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

VanekFla

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. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Bye all

  2. Slackman says:

    Leafs lose 8 in a row. Habs win 5 in a row. All is well in the world. It makes me so happy to see the Leafs imploding like this. Like ridiculously happy. The Leaf blowers must be so sad.

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

  3. CH Marshall says:

    Alright looking forward to ALN

  4. habfan01 says:

    Thank the Univ of Mich pullover once again!

  5. UKRAINIANhab says:

    BUT BOLLAND is back

  6. slapshot777 says:

    4:01 to go in the OT

  7. slapshot777 says:

    Tampa gets a PP in OT

  8. db says:

    Hey, did you hear? Bolland is back.

  9. D Mex says:

    Anyone with an update on the TB / BUF game ?

  10. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Ole!

  11. danhabsfan says:

    I wonder if it’s Riemers fault tonight

  12. slapshot777 says:

    Nonis face says it all.

  13. Alex says:

    We needed this, TB will get at least one point.
    Leafs fail is epic. At least Toronto fans can watch some basketball. Not holding out any hope for Canucks either. All eyes in Canada will be on our CH.

  14. db says:

    13% chance the Leafs make the playoffs… LOL love it.

  15. duffy says:

    Reimer must be feeling better !

  16. Storman says:

    The smell of burning rubber in Toronto,, 18 wheedlers screeching there breaks too no avail..

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      It’s jackknifed, 360′d at full speed and heading toward a railway crossing that has an embankment on the other side… While on fire.. With Phaneuf behind the wheel…. His CB handle is Phanny…

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  17. Coach K says:

    “Tonight…we play with pride”

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

  18. CH Marshall says:

    Bye bye Carlyle

  19. Texus says:

    Leafs lose, Habs win -> perfect night

  20. slapshot777 says:

    Remember that show eight is enough. Well in Toronto that number may have sealed their faith.

  21. db says:

    Amazing how low the Leafs can go! Which was worse, the collapse last season or this season? (they only made the playoffs last year because of the short season)

  22. bhjv1 says:

    1,017 for Booner

  23. Samovich says:

    Is this another 18 wheeler for the Leafs?

  24. Hope MT didn’t see that attempted low five by Subban and Price… Good to see Subban still has a bit of his boisterous side!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  25. Fansincebirth says:

    wow…. they couldn’t switch off the Habs game fast enough

  26. danhabsfan says:

    Wow leafs falling

  27. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Boooing at the acc

  28. Fansincebirth says:

    Horrible 3rd but a victory

  29. Rudy says:

    Did you see the secret little “low five” PK and Orice?

  30. Storman says:

    PK sneaks in a triple low five with Price.. looked like Price did not want to do it though..

  31. D Mex says:

    1:00 left in TO / Wings still up by 2 …

  32. slapshot777 says:

    It’s over in Toronto

  33. Danno says:

    Public Service Announcement:

    Toronto residents are being warned to prepare for a sudden flood of cherry-flavoured tears

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  34. Texus says:

    5 in a row!! :D

  35. Ring of Fire says:

    Nice to see Skrudland on Panther bench…he was a Warrior

    The Thin Blue Line.

  36. slapshot777 says:

    Shooting % was good in the third. Lol

  37. Habcouver says:

    When is Price gonna pot an empty netter?

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

  38. danhabsfan says:

    Wanted Patches to get it

  39. slapshot777 says:

    Everyone scores on the DD, Vanek and Patches line.

  40. Clay says:

    Finally.

    __________________________
    ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

  41. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Funny Leafs.

  42. habsr4ever says:

    bjustad is a solid player…..Hayes is huge but not sure just yet how good he’ll be.

  43. The Jackal says:

    Would love it if next season the D could be:
    PK, Markov, Emmy, Tinner, Beau, and Gorges – in no particular pairing
    And then have Dream Weaver as the 7th guy.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  44. Seda Moss says:

    Filet Désert always sounds so delicious.

  45. TheFlower10 says:

    Let’s go Buffalo !

  46. Clay says:

    Loving the scores tonight so far. I hope buffalo comes through.

    __________________________
    ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

  47. Habcouver says:

    Thank you Carey Price.

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

  48. habs2005 says:

    ole ole ole

  49. TheFlower10 says:

    Price was awesome again !

  50. habsr4ever says:

    time out…really FLA?? its OVER.

  51. db says:

    We just matched our highest win streak of the season. The Habs must be the hottest team since the trade deadline!

  52. Black Horse says:

    Wicked game for Carey Price!

    Habs MVP for sure.

  53. nickster13 says:

    You wanted 1000 comments, heres my contribution. Go habs go!

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the Rocket!”

  54. TheFlower10 says:

    Leafs PP

  55. Ring of Fire says:

    They ever going to lose again.

    The Thin Blue Line.

  56. habsr4ever says:

    looks like we got the two points.

  57. icemachine says:

    Win ugly is still a win!

  58. D Mex says:

    Vanek line to close it out …

  59. TheFlower10 says:

    Ole ole ole !

  60. habsr4ever says:

    pacman out for the hatty.

  61. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Lost my stream with 5 minutes left.. Great 2 points. Hit the Miami clubs and let off some steam.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  62. CH Marshall says:

    Lol leafs feed just switched to Habs feed for a bit

  63. habsr4ever says:

    no idea why galchenyuk is out right now….I love him but really….he can’t spell defence.

  64. TheFlower10 says:

    Habs closing it out !

  65. db says:

    Oleeeeeeee ole ole oleeee

  66. Storman says:

    Florida played a solid 3rd period, but realistically not many 10 bell chances,, Canadiens actually doing what they have to do, and not get any injuries while winning in Florida..

  67. habsr4ever says:

    nice hit by emelin…wow

  68. D Mex says:

    Under 3 mins left in TO – Wings still up 4-2

  69. CJ says:

    Boys looked like they skipped the pregame nap and opted for 18 holes of golf.

    I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that Bournival and White have been two of our best players tonight.

  70. habsr4ever says:

    Bournival has played another GREAT game.

  71. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Love Weaver

  72. Habcouver says:

    Blue Jackets win in OT!

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


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