Liveblog: Playoff Game 1 – Weise goal seals 5-4 OT thriller


Ideal scenario

Playoffs start on the road?

No problem.

Your Montreal Canadiens won an overtime thriller on a goal by Dale Weise, of all people, 18 minutes into Overtime.

He was set up by Daniel Brière, who – true to his postseason pedigree – was superb in Game 1.

The Canadiens outshot Tampa Bay 44-25 and were full value for the win, despite blowing two third-period leads.

Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Lars Eller and Rhomas Vanek scored in regulation for the Canadiens.

The great Steven Stamkos had a pair for the home team, who also got goals from Nikita Kucherov and Montreal homeboy Alex Killorn.

Dale Weise?

Did you have him in your OT pool?

Dale Weise scored on the Canadiens' 44th shot of the game.

And Carey Price made nine big saves in OT.

Back and forth

Lars Eller gave the Canadiens their first lead of the game.

Two minutes later, Alex Killorn tied it at 3-3.

Then Thomas Vanek completed a great passing play with David Desharnais to make it 4-3.

That lead lasted less than two minutes.

Mistakes by Michäel Bournival and, crucially, Mike Weaver set Killorn off on a 2-on-1 that Stamkos completed.

Shots in the period were 13-5, and the Canadiens have a 35-16 advantage in the game.

On to OT.

Playoff hockey

Steven Stamkos went after Andrei Markov after a hit on Ondrej Palat, and the intesnity ramped up to playoff level.

Stamkos went end to end, beating Brandon Prust and Alexei Emelin, before firing a low shot that beat Carey Price to his stick side.

Then with P.K. Subban in the penalty box, Lars Eller sprang Brian Gionta and the captain tipped his own rebound past Anders Lindback.

Shots were 8-7 Canadiens, 22-11 on the game.

Good one.

Many shots, one goal

Nikita Kucherov opened the scoring, as the Canadiens were flummoxed by a Radko Gudas shot that bounced off the dasher behind Carey Price.

The lead lasted 19 seconds.

Tomas Plekanec faked the aforementioned Gudas out of his cup and beat Anders Lindback with a roofed wrister.

The Canadiens had a 14-4 shots advantage but were inept on the game's only power play.

Here we go

The Canadiens playoff series against Ottawa last spring was nasty, brutish and short.

We can expect a better run against Tampa Bay this time around – if only because some of the younger Habs have been playoff-bloodied (in Lars Eller's case, literally). And the Lightning stress speed and skill, so the Canadiens likely will be spared the thuggery that Ottawa laid on them last year.

Based on the four games the Canadiens have played against Tampa Bay this season – three of which were won by the Lightning – it should be a tight series.

And, let's hope, a fun one to watch.

Puck drops 7:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.


  1. slapshot777 says:

    Boone can’t believe you picked the Bolts over the Habs

  2. RockinRey says:

    Wish I was at that Bar!! And someone was picking up my tab.

    ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  3. ooder says:

    ahh enjoying this game from beautiful sunny california!!!!! weather is nice, let’s get the W

  4. piter says:

    I think we’ll see the fast skating, strong fore-checking Habs tonight. They won’t give the Bolts time to think, and we will jump ahead quickly. At least that’s what kind of game I’m hoping to see anyways. Go Habs Go!!!

  5. slapshot777 says:

    Habs are ready to go. I think we will see the old PK back this series.

  6. Danno says:

    History Will Be Made


    20 + 1 + 4 = 25

    25 has a nice ring to it!



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  7. sprague cleghorn says:

    Have a great time, everyone. Go Habs Go!

  8. boing007 says:

    To quote The Immortal Rocket Richard: Let’s play hockey!

    Richard R

  9. Bob_Sacamano says:

    @Boone: Are you also nervous? I mean about Norwich on sunday…

  10. Cal says:

    Expect Brière and Eller to switch spots. Expect Prust and Bournival to do the same.
    This is going to be intense!

  11. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Not crazy about Boullion playing. It is the type of move that can get MT fired if the Habs lose. Anyway, I don’t care even if Pauline Marois plays D as long as they win.

    The only thing I want from MT is to unleash PK on Stamkos and on the PP. Enough of this “down-low” BS on the PP. Bomb it from the point and move it down low if they adjust.



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  13. dhenry1234 says:

    Time to be the kings of the Jungle!!!!
    Been waiting a year for this day!
    This will be a satisfying win!

  14. habs-fan-84 says:

    Really looking forward to Rogers taking over next year. CBC is going to “tee up” the late game after the commercial break? Wow. I think I’m already to switch to RDS.

  15. Hey Boone! Do you get a bonus for over 2,000 comments tonight?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  16. Ian Cobb says:

    4 win’s is all we need. For now!

  17. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …am I the only other One unable to watch the HIO video shows with Stu and Dave ?

    …I have now found the last two with Coderre and Demers without an active link

    …I use a Chrome browser …is it only those using Chrome browsers having the same problem ?


    …GO HABS GO !!!

  18. Maksimir says:

    Ok – not to pull a troll move but… I think Tampa in 7 … Price will hold the fort but secondary scoring will be the downfall. I hope I’m wrong.

    • JF says:

      I don’t think you are. If we’re to win, we need both secondary scoring and a few powerplay goals.

    • I don’t know why anyone is called a troll when they just express their rational and legitimate concerns about the Habs who are a Jekyll & Hyde team. It’s not like calling out their weaknesses will spur them on to play poorly. Look, they’ve played some real stinkers this year like the recent 2-0 loss to the Isles. Boone covered them a couple days ago and to have blind faith in this team is, well… just blind. If and I believe as you do, it’s a big if, that they fixed their 0-for PP and secondary scoring comes into play, as well as a fierce forecheck, solid defense, good transitioning and the big one… Price plays as well as he has for most of the season, we should romp past TB and even the Bruins. I don’t believe everything will come into position, but we don’t need it all, since if we did get it all, we’d be having a parade down St. Catherine Street. Watching from home in NYC area…

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  19. chilehabfan says:

    VAMOS MONTREAL!!! Let’s go and get a win tonight!

  20. habs-fan-84 says:

    lol of course CBC starts their coverage with analysis of the TBL

    • johnnylarue says:

      “And their opponents tonight will be the Montreal… Canadiens? Sorry, folks–apparently it’s hard to find a production assistant who knows how to spell the word ‘Canadian’… So tell us about this hockey team from East Toronto, Craig!”

  21. paul_b says:

    Let’s go Habs!!!

  22. RockinRey says:

    I hate that expression net front presence. Cassie Campbell used it the whole Olympics.

    ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  23. Mondou6 says:

    I think tonight will be 3-2 Tampa, but we win Game 2, and then it’s game on.

    I’ll say this goes 7 games, and we win it.

  24. duffy says:

    How long before MacLean starts talking about the Leafs,

  25. Storman says:

    Brendan Shanahandjob bio on TSN

  26. RockinRey says:

    Big start and get that PP clicking right away!

    ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  27. UKRAINIANhab says:

    wish it was at home though 🙁

  28. Habfun says:

    I’m so wound up I’ve taken a dump twice in the past hour and I haven’t even had a beer yet. Let’s hope the Habs Dump on the Lightning Dolts (need some hate here).


    It’s all about the CH

  29. bjmmn says:

    Montreal in 6. Let’s go!!!

  30. RockinRey says:

    Gotta bring your “A” blog game Boone.

    ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  31. Danno says:

    Drop the puck!!!


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  32. JohnBellyful says:

    Should we synchronize our watches or somethin’ before Operation Thunderstorm?
    I’d hate to see it founder because one of us pulled a Murray and arrived a minute late.

  33. GGtheHab says:

    here we go……let’s send out the positive vibes…chant along when a Go Habs Go is required…but stay positive..this is a team that overcame 3 goal deficits in spectacular fashion twice..this is our best playoff edition in several years…

  34. 100HABS says:

    Habs in 5

  35. Storman says:

    No Leafs news today wtf

  36. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    And the journey to the promised land begins.

    Go Habs Go

  37. HabsinHam says:

    It will turn out better that the Habs are playing away from home this series…
    Habs in 6.

  38. smiler2729 says:

    Common hockey sense say Habs in 6 but I’m so wary of the Lightning, man, they’re solid BUT other than Stamkos and a couple of other guys, they’re playoff green…

    Last thing we need is Anders Lindback channeling all the Steve Penneys of NHL playoff history and playing SuperGoalie for a week or so.

    Wings in 6, Rangers in 7, CBJ in 6,
    Ducks in 5, Kings in 7, Hawks in 6, Avs in 4…

    Laffs in 18 holes…

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

  39. zorro says:

    We need a split, win tonight or win on friday. Then were safe.
    Drop the puck!! come on let’s get it started!

  40. RockinRey says:

    I am on record as saying Habs in 6!

    ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  41. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    This morning I polled my grade 7 English class to see who they thought was going to win the Montreal/Tampa series. I wrote their predictions down on the whiteboard. Then I let all the kids who chose the Habs out 5 minutes early for lunch. Bad teacher!

    • frozengolf says:


      “We know that hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where we spend time between games.”

  42. Cal says:

    Book of Hab
    Chapter 14

    And lo, the faithful gathered under the shadow of the
    Royal Mount as the sun bled from the sky and the
    Stars began to shine.
    The Last Battle was at hand,
    And streaks of lightning smote the Mountain.
    The faithless few despaired at the sight,
    Yet the faithful sounded a mighty roar that
    Engulfed them all.

    So sayeth the Book of Hab

  43. SteverenO says:

    I sense a bit of overconfidence here. It should be pionted out that Tampa was better than the Habs over the entire season in almost every category ( 5-5 offense -5-5 defense and powerplay).

    The lightning scored an ES goal every 26 minutes- Habs every 29 minutes- Lightning allowed an ES goal every 30 minutes the Habs allowed one every 28 minutes- On the PP desopite having the lowest shot total in the league with the man advantage the Bolts scored a PP goal every 9.5 minutes – The habs every 11 minutes. More concerning is that since the trade deadline, and teh acquisition of Callahan and Vanek, The Lighning PP has been on fire while ours has all but disappeared.

    We have a distinct advantage in shorthanded play and in nets, but will that be enough?

    My biggest fear, and I believe Tampa”s biggest advantage, is behind the bench, in the coaching department.

    Let”s hope the Habs play their best hockey and that the new lines formed by Therrien find some instant chemistry.

    Go Habs Go!


    Steve O.

  44. Mattyleg says:

    Oh man…

    This is the time of year where I wish we hadn’t made the playoffs at all.
    Now the suffering begins.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  45. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Oh yes… The live blog means it’s on! Grow Habs Grow. Bottle the Lightning!

  46. Peter Young says:

    All I want and expect from the Canadiens is their best effort. If it’s clear they are in the game and trying to win it, I’ll be satisfied whatever the result. Naturally I hope that result will be a win, but one can’t ask more of the team than that it give its best effort.

    The pride that comes with wearing the Canadiens’ colors should alone be sufficient to prompt an effort that befits the Canadiens’ tradition. Go Habs, Go!

  47. kempie says:

    I forgot how exciting this stuff is. I’m jacked.

  48. Marc10 says:

    Go Habs Go! Ready for our Habs to shock the hockey world. All the way boys! Here we go!

  49. montreal ace says:

    I have high aspirations for the Habs this year, so I hope they don’t get dashed. GO HABS GO

  50. habsfan0 says:

    These playoffs will go a long way in determining whether Vanek will be offered a long term contract,and how high the Habs are willing to resign PK for.
    Last year,based on his regular season performance,it was considered a foregone conclusion that the Habs would offer Michael Ryder a long term contract.
    But then,he disappeared during the playoffs,and he wasn’t offered one.

  51. GrosBill says:

    Enjoy the game folks.

    This is the time of year hockey fans wait for (or dread if you are a modern Leaf fan).

    All of you lucky enough to be at the game to night, make some noise!!!

  52. laGrandeTerreur says:

    I’m goin’ all-in on my man René…..

    …Bourque with a goal!

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

    A little motivational viewing for the locker room:

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  54. Timo says:

    Why am I nervous when Francis Bouillon is in the lineup? I should be cool as a cucumber knowing that Franky will play top 2 minutes and shock and awe the opponent.

  55. Rad says:

    I am nervous about this first game. We know the importance of the 1st game in any series. I think the pressure is on the Habs, since everyone is picking them to win. If we lose this first game, the Lightning will have all the momentum. Tonight’s game being their first game back from injuries, Palat and Filppula will get better with each successive game, and Ben Bishop as well will be closer to returning.

    For the Habs, I expect Brandon Prust to provide spunk and spark in this first game. He will play Stamkos tough, playing on Plekanec’s line. And I agree with Therrien’s comment that a player like Bournival could make an impact in a series like this, with his speed and intensity.

    It’s going to be a close and well-played series, with a few bounces here and there proving to be the difference between winner and loser.

    • JF says:

      I agree about the importance of this game, particularly in the circumstances you list – Palat and Filppula returning from injury, Bishop out (but I get the impression he’ll be in next game). Habs really have to win and grab some momentum.

  56. frontenac1 says:

    Game Day amigos! Vas -y Les Boys! Dazzle them with speed and intimidate them with violence. It’s Playoff Hockey.No Mercy. No prisoners! Saludos!

  57. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Why are the hands on my watch not moving???? Arghhh.

  58. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Plekanec is going to be awesome tonight.

  59. Willy the bum says:

    This is gonna be a tight game tonight. Watch out for penalties and what’s going on Price’s net. Take shots instead of passes during the PP, and check hard. HARD!

  60. johnnylarue says:

    23rd comment, but the first one to say FIRST!!


  61. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Am I in Tampa or Montreal?!?!? There are more quebecois/Canadian media people here at the Forum than there are reporters from the local media. Boone where are you? Lets go HABS!!!

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

    The Lightning have no hold-overs from when they defeated the Habs 4-0 in their series win on their way to becoming Stanley Cup champions. Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov and Francis Bouillon again wear the CH this time around. Hopefully they remember their embarrassment at the hands of the team they face in the first round and a bit of retribution is on their minds.

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  63. Willy the bum says:

    Two words for the Habs playoff drive: Kick ass.

  64. 25insight says:


  65. The Teacher says:

    Habs 4 – Lightning 1.

  66. JohnInTruro says:

    Not sure if this got posted last night, but Jack Nevins first two fights in the AHL last night..

    • bwoar says:

      He’s a go-er alright. Hopefully his hockey is good enough to merit an NHL spot.

      • B says:

        He was the captain and a .88 ppg player in Charlottetown before being traded to Rouyn-Noranda where he had 5 goals and 3 assists in 9 playoff games to finish off his junior career. I think there is a lot more to this kid than just dropping the gloves (which he seems very good at).

        –Go Habs Go!–

      • Paz says:

        Lindros was booed in Montreal because he refused to sign with Quebec. Chara is booed because he almost killed Max for no good reason, and got away with it.

        Subban is booed because he’s Subban, which means different things to different people.

        It’s disgusting and no Habs fan should condone it.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Posted that earlier amigo. First he got the decision, second was a draw. Good showing against a legit tough guy Maggio.

  67. Danno says:

    And now the REAL season begins.

    It’s Time!


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  68. JohnInTruro says:


    Winning the first game will have such a large impact on this series. Statistically we know it does anyhow, but between the playoff rookies (or guys we have with only a handful of games under their belts) we have, and the rookies TB has putting confidence forward for our crew, and putting the TB guys back on their heels would be huge with the inexperience in this series.

  69. JF says:

    Pat Hickey said the other day that this series provides a treat for fans – an assertion I take leave to doubt if the games are played the way all Habs-Lightning games this season have been played. A close-checking, defensive trench battle with little open ice – I’m afraid that’s what we’re in for. It’ll be tense, nerve-wracking, and hard to watch. But go Habs go!

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

    Now a number of years old, but still appropriate:

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

    Tonight, everything is possible.

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  72. Danno says:

    Hey Ohhhhhhhhhhh!!!

    Playoffs Baby!


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  73. Habilis says:

    Dwyer and O’Halloran are the zebras tonight. Cormier and Miller are the linesmen. Reffing won’t be an issue.

    Hoping that we light up Lindback all nice and pretty like for his big debut tonight.

    Go Habs Go.

  74. habs-fan-84 says:

    So excited!!!
    GO HABS GO!!

  75. B says:

    This is what I have been waiting all season for.
    The real stuff begins tonight.
    Let’s go boys!!

    –Go Habs Go!–

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