Liveblog: Canadiens stomp Ottawa 4-1

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Paul Byron, a waiver pickup last season, scored his 20th goal to extend the Canadiens lead early in the third period.

Nathan Beaulieu added a late power-play goal to put the game out of reach.

Another Byron goal was disallowed because the speedy winger was offside on the play.

It took all of 28 seconds in the first period for the Canadiens to get on the board. Tomas Plekanec, of all people, tucked the rebound of a point shot by Andrei Markov past Craig Anderson.

The lead lasted four minutes before Tom Pyatt, of all people, banked one off Jordie Benn’s stick and over Carey Price’s right shoulder.

With a shade over two minutes left in the first, Jordie Benn’s point shot changed direction off Victor Stahlberg’s stick and beat Anderson to restore the home team’s lead.

Shots were 37-31 Canadiens.

610 Comments

  1. strunzo says:

    Cole we know has always been biased against the Habs. But Galley, come on.

  2. BriPro says:

    Why look for the negative?
    This might depend on one’s perspective, but I see Marc Bergevin’s vision as very positive.
    When he said he tried to find a top-six forward, I believe him.
    Why? Because in all other needed areas, he’s shown a keen eye for filling those areas.

    Coaching, for one. That one is a combination of Carey’s frustration toward Therrien, Julien becoming available, and MB’s willingness to part with his friend.

    He either has incredible insider information on players not viewed as such by their previous teams, or he’s incredibly lucky.

    How do you explain Paul Biron? Who thought that a pick up off the waiver draft would contribute 20 goals, and the season isn’t over?

    Who would have thought Jordie Benn would already have two goals, even though if memory serves, he had three before he got here. But more impressive is his Larry Robinson / Rod Langway / Chris Chelios approach of “get the #%^! away from my goalie, my teammate!”. He sports quite the choke hold.

    As for the Sens, I’m sorry but their D is a one (possibly two)-man show. One has to acknowledge Karlsson. He’s a truly gifted individual, and if I base my opinion solely on his pre-game interview on RDS, he seems pretty down-to-earth.

    But it pretty much ends there.
    They mentioned around the 10:00 mark of the third period that Methot had ten hits. Well I’m almost positive that nine of those were on Gallagher. And the little man survived the drudging, to the point where he drew Methot into the red line area while Byron was off to the races.

    The better team won tonight, there’s no doubt in my mind. And as Julien said in his post-game interview, their PP ” needs to be better, in my mind (and mine as well) so another positive comes from the fact that they can be even better.

    He believes they haven’t peaked, so if you consider that Gallagher has his mojo back, Emmy (who played a solid game tonight) threw three or four good solid hits without compromising his position and is poised to finish the season strong, and hopefully Beaulieu as well….

    All I can say as I’m pretty pumped (OK not like the ’76-’77 Habs, but enough to say :”bring on the Rangers!”

  3. Lafleurguy says:

    Claude Julien’s coaching prowess was on display this weekend. Noticeable was a wholly different breakout strategy in the second game compared to the less dominant first win. After a disastrous first period face-off loss, Plekanec and to a lesser extent, Danault took the defensive zone face-offs. Mitchell, with limited ice-time, had a few. There was more back and forth passing between defense partners, and the swarm, which all teams employ was more effective than the Therrien-coached games. Fewer icing calls were definitely noticed, and this guarded against weak defensive zone face-off play. This is a “honeymoon period” for Julien, but the auspicious signs bode well for the playoffs.

  4. Habsbill24 says:

    Great win tonight. However, something needs to be done about Chucky. His d-zone faceoff loss led to the first goal and he seems to be screwing up Rads and Max by over handling the puck. He has dragged down the first line. He just has not developed like other young centers in the league. No where close to the star we hoped he would become. Overmatched on faceoffs and frankly not very good at setting up his wings. He can stickhandle nicely and his shot is good but he otherwise not a first line center. His contract negotiations will be tough. And for that matter Rads is not 6M a year guy even in the depleted scoring of today’s NHL. It is unlikely he will score 20 goals or 60 points, that is not a guy worth 6M a year.


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