Liveblog: Game 80 – Canadiens lose an OT thriller to Hawks, Galchenyuk injured


These teams play great games

Andrei Markov scored in Overtime to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win over Chicago at the Bell Centre on Jan. 11.

Almost three months later, the Blackhawks bounced back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before Marian Hossa beat Peter Budaj in OT.

Two non-snipers – Dale Weise and Francis Bouillon – scored third-period goals for the Canadiens.

Jeremy Morin and, with 48 seconds on the clock, Marian Hossa, brought the home team back.

Excellent hockey game.

But costly.

Alex Galchenyuk was injured on his second shift and was seen on crutches after the game.

And a bad one ends it

Patrick Sharp's harmless-looking shot eluded Peter Budaj and gave Chicago the win.

Four goals

Scoreless for 47:31 before Dale Weise, of all people, scored the first goal of the game.

Jeremy Morin tied it before Francis Bouillon, of all people, gave the Canadiens the lead.

Marian Hossa tied the game with 48 seconds left.

On to OT

Soccer on ice?

Bayern Munic scored three goals against Manchester United in Champions League action on Wednesday.

That's three more than the Canadiens and Blackhawks have produced in 40 minutes.

That's not a complaint.

It's a terrific game, with skating and excellent goaltending.

Canadiens outshot the Hawks 10-6 in the second period.


Great hockey

Two skating teams combined for 24 shots on goal, 13 by the Canadiens.

Corey Crawford made great saves on Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque.

Peter Budaj stopped Marcus Kruger and Duncan Keith.

Alex Galchenyuk played two shifts, too a hit from Andrew Shaw and didn't return.

Long time no Chi

Your Montreal Canadiens have not played at the United Center since Dec. 21, 2011.

Peter Budaj was in goal for that one, too, and he was beaten for five goals on 28 Chicago shots.

Andrei Kostitsyn opened the scoring on a power play less than six minutes into the game. And that was it in a 5-1 loss by a lineup that included AK46, Mike Cammalleri, Petteri Nokelainen, Chris Campoli, Tomas Kaberle,Mike Blunden, Mathieu Darche, Raphael Diaz, Louis Leblanc, Erik Cole and Hal Gill.

There have been a few changes.

And despite the absence of Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin and Carey Price, the playoffs-bound Canadiens who face the Blackhawks Wednesday night are a better team that that 2011-'12 bunch that would finish last in the Eastern Conference.

Even without Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, the defending Stanley Cup champs are a formidable opponent. Chicago is riding a three-game winning streak and still has a chance to overtake St. Louis and Colorado in the Central Division.


  1. piter says:

    Well, it should be Price from here….

  2. Colombiahabs says:

    What a shot by Budaj!

  3. big_green_puffin says:

    You knew it would be a greasy goal that finished it! Bad way to end such an awesome game! Too bad! Coach was playing to loose this one anyway!

  4. Monahab says:

    Maybe not…great game!

  5. habsfaninboston says:

    That was ugly Budaj.

  6. hockeydoc says:

    Of course, play Gorges and Weaver at the end instead of Subban

  7. The Jackal says:

    Wow what kind of crazy goal was that?!

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  8. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:


  9. Harditya says:

    Thats why Budaj won’t see playoff action..

    • smiler2729 says:

      Price not getting injured is the reason, not that.

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

  10. CJ says:

    Tough way to lose. Terrible banana.

  11. Prop says:

    Aak… Oh well, helluva game.


    • Habcouver says:

      Habs will be ready to entertain in the playoffs.
      Looking forward to seeing Pricey and company return and rested!

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

  12. habs-fan-84 says:

    Ugh, to lose on a goal like that. Happy for the point though.

  13. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Boo die.

  14. Habcouver says:

    Give our boys credit today.
    It’s been entertaining!

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

  15. kalevine says:

    wow 6 shots by the habs in the 3rd

    2 went in
    2 were incredible saves, one of which happened after the tying goal

  16. Monahab says:

    We got this……

  17. justwow says:

    Well, maybe the refs will throw us a bone after missing that high stick on Max.

  18. CJ says:

    Like I said, Gionta can not play at anything less than 100% effort. Weaver was late picking up his man. Shrug it off and win it in OT.

    We’ve played a great game. Not going to nitpick over a last minute goal.

  19. Mattyleg says:

    Man, that is a honey behind Therrien!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. Gerry H says:

    Ending this game in a shootout just wouldn’t be right.

  21. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Ok Plekanec winner

  22. db says:

    Why not just put your best line when up 1…

  23. Habcouver says:

    Still happy with a point.
    C’mon boys! Get the other one!

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

  24. twilighthours says:

    Good to get a point. Budaj has to have that pass thru the crease.

  25. Mattyleg says:

    Funny how in a team game there always has to be a scapegoat.
    Lay off Gionta.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  26. Feraco says:

    I agree with the Gionta comment

  27. Texus says:

    What a great play on so many levels lol, sick pass, good shot, better save

  28. Colombiahabs says:

    geez you’d think Hossa was playing net on that one, he was so far in

  29. Prop says:

    Wow Crawford…


  30. Monahab says:

    Ok….less excited now.

  31. Feraco says:

    For what it’s worth. Gorges is on for both goals.

  32. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Why wasnt Plek taking the draw

  33. UKRAINIANhab says:

    We will prevail

  34. piter says:

    Gio snoozing

  35. DipsyDoodler says:

    Nice checking Gionta.

    Moving. Forward.

  36. Habbu says:

    Just like they drew it up on the bench

  37. big_green_puffin says:

    That was pathetic in your own end trying to win a game!

  38. UKRAINIANhab says:


  39. habsfaninboston says:


  40. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  41. CJ says:

    Halifax scores an empty netter, up 4-2 and 3-1 in the series.

  42. danp says:

    I can’t watch the game tonight so I rely on the blog! Keep it coming Mr. Boone.

  43. Mattyleg says:

    Crawford out!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  44. Habcouver says:

    Never mind the score! Boone’s 1000 posts is in huge jeopardy.

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

  45. Lafleurguy says:

    Puck possesion really good tonight.

  46. Feraco says:

    No Eller tonight??

  47. Mattyleg says:

    For a game that ‘doesn’t matter’, this is a barn-burner!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  48. Prop says:

    Hawks are gonna pull Crawford, hopefully the Habs get possession and get the insurance.


  49. Monahab says:

    I was going to take you to task Uke for saying at 0-0 that you were getting a little bored in what I regarded as one of the better games you’ll ever see. But I get it, Habs up 2-1 and I couldn’t be more excited!

  50. Habcouver says:

    Exciting game!

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

  51. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Great Pk

  52. CJ says:

    Very good work boys!

  53. Yeah Boone, Bourque is on fire… running around with his hair on fire, but not scoring. Needs to stop holding that stick so tight.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  54. db says:

    coulda called that on sharpe

  55. duffy says:

    Stupid dumb penalty at this stage of the Game,good thing it wasn’t PK or he would be in press box next Game.

  56. big_green_puffin says:

    What a garbage call! You knew it was coming…habs leading late in the game against a defending cup champion! Go figure

  57. Davey93 says:

    Therrien really has a man crush on the Cube, the guy’s been on practically the whole period

  58. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Bork has had a rough 5 mins

  59. NLhabsfan says:

    That’s a hold with imagination on the refs part.

  60. The Jackal says:

    Very very weak call

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  61. Habcouver says:

    Weak call this late!
    Always happens to Habs.

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

  62. Colombiahabs says:

    Lame call

  63. piter says:

    With what they’ve been letting go all game….to call that!

  64. Prop says:

    Not good…


  65. Mattyleg says:

    Bouillon got suckered into that penalty.
    Bad luck, brought on by Bourque’s long presence.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  66. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Dammit Cube, you let me down Dammit.

  67. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Pleks plays a beautiful game : )

  68. duffy says:

    Only 500 posts so far, Chris Lee not reffing ,

  69. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Bad play Beaulîeu! No!!

  70. Coach K says:

    Briere too soft in his end. Not in the shooting lanes, not taking body. Doing a whole lot of nothing that time. Not good enough especially for a vet.

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

  71. Habcouver says:

    Sooooo close Patches!

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

  72. habs-fan-84 says:


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