Liveblog: Game 74 – Canadiens win ugly

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Big W

Each win moves the Canadiens closer to clinching a playoff spot.

This one didn't come easy.

Buffalo goaltender Matt Hackett was spectacular under a 35-shot bombardment, and it was almost 12 minutes into the third period when the Canadiens finally solved him.

Max Pacioretty scored his 32nd of the season and 100th of his career off a feed from Thomas Vanek.

Daniel Brière added an insurance goal on a Canadiens power play.

Carey Price made 24 saves for his fifth shutout of the season.

 

Max scores 100th

Max Pacioretty got the winner with his 32nd of the season and 100th of his career.

Daniel Brière added a power-play goal.

Canadiens outshot the Sabres 35-24.

Carey Price's shutout earned him the First Star.

PP sputters

Of the Canadiens' 12 shots in the second period, none were recorded during a four-minute power play.

They'll be on the PP again to start the third.

The Sabres had five SoG.

 

Quiet start

The excitement level must have been seized at Customs when the Canadiens returned from Boston.

Shots were 11-10 Buffalo.

Carey Price made good stops on Matt D'Agostini and Torrey Mitchell.

The new fourth line – Lars Eller, Michäel Bournival and Ryan White – was the Canadiens' best.

Trap game?

Less than 24 hours after an emotional win in Boston, the Canadiens return to the Bell Cntre to face the worst team in the NHL.

How bad are the Buffalo Sabres?

They have 11 fewer points than the Edmonton Oilers.

That's bad.

Their goal differential is a league-worst minus-72.

That's really bad.

The Sabres have won a league-low eight road games this season.

That's beyond bad.

The Canadiens will be going for a season sweep of their four games against Buffalo.

Why, apart from pathological pessimism, do I have the sneaking suspicion this will not be an easy W?

Lars Eller and Ryan White are in for the injured Travis Moen and Dale Weise. Jarred Tinordi draws in for Frankie Boo.

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for pessimistic live game blogging.

1,206 Comments

  1. NLhabsfan says:

    Just having Toronto out of the playoffs a great celebration on my part.Beer .. party for sure

  2. Willy the bum says:

    Forget penalties, game misconduct for both teams for playing so boring.

  3. RockinRey says:

    Boooooooorinnng!!!!

  4. HabFan in Edmonton says:

    The Blues are really slowing down, only 13 shots in the 2nd period, at this rate they will only end up with about 45 shots. But they just scored again. Yess!!

  5. db says:

    No, Ennis turned after seeing him…

  6. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Mike Weaver.

  7. Danno says:

    4-1 Blues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Habcouver says:

      Wonder how Bernier’s groin is feeling?
      On second thought, stretch that… uh,
      You know what I mean.

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      • HabFan in Edmonton says:

        Saw highlights of the Blues goals, terrible defensive zone coverage. Some of that has to be coaching. Gardiner and Reilly can really skate and have bright futures but they have a lot to learn about defense.

  8. hockeydoc says:

    Briere is so useless, why does he he have to play?

  9. Black Horse says:

    If this goes to OT, get Budaj warmed up for the shootout!

  10. Wow, that PP sucked. Like they don’t wanna win… MT better get excited…

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  11. Danno says:

    Yankee Doodle? LOL!

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  12. Storman says:

    Briere is horrible

  13. db says:

    Only in Ontario do the Leafs fall in spring.

  14. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Briere :(

  15. Cdnman1 says:

    4-1 St.L!

  16. danhabsfan says:

    Horrible PP, need to make the. Pay

  17. duffy says:

    Habs making this team look like the Blues !!!

  18. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Cmon Pk.

  19. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Plek is AWESOME again tonight.

  20. PrimeTime says:

    Joe Bowen must have the hardest job in hockey

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  21. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Resign Gionta.! YeS I said it.

  22. NLhabsfan says:

    If we are the only Canadian team left at the playoffs. What mess CBC leaf lovers will be in.Having to cover Montreal throughout the playoffs.

  23. Storman says:

    Maybe we can up our intensity here and even force Buffalo into taking a penalty

  24. danhabsfan says:

    Bernier looked bad on the first goal too, it’s not just Riemer

  25. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Leafs suck.

  26. Fansincebirth says:

    I feel bad for Reimer. I hope he gets the hell out of there soon

  27. Yawn…… Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation Auction

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  28. Coquettish_Haberdasher says:

    3-1 Blues

  29. NLhabsfan says:

    I think Therrien is losing his hair.He stresses any more he’ll be bald by the playoffs.

  30. Willy the bum says:

    RDS talking about the Oilers. Poor team, wasted talents. I feel bad for them.

  31. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Glad Habs didn’t sign Clarkson last summer! What a bust! Laff curse? Or overrated? Probably both!

    • danhabsfan says:

      Yes, turns out to be a great miss.

    • PrimeTime says:

      Repeating what you thought last summer or change of mind?

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  32. habsfan0 says:

    Laff fans are longing for the “good old days” when their team suffered the biggest Game 7 3rd period collapse in Stanley Cup history.

  33. RockinRey says:

    John Lu covering the gamut and defending Therien……

  34. duffy says:

    David Bolland is back in case some of you don’t know !!!!!

  35. Storman says:

    Pj Stock in between period gives his analysis, and mentions his go to line and his addition to the adult diaper market Le Goalers Goal Bien..

  36. Think we’ll have over 2,000 comments tonight Boone?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  37. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Mike Weaver.

  38. danhabsfan says:

    A 3 point game with a Columbus win would really hurt the leafs, go wings and Columbus

  39. habsfan0 says:

    Laffs losing.
    Columbus and Washington both winning.
    After tonight,it’s time to calculate “tragic number” for Laffs to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

  40. w.p.d says:

    Going to need some taser therapy to stay awake for this one.

  41. NightRyder says:

    Perfect example of Milan Lucic and his clean, “up high” hits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TERA-GY2K1o#t=20

  42. duffy says:

    29 min in 30 shots by Blues

  43. Danno says:

    The Leafs have golf to get going be FORE it’s too late! Putt they suck…

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  44. RockinRey says:

    Toronto v St Louis= men vs boys

  45. HabsProf says:

    OK, they’ve had one period to get themselves going after yesterday’s emotional win. Now they need to get their heads into this game.

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    They brought their f____ing toys with them!

  46. Hugh Jass says:

    Holy crap. Anyone else have the misfortune, like myself, of watching the Sabres’ feed on MSG? Rob Ray couldn’t put a coherent sentence together if he tried.

  47. hockeydoc says:

    Hackett playing in only his 2nd NHL game and not even a good scoring chance

  48. DrA says:

    Leafs suffering a slow painful death. They will not make the playoffs.

  49. Habcouver says:

    Are we placing any bets on how many shots Bernier gets?
    If so, I’m saying 54.

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    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  50. Sal from the Hammer says:

    30 shots on Bernier! 11 mins left 2nd! Wow!

  51. PrimeTime says:

    Leaf fans still think Reimer is the reason they are teetering on on a playoff position?

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  52. danhabsfan says:

    The boys seem to be having a hard time getting into this game. That

  53. Storman says:

    Therrien trying to get to the shootout ?

  54. Danno says:

    Slightly less dramatic than last night’s tilt

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  55. So? Are we suffering a hangover from last night? Seems like we’re just all over the place in a bit of a daze…

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  56. Fansincebirth says:

    I think they’re going to get an earful in the intermission….not much giddy up

    • Da Hema says:

      So what should Therrien do? The classic “throw the garbage can across the dressing room floor” shtick, or the equally legendary “yer all a bunch of useless twats” tirade?

  57. Sal from the Hammer says:

    If they let them hang around….

  58. Samovich says:

    3-1 Blues!!!

  59. danhabsfan says:

    3-1 blues

  60. RockinRey says:

    Habs doing their best to get Hacket a nice big contract

  61. habsfan0 says:

    Habs seem to lack killer instinct against a gosh awful team.

  62. danhabsfan says:

    Boone: shots are 10 each

  63. Love Gallagher jawing Hackett. What a scout that was!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  64. morivera says:

    Bournival doing a mid 80s pepsi commercial, Boone?

  65. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Who is this Hackett…is he related to the other one?

  66. hockeydoc says:

    Man, this is mediocre hockey

  67. danhabsfan says:

    Wow, never know this game is I. Mtl, crowd is dead

  68. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Zzzzzzzz

  69. Dulljerk says:

    They seem to be playing down to Buffalo’s level.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  70. Fansincebirth says:

    They’re doing everything but tackling us in their end…no calls

  71. formerly known as the hc says:

    Holy Smoke… Lafs outshot 23-7 in the first. Clearly goaltending is their most pressing issue.

    -The beatings will conmtinue until morale improves-

  72. w.p.d says:

    So, if we play the Bruins in the playoffs, does MT play Price for home games and Budaj on the road?


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