Liveblog: Game 59 – Canadiens enter Olympic break on a winning streak


Third in a row

The Canadiens enter the Olympic break on a high after beating Carolina 4-1 to complete a three-W week.

David Desharnais led the way with two goals, Ryan White got his second in as many games and Brian Gionta's empty-netter completed the scoring.

Carey Price made 31 saves.

Max Pacioretty was injured during the first period when he crashed into the Carolina net. He did not return to the game, but said after the game he will go to Sochi.

Nailing it down

David Desharnais made it 3-1 with his 11th goal of the season, six minutes into the third period.

With Anton Khudobin on the bench, Brian Gionta circled the Carolina net and tucked in his 11th.


Late explosion

For most of the second period, the Canadiens looked like a dozy team.

A turnover by Carey Price turned into the first goal of the game, by Drayson Bowman.

Then with a shade over two minutes left, David Desharnais converted a pass from Rene Bourque to tie it up.

And Ryan White, who'd been sent out for a D-zone faceoff (which he lost) put the Canadiens ahead when an Andrei Markov shot bounced off his back and onto his stick.

Drayson Bowman scored the home team's only goal.

Carolina outshot the Canadiens 14-8.

Max Pacioretty's injury is "lower body".

Pacioretty hurt

Max Pacioretty collided with the Carolina goalpost and left the game with an injury that may be his arm, shoulder, leg or ribs.

Whatever, the Canadiens leading goal scorer looked to be in distress.

Canadiens outshot the home team 10-7, but Carolina came closest to scoring when Andrej Sekera hit the post behind Carey Price on a power play.

Last one for a while

The Canadiens pay a supper-hour visit to Carolina, and then they're idle until Feb. 26.

In a New Year's Eve game at PNC Arena, the Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead, watched the Hurricanes score four unanswered and then got a third-period equalizer before Alexander Semin beat Carey Price 3:27 into Overtime.

Carolina outshot the Canadiens 42-25 in that game.

With the Olympic break looming, the Canadiens sit third in the Atlantic Division.

Carolina is three points out of a wild-card playoff spot.

Puck drops at a weird 6:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

Andrei Markov wants to stay in Montreal




  1. CHicoHab says:


  2. Storman says:

    DD tlittle piss pot has really turned his game around from the horrendous early season start

  3. Habcouver says:

    Has Bourque been playing better since the trade talks?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  4. Et le but says:

    Carey quietly having another outstanding game…
    Need to finish the 2nd tied

  5. Mavid says:

    Timo’s buddy..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  6. Peter Young says:

    The useless Desharnais strikes again!

  7. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    The most impressive part of that goal was Gally not blocking DD’s shot!!

  8. Mark C says:

    Oh no. DD might be a star again.

  9. Habcouver says:

    Hurry! Back on the bandwagon all.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  10. piter says:

    hip, I think

  11. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    I just love it when DD makes the haters around here eat crow.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  12. Mondou6 says:

    “Lower body”…?

    I don’t get it…He only hit his upper ribs/shoulder. What could possibly be injured with a knee or hip?

  13. slapshot777 says:

    Beautiful play by DD and pass by Bourque.

  14. UKRAINIANhab says:


  15. Storman says:

    Gallagher drives the Net and Bourque with a beauty pass to DD

  16. db says:

    Our forwards are not creative and have low hockey IQ.. they’re so easy to defend against. Bourque actually looks decent tonight..

  17. J.J. of Turku says:

    Lower body for Max injury according to Stubbs.

    Twitter: @jjturku

  18. CHicoHab says:

    Gazoo pots one

  19. Harditya says:

    YESSS!!! DD! BOURQUE! FINALLY! Great play by Desharnais

  20. FanSince1969 says:

    Max Pacioretty. Lower body injury confirmed by Habs

  21. Et le but says:


  22. CHicoHab says:

    There we go

  23. Dave Jones says:

    Hah, it’s the Habs that suck. We would be thrilled with the waves of pressure and puck possession if it were our team getting it done. Really notice Pac’s absence. Bourque seems to have perked up with DD #silverlinings

  24. Harditya says:

    Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC 36s
    Pacioretty will not return tonight; lower body injury

  25. hab1024 says:

    Habs are already on Olympic break

  26. Storman says:

    One of those games we are going to try and win by playing the last 10 minutes of the game

  27. CHicoHab says:

    Noticed our forwards coming back a lot lately.

  28. Storman says:

    On another sucky note, Hamilton getting spanked in Binghamton

  29. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    A reason to beat the Canes tonight? Their goalie’s last team: the Bruins. Grow Habs Grow!

  30. rljmartin says:

    How about Bourque-White-Gally?

  31. Sportfan says:

    God I hope they win cause two weeks of this place being angry could put many of us in a home lol

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  32. 25Stanleycups says:

    On a positive note the BUDS are losing.

  33. CHicoHab says:

    2 pp’s 1 shot Canes.

  34. kalevine says:

    nice play by boo boo

  35. The Teacher says:

    Does max have a broken leg?

  36. Storman says:

    Would be nice if we could create an offensive opportunity

  37. CHicoHab says:

    Good kill.

  38. UKRAINIANhab says:


  39. CHicoHab says:

    We get shafted every night. I thought we should have had 3 penalty shots the other night!!

  40. topher5468 says:

    Hey, look, a Carolina player is in front of the goalie on a PP, is that allowed

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

  41. kalevine says:

    this team is so uninspiring
    and so are the habs 🙁

  42. Et le but says:

    VERY important kill

  43. GL says:

    If Max can’t return it won’t be good for the HABS

  44. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Soft soft soft call

  45. piter says:

    Seems to me we’re getting shafted tonight.

  46. Dave Jones says:

    I think Carolina’s dominance here is screwing with the refs vision. They can’t seem to imagine that Montreal could get deserve a power play when they can’t seem to touch the puck. But that’s what should have happened. A couple of missed calls on the Canes, then of course one on the Habs (though a fair one). Habs stink and the refs seem to agree.

  47. Sportfan says:

    WOW DD useless

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  48. J.J. of Turku says:

    How about giving Eller decent wingers? He was good with Gally. I’d like to see 81-53-11 in the same line.

    Twitter: @jjturku

  49. Mark C says:

    Someone has a lot of money on Carolina tonight.

  50. Mondou6 says:

    This is the second game this year where there have been some referee “irregularities” against us in Carolina.

  51. CHicoHab says:

    Wtf. We get penalized the other way

  52. Rocket Riot says:

    Talk about an embarassing team! Bust it up and move on to something better. Hear me MB???

  53. Harditya says:

    What a mess. This team can’t score at all, thank god Canucks were missing half of their defense last night.

  54. 25Stanleycups says:

    Dont worry Habs will show up for the last 10 minutes of the third period.

  55. UKRAINIANhab says:


  56. topher5468 says:

    Khudobin played the puck twice outside the trapezoid, no call,

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

  57. slapshot777 says:

    By the way the puck is bouncing tonight you would think this is an outdoor game.

  58. CHicoHab says:

    How wasn’t that a penalty on Canes??

  59. Et le but says:


  60. UKRAINIANhab says:

    We will win this game!

  61. Sportfan says:

    Carolina has a very good record after they score the first goal :s

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  62. zip by says:

    memo to Molson: channel flipping now – antiques roadshow looking good

  63. J.J. of Turku says:

    Ah. Damnation. Khudobin should have given that…

    Twitter: @jjturku

  64. Eddie says:

    Players should be paid for 81 games

  65. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Briere, Arghh

  66. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Games far from over!

  67. FlyingFrenchie says:

    Bring back the goat and stop treating the fans like sheep.

  68. jols101 says:

    Are the Leafs beating the Nucks?

  69. slapshot777 says:

    Sloppy, sloppy game Hurricanes get a lucky goal. As usual Habs standing around trying to play goal and not one of the stop the puck but provide an excellent screen for the shooter.

  70. Harditya says:

    This game is a mess, players have been running around since the beginning of the game. Olympic break hasn’t started just yet guys! Cmon, re-group!

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