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

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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.

Max!

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.

 

 

1,197 Comments

  1. Un Canadien errant says:

    Canadiens beat the Leafs, and the Bulldogs beat the Marlies 5-2 on the same night. Not bad.

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  2. Steven says:

    Just going to throw my hat into the ring here regarding the Markov discussion.

    I don’t know if moving him is undoubtedly the best choice right now, but if MB isn’t shopping him, or at least entertaining offers, he’s a fool.

    As many have said, this year isn’t our year, and when it is our year, Markov will probably not be around. Trading Markov then makes sense as it could really expedite the winning process with some combination of a roster player, a prospect, or some impressive pick. At the very worst, he could be resigned in the summer. It wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened, and if he loves Montreal as much as he says, he’d understand the need to strengthen the organization and would have no hard feelings about returning.

    Someone below mentioned that the East is wide open for the taking this year, and that with Price playing like he is, anything can happen. I agree, but in the latter half of that statement is where you see Markov or no, if it’s our chance, we’ll take it: Price has been great, and he’ll be the difference between a Cup and a playoff exit, in whatever round. Our defense is porous either way, removing Markov from it won’t make Price’s job so much harder that it would be the difference between a Cup and exactly what we’re used to, anyway.

    Bottom line, a Markov trade should really be entertained and explored. It’s about the winning future, not the single-round present, people.

  3. habstrinifan says:

    A win is a win and it was better than many games recently. But it still galls to see more offensive passing beauties from the Carleton St goon descendants than those wearing the colours of Beliveau and Lafleur and Pete Mahvolich.

  4. DipsyDoodler says:

    I hope the official name of the Chicago – Pittsburgh games was “Tank Battle”.

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    Bruins not playing good hockey coming out of the break, Division could be up for grabs with a good road trip.

  6. FANHABULOUS says:

    Max has 29 goals and is tied for 5th in league scoring along with some guys named Crosby, Getzlaf, Sharp, and St-Louis. He has more goals than Patrick Kane. And Bobby Ryan. And Jamie Benn.

    And people on here keep looking to trade this guy.

    Sigh.

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    • piper says:

      I’d trade him for Kane or Benn in a second.

    • third generation haber says:

      Max is only 25, is entering his prime, and has a cap-friendly hit. It would be insane to trade him. He will still be a great player in 3 year’s time when we (may) have a cup contender.

      I’d gladly trade Markov and Pleks now. I like both of these players, but Pleks depends on his explosive speed and that will start to fade in a few years. Markov has already become a defensive liability, not talking about the giveaway today; he’s weak defensively and will be greatly diminished by the time our young core comes into shape. Let’s see if we can get some 20 year old snipers for them.

      2016-17 season player ages: Bournival 24, Eller 27, Chucky 23, Gally 24, Max 28, Prust 32, White 28, Leblanc 26, Subban 27, Tinordi 25, Beaulieu 24, Price 29.

      Dare to dream: McCarron 21, DeLaRose 21, Gregoire 21, Thrower 22, Bozon 22, Fucale 21, etc…

      j.p. murray

  7. The Jackal says:

    Look at all the posts about how the Habs are contenders and may go far.
    Remember this next time we lose a couple of games and say the team is crap.

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    • third generation haber says:

      These are likely posts from younger members (sorry to be rude) who haven’t fully appreciated how badly soft teams get crushed in the playoffs (see habs 1995- present). We couldn’t survive against the top 6 teams in the west. The fact that Fleury is awful and Boston plays badly against us makes a round or 2 possible for us, but we are not an elite team. Any success we have post-season will be a result of clinging to our goaltenders.

      Buffalo beat San-Jose yesterday, but there is no way on earth that they could beat them in a playoff series.

      j.p. murray

  8. AceTen says:

    So much talk on here this week about whether or not we should trade Markov. I don’t see how a team sitting in 2nd place in their division even considers trading one of their top defensemen. Especially when we have Price playing the was he is, anything can happen in the playoffs.

    We have nobody to replace him at this point in time. Everyone keeps talking about how we have to build for the future. In order to build, you need your young guys to develop with the help of veterans. If we have Markov locked up for the next 2-3 years, he will be a great mentor for the young guys coming up. He’s proved he’s healthy, he’s loyal to the team and the city. In today’s NHL there’s not much more you can ask for in a player.

    • CJ says:

      I like everything about your post except for that number 3. That scares me. I might be in the minority, but the third year is key. Maybe it’s not a fair comparison, but that deal for Clarkson is a killer, not so much because of the money, but the term. Same with Luongo. One more year doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it could significantly hurt this franchise going forward if there is an injury or the play deteriorates significantly. Markov is not going to get better. When you sign him for three years you are hoping he doesn’t get much worse. Yet, you pay him based on his play this season.

      • AceTen says:

        2 years at 12 mil would be ideal. I know you mentioned 10 earlier but I really don’t see him taking a pay cut, especially with the cap going up. If we do sign him for three, I’m not sure it’s as big of a deal as you make it out to be. Luongo signed a 12 year deal and Clarkson’s was 7…. We’re talking about 3 years at the most here.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      Agree. It would be nice to allow Markov and Plekanec to remain Habs and fade slowly down the depth chart. I could see a time when Markov is in the 3rd D pairing and top PP unit and Plek moving to the 3rd line C role (which he was built for, let’s face it, he struggles mightly on the PP.

    • jamman says:

      Agreed bro! I think Markov is a bit of an unsung hero for us.

    • third generation haber says:

      We are in second despite the fact that we often don’t play well. Markov is a declining asset on a team going nowhere fast. If we unload him, the payback could be good when it matters.

      Replacing him isn’t important in the short-run. Markov is great on the PP, but defensively he’s weak and doesn’t speak much. Respectfully, I don’t see him as a valuable mentor.

      j.p. murray

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    Very bizarre scenario in Buffalo.

  10. Cal says:

    On another note- where’s scotland with another diss-ertation on how bad that Habs are?

  11. Sportfan says:

    Very glad that the Habs won!

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  12. CJ says:

    Folks familiar with the Ottawa 67′s will remember Shane Prince. He was drafted into the Senators organization and plays with the AHL Binghamton Senators. In any event, he has demanded a trade and was a healthy scratch this evening.

    Still too young to make a difference at the NHL level, but he would be a great pick up.

    • monmick says:

      AHL players don’t usually request trades. Is there a reason other than he feels he is not getting a chance?

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

      • CJ says:

        Word I got from a good source is that he is buried down the depth chart and doesn’t think he will get a chance this season or next. Wants to play in the NHL now. He was a terrific junior in Ottawa.

        • monmick says:

          If the Sens try to get Stewart and Moulson before the deadline, he may very well move up the depth chart quite quickly. But the Sens do have a lot of good prospects at forward in Bingo…

          ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

          • CJ says:

            Yes they have.

          • monmick says:

            Shane is a Rochester native. You would think that Buffalo would be a logical destination for him…

            ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

          • CJ says:

            It might come together yet. Should be an interesting four days ahead. Thank you for engaging in the discussion. Turning in. Cheers, CJ

  13. AceTen says:

    Great win by the boys tonight. Would love to see Tokarski get some action at some point. He has a pretty impressive resume and he could work out to being another great move by MB. Especially considering we got him for nothing.

  14. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    If I was Vancouver, no way I am taking Pittsburgh’s offer of Sutter, Despres, a 1st and a 3rd. A 3rd liner, 5-6th D-man and two low picks for Kessler who has 2 years left at a cheap 5 million? No thanks…

  15. Psycho29 says:

    On Twitter someone posted a picture of PK with the Norris, with the title “A picture that pisses every Leaf Fan off”…so a Leaf Fan posted a couple of comments like “PKs job in Sochi was to get Weber a coffee” and “PK better not polish that medal, they gave him a fake one”…
    So my reply was: “Actually Kessell and Van Reimsdyk got the fake medals. Oh wait, there is none for 4th place”.

    • D Mex says:

      ” Participation Ribbons ” wouldn’t be a bad comeback, either …
      Whoever they are, give them credit : it takes ba!!s to be a Laff fan, and admit it in public … :lol:

      ALWAYS Habs -
      D Mex

  16. habs001 says:

    It is time to enjoy this game and the last one..Playoffs will be unpredictable….If these last 3 games were playoff games the Habs could be up 3-0 or down 3-0 in a series..The chances are the Habs will have a lot of o/t games in the first round once in o/t anything can happen

  17. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Don’t agree with all of MT’s moves but he’s had a big week coming out of the break. 5 out of 6 points with the back-up goalie.

    Briere is coming on now. The move he put on Phaneuf one on one in overtime was fantastic. The third line has to be good for this team to go far because the first two will likely be neutralized.

    As for trading Markov, it all depends on what they are being offered. If it is not a fantastic offer, then forget it. With the injuries the Pens and Bruins have, the Habs have a chance to go far. If they lose Markov in the off-season, so be it. Better than getting ripped off while giving someone else a chance at the Cup.

  18. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Thank you boys for the win. Looking forward to work on Monday, facing Leafs nation & watching them cry about how the reffs robbed them tonight. It will be priceless.

  19. jimmy shaker says:

    Looks like Halak won’t be in buffalo long enough to unpack…..shero is making a hard pull at picking him up and kesler too as per bertrand raymond. How does ray keep doing it? Boom goes the flower! Say good night!

    Shaker out!

    • habsfan0 says:

      Halak and Kesler both in Pittsburgh can’t be good for the rest of the league.

      • Willy the bum says:

        Pittsburgh is fine without them. I just don’t get why the Blues are in 2nd place in the Western Conference when they trade Halak…

        • Stimpy007 says:

          Because they realize a weakness and they act on it.

        • CJ says:

          They traded for Miller, and paid a huge bounty, because they didn’t feel their goaltending (Elliot or Halak) was good enough. Keep in mind, they will face Chicago in the second round in the new playoff format. They could face LA, Chicago and Anaheim. They can’t have inconsistent goaltending, which is what they have been getting. Miller is a big upgrade. Time will tell if the gamble pays off.

  20. habsfan0 says:

    Toronto mayor Rob Ford,who’s in Los Angeles for the Oscars and Jimmy Kimmel Show,will attend Monday’s Habs Kings game but leave early when he finds out the Laffs aren’t playing.

  21. HardHabits says:

    Habs are 8th over-all at the moment but another telling stat is that they are the best team in terms of their last 10 games record.

    • Cal says:

      It’s kind of stunning to see how well they’ve been doing, even without Price the last 3 games.
      Then again, when Patches is hot (and he’s been sizzling) the Habs win. Or was it that Diaz for Weise trade?

      • HardHabits says:

        Better to have a slump mid-season than during the play-offs. Better to enter the play-offs on the upswing then on a slide. But yes. It is stunning. I had to do a double take to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing.

        The slump really hit the Habs in one area hard and that was in goal differential.

        The Diaz for Weisse trade hasn’t hurt. IMHHO it was a net gain for the Habs in the acquisition of Weise and an addition by subtraction for moving Diaz, as he had fallen off the depth chart.

        • Cal says:

          This week, if the Habs come out of the West unscathed injury-wise and win 3 of 4, their confidence will be sky-high. But why get ahead of ourselves? It’s time to start enjoying the ride more and giving credit to the “dead wood” that don’t make to many mistakes.

          As it stands, the Habs have nothing to lose and everything to gain. No one expects them to be any good, yet when we look at the standings we’re left wondering how this too-small too soft team keeps doing it.

  22. Willy the bum says:

    I will say this is Budaj’s moment right now. Those two big saves on the start of 3rd period from Kessel and Lupul save the Habs from a horrible loss.

    Bless the Buddha.

  23. fastfreddy says:

    Markov 3 assits, still trade him? Yes, he’s not worth 6 mil/yr. Bring up and develop the youth. Cheaper too. Get something for Markov now.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  24. mfDx says:

    I bet Randy Cunneyworth knows how to say “chicken wings” in french.

    Sent from my CHphone

  25. GL says:

    If the Habs can get 4 of 8-points on the western road trip. I think they’ll be OK for a playoff run ….

  26. boing007 says:

    Hawks giving it to the Pens. Hee hee.

    Richard R

  27. ProHabs says:

    Mike Komisarak played 7:00 minutes today and took 3 minor penalties. Ha ha.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Ha!!

      How the Not-Very-Mighty have fallen…

      I was thinking about it just the other day, actually; I wonder how often MK looks back at his time in Montreal and says “Man, I really REALLY missed the boat there.”

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  28. DipsyDoodler says:

    Thank God we didn’t sign David Clarkson.

    He’s on pace for 6 goals and 14 points this season.

  29. habs001 says:

    This is the type of game Eller has to play to be a real asset but this is what he is..not a scorer or point producer despite posters delusions about his scoring abilities…

  30. habsfan0 says:

    Kings,Ducks,Coyotes,Sharks next week.
    6 out of 8 points sounds about right.
    I wonder who starts in net on Monday vs LA?
    I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Budaj again,with Price backing him up.

  31. habs-fan-84 says:

    Where’s retromikey when you need him. Some posters comments are just worth saving.

  32. Stimpy007 says:

    Well I dont know about you guys/girls but I’m havin a rye!!

    Big Win!!

    I had the “tall cans in the air” Transplants for the OT but its ryetime now

    • Mattyleg says:

      Just polished off 3 Newcastles, and a large Manhattan.

      Feeling pretty toasty, and …. wait…

      I think I hear my bed calling…

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Stimpy007 says:

        haha!! Nice. Really? PVR’ed the snow storm and watching it now. Its like a black and white tv in the ice shack.

        • piper says:

          Sweet. Anything biting?

          • Stimpy007 says:

            Well piper kind of an awkward question.

            Anyone thinking we are getting rid of markov or making any big trades are going to be let down. Pretty sure this is our playoff team like it or not?

            Comments??

          • piper says:

            Sorry Stimpy, I just pictured you sitting back on the recliner in you ice fishing shack, wood stove cranked up, the jigging rod in one hand and a rye in the other watching the game.

  33. DipsyDoodler says:

    Jus tell.

  34. Old Bald Bird says:

    Wilde has his game notes up if you’re interested.

    http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/call-of-the-wilde-habs-beat-elite-1.1710134

    • db says:

      Thanks! Good summary and way to call out the CBC geezers!

    • stephen says:

      I’ve never read any of Wilde’s notes, but I thought they were pretty insightful for the most part.

      Slightly confused at his suggesting Markov didn’t have a great game, however. Maybe I missed something. Or several things. Long day.

  35. punkster says:

    Markov with 3 assists
    PK with 1G and 1A
    Budaj makes the big saves when required
    Chucky gets real TOI with good players and scores
    Eller gets real TOI and plays a solid game (nailing Clarkson and Kadri was great)
    Tinordi gets 13 minutes, is hardly noticed and that’s a good thing for a rookie D
    Briere, Gionta, Pleks, DD, Max, Gally…and the list goes on…all solid evenings.

    Pretty good game all around…no complaints from me.

    Release the Subbang!!!

  36. GL says:

    Myself I would give Markov a 2-year deal and try to move some of the deadwood for something a little better. Seems like the same Guys win for us anyway the deadwood would be what I would key in on as far as trades go and if we don’t luck in get rid of them in the off season!!

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      Who do you consider deadwood? If it’s Gorges, Boullion, Murray I’m with ya.. On fwd.. Gionta, Moen, Briere, Bourque, DD…

      I don’t dislike any of those players.. But I just do t think they compliment our “keepers” very well.

  37. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    Yikes… Seabrook just shot the puck into his own net to get the Penguins on the board in Chicago.

  38. AliHaba says:

    Three assists for Markov. All you guys still trading him?

    • CJ says:

      Yes, if he doesn’t agree to a 1-2 year deal. $6 million for one year or $10 million for two.

    • Cal says:

      Just remember he sucks and many here will agree with you. Oh, yeah, he’s a pylon, too. (insert sarcasm font here)

    • ProHabs says:

      Always been a huge fan of Markov the General. But to become a contender year in year out and have the depth such as the Bruins, Blackhawks, Kings, Penguins, now is the time to trade him. One game will not change my mind. And it was Bergevin that said he wants to build this team to be a contender every year. We are not a contender now and won’t be for the next 2 years that Markov plays.

      I don’t think me or others that think trading him think he sucks.

    • piper says:

      I still don’t see this team doing any damage in the playoffs but they won’t trade Markov now. It seems to happen to the Habs every time they have a valuable pending UFA, they are too good in the standings to make the trade then go on to loose in the first or second round. If they think they have a chance to make a run then they should be buyers.

  39. habs-hampton says:

    Man, that was the ugliest 5 of 6 points I’ve seen in a while. Glad we got them though, cause the next week is gonna be tough!

  40. Harditya says:

    Guess who has the 5th most goals in the NHL this season. Wow!

  41. Hobie Hansen says:

    Fire Therrien and bring back Diaz!!!!!

  42. Willy the bum says:

    It’s a Nuit Blanche miracle!

  43. boing007 says:

    I like MT tonight. Good Press Conference. Silly me.

    Richard R

  44. habs-fan-84 says:

    Therrien 2.0
    60 39 11

    Absolutely terrible coach!

  45. Mattyleg says:

    Therrien saying that Eller has been intense for the past 3 games, and that he and Bourque are playing well together.

    What did people see from Eller tonight, given that he was the subject of much discussion over the past couple of days?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  46. AliHaba says:

    What do you mean Boone “Nobody needed in the box”? They had to send a player who was on the ice when the penalty was called. Lupul might have been a factor.

  47. db says:

    Gazdic needs to lose that visor if he’s going to keep fighting like that..

  48. JUST ME says:

    I hate the Flyers. How could you get rid of JVR nd give it away to the Leafs !!!

    I liked the energy level from the start of the game. Everyone actually did what they had to do as a group to win even though it was not perfect. A very nice saturday night. Boston lose, we beat Toronto life is good !

    • Strummer says:

      How do you get rid of Carter/Richards in their prime? Pay Bryzghalov all that coin to leave town? Totally dysfunctional organization

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  49. Danno says:

    Budaj really held the fort tonight.

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  50. CJ says:

    I know not everyone enjoys hockey fights, but Luke Gadzic just dropped Kevin Westgarth. Gadzic is in my top three this season with a very impressive fight card.

    Gadzic would be an ideal replacement for Parros, if we choose to carry a fighter, next year.

  51. boing007 says:

    Habs got Game. Bravo.

    Richard R

  52. B says:

    So, who’s the hottest team in the league over the last 10 games?

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?season=20132014&sort=lastTenRecord&type=LEA

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  53. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Eller was awesome

    • stephen says:

      Hard to know sometimes if/when people are being facetious on this site, but I thought Eller seemed at least engaged.

      Would have liked to have seen him drive to the net on a couple of occasions, rather than circle behind and around the perimeter, ultimately to no positive outcome.

      To me, that circling rather than driving directly to the net smacks of a lack of confidence. I’m sure we’ve seen him be more aggressive in those instances in the past and I hope we see that again in the future. I’m certainly rooting for him, anyway.

  54. CH Marshall says:

    Man.. Gadzic just smoked Westgarth.

  55. Say Ash says:

    How about this for a rule: if you have penalty time left on the clock after four on four, you only get two shooters to the other team’s three. Fair?

  56. GL says:

    It would be a different team without the pac-man and just think someone wanting to trade him for moulton a Guy that’s 5-years older and diffently no better. Don’t get me wrong. I would love to have moulton in a trade other than Pacioretty. Maybe Eller and Bourque>

  57. habsfan0 says:

    Kessel is a great goal scorer and skater,but when the game is on the line and the chips are down,he’ll be on the losing side be it with the Leafs or Team USA.

  58. ABHabsfan says:

    I would really like to see something aggressive from MB by Wednesday. If nothing else it would show some confidence in the team right now that maybe they can get something done in the play-offs. What about Ryan Smyth for a cheap rental? The guy is a play-off beast (at least he used to be) Heart and soul warrior. I bet we could get him for a 3rd or 4th

  59. Psycho29 says:

    34-21-7 , 75 points
    2nd in division, 4 points behind Boston
    3rd in the conference

    Not too shabby….

  60. olematelot says:

    It would be a bad idea to not sign Markov!

  61. Cal says:

    Loved that call on Bernier for delay of game- kind of made up for Budaj’s…wait for it….gaffe.
    Yes sir, if you guessed that “gaffe” is tonight’s secret word you win a prize. An all exclusive paid membership into Ell-Anon. ;)

  62. HABitat4humanity says:

    Lets get Vanek to aid in our run for the cup!

  63. Donkey Hoat says:

    Second-best thing about this game is that we avoided the shoot-out.

  64. Slackman says:

    Anyone else see Carlyle leering at the Habs and cussing something that looked a lot like “Bastards!”

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

  65. CJ says:

    Could someone link the article out of pittsburgh regarding Ray Shero’s offer for Kessler. I found it on Elliot Friedman’s twitter feed about 20 minutes ago. Looks like a huge bounty….

    Thanks in advance, CJ

  66. HABitat4humanity says:

    Markov redeemed himself with the final assist but he also messed up a bunch tonight.

    Glad the habs were able to come through. Glad we didnt give JVR a chance to play Superman part deux!!!!

  67. Cal says:

    Patches makes up for his gaffe -allowing Kessel to walk in unmolested as he backed away to the boards, opening up the middle of the ice so he could snipe a goal- in a big way. Markov made up for his power play gaffe- the pass to no one that ended up on VR’s stick for the shortie- by feeding PK with the perfect on-the-ice-and-flat-as- a-pancake pass so PK could blast it by a screened Bernier. PK made up for his gaffe- allowing VR to skate the net while shorthanded and not even touching him- on that same play.
    So, was that more fun than any of the Olympic hockey games?
    By a long shot.

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  68. Haberoooo13 says:

    I think Frankie Gagnon is about to cry on A-C

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  69. Mattyleg says:

    Great gut-check game to come back from giving up 3 goals, and getting the win, while ignoring Toronto’s chippiness.

    …and all this with no Price…!

    Great stuff Habs!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  70. Danno says:

    Since the Habs acquired Dale Weise, they have 11 out of 12 possible points.

    But who’s counting?

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  71. slapshot777 says:

    Also a good thing is that the Habs have taken 5 out of 6 points since comng back fro the Olympcs and without Price. That can be only a bonus. Kudos to Budaj who has played 3 great games for the Habs. He deserves some praise for the Habs play, since he was at the Olympics as well.

  72. jamman says:

    Great game! 79 3 years 15 million, id do it

  73. DipsyDoodler says:

    So I think I’ve figured out the Leafs. They give the puck away constantly and they have no shape at all. This is why they give up more shots than any other team.

    But it also causes their opponents to lose their structure, which lets Kessel and JvR through on net a lot.

    • johnnylarue says:

      I can’t see a team of coaches actually adopting this as a strategy on paper, but it does seem to be exactly what they do. Create chaos, establish a sort of “lowest common denominator” defensive game and score run-and-gun goals from the proverbial eye of the hurricane.

      Gotta admit, makes for some entertaining hockey!

  74. HabSgt says:

    Also, someone please inform Bob Cole that the game is now over.

    Winter is coming.

  75. johnnylarue says:

    Oh, and of course, full credit to Therrien for benching PK in Pittsburgh and therefore guaranteeing a classic PrimeTime performance tonight… right?


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