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. NightRyder says:

    They keep making it more and more difficult to get rid of Therrien…

  2. Dunboyne Mike says:

    I take the opposite view to those dumping on Bouillon tonight. Rarely out of position, played the body, absorbed hits, mixed it with guys twice his size.

    And ALMOST scored another OT GWG!

  3. CHasman says:

    Well I’m officially eating crow. I can’t believe that Therrien knows this team better than I do. Next thing you know I’ll lose my job as GM as well. Hats off to Montreal, Budaj, Weaver, Plekanec, Gionta, Murray and Markov. Hell of a game!

  4. gmur says:

    PJ Stock on LAntichambre…

    His hockey IQ is right up there with the best of hockey pucks.

    “The Bruins dominated the Habs in the 3rd.” Wow… what a statement… 8 minutes of penalties against the Canadiens in the third… none for the Bruins. Really? The Canadiens were dominated? Where are my medals for informative, thoughtful statements?

    “Saturday, when the first two goals were scored against Reimer, the game changed.” Really? 2-0 in the first and the game changed? Wow… someone stop him before he hurts himself.

    “The Bruins penalties tonight are an investment for the series.” Wow… really? An encyclopedia of knowledge… a geyser of insight.

    • gumper says:

      He can’t possibly survive the changeover next year. (Can he?)

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

  5. habsfan0 says:

    HUGE victory by the Habs tonight!
    Which of course makes tomorrow night’s contest vs the Sabres a trap game.

    Carey will have to be very sharp.

  6. Chris says:

    Wow…what a game by the old goat! Andrei Markov’s final line is pretty damned impressive:

    29:05 of ice time, including 5:07 on the penalty kill. 4 blocked shots. Constant battles with Krejci and Bergeron.

    I’m cool with him being re-signed.

  7. Da Hema says:

    Something exciting happen? What??

  8. gumper says:

    Heroes: Budaj, Markov, Yemelin, Weaver, Galchenyuk
    Zeroes: Briere, Vanek (both invisible)

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  9. Storman says:

    Lucic getting a pass on highlights nobody mentioning his sissy spear,, the boys in the league will know about it for sure,, he will be getting a hard time, i would imagine next few games..

  10. piter says:

    That was a great win. A character win. A statement game. Now trust me, I’m happy with the win, but, will the League look at either the spear or the horrible reffing?

  11. habs-fan-84 says:

    So the Habs are a pretty good eh?

  12. Mr_MacDougall says:

    This just in, the Refs ruled Galchenyuk’s goal was disallowed because he had Alex Kovalev’s #

    Players are returning to the ice, but that’s not all the Habs have been ordered to put Davis Desharnais in goal and only use Douglas Murray as their shooter.

    Claude Julien is absolutely livid because he said DD should have to shoot while wearing Price’s gear.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  13. Habs1962 says:

    excellent battle of a win with 10 forwards and lots of 3rd period “penalties” ! GHG

  14. Lafleurguy says:

    Buddha Peter, this one is your masterpiece as a Hab. You were Dryden-like.

  15. Storman says:

    Refs could not wait to make some make up calls in the 3rd period ,, call on Gally still leaves me in dis belief as it was the third in a row and maybe the best defensive play of the night by a forward, then when they actually got a penalty to call the high stick on Cube, they probably realized how much like ass they looked like at that point, if they had just waited for a legit call..

  16. Black Horse says:

    Lucy needed a punch in the mouth for that BS spear.

  17. slapshot777 says:

    Everyone talks about how tough Lucic is. He can’t take a hit and when he does het hit he spends the rest of the night giving cheap shots and spears with the stick . I saw at least three times tonight where Lucic gave Emelin the blade of the stick.
    I don’t care what anyone says but Lucic is a piece of crap and he will never be considered anything more than that.

  18. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Man, I want to see Lucic schooled. So much talent and value, all of it marinaded in pure scum.

  19. Adidess says:

    Budaj, Markov, Weaver, Gionta tonight: WOW!!!!

    Not to forget Emelin. He had the right mindset coming into this game. Tough guy!

  20. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Down the throats of those friggin A-holes from Boston. Rock’em Sock’em is all this team from Boston knows. Not only did we beat the Gooins & ended their streak but also beat the Zebras & those terrible calls in the 3rd. Shame on such officials.

    Though did not like Budaj starting tonight, he was a stud. Hats off to Weaver & Murray for strong games as well.

  21. boing007 says:

    Habs deserve an Oscar for their penalty killing.

    Richard R

  22. icemachine says:

    Excellent effort by the team tonight, after they scored the first goal they looked to be back on their heels for awhile, but managed to turn around and battle through a ton of PK time, most of it not deserved. Didn’t get any calls going their way after that 5 on 3, but they fought on. The tying goal wasn’t even a breaker, you could see the Habs were just out worked by the somewhat fresher legs of the Bruins.

    OT you could see the 4 on 4 worked for the Habs too slow it down while still keeping posession, and then A Gally looking good to get the W.

    I know we have Peter Budaj through the end of next year but can we give him an extension?

  23. twilighthours says:

    Making a list of heros would take too long tonight. Instead, I’ll just say that only briere and Bork were passengers. Everyone else was freaking great

  24. habs-fan-84 says:

    What a gratifying win.

  25. Storman says:

    Refs initial call on Stamkos goal tonight as a no goal, high stick, was laughable. at least video review helped them get that right.

  26. Psycho29 says:

    Ugly…but 2 points!

    How about that Weaver? I seem to remember a lot of bitching and complaining about the acquisition….

  27. Black Horse says:

    @ oldschoolhockey

    You seem not to understand my comment below. Budaj is a lousy starter but great backup. He deserved this win.

    • It was a sarcastic ?. I clued in. He’s a very fine back-up. Long stretches like we saw when Price was out wear him down. He was great the first three and four games, then a couple softies came in. Great pick-up and a keeper.

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  28. LeGrosBill says:

    PJ saying MT should be a Jack Adams candidate

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

    Dear Ottawa: thanks for helping Montreal.

    • wings says:

      Only saw the 3rd period was disgusted with refs..WOW trying to get the Bruins a pt or keep the streak do they sleep at night ..the NHL refs are absolutey pathetic for the highest level of hockey.
      Then when playoffs get here put whistles away..GO FIGURE..

      this is a game when we needed to dress BIG GEORGE..thats why when have him for the bad ass Bruins..

      Unbelievable EFFORT from this team..BUDAJ out great job even beat the ZEBRAS love it..
      I hope we have enough players left for tomorrow night..
      LUCIC the pussy can’t take a hit but loves to dish them out..can’t stand guys like him..

      HUGE win ..keep rolling

      GO HABS GO

  30. danp says:

    Milbury making excuses – the Bruins were tired….

  31. Beardbaron says:

    Brian Gionta TOI = 26:19, 7:13 of which was shorthanded. Huge game for the captain who chipped in with 4 blocked shots.

  32. durocher says:

    Emelin, Weaver, Markov, Murray, all solid tonight.

  33. marvin20 says:

    funny TSN has no mention of the spear by Lucic on emilen. They are a joke. what else would expect from the Toronto Sports Network (TSN)

  34. JUST ME says:

    It would be worth it to go back in today`s comments to see who said he would never doubt M.T. anymore if Budaj pulled this one out. He was great ! Another nail biter !

  35. FlyAngler says:

    How about Gionta tonight? What a warrior!

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  36. Captain aHab says:

    Can’t wait for PJ Stock to say that Emelin had the spear coming because he dared to put a solid check on Lucic.

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

  37. Slackman says:

    Every dude who said something along the lines of “That’s why the habs lost tonight” BEFORE THE GAME ENDED. Eat it

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

  38. WVHabsfan says:

    Milbury is such a tool

  39. Adidess says:

    There have been sports results that make me happy in the past, but I have never feel prouder of a team. I am astounded. What a performance!

  40. twilighthours says:

    For all this boston dominance I’m hearing all about, boston outshot montreal 29-22, and 19-17 over the final 45 minutes.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      So the b’s had a hot start, the Habs played a great road game, even defeated the ref!

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Chris says:

      I would agree with you in most cases, but the Bruins absolutely dominated possession time and spent far too much time in the Habs’ end.

      Credit to the defence, who played fantastic tonight, and Budaj, who was outstanding when called upon.

      Tonight was a pure gut check win. And it was the veterans doing the leading: Gionta, Plekanec, Markov, Murray, Bouillon, and Weaver all played solid games.

  41. Chris says:

    First it was that the Leafs were going to run all over the Habs on Saturday.

    Then it was that playing Budaj was basically conceding the points.

    On and on it goes, and never a word from the ranters when they are wrong. They just move on to the next game and find something to rant about.

    But just as the blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally, they sometimes do get one right. Statistically, it has to happen occasionally. Sadly, we then have to deal with the crap for days afterwards. It does get wearisome.

    But tonight, Flanders is King. Long live the King.

  42. FlyAngler says:

    Pierre McGuire obviously still bitter that he did not get the Habs GM job as he defended every one of the pathetic penalty calls against the Habs in the third period. What a loser!

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  43. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Grrrr I’m still angry about the refs.. Pang just said 3 brutal calls.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  44. Grimmly says:

    The world is coming to an end….
    TSN admitted Montreal got the shaft on most of those BS calls….

  45. EricInStL says:

    I am not a Canadiens fanatic, but this was a very impressive win, sure they were dominated for long stretches (a couple of penalties in a row will do that). But I felt they didn’t panic and were doing what they needed to do.

    I still think they are 1 bruising forward away from being a dominant team (Ott or Thornton as UFA in 2014 ?).

    But very good win in all regards.

  46. danp says:

    Budaj is a class act.

  47. naweed235 says:

    Let’s hope Moen is not gone for too long… As much as people love to rip on him here, and specially now that we don’t have Prust, we’ll be lacking a huge aspect of our game going forward.

  48. Marc10 says:

    Damn if that Weaver guy didn’t just get it done. Heck of a game. He’s our number 6 next year if he keeps this up. Wow!

  49. Ring of Fire says:

    Milbury and Jones both praise Habs effort
    …I’ve heard it all now…good night all …leaving on a high note.

    The Thin Blue Line.

  50. Haberoooo13 says:

    Oh Boy…PJ is on AC

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  51. Mattyleg says:

    Okay, so now that the game is over, can all the posters who bitched and whined about Budaj starting please get in an orderly line, and admit that you were wrong.

    Just line up below this post.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      Don’t be silly, Matty. Those posters wouldn’t even know how to form a line.

    • kalevine says:

      TBH I didn’t see anything wrong with it. Apart from the last loss to the B’s, that I think he was in for, he has done well against them, and he is simply lights out in the shootout

      • Mattyleg says:

        You’re preaching to the choir here, kale.
        Try to sell that to some of the ding-dongs who haunt these hallowed virtual pages.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • I bitched, makes no sense, so if we face the B’s in the playoffs are we playing Budja?

      Play your best against the best.

      Budja was one of the only reasons we won tonight, but what does that mean going forward?

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

  52. JohnBellyful says:

    Maybe having four lines is overrated …

  53. Loop_Garoo says:

    Thats such an ignorant comment. Did you think at all before you posted that?

  54. AH says:

    Honey Badger Habs don’t give a crap!!!!!!

  55. piter says:

    Funny, on the TSN highlights, they don’t say anything about the Lucic spear.

  56. UKRAINIANhab says:


  57. filincal says:

    To all you “negative nelly, fair weather fans”; Never count out character….

  58. JohnBellyful says:

    Budaj, whatta guj
    Galchenyuk, give him the puk

  59. boing007 says:

    And the Habsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Win it!
    Merci beacoup, Chucky.

    Richard R

  60. HabFan in Edmonton says:

    Will they have anything left in the tank for Buffalo? I know, just shut up and enjoy this one.

  61. thejackal says:

    Like I said at start great idea starting Budaj! 😉

  62. UKRAINIANhab says:

    How about Weaver ehhh???

  63. Slackman says:

    Most savory habs win in a looooooooooong time. I’ve said this every game since the sens comeback (Columbus game notwithstanding)

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

  64. danp says:

    I work for a Boston area company. I will enjoy tomorrow but will hear all about how the Habs dive and play dirty, how the refs suck, …. Love it!

  65. punkster says:

    Clay…if you’re still here…you called it when you said that game last week was a turning point…good call.

    Release the Subbang!!!

  66. Captain Pike says:

    Well done.
    Let the record reflect highest commendation to engineer budaj and the entire crew.

  67. DominicanHab says:

    Huge win! And the Sens beat the Lightning in OT!

  68. Habilis says:

    Chucky. Awesome.

  69. UKRAINIANhab says:


  70. Maritime Ronn says:

    I have some gift wrapped boxes of crow for all the people that were calling Coach MT names today for choosing Budaj

    • CJ says:

      I will certainly admit that I pined for Tinordi over Bouillion. I didn’t think Frankie was great, but I can’t argue the results. I saw your post regarding Budaj this afternoon. It was a good call. Great bounce back for Budaj. He seems to have the Bruins number.

  71. Storman says:

    Huge team (tight) building win,,

  72. Ring of Fire says:

    Wow! gutted out a win with a short bench …Budaj amazing what else can you say….

    The Thin Blue Line.

  73. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    What an effort! What a team!

  74. Loop_Garoo says:

    Great character win by the Habs! This win is one of best of the season considering all the penalties they killed and with only 3 lines.

  75. habsguru says:

    now the “have not lost in regulation” crap begins………..

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      If they use that argument, then be prepared for the “didn’t win 12 in regulation” argument; they had a shootout win in their streak.

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