Liveblog: Game 76 – Canadiens top Panthers 4-1, W streak hits five


Stars shine

Carey Price made 36 saves and the Canadiens' top line scored all four goals in a win that stretched the streak to five.

Max Pacioretty raised his season total to a career-best 35 goals with a pair.

Thomas Vanek got his sixth as a Canadien and 27th over, and David Desharnais capped the game with an empty-netter.

The Canadiens had 11 first-period shots on Dan Ellis, only eight thereafter.

DD caps it

Carey Price was excellent in the third period, foiling any chance of a Florida comeback.

David Desharnais scored an empty-netter.

DD line on fire

Max Pacioretty's 35th was set up by David Desharnais and Thomas Vanek.

The line has produced all three goals tonight.

But Florida had a 12-5 shot advantage, and Brad Boyes picked the top corner on Carey Price's glove side to get the home team on the board.

It ain't over.

CH scores first ... again

For the eighth time in their last nine games, your Montreal Canadiens opened the scoring.

Thomas Vanek's 27th was his sixth in 12 games since joining the team at the trade deadline.

The Canadiens doubled their lead on an exquisite passing play from Daniel Brière to Alexi Emelin to Max Pacioretty for his 34th.

The period included an absurd fight between George Parros and Krys Barch.

Canadiens outshot the Panthers 11-10 and start the second period on a power play.

Fun in the sun?

While Montreal grapples with a winter that's stretched into spring, its beloved hockey team is on the road in the Sunshine State.

The Canadiens visit the Florida Panthers Saturday night, and there should be a good contingent of late-season snowbirds in the stands at the BB&T Center.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the teams this season, and Florida has won two of the first three – including a 4-1 romp in Sunrise on Dec. 29.

The Canadiens will be without Tomas Plekanec, who's back in Montreal because, rumour has it, his partner is having their second baby.

George Parros draws in - Woo-hoo! The Cup is ours!! – as does Douglas Murray, for Jarred Tinordi.

Mike Weaver, a great pick-up by general manager Marc Bergevin, will be facing his former teammates.

Puck drops at 7:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

And everyone has permission to keep checking the Leafs and Red Wings on HNIC.




  1. punkster says:

    Release the Subbang!!!

  2. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Saku scores number 10 on the season

  3. marvin20 says:

    tough season for the Leafs. I really feel bad for those bias broad casters on Leafs Night in Canada. All night long was a marathon of excuses, with everything from a Leafs point of view. It made me sick listening to it.

    • Frank2468 says:

      Can’t wait for the personnel change for next season and only have to listen to Maclean on crotches corner with Dumb Dumb Cherry. What’s Timo going to do if they get rid of Andi Petrillo? LOL

  4. punkster says:

    What a finish by the Badgers.

    Release the Subbang!!!

  5. Storman says:

    Ball has to stay with Badgers, cant over rule that call on the floor

  6. Storman says:

    That was a good call push off, or probably a no call what have been best

  7. punkster says:

    Great game…Badgers up by 1 in OT
    Release the Subbang!!!

  8. formerly known as the hc says:

    Man, I would love to bury my boot in PJ Stock’s berries.

    -The beatings will conmtinue until morale improves-

  9. UnkleGary says:

    The thing I’ve enjoyed the last few games is that the Habs have won playing different styles of games. I think it speak to the depth of the team when we can shut it down and play a ‘hold on with a one goal lead and depend on goaltending’ like against Boston, or a more open game shoot out like against Detroit. Also had games in the middle where he have timely goals, good goaltending when the defence has brain farts and character guys stepping up.

    When we played the teams we were supposed to beat, Sabres and Panthers, we did just that. My only concern is the PP, it has to be good for this team to survive, especially if we meet the Bruins. Teams have to know that taking a penalty against us is going to cost them, making them think twice.

    Side note, looks like we’re playing Tampa first round, (I know it’s not clinched but just for arguments sake), can you see the forward lines staying together? I can’t. Beating tampa is beating Stamkos. I think you need an all most full shut down line just for him.
    Go Habs Go!


  10. habs001 says:

    Posters talking about a Bruins series…lets not forget last year..Tampa will be a very difficult series and a couple of bad bounces can easily cause a series lose..Last year the team dominated Ottawa in the first 2 games yet were tied because of a terrible collapse in the third period in game one..

    • formerly known as the hc says:

      Yep, there are no easy opponents.

      -The beatings will conmtinue until morale improves-

    • Adidess says:

      I agree. Winning over Tampa is not a guarantee, by any means. I feel more optimistic than I would be against Philly or Detroit, but playoffs hockey is a different beast and we were not quite up to it last year.

  11. Coach K says:


    At one point this season I felt that Patches and DD should be packaged up for something else if their play didn’t improve. Well, not only has DD’s play improved significantly but Patches has developed an appreciation for playing on the defensive side of the puck in addition to being a valued scorer. Furthermore, I have to say I’m much more impressed with Vanek’s defensive efforts in the last few games. When your coaching staff can convince their snipers to regularly back check with the enthusiasm those two have shown, it will be hard for anyone who is a passenger to look them in the eye and not put in the effort. To that end, hats of to our much maligned coaches who managed to get these guys to buy in to the importance of solid a defensive effort.
    This is exactly the kind of stuff that winning teams are made of!! It leads me to believe this team will surprise many in the post-season!

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

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      Adding to Patch…

      He seems to have become even more explosive from a stand still, his acceleration is all-world!

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  12. D Mex says:

    Re : db MARCH 29, 2014 AT 10:23 PM
    2-0 ANA over VAN 9 min into the first…

    Maybe VAN will try another pointless swap this off-season : Gillis to TO for Nonis. Wouldn’t make much difference, and who cares :-/

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  13. JohnBellyful says:

    I joined the discussion after the game so missed all the commentary that preceded it. Reference was made more than once on the broadcast about Pleks having returned to Montreal for personal reasons.
    I was led to believe earlier it was because of the birth of a second child.
    Without specifying what the reasons were, they left it open to speculation. So what is the story?

  14. boing007 says:

    MT just said that DD Max and TV are having fun playing together. Good vibes.

    Richard R

  15. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    For all the Next Generation fans, (c’mon, you’re on a computer on a Saturday night, who ya kiddin’) having Vanek in the lineup is like a gift from Q, “here is a glimpse of your future Jean Luc Picard (Marc Bergevin) if you had a second power forward …

    or, back to the future, and a same day shout out to the Dunboyne/Lizard King, this is what we had 25 years ago with Stephane Richer in his prime – and no, Gary Leeman doesn’t count.

    If MB doesn’t make the Kessel 8 for 8 offer, he is derelict in is duty… actually I threw that out to earn my chest thumping bonafides with the “sky is falling, I post therefore I am truth crowd”.

    I just hope that the 64 million dollar deal is on the table, and if MV goes somewhere else, so be it, hopefully it is respectively noted that the money is there (for others who might be Mr. Congeniality).

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  16. SA - #25 says:

    Good job by the Habs But the Laffs, Looks like they don’t want to make the playoffs. earlier today I predicted a win for the Laffs tonight guess the wings had different ideas.

  17. The Jackal says:

    I brought this up a couple of days ago, and I thought it would be ridiculed but actually got some interesting responses…

    You’d have to wonder if Phaneuf’s time in TO is over, and if so, his value can’t be too high. I think Phaneuf is out of his element in TO. He is the #1 guy on a team that doesn’t know how to play D, plays the PP, the PK, and logs the most minutes. He’s still young and he is still a very good player, he’d make a great #2-3 guy on the Habs. We make fun of him a lot because he is a Leaf and is in over his head on that team, he tries to do too much and makes mistakes, but he also makes good plays and he tries to do right by his team.

    I think a change of scenery and less responsibility would let him regain confidence and be a better player. I’m not saying we should try to get him out of TO, but would explore the option if I was MB. I have the feeling that once he leaves TO, he will rediscover his A game – even as a Leaf, he still makes that team better despite his shortcomings, and I would wager that if he was on the block, he’d be a valued commodity.

    Hypothetically, his addition would help balance the pairings and add physicality, puck movement, and more scoring.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Jimmy9Toes says:

      I would take him as a 5-6 dman as long as the Laffs pay lots of his remaining contract.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …HIO rule number one; do not drink and comment 🙂

    • Harditya says:

      He’s a decent player and Habs could use him but with that 7 million cap hit for next 7-8 years, I wouldn’t even sniff around that option.

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Jackal, I get what you are saying, and it is plausible, but the 49 million that kicks in next year mean it is not going to happen.

      No longer a 60 point offensive player and now challenged by the better forwards, he is really a number 3 and being paid beyond … Leiwike cannot be happy

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • punkster says:

      I always felt the “A” in Phaneuf’s “A Game” stood for Ass…never liked his cheap shots in Calgary and hate his hair cut today…I’d pass on him and put my cap hit to more valuable use.

      Release the Subbang!!!

      • The Jackal says:

        There are certainly better options, but with the cap expected to continue rising, and 7M no longer being unusual or that high for top pairing Ds, his cap hit could be swallowed up. Just saying, he is still a good player that is being misused in TO, and is thus much maligned by the media and fans.

        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • punkster says:

          Still, there are many ways I could devise to “misuse” Phaneuf most of which would involve waterboarding, toenail pulling and teeth extraction…but those images shall remain in my imagination.

          Release the Subbang!!!

          • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

            My canned response would be flagged by PETA so I would say that you trade for him and out him in youppi’s suit

            “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • Adidess says:

      Have you heard about his recent contract? Jackal, I’m sure you’re only trying to provoke a discussion. Right? This would only make sense at $5M, seeing that Gorges makes $4.5 mil.

      • The Jackal says:

        Well I don’t think he is worth the contract but that is just a function of the value of those kinds of players – Nonis would not have offered that if he did not have to. There were other teams willing to pony up that amount or higher.

        I’m not saying I would blindly take him, but if there was a good offer, say, if MB could pull off a Vanek type deal for him, then I’d be for it. I don’t think the Habs should actively try to pry him away from TO, but if he did don the CH, and the deal was right, I’d be happy with that.

        Maybe I’m biased a bit because I really liked Phaneuf when he was a Flame and I still see him is a very good player. I think a lot of the negative stuff about his game is a product of him playing in TO and basically being asked to put the team on his shoulders. Obviously, that team has too many issues for a single player to fix, and it’s been so for years, but IMO he is still very valuable in many respects.
        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  18. naweed235 says:

    2 more points and we are guaranteed a playoff spot. Hats off to the boys and the much hated coaching staff …

  19. Storman says:

    YESSSSSSSS badgers up 2 at the under 5 min officials time out

  20. Storman says:

    GO Badgers GO

  21. HardHabits says:

    The one thing that has me optimistic and has certainly added much credibility to the Habs being for real this season is that for the two damaging losing streaks they had, they responded both times with winning streaks where the wins in those streaks made up for if not surpassed the losses. The only area they really got scalded in was goals against and that was in the first real bad losing streak. I am also surprised that they’ve been able to sustain a consistent ability to win this deep into the season, and on a roll heading into the play-offs… so far. Still a few games left until the second season. If they can get all the injured reserves healthy they have the depth to go deep. The only thing standing in their way being the Penguins and Bruins.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Habs are in the Bruins’ heads,IMHO.

    • The Jackal says:

      I agree this team has surprised many, but it still has its shortcomings.
      What we have going for us is character, depth (not necessarily in scoring but in personnel), and great goaltending. We can certainly have a great run this spring, but I would temper the expectations by citing that without good goaltending, we are not too good.

      That being said, the team has good chemistry and it works hard, it’s awesome that they don’t give up and have the cojones to come back and win games. Our biggest weakness is on D but PK, Markov, and Emelin have been good despite bad stretches, Gorges should come back refreshed and we know his value to this team. Also, Tinner has been solid and so have the rotating guys – Boo, Crankshaft, and Dream Weaver.

      The biggest thing is, of course, our scoring. Vanek has been a great pickup and it has transformed this team, but outside the DD line we need to have some more reliable secondary scoring. Hopefully Pleks goes on a roll and the Gallys too.

      It will certainly be an exciting playoffs and we are in much better shape heading into them this year than we were last year.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • punkster says:

      A br00nz series, no matter when and no matter the outcome, would be fantastic.

      Release the Subbang!!!

  22. D Mex says:

    24CH on RDS now … ¡ que disfruten !

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  23. Cal says:

    Price with a very solid game tonight. Habs did not miss Pleks too much….riiiiiiiiiight. All in all, it’s nice the Habs have a dominant line while in the hunt for home ice in the playoffs.
    Meantime, in Hogtown, millions of laff fans consider crack as an alternative to watching the rest of the season. In the laffs dressing room, Princess Phanoof cries in the arms of coach Carlyle, who cries, too.

  24. Jimmy9Toes says:

    My thoughts – Carey looked good except for being on his knees on the last 5 goals. Man I hope they resign Vanek, his passing is as good as his goal scoring. Both of Max’s goals were tap ins. The mayor should bow before DD. I would like the Habs to resign either Murray or Weaver, or both to 1 year contracts and bring in Tiny and Bealieu slowly. Danny B will light it up in the playoffs. Larry played okay in TP’s absence.

  25. naweed235 says:

    A comment from a Laff’s fan on TSN:

    “On my 9th birthday my parents bought me my first NHL jersey. It was the road jersey of the expansion team San Jose Sharks; I probably should have listened”

    I feel bad for them for some reason…

  26. SportsFan31 says:

    I was not able to follow the game tonight. Who were the 3 stars?

  27. The Jackal says:

    Whatever happens with Vanek after the season, and however the DD line starts next year, hopefully their struggles this season will prove a lesson to fans. Everyone wanted to get rid of DD and even Patch at one point, but they overcame adversity and are our best forward line and most consistent one too. Should DD or Patch struggle again for a stretch next year, or at any point, let’s remember that such a thing would not be a permanent state of affairs and that they are very valuable players in terms of our offensive production – something we still have to address down the line.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • naweed235 says:

      Don’t say everyone because I for one was laughing at people who wanted to get rid of DD and Patch 😀
      And now I’m really waiting to see some crow carcasses…

  28. HabinBurlington says:

    Riddick Bowes twitter is all hockey tonight.

  29. Storman says:

    I wonder if two days in the sun will help Therrien’s PP problem

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Fonzie looking happy….. 2-0 Anaheim 9 mins in.

  31. db says:

    2-0 ANA over VAN 9 min into the first…

  32. punkster says:

    Quite the breath of fresh air around here without the realists, Negative Nellies, s*it disturbers and trolls these days.

    Rainbow Riding Unicorns Unite…we have nothing to lose but our delusions!

    Release the Subbang!!!

  33. HabinBurlington says:

    If the Leafs drove an 18 wheeler off a cliff a few years ago what do we call this season?

  34. Habfun says:

    Another great road game, keep it up boys!!

    It’s all about the CH

  35. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Nother win for the habs. This is a great streak!

  36. icemachine says:

    So Pacioretty with 35, Vanek with 27. Even if Vanek had played the entire season here would he be at 35? I think he might be 1 or 2 either side of that right now.

    Could you imagine the Habs with a top line with a 100 goal potential?

  37. rdhabsfan says:

    What a difference a week makes. If the Leafs beat the Habs in regulation last week, they would have been 1 point behind them.

  38. wild flower says:

    TSN website shows Tampa passing the Habs despite the Habs game being over before the Tampa game. Wishful thinking?

  39. monmick says:

    I’m starting to like MT as a coach. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take a shower….

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Looked like he fell asleep poolside today, had a red tomato look going. But yah, getting harder and harder to find things to complain about.

    • Storman says:

      Strange,, for sure,, but i sort of too,, have taken my foot off the I cant stand our coach pedal..He seems to be making decisions that somehow come up roses,, but dressing Cube is driving me nuts..

  40. CJ says:

    Saw some pictures of Tim Bozon dropping the puck this evening between the Hitmen and Ice. The entire Calgary team came off the bench to shake his hand. Just amazing stuff.

    Hopefully we can get a video to share.

  41. HabsPooch says:

    Bouillon quietly a +3 tonight.

    • Storman says:

      Sorry to say still one of the worst players in the NHL

    • CJ says:

      Very quietly. Not a good night for Frankie, despite what the scoresheet says.

      A bad tripping penalty and defensive struggles in his own end. He and PK are not a good fit. Maybe, if managed closely, Frankie could add value in a sheltered role at 10 minutes a night, on a rotational basis. He is simply logging more miles than his odometer can handle. Compounding the issue is the quality of opposition he faces.

      We have benefitted from a soft schedule the past six games (Sens, Sabres x 2, Wings, Leafs, Panthers), which has masked many of our defensive shortcomings. Thankfully, goaltending and offence (PP aside), has sustained us.

      • HabsPooch says:

        Agreed. 10 minutes max would be my limit. I think we can rest the Beaulieu experiment for now until next year. Can’t argue with the results.

        • CJ says:

          Barring an injury, there is no chance he comes up now.

          I may not agree, but as you’ve said, tough to argue with the results. My underlying concern is the way the defence has been playing versus competition that we have been beating, but you play the games as they are scheduled to play.

  42. D Mex says:

    For anyone watching the Canucks game now, the anthem signer (Mark Donnelly) has lost just a * tremendous * amount of weight since he began this gig at VAN games.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  43. Fansincebirth says:

    So for the playoffs, does Boston and Pittsburgh get the wildcard teams?

  44. JohnBellyful says:

    It is the best of times [Habs win], it is the best of times [Leafs lose].

  45. habsfan0 says:

    Chicago Cubs haven’t won a championship in 106 years.
    The Laffs are a cinch to surpass this.

  46. Danno says:

    Has anyone figured out what the likely home and away playoff game dates would be for a TBL vs Habs first-round playoff round?


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  47. Storman says:

    Scott Oake makes me nauseous, sorry if he is someones favorite,

  48. krob1000 says:

    Stamkos with his 23rd in 29 games…..only Patches and Vanek on entire Habs team have more, no one on FLA may crack 20 this year…>too bad Stamkos got hurt because this is a prime year for him…could have been a special one.

  49. HardHabits says:

    I gotta say I am pleasantly surprised, nay stunned, at how good that Vanek pick-up has been for the Habs. Very astute pro scouting. Finally. And I am generally against giving up assets for rentals. In this case I am all in. Good on Bergevin and Dudley.

  50. Mattyleg says:


    Another win.
    Feels good!

    Max in 5th place in the NHL for goals!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  51. duffy says:

    All the talking heads on leafs network post game show look like they are going to CRY !!!!

  52. Danno says:

    The universe is unfolding as it should.


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  53. D Mex says:

    I’ll say now that, if Vanek is not back with DD and MaxPac next season, his absence will be lamented – at length – around here …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  54. Storman says:

    Anyone else see PK sneak the low five with Carey,, gotta love PK,, he really really loves to play the game,, kid at heart…

  55. db says:

    Carey on CBC right now

  56. D Mex says:

    Price interview on HNIC

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  57. krob1000 says:

    6.5 percent chance for Leafs…Habs are now at 100 percent in

  58. HabinBurlington says:

    Cherry really has zero class. Go ahead and mock Babcock you blithering old senile twit Don!

  59. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …those Pantherettes …wish HNIC would fill a full intermission with nothing but them

    …would float My boat

  60. Storman says:

    Leafs have about as much chance as I do of picking up Alyonka Larionov ,, but apparently I have a 13% chance,, yah baby

  61. D Mex says:

    Cherry waxing on about Detroit’s Helm …
    What – no TO gloating Don ?

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  62. Danno says:

    Lots of Hahaha on L’Antichambre


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  63. CHicoHab says:

    Tinordis gaffe against Columbus and IF we would have won then tonite could have been 9 in a row since Ottawa game.

  64. Texus says:

    Crap Stamkos just ended it, that’s 23 G in 29 games lol holy cow…

  65. Keith says:

    Great win! Peaking at the right time and playing well as a team!

  66. johnnylarue says:

    I think it would be ill-advised to count out the Leafs now that they have Bolland back in the lineup.

    He has two Stanley Cup rings, so…

  67. monmick says:

    I have played several times when I have felt I was clearly out of my depth. First when I was very young, playing with older boys and, more recently, as an old guy playing with highly skilled young men. The feeling is quite evident and undeniable. I can feel it, the others can feel it too, everyone sees it…

    I get the same feeling now watching Parros play. You have had a respectable career with the limited skills you have. Time to hang them up…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  68. w.p.d says:

    What’s the comment count ?

  69. Fansincebirth says:

    now if only the Sens would do the decent thing and lose the rest of the way

  70. danhabsfan says:

    Well, it wasn’t pretty but it’s a win, have to play better on he he playoffs though

  71. db says:

    Stamkos wins it….

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