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. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    Off the top of my noggin, I would guess Savage was the last 40 goal scorer

  2. CJ says:

    This is John’s wife. He has had a little too much fun and has gone to bed…..

  3. Stevie.Ray says:

    My CBC feed went haywire with about 5 minutes left. What happened with Parros and Neil?

  4. UKRAINIANhab says:


  5. athanor says:

    Three star selections odd tonight.
    RDS, CBC and NHL Game Summary all had MaxPac and Vanek 1 and 2.
    But RDS had Tinordi as No. 3
    CBC had DD
    and NHL had Zibanejad

  6. Strummer says:

    Up next the only reason other than Hab’s games, to watch CBC- Amanda Lang!
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  7. Mavid says:

    my hubby is still sulking

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  8. DipsyDoodler says:

    Props to Therrien for not panicking at 3-0. Left Budaj in and after a brief rebuke stuck with PK.

    Moving. Forward.

  9. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    We scored 7 against the 2nd worst defensive team in the league. Big whoop. Play like this tomorrow and we’ll get killed.

    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  10. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Cya tommrow

  11. Mavid says:


    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  12. T-roy West says:

    MaCarron ties it up!!

  13. Habcouver says:

    Cassie towers over Davey, who must be skateless.

  14. B says:

    I hope you folks switched over to Sportsnet1 in time to see McCarron score the game tying goal.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  15. Danno says:

    1,200 comments. Boone gets his hit bonus after all.


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  16. Habcouver says:

    MT showed class by not running up score… and no time out!

  17. Peter Young says:

    Who were three stars please

  18. Storman says:

    Parros Bay Rum tasting fine tonight

  19. Harditya says:

    What a line. When was the last time Habs had a 40 goal scorer? Max is beautiful!

  20. filincal says:

    Haha. Friedman razzin galley with the 3 stars.

  21. Ferg says:

    Wow, Galley sure is worried about how unhappy MT will be. Thank the baby Jesus that coverage is done.

  22. Storman says:

    Time to head to

  23. filincal says:

    Smart not to put Price in after the three goals.
    No panic, no need with game tomorrow.

  24. TheFlower10 says:

    But what do I know !

  25. DipsyDoodler says:

    I’m not seeing the CBC bias.

    Moving. Forward.

  26. Timo says:

    Great win and no sardines. Oh well.

    I still hate Therrien.

  27. Storman says:

    Thomas Vanek some of the smartest passes i have seen this year

  28. Mondou6 says:

    Total humiliation. I love it.

  29. frontenac1 says:

    Stache gets rid of Neil and Smith without dropping his mitts.That amigos, is a Real Enforcer!

  30. Mattyleg says:

    Woulda been a pointless staged fight that could have injured one of them.

    Good reffing.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  31. Storman says:

    Peter Budaj,, stud game

  32. B says:

    Na Na Na Na…

    –Go Habs Go!–

  33. Storman says:

    Pacioretty very easily could have had 5 goals tonight

  34. Mondou6 says:

    Neil not so brave tonight.

  35. bender69 says:

    nice non fight neil you jackass

  36. punkster says:


    Release the Subbang!!!

  37. frontenac1 says:

    Neil gone! Good job Stache!

  38. duffy says:

    FU Galley, Brown, Walrus, and all the rest of you Senaturds,,,,,,,,

  39. DipsyDoodler says:

    Ref saves Chris Neil.

    Moving. Forward.

  40. Habcouver says:

    Boods should be a star

  41. Mattyleg says:

    Good stuff ref.
    Don’t need that silliness at the end of the game.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  42. Timo says:

    Good reffing right there. Smart.

  43. RH says:

    Apparently I’ve missed most of a great game. I live for these high scoring offensive affairs!

  44. Timo says:

    Habs play that kind of defense tomorrow they get killed.

  45. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Wings will be tasty tomorrow.

  46. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Can we play Beaulieu tomorrow please?

  47. DipsyDoodler says:

    Tinordi has to stop making those blind backhand passes.

    Moving. Forward.

    • Butterface says:

      Agree… same thing as Columbus game…. forehand off the boards … not backhand through centre of ice…. Simple plays !!

      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

  48. monmick says:

    Almost a carbon copy for Tiny…

  49. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …da Weeds almost back as a wild-card …Weeds fans planning the parade again 🙂

  50. twilighthours says:

    Has weaver left the ice this period?

  51. Danno says:

    Galchenyuk is starting to gel


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  52. habcertain says:

    we are being outshot almost 2 to 1

  53. TMan1969 says:

    Have all the shots…we have all the goals…suck it Galley!

  54. Storman says:

    Very Nice Chucky

  55. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    CBC celebrating the Columbus loss.

  56. filincal says:

    Please,please,please laffs make it to the playoffs.

  57. B says:

    Hudon from Grégoire makes it 4-1 BC over RN. 5 mins to go in the 3rd.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  58. Et le but says:

    DD line best in the league the last 10 games?

  59. DipsyDoodler says:

    OK I just switched to CBC to see what all the fuss is about.

    Moving. Forward.

  60. Aw sheeite! What’d I miss? I was worried about this game, but the score suggests it was a fun one to watch. Had to do the budget and taxes with the wife. Would have rather had my finger nails pulled out. I’ll catch tomorrow’s hopefully!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  61. Butterface says:

    Oooooooooops….. Columbust loses 4-3 giving up a goal with 4 seconds left…. Toronto gets a reprieve.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

  62. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …not often I would give a goalie (Budaj) one of the 3 stars when They give up 4 goals

    …but, Pacioretti, Vanek and Budaj

  63. filincal says:

    @galley why don’t you ask how the ‘Walrus’ feels about coming out of the first tied after leading 3-0. To a ‘small’ team too.

  64. Mattyleg says:

    Mind you, it would be excellent work by the NHL writers to have the Senators save their season with a comeback against the very team who relaunched their own playoff bid with a comeback against them…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  65. Storman says:

    That top line is pretty good no Galley

  66. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Is pk the worst shot blocker or what?

    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  67. Black Horse says:

    Man, Budaj is weak between the legs!

  68. Timo says:

    Mavid, are you texting your buddy? 5 mins left.

  69. Mavid says:

    Galley still bashing the Habs..what a friggen jerk

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  70. Storman says:

    Galley taking the chance with the Ottawa goal to rip Canadiens again ,, what an ass au complet

  71. Samovich says:

    The dreaded 5:00 minute mark

  72. Habcouver says:


  73. Mattyleg says:

    Wow, Patches is the first Hab to have a 3-Hat-Trick season since Pierre Larouche in 1980-81.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  74. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Tinordi? Bournival?

  75. Storman says:

    I want Emelin to mash some Senaturd along the boards

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