Liveblog: Playoff Game 2 – Canadiens romp 4-1, lead series 2-0 coming home

CH celebrate in TB

Tight grip on series

The Canadiens fly home to Montreal Friday night with a stranglehold on their playoff series against tampa Bay.

Rene Bourque – !!!! – scored twice, and the Canadiens got a power play goal – !!!!! – from David Desharnais and a late on from Brendan Gallagher to craft a 4-0 lead before Teddy Purcell spoiled Carey Price's shutout.

Shots were 27-26 for the Lightning, who have a goaltending decision to make before Game 3 on Sunday at the Bell Centre.

Anders Lindback?

The Latvian Legend, Krister Gudlevskis?

Ben Bishop?


How do you protect "the most dangerous lead in hockey"?

By making it 4-0.

Breandan Gallagher drove Anders Lindback from the Tampa Bay net and Rene Bourque, with his second of the game, greeted the Latvian Legend, Kristers Gudlevskis.

With the goalie on the bench and TB on a power play, Teddy Purcell spoiled Carey Price's shutout bid.

PP and RB

David Desharnais cashed a shot-pass by P.K. Subban for the Canadiens' first power play goal since Pauline Marois was premier of Quebec.

Then a great Thomas Vanek pass sent Rene Bourque in to slip one past Anders Lindback, who missed a poke-check.

Brandon Prust won his fight against Radko Gudas.

Carey Price made a brilliant save on Cedric Paquette in close.

And the Canadiens had a 9-8 shot advantage.

Tighter tonight

A scoreless first period included Anders Lindback making breakaway saves on Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty.

The Canadiens wasted a double-minor to Steven Stamkos by having Too Many Men on the ice during yet another inept power play.

The PP is 0-for-27.

Home team had an 11-10 shot edge.

Good game.

More of the same, svp

Your Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay cooked up 78 minutes of very entertaining hockey in the series opener.

After three of their four regular-season games ended in 2-1 Overtimes or Shootouts (the fourth was 3-1, with an empty-netter), the Canadiens and Lightning combined for nine goals – the last of which was scored by unlikely hero Dale Weise.

Michel Therrien was able to roll four fairly effective lines, and no fewer than 11 Canadiens made it onto the scoresheet.

There were, however, some anxious moments on the back end. And Carey Price was beaten four times on 16 shots in regulation time – before making nine saves in OT.

It's a safe Game 2 bet the Lightning will start fast as they try to avoid an 0-2 series hole heading back to Montreal for Game 3 on Sunday.

• There's something about playoff hockey on Good Friday:



  1. lizard ranger says:

    Still have a soft spot in my heart for Koivu . Have a good playoffs bud!

  2. Adidess says:

    I just saw the clip. There is no way Lucic gets away with this one. Not that I trust the guys in the department of player safety to do the right thing necessarily, but now he’s clearly looking to embarrass them and totally destroy what is left of their credibility. As partial as they have been to Boston, you know they want to keep it discreet and preserve plausible deniability.

    This one would give it all away. So no way, right!? I’m thinking they might even punish him for the last time, while they are at it, to over-compensate for their head-scratching leniency towards the Bruins. But who knows, maybe they want to wait until the next infraction or the one after the next to react. I’d only be minimally shocked, if they choose to look away one more time 🙂

    Go Team CHanada!

  3. JohnBellyful says:


  4. JohnBellyful says:

    New thread (bleu-blanc-et-rouge)

  5. jmac21 says:

    I got an Idea!!! Watch a hockey game PK was passing the whole way and it was a nice tip by DD
    Too bad he won’t sign here next year

  6. CalgaryHab says:

    I think we can classify Lucic as a sexual predator now.

  7. punkster says:

    Spent the evening at Hurley’s with the crew…what a night, what a game, what a Bork-Bork, what a deflection by DD, what a display by Price, what an excellent defensive game by Gorges…and that Eller kid ain’t so shabby either.

    Got a kick out of that Prust-Gudas tilt where Prusty did everything to avoid being tagged and managed to win the bout…smart guy that Prusty.

    Completely different team than the one we followed all season, with exceptional games here and there.

    These guys seem to have found their groove…just look at their faces when they score, look at their reactions when one of their brothers is attacked, look at the jump they have in their play.

    This is the Habs team I grew to love.

    Release the Subbang!!!

  8. Adidess says:

    Man, what a game! I watched ìn a bar with friends, which was fun, but I did miss the posting and the ‘festoying’ in here.

    If Bourque and Eller are going to play like this, wow, big things could happen this year. Price back to being Price, the D played well. I like the feel of what’s going on right now.

    Go Team CHanada!

    • Habcouver says:

      Same here, Adidess. I really missed having my laptop to share my excitement with fellow HIOs. Good thing I was amongst rabid Hab fans at the bar!

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  9. PrimeTime says:

    @scotland. Your credibility was lost long ago. Don’t bother!!

  10. HardHabits says:

    The game of inches that is hockey where the reaction time is split second.

    Subban’s two points came off of total flukes.

    On Desharnais’ goal Subban did not make a perfect slap pass as suggested in the linked article. His shot was on net and deflected by Killorn which deviated the puck to DD’ stick. A goal is a goal is a goal but that was an attempted shot not a pass.

    On Bourque’s first goal Subban shot the puck up ice, it bounced off of DD, Panik swatted at it, it redirected to Vanek, Vanek tipped it up nicely to Bourque who blew by Salo and out poke checked Lundmark.

    Those two goals were the result of effort yes but also incredibly gratuitous deflections off of Tampa Bay players.

    • lizard ranger says:

      Not quite getting the gist of your post . Are you more unhappy with Tampas defense or Subbans offense ?

      • The Jackal says:

        Whatever the point, sometimes you get the bounces and other times you don’t, and it’s about time we got the bounces.

        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • HardHabits says:

        I am happy with the Habs goal-tending, defence and their opportunistic goal scoring. They won the last two Cups that way.

        My point is that it is incorrect to call Suuban’s shot on net a brilliant pass. It wasn’t a pass to DD. It was a shot on net that deflected off of Killorn’s stick that DD opportunistically (and skilfully I might add) redirected in.

        As I stated. Hockey is a game of inches and quick reflexes. The puck bounced in favour of the Habs tonight. However, I believe you make your own luck. The effort paid off.

        I am just adding some clarity to the discussion. It kind of annoys me when writers start playing foot loose and fancy free with facts.

    • punkster says:

      Whatever…4-1…the games so often turn on plays like these…nothing to see here…move on.

      Release the Subbang!!!

      • HardHabits says:

        Of course. Bounces happen. The point is those two goals came from gratuitous ones. The other passes by other players that were tape to tape produced nice break aways but no goals.

        I am lauding the effort just saying that a deflected shot is not a brilliant pass. I thought it was a pass too, until I later watched replays of the goal.

  11. Prop says:

    Supposedly TB had a player only meeting after the game.


  12. PrimeTime says:

    It must really hurt the morons that they can’t crawl out if their holes. How green is the grass over there??

  13. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …does Gerard Gallant get enough credit for being the anti-Therrien (Good Cop vs Bad Cop) ?

    …Therrien gets Them concentrated on the minutia …and Gallant accents keeping Them loose by pointing out They also should be having fun

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …Gallant and Therrien compliment each other

      …hope no other NHL team notices Gallant and hires Him as a head coach next season

      …Therrien needs someOne like Gallant

  14. Captain aHab says:

    Seriously, if Lucic doesn’t get at least a couple of games for this…..

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  15. krob1000 says:

    How does Lucic not get a penalty for that? I guess it isn’t spearing…he lifted up, it isn’t high sticking, not really a typical slashing motion…..perhaps Lucic knows something we do not and that there is no “attempted castration” infraction currently in the book? could it be he is onto something?….there was the McCabe can opener and now the Lucic package whackage…oh well…I guess they will deal with it at the next gm meeting…you know he isn’t going to be suspended….it didn’t happen you know.

  16. JohnBellyful says:

    After the game a reporter questioned Julien about Lucic’s brutish act.
    Here’s his answer:
    [Can’t explain the headgear he was wearing unless he was expecting a barrage of questions. Good start on the playoff moustache.]

  17. lizard ranger says:

    The uniforms and names look the same, but all this goal scoring ? I think this is proof that MB is okay(read super duper) at his job, players and coaches too, but to add One top line guy, incroyable ! Our forwards look as good as any in the league right now . Lovin it . Roll on Habs. Roll on .

  18. RoofDaddy says:

    Ok Ok

    Nice win but TB is still going to win the next 4

    I’ve already bet my horse and cart on it

  19. zorro says:

    Lucic again, playing ball hockey. Disgusting.

  20. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …ain’t Getzlaf a beast ?

  21. Now, I’m biting my nails for home ice… for some reason, we don’t seem to perform at home. They played lights out tonight ‘cept for Lars lapse near the end that helped end the shut-out.

    Any sense of why the Habs don’t perform as well at home?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

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