Liveblog: Game 61 – Desharnais wins insane game in Shootout



P.K. Subban was benched for Overtime.

So was Daniel Brière, who scored twice in the game's first 60 minutes.

Peter Budaj, who was brutal on Pittsburgh's first two goals, stopped James Neal, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkimn in the Shootout.

And David Desharnais beat Marc-André Fleury to secure an unlikely W over the Eastern Conference leaders.

Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring, but the Canadiens fell behind 2-1 on firsty-period goals by Neal and Deryk Engelland.

Brière's first of the game tied it at 2.

Then things got crazy.

Olli Maatta made it 3-2.

Max Pacioretty's 27th tied it.

Brandon Sutter's third-period goal gave Pittsburgh the lead.

Alexei Emelin made it 4-4.

Crosby's power-play goal made it 5-4 before Tanner Glass's major penalty gave the Canadiens a five-minute power play and Brière's second of the game sent it to OT.


Curious benching

P.K. played not one second of the five-minute OT.

Nor did Alex Galchenyuk.

Nor Daniel Brière, who had two goals tonight.

On to the Shootout.

Neal: Save!

Eller: Save

Crosby: Save


Malkin: SAVE!!




A barnburner

Brandon Sutter took advantage of a P.K. turover to score shorthanded for Pittsburgh.

Alexei Emelin tied it.

Sidney Crosby took a puck off Douglas Murray's stick and beat Peter Budaj to make it 5-4.

But early in a five-minute power play – after a questionable call on Tanner Glass – Daniel Brière's second of the game made it 5-5.

The comeback kids

Daniel Brière's 10th of the season erased a 2-1 Pittsburgh lead. George Parros's assist was his first point as a Canadien.

With Lars Eller in the penalty box, 19-year-old rookie Olli Maatta's seventh restored the home team's lead.

Less than a minute later, with the Canadiens on the power play, Max Pacioretty's 27th completed a spectacular series of passes by P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov and David Desharnais.

The assist was the 100th of DD's career.

Pittsburgh outshot the Canadiens 12-7.

Budaj shaky

Peter Budaj, playing both halves of a back-to-back for the first time since April, 2012, was weak on the James Neal goal that tied the game after Brendan Gallagher's 15th of the season opened the scoring.

With P.K. Subban caught in the Pittsburgh zone and Rene Bourque playing defence, Deryk Engelland gave the home team a 2-1 lead.

Both goals scored short side.

P.K. Subban and Josh Gorges on for both ... as they were for the winner Wednesday night.

Pittsburgh outshot the Canadiens 11-9 and will begin the second period on a power play.

Hit the reset button

Let's try this again.

The Canadiens were lucky to salvage a point against Detroit Wednesday night.

In their first game back from the Olympic break, the Canadiens played flat, uninspired hockey. There were more than a few boos and catcalls emanating from the 21,273 who paid premium prices to watch an "Optimum" game at the Bell Centre.

The home team gets better treatment at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

And why not?

The Penguins have a star-studded lineup and are the top team in the Eastern Conference.

On their last visit to the Consol, Jan. 22, the Canadiens were pasted 5-1. Carey Price was chased 15 minutes into the second period after Evgeni Malkin scored the home team's fifth goal.

Peter Budaj came on in relief, stopped all 10 shots he faced and skated to centre ice to challenge Penguins' goaltender Marc-André Fleury during a third-period dust-up.

Fearless prediction: Budaj will stay on his end of the ice Thursday night.

Puck drops 7:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

Pre-game reading: The great Charlie Pierce on his favourite hockey team (and ours)



  1. L Elle says:

    Way more effort tonight…so far…x fingers.

    I guess HIO won’t be trading Price, just yet. 😉

  2. RockinRey says:


    Eller 1 assist in last 18 games? Wow

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

  3. Mark C says:

    Montreal desperately needs PK to start playing up to his potential. Don’t think he’s played a great (by his high standards) game since the first game of 2014.

  4. jols says:

    That can’t hurt the Wolverine…

  5. CHicoHab says:

    Yes was Gionta. Pens are quick.

  6. jols says:

    Tinordi taking flack from some but he is skating real smooth for a giant and is much more comfortable with the puck.

  7. topher5468 says:

    Was that Gionta that was careless in the Neutral zone with a blind pass and turned it over,

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

  8. PrimeTime says:

    PK again !! He better start thinking about hockey. That contract is starting to look smaller

  9. Texus says:

    Well, already way more entertaining than last night lol

  10. Marc10 says:

    Hmmm… Budaj needs to imagine the Pens are the Bruins and that he’s playing at the ‘Gah-den’. That was a very average goal. Lots of miscues on the play.

    Still, the Pens have no D. We should be able to compete.

  11. Habilis says:

    Anyone else feel like we’ll need 4 or 5 to win this one?

  12. HabinBurlington says:

    Tinordi is carrying the puck with more confidence than he was at the start of the season with Habs.

  13. MICP says:

    I will just say it now.
    The team will lose it’s next five and everyone will be back calling for the head of MT.
    (Must lose since I will be at the next four)

  14. slapshot777 says:

    If Price is out for for any amount of time we could be in trouble with goaltending like that. That should never have went in.

  15. CJ says:

    Beaten on the minor league side. Great way to cripple a good start.

  16. DipsyDoodler says:

    Ouch. Gionta lazy backpass. PK loses Neal. Budaj loses the puck.

  17. RockinRey says:


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

  18. HabinBurlington says:

    Poopy! Subban lost his edge or his man there.

  19. CHicoHab says:

    Bad slow pass by Gionta. Nuts

  20. monmick says:

    Nice pass by Malkin…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  21. CJ says:

    Very different team when we force the opposition to defend as opposed to playing the entire period in our zone.

    Cautionary note; we can not turn the puck over at the blue line. That led directly to three goals during the last game we player here in January.

    Keep skating boys. Go Habs!

  22. habsfan0 says:

    Laffs 1 Isles 0
    Isles are in deep doo doo

  23. Et le but says:

    Just got in after the game began; what a pace!!!

  24. habsfan0 says:

    Slightly better start than last night.

  25. Marc10 says:

    If Price wasn’t the MVP… The spark plug does it again!

    There is no quit in this kid. #respect

  26. DipsyDoodler says:

    Hang on.

    John Ferguson Jr is the Sahrks’ scout?

    The guy who traded Tuuka Rask to the Bruins?

    Oh please can we make a trade with San Jose?

  27. slapshot777 says:

    Beauty by Gally

  28. RockinRey says:

    Very nice. At least Habs are skating …and in DD’s case skating away from Pit players.

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

  29. Strummer says:

    Galch with no helmet- Big M?
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  30. RockinRey says:

    Love the start ! So far

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

  31. CJ says:

    Much better start! Go Habs!

  32. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Its empty in pittsburgh wow.

  33. Strummer says:

    Parros in against the thuggish Pens?
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  34. 24 Cups says:

    Bourque-Eller-Weise, Moen-Brière-Parros

    Man, that is about as sad as it gets. Bergevin sure missed the boat last summer when he not only didn’t upgrade the team but rather downgraded the squad.

  35. Habcouver says:

    Boods challenging MAF at the opening faceoff would make a statement.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  36. Habilis says:

    Over / Under for how many punches it takes Budaj to knock the wet out of MAF’s hair: 3
    I’ll take the under.

  37. RockinRey says:

    Anyone have a stream link? First row is not up!

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

  38. CHicoHab says:

    Feel good about our road games. No matter who we play. They are more relaxed. Go habs go!!

  39. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Agree with Gagnon for a change. I prefer Nate over Jarrod imo

  40. RockinRey says:

    Kunitz really got raked over the coals here in Toronto. I thought he played pretty good hockey in the Olympics. Didn’t do any worse than a few others….

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

  41. punkster says:

    I will bet that by the middle of the second Bourque will be with Pleks and Gio, Weise swapped with Briere…and the Therrien Lineblenderizing continues.

    Dump DD…
    Play Larry and Chucky 20+ minutes per game…
    Go full Breezer.

  42. punkster says:

    Nice interview with PK…how can you not like this kid?

    Dump DD…
    Play Larry and Chucky 20+ minutes per game…
    Go full Breezer.

  43. jols says:

    All class that PK Subban. What a guy. Makes one wonder what the haters hate about him?

  44. Texus says:

    Anyone else think it’s weird to have Tinordi play with Murray? They’re both kinda slow stay at home physical d-men, wouldn’t it make more sense to pair them each with a mobile, puck-moving defenseman?

  45. RockinRey says:

    Habs better do something at the deadline. There is absolutely no reason to stand pat. Either add something substantial or sell off some of the deadweight.

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

  46. johnnylarue says:

    Prospective trade with the Sharks gives me warm and fuzzies. Some good memories…

  47. Strummer says:

    So Eller gets Weise tonight? Poor S.O.B. more grinders for the big Dane.
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

    • johnnylarue says:

      That fourth line just looks… well, sad. Needs White.

    • Marc10 says:

      Hey, it worked for White.

      At least Weise skates and goes to the corners and that’s perfect for a third line center like Lars.

      I’d certainly want to see the EGG line reunited. That would be an awesome third line if the kids can improve their defensive play.

  48. Texus says:

    Yikes Moen-Briere-Parros that’s pretty ugly lol. Thank goodness Chucky is starting with Gio and Pleks, let’s see what he can do with 15-20 min

  49. jols says:

    Phil Esposito losing his marbles in an interview. What is his position in the Tampa Bay organization?

  50. TheBaz says:

    The comments on here are actually Bipolar. One day, the guys on here are calling out for Babcocks head for leaving out Subban on the bench for the whole Left/Right defensemen issue, the next day MT is getting ripped to shreds for leaving Emelin on the “wrong” side and that he should be like Babcock.

  51. RockinRey says:

    Time for Galchenyuk to move to centre? RDS guys think so.

    @ Boone…they believe he is all world top end talent. Feed him ( (Chucky) more ice time. Its not like Larry and others are pulling their weight.

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

  52. boing007 says:

    The Good Ship Habs is leaking from stern to bow.
    All hands on deck.
    Glug! Glug!
    We all live in a yellow submarine…

    Richard R

    • RockinRey says:

      Do we have any confidence it will be any better with Frankie B and Parros in the lineup???

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

      • D Mex says:

        I for one think all of Cube’s best hockey is behind him.
        And George, well, I hope he stays healthy.

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

        • RockinRey says:

          If they get a 6th rounder for the cube I would be ecstatic.

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

  53. habsfan0 says:

    Trade deadline day is Wednesday I believe.
    So,if Bergevin does nothing,what message does this send to the team and its fans?

  54. Phil C says:

    Just heard Bob Mackenzie on the radio saying that the Buffalo GM has been disappointed so far with the lack of offers for all his rentals. With the cap squeeze everyone is under, I wonder if it won’t be as much of a sellers market as years past.

  55. JUST ME says:

    Just heard on TSN interview of Phil Esposito about Martin St-Louis ,Ryan Callahan and Larry Brooks sports writer. Censored cause there was a lot of beep beep words. Let`s just say he will not go for diner with Brooks…

    • D Mex says:

      I sometimes listen to Phil on XM – not real sure why he is there as it sounds very much as tho he relies quite a bit on notes / prompts in order to make sense – I assume they must be fed to him during broadcasts.

      He’s no stranger to the occasional pi$$ing contest, altho I wonder if he will remember who he mixed it up with in the broadcast you describe. I’ll add an ” lol ” here in case Tony is watching … :-/

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

      • RockinRey says:

        No stranger indeed . He got into a imbroglio with Bob Mackenzie back in the early ’90’s

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

  56. habs001 says:

    Unless there is a total collapse the Habs will make the playoffs..The odds are very good that their playoff opponents will be one of 5 teams..Boston,Pitts,Leafs,Tampa or Detroit…

    • RockinRey says:

      Going out on a limb Habs001 !? good stuff

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

    • jols says:

      Total collapse- the team is coached by a buffoon, littered with undersized forwards, and has a d corps that looks confused and bewildered. A total collapse isn’t required just a 4 or 5 game losing streak and looking at their next 7 opponents it could get ugly.

  57. BJ says:

    Just finished listening to a lengthy interview on with Kris Letang about his stroke. He ended up passing out on the bathroom floor and his girlfriend found him there. He has had tons of tests, they found he also has a whole in his heart. Too bad, only 26 years old. He’s hoping he can come back but its stll not sure when. Maybe next year or the year after? At least he was luckier than Normand Leveille of the Bruins.

  58. thebonscott says:

    last nights game was terrible, still think players have tuned out Therrien, not optimistic about tonight or next week, if i was price, i’d look at returning after the western trip, cause habs goalies are gonna see a lot of rubber.

    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

  59. Maksimir says:

    I just noticed the Pens have lost 4 games at home.. I doubt tonight will be #5

    • jimmy shaker says:

      I’ll settle for another loser point…..but maybe a rusty pens team can get blindsided tonight for that 5th home loss. Briere and chucky stepping up. U heard it here! A goal and an assist a piece and buds lets in 2.

      Shaker out!

  60. boonie says:

    Here’s a question for those following trade deadline rumors and player value. If Andy MacDonald – a good shot blocker with some offensive capabilities on an expiring contract- is arguably worth a first; then what would Gorges fetch?

    Josh is a better shot blocker with less offensive potential and a reasonable contract.

    Would should Markov fetch – a legit offensive D-man on an expiry contract?

    • RockinRey says:

      First rounder and a prospect and maybe another body for Markov

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

    • thebonscott says:

      wold love to see gorges traded for well anything. Tortarella likes shot blockers, maybe they would bite.

      C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

  61. DipsyDoodler says:

    For those asking why Beaulieyu wasn’t recalled as well as Tinordi – this would violate the 23 man roster limit as we already have the 20 players plus Bouillon, Parros and Price. Plus, as soon as Bournival is healthy someone has to be waived, traded or demoted.

  62. smiler2729 says:

    We have too high expectations for this team cuz they kinda are average YET they’re up there in the standings.

    That’s probably cuz they’re well-coached YET we all loathe the coach and some of his dumb personnel decisions.

    I totally have no clue about this team, they continue to amaze and confuse me…

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I wonder why there is so much contempt for Therrien. Is he as good as Babcock? I dare say not. Is he as good as some of the other really good coaches out there. I don’t know.

      I’m not sure his handling of youngsters is optimal, for example.

      But Montreal is a town where a four game losing streak leads to calls for the coach to be fired. And not just “calls” but “loud eyes-bulging near-psychotic Joan of Arc’s enemies style” calls for his head. The main criterion now for the job is clearly the ability to keep the train on the tracks.

      Look at what happened to Carbo and Martin, both good coaches . A few losses and the team skidded out of control and they were gone. Both left the team with winning records.

      Therrien is under immense pressure to win every game. That makes it harder to trust the rookies in OT against a division rivals.

      I think the main thing he’s succeeded at so far is keeping the ship steady. Last night is actually an example, where we were outplayed but still got to OT (and not because Budaj stood on his head).

      • smiler2729 says:

        I’d love to see Carbonneau version 2.0

        Jack Edwards is a clam.
        Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
        The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

      • RockinRey says:

        I dont have comtempt for him I just think he’s an ass H^le. Any coach that thinks its his job to make a player into a better person has got re-examine his ego!

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

      • D Mex says:

        I see merit in these comments – thanks :-/

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

  63. JUST ME says:

    For once i totally agree with mister Boone ! Mark it down somewhere ! Uninspired is the word to describe yesterday`s game ,even the crowd was rather tamed…
    So playing against the Pens should not require much pep talk …Hopefully we will get something (anything ?) to enjoy tonight.
    Go habs go !

  64. stevieray says:

    Hopefully PK has a good game tonite . It appears to me he has been a bit to flamboyant lately …and his play has suffered . Watching last nite I noticed his ” BIG” windup is back on the PP .
    His stock to me has dropped ever since the Therrian benching and I’m wondering how much $$$ and how long of a contract he will be offered ?..

    • Congrats to Team Canada says:

      He could be playing himself intentionally out of the Habs organization. Really what would he really want to stay here for, all the prejudice, and bullshit management. I just hope he doesn’t decide that playing for his home-town would be any better.

    • boing007 says:

      Maybe he was benched so he wouldn’t be able to ask for more money?

      Richard R

    • Mr. Biter says:

      One of the reasons he was not used in the Olympics may have been the return of the “Big” windup. Olympic ice while wider shorted between goal line and blue line and no time for the big wind up. I thought he’d lost it and had the “one timer” down pretty good. If Babcock can bench the best players in Canada, PK should be able shake off a benching from MT. I’ve seen over the years many Habs benched for making mistakes. PK should be no different.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

    • Habfan17 says:

      Funny, they were speaking Bout Karlsson here in Ottawa on the team1200 and they mentioned that his play has deteriorated since he has won the Norris, most notably, his defence. The difference here, is he is not benched when he makes a mistake. Here they get that the good out weighs the bad with players of that skill and ability. I would think they speak to him quietly, but no benchings and no talk about making him a better person!


  65. rljmartin says:

    First post in long time…. Rust last night? Noooooo! They were not prepared to play. No rust with L.A. and Colorado last night. I put that on the coaching staff. If that means MT, then so be it and it sure looked like they missed Beaulieu also.

  66. JF says:

    That’s a great piece by Charles Pierce. It absolutely brought tears to my eyes.

  67. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Ok how many FEARLESS PREDICTIONS are we going to have by saturday from Boone. Over OR under 50…

  68. Habfan17 says:

    Let us all hope we see a more inspired effort from Les Habs!

    I do wonder why Pateryn hasn’t been brought up, especially since Emelin seems all out of sorts playing on the right side. One lefty will still need to play the right side, at least until they either trade for another d-man or Nygren comes over and makes the team. Ditz is hurt and Ellis is not ready, although he has improved a lot this season.


  69. D Mex says:

    Re-post from previous thread :

    @ Bripro

    Thanks, I’m aware of the shot count in the 2nd period – commented on it to my wife when she asked how the game was going. I’ve been around hockey for a while now, and get that 2 SOG in 20 minutes is not the winning way.

    What you choose to ignore, however, is that my Habs scored the tying goal with less than 30 seconds left in the game. That they kept the game close enough to be able to do this suggests that they fought to keep it close, and played 60 minutes.

    They lost by a goal – that’s one goal – in the 65th minute of the game, therefore, your statement below that they were ” handed their butts on a platter “ strikes me as sensationalism. So, congratulations on being sensational.

    That what you were looking for ?

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

    • BriPro says:

      I answered you:

      You nailed it!

      EDIT: I know I’m exaggerating, but as I mentioned earlier, it all depends on which team shows up.

      Last night it wasn’t the good one.

      • D Mex says:

        I’ve played, I’ve coached, I watch and I see what is (and is not) there. Not all of it, of course, but a lot of it.

        This is not the easiest place for useful dialogue about what ails the team, and how to start to fix it. For what it’s worth, I think it could be fun to try over a few cold ones with a few folks from these parts, so maybe one day … All the best !

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

        • BriPro says:

          Then you have to come to the next summit.
          Cooler heads, more rational thinking.
          A few drinks to go around.
          And a lot of laughs.

          As for this site, if you weed out or ignore the irrational (including my post which you answered), many on here are very well grounded.
          They’re the ones I look out for.

          • Habfan10912 says:

            I understand there is some club complete with a secret handshake. I read yesterday that Irish Mike and Lafleurguy might be some kind of grand poo pa’s or something in this secret society.

          • D Mex says:

            Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Habs fan – I lived and worked outside the country for many years and trust me, this is true.

            So a Summit is a logical step for a guy like me, altho it seems there is a lot of ‘ weeding ‘ to do, and I’m not the greatest in the proverbial garden 😉

            Again, all the best !

            ALWAYS Habs –
            D Mex

      • RockinRey says:

        Major major suckitude last night which is consistent with what we have seen all year.

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

  70. Lafleurguy says:

    Almost forgot, Kris Letang, out, recovering from a stroke. Another D., Paul Martin, hand fractured playing for Olympic bronze.

  71. Lafleurguy says:

    Gentlemen and Seven Ladies, greetings.

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