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

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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.

2,058 Comments

  1. durocher says:

    Weise had the smallest amount of shifts on the team (19)… 7 shots by Vanek, 6 by DD… 5 hits by PK… Cube and Weaver each +2… Emey with 2 assists

  2. B says:

    Criss Lee makes a bad penalty call. It could happen. Please retire that incompetent official.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  3. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Cyall Later!!!! GO HABS GO. great blogging Boone! WOOOOOOOOO

  4. habcertain says:

    It is unlikely that MT will change a winning lineup but Tiny should sub in for Weaver, Frankie will get a pass

  5. Peter Young says:

    Can someone please tell me who the three stars were?

  6. twilighthours says:

    We feasted on the Tampa D tonight. Owned them below their goal line.

  7. C-Sword says:

    I said before the playoffs started that Eller and Bourque were playoff performers. They made their presence felt tonight. Good god, Weaver was awful. The Habs defense make bad decisions at crucial times, I don’t care that Lindback faced more shots, those on Price were much more threatening, a lot of odd man rushes.

  8. piter says:

    That Bergevin jig is pretty funny. He got pretty excited eh? Beauty.

  9. Willy the bum says:

    This is not a goalie’s game. It’s a team’s game, and notre Habs are the winning team tonight. But let’s not celebrate full-out or plan the parade, there is still more to come.

  10. Willy the bum says:

    This is not a goalie’s game. It’s a team’s game, and notre Habs are the winning team tonight. But let’s not celebrate full-out or plan the parade, there is still more to come.

  11. Adidess says:

    We’re now seeing the luxury of having Brière. Teams are focusing on our top two lines, and we have one of the best playoff performers of all time playing on our 4th line.

    I would put Brière on the first wave of the Power Play to give it a different look.

    Go Team CHanada!

  12. Adidess says:

    We’re now seeing the luxury of having Brière. Teams are focusing on our top two lines, and we have one of the best playoff performers of all time playing on our 4th line.

    I would put Brière on the first wave of the Power Play to give it a different look.

    Go Team CHanada!

  13. Danno says:

    That was a character win.

    This will help them believe in themselves throughout the playoffs.

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  14. Clay says:

    Let’s give some props to our GM. The guys he brought in made a huge difference, and not just tonight. Really good moves. He has really brought a winning culture to the team

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  15. The Teacher says:

    Seeing Marc Bergevin reacting like a little kid after the winning goal won my heart over. That and his three great pickups at the deadline. Ladies and gentlemen. We have ourselves a GM.

  16. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Glen Healy is running out of excuses as to why Tampa lost. Give credit where it’s due dumbass.

  17. slapshot777 says:

    Now that we have taken the first one let’s go for two in Tampa

  18. jctremblay says:

    OK..that was heart stopping..but can we get back to playoff hockey next game. Carey? Good to get that one out of your system..not all your fault but still..you stoned them in the OT..I pronounce you forgiven. The small guys were great tonight..Briere ( as usual in the SCP), Gionta, Gallagher, Gorges (saved the game and bailed out a generally out of it PK time after time) …
    Don’t care about the bad zone coverage now…they win..put it behind ya and KNOW you can beat this team if you just play your game. Woof..I’m exhausted…my JC Tremblay sweater is all sweaty…lol

  19. durocher says:

    MB looks like a genius tonight — Briere played a great game, Lil Weisy scores the winner.

    Cube also made some big plays. All around great win. Not many zeroes tonight (maybe just Prust and Weaver)

  20. Peter Young says:

    That game was exhausting–for the fans as well as the players. I thought I could take a loss with equanimity because I’ve been around so long, but not so. Not sure my old bones can take much more of this. Well done to all the lads. And to the fans who supported the team throughout this fine effort without ridiculous criticisms.

  21. Cal says:

    Book of Hab
    Chapter 14
    p1

    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

  22. Strummer says:

    Four lines contributed tonight. No passengers.
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  23. GoldenSeal says:

    Alright coach – repeat after me – PK will shadow Stamkos from now on…do you think your synapses can groc the concept…let’s hope so.

  24. durocher says:

    BournID hustles every single shift, he does not quit and skates hard from point A to point B

  25. Sportfan says:

    Time to study

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  26. sCOTT1243 says:

    Almost 1900 comments…awesome.

  27. Habcouver says:

    Lindback was sloooow on the goal.

  28. HabsKid says:

    The Habs really dominated the OT. Very proud of them! Go Habs Go!

  29. Mondou6 says:

    I like that Vanek was so active tonight. Makes me think he’s going to pop a few goals in the playoffs for us.

  30. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Well deserved. Great game & Price redeems himself in OT.

  31. habbytent says:

    I always knew Weise would score a game winner in OT.

  32. Ring of Fire says:

    Briere playoff $$$. great game by Eller too….I’m drained already

    The Thin Blue Line.

  33. twilighthours says:

    I’m actually not sure if the playoffs are worth the stress. Seriously

  34. bsamsona says:

    Price should be back Friday. That could have been a gift for Tampa

  35. Habfun says:

    Wow, my head hurts!! Great game. bad GA for Price but it’s the win that counts!!
    Sleep will come……eventually!

    It’s all about the CH

  36. johnnylarue says:

    It almost worries me how little I’m worrying about this series all of a sudden…

  37. UKRAINIANhab says:

    HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Mattyleg says:

    oldschoolhockey
    April 16, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Why aren’t we in the front of the net!!!!
    ***

    April 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Dale Weise goes in front of the net.
    Scores.

    Thanks Oldschool.

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  39. durocher says:

    Great game by Briere… DD also had a strong game. Both completed big time

  40. Habilis says:

    Winning the first game on the road while Price was simply average… That was massive.

  41. NCRhabsfan says:

    What did the Habs give up to get Weise? Whatever it was, I think the Habs won that trade.

  42. HotHabs says:

    3 Stars:
    Briere
    Eller
    Gionta

    Special mention to Gorges

  43. bjmmn says:

    If tonight was any indicator of the rest of Montreal’s playoffs, I think I’m gonna need some blood thinners…

  44. habsfan0 says:

    Habs end 3 game playoff losing streak.
    Carey Price’s all time playoff record now at 10-17. Not great,but improving.
    Raphael Diaz, eat your heart out.

  45. habsguru says:

    well there goes two bottles of red……. WORTH IT!!!!

  46. slapshot777 says:

    Who would have thought that the Diaz/Weise trade would turn out to be so huge

  47. Storman says:

    i wish the Winning goal could have gone to a harder working lunch pale type guy

  48. kalevine says:

    who was it who named Weise as a potential surprise these playoffs a few threads back…oh yeah, me

    Very impressed with Briere tonight. I expect the good hands and the playmaking, but all that scrapping in the corners ? The guy is strong on the puck. I’m glad he continued is point per game streak at a crucial moment. And thanks Price, for playing like yourself in the OT!!!

  49. Cal says:

    Now, that’s hockey, baby!
    What a masterful game… um, not.
    But, what a barn burner! Loved it!

    How’s that for 5on5 scoring and secondary scoring!

  50. Harditya says:

    WHO ELSE SAW BERGEVIN LMAOO OMG

  51. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    For all the many things that went wrong in that game, it was one hell of an entertaining hockey game.

    This is going to be a good series.

  52. UKRAINIANhab says:

    YES GUYS!

  53. JUST ME says:

    Of course i`ll be able to go to sleep . Just do not know when ! HUUUUGE WIN!

  54. scuba says:

    The DD line played well tonight.The Pleky line played well tonight
    The Eller line played well tonight
    The Briere line played well tonight

  55. Mondou6 says:

    LOL! The funniest thing is on the slow-motion replay, Weise fired it right into the crest on Lindeback’s jersey, but it still deflected in.

  56. AH says:

    Weisy’s dad is probably doing back flips, lol!’

  57. danhabsfan says:

    And Price showed up for the OT, thank goodness

  58. Peajay says:

    Sort of makes finishing third and losing the home ice advantage less painful…

  59. Sportfan says:

    Woke up my brother and scared my dog but YESSSSS

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  60. db says:

    my 3 stars: Briere, Pleks, DD line..

  61. aversglay says:

    WINGS!!!

  62. RockinRey says:

    Briere, Pleky, Larry, Gally, Gorges were big tonight. Markov at 30+min

    Price gotta get locked in for Friday!

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  63. Was Lindbeck out of position there? I’m thinking Bishop comes back and we have a bigger problem?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  64. Haberoooo13 says:

    3 stars of OT: Price, Briere and Wiese
    Honorable Mention: That Celebration/seizure dance by Bergevin

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  65. johnnylarue says:

    And now folks, a moment of silent reflection in honour of the man who made this possible: Player 61.

  66. Storman says:

    Weise Winner Winner Chicken Wing dinner

  67. UKRAINIANhab says:

    YESSSSS

  68. D Mex says:

    ALWAYS Habs, always …

  69. Slackman says:

    LOL DID YOU GUYS SEE BERGEVIN!? HES GIDDY AS A SCHOOLGIRL!!

    “When the going get’s weird, the weird turn pro”

  70. twilighthours says:

    Go Weise lighting, you’re burning up the track oh yeah!

  71. CHicoHab says:

    15 more to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!woooooooooooohhoooooooo

  72. sCOTT1243 says:

    Jesus I need a stiff cocktail in a short glass after that….Oh mon dieux.

  73. habs-fan-84 says:

    Briere is money in the bank, as advertised.

  74. the habinator says:

    Briere baby

  75. Habcouver says:

    Hahaha! You see MB doing the jig after the goal?


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