Liveblog: Game 68 – Frankie Boo wins a wild one


This is why we love hockey

With 3:22 left in the game, your Montreal Canadiens were dead in the water.

They trailed 4-1, and Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner was a wall.

Then Lars Eller scored his first goal since Jan.2.

A little over a minute later, Brian Gionta made it a one-goal game.

With the Senators shorthanded and Crey Price off for an extra attacker, David Desharnais tied the game with a fraction of a second left.

P.K. Subban assisted on all three goals.

And Francis Bouillon – of all people – won it in OT.

Game of the Season!


And Francis Bouillon's first goal of the season wins it.

Craziest game EVER!

Three goals in three minutes.

P.K. assists on all of 'em.


On to OT

Sens take lead

After the visitors had a go-ahead goal disallowed because of interference on Carey Price, Zack Smith was sprung in alone by an exquisite pass from Erik Karlsson.

Smith's shot dribbled through Price's legs and he poked it in.

Ottawa outshot the Canadiens 16-9.

Scoring woes persist

Daniel Brière scored on the first shot of the game.

Robin Lehner stopped the next 16 shots he faced.

Jason Spezza beat Carey Price with Ottawa's first shot, after Lars Eller blew coverage on the Ottawa trailer.

Canadins outshot the Senators 17-4.

But it's tied.

Mutual urgency

Your Montreal Canadiens have lost three in a row and have fallen behind Toronto and Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division standings.

Ottawa is chasing Philadelphia, Detroit, New Jersey and Washington for a wild-card playoff spot.

Both teams need a win, which should make for a lively Saturday evening at the Bell Centre.

And Carey Price is back!

This is the fourth of five games between the teams this season. The Canadiens lost 4-1 in Ottawa on Nov. 7 and 4-3 in Overtime at the Bell Centre on Jan. 4. They beat the Senators 5-4 in OT at the Canadian Tire Centre on Jan. 16.

The Canadiens can't score – seven goals over their last five games, 29th in the league in 5-on-5 scoring – and coach Michel Therrien is still tinkering with line combinations after 67 regular-season games.

Trade Deadline acquisition Thomas Vanek will play on his less-favoured right side with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, while Brendan Gallagher rejoins Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk. Daniel Brière is the latest addition to the Tomas Plekanec-Brian Gionta duo. The fourth line will be Travis Moen, Brandon Prust and Dale Weise.



  1. adadi says:

    Time to bench Emelin. Talk about a bad pinch.

  2. Captain aHab says:

    That’s not who Kaarlson was passing to.

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

    • CJ says:

      Of course not. The Sens drive me crazy for this exact reason. Did you see their tying goal with a minute to go against the Predators? Double deflection, off a skate and in.

      Bury these guys!

  3. CJ says:

    Can you get any luckier?

  4. Seda Moss says:

    Moen has a shooting percentage of 2.0%. Hands of Moen is backed up by hard data.

  5. jols says:

    Boone, did you fall asleep?

  6. UKRAINIANhab says:


  7. CJ says:

    PK, right on cue! Best hit in a month.

  8. Haberoooo13 says:

    Did 61 pass it to Gryba?

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  9. Harditya says:


  10. Blondie says:

    Nice hit.

  11. habs_54321 says:

    for the minutes he plays and the players he plays with briere has some of the best production value on the team

  12. adadi says:

    Hey Boone, you’re missing a helluva game…where are you..we’re missing your witticisms.

  13. Seda Moss says:

    MT is a genius! Keep Tinner in the press box!

  14. Captain aHab says:

    And there we go! Habs 100% need to shelve ALL pre-game ceremonies until the one where we hoist the Championship Flag.

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

  15. Sal from the Hammer says:

    That’s the first time they scored first in a while, right?

  16. NLhabsfan says:

    What a shot

  17. Harditya says:

    Wow we could have used him in playoffs against Sens last post season

  18. Danno says:

    Et le buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutttttttttttttttttt!!!!!

    Keep on eating those Gallagher burgers Danny!!!


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  19. Haberoooo13 says:


    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  20. adadi says:

    Oh Dany boy, the pipes, the pipes….

  21. Blondie says:

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

  22. HabsPooch says:

    Great start!!

  23. Harditya says:


  24. Captain aHab says:

    YES! No pre-game! The Centennial Curse won’t be on tonight.

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

  25. jols says:

    Nice…drop the puck.

  26. Blondie says:

    Love it when they let the crowd do the anthem.



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  28. ah Price is back finally something to look forward to. I’ll be honest I expected the habs to lose every game while he was out. It’s no secret, our team isn’t very good and Price is the only reason we are where we are.

    That and very poor coaching, but that’s been beat to death. Until the Habs realize politics and hockey don’t win cups we’ll be second to everyone.

    ok pvr time, off to the Wheat Kings game, if they win they’re in.

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  29. adadi says:

    Which Hab’s coach is/was worse. Michel Therrien or Mario Tremblay?

  30. CJ says:

    Hudon and Gregorie back together on the same line this afternoon. Hudon had a hat trick, while Gregorie had two assists.

  31. bender69 says:

    if Price can score a couple of goals we might have a chance!!

  32. StevieM61 says:

    So is tonight the second coming of Jesus Price?

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  33. Danno says:

    Who takes Tinordi’s spot?

    EDIT – Weaver.


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  34. CJ says:

    Tinordi a scratch? Colour me confused.

    On an aside, maybe it’s just me but these 7:00 pm Saturday night games don’t seem to get underway till closer to 7:30. I’ve been waiting all day, drop the puck!

  35. slapshot777 says:

    MT better start getting this team winning or he can file for early EI because I can’t see him back for a third season. I hate this struggling for a playoff spot every damn year

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

    • UKRAINIANhab says:

      We didnt struggle for one last year

      • slapshot777 says:

        I am not just referring to last season, with regards to struggling for a playoff spot. With MT he seems not to be getting the best out of his players and if he can’t do that then it is no good continuing on with that trend.

        To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  36. adadi says:

    It’s all part of MT’s secret plan Boone.

  37. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Tinordi did cost us some goals….

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    OK I am ready to watch a good hockey game tonight, Its been to long!

  39. Blondie says:

    Let’s go Habs! We’re way overdue for some finish around the net, I think they figure it out a bit tonight. At least one for Vanek, 5 – 2 Habs.

  40. Danno says:

    Time to crack open a nice cold Beau’s Lugtread beer. Vankleek Hill’s finest!


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  41. jols says:

    Go Habs Go!!!
    I actually like this lineup, the only niggle I have is Beaulieu still being in Hamilton. He makes the Habs a better team.

  42. frontenac1 says:

    Hope the Stache is in tonight. We need him.

  43. stevieray says:

    Tonite we,ll see what kind of team we have and how big there gonads are !…..a must win for sure is needed…Hope pricey isn’t to rusty…I also think the fans are getting a. Real disservice by keeping Beaulieu in Hamilton. I would grade him a step ahead of Tiny

  44. Danno says:

    Farber interviewing Patrick Roy on RDS


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  45. UKRAINIANhab says:

    He is a clown.

  46. HabinBurlington says:

    Gehlsen, sounds like your havng Rouladen tonight, one of my favourites!

  47. Mick says:

    How long will it take MT to change the lines up

  48. boonie says:

    I only caught a couple of minutes of the B’s-Hurricanes game. The amazing thing about Boston is their depth. Each of their top 9 forwards played between 14-17 minutes. Other than Chara, none of their D played more than 21 minutes. Chara 23 minutes.

    Granted, it was Carolina but hey. Iggy, Krejci, Lucic, Eriksson, Bergeron, Smith, Soderberg, Kelly and Marchand each played between 14 and 16 minutes – give or take a few seconds.

    This team can roll three good lines and their fourth can play a specific role as well. I have to believe that keeps them well-rested long term and for peak moments in games when Julien needs a boost.

    Contenders obviously rely on top end talent and a hot goalie. I have to believe that the advantages among the supporting cast play an underappreciated role.

    What’s the HIO consensus on the quality of our depth and the way MT deploys it?

    • piper says:

      The Bruins advantage is that only Krug and Marchand are under 6ft and Marchand doesn’t play small.

    • SC-24 says:

      boonie – if you think we have anywhere near the dept the Bruins have. I don’t know what planet you’re from. Bruins are gonna be one of the last to fall this year in the playoffs and unless they have some bad luck along the way. Lord Stanley is theirs to win. They have a complete team from top to bottom. can play it what ever way you want, can score, good defense and a real good goalie and very well coached.

  49. theox_8 says:

    This should be a good one , happy Saturday all !!

  50. Cape Breton says:

    Is Pricey in tonite because he’s healthy or is it regardless of his bad knee or groin he must play because the team is without decent backup goaltending?

  51. Danno says:

    I want to hear Pierre Houde yell out “Le tir et le buuuuuuuuuuuutttt!!!!” many more times than he has lately for the Habs tonight.

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  52. Danno says:

    Stoked!!!! for tonight’s game!


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  53. Lafleurguy says:

    Who’ll score before t’others, Eller, Vanek, Weaver?

  54. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Tfc up 2 on Seattle for the football fans on here. Defoe still belongs in Europe not MLS.

  55. Captain aHab says:

    Any pre-game ceremony tonight? Please say no. We need a win.

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

  56. marvin20 says:

    let hope the habs wear their big boy pants to night. the last 3 games against Ottawa Montreal look terrified and totally intimidated.

  57. Haberoooo13 says:

    3-1 Habs tonight…Vanek scores 2

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  58. fastfreddy says:

    Habs need a win tonight, they’ve got to keep TO and TBay in their sights.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  59. habstrinifan says:

    Withdrawal symptoms setting in. But I gotta stay strong. Day 1 of my ‘Anti Therrien’s Habs’ treatment plan.

    I leave with one frightening note. If you see the same PP schemes tonite as you did first period against Boston… dont be shocked if it results in a PP shorty.

  60. danp says:

    I am stuck at a conference in Orlando. Does anyone know a site where I can stream the game? Thanks!


  61. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Thanks, Gehlsen, for the Bozon update.

    I have a link for sending email wishes to him via the hospital. Will I post it here? Nice idea but potential hazards?

  62. Timo says:

    I am wondering… has every Habs coach (with exception of Randy Cunnyworth because he wasn’t french) always gotten a pass from the l’antichambre crew? You never ever hear them criticize Therrien… not once.

  63. Gehlsen says:

    @Trini and others
    Tim Bozon update

    Les Habitant!

  64. Timo says:

    Let’s me shock all of you – I don’t have high hopes for tonight’s game.

    • jlgib1019 says:

      It doesn’t matter. The end of year result cant be better than last year. The team isn’t as good. Price is a little better,P.K and Eller are worse,Galch,Gally and Tinordi are the same,Markov,Gio and Moen are a year older,and Briere is useless. It’s almost the exact same lineup that got demolished in 5 last year.Only Murray adds any toughess


      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Ok here’s a silly post.
        Just prior to the Bruins game, jlg, I agreed with you 100% on some excellent point you made in a finely-wrought post.
        Before I could reply, some minor domestic events overtook me. Now i can’t remember you point!
        So, um, hear! Hear! Keep ’em coming!

    • frontenac1 says:

      “High” hopes. I’m there already amigo.

  65. SC-24 says:

    well at least MT improved the lines a bit and if he doesn’t win he has one more move. Put the Gallys with Plekanec final straw still can’t win get ready for 2014-2015.

    • Captain aHab says:


      Regardless of what happens tonight, leave these lines together for a few games and THEN see what happens….

      Therrien needs to show some confidence that guys can generate chemistry on their own but shuffling them constantly isn’t helping.

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

    • jlgib1019 says:

      Seeing we have 2 top line players(Pacs/Vanek) 1 second liner(Gally),3 third liners (Pleks,Galch,DD) and 10 fourth liners,does it really matter?


  66. 24 Cups says:

    Some interesting Ottawa facts you may want to know.

    – Ottawa has taken 5 out of their last 14 points during the last 7 games. They just lost games to Edmonton, Calgary and Nashville which really hurt their playoff hopes.
    – 4 or more goals against during their last 10 games
    – GD of -28, Montreal is presently -3
    – Home record of 15-13-6 so far this year
    – 3rd worst defending team in the NHL
    – 5th worst PK in the NHL
    – 3rd most shots allowed per game
    – 29 goals against during last 7 games (2-4-1). Montreal has only scored 8 goals in their last 5 games
    – The Sens have given up 40 or more shots a game 14 times this year
    – Robin Lehner starts in goal tonight with a record of 25/7/11/4/,912/3.05
    – Ottawa has scored no fewer than 3 goals a game during their last 6 against Montreal
    – Montreal has scored 2 or fewer goals during 18 or their 34 home games this year. They have been outscored 13-3 in their last 3 games while going 1/13 on the PP
    – Jason Spezza has 60 points in his last 52 games against the Habs
    – The line of Michalek/Spezza/Hemsky have 15 points in their last two games
    – Clarke MacArthur, my UFA choice for the Habs, is presently at 19/25/44/7PPG/5GWG. I know it’s easy to look back but damn it, Janet.

  67. habs-fan-84 says:

    I feel like the Habs don’t have the greatest record for these National games. Hoping for a convincing win tonight!

  68. CJ says:

    Can’t wait till puck drop. With the implications for both teams, this has the feeling of a playoff game. A win versus a loss tonight would hold major implications for both clubs. Go Habs! Cheers, CJ

  69. Seda Moss says:

    I’m at Walmart right now stocking up on troll repellant for tonight. Would anyone like me to pick them up a can?

  70. Luke says:

    Woo. Go Habs! Fresh bread. Cold Beers. Nice Steak. Habs in 2 hours. Can’t ask for more.

  71. Hobie Hansen says:

    Drop the puck already!

  72. GGtheHab says:

    go habs go

  73. montreal ace says:

    just like a bear i am there

  74. Timo says:

    That is something I could get behind if it weren’t for a kid. Damn kids.

  75. habs_54321 says:

    after subban and markov there aren’t much options I think emelin has underated skills though give him a shot on the second wave

  76. idle says:

    Ottawa penalties were only a few seconds apart so you have 4 min on powerplay in a fast past game and someones got to play it…

  77. Mondou6 says:

    I agree. It’s like the playoffs last year. They even started the game with their goon line.

  78. BobbySmithWasClutch says:

    Yes. They know the formula to beat us

  79. adadi says:

    Yikes. A Sens fan. I’ll give the too many men on the ice, but Habs get hosed as much as the Sens if not more. Remember that PK is a penalty magnet.

  80. Captain aHab says:

    Go stroke a Mountie or something.

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

  81. Captain aHab says:


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

  82. danhabsfan says:

    The lines were flying to start the game, why change them. Let the guys play and get chemistry

  83. Habcouver says:

    Must be confusing for the players, too.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
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  84. Mark C says:

    Ummm the PP mixed us the lines coach.

  85. Frozen Village says:

    Classic Costanza

    More Swedes for the Lions in Winter

  86. Frozen Village says:

    Went to major junior last night, more autonomy on that bench

    More Swedes for the Lions in Winter

  87. adadi says:

    Does the word, tool, idiot, moron, has been, incompetent, turkey, come to mind.

  88. habsfan0 says:

    And we could have had Patrick Roy.


  89. 1010 says:

    I don`t like his coaching either but c`mon. The coach did not miss those chances. Briere was hearing footsteps like a little girl and hurried his shot when he had all kinds of time. Chances are chances. No matter what the system.
    GO HABS…

  90. jlgib1019 says:

    He’s watching the dollars roll in from the fans who are ecstatic about making the playoffs again


  91. jlgib1019 says:

    That ship sailed with that December winning streak


  92. rljmartin says:

    Are you lost?

  93. twilighthours says:

    And then there was that kick in goal last year in the playoffs.

  94. Seda Moss says:

    No longer almost.

  95. Seda Moss says:

    If you’re going to be an inconsiderate contributor, at least complete your sentence fragment with some punctuation.

  96. danhabsfan says:

    I wish

  97. danhabsfan says:

    I hope Roy wins coach of the year

  98. Luke says:

    hey, at least MT scored 4. He did allow 17 though… so. Yah.

    Or perhaps it’s the players. Perhaps it’s the players.

  99. ffenliv says:

    I disagree. We should ice 22 rookies every night!

    That was my sad attempt at humour, to ease the pain of this game. I get to see the Habs on television very rarely. It’s hard to stomach a game like this.

  100. Black Horse says:

    Sure they do. No need to rehire them!

  101. Captain aHab says:

    That’s why they’re taking time off today….doh!

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

  102. habsfan0 says:

    You’re right.
    Wilson is much older than Molson.

  103. FlyingFrenchie says:

    It’s called Grecian formula.

  104. Black Horse says:

    I agree

  105. johnnylarue says:

    I share in your empathy.

  106. piter says:

    Ask PJ for some of his Depends

  107. piter says:

    If I’m not mistaken, Ottawa is a more penalized team than us, so it shouldn’t be surprising. They just suck.

  108. Captain aHab says:

    You’re wrong.

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

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

    Wait… do you have a theory about what happened to that airliner, too?

  110. Loop_Garoo says:

    Angry Sens fan? All the calls were close ones no question, however they were also all correct. Check the replays.

  111. Max says:

    You’re on the wrong site pal. Take it somewhere else.

  112. Habanero78 says:

    You have no clue. Ya nice call on Eller when the Sens scored on the pp. Hits puck and then trips senator, nowhere is that ever a penalty. Time to stop sucking your thumb and go to bed buddy…

  113. duffy says:

    And what makes you an expert on reffing .

  114. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Blah, blah, blah…

  115. chesterfiled says:

    Sniff! Boohoo (wipe my tear)… Damn refs (shaking fist to the ceiling) who officiate the game!

  116. topher5468 says:

    Oh please, go to your teams web site and cry to your fellow fans. Calls go both ways over the coarse of an entire year, anyway, it’s over,

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  117. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    I was embarrassed for the Sens for the unprofessional way they reacted after each Montreal goal. And this poster needs to take his act onto a Sens site; he’s not wanted here….

    Do the math……..7 x 6 = 42…Love our PK!
    24 cups and counting….

  118. Psycho29 says:

    You’re a Sens fan? I thought you were a Loaf fan?

    BTW…Storey was never fired. Adolf Campbell said to the papers that Storey froze on a couple of calls. Storey resigned, and never came back.
    We want facts next time, not made up bedtime stories….

  119. jamman says: is where you need to be. ya lost, im kinda thirsty think you could cry me a river?

  120. kempie says:

    Your tears are delicious.

  121. CJ says:

    I’ll bite.

    Firstly, thank you for sharing your point of view. It’s refreshing to hear from fans from other teams. We (habs fans) argue enough with each other, so it’s nice to have a change.

    Regarding the game, the outcome was not decided by the refereeing, although, admittedly, some calls were borderline at best. Montreal did nothing with their first five PP opportunities, so if anything, Ottawa was able to build confidence and momentum following the kill.

    Ottawa lost this evening for the same reason why Montreal lost last spring; you failed to capitalize on your chances. The Sens missed scoring on four breakaways. You can go a week without getting one, but missing four? That’s all on your team.

    The Sens lost because they couldn’t defend a lead. This has been a theme all season with your team. As recent as Thursday you practiced in the defensive zone without sticks, in hopes of improving positional play. In game 66 of the regular season, following nearly a full week of practice, you should have been better.

    You lost because you failed to take advantage of a terrible Montreal defence (PK aside), consisting of three 7/8 defencemen on almost any other team in the league – Murray, Weaver and Bouillion.

    You lost because you were outplayed and outshot. Despite being against the wall, in a desperate state, you allowed Montreal to dominate the first 20 minutes allowing nearly 20 shots in the process. You were close to the 50 shots surrendered total again tonight. You aren’t going to win many games giving up that many shots. I’ll save you looking it up….even excluding the PP shots, we still had more than you did tonight. Shots are not always a true barometer, but I’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would say the first period was even close.

    Lastly, you lost because you got out coached. That’s not easy to do, especially against Montreal. A quick straw poll will likely reveal that 90% of the fans on this site want to dump Therien. Tonight, he was the better bench boss.

    In closing, you can point to the officiating if it makes you feel better. Fact remains, your team was not ready to compete. At some point you need to ask yourself this; are you satisfied as a Sens fan? Murray, going into his eighth year as GM has a total of ONE playoff series victory. Your team is floundering under your coach and your owner has imposed a cap on your team. You have the third cheapest tickets in the entire NHL and yet you can’t sell out your building unless the Leafs or Habs are in town. You somehow lose money every year, and with the Canadian dollar losing ground to the US greenback, relocation is once again a real possibility.

    Friend, the refereeing tonight is the least of your problems. Cheers, CJ

  122. nova scotia vees says:

    Just crawl back to T.O. Sookie baby. Or are you an Ottawa troll? Sam would not want you using his name. You probably cheer for the Argos..or maybe the foolish Red-Blacks. Cry me a river..ha.ha.

  123. Mattyleg says:

    Spezza didn’t take up a position outside Price’s crease.
    He skated past him and put his hip into his head.
    He’s lucky that Shanahan isn’t calling him tomorrow.

    Head back to your Sens thread.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  124. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Just to add what CJ said, this Sens fan/Leafs fan has to come on our site because their sites, like their teams, suck! I like your passion and your style CJ…class all the way! Best way to stick it to that pesky poster!

    Do the math……..7 x 6 = 42…Love our PK!
    24 cups and counting….

  125. Habcouver says:

    Excellent response, CJ.
    I concur.

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

  126. UnkleGary says:

    Arguments between fans of different teams are one of the best part of being a hockey fans, and that was one awesome respectful retort! Always love your posts CJ!


  127. CJ says:

    Thanks buddy! I hope I have the pleasure of making your acquaintance at the next fan summit. Cheers, CJ

  128. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Same. I might try to turn up as the summits do sound like fun….Keep fighting the good fight!

    Do the math……..7 x 6 = 42…Love our PK!
    24 cups and counting….

  129. CJ says:

    Thank you kindly my Vancouver friend! Cheers, CJ

  130. CJ says:

    Thank you kindly! Feeling good after this win, as unlikely as it appeared to be. Have a great night! Cheers, CJ

  131. HabsPooch says:

    I think Price should be mentioned as well. He made quite a few brilliant saves to keep them in there…

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