Liveblog: Game 64: Markov scores in long Shootout to beat Ducks 4-3

Big win

The Canadiens blew a 2-0 lead against Anaheim, fell behind 3-2, tied it on Brendan Gallagher's second-period goal and won it in the Shootout when Andrei Markov beat Jonas Hiller.

Making his first NHL start in two years, Dustin Tokarski made 39 saves through 65 minutes and, crucially, stopped Saku Koivu in the Shootout.

The Canadiens swept their season series against the team with the most points in the league.

Scoreless OT, but the amazing Brendan Gallagher created a good chance.

On to Dustin Tokarski's first careeer Shootout.

Bonino: Easy goal

Galchenyuk: Backhand saved

Silfverberg: Miss

DD: Backhand goal!

Perry: Goal!

Brière: Goal!

Getzlaf: Miss

Gallagher: Save

Palmieri: Never crossed the line!

Plekanec: Miss

Koivu: Miss

Markov: GOAL!



On to OT

No scoring, but Ryan Getzlaf and Tomas Plekanec hit goalposts.

Shots were 9-7 Canadiens.

Crazy period

Anaheim raised its total of second-period goals to 80 this season.

Tim Jackman got the home team on the board before François Beauchemin scored a bizarre power-play goal: a dump-in along the glass that hit a stanchion and ricocheted past Dustin Tokarski, who had left his net to chase a puck he thought was going into the corner.

Daniel Winnik embarrassed Alexei Emelin and scored to give the Ducks a 3-3 lead.

But wth 37 seconds left in the period, Brendan Gallagher lifted his 16th past Jonas Hiller to make it 3-3.

Anaheim outshot the Canadiens 19-8.

Max Pacioretty took a big hit from Beauchemin and left the game.

Great start

As was the case against the Leafs at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens were on the board before their opponent had a shot on goal.

Brian Gionta's 13th came after Tomas Plekanec won a faceoff and skipped past Saku Koivu.

The home team didn't get a shot until the game was 11 minutes old.

But with P.K. Subban off for hooking, Anaheim peppered Dustin Tokarski with eight shots.

He stopped them all, and Max Pacioretty's 30th, off a lovely David Desharnais set-up, made it 2-0.

Despite their early drought, Anaheimoutshot the Canadiens 13-10.

Waiting for Vanek

Well, that was a blockbuster ... and I don't mean the acquisition of Devan Dubnyk.

If the Canadies were playing on the east coast, we might see Thomas Vanek in the lineup tonight.

But they're in California, and the sniper will join the team Thursday in Arizona.

Vanek will wear jersey number 20, most recently worn by Colby Armstrong.

Dustin Tokarski makes his first start in goal for the Canadiens in Anaheim. George Parros faces one of his former teams. Lars Eller is a healthy scratch.

When the Ducks visited the Bell Centre Oct. 24, the Canadiens got power-play goals from Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque in a 4-1 win.

• THN's Ken Campbell likes the Vanek deal (even though he gets the DD line wrong)

Mathieu Darche's take (in French)


  1. Cal says:

    Habs pulled another W out of their bag of tricks and Tokarski looked really good out there. If not for that stanchion goal, no points for the league leading Ducks. The Toker looks like Price’s back up for the future or a legitimate starter (but that’s looking too far ahead).

    Most impressive goal? DD crashing the net and the ever-dissed-on-this-site Moen taking out 2 Ducks while Gally fished out the puck and rifled it upstairs to tie the game at 3 mere seconds after the Ducks went ahead.

  2. habzfan2003 says:

    Thoughts on the game:

    DD was a wizard tonight! He’s really been playing well lately imo

    Emelin continues to give the puck away even when he isn’t pressured… Completely let Winnik off the hook on that goal… And what the hell was he doing on the ice in OT?

    2 questions: was Eller hurt or was he just a healthy scratch; and Did Patches return? I didn’t even see him get hurt. Any info on that?

    • Storman says:

      I agree DD was very good again last night. Patches returned for the 3rd period, he took a hard check in the 2nd from Francois Beauchemin looked like a shoulder ding.

      • Storman says:

        Max was actually going nuts on the bench on each Canadien shootout goal, very cool to see actually,,

      • habzfan2003 says:

        Good news on Patches. I forgot to mention…

        Emelin has been in some HON candidates lately…

        Not a good thing. He got beat bad tonight too completely flat footed. Hopefully he smartens it up and starts to play like he did last season before getting hurt.

        P.S. Timo must be loving the play of his favorite player as of late:
        (Hint) First initial D… Second initial D 😀

    • Just A Guy says:

      And Eller was a healthy scratch tonight.

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …anyOne here besides Me want to freeze/capture today, Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 in amber ?

    …it also is My late Mother’s 99th birthday

    …I will sleep well tonight

    …I love and miss You Mom

    …and, GOOOO Habs Gooooo !!!

    …have a good night fellow Habs Fans …hasta manana 🙂

  4. Storman says:

    The call on Bourque’s stick check late in the game was ridiculous

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      One of many. Awful game by Lee and Rooney.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • Storman says:

        Seriously NHL reffing is a complete joke, something has to be done, some transparency, review and or discipline has to be brought in for incompetence and training purposes..

        • Storman says:

          In this day and age of technology ,, we definetely should be making more use of technolgy and video review , have to bring in a coach’s challenge to help these guys out, game must be too fast for them ,to constantly make erroneous penalty calls.

      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        Oops, Hasenfratz and Rooney. Just habit to say Lee.

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

        • Cal says:

          Hasenfratz and Guildenstern.
          I only saw the first two periods, but Hasenfratz is brutal. Rooney was making many of the penalty calls as far as I saw.

  5. jimmy shaker says:

    Budashe vs the yotes …….will carey be ready for saturday night?

    Shaker out

  6. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Happy about the win. Disappointed (again!) by the refereeing. Just awful. And that’s not homer-talk. Bad calls both ways. Man, the NHL needs to recruit better officials.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • Timo says:

      Yeah… at least tonight it went both ways.

    • Cal says:

      Better refereeing will come when it’s no longer acceptable for refs to be shit on in the minors. As it is now, only the ones with the thickest skin make it to the NHL, and they aren’t necessarily any good: they’ve survived all the name-calling and bs.
      If the NHL wants competent officials, they need to tell players to shut the eff up. Coaches, too.
      Verbal abuse should result in major fines and suspensions.
      The NFL has the best reffing and they aren’t perfect either. I don’t see too many NFLers getting in refs’ faces screaming obscenities at them.

  7. sweetmad says:

    I think the Quackers were diving all over the place DD pushed some one and he fell over,if that’s not a dive nothing is.

    Great game,we own the Ducks,the only team to do so this season,a few very bad mistakes but they made up for it,it was nice to see Gally and Chucky on the ice together in overtime,and didn’t they play well together,we should see that more often.

  8. krob1000 says:

    So…..Dustin Tokarski and Peter Budaj leading the hot streak…goalie controversy? lol just kidding but pretty amazing

  9. Storman says:

    Only Andre Markov played a mere 4 seconds more than Plekanec’s 25:47 tonight,, Pleky is such a crafty veteran,, great game tonight by Pleky almost 7 minutes on the penalty kill, that shot from the angle on the PP was a classic veteran move that i still do not know how it did not go in.. Great FFFF game Pleky leadership to the max..

  10. krob1000 says:

    so how about that magic puck dance on the goal line…pretty amazing catch by the refs as I think the one ref who questioned it is probably the only guy in the building or at home who had any doubt

  11. Et le but says:

    7 out of 10 points since the Olympic break without our franchise goalie touching the ice

  12. Storman says:

    That shoot out was a blast,, sure looked like Tokarski,, may have been shitting his big boy hockey pants during it though..

    • Habilis says:

      I think he did at the start, but he seemed to settle in a bit. The best had to be that angry swipe at the non-goal that got reviewed. He might have saved a goal by doing that. Crazy.

      • Storman says:

        So true looked like he was swatting at it in disgust, missed on the back swipe and then batted it forward, you cvould also see the ref waving it off in the background,, as bad as the refs were heads up on seeing that goal did not go in,, they could have placed that puck at center ice and nobody would have said a thing.., that was a classic..

  13. Storman says:

    Gotta love RDS, talking about Vanek, one of the broadcasters says il nya pas de bullshit dans son jeu

  14. bwoar says:

    Well, that was a laugh and half!

  15. CJ says:

    Before bed, one last pause for Tim Bozon. Hopefully better news on the horizon. He is in my thoughts and prayers. Get well young man. Best wishes, CJ

  16. Timo says:

    It’s too bad the leafs won tonight too.

    • Congrats to Team Canada says:

      Toronto Montreal playoff series would be epic.

      • jimmy shaker says:

        I never want to play taranna in a playoff series, ever!

        Shaker out!

        • Congrats to Team Canada says:

          That would be a series all of Canada, and half of the world would watch.

          • jimmy shaker says:

            I wouldn’t be able to handle losing to these jabroni’s if they did in fact lose………because, somehow they always play above their heads against us and it’s pee’s me off real bad, so I would rather just avoid the whole situation and allow my heart to keep on beating and my lungs to keep on allowing me to breath.

            shaker out!

  17. Storman says:

    Holy Cow RDS interview with Vanek is so awkward Yikes

  18. Congrats to Team Canada says:

    What a day of hockey, that started 17 hours ago.

  19. The Juice says:

    Hans of recent years would have mailed it in after the 3rd Ducks goal

  20. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …top TSN story with a bullet ?

    …Marc Bergevin’s STEAL in acquiring Vanek

    • Steve K is a huge Habs fan, you can almost see who TSN try’s to stifle his admiration for them nightly.

      The Quiz earlier wouldn’t even put it as top trade of the day.

      The Habs stole this guy for nothing and TSN thought “horrible move by Snow”. Which they aren’t wrong, but still credit on Bergevin!

      Shane Oliver
      Twitter @Sholi2000
      Custom Sports Figures
      Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        BUT the story here really is how badly Snow has done. Giving up Matt Moulson for, what works out to be, a B-grade prospect and a 2nd rounder. He should be fired!

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  21. Habcouver says:

    Go Habs!
    Congrats for a great effort.
    I’m looking forward to see the highlights and tie in the HIO posts.

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

  22. The Juice says:

    @krob nailed it

  23. CJ says:

    Well, in professional sports it’s all about the results. They may not have been works of art, but five games into this tough ten game segment we are 3-1-1. Over our past 12 we are 8-2-2. Are there surface cracks that need to be worked out? Sure. But, we just beat one of the best teams in hockey!

    I’m sick. I’m tired. But I’m happy!!! Go Habs! Night all. Cheers, CJ

  24. Marc10 says:

    Quick guys! Jump in the bus and get out of there!

    Well done! Stole that game with the Toker and his posts coming up big. On ya kid!

  25. The Juice says:

    @Sholi I love the Shootout. I hate the old “if the Habs need 1 point to get into the playoffs” line. If it comes down to 1 point after 82 games the team has bigger problems.

    • Shoot out is a skill, hockey is a game.

      Also need to get rid of the extra point so teams don’t play to reach the shootout.

      Therrien said it best last week, we were playing to reach the shootout, that’s horrible!

      Shane Oliver
      Twitter @Sholi2000
      Custom Sports Figures
      Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

      • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

        As I said below, get rid of the shootout and replace it with 10 minutes of 4-on-4, and only reward winning the game.

        2 points for a win in regulation.
        1 point for a win in overtime.
        NO points for a tie or a loss.

  26. theox_8 says:

    Yes it looked like it crossed The line from the front view however from the us feed they shows both angles Right side view and front view when they were going with their comments of saying how they thought it crossed the line.

  27. Peter Young says:

    It was also a nice reward for those of us who didn’t have to stay up late to watch it, i.e., those on the West Coast.

  28. Congrats to Team Canada says:

    No more shout-outs, and 3 point regulation wins. Like the Olympics.

  29. krob1000 says:

    I know I say it almost daily but Wow….Bendan Gallehr never cheats a single play on the ice.
    DD is a shootout wizard!
    Thought the Habs looked very good tonight…won a period, lost a period and tied one IMO…in one of the toughest rinks in the nHL to play in….well done!
    Markov looking strong tonight too…pre shootout….he again looked to be skating better.
    Tinordi and Emelin again wandered for some hit but played pretty decently.
    Tough, tough decisions ahead for MT…..
    Vanek acquisition going to be interesting seeing where he is inserted…likely first destination is with Pleks/Gio…..but this is the defensive matchup line. Eller gets that role? if so Moen is necessary so who sits?
    Greeat game but may unanswered questions….don’t be surprised if come crunch time Chucky is odd man out with Bournival, Parros and White. Sounds crazy….could be Briere or Eller but if Pleks gets Vanek shutdown role may require Eller…..Briere could be odd man out but he was brought in for the playoffs.

    • Chris says:

      I only caught the end of the second onwards, but Desharnais was the best Hab that I saw tonight. He was making plays, causing havoc and playing with confidence. He’s a completely different player from his mid November self right now.

      • Timo says:

        You are lucky you didn’t see the second period. Wasn’t pretty.

      • krob1000 says:

        Galalgher was the best platyer and again key to that line…ion all three zones as well. DD playing very, very well though…but no one on the Habs is playing better hockey than Gallagher right now…he is unreal. DD doing a much better job of late and going to the net himself…opening up new worlds for him when the opposition has to worry about him driving as well….looks like he is taking a page out of Gally handbook and it suits him well because he too can handle a puck in traffic. Props to DD for several months of solid play…and in the shootout…he is the best the Habs have by a country mile.

        • Chris says:

          I’ve always felt that Desharnais goes to the net when he has his confidence. He certainly was going there in his breakout season with Cole and Pacioretty as his wingers. He does get pushed around easily, but the goal isn’t always to stay there…just force the defencemen to divert their attention to you for a couple of seconds. The ensuing chaos means that sightlines are clogged, bodies are falling and rebounds are sitting waiting to be pounced on.

          • krob1000 says:

            exactly and one of my biggest pet peeves with him….especially on the pp where you have to be a triple threat ….moving him the other side on the pp has kind f forced him into more of a moving role as he isn’t always in a perfect passing position…he has to move to opne lanes playing his offside on the pp and the motion combined with two great point threats and two guys whoa re the best Habs have at getting open and offensive play away from the puck all make them very, very dangerous right now. I will not waiver from my belief others could do the same or better in that role over time but I will also say DD is playing as well as could be hoped for and is looking great out there….and of the candidates Chucky, eller, Briere, DD…right now he is playing the best of the bunch…..

    • olematelot says:

      Bourque is out before Chucky

  30. The Juice says:

    Yes I have to work tomorrow but totally worth it tonight!!! Peace out!!! Go Habs Go!!!

  31. Storman says:

    That was a pretty fun shootout, loved watching the guys reaction on the bench,,

  32. Last point before bed. Been mentioned a thousand times, get rid of the shootout, imagine if the Habs needed two points to make the playoffs and it came down to this gimmick, skills competition.

    I really like 4 on 4 then 3 on 3 idea.

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    Custom Sports Figures
    Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

    • krob1000 says:

      4 on 4 is good and 3 on 3 is entertaining but both are still not real hockey either. I enjoy them as an alternative though….only real solution is altering the point system 3-2-1 but that is a very dramatic change and the shootout for all of its faults is a huge fan favourite and a great platform to showcase the skilled players with todays emphasis on defense. Saem argument can be made for 4 on 4 and 3 on 3…but teams still playing safe in those situations …need the extra point on the line..

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      Get rid of the shootout and replace it with 10 minutes of 4-on-4.

      2 points for a win in regulation.
      1 point for a win in overtime.
      NO points for a tie or a loss.

      Only reward winning a game, and you’ll see teams worry more about putting the puck in the net instead of a punch into another player’s face.

  33. scarboro_habitant says:

    very entertaining game..gotta say, DD played a solid game! (suck it up timo)

  34. CHicoHab says:

    Yes. Was worth staying up. Good nite

  35. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I was saying to My Son, ‘What ?, Markov ??? …not Patcherino ???

    …whadda I know ? 🙂

    …the final few weeks of this season will be fun Me t’inks

  36. on2ndthought says:

    hopefully we meet the ducks in the finals 😉

    “a cannonading drive”

  37. B says:

    A nice reward for those who stayed up to watch.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  38. twilighthours says:

    I only saw third and OT, but MTL was much better team

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

    The shootout win is nice, but if it wasn’t for the Ducks’ fluke second goal we beat the best team in the league in regulation on their home ice.

    Say what you want about certain individual performances that were a bit lacking, but tonight was a BIG character win.

  40. yeg hab fan says:

    any of u guys back east actually have to get up for travail

  41. BCG says:

    And that right there is why the signing of Markov is so difficult. Clearly his hockey sense is still off the charts, his composure is that of Lidstrom, his shot is great… it’s just his knees/skating….

  42. CHicoHab says:

    Sweet!!! Makes up for that crazy bounce goal ducks had.

  43. D Mex says:

    Great day for the Habs !
    – made out like bandits at the deadline
    – exemplary asset management by MB & Co
    – 1st NHL start for Tokarski with Habs … and
    – 1st NHL win for Tokarski with Habs
    Perfecto !

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  44. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    3 Stars from Anaheim were:
    3rd – Fowler (ANA)
    2nd – Gallagher (MTL)
    1st – Bonino (ANA)

  45. theox_8 says:

    Nice win boys and good on tokarski !!! I love the us commentators saying how they tonight that the puck was in from the front view , uhh yeah dummy anything above the goal line from the front view will look like it’s in the net !

    • ross says:

      I think it’s more complicated than that, though.

      On the two views (front and above) that RDS were showing, what I gathered was that the puck was flipped on its side when it touched down and *looked* (from the front view) that it had crossed the line. It looked that way because you could tell the moment the puck hit the ice, and in that moment there was white between the puck and the goal line.

      But the overhead angle showed that it never totally went over the line, so the puck must’ve been partly on its edge when it hit the ice; literally a matter of centimetres, if not millimetres, away from being a legit goal. But that white ice between puck and goal line… I can honestly see that throwing most anyone for a loop.

  46. wow! Great win.

    FYI Tokarski is too small for the NHL.

    He made a ton of great saves but you can see why TB passed on the good young talent, looks small at all angles. Good for him on getting his first Canadiens win! That’s special considering what team he plays for. So much pressure playing goal for Montreal.

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    Custom Sports Figures
    Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

    • BCG says:

      Loved his performance, but I have to agree. Perhaps his real tryout is to replace Budaj rather that a #1 goalie.

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      Size-wise, in the shootout it looked as though Gallagher had put on the pads. But hey, I guess that you can’t complain about a little good luck and success!

    • 25insight says:

      Agree on the size, every time the ducks came on for a shootout attempt i can see more of the net than the goalie. Made me nervous, but he made up for it in the game.

  47. D Man says:

    Markov: too old, too slow. Trade him!

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  48. 25insight says:

    I love how Markov’s face still looks like a stone cold killer even when subban is hopping around like a madman laughing and trying to celebrate with him haha. Smile a little dammet.

  49. jols says:

    Tarranna gave us a huge break tonight and that never happens.

  50. Habbu says:

    Yah Baby…..g’night all

  51. habs_54321 says:

    I really wanted them too win for Tokarski.

  52. sheds88 says:

    tinordi super stoked for toker. nice to see

  53. stephen says:

    Looked pretty good for a slug who can’t skate anymore, eh Boone? 😉

    Just joshin’, of course.

  54. Et le but says:

    3 HUGE come from behind character wins for our boys the last week… very impressive and nerve wracking

  55. danhabsfan says:

    Wonderful feeling for the kid, did they get him the puck?

  56. The Juice says:

    First time since ’09 that 3rd stronger starts a game

  57. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …wow !

    …ok, walk the dog …go take Your teddy bear to bed Boone 🙂

    .zzleep tight

  58. slapshot777 says:

    Markov says f**k all that crap moves just skate a straight line and shoot to score.

  59. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Hard not to feel great for Toker 🙂

  60. The Juice says:

    Toker!!!! man what a performance!!!

  61. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Our backups backup beat the best team lol!!!

  62. jimmy shaker says:

    Never a doubt!!!!!

    Shaker out!

  63. SlovakHab says:


    yay, General!!

  64. The Juice says:


  65. captaink4life says:


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  66. Peter Young says:

    Two points in the bag.

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