Liveblog: Canadiens complete season sweep of Islanders with 4-2 win

Alex Galchenyuk, who hadn’t lit the lamp since Oct. 29 in Edmonton, scored his first home-ice goal of the season on a third-period power play to give the Canadiens a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Max Pacioretty added an empty-netter– the Canadiens’ eighth of the season.

Carey Price made 21 saves to run his record to 9-2.

Anders Lee scored on an Islanders power play 12 minutes into the final period to set up a torrid ending.

The teams played a very even 19 minutes in the first period before Kyle Okposo overpowered David Desharnais behind the Canadiens net to start a sequence that ended with John Tavares tapping in a loose puck for his 10th goal of the season.

Desharnais batted in a rebound on a Canadiens power play nearly 10 minutes into the middle period to tie the game at 1-1.

Then with Thomas Plekanec in the penalty box, fellow Czech Tomas Fleischmann scored on a breakaway to give the Canadiens the lead. It was the Canadiens’ league-leading fifth shortie of the season.

Brendan Gallagher was hit in the left hand by a Johnny Boychuk shot in the second period and did not return.

• LOVE this Elliotte Friedman feature on Shane Doan


  1. Rosieman says:

    Gilbert is decent – hence good trade bait but when you make a statement like he delivers “timely offence” – you might wanna check. He has 1 point this season.


  2. Rosieman says:

    Pateryn is really solid

    Trade emelin or Gilbert for rt wing?

    • innis_mor says:

      Wiki: “Solid is one of the four fundamental states of matter. It is characterized by structural rigidity and resistance to changes of shape or volume.”

      Yeah, Pateryn is pretty big and solid.

      Now, Gilbert leads the Habs at plus 10, and is 6th in Plus-Minus in the NHL amongst defensemen.

      That’s pretty solid too.

      I doubt Gilbert is going anywhere.

      Tinordi, and that’ll be it.

      MB wants 7 good defensemen.

  3. Cal says:

    Another solid team victory. Price was solid. Pleks’ line, missing Gallagher after his ill-advised glove block of a Boychuk bomb, still managed to battle the Tavares line. DD scored on the PP, off a great set up by Le Demon Weise, and Fleischmann is the greatest Tryout signing ever. He will patrol there on LW for the next two after his extension. Andrighetto’s speed worked well with Eller’s toughness and Galchenyuk’s skill. Semin looked okay again on the 4th. That penalty was a bit of overzealous reffing.
    Pateryn, paired with Gilbert is a great #3 to #2 pairing. Petry with Beaulieu is working out th be a great #2 to #1 pairing, while PK and Markov make an excellent #1 to #2 pairing. This is a great “problem” to have. 29 other teams must watch the way these guys play and include anyone of them as a player they would like to have.

    A “depth” test is now under way. How will the Habs compete without Gallagher, the heart and soul of tenacity?

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Prust challenging Farmham.

    Other than that I’m wondering WHO ??? in their sane mind would ever piss-away $250 to watch a Vancouver Canucks vs New Jersey Devils game ?

    Click ! Off !

    Think I will watch Life of Pi on NetFlix.

    Or, drink a few ounces of the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye whiskey I bought last night.

    I can’t taste it, but it’s the end-result that counts, right ?

    A Habs win on a Sunday makes Monday morning more do-able, does it not ? 🙂

    Good night fellow Habs’ Fans, good night!

  5. monmick says:

    @HiS — You are thinking of Dale Hunter. He is still HC of the Knights…

  6. Habitant in Surrey says:

    And I see the listed scout for the Carolina Hurricanes is Dave Hunter.

    Is that Mark Hunter’s brother ? If so, have the Hunter brothers divested ownership of the OHL’s London Knights ?

  7. Chuck says:

    Sounds like we’ll need our Wolverine Captain to donate some blood for a Gallagher get-well-soon transfusion.

  8. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Reading down the list of people in the press box tonight, which include 17 or so scouts, it’s amazing how many are former NHL players.

    Makes Me wonder if as many former players will slum as scouts 10 years from now in this era of millionaires.

  9. Heisenberg says:

    Who is going to be the heart and soul of the Montreal Canadiens with Gallagher now out?

  10. HabinBurlington says:

    @Stu, your Twitter pic of scouts list appears to include ph. Numbers. Probably just an oversight but just wanted to let you know.

  11. Goldenchild says:

    Depth + goaltending will be tested over the next few weeks. I believe we can pull through, folks. For everything else, there’s Mastercard! See y’all Wednesday.

    Goldenchild out.

  12. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Now that Gallagher is out for a few games (maybe 4-5), the next logical call-up would be Christian Thomas. Unless Therrien will opt for Semin to substitute for the 1st line.

  13. Habitoban says:

    We will miss Gally who, as is often noted, never takes a shift off. The accolades are well deserved. But this season, I can’t think of ever seeing Pleks take a shift off. Like Gally, he just keeps going and going flat out. Very impressive.

  14. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    That was a special teams win if I ever saw one. Two huge wins over a very physically tough opponent while overcoming injuries. They should just give the Beauchamp award to the whole third line. They were excellent on special teams with DD and Fleischmann scoring. The thing I love about Fleischmann is that he is always looking top-shelf. More Habs should as well. Semin with another 3rd period penalty when it looked like he would get a chance with the 1st line…that didn’t last long. Ghetto proved tonight that Semin is too slow for Chucky and Eller. With the 1st line, Semin would be too irresponsible. Rather see Bud with Pleks and Max. In the end, it all comes back to Price. An MVP gives an aura of confidence to a team so that even though under tremendous pressure, they hold steadfast and survive. Usually a season is broken up into chapters with different themes. A new chapter is about to begin: the multiple forward injuries chapter. Now we are going to find out how deep this organization really is.

    • habcertain says:

      Was at the game it was an iffy call, Semin played a good game, made some nifty passes. I understand folks can’t get past the hate. Weise took a far more severe penalty in the o zone.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        I am willing to forgive mistakes by players who play hard and have produced. I am not willing to forgive repeated mistakes by a player on his last chance because of years of lackadaisical play. Semin had 7 games off to work with the coaches and he comes back and gets two 3rd period-1 goal lead penalties within a week. You want me to give him praise??? This is not hate, it is facts. The Montreal Canadiens are not a career rehabilitation center.

  15. Heisenberg says:

    Yo all! I need some help. How do you set up an avatar at HIO? Thanks….

  16. innis_mor says:

    Don’t look now (or go ahead!), but Gilbert now leads the Montreal Canadiens in Plus-Minus at +10. He’s 6th amongst all d-men, in the NHL.

    He was the only plus Hab player on this 4-2 win over the Isles (all PP and SH goals, for Habs).

    I’m not thinking Gilbert’s coming out of the line-up, despite some HiO posters’ wishes.

    • Ton says:

      Gilbert does many things fans don’t appreciate because most don’t know the game……….this positioning……great stick…….timely offense…….very good skater…….team player……..

  17. slapshot777 says:

    I have to laugh at the announcers every game. It`s the same old rhetoric Habs getting out hit. The Habs are a possession first team and yet they cannot get this through their tiny little mind that if you have possession it is hard to throw a hit while skating with the puck.

    I can`t remember any player throwing a hit while stick handling with the puck. Yet all they have to harp about is the Habs getting man handled and get out muscled and out hit.

    When the game is over the Habs come out with the two points. Which is really all that matters in the end.

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

    • Habs54 says:

      Good point. Kind of makes sense doesn’t it. The announcers are windbags. I laughed to tears last Sunday night when a leaf fell behind the net and Bob Cole said he took a dump!!!!!!!!!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Well there was that one time….

    • danhabsfan says:

      If I recall, some time back, Kovalev was stuck handling gave a good hit and continued on with the puck, (I think against the Bruins). But that’s my only example…

      • Enigma says:

        If memory serves, Kovalev leveled Darcy Tucker while still in possession of the puck. Tucker tried to take his head off moments earlier, so Kovalev circled around to exact some revenge. ‘Twas a thing of beauty!

        Here’s the link. Enjoy!

        ‘Work is the curse of the drinking classes.’ Oscar Wilde

      • slapshot777 says:

        Kovalev did have the puck but before he threw that hit on Tucker he put it into Tuckers feet and when Tucker looked down Kovalev laid the forearm shiver into Tuckers head. It was a thing of beauty. In the meantime though for that split second he didn`t have the puck and hit at the same time.

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

    • innis_mor says:

      Different game strategies. It’s pretty clear to me that MT does not want his players sacrificing positioning and staying in the play in favour of laying on a good hit. When’s the last time we saw Subban bee sting anyone?

      Habs play like sheep dogs now, just corralling the foe until they cough the puck up and then counter-attacking quickly (when that opportunity arises).

      Isles have a different strategy after that strong first line, and I’m not sure it’s working. They are out of the play-offs on points % basis, right now, and I’m suspect on whether they will make it at year’s end. If they do, I think it will only be as a wild card.

      The commentators need news bites and the biggest/highest hitting team in the NHL is a news bite. They didn’t attempt to infer that it was winning them games; that read is reading too much into it.

  18. innis_mor says:

    I’m not overly impressed with this Isles team. They load up that top line, and then after that, well, they aren’t a whole lot of tough to handle.

    The Pleks line plays 18-19 minutes a game; The Tavares line 23-24. The Desharnais line gets 14-15 minutes a game, and they are outscoring the Tavares line this season.

    The Tavares line gets that much time on ice, mostly because the rest of the Isles’ lines stink.

    This new Brooklyn rink and 1.5 hour train rides to games can’t be helping. I mean, who’s going to move their family to Brooklyn, from Long Island?

    The Isles will be battling for a Wild Card spot. They may even end up missing the play-offs. If they get in, it will be Tavares dragging them there.

    My wild opinion.

    • twilighthours says:

      The DD line has been awesome but they are going to slow down. 22 and 15 are shooting 18% while DD is 23%

      • innis_mor says:

        Agreed. It will be immediately followed by a return of the DD-hate, although I am not expecting a sound out of the Mayor (MB had a chat with him after last time).

    • slapshot777 says:

      Here is another way to look how well the Habs are playing this year. The third line of Fleischman, Desharnais and Weise have 23 goals. The islanders line of Tavares, Olkposo and Neilsen have 22 goals with a lot more minutes.

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

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Again I ask, by what measure is Desharnais-Fleischmann-Weise considered the third line? Is it to elevate their achievements, to say it’s remarkable that a line as lowly as theirs can accumulate so many points?
        Isn’t it time to recognize they are the de facto second line?
        How can anyone still refer to Galchenyuk, Eller and Guest Winger as the second line, when the right side is a revolving door?

        • innis_mor says:

          They were marked so at the start of the season. MT is reluctant to call them that now, but also reluctant to call them second line and hurt confidence on the Galchenyuk line (smart).

          All that doesn’t make the DD lien “Not 3rd line”. DD was assigned third line centre and Galchenyuk 2nd line centre at the start of the season and that has not changed.

  19. slapshot777 says:

    Gallagher broke two fingers and will have surgery. Damn that is 4-5 weeks minimum.

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

  20. JohnBellyful says:

    Came on to celebrate the victory — and to see how far I’d have to scroll down to see something negative written about Eller, who I thought played a solid game. Sure enough, there were complaints about his play.
    Maybe I should have scrolled down further, they might have said something good about him, because he did deliver several good passes.
    I also might have come across these same posters saying not-nice things about some of the bonehead plays made by other Habitants.
    But I doubt it. Eller is the only Hab whose hockey IQ, regrettably, doesn’t approach theirs.
    I suppose I should be thankful for the incisive commentary they regularly contribute to our understanding of the game but I’ve read them enough times, over and over and over again, that what they have to say is no longer fresh. Nor particularly insightful, at least in this one regard, but that was always the case.
    I guess some people find comfort in predictability. I just find it … sad.

    • HabinBurlington says:


      That line looked real good tonight, Galchenyuk could easily have had a Hattie tonight, no comment on who fed him most of the night. Ghetto fit real well also.

      • JohnBellyful says:

        It has always bugged me when I see comments that question Eller’s hockey smarts or assert he has no vision. Sure, his offensive skills might not be the equal of Desharnais, but his critics put him down as having little at best, if any.
        And this whole thing with the ranking of lines … If other teams still think of Desharnais-Weise-Fleischmann as the third line and not second, well, that says something about the caliber of their coaching.
        No wonder the three do so well, opponents are under-estimating them. To their detriment.
        Should be a cakewalk to the final.

    • twilighthours says:

      Eller was fantastic tonight. Those sorts of criticisms don’t make sense to me

    • Enigma says:

      Lars played another solid game as he has been doing on most nights. Not sure what people saw that was wrong with this effort tonight.

      ‘Work is the curse of the drinking classes.’ Oscar Wilde

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      He’s a darn good player whom we are lucky to have.

    • innis_mor says:

      Eller, unfortunately is saddled with too high expectations. He’s been given a chance (i.e., he’s been asked / given a chance to play) at 2nd line, when he is a third liner. That means more difficult assignments, more ice time.

      I am one that prefers Eller as a third liner, and I think at centre too, if at all possible.

      The effort is always there from him, and there’s the odd brain burp (like grabbing the puck with his hand the other game), but the fact remains he can’t see ice great. It’s only one component of hockey IQ, but it’s the one that is essential to flow into the offensive part of the game.

      The fact remains, Eller is the only minus player on the team this season. In his 6 years with the Habs he is a total -24. Amongst the forwards, only 2 were as bad (Bourque at -27 gone; Gomez at -24 gone).

      The next worst is at -9 (Ryan White gone and Travis Moen gone).

      The next worst current roster player is DSP at -1.

      There is more to hockey value than Plus-Minus, certainly, but its a major stat for me: “Where were you when the puck went into the net?” Because team game plus-minus determines the game’s winner.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Sure sounds to me like your big issue then is how MT uses Eller, so why don’t you instead rag on MT incessantly as you are want to do about Eller.

        • innis_mor says:

          The team is winning. The coach does not change things up when winning, and I fully agree with that.

          MT is playing it out, as long as the team is winning. However, Eller is not going to become a top-6 forward (IMO) no matter how long he plays at it. That’s all I am saying. I didn’t think the experiment would work, and it is not; or certainly not yet.

          And I don’t think the Plus-Minus stat is a red herring in Eller’s case. I really don’t. I do think it is an indicator.

          • JohnBellyful says:

            Not a top 6 player? Big deal.
            I have no problem thinking of Eller as a valuable Top 9 forward. I suspect Therrien sees him that way too.
            As long as he continues to contribute in some fashion to the team’s success, great.
            And don’t forget he’s a Top 4 penalty killer …

      • olematelot says:

        Plus minus a major stat, hmmmm, nope

  21. Old Bald Bird says:

    BrianWilde ‏@BWildeCTV 1m1 minute ago
    Gallagher fractured 2 fingers. Surgery tomorrow. Out indefinitely. #habs

  22. FenceSurfer says:

    Really who cares how the “winning” goal was scored, by who, inclusive of what circus ” tance ” game wise.

    Habs win. Habs win. Habs win!

    How many times the team gets short-changed by refs dubious calls even out as they did tonight.

    I take every victory to heart.

  23. slapshot777 says:

    The Habs played a good patient game knowing that the Islanders were going to play a better first and to make sure that three goals were not being scored tonight.

    The special teams played a key role scoring 3 powerplay goals on five chances and scoring a shorthanded goal while killing off 5 chances against. Price looked more comfortable tonight and just lie Friday and it’s not a knock against Condon but the Habs seem to play a more confident game in front of Price.

    Gallagher looks like he will miss a few games but such has been the case in this early part of the season, Canadiens ” depth” a word heavily used in hockey circles looks to be coming to the forefront this season. We saw it with Price out for three weeks missing nine games, now with Mitchel going on IR Andrighetto looks to get a chance to shine and looked pretty good tonight. Pateryn just stepped in and the Habs defense hasn’t missed a beat with Emelin going down. Now with Smith Pelley going down and Gallgher we will see some more AHLers get a turn. Holloway who is a little older with get a game Wednesday to show what he can do.

    Hopefully Holloway who Los Angeles had high hopes for and didn`t want to lose shows some of that talent for the Habs. Wednesday is another big game as they all are but this game versus the Rangers is a little more as they say measuring stick because of all the injuries.

    Both teams have excellent goaltenders now it`s just a matter of player execution and this is where our replacements will have to play their game. The team seams to have confidence no matter who plays and this season for the first time in a long time the Habs have a legitimate shot at Lord Stanley`s mug.

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

  24. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Ron McLean, Steven Brunt and this girl Tara (last name ?) are a significantly more intelligent panel on SportsNet than I have been use to.

    PJ Stocks they are not.

  25. Larry says:

    Almost identical record to this point last year but in watching all the games both years I really do think this team is much better.

  26. HowieFlinker says:

    Technically that last goal was a power play, too. That makes 3 power play goals and 1 ahortie. The Canadians (English spelling) are short-handed now. Emelin, Smith-Pelley, Mitchell and now Gallagher. That is a large number of starters injured. Price just returned. last year’s medical report was thin. This year’ seems to be compensating statistically. If Gallagher broke his hand or finger he would miss 4-5 weeks. He will surely be missed. Hollande [s.i.c.?] will play the next game. Will another St. Johns Iceman be called?
    Howard Flinker

    • innis_mor says:

      Bud Holloway.

    • Aerobiz says:

      Why would you purposely misspell the name of the team?

      “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”- Randy Pausch

      • D Mex says:

        He chose to mis-spell the Habs team name and then to reference another team (St Johns (sic) Icemen) that doesn’t exist.
        Be thankful he isn’t schooling us on the ” national ” health care program and, BTW, don’t forget to genuflect on your way out.

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

  27. aversglay says:

    Anyone remember this?

    A few years ago when the other team would pull their goalie:

    it would be an intense two minutes in our own end? At least half the time it would end up going to overtime?

    This season the other team pulls their goalie:

    Open net goal!

    Seriously, I remember one game where they pulled their goalie and we did not score. Were there others?

  28. The Jackal says:

    Very good game from the Habs tonight. Battled hard and killed a good amount of penalties to beat a good team.

    Chucky is so talented that it just makes you wanna stick Phil Kessel or Pavelski (or Patch, but we need one more scorer) on his line and see what happens. Boy, if we got the talent for him to really excel, that would be something.

    PK looking good, comme d’habitude. The guy just flies out there. I don’t know how people can ever be down on him, he’s a stud. I wish he’d try and do more though, instead of always looking for the pass off his rushes. He has the talent to push through to the net or snipe one.

    On the whole, Habs lookin’ great. Beau and Petry… man what a pairing and what a difference. Same with Gilbert and Pat, they just work well and I love how the latter was just wiring shots trying to find that net for like 3 in a row I think in the second period, that’s what you gotta do.

    And the DD line? Câline! We have the best “third” line in the league.

    Good for Timo to get the win too!

    One thing that makes no sense and which also grinds my gears is that people are just bashing Max for no reason. If we grant that he is struggling and floating, he still has 19 points in 21 games, that may be 20 in 21 games if the NHL site was not reflecting his latest goal. So if that’s what struggling means, then watch out for when he breaks out. Seriously, we all know what Patch can do – and even if he is not at his best right now he’s still managed to rack up the points and he still takes a lot of pressure off the other players because teams are looking to defend against his shot and speed. Yet some still wanna denigrate the guy? It just makes 0 sense. Have some respect for the guy, he always works super hard to come back from injury and is the teams best goal scorer in years. I guess it’s easy to judge him from the couch or bar, in front of the TV screen while trying to wipe off wing sauce, while he’s out there bustin his balls so the fans can have a winning team. He’s basically like Batman right now, people just don’t appreciate.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  29. twilighthours says:

    Arpon Basu Tweet, for some perspective:

    Pacioretty’s third empty net goal of the season, tied for NHL lead with Plekanec, Tavares and Seguin.

  30. PK says:

    Grabovski has a brain cramp and runs into Price, accidentally on purpose. A residual habit from from his practice drills in Leafsland.
    Just like a certain Monsieur Krecji, costs his team at least a point and then, it turns out, two.

    Beauty goal by the sometimes maligned Galchenyuk.

    Too bad about Gally. The Habs are getting their fair share of injuries, all of sudden.

    So what do we see next?

    Semin, Andrighetto and this “Bud” Holloway dude that we have heard about but not seen yet?

    I guess Kassian could have come in handy right about now.

    Great to have the depth on D. Let us see how the forwards do over the next few to several games.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

    • twilighthours says:

      Beck took that penalty. Not that it excuses grabs from being grabs.

      • PK says:

        I just checked the boxscore … you are right.
        All these Islanders look the same to a Habs fan.

        _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

        “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

        – Nostradamus, 1552

    • innis_mor says:

      Beck was the one with the penalty; Grabovski the one with the puck.

      Price made himself “available” for the interference; pro move on his part.

  31. FenceSurfer says:

    Back to back. They pulled it off and against no easy foe. Kudos and more. Looking forward to the Rangers.

  32. Castor says:

    Boone (and a few others) Ole Ole is a celebratory chant not a claim of victory. You’ve been complaining about early ole chants for years! 🙂

  33. Larry says:

    On Sportsnet DD was the first star. I wonder which one is official. Who gets the Molson Cup points? Chucky was first star on the RDS broadcast

  34. on2ndthought says:

    Thanks Booner!

    “a cannonading drive”

  35. munch17 says:

    It would have been nice if MT rewarded the 27 line at the end of the game with some empty net time. They deserved it.

  36. CHicoHab says:

    Oldschoolhockey…thanks for that stream. Worked well!!

  37. HabinBurlington says:

    Good win by the boys, sin bin almost cost us that game, but some good things happened tonight.

    Did Semin get benched right after his only shift with the top line? I thought he played a pretty good game tonight.

    Price looked much more comfortable to me, and so happy for Galchenyuk, lets hope he gets on a roll as we are going to need him. Doubt Gally is back in the short term.

    • Enigma says:

      I don’t think he was benched, rather him not playing was dictated by the score and rash of late penalties.

      Lars didn’t look too happy as the last player coming off the ice. Could be nothing, but he deserves an empty net chance every once in a while for all his hard work.

      ‘Work is the curse of the drinking classes.’ Oscar Wilde

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Yah, thought about that as well, but did notice after his one shift on that line, the next shift that line got Byron was out with Plex and Max, when we still had lead.

        Complete agreement on Eller.

        • Enigma says:

          Didn’t notice the Byron move, but I’m guessing it was more for defensive purposes. Which makes sense late in a tight game.

          It will be interesting to see where Semin plays next game. Sven looked solid with Galchenyuk so he’s staying put. Just a matter of where Holloway fits in.

          If Gallagher is out for a while, I wonder if that might force MB’s hand a bit in his quest for a right winger.

          ‘Work is the curse of the drinking classes.’ Oscar Wilde

    • innis_mor says:

      I do know Semin took his 8th minor in 14 GP. That will not endear him to MT, that’s for sure.

  38. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Good game! Like the Isles! Do the Habs have their number, or what?!

  39. on2ndthought says:

    A professional victory against a tough team!

    big games wed, fri and sat

    “a cannonading drive”

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