Liveblog: Game 73 – Budaj brilliant, Galchenyuk’s Shootout goal beats Bruins



Your Montreal Canadiens lost 2/3 of their fourth line in the first period.

They took four penalties and blew a 1-0 lead in the third period.

But Peter Budaj was a wall in the Shootout.

And Alex Galcghenyuk beat Tuukka Rask to secure two unlikely and very valuable points.

Shootout decides it

The Shootout:

Bergeron: Easy save

Vanek: Easy save

Iginla: Save

DD: Save

Marchand: Save

Briere: Save

Krejci: Save

Galchenyuk: GOAL!

Parade to the box

The Canadiens took four third-period penalties, and it finally cost them.

Patrice Bergeron deflected Dougie Hamilton's point shot past Peter Budaj: Boston's 27th shot.

On to OT

Amazingly, no goals

The Canadiens wasted a 5-on-3 power play late in the period.

But they were better than in the first.

Peter Budaj made huge saves on Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic.

Mike Weaver hit the post on Tuukka Rask.

Boston had an 11-10 shot advantage.

Should be a great third period.

One goal, two losses

Alexei Emelin scored the only goal of the first period when his power-play point shot changed direction off the stick bl;ade of Chris Kelly and beat Tuukka Rask.

The Candiens lost 2/3 of their fourth line on one play:

After rugged Bruins defenceman shoved Dale Weise heavily into the boards, Travis Moen dropped 'em with Miller.

Bad idea.

Moen was knocked woozy and joined Weise in the Canadiens room.

Boston outshot the Canadiens 10-5, and Patrice Bergeron hit the post late in the period.

A biggie in Beantown

The calendar says it is spring, but you wouldn't know it by the frigid temperatures and snow accumulation in Montreal.

The one sure sign of spring, however, is an important hockey game between your Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.

The Bs – a bona-fide Stanley Cup contender – will be riding a 12-game winning streak when the teams hook up Monday night at the TD Garden.

The Canadiens are pursuing a playoff spot and, ideally, home ice in the first round, which would be the reward for finishing runner-up to Boston in the Atlantic Division.

This is the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the teams. The Canadiens won the first two on goals by Max Pacioretty, but Boston was a 4-1 winner at the Bell Centre on March 12.

For reasons known only to Michel Therrien, the Canadiens' star goaltender will not be facing the NHL's hottest team.



  1. stmarys says:

    Yes!! aces of a game from Budaj and those old defencemen!
    …caught up in his paraphernalia”

  2. Prop says:

    Never in doubt…


  3. Captain aHab says:

    So what will Julien whine about?

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

  4. Et le but says:

    2nd in the division?

  5. topher5468 says:

    So Milbury said before the game, the Habs started Budaj so after they lost, they could say well, we used our back up goalie and Price wouldn’t lose his confidence, What a douche, I wonder what he’s gonna say now?

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

  6. Danno says:

    Two beautiful blood-soaked points!


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

    I wanna play the Bruins in the playoffs. And I want THEM to have home ice advantage.

  8. Black Horse says:

    Great game for Budaj. Stellar in the shootout. This shows he is a great backup but lousy starter.

  9. HabFan in Edmonton says:

    Huge 2 points !! Yes !! A gritty effort!

  10. UKRAINIANhab says:


  11. Cdnman1 says:

    Little Team with Big heart.

  12. The Jackal says:

    If you doubted Budaj getting the start then admit you don’t know squat. What a team!

  13. Mr. Biter says:

    There is a God.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  14. Lafleurguy says:

    Very nice! Don’t mind critics whining that the better team lost. A win is a win!

  15. Adidess says:

    Are you kidding me? Chucky, unreal!

  16. Storman says:

    That move defines the skill chucky has,, fffffffffffff great hands WOW Rask was left picking up his groin

  17. RockinRey says:

    Budaj was huge. He deserved this!!!! LOOk forward to ALN Boone, I do still hate the shootout!!!

  18. AH says:

    Yeeeeeeeeesssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FU you dirty pieces of crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Habs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Phil C says:

    Rask still looking for his jockstrap on that one!

  20. danhabsfan says:

    Stars. Budaj, weaver, Markov. (Honourable mention to Chucky)

  21. Marc10 says:

    Say it with me:


    PS: Eat it Julien.

  22. SportsFan31 says:

    So glad to end their winning streak! HA! GO HABS GOOOOO!

  23. kalevine says:

    take that Booins!

  24. habsguru says:

    nah nah nah nah
    nah nah nah nah
    hey hey hey
    good byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  25. kalevine says:

    take that Booins!


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  27. frontenac1 says:

    Chucky!!!! How sweet it is!! Good work boys!

  28. Haberoooo13 says:

    F’N Righttttttt

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  29. piper says:


  30. NLhabsfan says:

    What a game … !!!

  31. Wow! For Budaj and Chucky!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  32. Storman says:


  33. Chris says:

    Sure was a bad idea to play Budaj. The guy is a bum.

  34. CJ says:

    Oh yeah! Sweet!

  35. RockinRey says:

    Habs win!!!

  36. Mattyleg says:

    Haha, great to see DoucheSupreme Marchand miss as well.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. scamorza says:

    Hip hip hooray!

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

  38. Mondou6 says:

    Great f-ing skill by Chucky!

  39. punkster says:

    Thanks for coming out …

    Release the Subbang!!!

  40. ABHabsfan says:


  41. Captain aHab says:

    Surprised the refs didn’t call a penalty on Budaj.

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

  42. HabinSquamish says:

    Le BUT!!!

  43. dhenry1234 says:

    Hate the Shootout, but CHUCKY!!! Good for him!

  44. Storman says:

    WHAT a MOVE Chucky

  45. FlyAngler says:

    That was just sick! Chucky Yeah!!!!

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

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


  47. Danno says:

    It was NEVER IN DOUBT!!!!!


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  48. UKRAINIANhab says:


  49. Habcouver says:

    The KID!!!

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

  50. habsfaninboston says:


  51. durocher says:


    Class beats cheap shots any night

  52. Prop says:



  53. bjmmn says:


  54. RH says:


  55. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  56. Samovich says:


  57. Storman says:


  58. UKRAINIANhab says:


  59. Et le but says:

    The streak is ovah!!!!!!

  60. LeGrosBill says:


  61. RockinRey says:


  62. Habilis says:

    I hate these.

  63. Et le but says:

    C’mon Budaj!!!

  64. Storman says:

    CHUCKY wins it

  65. danp says:

    Come on Danny!

  66. Et le but says:

    Win it now!!!!

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