Liveblog: Game 70 – Vanek arrives, scores three to bury Avalanche


Character win

The Canadiens bounced back from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to take control of the game in the third period.

Thomas Vanek scored three times and was named the game's First Star.

Fourth-liners Travis Moen, Brandon Prust and Dale Weise (with en empty-netter) also scored.

The brilliant Nathan MacKinnon, Max Talbot and Jamie McGinn scored for Colorado.

Bonus: Leafs lost to Detroit.



The Canadiens scored three in 5:15 to win a tough one.

Brandon Prust scored to give the Canadiens a 3-2 lead early in the period, but Jamie McGinn took advantage of atrocious coverage to tie it up.

Then Thomas Vanek took over.

Two power-play goals to complete his hat trick, and raise his season total to 24.

Dale Weise's empty-netter, on an unselfish pass by Tomas Plekanec, sealed the deal.

Canadiens outshot Colorado 36-28.

Vanek finally scores

Thomas Vanek's 22nd – and first in blue-blanc-rouge – got the Canadiens back in the game at 1-1.

The celebration didn't last long. Maxim Talbot cashed a nice feed by Matt Duchene to restore Colorado's lead.

But Travis Moen, of all people, scored his second goal of the season – a backhander, while losing his balance – to tie it up.

Patrick Roy wasn't thrilled with J.S. Giguere on the Moen goal.

Canadiens outshot Colorado 14-13 in the period.

Is he really just 18?

The only goal of the game was a beauty ... if you're a Nathan MacKinnon fan.

The talented teenager shimmied and shook to maintain possession in the Canadiens end, then found himself alone in front of the net, whence he beat Carey Price with a backhander.

The Canadiens' power-play continues to fizzle.

And Colorado outhit the home team 14-7.

Shots were 8-8.

St. Patrick returns

Figure there might be a $ with a few digits beside it on the whiteboard in Colorado's dressing room Tuesday night?

Patrick Roy is back in Montreal for the first time as coach of the Avalanche.

And you can bet his players will have a bit of added financial incentive.

Roy was coy about the dollar figure during his lively appearance on L'Antichambre Monday night.

The rookie coach did, however, promise an entertaining game between his Avs and your Canadiens.

"We won't play defensive hockey," Roy promised.

Why should they? The Colorado lineup includes a bevy of young players who can skate and score – plus an aggressive D led by Erik Johnson, who's finally living up to his status as the first overall draft pick in 2006.

In the teams' previous meeting this season, Colorado won 4-1 in Denver. Peter Budaj got the start in that game, but Carey Price will gets a chance to beat one of his goaltending idols Tuesday night.





  1. rljmartin says:

    Chicago 0 for 7 in OT!

  2. SPATS says:

    What are we like 10-1 with Weise in the lineup??? Lock him up MB!

    OOH AAH HABS ON THE WARPATH – Dutchy rules!

    • Bmon44 says:

      9-1-1. Too big of a sample size for it to be just a coincidence, he adds so much speed to that fourth line and makes them a threat, which also leads to more o-zone faceoffs for our other lines too.

  3. habs-hampton says:

    So Boone, what is our record when all 3 4th liners score?

  4. Grimmly says:

    So the Sen’s fans are already blaming the refs, we should all know they only reason they are terrible is all the refs fault

  5. slapshot777 says:

    Where is scrotchland now. I believe he said 6-0 Colorado Book it. What a douche bag he is.

  6. Gehlsen says:

    How come no one threw hats out for Vanek?

    Les Habitant!

  7. Psycho29 says:

    Hot off the press….St.Patrick’s reaction after the game:

  8. Snapper7 says:

    Not surprisingly, looks like the loss to Montreal completely sent the Sens off the tracks. Love it. The only real reason for their success last year was super-human goaltending. Go habs

    Win with class…

  9. Danno says:

    Would it be proper to say Roy was out-coached as I’m sure the reverse would be the case if the Avs would have won.

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  10. HabinBurlington says:

    What an enjoyable win to savour! Matty, congrats to you buddy, you are welcome back to the Bell Center!

    Odd, just got online but noticing an absence of posts from the folks whom all day preached about the Church of Roy and how the Habs would lose. I would name names, but I think the absence speaks volumes.

  11. slapshot777 says:

    Sens got routed tonight 8-4 second time in three games they gave up 3 goals in less than five minutes. LOL

  12. SPATS says:

    Patrick – NO
    Hatrick – YES
    3 Goals from our 4th liners! Great win les boys

    OOH AAH HABS ON THE WARPATH – Dutchy rules!

  13. Someone should tell Giggy that white stuff outside the blue paint is ice too. Horrible Goalie, his oversized gear made him famous and the avs paid for it tonight.

    This game could have been a lot worse, the boys made two horrible defensive plays in early, happy they turned it up a notch.

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
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    • SPATS says:

      Sholi, you gotta find Weise’s Dad there in Brandon and thank him for being a Habs fan, the kid is on fire! No doubt his Dad has him pumped!

      OOH AAH HABS ON THE WARPATH – Dutchy rules!

  14. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Habs win, Laffs lose & good night one & all.

  15. Habilis says:

    Sens lost 8-4?? Wow, we actually broke them. Like for real. Cool.

  16. Millsie says:

    Best part is we don’t have read any posts from Timo!!!

  17. Phil C says:

    In think we may have a team that can score goals. And I can’t think of a better night to figure it out than with Patrick Roy in town.

  18. HabsPooch says:

    Tinordi a solid 16 minutes of hockey. The kid is doing alright!

    • D Mex says:

      He’s here to stay IMO.
      Listens, works hard, zero drama … and then he steps onto the ice – all of him – and works hard for the team.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

  19. Cal says:

    Now, that’s a statement game. Wuz dat? Who schooled who?
    I luvs it when Prusty plays hockey. Who knew Moen was a practicing whirling dervish? McCalder showed some crazy skill tonight. That 1st one was a beaut! Jiggy just didn’t get jiggy wid it, sumo wrestler pads or not.
    And what can you say about Vanek? The gun finally went off. The Habs looked really good tonight when Price wasn’t all world and that’s a very good sign.

  20. Ton says:

    Read a comment tonight from a poster that said he hopes habs lose remaining games so MT gets fired for the way he handles Chucky compared to the way Roy handles Nate M. Come on how idiotic……when habs were looking for a coach they held a poll in Quebec and Roy did not have 50% approval rating……….hope some fans would use there brains before they post…..habs got outplayed first period….come back strong in the second and took the game over in the third. MT coached a fine game…………get real he’s doing a good job. I don’t post often and I read most of the posts….we got some very good posters that are well informed but as well we got some that need to give their heads a shake……listening to PJ on antichambre…….woh!

  21. Bugs says:

    Moment of your time, please. Important to say some tings, sometime.
    Firss, this 4th line is frickin awesome. They was awesome last game and they was awesome tonight. Only fitting they all went down the board.
    Second, this other guy can frickin score.
    It is nice to watch scorers score for us.
    That is all.
    Thank you for your time.
    This moment of reflection has been duly recorded is your time-sheet and will be deducted from your pay accordingly.

    Left turn-missin’ L. B. Potter.

  22. HabsPooch says:

    Bouillon had the most shifts out of any player tonight from both teams! That’s gotta stop though…he was a -2.

  23. slapshot777 says:

    You could see the red in Patrick’s face. He played down his return here and brushed it aside as just another game. But everyone knew that this was a big game and he would like nothing more than to stick it to the Habs again in Montreal.

  24. Ron says:

    I absolutely love the way Vanek floats

  25. D Mex says:

    PJ tripping all over his square tongue trying to praise the Habs en français. He butchers both official languages equally …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

    • slapshot777 says:

      PJ = Douche Bag of epic proportions

    • Willy the bum says:

      PJ no job at HNIC next year, so you’ll see more on RDS.

    • Frank2468 says:

      Watching PJ on HNIC and on Antichambre is a joke that guy flip flops like crazy on CBC he likes to rip in to the Habs and the Laffs are the greatest thing since slice bread. Then in Montreal he tries to praise the Habs. Doesn’t this tool know that people watch both shows and see just how he flip flops guess when in Rome. Bet he approaches Marinaro in the summer and asks for his job back on TSN Montreal with that stupid show The Stock Report.

  26. govenah says:

    So can we still send down Tinordi? Just to bring up Beaulieu and add to the depth.

    The glass is MT.

  27. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Am I the man or am I the man? I told the disbelievers that there’s no way in hell we’re losing to Colorado & that Vanek will score the winner. You want to know tomorrow’s 649 #s? I’ll keep that to myself.

    Good job Vanek & Boys.

  28. Psycho29 says:

    Beauty Win! I’m pretty sure old Patty has blood pressure issues. He looked a little red at the end. We need to get Dr.Recchi on the case.

    Where are all the hab “fans” who earlier today were hoping for Montreal to lose tonight???

  29. DipsyDoodler says:

    Leafs not at all safe. 4 points ahead of CBJ and 5 ahead of Detroit, but both have two games in hand.

    Moving. Forward.

  30. FlyAngler says:

    The Habs are nuts if they continue to play Bouillion. At this point he is a gross liability in the defensive zone. You have to love the guy, but at this point he is incapable of getting it done. It’s time.

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  31. WOW what a great night!

    Habs win, Price is 2 away from Vezina, Leafs lose, Rags destroy the Sens, and the Wings get an interesting two points to make the middle feeders nervous. Standings are going to be interesting tomorrow morning.

    Oh and we all knew it was coming right? THAT’S RIGHT BABY VANEK VANEK VANEK

    Is your net sore from carrying that medal Carey, that’s Gold baby!

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
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    Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

  32. Strummer says:

    Grand Rapids Griffins 3- Leafs 2
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  33. Frank2468 says:

    I know everyone including myself is happy that Vanek scored a hat trick but lets not forget Prustie wow what a warrior. He had 2 goals and a fight the Gordie Howe hat trick I know I know its a goal and assist and a fight, but 2 goals is better.

  34. Habfun says:

    Vanek & the Habs painted a Picasso tonight Yessssss!!!!!
    Back in 2nd 3 up on the leafs 1 up on TB and the Snores are cooked!!

    Go Habs GO!!!!!

    It’s all about the CH

  35. DominicanHab says:

    An often overlooked stat but a key one with so many games in quick succession down the stretch: MT was able to roll 4 lines all game. Subban led the team with 25:22, Weise was lowest with 9:10

  36. SPATS says:

    It bears repeating…

    Patrick – NO
    Hatrick – YES

    OOH AAH HABS ON THE WARPATH – Dutchy rules!

  37. SC-24 says:

    What ever you did tonight MT, don’t change a thing from here on in.
    Excellent game Guys, That’s the real Montreal Canadiens we have been waiting for!!!! “Perfect”

  38. Haberoooo13 says:

    PJ’s mouth just can’t help itself…

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  39. slapshot777 says:

    Gustaffson the Monster sticks it to his old team.

    • scamorza says:

      Actually Howard but who cares the leafs still lose and alfredsson scores winning goal to further stick it to them

      come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

  40. habsfan0 says:

    Now beat Columbus, and then a first round matchup in Toronto Saturday.

  41. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Leafs lose.

  42. HabFan in Edmonton says:

    Habs win, Sens lose, Leafs lose. Life is good!!

  43. Danno says:

    Leafs lose.
    Red Wings 3 Laughs 2 in regulation

    And the universe is unfolding as it should :mrgreen:


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  44. HabsPooch says:

    Ottawa gets blown out, Leafs lose and Habs win! What a perfect night!

  45. habs-fan-84 says:

    Leafs lose. 🙂

  46. danhabsfan says:

    And TO lost

  47. habsfan0 says:


  48. The Jackal says:

    That was amazing!

    I’m no expert, but it looks like our beleaguered old coach out-foxed or beloved St. Patrick.

    After the first, the Habs adjusted and exploited the Avs poor D with a relentless forecheck that we have not seen much of this year. Great stuff, awesome to see Vanek with the hatty – hopefully his experience at the Bell tonight pushes him to re-signing. 😀

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  49. The Teacher says:

    That was just game three boys. There is more coming.

  50. kalevine says:

    I know there were some defensive lapses, but it seems like it was one of Price’s easier wins, helped by 6 goals of course. This game was a pretty solid team effort

  51. twilighthours says:

    Well that was a lot of fun.

    Matty should have thrown his hat

  52. Just A Guy says:

    Loved the game tonight, but I was confused, who were those other 3 players on our power play playing down low? 😀

  53. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Vanek Vanek Vanek!

  54. Coach K says:

    I still don’t like Vanek’s lack of defensive effort but man when he finds the net like that…

    Way to spoil PR’s homecoming!!!

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  55. Willy the bum says:

    First win from Av since 2009, and it’s a good one.

  56. Frank2468 says:

    Wow Vanek has arrived and Roy looked red faced leaving the ice!!

  57. monmick says:

    … And Toronto losing 3-2 late in the 3rd…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  58. UKRAINIANhab says:


  59. Hoegaarden says:

    Looks like monsieur Vanek has arrived !

    Weise a definite steal from Van.

  60. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    One hates to resort to vulgarity, but, fuck yeah.

  61. habs-fan-84 says:

    Leafs make it a 1 goal game with 1:13 left.

  62. Slackman says:

    And Vanek scored himself a hat trick. Good to see him get the first star. Good to see the crowd loving it. I’m sure he didn’t get that kind of reception in NYI or BUF. good for him

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

  63. Haberoooo13 says:

    3-1 Detroit late in 3rd

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  64. Rudy says:

    Wish I could see Vanek come out as first star and hear the crowd. Looking at a blue screen. So anti climactic. Great job boys!

  65. Psycho29 says:

    Well nice to see the better coach won! So much for St.Patrick Day!
    Way to go boys!!!

  66. monmick says:

    Make him an offer tonight, MB…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  67. Mavid says:

    Thumbs up from the “man” told you he was secretly cheering for us..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  68. Marc10 says:

    So happy right now! As good a feeling as the Sens game… or the Hawks game for that matter.

    Beauty boys! Take a bow (and the coaches and management too!)
    Bravo! Gonna need a longer measuring stick…

  69. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Nite all!

  70. Seda Moss says:

    20,000 people chanting VA-NEK has to help the resigning a bit, no?

  71. B says:

    Who was the Kreskin who posted before the game that Vanek would get a hat trick? Good Call!

    –Go Habs Go!–

  72. Mavid says:

    now that was something…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  73. boing007 says:

    Formidable! Wunderbar!

    Richard R

  74. habsfaninboston says:

    Any guess on the 1st star?

  75. SPATS says:

    Patrick – NO
    Hatrick – YES

    OOH AAH HABS ON THE WARPATH – Dutchy rules!

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