Liveblog: Game 7 – Canadiens 5 – Columbus 3 in a barnburner


Four in a row

The Canadiens kept pace with division rivals Boston and Ottawa with a 5-3 conquest of Columbus.

The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead but got late goals – the last a shorthanded empty-netter – from Tomas Plekanec to secure two points.

Rene Bourque, Andrei Markov and rookie Michaël Bournival, with his first NHL goal, also scored for the Canadiens.

Columbus got two goals from rookie Boone Jenner and another by Ryan Johansen.

Carey Price made 30 saves to earn First Star honours.

Winning late

Tomas Plekanec broke open a 3-3 tie that was headed for overtime when he beat Sergeo Bobrovsky with 67 ticks left on the clock.

Then with Josh Gorges off for tripping, Pleks added a shorthanded empty-netter.

It ain't over

Andrei Markov's first of the season – a shorthanded shot from the point – staked the Canadiens to a 3-0 lead.

But less than a minute later, on the same power play, rookie Boone Jenner tapped a fat rebound past Carey Price.

And with P.K. Subban way up ice and Lars Eller patrolling the right point in the Columbus zone, Ryan Johansen broke away and beat Price to make it a one-goal game.

Canadiens had an 11-10 shot advantage.

Funny, he doesn't look fluish

Rene Bourque, who was too sick for morning skate, opened the scoring on a brilliant head-man pass by P.K. Subban during a Canadiens power play.

Rookie Michaël Bournival (a Liveblog fave) got his first NHL goal off tic-tac-toe pasing by Andrei Markov and that point machine (10 in six games and 20 minutes) Subban.

Canadiens outshot Columbus 14-11 in a very lively first period.

Howdy, stranger

The Blue Jackets have not played at the Bell Centre since Dec. 6, 2011, when Rick Nash beat Carey Price in a Shootout to secure a 3-2 win for the visitors.

The return of Columbus (a phrase that sends waves of anxiety through indigenous populations everywhere) launches a five-game homestand during which the Canadiens will be re-acquainting themselves with teams they did not face in the lockout season.

Nashville is at the Bell Centre on Saturday, followed by Edmonton next Tuesday, the return of Saku Koivu with his Anaheim teammates on Oct. 24 and mighty San Jose on the 26th,

Nash is no longer the face of the franchise in Columbus. Jeff Carter, who had five shots on goal in that Bell Centre game two years ago, is gone as well.

New Blue Jackets include Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Murphy, drafted one spot ahead of Alex Galchenyuk in 2012; and old pal James Wisniewski.

Columbus also has the reigning Vezina Trophy winner. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed more than two goals only once in his five starts this season.

The Canadiens will be coping with the absence of Max Pacioretty, which likely will mean Top 9 ice time for Brandon Prust.

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Rene Bourque has the flu and was not at the Canadiens' morning skate.

If Bourque can't go against Columbus, Michel Therrien will dress seven D and use Nathan Beaulieu on the fourth line. The lines and pairings Thursday morning: Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher, Prust-Desharnais-Brière, Moen-Plekanec-Gionta, Beaulieu-Bournival-White; Subban-Markov, Diaz-Gorges, Tinordi-Bouillon.

• Pre-game reading: M-A Godin of La Presse analyzes the Canadiens' D and Sean McIndoe on the superiority of the Western Conference


  1. Strummer says:

    This is dedicated to Briere and DD

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  2. Hamayoune says:

    Question of the day: how much does Subban deserve for his next contract? He has been other worldly this season.

    -7 years for $7.5M, do it Marc

  3. T-roy West says:

    News Flash – Prust is not a fourth line player and doesn’t look out of place on the top two lines.

  4. jedimyrmidon says:

    Love how they were raving about PK on L’antichambre. He is a special player.

    They said something smart, and I’m paraphrasing: It’s frustrating to see people get mad at PK when he commits a turnover. When you have the puck as often as he does, of course you’re going to have turnovers from time to time compared to the guy who never has the puck.

  5. HabCez says:

    BJ’s are a good young team.
    Bobrovsky let in a couple iffy goals I’m sure he would like back but the best goaltender won.

    Carey played solid. Even got to see his patented high-jump.
    Markov is playing his best hockey even with bummed knees.
    PK getting called for everything. Exception for the high stick, even if it wasnt his fault, were bad calls. Poor guy. He’s gotta stop looking at the ref. Anywho.. Markov and PK are clicking.

    Good to see Diaz playing hero role, swatting the puck that lead to Plec’s goal. Speaking of Plec’s, I hope he retires with the habs.
    In my books he is untouchable.

    Briere.. he isn’t playing bad but he isn’t producing.
    Are they trying make him play more of a defensive game like they did with Gionta? Guess time will tell.

    Go Habs!

    “Emelin’s the real deal.”
    – HabCez

  6. T-roy West says:

    I just don’t get what people see in Diaz. It’s like I watched a different game then some people on here. I watched him get manhandled in our end the whole night. He cannot contain his man in front of the net. Watching him and Gorges was really painful to watch but not as bad as watching Diaz out there in the final minutes.

    • Seps says:

      I agree, he’s been soft ever since he came back from the concussion last year. The only thing I will say is he had a killer block late in the third there that saved a goal. Maybe that opportunity was his fault in the first place?

      • T-roy West says:

        I don’t mean to be hard on him but he just isn’t NHL quality. His flaws are really exposed playing with Gorges. Diaz plays the puck like it is a hot potato Gorges doesn’t no how to take a hit.

      • J Haul says:

        He had that killer block and then followed it up with the clutch clear moments later to eventually set up the empty netter. Say what you will about Diaz, but on this night he earned his keep with those plays.

    • PeterD says:

      Agreed about Diaz…too small and light weight to handle large forwards.

  7. habsfan0 says:

    Some group named the “Reputation Institute” just named Toronto the 2nd most reputable city in the world(Sydney,Australia #1).
    Montreal was #18,Baghdad finished dead last.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was unavailable for comment.
    Apparently,he’s visiting Baghdad.

  8. carolinahab says:

    Grades for coach MT and GM MB. I give MT a 9/10 I give MB a 7/10. Michel Therrien for me is the biggest surprise of the season. MT like him or hate him?

    • Seps says:

      I’d like to see Subban play closer to Suter minutes. Briere in the pressbox. MT clearly gets the team fired up before the game but there’s a let down after the Habs stop scoring, that needs to stop. Bergevin is looking like less and less of a genius. MT is doing fine for now.

    • naweed235 says:

      Bergevin has done fine to date minus the Briere signing. However, how he’ll handle Subban’s upcoming contract, will most definitely be the biggest test for him. I think something along the lines of $8M for 8 yrs is fair for both parties. If Subban wants more, then he’s a greedy bastard 😛 but he’ll deserve it.

  9. Sportfan says:

    Caught the end of the game it was awesome!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  10. commandant says:

    If you follow an “insider” on twitter who claimed Max had a torn ACL. Block that loser, he clearly has no sources.

    Multiple “insiders” claimed this

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

  11. PADPZ says:

    I wonder whether Subban will get a raise

  12. nek25plus says:

    Can’t watch TSN because on Gagnon. Won’t watch CBC because of all of them. Can’t do live blog with HIO, Boone man crush on Bournival and Diaz is too much to stomach. Benoit Brunet stands on my last nerve on RDS! But thankfully there is Pierre Houde. My options are slightly limited…


  13. Storman says:

    The Refs just gave PK a misconduct penalty for showering to quickly

  14. naweed235 says:

    I can’t believe I forgot to post this to save some of you the misery of waiting. I had some very good news: right after the game I saw MaxPac in the hallway giving props to the players going back to the locker room. He was not on crouches and was standing on his feet. Good news.
    However, i see that RDS beat me to it. 🙂 sorry! sometimes nature calls and things are forgotten. Now cheers to Maxi being alright!

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Max with the hammy strain.
    Just like I called it.
    Pretty good news, but you never know with a hamstring.

    In other news, great game.
    Had a bad middle bit, but pulled it out like a good team has to.

    Just have to work on our middle bit.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. habsfan0 says:

    If Colorado wins tonight(tied with Detroit 2-2) Patrick Roy will set an NHL record by winning his first 7 games as a rookie coach.

    I’m sure Mario Tremblay will be the first to call and offer his congratulations.

  17. Harditya says:

    Canadiens announce Max Pacioretty out 3 weeks with a left hamstring strain


    Edit – sorry several people broke the news earlier

  18. Propwash says:

    Glad to see that it’s not too serious for Wolverine. His knee was probably shattered but healed overnight.


  19. The Jackal says:

    Did not get to watch the third but that was fun game.
    The Jackets are certainly a solid team, they are a lot like the Habs in the sense that they have some solid young veterans and some great up and comers, so this win was definitely well earned and it is good we set ourselves apart.

    Another good game for Price, I have confidence in him and I think we will see a strong season from him. The one thing I wish the team had/could do is keep the a forecheck going in a cycle style like the Jackets sometimes did with their bigger forwards. We gain the zone and create chances but we don’t really set up there much and that would help us a lot, like Boone said, we could use a player or two like Jenner.

    Anyway, good game, and go Habs go!

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  20. Storman says:

    If early season standings are any indication,, the Atlantic division will see one strong team miss the playoffs, while a weak 3rd place team from the Metropolis or whatever division will make the playoffs..

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    And the Leafs lose on a weird goal, we are within a game of 1st place in the Conference!

  22. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    This website should be called NASCAR because it crashes all the time…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  23. db says:

    Knuckles Nilan was right. Max needs to do some yoga and get more flexible while keeping his strength.

  24. savethepuck says:

    So after 7 games our Habs are at 3.57 GF and 1.86 GA per game. Looks impressive but that game was a little too wide open for me. Too many good scoring chances. The days of JM’s system of being afraid to make a mistake are long gone. MT’s system definitely makes for exciting end to end hockey.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  25. FlyAngler says:

    It seems as though most every time Tinordi handles the puck in the Habs end it ends up being an adventure of the helter skelter variety. I know that he is big and brings physicality, but I think that Beaulieu has looked a lot better so far. And yes I get that he skated with the forwards in the morning skate, and Bourque ended up in the lineup but next game, he should get the nod over Tinordi.

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

    • FishOutOfWater says:

      Tinordi has had poor performances as of late, hasnt been moving his feet as much, but he is only a -1 in four games. his positives arent exactly flashy like Beaulieu

      Nathan has been good too, that pass last game was stellar.

      they both need to be playing. and they bring very different skillsets to the team

      • FlyAngler says:

        Good points. I agree. It will be interesting when Emelin and Murray are healthy. Maybe MB makes a trade?

        “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

        • commandant says:

          I think they both end up in Hamilton for a little more seasoning. The coaching staff is severly limiting their minutes. There is no trust yet

          Go Habs Go!
          Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

          • FishOutOfWater says:

            as they should.
            I agree they should be in hammer soon.
            but with a decimated defense corps (emelin, murray, drewiske)
            they dont have alot of choice.

            I mean would you rather see pateryn or dietz with the team?

            both nathan and jared need a taste of NHL action so they realize what theyre up against, and what they need to work on,

            dont expect either dman to play more than 25 games this season.


  26. slyCH says:

    Max hamstring strain. Good. Back in 3 weeks.

  27. Storman says:

    Pacioretty gone for 3 weeks, or 3 games in Patches world

  28. Lafleurguy says:

    Tough opponent, Habs outplayed except in the nets, and the counterattacks, but man, Columbus is fast and passes well. They’re better than the Oilers and their young stars are impressive. Galchenyuk and Gallagher have company. Bournival is destined to snipe this year, don’t miss the boat on this one, coach.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  29. Mavid says:

    Even the guys on TSN Montreal were talking about the shitty calls on PK, the non elbow, and then the high sticking, the other player lifted PK stick into his own face..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  30. Storman says:

    Even in a 5-3 game Price was really really good, DD and Briere not so much

  31. Propwash says:

    I may or may not have yelled YOU’RE OFF THE CASE BOBROVSKI on Pleky’s goal…


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  33. Habfun says:

    That was a little too close for comfort, some bad penalties and some bad calls. If Pacs is gone for any lenght of time MB needs to look for another big forward.

    It\\\’s all about the CH

  34. SUMO says:

    Bournival TOI 10:08, 1G, 1PT and 5 shots, 2 BS. Think he could be more than a 4th liner?

  35. Hobie Hansen says:

    @Punkster – I didn’t see the game, listened online, but Diaz has played very well lately!

  36. savethepuck says:

    That is what is wrong with picking stars and voting is done with 5 minutes left in the game. Plex with the last 2 goals in the last minute of the game obviously would of given him a star, most likely the 1st.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  37. habs001 says:

    Plecks has been poor this year maybe this last minute surge wakes him up…Diaz did make a nice block but lets be real he is terrible in his zone when teams become physical…

    • savethepuck says:

      Glad I have him in my hockey pool, only goals count, but the first goal went of a defenders skate giving Bobrovsky no chance, and the 2nd was an empty netter. Don’t get me wrong, I love Plex, or I wouldn’t have picked him in my pool.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  38. Adidess says:

    Socchi is looking plausible for Price right now. As a starter.

    Keep it up!

  39. Habbu says:

    All is forgiven……….I’m happy again

  40. slapshot777 says:

    This game should not have been this close only for poor officiating that kept Columbus in it

  41. Les_Habitants85 says:

    3 shorties on the season already fr the bleu, blanc et rouge!

  42. Mondou6 says:


    It feels *SO* great to screw Columbus and the bad reffing out of that game.

  43. SKHab says:

    Hamsters have had it. No comments.

  44. durocher says:

    Not sure if this has been posted — McLeod hits Kronwall from behind, Kronwall has to be carried off on a stretcher:

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      OUCH! That’s going to be a huge loss for Detroit.

      I didn’t think the hit was all that dirty, Kronwall just turned his back at the last minute…..that never ends well. Hope he recovers quickly.

      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!

  45. RockinRey says:

    Very lucky there. They let the guy come out of the corner. Nice save Pricey.

    Look forward to ALN Boone!!!

  46. punkster says:

    No hate for Diaz tonight.


  47. NLhabsfan says:

    What a great save by Price.

  48. Habcouver says:

    Go Habs Go!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  49. HabinBurlington says:

    Great Save by Price,

  50. SKHab says:

    Prust and Pleks!

  51. adadi says:

    What a save Price!!!!

  52. Et le but says:

    Shortie coming up…

  53. Les_Habitants85 says:

    Parros, Emelin, and against certain teams Murray in the lineup.. That will be nice.. Can’t wait for all 3 to be healthy plus Tinordi being the player I know he can and will be

  54. SKHab says:

    Time for another shorty!

  55. db says:

    Price scores the empty netter?

  56. slyCH says:

    Took me completely by surprise

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