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. Ian Cobb says:

    Also had a brief chat with Pat Hickey! Who was just as discusted at the proformance as we were.

  2. Ian Cobb says:

    Best thing about going to Montreal and spending $800 for the two of us is, I got to show my son a good old fashion Montreal winter storm. Just as cold as the Hab’s were!

    Last night after the game we met up with Matty at Hurley’s and had a great chat.

  3. marvin20 says:

    Oh hum same old story, can not score, yet the team is built on speed and skill. Bourque, Briere, and Gionta, need to go. Sad to say but I think this is as good as it is going to get.

  4. Rosieman says:

    Travis Moen. Gio. Murray.

    All vets – all terrible last night.

    But basically – this coach by hanging on to Murray shows he’s lost. It’s a FAST game now – Weaver is better by far.

    When Gio and Moen healthy scratches?


  5. UKRAINIANhab says:

    I think this game really proved Gionta’s days are numbered. Who is the next captain? All signs point to pleks? I like Gorges but do not give him the C.

    • Timo says:

      Habs need a good purge. Gionta, Moen, Bourque, Briere, just don’t belong. I still don’t want to give up on Eller until he has a real coach first. Plekanec, despite an absolute lovefest for this guy here, doesn’t impress me whole lot either. If he is a shut down guy, which he is, he should be playing on the 3rd line and not get paid 5 mil.

      • UKRAINIANhab says:

        Agree, except Plekanec has had Gionta stuck on his wing this whole year which well, we know how bad Gionta is. Also, if you want him as a shutdown player he kinda could not be doing that getting third line minutes and shutting down the opposing third line. Imo, this shutdown thing is stupid and you should have 3 scoring lines.

      • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

        No one wants Bourque and Briere

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      God help us if it’s Plekanec

    • billylove says:

      On this roster, I dont see anyone who really stands out as captain material.

    • berc says:

      gorges is next captain. that’s evident if you watch 24CH. tonight’s game was lost when the goalie decision was made. despite a noteworthy hiccup, tokarski’s two performances were superior to Budaj’s recent play and he should have been in nets tonight. it’s painful watching the defense. bring back spacek and hamrlik out of their retirement!

  6. Timo says:

    I am just wondering… when will it be Habs’ turn to have smart hockey people managing and coaching the team. Isn’t 20 years of pathetic mediocrity not enough?

  7. Timo says:

    How can a team that gets probably the most time off of all other teams in the league so absolutely lack any energy. The speed/transition game is non-existent. Defense is a disaster. Offense hasn’t showed up since late october. Ain’t it the same story every year as the end of the season approaches? Habs suck, plain and simple. THerrien is the biggest moron that has ever coach in the league, and that’s with the coaches like Tremblay and Claude Noel. I can’t wait until Bergevin is shown the door and the rest of the incompetent parler francais crew goes back shooting their mouths off at l’antichambre.

    Pathetic losers.

  8. BriPro says:

    For those of you freaking out over the players having the day off tomorrow.
    CTV’s Brian Wilde just reported that they have to, because according to the NHL’s CBA, they must have 4 days off per month, and tomorrow is one of them.

  9. habstrinifan says:

    Say after me boys and girls!

    This is the Montreal Canadiens!

    Yep! Hard to believe eh!

  10. CJ says:

    Turning in. One last thought, which I will direct to Tim Bozon…..

    Hang in there guy. There is an entire hockey community pulling for you. I’d trade a win tonight for some good news regarding your health tomorrow. I haven’t given up and I know fans across the world haven’t either. I trust your parents have the strength and support to help pull you through.

    God Bless you.


  11. 416erHabsFan says:

    I can’t believe Gionta is our “Captain”

    • CJ says:

      IMO, that C on his sweater saved him from being traded or having a seat in the press box. Even the staunchest Gionta supporter would have a hard time arguing against the fact that tonight was his worst game of the season.

      As recent as this afternoon I read posts that suggested he be signed to 2-3 more years. To this I ask, what’s the upside? He isn’t getting better. Statistically, he isn’t even staying the same. He is getting worse. Take him off the line with Pleks and where does he land? Third line? ……Too small. He has the heart of a champion, but the tools are no longer available.

  12. SC-24 says:

    It doesn’t matter what they did or didn’t do tonight. should they make the playoffs it will be another 1st round exit price or no price. because they are 4th in the eastern conference don’t let it fool you. this is a very weak team with a few exceptions and the light in the tunnel is a long way off.

  13. AH says:

    Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just read they are having a day off tomorrow?????

    Wow…just wow…..

  14. JohnBellyful says:

    Smart Dog could be right:

    .nosaes tsal fo dne eht drawot ecnamrofrep sti srorrim yalp s’maet ehT

  15. Laramy87 says:

    Well its clearly evident why Budaj is a backup. He cannot start as many games as he has recently. Put Tokarski in. I have more confidence with him now than with Budaj.

    First and 3rd goal were very weak

  16. Storm Man says:

    I think we should have have the day off on Thursday

  17. CH Marshall says:

    They better not think of rushing Price. I’m not worried bout Vanek. Imo we need a new concept or plan about our offense. Hopefully future team practices can address this.

  18. JohnBellyful says:

    On the other hand, we are bonding as a commentariat.
    [Or is it unglued? Sometimes it’s hard to tell.]

  19. SmartDog says:

    Two of the lasting images for me from tonight’s game come courtesy of…. Captain Gionta when he:
    – missed a wide open net
    – was lazy on the back-check when he could’ve caught Bergeron and prevented a goal.

    Gionta is done. Moen is spent. Markov is showing his age. This team COULD’VE got something for all three of these guys. But once again we’re “going for it” with a team that just isn’t there, and a coach who runs out of answers deep in the season. I just pray that they move Vanek to another line and he pots a few so we can at least get some entertainment out of what we traded away.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  20. scrotchland says:

    manny is to blame for this loss. Whenever he goes to the game these bums lose.

  21. AH says:

    Does anyone else notice that whenever this team has a few days off to ” regroup, rest, prepare” they more often than not come out and play like crap. So is that the players or the coaching?

    Man, so frustrated right now watching these guys.

  22. CrankFSU says:

    We are I trouble.


  23. CJ says:

    Well, the results matched the weather…lousy.

    I’m not inside the room and have no better sight line from the couch, so there’s nothing enlightening here folks. I could go up and down the lineup and pick out plays and players would missed the mark, were not ready to compete or who simply were not good enough. Credit, as painful as it is to suggest, needs to go to the Bruins. Rask was solid when needed to be and the Bruins were opportunistic. Once upon a time we had similar magic. Not tonight. Not recently.

    Question remains. Is this simply a blip on the radar, or has our possession percentages and injuries finally caught up to us? The East is getting tighter by the day. Unless we bounce back with points this weekend against the Sens and Sabres, this slip could turn into a slide. Slides can easily turn into streaks, so if it’s just the same to all involved, let’s just win.

    MB gambled. It was a calculated risk. Thus far the results have not been there, but let’s wait, just a little longer, before we turn the city upside down. It can’t get much worse….Can it?

    • AH says:

      CJ, yes it can get worse, and it appears to be trending that way.

      • CJ says:

        Fair enough, it can get worse. As bad as it’s been though we are 3-4-1 thus far over the most difficult (arguably) ten game stretch of the season. With wins against the Sens and Sabres back to back this weekend we finish 5-4-1. I recall saying I thought 4-4-2 would be decent. The 3-1-1 start caused expectations to rise, followed by the deadline acquisition of Vanek where they went through the roof. Again, this is a good team, one of 20 in the league. It’s a parity based league comprised of approximately 20 good teams, 5 great teams and 5 bad teams. We have been losing to teams who are better than us. I will join everyone on the cliff if we extend the losing streak with loses against the Sens and Sabres, who both could be considered part of the bad crowd, but let’s just take a step back in the interim.

        • billylove says:

          I think it’s more like, a handful of good teams, many mediocre teams and a handful of bad teams. Great teams? I think the whole point of “parity” is to virtually eliminate “great” teams. I’m not claiming to be an expert, but over my 50+ years of playing/watching hockey, I’ve seen some “great” teams, but there are no “great’ teams in today’s NHL.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I normally am very receptive to your call for calm and patience. But the playoffs are at hand and this team looks as lacklustre; disorganized; and incomplete as an expansion franchise.

      You need no other indication of the inability to manage a game than the observation made by so many posters re Bouillion’s ice time.

      I was ok playing Bouillion… but for goodness sake how do you end up giving him most TOI on the team. It is not his play that is the issue tonight.

      It’s like when we had Guy Lafleur. As Don Cherry used to say. It’s not what Lafleur does every minute he’s on the ice that counts. It’s what WE have to do every minute that Lafleur’s on the ice that counts. It’s not so much what Bouillion did every minute he was on the ice but what others didnt do with the ice time used by Bouillion.

      And by the way.. NO HABS did not dominate period 1. At best it was even. And Budaj had more difficult sops in that period than Boston’s goalie.

      • CJ says:

        Good post. I didn’t think Montreal dominated the first either. I thought we were better and had chances, but we didn’t dominate.

        I haven’t ridden Therien to hard this year, if only because I know that there is very little chance a coaching change takes place in season. Maybe in the summer, but not now. That said, it’s impossible not to focus on the PP (Gallant and Jodin) and the head coach.

    • HabsPooch says:

      Lose to the Senators this Saturday and we’ll ask that question again…

    • CJ says:

      Turning in, but quickly…..

      Firstly, good points. You are preaching to the converted though. I fully appreciate the enormity of every game here on out. Tonight was a blown opportunity, if only because we historically play well against the Bruins. We can site the schedule, travel, etc., but the fact remains there are both surface cracks and underlying issues on this team.

      Prior to completely throwing in the towel, I’d love to see how the group responds to playing in front of Price. I don’t think this is a Stanley Cup contender, never did, which is why I preached overhauling the team this year. That said, with Price healthy, and on form, we can win more than we lose, which would be enough to get in the postseason.

      The possession stats finally wore us down last year and are doing the same this season. We constantly defend. People criticized Tinordi tonight, and they are fair in doing so, but he is forced to defend more than any five Bruins defenders combined tonight. We have no net presence, Galley aside, are small and play a perimeter game. This will not work as the contests become tighter and the checking becomes stiffer.

    • HABSnEXPOS says:

      It was a calculated risk. Im sure He didn’t invasion his head coach putting a first line player on any team in the league with plecks and Gionta. I still don’t know why people think pleks is a superstar.

      Decent player but that’s it. Vanek probably hasn’t ever worried about the defensive side of things since his dad tied his skates when he was four years old.


  24. habstrinifan says:

    HardityaMARCH 12, 2014 AT 10:10 PM
    Good night everyone. Let’s forget this one and enjoy time with our loved ones.

    Thanks a lot buddy! This freakin couch is so freakin uncomfortable.

  25. scrotchland says:

    heres more news:

    Dave Stubbs‏ @Dave_Stubbs ·27m
    Habs off tomorrow, next practice 11 am Friday in Brossard

  26. Mavid says:

    I take it I picked a good one to miss..on a happy note the concert was fantastic!

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • BriPro says:

      It wasn’t that bad. They definitely owned the first period.
      A few defensive mental breakdowns and they were toast.

      It’s pretty obvious that, unless Tokarsky is a pleasant surprise, if Price is off for much longer, the team is in trouble.

  27. SC-24 says:

    Get use to it. We have a few good forwards and we have a few so, so forwards the rest is deadwood. I can’t figure out how they are in the top 8 in the Eastern conference. It must have been price.

    Here’s our good players – Vanek, Gallagher, Pacioretty
    Here’s our so, so players – Galchenyuk, Plekanec, Desharnais
    Deadwood – Remaining forwards if you don’t believe me, take a look at their stats!!

    P.S. And the Coaching is not the best. Don’t even know how to put good lines together and his ego won’t allow him to listen to some good suggestions on this site.

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