Liveblog: Game 78 – Canadiens fall behind 3-0, win a wild one 7-4


Another comeback

For the second time in as many meetings, the Canadiens stormed back from a three-goal deficit to beat Ottawa.

This time, they didn't need OT.

Max Pacioretty had a hat trick, raising his season's total to 38 goals. He added two assists.

The Canadiens got singles from Lars Eller, Mike Weaver, David Desharnais and Andrei Markov.

Peter Budaj faced a bombardment of 43 shots.

Craig Anderson was beaten seven times on 23 shots.

Nailing it down

Max Pacioretty completed his hat trick and David Desharnais raised the Canadiens leead to 7-3 before Mika Zibanejad got a late one for Ottawa.


Budaj brilliant

Peter Budaj faced 15 shots in the second period.

He stopped them all.

The Canadiens had four shots at Craig Anderson.

Two went in: Lars Eller's 12th of the season and Max Pacioretty's 37th (and second of the game).

The period included a fight between Jarred Tinordi and Eric Gryba – plus a no-punch brawl started by Brendan Gallagher and Chris Neil.



Within less than six minutes, Ottawa had a 3-0 lead on two goals by Zach Smith and another by Ales Hemsky .

The Senators outshot the Canadiens 7-0, and P.K. Subban was on the bench after 37 seconds of play and minus-2.

Three-goal deficit? The Canadiens had Ottawa just where they want them.

Andrei Markov's seventh goal of the season started the comback.

Mike Weaver's first and Max Pacioretty's 36th – off a brilliant head-man pass by Thomas Vanek – tied it at 3-3.

Ottawa outshot the Canadiens 13-11.

Desperate Senators

Ottawa still has a slight chance of making the playoffs.

The Canadiens know they'll be playing hockey in late April.

At the Canadian Tire Centre Friday night, the home team will be hungrier. And Ottawa has taken at least a point in all four previous games against the Canadiens this season.

The most recent encounter was that wild March 15 game at the Bell Centre. Trailing 4-1 with less than four minutes left, the Canadiens got goals from Lars Eller, Brian Gionta and, with a second remaining in regulation, David Desharnais to force Overtime. Francis Bouillon, of all people, scored 1:26 into OT for the win – setting the Canadiens off on a streak in which they won seven of eight games.

Peter Budaj gets the start. Carey Price will face the red-hot Wings at the Bell Centre Saturday night.

Puck drops 7:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.


  1. rhino514 says:

    Bergevin has quite deliberately tweaked the team to make them tough to play against in the playoffs, and has done a fairly remarkable job in a very short time. It was built with that in mind before the Vanek and Weaver trades, and it is even truer now.
    If the team does not win a round, Therrien should go. Not sure if he will but he definitely should, that would be two first round exits in a row.

  2. Coozeman says:

    How great would it be to have two 40 plus goal scores next year in Vanek and Patches and what would that do to aid in Chucky’s development by taking the pressure away from him, moving forward?!

    • I was just dreaming about that myself. Can you imagine?

      Defense wins championships

      “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

  3. Butterface says:

    First I agree that PK does not need to be sat after a mistake. That being said, on the first goal that may not have been his man, but he should have adapted quicker.

    The second goal the Ottawa player came from the far side and around the back of the net and PK did not even see him as he came from the blind side. So perhaps there was just not enough communication by team mates. Although he was PK’s man and should have been picked up.

    PK was paired with Tinordi on one goal and Boullion on the other in the first.

    I really don’t think MB is going to fire his coach after the success he is having in the regular season(s). Just won’t happen. If MB thinks players are being treated unfairly, he would quell it. My guess is this is a bigger problem with the media then it is internally. OR maybe they have a better understanding as to what motivates PK vs what motivates other players.

    Even if MT has another early playoff exit, I still don’t think he gets the door…..

    Wonder if MB sits beside Vanek on the bus tonight… “So how do you like it here so far ?”

    PK has not played well since he made the Olympic team. I would like to see him turn it around. Soon !!!!!

    I really don’t understand why people have issues with Gorges. He is steady. Very steady. That is the pairing we need with PK.


    Emelin Markov
    Gorges Subban
    Weaver Murray

    With Tinordi, Boullion and Beaulieu vying for the 7 spot.

    Thought Tinordi had a good game with only two mistakes. His hit that knocked Hempski out of the game was fabulous. The fight with Cryba was great too. That effort was worth a couple of mistakes (bad clearing that led to goal and blind backhand pass through the middle that was directly on to Ottawa stick). Some could argue that the hit he made sparked the turnaround.

    I have no issues with
    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

  4. Coozeman says:

    One thing that does require mentioning is that we do have a superstar goal scorer in Patches and it goes to show how good he can be when playing with talent (Vanek)! They have to sign this guy for if he were on the top line all year as opposes to the last 14 games, we would have our first 50 goal scorer in a very long time!

  5. Coozeman says:

    Cursing autocorrect here on this platform!

  6. Coozeman says:

    Agreed to a point, only difference is PK loves Montreal so much more than he hates MT… He wants to be a part if their history, but if MT tries this shit when and if he gets his monster contract, their will be a one way ticket out if town for MT!

  7. Coozeman says:

    Man, you remember the team of 93, Patrick cemented his status as the best goalie ever with that series, it had little to so with our D and much more to do with Roy and timely scoring, 10 straight overtimes!

  8. Coozeman says:

    I agree and I also think Carbo will have his turn again as well… Price is the X factor against the Lightening, I personally think he is ready to take the next step and make a sick run… I may be delusional or half drunk but this season smells like 93…

  9. Coozeman says:

    There is a bad dynamic between Subban and MT no matter how much if a spin we put on it one way or the other and it doesn’t bode well for us moving forward! But, that being said, MT won’t be the coach taking us to the next level once the team matures and rids itself if the dead weight that exists now, so there is that! He kick started the Pens but then lost the room, the same will hold true!

  10. JohnBellyful says:

    I’m worried.
    ALN’s not up yet.
    Has … has… has there been a fatal error?
    Speaking of errors, whatta game, whatta victory.

  11. Coozeman says:

    PJ Stock is an idiot of the highest order, I so hope he doesn’t end up with a job in the new television scheme!

  12. Coozeman says:

    The Habs were not ready to start the game, period and PK was on the ice and as always, he is MT’s whipping boy! It will bite us in the a$$ down the road, remember how Roy and Tremblay ended up, anyone?!

  13. nolts says:

    Just glad pricer wasn’t in the net tonight…he’d be under the bus with tinner and pk

  14. nolts says:

    They’ll be plenty of weak clearing attempts bad bank passes and players who fall down…even in the playoffs. Pile of perfect folks on this site.

  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    ‘Ekos poll points to a Liberal win’;

    …this is encouraging news to Me, and My fingers are crossed the Parti Quebec will be annihilated as a political entity/option in Quebec …it once served it’s purpose, but now has been holding Quebec’s prosperity back …it is a poison in the blood of Quebec’s potential

    …but, am I the only One here that hangs-up when a polster calls ?

    …I don’t understand why the media trusts/quotes these polls now a days

    …hope they are right, but I won’t relax until the final results are determined

    …hockey related ? …well, a few Habs may feel better playing in a Quebec without listening to incessant divisive nationalistic politics on Their morning radio when coming to the rink 🙂

  16. Rockhabsfan says:

    So, first time posting (been following for years). How does MT sit PK for the first period? Results notwithstanding, I think CH could have another 8 points with a sensible coach.

  17. CHasman says:

    I hate to admit it but MT out coached me again. I was ready to pull Budaj after it was 3-0 but what do I know. Great to see the players sticking up for each other. I read at least one comment that said Tinordi was bad tonight but I disagree. He made a couple of mistakes but other than Weaver all the dmen did. Tinordi nailed a couple of big hits and had a great fight with Gyrba after the big oaf has to try to hammer Briere.
    I can’t believe how much better Patches is with Vanek on the line. It is awesome to have a top line in the league. Super to watch.

    • HabsPooch says:

      He made more than a few mistakes. He set up Ottawa’s second goal from the point with his weak clearing attempt, fell turning a few times which led to open chances for the Sens and made some brutal bank passes behind the net to his defense partners. I will give him credit for sticking up for Briere and fighting Gryba though…he’s learning on the job but it’s late in the season and you can’t be making blatant errors in the playoffs.

  18. somtawyer says:

    MB needs to sit down with Therrien NOW and explain to him that he must immediately stop treating PK this way

  19. Who was the last Mtl forward to get 40 goals? Damphousse? Turgeon? Surely we don’t have to go all the way back to Richer, do we?

    I’m lazy and don’t want to google it, so I’ll rely on the knowledgeable fanbase here on HIO. 😉

    Defense wins championships

    “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

  20. Timo says:

    Tomorrow I am hoping for Habs win in OT

  21. Storman says:

    Mt benching Pk was not bad,, but benching him for one shift would have been the best way to give him the message to wake up,, not embarrass him for a period.

  22. 24AW says:

    They’ll play a real team tomorrow, I think they can win it with not too many mistakes!!

  23. HabsPooch says:

    Don’t look now but the Leafs are back in it. Columbus choked giving up a goal with 3 seconds left to lose at least one point which would have been crucial for them. The Leafs have quite the easy schedule ahead of them and their games are spaced out nicely while Columbus has four games in five nights to contend with.

  24. No.4isNo.1 says:

    When Patrick Roy was in town he mentioned that part of what drove him out of Montreal was the double standard Tremblay had in how he treated the players. I bring this up because we see the same thing with Therrien. DD killed the team with his turn over on TB’s winning goal and he never missed a shift and PK sits for most of a period? This is not the first time this has happened. I would much rather see MT elsewhere than PK.

    Better times are ahead

  25. Storman says:

    Thomas Vanek 14 points in 14 games, Rene Bourque 15 points in 59 games

    • ooder says:

      the one word that describes bourque imo is inept.
      just inept, can’t shoot, can’t pass, doesn’t really hustle, doesn’t hit.. just does nothing

    • I really really really want MB to go after Vanek. Hard. Like, really really really hard.

      We could really really really use him in the foreseeable future.

      I hope I don’t sound really needy and desperate. 😉

      Defense wins championships

      “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

  26. HabsPooch says:

    Tinordi played a poor game tonight. I’ve backed him up on several occasions but I can’t ignore the abundance of blunders he commits out there. They’re not little mistakes either, they’re glaring bad. He definitely needs more work and I would say he’s put in only if one of the veteran defensemen are injured. He can play full time next year but I think he’s in over his head with the NHL speed.
    The defence as a whole has me really concerned for the playoffs. I hope Beaulieu is inserted into the lineup tomorrow. I can say his play when he’s played on the Habs has been a bit more steady than Tinordi’s.

    • JohnInTruro says:

      If he still needs a lot of work, how do you imagine in October he will all of a sudden be ready for full time?

      • HabsPooch says:

        They’ll be moving forward with Beaulieu and Tinordi next year. He’ll have a full season to improve his game. As for now, and the upcoming playoffs we can’t take chances.

    • monmick says:

      He made the exact same mistake that got him scratched for several games the last time. The only difference is that he oponents didn’t score on the play. You could see based on his facial expression that he wishes to have that one back…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  27. Didn’t see the game, but what’s up with PK? Less than 14 min, -3 when we score a rare 7 goals. Should we be concerned or is it the Bull and MT being a douche?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  28. naweed235 says:

    I know it’s water under the bridge but you just can’t help to think that if the Chara / pacioretty incident hadn’t occured and hadn’t deprived us of him in the playoffs, that year could have played out very differently. For one, no chance in hell the Goons would have get passed us in the 1st roind and accomplish the unspeakable. (*puke)

  29. AliHaba says:

    Just crazy is right. The strangest game I’ve seen in a long time.

  30. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    More snow on the car. Damn.

  31. Timo says:

    So… day off tomorrow?

  32. DipsyDoodler says:

    The Neil goal was correctly disallowed. The Ottawa doofus deliberately hit Budaj on the shoulder.

    Moving. Forward.

  33. DipsyDoodler says:

    AC Crew, showing Gryba’s poor play, refer to him as “number 62”.

    Moving. Forward.

  34. ABHabsfan says:

    So I have PK in my fantasy pool. I am 3 pts out of 1st with $1000 on the line, Habs score 7 and PK is -3 (+/- counts in our pool) I thinked I am now “Leafed” (out of the $)

  35. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Vancouver CBC News showing street demonstrations calling for Gillis to be fired

    …Canuckleheads on the warpath out here 🙂

  36. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    @stevie.ray refs sent them to the room before anything could happen between Neil and Gorgeous George

  37. falconea says:

    Damphousse(sp?) 93-94 last 40 goal scorer

  38. DipsyDoodler says:

    Max has more goals than Sidney C.

    Moving. Forward.

  39. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    Hahaha CJ got put to bed

  40. Luke says:

    McC ties it at 4 in Guelph.

    11gwg for Max. Nice.

    OTT’s goal should have been allowed, but, tough. Too bad Ottawa. Go cry with Galley about it.

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