Liveblog: Game 72 – Canadiens win a nailbiter on Plekanec goal

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Great game

It was important to both teams, and the Canadiens and Leafs rose to the occasion.

Max Pacioretty and Rene Bourque staked the Canadiens to a 2-0 lead early in the first period.

Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak tied it up, but Brian Gionta beat James Reimer with 53 seconds left in the period.

After a scoreless second period, Nazem Kadri scored on a power play to make it 3-3 before Tomas Plekanec, who was in the pnalty box for Kadri's goal, bagged the winner.

Shots were 36-36.

The win moved the Canadiens five points ahead of Toronto in Atlantic Division standings.

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Pleks atones

Tomas Plekanec was in the penalty box when Nazem Kadri completed a neat passing play to tie the game at 3-3.

Then on a Canadiens power play, Plekanec converted Andrei Markov's feed for the winning goal.

It was his first in 23 games.

 

CH survives surge

Toronto outshot the Canadiens 13-8 ... and that doesn't include the posts clanked by Jake Gardiner and Morgan Reilly.

Should be a terrific third period.

Last shot wins

The Canadiens grabbed an early lead on Max Pacioretty's 31st goal and RENE BOURQUE's ninth.

A Joffrey Lupul one-timer gave the Leafs life, and Tyler Bozak tied it.

The deadlock lasted 64 seconds.

With less than a minute left in the period, some yeoman board work by BOURQUE and Daniel Briere popped the puck loose to Brian Gionta, who scored his 15th.

Canadiens outshot Toronto 14-13.

Your basic big one

Your Montreal Canadiens hook up with the Leafs in a classic four-pointer at the ACC.

The Canadiens are third in the Atlantic Division, three points ahead of the Leafs, who hold a wild-card playoff spot. The race tightened when Detroit won on Saturday afternoon.

This is the last of five meetings between the Highway 401 rivals.

The Canadiens have won two of the three games played at the Bell Centre, while the Leafs won the teams' Jan. 18 game at the ACC.

Key lineup move: Alex Galchenyuk will centre the Canadiens' third line, with Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque on his wings. This is the kid's chance to shine in an important game.

Puck drops 7:10ish, after the Hockey Night in Canada studio crew are finished waving their blue and white pom-poms.

Check back later for some bleu-blanc-rouge live blogging.

 

1,638 Comments

  1. slapshot777 says:

    Finally the CBC will have to talk about the Habs. Love to be a fly on the wall when Pleks scored. I bet there were all kinds of @#$$@ going on. They saying we managed to get away all night without mentioning them. How are we going to do it now. LOL

  2. PrimeTime says:

    And the Live Blog Morons lose again!!!!! Ya Baby!!!!

  3. B says:

    The Harps are going down easier tonight than Phaneuf on a love tap from Desharnais. Sweet.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  4. theox_8 says:

    Timo is a Canadiens fan so I do t think those posts towards him bother him quite so ever .

  5. mrhabby says:

    how are leafs better team….

  6. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    It’ll be interesting to watch HNIC when noted Habs fan George Strombolopoulous (sp?) hosts.

  7. 25insight says:

    Man, Gorges is sorely missed. I don’t think he receives the credit he deserves in general. I can’t wait to have him back in the lineup.

  8. Habilis says:

    Just watched on RDS, and can’t wait to check out the CBC replay based on the comments here tonight. I love listening to them prattle on as the Loafs lose.

  9. AH says:

    WHEW is right Boone! Just once these days I’d love to bury these guys for a full 60 mins, but I’ll take it. Up y&$Rs CBC HNIC!

    Go Habs Go!

  10. frontenac1 says:

    Way to go Boys!!Feels good eh amigos?

  11. Da Hema says:

    Few things are more pleasant than listening to Glen Healy whine that Toronto was “the better team.” Hahaha. You f*%#ing slime bag Healy! How’s them apples?

  12. slapshot777 says:

    What do PK be thinking there on that last play ? All he has to do is flick it up in the air and out and we were clear sailing. Instead he plays some soft sh!t to a Leaf player about three feet in front of him. Givng the Leafs one more chance. Talk about bone head.

  13. Habbu says:

    2 points but man some serious serious problems in the back end

  14. Strummer says:

    Hey Boone remember that stop on Kessel breakaway. ?

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  15. Timo says:

    Btw, you are all welcome for the Plekanec goal.

  16. Harditya says:

    Not too impressed with our game, but a win is a win.
    Time to re-group before facing the mighty Bruins on Monday! GO HABS GO!

  17. Sportfan says:

    Yay Habs beat Leafs! Oh Happy Days!

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  18. expat_habsfan says:

    By the skin of their teeth! They were brutal at clearing the zone at the end. Against a better team than the Leafs the Habs will have serious issues.

  19. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    I think I will celebrate with another beer and a single malt! Effin’, eh!

  20. danhabsfan says:

    Who said the leafs deserved better, it kills them to love on the Habs

  21. joeybarrie says:

    What??.
    SOMETHING TO SAY TORONTO???

    Nope. Habs take it.
    4 straight loses.

    I love today.

  22. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Hope they have to spend all day tomorrow watching that tape. Yuck.

  23. twilighthours says:

    Many, many laborious zone clearances.

  24. Fansincebirth says:

    Toronto was the better team apparently

  25. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Pleky.

  26. Adidess says:

    So we win this game after all!

  27. Et le but says:

    Night, night Randy…
    Last Saturday, we ended Ottawa’s season. Did we just end Toronto’s as well?

  28. Habbu says:

    And the Prozac is going down like candy in the studios of HNIC

  29. Black Horse says:

    They won but nothing to be proud about.

    • Adidess says:

      I disagree. If you can manage to win games at this time of the year, on the road, against desperate teams, it not need be pretty. I give them credit!

  30. Texus says:

    Woo, big win in regulation!!

  31. piter says:

    That’s a dagger in T.O.’s playoff hopes. Nice.

  32. sCOTT1243 says:

    Phewwwww..hell ya.

  33. frenchyd says:

    Awesome!

  34. duffy says:

    Where the hell do Habs buy there skates ‘ CHINA ,,,

  35. CH Marshall says:

    Wow that got intense

  36. LeGrosBill says:

    Crippling loss, love it

  37. B says:

    Timo March 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm
    “They will lose and lose in every aspect of the game. Leafs goons will have a field day so on top of the humiliation on the scoreboard”

    –Go Habs Go!–

  38. Danno says:

    It was NEVER IN DOUBT !!!!

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  39. durocher says:

    Win is a win, though we should have put this game away in the 1st given how shaky Reimer was

  40. db says:

    I hope we crushed their spirits like we did Ottawa!

  41. LeGrosBill says:

    4 point game!

  42. UKRAINIANhab says:

    PLEKY.

  43. Fansincebirth says:

    sweet baby jeebus

  44. johnnylarue says:

    Weren’t pretty, but I’LL TAKE IT! :D

  45. Captain Pike says:

    Nice!

  46. Prop says:

    Never in doubt.

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  47. danhabsfan says:

    Wow… Not nice but good

  48. Timo says:

    Lucky. Nothing else.

  49. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Never easy…

  50. Fansincebirth says:

    holy crap!! Clear the freaking puck

  51. expat_habsfan says:

    How many Habs does it take to clear a puck at their own blue line?

  52. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Whatever will HNIC do if the Leafs don’t make the playoffs, and the Habs are the only Cdn team? Will they adopt an American team?

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  53. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Briere’s having a terrible shift

  54. Timo says:

    Absolutely wasted the PP

  55. Fansincebirth says:

    about to get crazy

  56. johnnylarue says:

    Bouillon and Yemmy on the PP.

    #killerinstinct

  57. Habbu says:

    How long does it take to count to six?….so reluctant to make the call

  58. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Beware the shortie

  59. habsfan1001 says:

    oh no they got caught damn it

  60. Fansincebirth says:

    “Sorry Randy, I have to call it”

  61. Prop says:

    Dagger time.

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  62. Habilis says:

    Sweet karma.

  63. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    C’mon PP, drive this one home.

  64. LeGrosBill says:

    Gio and Bork have both played well.

  65. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Too many men came out to play

  66. Danno says:

    Take that you cheaters!

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  67. turneria says:

    Hey Surrey, great points, I’ve been watching those 3 guys in Hamilton for a while now. Pateryn is rightie they supposedly need so badly!!

  68. Et le but says:

    Ice it here boys!

  69. Fansincebirth says:

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  70. expat_habsfan says:

    Which Hab just missed that pass and gave up the 2 on 1?

  71. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Sloppy defensive work. Yuck.

  72. Texus says:

    What a huge save, Price a beast again tonight


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