Liveblog: Game 67 – Boston stomps Canadiens 4-1

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For 20 minutes, it was a game

The Canadiens outshot the Bruins 13-6 in the first period, and Tuukka Rask stopped Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk on breakaways.

But a Jarred Tinordi error left Carl Soderberg wide open in front of Peter Budaj early in the second period, and the Bruins were off to the races.

Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic made it 3-0 in the seconds period, and Zdeno Chara scored early in the third period before David Desharnais's 12th, in a goalmouth scramble, cost Rask his shutout. Thomas Vanek assisted, his first point as a Canadien.

Canadiens outshot Boston 36-32.

Canadiens finally score

David Desharnais poked the puck past Tuukka Rask in a goalmouth scramble, ending a futility streak stretching back to last Thursday in Phoenix.

Thomas Vanek drew an assist – his first point as a Canadien.

Zdeno Chara had made it 4-0, driving his own rebound past Peter Budaj less than 90 seconds into the period.

Bruins blow it open

An error by Jarred Tinordi left Carl Soderberg alone in front to open the scoring.

Then Patrice Bergeron completed an odd-man rush, cashing a perfect pass by Brad Marchand.

The Canadiens had a couple decent shifts late in the period, but Milan Lucic scored a soft one on Peter Budaj with 90 seconds left.

Shots were 13-13.

 

Good start

The Canadiens dominated the opening period and outshot the Bruins 13-6.

Tuukka Rask stopped Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk on breakaways.

Peter Budaj's best save was on Milan Lucic.

Them again

The Canadiens' greatest rivals pay their second and last regular-season visit to the Bell Centre Wednesday night.

The Bruins, who are riding a five-game winning streak, are hot.

The Canadiens, making their first start since a 1-3 road trip, are not.

But they've won both previous games against Boston this season, 2-1 at the Bell Centre on Dec. 5 and 4-1 at the TD Garden on Jan. 30.

Max Pacioretty scored the winner in both games.

Brandon Prust returns to the Canadiens lineup, and Francis Bouillon draws in on D.

Lines and pairings from morning skate: Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta, Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher, Galchenyuk-Eller-Briere, Moen-White-Prust; Markov-Emelin, Subban-Bouillon, Murray-Tinordi

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

• Pre-game reading: Arpon Basu on the Boston-Montreal rivalry

• Preview: Strombo on HNIC

1,135 Comments

  1. monmick says:

    It would be nice to see Frankie Boo get a goal tonight. Might be his last hurraw at the Bell Centre…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  2. sims says:

    Frankie looks well rested

  3. Et le but says:

    Important first kill here

  4. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Loved the way Tiny hustled on that icing. Big man can move.

  5. Marc10 says:

    Yemmy looked good on that PP. He should get hit early more often. Nice.

  6. habsfaninboston says:

    PP looked good.

  7. big_green_puffin says:

    That’s a clear penalty by a goon of a player! Left his feet to deliver a hit! Where do they get these refs???

  8. Marc10 says:

    Powerplay. Good stuff.

  9. adadi says:

    Make up call. Fatso almost got a stroke.

  10. Et le but says:

    Dunkin’ Donuts spokesman Julien pissed…

  11. CJ says:

    Let’s make them pay.

  12. Danno says:

    Shut your ugly pie hole Julien!

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  13. Et le but says:

    Shoulder?

  14. sailordan1964 says:

    Bruins playing soft they’ll open up in the second

  15. adadi says:

    Elbow to the head not called.

  16. Dulljerk says:

    Eller really needs to get his “A” game back. Or at least his “B” game.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  17. adadi says:

    Rask not looking confident already. Wonder why Habs have his number?

  18. Et le but says:

    Love this rivalry…Go Habs Go!

  19. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Vanek!! What a shot!!!
    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  20. CJ says:

    Let’s go boys! Driveway is shovelled, let’s play some hockey!

  21. sailordan1964 says:

    If the bruins run the habs all night. Therein can sleep well…..

  22. HabsKid says:

    Hurry! Put Lafleur in a uniform!

  23. adadi says:

    How’s the tribe doing tonight? Who are you bullying these days?

  24. Habilis says:

    Habs vs Bruins, P.K. vs Lucic, Gallagher vs Marchand… Good vs Evil.
    Buck the Fruins.

  25. adadi says:

    Subban, Bouillon heh. Sounds like the Nothing is really working his magic tonight.

  26. sailordan1964 says:

    Too small

  27. frontenac1 says:

    Vas-y Les Boys!

  28. Maritime Ronn says:

    1st Habs PP
    NO Gallagher.
    Max-51-Vanek

  29. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Herrrrreeeeeec commmmmeeeesss Vanek tonight lads!!!! Good Slav!

  30. B says:

    Boston’s won 7 of their last 10 games, Montreal has won 6 of their last 10.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  31. ABHabsfan says:

    Pretty cool little bit on That’s Hockey about Scott Van Horne (ex-Olympic speed skater) He now makes skates for NHLers in his basement. A lot of the Jets are wearing them. 1 piece carbon fibre boot. Sounds like he is making it big soon if he can afford the licensing fee for the NHL. He should be trying to get on Dragon’s Den!

  32. SlovakHab says:

    Few pre-game notes:

    Bruins 3rd line? Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
    That’s pretty sick. Great 2-way players that can defend or score.

    If Vanek doesn’t produce under Therrien, will it be a good enough proof what a terrible coach he is, or will MT’s defenders find another excuse? (fyi I hope he does produce, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he totally regressed).

    Tuukka Rask is 2-10-2 career against the Canadiens…
    Maybe that’s why I think he is one of the most over-rated goalies around.. I don’t get why Price, who for me is clearly superior, doesn’t get nearly as much praise as Rask. We saw what happened at the Olympics. Rask isn’t that good, people!

    Boston has outshot its last four opponents 156-82
    And that’s why they are so good. It doesn’t matter how many shots you block (I’m looking at you, Murray fans!)
    It’s how much puck you have and how many shots you direct towards the opposing net that matters. Shot blocking is over-rated. It can be helpful on PK and when you face absolute elite. But when you are hero for getting stuck in the own zone and spend all your time blocking shots and clearing the crease, while facing bottom lines, and I’m looking at you, Murray lovers, then something is wrong with that.

    Have the puck, shoot the puck, out-chance your opponents. Otherwise you don’t have a fighting chance for the Cup.

    We haven’t won in regulation for a long, long time. When was the last time Montreal Canadiens skated out to a convincing victory? Someone help me – was is in Minny last year?

  33. Alvin says:

    Don’t know why nobody can see Vanek/Pleks/Galchenyuk.
    Gio is not what he used to be in terms of scoring or energy but he is defensively responsible and can pop in some goals.
    Galchenyuck would get loads of more ice time which he really really needs. Pleks is gifted both offensively and defensively and with 2 very talented wingers like Vanek & Galchenyuk I’d say there’s one hell of a line. Why can’t MT or MB see that? It is obvious.
    Gio gets to play on the third line.

  34. Milan 1899 says:

    Don’t like the Chucky-Eller- Briere line at all!! Just asking to get scored on…

  35. Timo says:

    I am so happy I won’t have to hear “Dougie Hamilton” tonight.

  36. Timo says:

    Does anyone else think that Boone has just sealed the Habs fate tonight with all these positive statistics against the Bruins?

  37. Timo says:

    Did Angela Price just say she is not a good cook? So Carey still has to do groceries and live like a hobbit? The man just can’t get a break.

  38. Storman says:

    147% of the posters on this site exaggerate.

    • Strummer says:

      I’ve told you a million times to stop exaggerating

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  39. wjc says:

    People need to accept things as they are. The lines are what they are, sit back and enjoy.

    If Therien is baffling you, then accept being baffled.

    Complicated mathematical equations baffle me, so I relax and say, whatever you say. Questioning everything that baffles you could get frustating, if it works out you can say “interesting”

    wjc

  40. Danno says:

    Snowing in Montreal

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  41. wjc says:

    Does this make sense, Patriocetty line is scoring threat.

    Plekanic line with Vanek is offensive threat along with being great defensively.

    Gives Canadiens two lines for the Bruins to worry about along with a pretty good 3rd line.

    4th line is energy line and aggresive.

    Does this give Canadiens 4 lines for Boston to worry about?

    Interesting to see how this works out….I think if might just work.

    wjc

  42. habstrinifan says:

    Therrien is a true fundamentalist. He cant get his mind around the idea of a Weise man from the West…. apparently.

  43. wjc says:

    BUDAJ will be STELLER.

    Fretting is for wusses….you heard it first here, Budag will be lights out.

    wjc

  44. Habfan17 says:

    So Price is on the record as saying he was not injured during the Olympics, but before, and he kept it quiet. Crosby said he knew.

    Since some people like to bash Habs players, has anyone brought up how selfish that was of Price and how it may be causing some hard feelings in the room, since if he can’t come back it seriously hurts any play off chances they may have had?

    Habfan17

    • JohnInTruro says:

      Not sure the guys are blaming Price for that, who wouldn’t do what he did? Chance of a lifetime, I am thinking he feels he made the right decision when he is able to look back on it in a year, 5 years, 10 years, 40 years…

    • Marc10 says:

      I don’t think any player on the team would begrudge Price. They would have done the same thing had they been in his position.

      Plus he’s been carrying the team on his back all season. If anybody is being selfish, it’s the guys that are having subpar seasons and aren’t injured…

    • wjc says:

      Nagging injuries sometimes work themselves out. Canadiens being cautious right now, if he were needed he would play.

      wjc

    • Timo says:

      Hey man… Price knew he won’t be winning anything with the Habs in a foreseeable future, so I can’t blame him seizing a chance of a lifetime and getting an Olympic gold medal. He knew that after that it will only go downhill when back with the Habs.

    • hbghab says:

      So if Price was injured before the Olympics and he played in the Olympics why can’t. he play for us now?

    • Habfan17 says:

      Thanks for the replies. I guess I find it a little funny, mostly the media, every little thing with PK is a big thing, and this gets little attention.

      I for one don’t think Price thought it would be as bad as it is. He took a chance, won gold and will be back. The team should be able to play a little harder, the good teams to raise their game this time of the season!

      Habfan17

  45. on2ndthought says:

    Glad Prust is back. Now waiting on Carey. Still think MT should switch Eller to LW with Gio and Pleks; Vanek with Briere and Chuky.
    GO HABS GO!!

    “a cannonading drive”

  46. GGtheHab says:

    A common complaint is that MT changes the lines too much, now those folks are bent out of shape about Vanek being with Plex/Gio…to those people I say wait for it..he may fluke upon a combination you like…even if it is for a period or just a shift.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I would like to know where Vanek is more productive, from the left side or right? Then put him where he scores the most, especially since he piles up points against the Bruins.

      If It is the left side, then maybe they should move him to the 3rd line, put Galcheyuk at centre, and Bourque on the right side. leave Briere With Pleks and Gio and sit Eller.

      Habfan17

    • WAR72 says:

      Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
      I dont usually blame a coach, as the coach does not step into battle…
      However, mt is kinda baffling.

  47. habstrinifan says:

    See the fears re Price. I have same.
    But let me just say.. in a very very unkind way… if Dubnyk becomes our #1, I either want him to be startlingly good or startingly bad. No ‘average’ stuff.

    Let’s face it. It would be much more fun( one way or another) with a name like Dubnyk. It’s not a middle of the road name for posting post game comments.

  48. JohnBellyful says:

    While my comment is being moderated — or rather, obliterated — why not take a few seconds to play Spot the Fake
    http://johnbellyful.weebly.com/

  49. JohnBellyful says:

    It’s time for Spot the Faker.

    Can you tell which of these fellows is NOT a coach in the NHL?

    A

    B

    C

    D

  50. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Really hope Budaj pulls it together tonight. When he went in as the start after Carey was hurt in the playoffs he looked really shaky too — seems like he’s at his best only when Carey’s on the bench (as in the starter’s position isn’t his).

    I’m a bit of a gambler, but I’d be tempted to start Tokarski regardless.

  51. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Bot feeling too good with Budaj between the pipes. Hope I’m wrong.

  52. Storman says:

    I have a stromboner knowing Ron MacLean will no longer be the face/host of HNIC next year.

  53. Mondou6 says:

    Anyone have a link for the game tonight?

    I can’t listen to Jack Edwards.

  54. JohnBellyful says:

    Okay, gang, it’s time for Spot the Faker
    Which one of these fellows is NOT an NHL coach?

    A

    B

    C

    D

  55. gexx says:

    any news when Price comes back? And why didn they call up Dubnyk to play?

  56. Danno says:

    We’re going to need a really powerful BRJ© for this game.

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  57. FlyAngler says:

    Just got into town after the nasty ride from Boston. My vibes are all positive. The Habs simply need to attack not the giant elephant in the room but the big gorilla on the ice- #33. Let’s get some GOOD kharma generated folks!

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

    • GGtheHab says:

      I think they have the gorilla figured out, put the puck in his feet..he seems to have trouble looking down, and when they get in close he loses his reach advantage

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Last time they played, Murray took Chara off his feat and crashing into the boards when Chara was playing forward on the PP. I was so mad that it wasn’t a great camera angle and they only showed Murray stand up to Chara when he got up and went after Murray on the replay. Murray didn’t budge an inch, loved it!

  58. WAR72 says:

    I dont understand, based on the practice lines…
    Habs trade diaz for wiese, but weise is not playing.
    Habs pick up weaver for defence depth, because they traded diaz, but weaver is not playing.
    Why did habs trade for those guys?
    I see weaver way ahead of bouillon.
    I see wiese along with white as a quality fourth line tandem. Plus habs played well with him in line up.
    Also, repeating what i read below, if parros is not dressed vs bruins, why do habs have him?
    Hopefully vanek and crew can pot a few and make these questions redundant.
    Go habs!

    • GGtheHab says:

      wiese- probably letting him heal, and going with moen as he has been thru the habs/bruins rivalry and not a good time for an unknown entity in a big game
      weaver- same thing..and he is a marginal player and took a bad penalty..MT likes to punish those.
      Parros will not be missed..

    • GL says:

      War72 – The only problem I have with this. Why can some tandems be broken up and others it’s a NO NO. ie Mt won’t break up Plekanec and Gionta and put Galchenyuk on that line to make the line a scoring line with Vanek but a Good defensive Duel like White and Weise who have had success That seems to be OK. It’s a MT thing and he’s gonna get burnt maybe as early as tonight!!

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      This is exactly why Michel Therrien needs to go. He has ruined this team like he has every team he’s coached. The benching of Wiese makes no sense whatsoever. If memory serves me correctly we’ve won every game he’s been in.

      MT is a douchebag, plain & simple.

      • GGtheHab says:

        well, if by ruined you mean taking a team that was predicted to finish outside the playoffs and riding them to 2nd/3rd in the conference..then yes I agree…

    • wjc says:

      Injuries most likely.

      wjc

  59. JohnInTruro says:

    NHL.com sees Vanek on the wrong line it seems:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=709026&navid=nhl:topheads

  60. scrotchland says:

    I have a feeling that tonite we will be very disapointed. remember that boston beatdown a few years ago.,well tonight will be a carbon copy of that. bruins will be wanting to show who is the master in the jungle, and it wont be pretty…
    Heard aron ward on TSN before, he called josh jorges “the glue that keeps the montreal defence together”. give me a freaking break. jorges is glorified cheerleader. rah rah

  61. jlgib1019 says:

    Arpon Basu on HNIC today said Price is skating very gingerly at practice,this after missing game #8 tonight. i would be very surprised to see him before April.And if it’s a groin,a setback could shelf him for the year.

    jr

  62. theox_8 says:

    I’ve been waiting all day for this game !! Hurry up all ready I can’t wait much longer .

  63. GGtheHab says:

    Re the poll, saw the leafs three times..bruins once…far fewer broon fans…and leaf fans are unbearable pregame…luckily for me, we have come away with 2 OT and two shootout wins but would rther endure a loss against the Bs, way fewer and much quieter fans..

  64. GGtheHab says:

    Positive comments-positive vibes….other than Boone’s obligatory bad feeling, can all negative posters please go back to the previous thread and commiserate there?

  65. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Lean and mean lineup. Well, maybe not that mean.

  66. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Lean and mean lineup. Well, maybe not that mean.

  67. Mr. Biter says:

    Actually we’re fielding a pretty decent line-up tonight. Rather see Parros in for Moen or Eller sitting (no hate towards him he just has not done anything for about 30 games). Should be a good tilt tonight.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  68. Maritime Ronn says:

    Hello Mr. Boone

    Just trying to help out here complementing your usual pre game stats to set the stage:

    Bruins are on a 13-2-2 run…..BUT, 1 of those losses came against the Habs (4-1January 30th), where Budaj was lights out posting a .971 SP saving 34 out of 35 shots.
    The other game stars were Gallagher and….Emelin.

    Budaj Career against Boston: 4-1. SP .919 GAA 2.35
    Rask Career against the Habs: 2-10-2. SP: .899. GAA: 2.88

    Even Strength 5X5 Play.
    The Bruins rank 1st in the NHL with a 5X5 goal differential of +45.
    The Habs rank 23rd in the NHL with a 5X5 goal differential of -12.

    One of the Bruins strengths is their ability to get production from the bottom 6.
    Ex: A goonie guy like Shawn Thornton that plays 8 minutes/game already has 4 goals (47 games)…that’s 1 more goal than Moen and White COMBINED, and just 1 less than Prust.

    Specialty teams:
    Boston has the 3rd best PP in the NHL
    Habs have the 13th best PP.
    Habs have 4th best PK in the NHL
    Bruins rank 12th.

    What is quite surprising are the Minor Penalty stats.
    Ranked from lowest Minor penalty minutes to highest
    Boston: 11th-232
    Montreal:24th-266

  69. Prop says:

    The nice thing about living in Verdun…there’s access to beer on every corner.

    Eye yam sofa king done with winter…

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  70. Ian Cobb says:

    We are in town and ready for this great hockey match! Will be leaving the hotel and heading to the rink. Snow is not a big deal yet! Half an inch down, but getting much colder, perfect for a great Bruins Hab,s contest!

  71. Danno says:

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  72. BobbySmithWasClutch says:

    Habs should win tonight due to home ice, Vanek break out, law of averages and greater sense of urgency

  73. boing007 says:

    Maybe second? Otherwise, No Comment.

    Richard R

  74. Stanley Cup says:

    That cranks me up.

  75. scrotchland says:

    I agree 100% brother! Therian sucks!!!

  76. twilighthours says:

    I don’t understand you.

  77. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Thanks!

  78. twilighthours says:

    No need to pick on the UKRAINIAN for improper English. Come on.

  79. Slackman says:

    +1: seriously!

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

  80. jlgib1019 says:

    Google translator

    jr

  81. SmartDog says:

    Gee, I was gonna change it to Bibizonka and now that’s taken!

    Drat!

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  82. habsfan0 says:

    Maybe the Habs can rotate Therrien,Martin,and Carbo for the next 20 years or so.

  83. CJ says:

    I don’t think they stink, however they aren’t great either. Somewhere in the middle. Truth is we are one of about 20 average teams in a parity driven league. We are missing key players and have just played four of the best teams in the league. The results are not surprising.

    In order to beat a better team, you need a complete effort. We simply didn’t supply it. The result is not surprising.

  84. jlgib1019 says:

    He is right. Markov wouldn’t have gotten anything better than a 2nd and gio a 4th or 5th

    jr


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