play consistently like in DD’s breakout season.

    Anyhow, I think we will know soon enough what MB chooses to do with the logjam, but the most important thing is putting Chucky at centre and moving Gally to his wing. That was a bit of a tangent since I started with the playoffs, but it’s in the same vein – if we are playoff bound and serious about being successful (winning some series), then we need to make some moves to add size and scoring.

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  12. jrshabs1 says:

    There’s leaf fans all over this place tonight. I guess they gave up on their game. Would somebody just mod them out..or lets play with them. They’ve been yapping all night. I bet it’s just 1 really sad looking dude who looked forward tonight all day long. Funny part of it is..nobody caught on or engaged them. He/they must be kind of pissed.

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

  13. munch17 says:

    Power play was 100% today. Firing on all cylinders.
    Who knew that the solution was so simple. Take out the other team’s goalie!

  14. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I despise him but Chris Neil looked good tonight. He single-handedly bullied the Blues. “Tough guy” Brendan Morrow wanted nothing to do with him…I guess he only wants to fight PK LOL.

  15. rljmartin says:

    Basically beat 3rd worst team in the NHL 1-0….. How many more shutouts do HABS need to make the playoffs?

  16. Badwich says:

    For 4 or 5 minutes in any game he played. Much of the rest was simply snooze time for a very talented player.

    Taberwitt

  17. DipsyDoodler says:

    Halak on the shootout: 2 goals, 2 crossbars so far.

  18. habs_54321 says:

    Alex Edler, vancouver 39 games 13 points minus 19 rating
    Alex Burrows, Vancouver 26 games no goals 4 assists -10

    Two talented players needing a change of scenery.

  19. B says:

    No Hab in single digit minutes tonight, Bournival the lowest with 11:53. Good balance tonight.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  20. Habcouver says:

    What if Diaz becomes Lumme 2.0 for the ‘Nucks?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  21. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I remember when people complained when MT said the Habs were a grinding team as if the Habs are some sort of offensive juggernaut. They’re clearly not. This team is no different than the teams in the past that won with great goaltending and timely PP goals. Like MT says: “Get used to it”…these are the type of wins they are going to have to do in order to go anywhere. They have only two players who legitimately could have 1pt/game numbers: PK and Chucky. One potential 40 goal scorer who can only score, not pass. The offensive talent is simply not there. I hope MB makes a deal for a young strong defensive RH D-man to pair up with Gorges as a shut-down pair. If you’re only going to score 1-2 goals a game then you better give-up only 0-1 a game.

    • BCG says:

      I agree they aren’t an offensive juggernaut – but to think that PK and Chucky (at this stage) are the pts/game players? Plex and Max have that maturity and ability – but not in this system. And in this system – neither do PK or Chucky.

    • punkster says:

      Or change the system, drop the dumbass “chips and cheese” and utilize the real talents this team has when allowed to carry the puck into the O zone.

      They’ve got one of the best tenders in the league and a pretty fair D…let the boys play hockey FFS.

      Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
      but…
      ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

      • The Jackal says:

        I wish they could.
        But who else other than PK can actually gain the zone and set things up?
        Sometimes I think that the reason PK has to hot dog it so much once he gains the zone is because no one is there or no one is able to consistently support him and keep the play alive.

        So we gain the zone and then what? When is the last time this team has set up a forecheck? Dump and chase is boring but we can’t do much else.
        If anything, the best thing is to try a system that uses our speed to create many rushes, but then again…. when’s the last time we scored on a 2 on 1?

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        • punkster says:

          Sorry, we can’t do much else?…except when we do… Hawks, Br00nz, those weren’t dump and chase affairs, they were controlled zone entries, passing plays, with hard chases when required…MT has them playing this completely lame*ss system that forces a bunch of small, fast players to try playing bang ‘em hockey in the corners and perimeter hockey on the PP.

          They can’t do those things and win consistently as clearly evidenced since December.

          Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
          but…
          ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

          • The Jackal says:

            You make a good point, but then what is the difference between those games and other games?
            It’s not like MT told the team to play radically different systems.
            I think it’s a matter of consistency and I don’t think this roster can consistently play like it did in those games.

            I do agree that perhaps a focus on using our speed would be better, but I haven’t seen the team show an ability to consistently do so. Maybe that is because of MT, but I think it’s too easy to say go back to the previous system, there’s got to be a reason we are not doing it if it is so obvious – there must be some limitations that we are overlooking.

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        • kalevine says:

          as a “grinding team”, we don’t do 2 on 1’s in practice. It shows when they get one in a game. Usually ends up a squandered opportunity

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        “real talents”? Who…our 1st line center DD? BTW teams aren’t stupid. They are not letting them carry the puck in. If you see DD, Briere, Gionta, etc. carrying the puck, do you let them carry it in or force them to dump? C’mon…

        • punkster says:

          Go watch the Chicago and Boston games…what worked, what didnt?

          Edit…seriously, you expect this small team to compete in the corners, chasing down the centre ice dump ins, with the bigger teams in the league? Play to your strength, and their strength is not physical play, it’s speed.

          Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
          but…
          ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

    • kalevine says:

      self fulfilling prophecy

  22. B says:

    Descheneau and Reinhart have 5 points each, but none for Bozon so far. 5-2 Kootenay over Saskatoon after 2.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  23. slapshot777 says:

    Ryan White made a big difference tonight on that fourth line. I didn’t think he would have been that much of an impact being his first game back from injury. Weise also looked pretty good, I didn’t know what expect really but he did pretty good considering flying in on a Monday and playing on a Tuesday night.

  24. DipsyDoodler says:

    I’m as PC as they come but I don’t think Boone meant anything bad with his ‘Euros’ comment.

    Plus he’s blogging in real time, and trying to be entertaining.

    While sober! (I know. I don’t get that either.).

    The Kovy comment though is harder to defend. Kovy was awesome.

  25. BCG says:

    Some perspective on Cammy:

    from 09/10 to 11/12 = 54 goals. Great 1st year in the playoffs with 13 goals.

    AK46:

    from 09/10 to 11/12 = 47 goals. 5 goals in that playoffs.

    After that 09/10, $5M Cammy and $3.5M Andrei both were overpaid. And both were a bit self-centered. Glad both are gone.

    Now if Bourque can win me more chicken!……

  26. GL says:

    I said they had a chance of .2 of beating Calgary earlier on in the Day it worked out pretty close. If Calgary had Price they would have won easily. Combo of Defense and Goaltending is Calgarys downfall and Honestly their offence is about the same as the Habs and they’re in a tougher Conference.
    Glad the Habs won but they are scary.

  27. boing007 says:

    The 4th line should have been given the most minutes tonight.

    Richard R

  28. Habcouver says:

    Has there been a HIO poll on whether Ryan White should go crew cut or go back to wild man do?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  29. kalevine says:

    that backlund guy looked real good for CGY


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