Liveblog: Game 79 – Canadiens blow 3-0 lead, win another wild one

Anothe night, another wacky win

The Canadiens skated off to a 3-0 lead on goals by Michäel Bournival, Max Pacioretty (his 39th) and Brian Gionta.

After 40 minutes, they were in cruise control.

Then, five minutes into the third period, Pavel Datsyuk scored on a Detroit power play to key a three-goal rally that included a goal by Luke Glendenning and another PP marker by Niklas Kronwall.

Gionta's second and a goal scored from the crease by Alex Galchenyuk made it 5-3, and the Canaduiens held on.

Crazy 20 minutes

Carey Price stopped the first 29 shots Detroit fired at him.

The next three went in: power-play goals by Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall, sandwiched around the first of the season by Luke Glendenning.

It looked like an epic and costly collapse until 13 minutes into the period, when Brian Gionta's 17th restored the Canadiens' lead.

Alex Galchenyuk's 13th – scored when a Tomas Plekanec shot bounced off him past Jonas Gustavsson – sealed the deal.

Detroit outshot the Canadiens 37-26.

Max nears 40

Max Pacioretty took a pass from Mike Weaver and powered past Brian Lashoff to beat Jonas Gustavsson for his 39th of the season.

It was the Canadiens' first SoG of the period.

Brian Gionta, playing his 300th game as a Canadien, made it 3-0, converting a pass into the slot from Lars Eller.

Detroit outshot the home team 15-4, but Carey Price is very sharp.

Fourth line gets one

Michäel Bournival scored his seventh goal of the season – and first since mid-November – off a terrific rush by Ryan White.

The visitors had an early shot advantage but the Canadiens ended the period on the long end of 13-10.

The power play continues to fire blanks.

A little tighter, svp

Fearless Saturday night prediction:

Your Montreal Canadiens won't score seven unanswered goals against Detroit, a team that is infrequently mistaken for the Ottawa Senators ... despite Daniel F. Alfredsson being in the Red Wings lineup.

If the Canadiens light it up like they did Friday night in Kanata, Detroit coach Mike Babcock will perform the penance of walking on his knees from the Bell Centre to the Sherbrooke St. gates of his alma mater (and mine), McGill University.

Not to worry. Babcock's knees will survive the evening.

Whether the Canadiens can survive 40-plus shots-against from a team as talented as the Red Wings is another story.

Detroit, which is trying to secure a wild-card playoff spot, has won two of this season's three meetings, including 2-1 in OT on their Feb. 26 visit to the Bell Centre.

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  1. Habs1962 says:

    WOO HOO !! Great weekend. the win against the sens was great.. the 7 goals great…. Tinordi going toe to toe with the big hairy D man that put Eller out great,, Emelin Hits great.. MTs use of Parros to keep things calm .,.. Parros blowing in Smiths ear at the faceoff ! Very Good !
    Good win tonight ! Price is a beauty !!

  2. Habitant in Surrey says:


    …Gerald, I wasn’t aware You attended the Jets game tonight …I came home late, missed Our Habs game, but watched the last half of the third between da Weeds and the Jets

    …doing so, I thought about how sweet it must be for You that it was the Jets that pretty well nailed the coffin shut

  3. Mats26 says:

    Anyone remember who won the cup last time you had to win your division to advance to the conference finals? I seem to remember it being 92-93…

  4. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Lol. Funny vid about the leafs.

  5. keithmacv says:

    Moen or weise in and Galchenyuk out?? Yeah ok, because that’s a great idea!! So when you and mayor ford smoke crack, who buys?

  6. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    I looked up “plummet” in the dictionary, and this is what I got:

  7. HabinBurlington says:

    Was at Jets game tonight, impressive win for a team with no Scheifle, Bogosian and a healthy scratch in Kane. Toronto looked terrible, especially third period. One would believe the Jets were fighting for playoff lives not Toronto.

    Got worried when I saw Habs lead evaporate on my smartphone, but alas we won. Just earlier today some posts worried about secondary scoring, appears we found some tonight.

    Also Ford was not escorted out, that was incorrect, he just had to step outside as he was checking cracks in the Gardner overpass and then returned.

    • HabsPooch says:

      I watched a bit of that game. The Jets sure did look like a fast team and caused havoc in the Leafs zone with their strong forechecking…Pavelec wasn’t really tested which was surprising considering what was at stake for the Leafs.

    • Adidess says:

      Hahaha, that’s gold.

      I suppose he only returned to his seat because cracks he did not find.

    • We drove 9 hours to watch the worst Pens game I ever saw them play. The Wild made them look Leaf like! The boy still had fun watching Crosby look tens times better than anyone else on the ice.

      BAHHAHAHAHA the Leafs 🙂

      Sounds like we missed anther classic Habs game!

      Playoffs around the corner.

      Shane Oliver
      Twitter @Sholi2000
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      Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

  8. vegas says:

    SO who sits once Gorges, Moen, Prust and Weise get back?

  9. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Love this Team boys and girls!!! Habs are winning the east, you heard it here first!!!!!!!! (Ill have reasons why tommorow) anyways, im off to bed, my Ukrainian church has rented out the dome to play some Soccer, so these old legs of mine need some rest. Go Habs go.

  10. CJ says:

    They weren’t the three stars, but I thought Weaver, Eller and Tinordi all had good games. I also see Chucky working hard, much like his linemate Galley. Pleks was a little quiet, but still brings a defensive/offensive element to that line. Overall, I like the lines right now. Bourque, if he could engage like he did tonight in the third, would be a member of the top six. His penalty in the first and his play away from the puck are the reason he is a third liner at best. Prust will bump someone. Weise could too, although I think that’s less likely.

    I don’t notice Briere for 80% of the game, yet he makes himself valuable with plays here and there. I still hold out hope that he can be our 2014 version of Cammellari.

    Finally, Price is solid. More than that he is mature. I can’t overstate this point. Two years ago if he let’s in 3 and the lead is gone, he’s likely not able to bounce back. Tonight proves again the transformation with this young man. He’s still only scratching the surface IMO. I hope our standing and point cushion allow Budaj to split the remaining games, so that he’s fresh and focused for April 16.

    No, we didn’t control the shots and zone time, but sometimes it’s quality and not quantity. I like the direction and hope we remain healthy going forward.

    In closing, I want to thank Lucic for waking Emelin up. His confidence is back, along with his physical game. I love it!

    • AliHaba says:

      There’s not a whole lot of bad that you can say about our team right now.

      • CJ says:

        Agreed. As the coach says, need to tighten up in our own end and improve gap control (my opinion), otherwise very good.

        One thing I’m noticing is the confidence our forwards have, especially the top line. They are leaving the zone early and with speed. It cost us the second goal when DD turned it over, but it has scored us way more. We are using our speed much more effectively and countering as well as I’ve seen this year. It’s like we are saying, give us your best shots than we fire back.

    • HabsPooch says:

      Weaver was a +4 tonight and played pretty steady tonight. What is really surprising me is his contribution of points lately. He has seven points in his last 10 games and +12. Incredible for a third pairing defenseman…

      • CJ says:

        More points in 14 games in Montreal than he had in 55 games in Florida. He’s come a long way since the first game against the Coyotes.

        I think the Murray suspension has helped to reset our defence for the better. When Gorges returns, it will give PK a fresh start. This should get him going again.

        • HabsPooch says:

          It was understandable for Weaver to struggle a bit at the beginning trying to get acquainted with new teammates and learning a new system but it speaks volumes as to how great his hockey IQ must be contributing so well and being relevant night in night out…and so glad he’s a right handed shot too!

    • UKRAINIANhab says:

      Pleks looks like he was having an off night. But he quietly goes about his business and plays extremely well,

  11. Sportfan says:

    If TVA takes Stock and Gaston Therrien I might listen to anti chambre lol

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  12. CH Marshall says:

    Wow Carlyle sounds like he’s gonna cry for sure when he gets home tonight

  13. jols says:

    Watching the newest 24CH and PK is such a Mensch. Love the guy. How anyone can’t is mind boggling.

  14. HabsPooch says:

    Bouillon and Weaver a combined +7 tonight.

    • CJ says:

      I saw that. That’s on the back of Weaver, who’s becoming a very solid, consistent defenceman. Based on play tonight, I would rank our defenceman;


      Again, based on tonight only.

  15. Haberoooo13 says:

    Watching 24CH…And I learned that Lucic and Chara are punks…Who would’ve thunk?

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  16. AliHaba says:

    The mods on this site are like the Hab haters in the Toronto war room….”if i don’t like it, it doesn’t count.”

  17. ProHabs says:

    At the end of the year Bergevin needs to call Subban, Markov and Vanek into his office, throw 18 million dollars on the table and tell them to divide it up somehow between the 3 of them.

  18. hab1024 says:

    Good game

  19. CJ says:

    Before signing off, I gotta stick up for White. His penalty was identified as a turning point, which I think was fair. That said, I’ve re watched it five times now and we was lifting his opponents’s stick, was engaged while in strong position and incidentally high sticked his man following the motion of lifting the stick.

    It was not a dumb penalty. It was not a lazy penalty. He was battling and clipped the guy. He has a great game, worked his tail off leading to Bournival’s goal, was excellent on the PK and remains disciplined. Somebody went as far as to say that this was the same thing that happened last year in Buffalo. Respectfully, it was nothing like that. I remember that game. Habs were up 4-2 in the third when White jumped Ott and got a 4 minute penalty. Buffalo scored on the PP and came back to win. That was undisciplined and untimely. This was not.

    Sometimes it’s easy to cast light negatively on the fringe players. How this comeback had everything to do with White. He is part of the team and I bet if you asked every player in that room there aren’t many guys who they would have rather killed the penalty to pick up. White is a glue guy, a great solider who is the easy choice to get sent to the press box. IMO, all I see this year is a guy who has come to work every night, had solidified our fourth line and works his butt off. It’s a 180 from last year.

    Sorry to turn this into a rant, but White is one of the character players that Bergevin talks about. This win tonight had everything to do with White and his positive contributions and nothing to do with the penalty.

  20. habsfan0 says:

    It looks like his post has gone to the same place where the Laffs playoff chances now reside.

  21. HabsKid says:

    I think I’m going to go to the Leafs/Panthers Thursday and get all the Panther’s fans to chant “SIXTY SEVEN”.

  22. smiler2729 says:

    Has it been said yet tonight here? Or maybe I missed it BUT – LEAFS SUUUUUUUUCK!!
    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  23. kempie says:

    Alright, so I seldom weigh in like this with an opinion piece but this is what 4 or 5 pints of Tuborg on an empty stomach will getchya:

    Stanley Cups are won based on a few critical things: Talent, luck, injuries, coaching etc. but, in my mind, the team that gets hot at the right time has a huge advantage. 86, 93, and for some reason I think of the 04 TBL, not powerhouse teams by any measure but all got hot and steady at the right time.

    Vanek is frightening. What a good fit. Way better than I imagined. I was lucky enough to be at the Sabres game last week and got to see him live. Seeing him in relation to the whole ice, the guy makes plays and gets to places that are not obvious until it’s too late. His patience and vision are really something and man, if we could resign him…

    Pacioretty has entered full-beast mode. Holy crap he’s hard to handle and it looks good on him.

    Gallagher could get shot in the face and there would be no penalty.

    Knock it off with the Subban stupidity. He’s your best Dman by a mile. Just put your ego back in your pants or whatever your prob is and coach right. I know you’re winning but FFS common Mike.

    Get either Tinordi or Beaulieu in on the regular and play him on his natural side. Tinordi/Subban, Beaulieu/Weaver for example.

    Habs in 6. Thank you for your patience.

  24. slapshot777 says:

    Habs getting Gorges, Prust, Weise, and Moen back is like having more deadline deals. The rest can only help these guys especially with the type of game these guys play.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  25. Nina76 says:

    This team can almost give you a heart attack……………..what a game.

  26. Adidess says:

    Bergevin giving credit to the players first, MT second (his words).

    Satisfied of MT? He wants more, but yes MT has done a good job!

  27. durocher says:

    Icing on the cake: Shawn Thornton loses a fight

  28. habsfan0 says:

    Gaston Therrien just called Michel Therrien one of the best coaches in the NHL.
    Are these guys related?

  29. 24AW says:

    All 4-lines scored tonight, that’s a good sign and they beat a team that comes to play 60-minutes every game!!

  30. jols says:

    Look at those socks on our man Marc Bergevin. Classic.

  31. frontenac1 says:

    Whoa! Marc Stylin with some rainbow socks! It actually works.

  32. theox_8 says:

    If phaneuf gets 7 PK starts negotiations there .

    • CJ says:

      Fair point and I’m sure that will be a baseline, but just because Toronto overpaid doesn’t mean Montreal has to.

      PK, despite a great, albeit strike shortened season, has not yet reached his pinnacle. I don’t have an issue paying for potential, but the notion that we throw out $8/$9 million annually is not in anyone’s best interest, including PK. You think the spotlight shines bright now, wait to see what it would be like if he was the highest paid defenceman in the league, with an annual cap hit over $8 million. Again, keep in mind there is not a single defenceman in the league with an annual cap hit equal to or greater than $8 million.

      I want PK on the team. I also want to retain Eller’s services (who, might I add, has really improved the past two weeks), but this file needs to be managed delicately. IMO, I’d like to see PK in the $6.5 million range for 5 years.

      Call me crazy, but it’s a leap to throw $8-$9 million at a guy who has struggled since the New Year. So much as I’m likely to get bashed for this point of view, we need to take the best interests of the team ahead of any one player. Again, I want PK, but the term and cap hit need to work.

      • Adidess says:

        With all due respect… that you would like to see PK make $6.5M in the current market is fine, I guess. I would like to see all players sign for cheap. But to expect PK to sign for less than $7.5M is not to understand how the market works. MB will not ‘throw’ $8mil at PK, he will have to decide between trading his Norris Trophy winner and paying him something in the neighborhood of $7M+.

        Where you could advance the discussion is by sharing whether you would rather the team trade him than pay $7mil+. Saying you would like to see him take a considerably lower number isn’t particularly helpful. We all would want the same thing.

  33. Un Canadien errant says:

    Who were the three stars? Maxime, Chloë and Justine?

    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

  34. slapshot777 says:

    Anybody watching AC so see what MB is saying.

  35. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    I would have been even happier if we had won this in overtime.

  36. SlovakHab says:

    Who the F is Gary Galley?
    Is it worth googling him, or is it another Cherry/Stock/Milbury type of ‘expert’?

    • CJ says:

      Former Boston Bruin and LA King. Loves the Senators. Lives in Ottawa. Sucks the life out of every broadcast for Habs fans. Along with Dennis Potvin, he forms a part of the worst broadcaster duo in the league. Different networks, same result.

  37. Jimmy9Toes says:

    Gorges coming back in the nick of time. Same goes for Prust, Moen and Weise.

  38. slapshot777 says:

    Hey UkrainianHab remember when I said to stay positive. you said and I quote `”DOOMED! Lol lemme think.” Lol, see you got to stay positive.

  39. CH Marshall says:

    Go Boone!

  40. CJ says:

    Yes, I was able to stay up until 10:00 tonight!

  41. punkster says:

    Good times seeing Eller, Gio and Bork working, Chucky getting on the board, Max hitting 39 and Emelin laying some good hits.

    Not so good seeing Cube…man Gorges can’t get back soon enough.

    Release the Subbang!!!

    • SlovakHab says:

      Would have been nice to dress Beaulieu at least once.

      Man, why call him up if he won’t play? If you wanna guy in the pressbox, call up Drewiske and let the youngster play & develop.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I noticed Lars still stickhandling with the puck in the offensive zone towards the blue line, then passing it to his defencemen and handcuffing them. If only Lars would take the puck the other way, strong and deep into the offensive zone, instead of dribbling with it on the periphery.

      Prior to that play, he made a nifty pass back to Andrei on a 4-on-2 rush, but he went for the net and cut himself off from a give-and-go return pass. There were already two Habs in front of the net, he should have positioned himself as the outlet guy for Andrei to have an option. As it was, Andrei was forced to shoot, and the Monster made an easy glove save.

  42. FanSince1969 says:

    Did Bergevin speak on RDS yet ?

  43. Un Canadien errant says:

    Canadiens four points up on Tampa Bay, though with one fewer game to play for the good guys.

    Leafs playoff chances take a 10 point drop, down to 2.6% according to:

    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

  44. SportsFan31 says:

    Hoping Max can get his 40th before the end of the season

  45. durocher says:

    Loved the sequence in the late third where the DD line almost scored and Emelin came back to avert the breakaway, to the great appreciation of the fans. The team is now capable of generating such excitement. Vanek has brought the team to the next level. I truly hope he re-signs.

    On another note, is spearing not a penalty when Emelin is the target? First Lucic, now Jurco speared him.

  46. Boone needs another 7 comments for his 1,000 comments bonus. Come on y’all!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  47. Coach K says:

    X-factor officials aside, its good to see that this team does not quit on itself. That kind of adversity reveals character and it looks like our Habs have it in spades. Well done men!

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

    • AliHaba says:

      Officiating in the NHL is brutal but every team gets its fair share.

      • Da Hema says:

        No kidding. Only whiny CBC commentators could go on and on about that. Everyone here on HIO last night conceded Ottawa’s waved off goal should have counted. It just demonstrates what so many have noted: NHL referees are just not very good.

        • Clay says:

          I also thought that Gio goal was offside tonight.

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

          • AliHaba says:

            No I don’t agree with that. He had the puck surrounded. Total control.

          • slapshot777 says:

            If you have control of the puck backing in over the blue line, it Is the only play where your skates can precede the puck. But the key word is ” Control”.

            I think that Gionta did have control, there was no bobble of the puck. I think that with all the gray area calls tonight. That, I my opinion was the correct one. The goal was a bonus.

            To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  48. AliHaba says:

    Amazing win again! What a game! What else can I say?

  49. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …He’s getting older, but how in the World do You let character like Gionta walk in the summer ?

    • AliHaba says:

      If he’ll take a big cut then he’ll stay.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      We need his money to pay P.K., Andrei and Thomas Vanek. You can buy a responsible defensive forward for your third line on the cheap in the summer, or audition some of the Bulldogs.

      • CJ says:

        Agreed. We can’t sign PK, Markov, Weaver and Gionta. Something has to give.

        I can’t help but wonder about 76. 18 minutes tonight vs 28 for Markov. As I said this afternoon, the notion that PK deserves $8-$9 million a season is grossly overrated and inflated. He is worth between $6 and $7 million, tops. I want him on the team, but his play is not top 10 this year. Since Dallas game I’d say it hasn’t been top 30.

        I want PK and Eller back, but it’s got to be for the right price.

    • SlovakHab says:

      For a good price, he would be an amazing 3rd liner that can score and defend.

  50. CH Marshall says:

    alright here’s my bit

  51. Clay says:

    Just a few more to make 1000. Step it up people.

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

  52. CJ says:

    I’d greatly appreciate anyone who could share information following Bergevin’s interview this evening. Regrettably we don’t get RDS at the cottage. Listening to Gary Galley was such a pain!

  53. slapshot777 says:

    That was short and sweet. I guess they didn`t want to ramble too long tonight like they do after a Leaf win.

  54. CHicoHab says:

    That’s it. Cherry says Leafs not going to make it. Finally said something with substance

  55. Never in doubt eh Boone? Thanks for the coverage…

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  56. filincal says:

    Hahahaha. Quite a tan on Gio.

  57. SportsFan31 says:

    Who were 3 stars?

    • smiler2729 says:

      Me, you and hockey

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

    • Clay says:

      Some Detroit guy, Price, Gio in reverse order…

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

  58. CH Marshall says:

    Cherry’s suit reminds me of the old tv off the airwaves crawling bugs

  59. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Winnipeg fans must be as sick of Turdranna Night In Canada as We are

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