Liveblog: Byron scores late to beat Nashville 2-1


The Canadiens got bigger.

And then the little guys won the game.

Paul Byron scored with eight seconds left to complete the Canadiens comeback.

Brendan Gallagher, who hadn’t scored in forever, went end to end and beat Pekka Rinne to tie the game at 1-1 11 minutes into the third period.

Before the game began, the classy organization put a P.K. Subban tribute video up on the scoreboard, and Montreal’s favourite Nashville Predator shed some tears.

The guest of honour assisted on the first goal, a power-play 45-footer by Ryan Ellis at 18:25.

Shots were 26-25 for the winning team.



  1. Al Burtlap says:


  2. nova scotia vees says:

    I will never forgive Bergevin and Molson. He loved the Habs, and I still love him. Such a shame. Bergevin is a small little man. And don’t bother scolding me as it won’t make me change my mind. Love you P.K.

  3. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Another thing. I don’t care what the scoreboard says. Petry and Emelin were not good. Petry was softer than the ice cream I ate. N8 and Benn, on other hand, were excellent defensively. Benn looks like what we expected Pateryn to be with more playing time. Kudos to MB for getting a ready Dman with a player he had to deal.

    Last thing. I really liked Cody McCleod. He would have been a good pick-up for the Habs. The Preds were getting smacked around until they acquired him. He smashed Shaw and didn’t even flinch when Weber confronted him. Habs need a guy like him.

    Sorry one really last thing. Thanks Molson for bringing back a hot anthem singer and hot Centre Bell hostess.

    • slapshot777 says:

      He flinched when McCarron tapped him in the mush

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

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Yeah right I was there. Nobody on the Habs intimidated him. Weber came over to him after he was giving it to Shaw and Cody looked at him like “what are you going to do”. Weber skated away. Habs don’t have a guy like that…maybe McCarron some day.

    • marvin20 says:

      I agree players like McCleod tend to be unappreciated, until they are on your team, or you have to play against him. I think that is what MB was looking for yesterday when he was picking through other teams dumpsters.

  4. RightNyder says:

    Fine evening of entertainment.
    I admit at the beginning, I was hoping that wherever he was, someone was kicking MT’s pathetic orange posterior.

    By the end, I just wanted the win, and Byron and Gallagher getting of the schneid capped things off nicely.

    Also, Price under Julien: 1.47 GAA; .947 save percentage.

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    Weber and Radulov each blocked howitzers from PK, hope just flesh wounds and nothing serious.

    • marvin20 says:

      I know and Weber is so old, his bones must be so brittle. I hope none of those shots broke his catheter bag.

    • LeaveTheCoachAlone says:

      I ask you Gerry if given a choice to have PK back or to stay with Weber.

      Wouldn’t we all want PK back? I think so.

      To me it’s like Golf, without TIGER, its okay, fine…but wasnt it a hell of a lot more FUN, when there was this guy draining birdie and eagle balls from 20 feet out regularly.

      Has anyone had that kind of run in golf since his 15 years of dominance.

      PK is swagger with that finesse.

      Weber…meh. He’s not a liability.

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    One of these wins eventually has to get the boys their confidence back. Perhaps tonight with some scoring from folks not named Max , Radulov and Alex.

    Price was excellent and the defense solid. Offensively it looks like guys playing not to do the wrong thing. Zero confidence with the puck, making the quick shot or pass and not reading the situation or not trusting offensive instincts.

    I still think Plex or Chucky should be centering Max and Radulov, Danault just doesn’t seem to have the offensive acumen.

    Great come from behind win, hope Byron enjoys spending his cash from Weber , well earned.

    Go Habs Go!

    • Al Burtlap says:

      Great post. Agree with all of it.

    • marvin20 says:

      the defence looks very good Nashville is a very good team, and they were unable to score even strength. Price played very good but he did not steal the game either.
      Danault had a tough night, not sure what Julian is going to do with him?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I know we all or many are frustrated with Plex lack of goal scoring, but he still is far more imaginative with the puck in the offensive zone, particularly below the goal line. Right now that line is being stifled, something needs to change it appears.

        Not a knock on Danault just curious player deployment.

        • Al Burtlap says:

          Pleks has looked more engaged since Julien arrived. The middle two lines are a mess right now though. Chucky needs more talented wingers and its either he or Pleks as the obvious replacement for Danault with Patches and Radulov.

          • krob1000 says:

            See I think honestly the bigger issue is not who plays with Max/Rad….but is actually the splitting of MAx/Rad..

            I think every player in that lineup benefits…except MAx…the one guy who does not need to benefit and has proven he can do his thing no matter what.

            On D

            Still believe best plan is to play Nate more, much more and this way you can do same thing up fornt…split the two smartest n Markov/Weber…this ensures 45 plus minutes of Markov OR Weber…this adds offense to every line IF those guys have complimentary players in Nate/PEtry.

            Emelin can play offside, you have Davidson and can rotate them depending on matchups…but BEnn is in no matter what

            All of these moves combined make it possible to have guys all playing with guys who compliment each other…..however I fear politics and money are at play…go figure! in this world?

            Chcuky and Nate are RFA;s …mo minutes? mo money, mo money? mo problems

            Danault…….see DD last half decade…

            Easy fixes to score more and be better though

          • Al Burtlap says:

            Can’t reply directly Krob, but I like that idea for the forward lines. I think Patches has really turned the corner this year and is becoming the type of player that can produce and make his line mates better.

            As for D, I’d like to see Nate with Weber ultimately, but really like how Julien seems to be letting him work as the puck mover without having to play against top lines.

            A couple more weeks of that and some confidence built up, then I’d move Nate up and leave him there.

    • Habituated says:

      New month, new vibe?

      February wasn’t kind to the team, nor to many of the players. Perhaps the literal turning of the page leads to the proverbial kind.

  7. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Reading the comments. maybe it was a good thing I only got home in time to enjoy the third period.

  8. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Benn >> Pateryn

    Limited sample size, but this guy can play defense.

  9. LeaveTheCoachAlone says:

    Hey Carey I’m going continue to be hard on you dude. I don’t mind you keep winning either.

    I would also love more than anything else if you took that attitude of what you think of your new coach through 16 wins beginning in Mid-April.

    Than you can take your stick and shove it right up my…and break it off.

    I’d be okay with that.

    A few others would be okay with this too.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      yes he continues to be a thorn in this teams side. Also you may want to get a good proctologist, you never know when fusilli Carey could appear.

      • savethepuck says:

        Classic Seinfeld reference. I can’t imagine anyone thinking a professional athlete would play bad on purpose to get a coach fired. Maybe he wasn’t happy with his coach and he was distracted and not able to focus properly, but no way a guy loses on purpose.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

        • HabinBurlington says:

          An entire roster lost their confidence, swagger etc…. Including Price. Last I checked he is on the team and is also susceptible to slumps, bad play and confidence broken.

          Yah I had to reference the Assman.

        • LeaveTheCoachAlone says:

          ” I can’t imagine anyone thinking a professional athlete would play bad on purpose to get a coach fired.”


          Should I list the examples of prima donnas in this creampuff world of sports?

          You’re right though, NOT Price.


          I will look into the internal medicine specialist though, for sure. LOL

          • HabinBurlington says:

            You didn’t lose a girlfriend to Carey in high school did you? Your despisement towards him seems awfully jaded.

          • LeaveTheCoachAlone says:

            Despisement, I had to look that one up. My issue is with the way he was “nurtured”, and the ensuing result of all that, or lack of results in fact.

            I’ve never been to BC, never met the man, I get the impression hes not available much.

            Not like PK would be for example, well maybe PK is a bad example, but he seems very retreated for a guy that is supposedly the only cool headed goalie in the World. He never shows us his candor, always a premeditated facade. I don’t think for one minute the Carey we see is the guy really inside.

            But that’s because of the way he has been nurtured, a product of his environment.

            And everything in the HABS organization has been analyzed to death, but he’s off limits.

            That’s what i have a despisement for.

            He’s a good goalie, but HABS aren’t going to win a Stanley Cup behind him, it’s the TEAM in front of him that will win a cup for Price.

            So if theres a positive from this, hopefully they will eventually build a hell of a good TEAM in front him.

  10. krob1000 says:

    Highlight of game for me though was Armstrong and Whitney mocking Ryan Smyths crying….lol…when Whitney said “I told Horcoff I wouldn’t do this” I couldn’t stop laughing…spit my water

  11. naweed235 says:

    Can you imagine how weird it must be for the new comers who are not necessarily up to speed with all the latest Hab events to first see the home crowd cheer an opposing team player, and then to hear fans boo in a 1-0 game?
    Granted it was a snooz fest but they had won 3 games in a row for Fs sake and they were by no means being outplayed…
    Our fans can be pretty embarrassing sometimes…
    Other than that, Gally and Byron came up big. Hopefully it’s just a sign of things to come. As long as they get hot before the playoffs we should be alright

  12. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Julien’s coaching almost cost the Habs the game tonight. All he had to do was throw out the 1st line against the crap 3rd pairing. It was even worse when Ellis was down. Webber was playing on the 2nd pairing. PK shut down Max and Rads all game and Clod wouldn’t make the adjustment. Freakin frustrating.

    Thank god they scored late because it let a bunch of us catch the train. I hope PK got a star because he was the best Dman out there tonight. Max and Rads did nothing against him one on one. Laviolette clearly has PK on a leash. If he played like this in Mtl, he would still be here. I wonder why he listens to this coach and not the last one? I don’t know but maybe this one doesn’t trash his players. Best thing about the PK trade is that it exposed MT for the brute that he was. Good riddance.

    • dropthepuck says:

      If you believe what PK says in interviews, he said the coach told him
      to play his own game. If you want to bash MT, go ahead, but don’t slant your comments on tonight’s game. Did you not see his attempt
      to start a rush and circle back again for a second try with Rad hot on his tail. Was he on a leash with that attempt? Do you watch all his games? Or you just had to make your comment, tonight for effect.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        I was there. That was ONE play. Name another one. Don’t slant your comments based on one play on which he did get away from Rads who was frustrated because he couldn’t do anything against PK. I know the truth hurts about MT but too bad.

        • dropthepuck says:

          Oh, I’m not backing MT. One play your right, just like you were at ONE game. And you know so much more because you were there. How many rushes does it take to break the leash, what’s the number?

  13. krob1000 says:

    I do like listening to Julien in pressers….doesn’t even hesitate to find right answers….just has them…..

    • savethepuck says:

      And yet when he was a Bruin, I thought he was a complete tool when I watched clips of his pressers. Strange thing.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • krob1000 says:

        when he was a BRuin….he acted like one….that is true….but I think he realized that was part of the job…this seems so natural to him though…he does not need to search for answers….it is quite amazing…..NOW….I will admit I am extremely disappointed in seeing some of the same things go on that happened under MT….however, his mental/psychological approach and communication alone is an improvement….but biggest room for improvement (and will also help more players confidence wise) is to rejig the top 9…

  14. Islandhabber69 says:

    The cj effect…..thk u…..get most of the slumping players outta the Rut….and they’ll be OK into the playoffs…if…..but….way to go habs!!

  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    First game in a very long time I was into every nuance and happening from pre-game to PK’s post game comments.

    From a thoroughly endless homogenized and pasteurized Gary Bettmanized NHL season to one gem of a game.

    THAT was entertainment.



    GO HABS GO !!! GO PK GO !!!

  16. filchock79 says:

    Subban looked like he was afraid to make a mistake, but he had a decent game. The key was when both Ellis, then Eckholm went down, forcing the Preds to use Matt Irwin extensively. He was exposed on both Hab goals. It’s starting to look like 1993.

  17. Captain_Alex says:

    Good night Everyone I m going to bed I have school tomorrow

  18. Danno says:

    Can we trade P.J. for P.K.?


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  19. CJinBK says:

    That was a cookie cutter Canadiens game until it wasn’t. Giving up the first goal, then chasing hard, squeezing sticks, (then breaking them on the bench.) Then somehow managing to score an equaliser when it was desperately needed, leading to OT, when amazing goaltending and Alex Galchenyuk get the W.

    Or not!

    The wheels of Byron… That was magnificent. Many goalies would have come out to play that; Rinne can’t blame anyone but himself on that one.

    Earlier, it was the tenacity of Gallagher. Just an amazing effort from a guy who never takes a shift off. So great to see him rewarded. While we were all thinking that Galchenyuk should have traded lines with Danault after the latter’s (perfectly understandable) failure to convert on a very fast play, I wonder if Gallagher gets the puck back if it’s not Galchenyuk on the boards…

    With the dispatch of David Desharnais to Edmonton, the two shortest players on the Canadiens are both 5’ 9”. Their names? Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher.

  20. PeterCH says:

    This team is now built for the playoffs. They are bigger, tougher, disciplined and will score timely goals with Price backstopping for them. They will no longer be intimidated and this will allow the smaller skill players to play bigger as well.

    • UKRAINIANhab says:

      the last sentence is a common cliche that really isn’t that true. Having big guys on the fourth line is great… Will it increase scoring for our smaller players ? No because they aren’t on the ice at the same time as them…

      • marvin20 says:

        having a nice blend of team toughness will help the smaller players be more effective. Intimidation is a huge thing in hockey and knowing you have some guys In the line up will help the smaller players feel more conferrable and do what they do best……Byron plays with Shaw who is a tough guy and helps create room for him..

        Also remember having a nice blend of team toughness keeps the other team looking over their shoulder. If they want to go after our skilled players we can also return the favour

  21. bwoar says:

    McCarron played well & it was a good start for line 4. If it comes down to him and Mitchell, will Julien stick with the veteran or the kid?

    Benn played another solid game. Radulov battled too esp. vs. PK.

    The amount of pucks that leave a Habs stick in their own zone, and don’t end up on a Habs stick at the other end, anywhere, is wearisome and dangerous. Doesn’t seem to what what part of the ice the reception is supposed to take place.

    But yeah, four in a row is good. Seeing the guys we’ve been waiting on to score finally do it is great.

    • UKRAINIANhab says:

      What did McCarron do ? I saw around 3 shifts of him mindlessly skating.. It’s not that he’s a bust its that he simply isn’t ready for NHL hockey.

      • UKRAINIANhab says:

        Would take him over 17 though !

      • Al Burtlap says:

        Said it before but you choose to ignore it. Tough along the boards, tenacious and made a great pass from the neutral zone into the offensive zone in the third as well.

        He is learning to use his size to protect the puck on those forecheck and to dig it out on the defensive zone.

        What are you expecting for a late first round player?

        • UKRAINIANhab says:

          im expecting him to be in St. John’s to continue (start) his development and want Hudon up.

          🙂 joking aside, I’m not mad at the pick. Just he isn’t ready.

          • marvin20 says:

            Hudon is scared of his own shadow and as soft as puppy poo. He looked weak in training camp

            McCaron is close but not there yet.. he is half a step behind and suspect he will be back on the this week, To work on his explosiveness

          • Al Burtlap says:

            Understood. Agree he could use more seasoning, but I think this experience is good for him. And now that he has King and Ott to learn from in a fourth line role, that may help too.

            Hudon should come up, but he needs to be in an offensive role, not a fourth line energy guy. Maybe as a Byron or Lehkonen alternative? At least for some games.

      • bwoar says:

        He does have trouble keeping up. He seems to pass well? When he’s on the puck in space against an opponent he keeps it more. He’s the skill guy on that line right now, let that sink in. Probably not good enough but I thought he played with more confidence tonight.

        • UKRAINIANhab says:

          They have plenty of options to try and get that fourth line sorted out. I liked King… But wasn’t paying too much close attention to him !

    • Danno says:

      You have such great horse sense bwoar. CHeers!


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    • ebk says:

      Martinsen for Mitchell next game. Go big or go home. Mitchell might just need to sit for a game or two to reset and get back to playing decent hockey. McCarron looked good.

      • bwoar says:

        I was just thinking about that too, it would give line 4 an identity. I’ve been critical of Big Mac but he’s playing for different coach who might keep him where he is.

        With Lehkonen fading I still think the top six needs a remix, krob-style. Whoever slots in on that fourth line won’t be counted on to help drive the offense.

        • ebk says:

          wouldn’t hurt to sit Lekhonen for a bit either. Dwight King once he gets here for a bit might be a nice banger to play with 27-11 for a short sting until someone steps forward. I’d leave Max/Rad toghether, they’ve been electric for 40 games.

          • krob1000 says:

            but their electricity usage caused the rest of the breakers to go…they need to be separated…can paly them together last 10 mins if down…but if split won’t be down as often anyway….

  22. Danno says:

    Since CJ the Habs are playing .666 hockey if my math is correct.
    That’s devilishly good!


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  23. johnnylarue says:

    The Rogers Dudes kept going on about how all these new additions would create a “healthy competition” among the Habs forwards. And I was like, “What’s a non-scoring pud’s idea of ‘competing’ and how does that help us?”

    But it turns out the addition of all these beefy beardos made the smurf contingent sufficiently nervous to inspire them to break their epic scoring slumps. So I guess Cody Armstrong knows what he’s talking about… somehow… (maybe?)

  24. Chuck says:

    HabsHammerZone is an appropriate user name, since he (she?) certainly comes off sounding like a tool.

  25. Captain_Alex says:

    @slack the Habs got fleeced in this trade

  26. LeaveTheCoachAlone says:

    I can’t believe HABS have won 4 in a row. Im certainly not stopping my anger now, otherwise they very well might lose.


    Four in a row! Unbelievable, they have had some puck luck in this run. Crossbars, posts, open nets, power plays, breakaways…PHEEW


    80 points!

  27. lavie says:

    In J we trust!

    Julien is a visionary coach!

  28. Kylo Ren says:

    Great win. Dipsy doodler called it.

    Hate to be negative but does Nashville ever have talent. Can’t say it’s all draft position relative to us, either. Forsberg traded for Erat, Arvidsson was picked after we picked Brett Lernout.

    We also picked Connor Crisp ahead of Duclair, Kristo ahead of Jimmy Hayes, Jori Lehtera and Mike Stone, McCarron ahead of Ryan Hartman. Bergy has to be looking at amateur scouting; we have to draft better.

    • ebk says:

      Think they are a good team but their 3rd pairing would be in the AHL if they were in the Habs(and a lot of others) organization. Yannick Weber and Irwin look terrible to me.

      Then their forwards have Vernon Fiddler, Cody McLeod and Watson. Their Centers behind Johansen are mainly 3rd/4th liners. Mike Fisher, Calle Janrokm Craig Wilson are all OK but one of them is centering the 2nd line and that looks as bad or worse than Montreal’s

      They have some really good top-end players but their depth looks really suspect to me.

  29. eddie 56 says:

    Feels like closure. The video tribute, the PK chants, and the man himself shedding tears at center ice. Didn’t take long for the boos to come and they came with a sense of humour, they were almost comical in nature, but it helps to move on, and so moving on…

    Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron, god, was that not just what the doctor ordered a day after a deadline that saw Montreal not get the prescribed forward we were all clamoring for.

    Both scored in ways we have come to expect from them, Gallagher’s never give up never surrender, and Paul looking like he was shot out of a cannon, with 8.3 seconds left on the clock no less.

    Beyond that Chuck looked good, and not completely inept on FO’s, (at least he tied them up a bunch). And Danault, well, seemed like he at least got a sweat on, I was about to say that should his Face Off struggles continue he would most certainly be replaced, but alas Gallagher scored and secured Danault’s spot for at least a couple more games.

    And Price, well he’s back to being Price and it feels like that elusive identity we seemed to have lost, is slowly returning and it feels right.

    We built some confidence against T.O, won a nail biter against New Jersey another against Columbus, and then spoiled PK’s party. Who’s up next, cause we’re showing signs of life.


  30. ColdComfort says:

    Turned out well but that was a terrible hockey game. Bettman should step in. No-one, from the refs to the players, deserves to be paid for that mess.

  31. Danno says:

    Big is beautiful but it was the littlest players who scored the goals tonight.


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  32. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Well, that was satisfying. Good on Byron.

    Just scratching, stumbling, staggering and clawing all the way. They are having trouble scoring, but there’s some will on display.

  33. slapshot777 says:

    Look at all the final scores tonight they are either 2-1 or 1-0. This is what playoff hockey will be like

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

  34. Habby_Haberton says:

    Nice to see a couple goals from other guys tonight 🙂

  35. Habituated says:

    Hey, how come the game’s over? Shouldn’t there be at least a few more minutes? 😉

    Kinda like the NJ game, with the first 40 minutes a write-off, but they’ll take the two points.

  36. on2ndthought says:

    Just remember, Nashville was the highest scoring team in the league recently. We may not have looked great offensively; but we played a solid defensive game, hung in there, and got a couple of gritty goals.

  37. Danno says:

    Bravo Paul Byron!
    All hail the 2-1 team!


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  38. savethepuck says:

    Gally and Byron off the schneid. Very sloppy and flat for 2 periods but a good character come from behind win. I think this team has more confidence now, they came back from down 2 goals in NJ Monday night after not playing well too. Don’t like them playing bad to get behind in these games, but really like their fight when it matters. Finding a way to win is a good sign of things to come. Remain 6 ahead of Ottawa, which is big.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  39. habsrule_29 says:

    Gut win fir Les boys. Celebrating with 16 year old rum, 2 fingers only.

  40. johnnylarue says:

    Whoa–Paul Byron’s from Moncton? 😉

  41. Rugger says:

    4, Four, IV Well done Habs

  42. slapshot777 says:

    Hopefully that starts a trickle effect for the guys who have been struggling

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

  43. UKRAINIANhab says:


  44. Al Burtlap says:

    This has to be one of the grindiest four game winning streak in a long time. Everything is so hard!

    Great win though!


  45. johnnylarue says:

    Anyway, so who’s our pick to win in it in OT?

  46. kalevine says:

    The Habs offensive drought overshadowed the fact that Nashville had done squat tonight 5 on 5. 2 goals in the third is a veritable explosion!

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