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. Rob Maguire says:

    Murray has surpassed PK on the MT depth chart.

  2. UKRAINIANhab says:

    No pk. Cant disagree

  3. Habsbill24 says:

    MT has Eller out in OT. He hasn’t scored since Eisenhower was president.

  4. RockinRey says:

    And no P.K.! But of course dim whit behind the bench trying to send a message

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

  5. DipsyDoodler says:

    Let’s see.

    We played the best team in the East in their rink with our backup, and our backup had a bad game.

    And we got a point.

    And it’s non-stop whining calling Therrien a moron etc …

  6. Rob Maguire says:

    This OT is stinky.

  7. CHicoHab says:

    A point on the road against Pitt is like the Silver. Let’s go for the Goald!!

  8. Et le but says:

    Isles win it 5-4 in OT

  9. RockinRey says:

    Murray the rushing defenseman

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

  10. Storman says:

    My favorite player to watch tonight by far has been Jaroslav Spacek

  11. Habcouver says:

    Prediction: Briere with OT winner.

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

  12. RockinRey says:

    wild one on the Isle too

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

  13. Timo says:

    Douglas Murray with an end to end rush wins it.

  14. Mr. Biter says:

    Prediction, Danny B with the winner for the hat

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  15. scarboro_habitant says:

    therrien – “ok boys, shootout”

  16. Danno says:

    Not one for the all-time Habs Classic DVD Box Set, but we’ll take any points we can escape with against these guys.


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  17. jols says:

    Wonder if the buffoon will play Galchenyuk in the OT tonight or will he gun for the shoot out again?

  18. Et le but says:

    Happy with the point…disappointed they took their foot off the gas after they tied it

  19. RockinRey says:

    NHL an 3 pointers

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

  20. Slackman says:

    Good game for Danny B. 2 goals and an assist unless im forgetting an assist.

    “When the going get’s weird, the weird turn pro”

  21. RockinRey says:

    I would have faith in any other coach over MT giving tutelage to Chucky .

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

  22. Texus says:

    Nice Nashville has tied with TB hopefully they can take the win

  23. Habbu says:

    Looks like they are totally satisfied that they tied it up…..

  24. Rob Maguire says:

    Which oaf will be fired first: Therrien or Rob Ford?

  25. danhabsfan says:

    That was a horrible PP after the goal, what are they thinking? We need a new PP coach.

  26. Dulljerk says:

    What’s with Borque? Why is he upset?

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  27. Timo says:

    Why not park Parros in front of MAF?

  28. Rob Maguire says:

    Rene Bourque is pissed that he’s still Rene Bourque.

  29. Habilis says:

    Gorges on a PP with less than 4 minutes in a tie game… Please bring Beaulieu back.

  30. scarboro_habitant says:

    bunch of barn burners tonight..laffs game is back and forth too.

  31. Danno says:

    Keep eating those Gallagher burgers Danny


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  32. Dulljerk says:

    Subban is no different in the NHL than when he was with Belleville in junior. Whatever he brings to the table offensively, you lose defensively.

    Some things never change, they stay the way they are.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  33. monmick says:

    I hope MT is not hoping to win it in the SO…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  34. Rob Maguire says:

    Eller is so messed in the head he doesn’t even know what colour his team is wearing.

  35. L Elle says:


    Cardboard cut-outs in front of nets.

  36. D Mex says:

    Un-real. And 3+ minutes to go in the PIT major … wow !

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  37. Timo says:

    My man, Danny B.

  38. Storm Man says:

    Is it time to tank?

  39. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Wierd wierd wierd game

  40. danhabsfan says:

    I can’t believe this. When it was 3-3, my son said first one to six wins. I didn’t believe him. Haha

  41. Slackman says:

    Assisted by Tanner Glass. Thanks Tanner!

    “When the going get’s weird, the weird turn pro”

  42. piter says:

    Now lets get another…..

  43. Et le but says:

    There’s one!

  44. Rob Maguire says:

    Pens don’t even need to kill this — the Habs will do it for them.

  45. Storman says:

    These refs,,I am losing faith big time in wasting time watching NHL hockey

  46. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    NHL refereeing. Sigh.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  47. Slackman says:


    -HIO Commentariat

    “When the going get’s weird, the weird turn pro”

  48. Timo says:

    What are the odds Habs do babkis on this 5 minute PP?

  49. Texus says:

    Refs just admitted they made a mistake earlier lol…

  50. UKRAINIANhab says:


  51. SC27 says:

    Bullshit call, lucky bounce. That’s Hab’s hockey.

  52. monmick says:

    Another bad call. Are the refs jet-lagged…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  53. Cdnman1 says:

    Watch the even up calls.

  54. Mr. Biter says:

    I did not release that Boone had a sense of humor. 6 minors in one light. Classic.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  55. Et le but says:

    5 minute major…the door opens!

  56. danhabsfan says:

    Guys, Emilin tripped the guy, accidentally, but he took his leg out going for the check

  57. Texus says:

    Refs getting way too involved, what a joke…

  58. monmick says:

    Chucky will tie it up…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  59. Timo says:

    Just wondering… wasn’t Michael Therrien’s team supposed to be a good defensive team?

  60. slapshot777 says:

    F**king officiating brutal as usual

  61. Cdnman1 says:

    The nhl is a joke!

  62. Storman says:

    Refs suck ass, and now Pittsburgh knows not too as much breath on a Hab as they will call a penalty, so predictable,, JOKE call on Yemmy

  63. UKRAINIANhab says:


  64. DipsyDoodler says:

    Remember when our penalty kill was the best in the league?

    Had a guy called Raphael Diaz on it.

  65. Cdnman1 says:

    I have no doubt, these refs are on the take!

  66. CJ says:

    The concerning thing about the PK turnover that led to the Pens goal is PK didn’t bust ass to get back. He almost just shrugged it off. I’ll watch it again during the next break, but the optics were bad.

  67. Rudy says:

    That was a bad call leading to a goal.

  68. Rob Maguire says:

    That one’s on the refs.

  69. Texus says:

    Fack right on 87’s stick…

  70. duffy says:

    And they get BURNT,!

  71. Habilis says:


  72. Timo says:

    Shouldn’t Therrien at least once go off on refs?

  73. Habsbill24 says:

    PK getting cheaper by the shift.

  74. Cdnman1 says:

    I didn’t see a trip?

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