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. ABHabsfan says:

    IMO, Tinordi should be in every game for the Habs for the next 10 years

  2. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Galley was a bruin right?

  3. DipsyDoodler says:

    Every time PK gets booed in Canadian rinks I’m ashamed of this country.

    Moving. Forward.

  4. Storman says:

    Galley still criticizing Habs even with a 6-3 lead, saying cant believe this is how we want to play,, he sounds like a complete idiot , WOW..

  5. Timo says:

    Someone needs to tune in Smith. Little f—er is getting out of hand.

  6. duffy says:

    Galley just said Ottawa should be winning this game ..?

  7. Storman says:

    Weaver needs a fight for a Gordie Howe hat trick, Gakchenyuk needs a goal for a Gordie Howe hat trick,,

  8. UKRAINIANhab says:

    And the Television is on mute!

  9. wutanged says:

    Sens soon to be head hunting.

  10. Davey93 says:

    Has Bouillon been on the bench yet?

  11. DrA says:

    I think Ottawa’s called it a season

  12. HabsKid says:

    Boone- what’s the comment count?

  13. Samovich says:

    Strudy Russian stock..

  14. Mattyleg says:

    Refs have decided to put their whistles away, it seems.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …what happened to Tinordi ? …injured hand in His fight ?

  16. thebonscott says:

    Please rest markov

    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

  17. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Habs like to walk stuff off.

  18. ABHabsfan says:

    I like PK better with Tiny than Cube

  19. habsfan0 says:

    This is the second consecutive game that Ottawa has blown a 3 goal lead vs the Habs.

  20. Storman says:

    That one Markov just got kill like a bitch

  21. Mattyleg says:

    …and back.


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  22. DipsyDoodler says:

    Marky’s back!

    Moving. Forward.

  23. Timo says:

    Uh-ho… nicht gut! Therrien will now have no choice but to play Subban. He must be hating it now.

  24. johnnylarue says:

    My heart stops just about every time I see Markov lying on the ice for longer than two seconds.

  25. Mondou6 says:

    My wife just noticed the view behind MT. lol.

  26. Mattyleg says:

    Marky limping down the tunnel…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  27. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Max sucks. Trade him. Perimeter player of course

  28. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Ottawa can’t hit the net

  29. bsamsona says:

    I want to see Anderson pull himself

  30. Et le but says:

    Who hre thought we had a chance after trailing 3-0 just over 5 minutes in?
    Not me…what a resilient team!

  31. punkster says:

    Should have dumper “perimeter Max” when people here told us to.

    Release the Subbang!!!

    • Clay says:

      Damned straight. Could have gotten a fourth round pick for him.

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

  32. habsfan0 says:

    The line of DD,Patches & Vanek is just getting started.
    Look for them to make a lot of noise in the playoffs.

  33. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Take that Galley!

  34. twilighthours says:

    You know when the Habs play other teams and we fans are terrified of their dangerous guys like Crosby, kessel, stamkos, Kane… Guys who can just break it open at any time?

    We’ve got one of those guys. And I love it.

    • Clay says:

      I would even go so far as to say we have two of those guys.

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

  35. DipsyDoodler says:

    Don’t want to jinx it, but Budaj might get a star!

    Moving. Forward.

  36. Habcouver says:

    Budaj playing Grant Fuhr-esque!

  37. Mavid says:

    Galley sounds so sad….awwwww..F…..A……

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  38. Clay says:

    What a save!

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

  39. DipsyDoodler says:

    Apparently we just played a brutal 9 games in 15 nights.

    Won 8 of those games.

    Moving. Forward.

  40. AH says:

    Man, what a sniper Max has become!

  41. filincal says:

    Oh man Vanek is looking real good.

  42. Mavid says:

    hope my buddy is ready with his tin of Sardines…LOL

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  43. Danno says:

    Just another day at the office for Max


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  44. Et le but says:

    Is he good for 4?

  45. Captain aHab says:

    Only thing left now is for Parros to jump on the Ottawa bench and give the Walrus a beating.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  46. frontenac1 says:

    They Throwing Sens Hats on the ice???

  47. twilighthours says:

    I really want 40 for max.

  48. Mattyleg says:

    The Senators seem to have mistaken their defensive zone for the observation deck of a cruise ship.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  49. Samovich says:

    A funeral atmosphere on the CBC….

  50. bsamsona says:

    Habs gave them a 3 goal lead just to challenge themselves

  51. B says:

    I love all the hats on the ice in Ottawa for Max!

    –Go Habs Go!–

  52. UKRAINIANhab says:


  53. Timo says:

    That was nice. My man DD with a perfect setup.

  54. Habcouver says:

    Starting to feel sorry for Andy?NAAAAA!

  55. Mondou6 says:

    Goo goo ga joob!!

  56. frontenac1 says:

    Patches Hat Trick!!!

  57. Storman says:

    What A Rocket

  58. Danno says:

    Maximum Max!

    Tour du chapeau!


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  59. UKRAINIANhab says:


  60. Samovich says:

    just WOW!!!!

  61. Mattyleg says:



    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  62. habsfan0 says:

    Patches might hit 40 tonight!

  63. Captain aHab says:


    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  64. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:


  65. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    11 for 33 in the faceoff circle.

    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  66. Storman says:

    Budaj has been great or as PJ Stock would say Le Goaler Goal Bien

  67. TheFlower10 says:

    Habs outshot 15 -4 that period. MT sure is a great coach. The Habs are winning like the leafs won at the start of the season. RC doesn’t know how to teach defence, and I don’t think MT is much better.

  68. Habsbill24 says:

    And Max missed nine games due to injury. If not, he would have 40 goals by now. He is the best goal score we have had in 20 years.

  69. Habilis says:

    Weird, the other 2 7pm starts are both halfway through their 3rd periods. This has been a long gong show.

  70. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Next goal wins.

    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  71. monmick says:

    Emelin is on the ice…

  72. smiler2729 says:

    C’mon Blackhawks, let Columbus win. Let Laff Nation cry, cry a lot.

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  73. punkster says:

    How do we like “Perimeter Max” now?

    Release the Subbang!!!

  74. Samovich says:

    What is the status on Emelin?

  75. Danno says:

    I like how Tinordi knocked Gryba’s ugly face in


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