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

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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.

 

 

1,278 Comments

  1. The Jackal says:

    Wow, I was googling Marc Bergevin style, cus he has good style, and I came across this gem:

    http://cdn.25stanley.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/marc-bergevin-scott-gomez.jpeg

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  2. TheFlower10 says:

    Columbus wins !

  3. Stuck_in_To. says:

    Bourque playing with Parros … sheesh.

  4. Storman says:

    Patches having a stud game

  5. danhabsfan says:

    Not liking this game, worried about bad habits forming. Tins would never have happened with to the ’70′s Habs

  6. habsr4ever says:

    habs look gassed…..lots of games this week is the only excuse I can come up with….booey again misses his check……..and why is parros out.

  7. HabsPooch says:

    Columbus wins!!!

  8. db says:

    Is anybody actually worried? This is Florida dominating lol…

  9. habsr4ever says:

    come on boyz bring this one home

  10. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Anybody that can remember Danny Gallivan knows that Bob Cole was not great, in my opinion.

  11. TheFlower10 says:

    Under 5 in Toronto

  12. habsr4ever says:

    MT better go with FOUR D the rest of the way after this shift….booey and Murray are done…..ok Murray just took out two panther players….still he’s done ffor the night.

  13. slapshot777 says:

    Murray the BEAST

  14. Clay says:

    Wings hanging in there…death knell death knell for the leafs. What an epic collapse this continues to be. Boos ringing out at the ACC. Fans look shell shocked. I’m all smiles.

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  15. The Jackal says:

    Vanek has transformed the PP down low

    PP is not good tonight.

    :D Good old HIO

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  16. bender69 says:

    habs should decline the PP tonite–Florida has had better scoring chances -thanks Price

  17. danhabsfan says:

    That Vanek line is just so awesome, but the other lines have to get going to give them a better chance

  18. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Whatever happened to Storm Man

  19. CJ says:

    Leafs need three goals in the last four minutes. They need the regulation win.

  20. habs2005 says:

    lets go boys

  21. Samovich says:

    There is the icing timeout! whew now I can sleep tonight

  22. db says:

    The only players talking on the bench are the guys on the top line. Everyone else is just asleep…

  23. Jon™ says:

    MT, ESPY for best dressed coach?

  24. bsamsona says:

    Juggle the lines. MT. Lol

  25. TheFlower10 says:

    Need to get past these last few minutes

  26. monmick says:

    Man, I would like to see Gudbranson in a Habs jersey…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  27. habsr4ever says:

    Bob Cole needs to hang em up……man is he aweful….he WAS great….but time to retire buddy.

  28. HabsKid says:

    Markov seems to always have problems playing in Florida.

  29. danhabsfan says:

    This period is dispicable

  30. w.p.d says:

    Other than having the lead, we suck tonight.

  31. bsamsona says:

    With only one line playing together all year it is baffling why only one line consistently scores

  32. TheFlower10 says:

    They know the game isn’t over yet right ?

  33. db says:

    ….and Tampa ties it 3-3

  34. habs2005 says:

    3-3 buff tb

  35. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Egg line experiment should be over for good

  36. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Don Cherry ? :)

  37. icemachine says:

    If only Vanek had moved like that at the start of that shift!

  38. db says:

    I think I might care less about this period than the Habs do… I’m enjoying the Sabres with the lead

  39. Fansincebirth says:

    Jeebus, 4 on the blue line, DUMP AND CHASE

  40. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Cmon guyyss

  41. danhabsfan says:

    Good on PK. Circled back cause the guys were just standing there watching.

  42. TheFlower10 says:

    Habs need to score here !

  43. slapshot777 says:

    WTF are they doing. SKATE with speed. How F**king hard can that be.

  44. Seda Moss says:

    Habs are being booed in Florida … by their own fans.

  45. duffy says:

    Who has the PP here ?

  46. habs2005 says:

    go habs go

  47. TheFlower10 says:

    Phaneuf is -3

  48. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Leiweike will be very busy this summer …new coach and general manager for da Weeds

    …Peter Laviolette coach ? …who will be their new GM ?

    • Strummer says:

      Someone in Leiweike’s LA connections?

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  49. slapshot777 says:

    Finally two for one. They let them slash Patches stick and then trip him. Surprised they called it.

  50. bsamsona says:

    It is sunny and warm in Florida

  51. Nina76 says:

    Why go to sleep now, come on your hanging Price out to dry playing goalie and defense

  52. Fansincebirth says:

    ok let’s get some kind of pressure here

  53. bhjv1 says:

    Vanek is so smooth.

  54. Storman says:

    I guess the boys are thinking more of shots after the game,

  55. JVF says:

    Score another one and finish them off. Please.

  56. bsamsona says:

    You would think max PAC would want the trick

  57. monmick says:

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  58. habsfan1001 says:

    Is that all

  59. slapshot777 says:

    The Habs are taking Florida for granted. I haven’t seen weaver in the third.

  60. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Bork your killing me…

  61. naweed235 says:

    If we are going to have any success in the playoffs, the kids need to get theor heads outta their bottoms. I’m specially foworried about chucky

  62. bhjv1 says:

    881 comments

  63. HabsPooch says:

    4-2 Wings and a power play with eight minutes to go…this could be the dagger!

  64. WTF! Hanging on against Florida? Why we do that? Why we no take it to ‘em instead of being on our knees. 17 shots? Where’s that killer instinct we’ve had the last few games. Time Out MT!!!!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  65. bsamsona says:

    Bourque for some muscle

  66. Storman says:

    Damn Callahan ties it up in Buffalo

  67. danhabsfan says:

    What are the coaches doing? They need to wake up this bunch

  68. Fansincebirth says:

    break out the smelling salts WAKE UP!

  69. Black Horse says:

    Way to go PRICER! I didn’t konw the Panthers had a PP.

  70. bhjv1 says:

    Well that was pretty ugly

  71. Habcouver says:

    Are the Habs letting Carey play this one out himself?

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  72. slapshot777 says:

    Price needs to slap someone with he goal stick.

  73. Seda Moss says:

    Shots are 10-1 in the third? Brutal.

  74. habfan01 says:

    It would really really suck if Gomez scores.

  75. TheFlower10 says:

    Tie game in Tampa


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