Liveblog: Game 62 – Canadiens blow lead but beat Leafs in OT


Bye-bye Bell ... for a while

The Canadiens won't play at the Bell Centre again until the Bruins visit on March 12.

In the interim, the Canadiens will play three games in California and visit Phoenix.

They ended their post-Olympic homestand with five of a possible six points.

But it wasn't easy.

First-period goals by Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty staked Peter Budaj to an early lead.

But the Leafs got a late goal from James Van Riemsdyk. And after a scoreless – and thrill-less – second period, the Leafs scored twice – JVR and Phil Kessel –in 2:25 of the third period to take the lead.

P.K. Subban made it 3-3 on a power play.

The Canadiens had two PPs in Overtime, and Pacioretty scored on the second man-advantage.

Canadiens had a 30 shots on goal, to 25 for the visitors.


Pacioretty's second of the game, on an Overtime power play, gives the Canadiens a W over their rivals

A shorthanded goal by James Van Riemsdyk tied the game at 2-2.

Then Phil Kessel, robbedearly in the period by Peter Budaj, gave the Leafs the lead.

P.K., on a Canadiens power play, secured the point that will keep his team ahead of Toronto

I didn't pay to get in, but stil ...

20 minutes of excitement-free hockey.

And it seemed longer.

When the highlight of a period is Douglas Murray hitting the crossbar ...

Leafs will start the third on a power play.

Great start

The Canadiens had two goals before the visitors had a shot on Peter Budaj.

AlexGalchenyuk's 11th of the season and Max Pacioretty's 28th gave the home team a 2-0 lead over the sluggish visitors.

But with less than three minutes left in the period, James Van Riemsdyk tipped a Phil Kessel past Budaj.

The Canadiens had 14 shots on goal to six for the Leafs.

A genuine four-pointer

The Canadiens and Leafs resume their Original Six rivalry in what should be a raucous Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

The home team sits third in the Atlantic Division with 73 points in 61 games.

Toronto is fourth with 71 points in 61 games.

This is Gary Bettman's Parity Dream:  A tight race for playoff spots.

This is the clubs' third meeting of the season, which began back on Oct. 1 when Toronto spoiled the Canadiens' opener with a fight-filled 4-3 win.

Max Pacioretty scored 58 seconds into the game and added a shorthanded goal as the Canadiens won 4-2 at home on Nov. 30.

James Van Riemsdyk scored the third-period winner and Joffrey Lupul added an empty-netter in a 5-3 W Jan. 18 at the Air Canada Centre.

Peter Budaj makes his third consecutive start in nets for the Canadiens as Olympic hero Carey Price continues to nurse what everyonbe suspects is a knee knack.




  1. GL says:

    Maybe MT is playing for a shootout win ah, ah, ah,

  2. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Why doesn’t Markov glove that one down?

  3. CJ says:

    While there’s a pause in the action, news out of Pittsburgh regarding Ray Shero’s aggressive pursuit of Ryan Kessler….

    Reports indicate that he is willing to trade Brandon Sutter, draft picks (first and third), and the Canuck’s choice of either Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin for Kessler. Sorry, I can’t link the article, for it’s on Elliot Friedman’s twitter line.

  4. Danno says:

    The General with un manque de synchronisme….


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  5. monmick says:

    I hate the guys who tape the entire shaft of the stick. Such a waste…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  6. bsamsona says:

    I love kessel

  7. NLhabsfan says:

    Doesn’t that look good

  8. bsamsona says:

    Go kessel go go go

  9. Et le but says:

    Will carry over to OT if needed….

  10. Mondou6 says:

    Does Bernier stop any puck cleanly? Every single shot is a huge rebound.

  11. edtheh says:

    Very simple, MT is the wrong coach.

  12. danhabsfan says:

    Take 2 points and don’t give them any

  13. Et le but says:

    End this boys!

  14. ABHabsfan says:

    If Clarkson wasn’t just on the screen, I never would have known he was playing tonight. Black Hole contract

  15. bsamsona says:

    Clarkson for tarnanski

  16. Stooof says:

    This coach is a dimwit. How do you reward the great defensive play and goal of your rising young star? sub him out for moen at the end of the game when the game is on the line. What a dick. Galchenyuk made some astute defensive plays all game. What the hell !

  17. yeg hab fan says:

    be nice if weiss gets the winner after being scarred for life.. going to have the glen sather – pj stock facial look

  18. habulations says:

    One point would be good, two better. I don’t want 0 pts from a game we started up 2-0.

  19. edtheh says:

    7 mil for Phaneuf. Unbelievable!!!

  20. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Clarkson..6 mil for that? Now watch him score.

  21. bsamsona says:

    Gorges is hard to shoot around though

  22. Danno says:

    Take the last train to Clarkson


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  23. monmick says:

    Did the Leafs ever get hosed with Clarkson….

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  24. Et le but says:

    Time for a Parros drive by?

  25. SmartDog says:

    Gorges can be really useless.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  26. Willy the bum says:

    Weise with a lip stitch and a face cage. And he’s back to play.

  27. Mondou6 says:

    Nothing sucks more than a 3 point game. Big waste of time.

  28. Habcouver says:

    Weiss… Nasty cut.

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

  29. big_green_puffin says:

    Weise looks like he got hit by a bus!

  30. bsamsona says:

    Death to kadri

  31. edtheh says:

    Kessel has way more points than Pacman.
    And that was all Subban on the PP, everyone else sucked.

  32. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Ive noticed Tinordi. 3 failed pinches

  33. Et le but says:

    Figure the coach will mention “execution” if the Canadiens lose?

  34. habs11s says:

    What’s the over under on articles saying Subban’s celebration was too ‘over-the-top’ ? My guess is 3


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  35. habsfaninboston says:

    Slick passing PK.

  36. Max_Hab_Fan says:

    Weak icing.

  37. Clay says:

    Who was PK passing to?

    ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

  38. db says:

    Eller, that was Gomezian..

  39. bsamsona says:

    Pacs has a better shot than kessel land he is cooler

  40. monmick says:

    Let’s shut it down and wait for the shootout…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  41. formerly known as the hc says:

    Settle down van reemsdick. That is so a dive!

  42. captaink4life says:

    Chucky HAS to get more ice time.

    And nice to see PK on this 4-4

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  43. edtheh says:

    PP is useless and Gallant should pay. Dumping it in is stupid.

  44. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Hows that penalty on Markov

  45. ffenliv says:

    Man, that was some dive. He probably gets away with it if he doesn’t jump, and flail his arms.

  46. DipsyDoodler says:

    Nice dive by JvR.

  47. CJ says:

    The General channelling his inner Erik Karlsson. Making things happen at both ends of the ice tonight.

  48. monmick says:

    PK, don’t try to do too much…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  49. duffy says:

    Nice Dive !

  50. ths says:

    Bench him !
    THat was way too flamboyant !

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  51. Et le but says:

    Shut up Phaneuf!

  52. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Good call. We rarely. Get those.

  53. NLhabsfan says:

    Nice dive

  54. Max_Hab_Fan says:

    Hopefully that helps P.K. get back on track.

  55. NLhabsfan says:

    Subban scores got to feel good for the laugh fans.

  56. bsamsona says:

    PK is the Rocketman

  57. habsfaninboston says:


  58. habulations says:

    Subban made up for his defensive play. Maybe he should be a forward?

  59. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Lets frikin go lets go cmon

  60. Willy the bum says:

    Therrien: “Puck on net, puck on net, puck on net!”

  61. Et le but says:

    Now put these bums away….in regulation!

  62. monmick says:

    That feels good…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  63. Donkey Hoat says:

    Never in doubt.

  64. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    PK, I luv you (again)

  65. bsamsona says:

    Did anybody se the ref telling subby not to taunt the leafs

  66. Captain Pike says:

    Fn ☼!

  67. Danno says:

    That’s because me and my sweety put our CH sweaters on!

    You’re welcome!


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  68. Max_Hab_Fan says:

    3rd times a charm!

  69. CJ says:

    Rocket man! Yes PK!

  70. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:


  71. db says:

    Oh yeah! sure… PK is ruined

  72. Et le but says:


  73. habsfan1001 says:

    MT has ruined P.K., he is scared to do anything

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