Liveblog: Game 67 – Boston stomps Canadiens 4-1


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. HABitat4humanity says:

    Price comes back & all is good again.

  2. smiler2729 says:

    The sky is falling!! lol
    Chill, people, Boston was due to beat us.

    I still can’t believe this team is in a playoff spot with that coach and that talent, thank God for character eh.

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  3. Danno says:

    Glad I didn’t pay to watch that sh!t show


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  4. jmac21 says:

    Can’t fire the players!!

  5. danhabsfan says:

    Such a sad state of affairs, reminds me of the 90’s

  6. ABHabsfan says:

    remember a few years ago the Devils fired their coach right before playoffs even though they were well placed in the standings? Wonder if that will happen here.

  7. Storm Man says:

    I think most of the people that stand up for MT don’t have a job. No clue what work is

  8. Habbu says:

    Another season where my grandiose expectations of so many players have not been met

  9. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Hands of Moen!

  10. Habilis says:

    Are they still tired? Maybe another day off tomorrow is in order.

  11. frontenac1 says:

    Chantel Machabee or Andi Petrillo? I say Andi.

  12. jmac21 says:

    Are you Mike’s wife? Son? Mother? They had the best PP and top 3 PK to start the season Now it’s a case of everyone getting better and the habs Flat lined

  13. Bim says:

    Vanek on the bench now. Remind me again why we got him?

  14. Mondou6 says:

    Anyone still excited about nabbing that coveted #8 playoff seed?

  15. PrimeTime says:

    Way too easy for idiots here who have been booted from the site to renew with new names. Small minds!

  16. 2014 Norris Trophy winner, "Dan Hamhuis"! says:

    I am sorry, but all of the guys on here that are sticking up for MT better hope they don’t have drug testing where they work.

  17. duffy says:

    Be interesting to hear what excuses they have after the Game ,

  18. UKRAINIANhab says:

    A “MT” post will occur in 5,4,3,2,1

  19. Captain aHab says:

    So if Gionta wasn’t the C, would he be a healthy scratch?

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  20. sheds88 says:

    not one of Markov’s finest tonight

  21. Storman says:

    Canadiens playing and Therrien coaching a textbook 4-1 home loss game.

  22. boing007 says:

    Listening to the game on TSN 690. Very little background noise.

    Richard R

  23. Dust says:

    Montreal has the 13th best powerplay. they have the 4th best pk. Tell me again why the coach is so horrible

  24. JohnBellyful says:

    I’m trying to keep things in perspective.
    Down 4-1. Meh.
    Civilization is, what, 50,000 years old?
    Another loss for the Canadiens won’t change the course of history.
    Nor will changing the coach launch a new epoch.
    [But it would give us someone new to complain about.]

  25. Bim says:

    Please let this end! Its painful!

  26. jmac21 says:

    1 goal would be all Carey would need

  27. jmac21 says:

    This team hasn’t been able to score all year
    Who’s fault is that? The coach!!
    How many 2-1 1-0 loses this year? He needs to get his spot back on the RDS set

  28. L Elle says:

    Haven’t I seen this movie before?

  29. morivera says:

    Alex Burrows scored his first of the year tonight. Hey, he’s French! C’mon MB sign him for 7 mil a year for 12 years.

  30. sailordan1964 says:

    Can Lebrun James play hockey ? Saw him holding up a habs jersey?

  31. sCOTT1243 says:

    Nothing wrong with that hit…Saw Lucic deliver a few of those tonight.

    How are people still dishing out hundreds to come watch this team.

  32. Laramy87 says:

    Seems legit, Eller with hard hit and gets a penalty.

    Lucic hits from behind and goes in to score.. Fair yeah..

  33. Forum Dog says:

    If I have to watch another sloppy cross-ice pass to a player 30 feet away I’m gonna lose it. High percentage passes are 10 feet or less.

  34. twilighthours says:

    Dudgeon. Great, great choice of words.

  35. 2014 Norris Trophy winner, "Dan Hamhuis"! says:

    Sorry, but as good as this team played before the Olympics, they are twice as bad the last 5 games. They can’t make or take a pass, can’t get out of their own end and need a 5 on 1 PP in order to score, oh yeah and can’t keep the puck out of their own net.

  36. HabsKid says:

    Not getting the urge to start Budaj over Toker for every game except 1 while Price is out. What a skid! No points in the last 3 games.

  37. HABitat4humanity says:

    Eller takes a penalty but at least he is hitting hard.

  38. hab1024 says:

    Even with Price back we need someone who can put the puck in the net

  39. Captain aHab says:

    Eller takes a penalty…definitely benched now.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  40. Mondou6 says:

    lol…Bouillon dishes it to Gionta, who fires a weak wrist shot 10 feet wide of the net.

  41. Adidess says:

    Gionta, so useless!

  42. Storm Man says:

    Anyone he need to use all caps I’m his posts needs to grow up

  43. Habbu says:

    B’s up by 3 and still have the pedal to the metal….no hanging back for them

  44. The Juice says:

    Vanek and Max assisted on the goal

  45. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Is the game tied yet? I’m in a blackout area; Anywhere in North America.

  46. Bim says:

    The giveaways are incredible? Montreal are lucky its not 8-0.

  47. duffy says:

    I’m doubting Eller will ever score another Goal in a Habs sweater !

  48. CJ says:

    Vanek is plus one. The only plus player tonight. He wasn’t kidding when he talked about being a defensive specialist.

  49. Captain aHab says:

    EGG line hasn’t scored for 2 whole shifts now..time for MT to bench them to show them who’s the boss.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  50. HABitat4humanity says:

    Hit emelin. HIT!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Bim says:

    ZZZZZZZ! Everyone enjoying a nice snooze? Boring! We’re watching the Leafs right?

  52. Habbu says:

    Maybe it would help if MT had a little notepad and something to write with.

  53. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Tinordi is a give away machine!

  54. jmac21 says:

    Not a bad coach?? He’s had one line work all year??? EGG LINE then had to get the little Davey going so blows it up and….. One line again!!! Get him a GOAL SCORER and PUT HIM ON THE HABS SHUT DOWN LINE LOL
    I wish I could screw up this bad and not get fired from behind the bench and tarred and feathered

  55. 2014 Norris Trophy winner, "Dan Hamhuis"! says:

    So here is my take on who will not be on the team next year. Bourque, Eller, Cube, Vanek, Weaver and Gionta. I would resign Murray and try and trade Briere. Build through the draft and sign some players. Oh yeah fire MT.

  56. Storm Man says:

    Anyone who thinks MT is a good coach needs to stop hanging with Rob Ford and say no to Rock.

  57. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Can we fire MT right now, and keep the lines as they are for the foreseeable future?

  58. kingcammy says:

    Yaaay another crap game. Thank you Budaj (I think it’s time u go play for Slovakia, what? Lemme guess the schedule is to ruff for him, too many starts) thank you all the rest of u waste of money and space an the ice. Last but not least thanx Therrien we love I dearly…. On another team!!!

  59. HABitat4humanity says:

    Love the egg line reunited!

  60. Max says:

    Why does Vanek always look constipated?

  61. HABitat4humanity says:

    Subban would have won a gold in Sochi in figure skating

  62. Captain aHab says:

    Gonna bet right now that Vanek will be back with Pleks before the game is over.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  63. AceTen says:

    Wow Vanek moved off the Pleks line for 2 shifts and we have a goal… Shocking. Can I say I told you so Matty?

  64. Sportfan says:

    According to the interwebs no one got an assist -_-

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  65. jmac21 says:

    Game is out of reach
    Let’s change our lines now Mike!!!
    You are an idiot worse coach ever

  66. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Ok we will see if this line works

  67. danhabsfan says:

    Why a re guys not ready to receive Vaneks passes?

  68. HABitat4humanity says:

    The only thing better than a win tonight is a huge hit on Marchand.

  69. homerbowen says:

    Poor coaching decision to go with a small line up…it’s like Men against Boys! Our small guys can’t get near the net. We’re going nowhere thsi year and next year I hope we don’t have MT, Briere, DD, Gionta and Boullion.

  70. Storm Man says:

    MT may have Vanek in goal next game.

  71. The Jackal says:

    Habs could have run away with this game – couple of breakaways, many PPs, good pressure, but no finish. Happens some times, don’t get the mood around here.

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