Liveblog: Playoff game 3 – Canadiens win a tight one, take 3-0 series lead

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Stranglehold

The Canadiens scored early and hung on late to take a commanding 3-0 lead in this quarter-final series.

Rene Bourque, who's been sensational, opened the scoring 11 seconds into the game. And the Canadiens dominated the first 10 minutes of the opening period.

But Tampa Bay didn't quit.

A power-play goal by Ondrej Palat tied it and Ryan Callahan had a go-ahead goal waved off when the zebras called Alex Killorn for interference on Carey Price.

Brendan Gallagher restored the Canadiens' lead, capping a brilliant play by P.K. Subban at the end of the second period.

The sublime Tomas Plekanec scored less than six minutes into the third, but the visitors got a Matthew Carle goal to make it 3-2 and set up a tense final eight minutes.

The Canadiens go for the sweep Tuesday night.

Plekanec scores a big one

Tomas Plekanec, playing a brilliant 200-foot series, cashed a pass from Brandon Prust to give the Canadiens a 3-1 lead early in the period.

Over, right?

Wrong.

The Lightning got a Matthew Carle point-shot goal at 11:36 to set up a very hairy final eight-plus minutes.

Crazy stuff

An Ondrej Palat power-play goal, scored with dismaying ease, got Tampa Bay back into the game.

Then controversy.

With the Canadiens in total disarray, a Ryan Callahan shot found its way into the net.

But it was waved off on the dubious call that Alex Killorn had somehow interfered with Price.

Late-period heroics by P.K. Subban set up Brendan Gallagher for a go-ahead goal that came against the flow of play.

The Lightning had a 12-7 shot advantage.

Who is that number 17?

It took Rene Bourque all of 11 seconds to get the Canadiens on the board.

The Conn Smythe candidate was sprung by a superb P.K. Subban pass.

Shortly theereafter, the Canadiens had a four-minute power-play.

The visitors settled down as the period progressed, but the Canadiens had a 13-8 shot advantage.

 

Desperate visitors

Having dropped the first two games of the series on home ice, Tampa Bay needs a win in Game 3.

But the Bell Centre, one of the NHL's more raucous venues, will be rockin' and rollin' in support of the hometown Canadiens.

The atmosphere should be electric on Easter Sunday evening, as the Canadiens marketing mavens promise pre-game playoff pyrotechnics to pump up the capacity crowd.

Through their long and (mostly) glorious history, the Canadiens are 49-5 in playoff series they've led 2-0. But they have managed to squander three of the last four 2-0 series leads.

It should be a good one.

Puck drops 7:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

1,219 Comments

  1. NLhabsfan says:

    What a shot!!!

  2. drail222 says:

    When the inevitable match-up between the Habs and Booins happens next round, I say Murray/Tinordi in for Boullion/Weaver. Especially Weaver, he’s getting banged around by tampa bay, I mean hasnt been awful but i say the size pairing works, murray stays put and Tinordi can skate for a big fella! GO HABS ..SWEEP!

  3. Say Ash says:

    Mattyleg, always record the game with an extra half hour or record the next show, or several in case of OT!

  4. stephen says:

    As frustrated as I was feeling with the team’s unproductive powerplay at one stage of the game, my feelings turned on a dime when I realized the flip-side was that this same team was scoring a bunch 5-on-5, something they have traditionally struggled with.

    I reckon it’s easier to massage a powerplay into better production than trying to grind out more even-strength goals, so we mustn’t get too frazzled about it at this juncture.

  5. L Elle says:

    I have a newfound respect for the goon coaches of this world.

    Jon Cooper is weak. The artsy fartsy nice guy, unfortunately, has no place in this trench war known as the NHL playoffs.

    His team was outplayed, outcoached and outmuscled on every shift. And, his captain mirrors him…weak.

    By whining about the supposed missed calls and such, he deflects from the crappy and yes, weak display of his team, which further perpetuates the myth that Montreal is favoured when it comes to officiating. We all know this is BS.

    The only reason he and his team are down by 3, is because the best team has won.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Ballsy post, L. And I agree–it’s nice to Therrien show some teeth in this series. Combined with the Resurrection of the Bourque, the sudden mastery of a defensive system that was “a system” in name alone during the regular season, refs making controversial calls in our favour…

      Welcome to the Twilight Zone, folks.

      • L Elle says:

        It’s awesome to have things go our way. Price has brought some clout to the team.

        Watching Cooper squirm around in his pressers, makes me want to slap him out of it. ;)

        So true jl, Bourque, such skill. I hope he stays stuck in this mode…forever. MT has learned from last season, and has been lights out.

        Now, if the PP starts clicking again…

  6. Garbo says:

    Kerry Fraser says the right call was made… no goal.

  7. habcertain says:

    The hockey gods were on our side tonight, that’s the ways it rolls but we haven’t player our best hockey and sit in the drivers seat. I think a more capable opposition would find us less than 3-0. I know MT won’t make any changes but would like to see one of the big boys inserted on the back end for game 4. Frankie could use a rest, hasn’t stood out. A little time to breathe now.

  8. stephen says:

    On a totally banal note, I had to smile at seeing Pleks do a little jump into the outstretched arms of Gallagher after #14′s goal.

    While not as stone-cold as Captain Serious (Toews), Pleks usually has such a workmanlike demeanor that it was nice to see him get excited, especially at his own success.

    Love that guy.

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Great win.
    PVRed the game at the in-laws as we were eating Easter dinner, watched it later, hoping to catch up to the game’s last few minutes as we fast-forwarded through the ads and intermissions…

    Recording ended with 5 minutes remaining in the game.

    Turned on the broadcast, and the RDS team was dissecting the game in front of an empty Bell Centre!

    Ah well, missed the drama, but got the result we were looking for!

    A tough game, but at this time of year there are no easy ones, and I’d much rather come out on the winning end of this kind of game than otherwise.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. Marc10 says:

    Realistically Tampa should have received about 4 consecutive penalties in the second before that ridiculous call on Danny B. So they really have no cause to complain. The officials helped them get back in it.

    In the end it was a fair result. The better team won.

    • Da Hema says:

      No kidding. The hooking and holding going on was unbelievable, and then they gave Briere two minutes for a shove. TB has no right to bitch and whine about anything. Barberio — doing his best Chara imitation — was lucky he didn’t get a match penalty for slamming Gionta’s head into the ice after he was already lying on the ice from a high stick, and I still see no plausible reason why the whistle was blown when Bourque put the puck into Tampa’s net.

  11. Vid says:

    Unexpected positives

    a 3-0 series lead
    All Habs forwards forechecking almost as relentlessly as Gallagher
    Bourque-Eller-Gionta line – an unexpected combo but the successes of Eller & Bourque are not totally out of left field, more a case of them rising to their potential.

    Unexpected negatives that will improve

    Pacioretty’s lack of scoring (1 assist) but he’s played well and I’m confident he’ll produce.

    Aspects that need to improve but not sure they will

    Markov’s lack of offensive production (0 points) – He’s never had good offensive numbers in the playoffs and it’s not that he plays badly but when one of your leading offensive defenseman in the regular season can’t produce even average offensive results, that will make goals even harder to come by during crunch time.

    Faceoffs – Plekanec has done admirably but he’s never been a consistently good faceoff guy. Sometimes he’s good sometimes he’s awful. When he has to be your top faceoff guy though, that’s not great. Luckily the Habs surprisingly effective puck chasing and retrieval is compensating for this.

    Defense – Somehow they’re getting the job done (I think the forwards are a major help though and Price has stepped it up when it counts) but I find our overall D corps still shaky sometimes with no single pairing being a truly reliable defensive pairing. Emelin and Gorges have their weaknesses exposed on occasion. Of course, having Bouillon and Weaver as your 3rd pairing is not ideal. They’ve done fine so far but better teams will be able to exploit them.

  12. naweed235 says:

    While I’m at it, I’ll go ahead and say it: Price looked somewhat weak on both Tampa goals. Same goes on the goal that didn’t count. But the important thing is we came out with a win. You just can’t help but to think to yourself that you are witnessing something special with this team right now (KNOCK ON WOOD)

    • habsfan0 says:

      Ca sent la coupe?

      WAY too early.

    • stephen says:

      On Tampa’s second goal, he was entirely screened by two bodies. He checked to the right of them and then switched to the left side, (I presume) having seen Carle gliding in that direction and then expecting the shot to come from there.

      edit: Should have prefaced this comment by saying I have a career 1-0 record as a goalie, having posted a 6-0 shutout in Tyke about 25 years ago. So yeah, I know about as much about being a pro goalie as I do about nuclear fission.

    • habitual says:

      The second goal was through a screen. Give your head a shake.

    • belle_moustache says:

      Naweed my good man, bro, wake up, the second goal Price was completely screened and never saw the puck.

      And that disallowed goal, he was scrambling to get back in his spot, you can’t fault him there either.

      Dude…

  13. HabinBurlington says:

    Letter of the law, rule 69.3 ref made right call on disallowed goal.

  14. habsfan0 says:

    So,if the Habs and the Blackhawks meet in the final,what building will be louder?
    The Bell Centre or the United Center?

    Either way, I’m sure both will be somewhat louder than the ACC.

  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …56 % of Habs Fans prefer meeting the Red Wings in the second round

    …Ya gotta have FAITH My fellow Hab Lubbers …making fondue of da Beans will send Us to a metaphysical paradise never experienced

    …go Beans GO !!!

  16. habsfan0 says:

    That play that PK made leading to Gallagher’s goal..I could have sworn I was watching Dion Phaneuf.

    LOL

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    I’ve always thought you make your breaks, Habs got some tonight, but perhaps earned. Game 4 will be perhaps an even tougher game, would be great to get the sweep.

    Go Habs Go!

  18. Stevie.Ray says:

    My thoughts tonight:

    PK looked awesome.
    It was the Habs worst game of the series.
    Not Vaneks best game.
    Max is going to get some goals soon.
    We’re witnessing the 28 goal per season Bourque
    Emelin’s best game of this series
    The right call was made on the goalie interference
    The wrong call was made on Briere’s penalty
    Whomever was calling the offsides was on MTL’s side
    I agree (strange territory) with Cherry on making the hybrid icing clearer to the players about when the puck is rimmed

  19. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …13 Colt 45s and …I can stilll touch My nose …without hesitation

    …good to know ‘I STILL Hab-e it’ :)

  20. naweed235 says:

    Also, I hope that the league reviews the instance when that bum Stamkos tried to take out the Emelinator’s knees with his head. Dangerous play all around

  21. Cal says:

    Sunday, April 20, 2014, 7:40PM- Montreal- corner of Ste-Catherine and Lambert-Closse.
    A man very much resembling Ellwood Blues, black suit, hat and sunglasses, too, moves furtively from the old building that was the Montreal Forum. His right wrist is handcuffed to a briefcase, making him appear rather odd and yet, familiar. He sets off due east as the sun drops behind him. He casts a giant shadow as he increases his foot speed.
    Despite being held up by security (the handcuffs he explained away as being sure his valuable autographed Guy Lafleur Album was secure. The guards agreed.), Ellwood makes his way slowly to the nosebleeds. His seat is empty but he remains standing in the aisle. It is the 2nd period and the Lightning have tied the game and are pressing for another. The cuffs are off and the briefcase is open, but only a little. Ellwood looks pissed and is arguing at his briefcase!
    “Look, Howie, you’ve got to come out! It’s been 21 years! They need you!”
    A muffled voice answers from within the briefcase, “Look, I’ve already told everybody else no. It’s not my fault they didn’t name the new place “Forum”, is it? They blew it! There’s no connection between my home and this…place.”
    Ellwood takes off his glasses and stares meaningfully into the briefcase. “But, the fans, Howie… they need you. Look.” Ellwood slips his hand into the case and a pair of eyes look out onto the ice.
    At that moment, the puck is deflecting off of Price’s pad and is heading in to the net. The pair of eyes look back at Ellwood. “You bastard. Go back and get the others. I can’t do this alone.”
    Ellwood’s smile lights up the Bell Center. On the ice below, the whistle has been blown and a ref is frantically waving off a goal.

    The Forum Ghosts are back!

    http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

  22. naweed235 says:

    For all the arguments being made against the Tampa disallowed goal, I have yet to see someone talking about the goal Bourque scored that was waved off following a delayed penalty. From the moment the refs hands went up to the point where the great 17 tapped the puck in, Tampa was at no point in possession of the puck. that should’ve been a good goal.
    You win some, you lose some. Deal with it.

    • Da Hema says:

      Exactly. Nor is anyone here whining that Barberio didn’t get a match penalty — which he should have — for slamming Gionta’s head into the ice after he high sticked and then jumped on Gionta.

      • naweed235 says:

        +1 After seeing that play, I was sure Gio is gone for the series… The guy is a warrior, no doubt

        • Da Hema says:

          I was very concerned for Gionta. What Barberio did is much worse than what Lucic did to DeKeyser. I guess Barberio is trying to model himself after that slimebag Chara, who does that all the time.

  23. slapshot777 says:

    I wonder what Vanek and Weaver thought about their first game in the playoffs at the Bell Centre. Vanek will never experience that anywhere else he goes.

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

  24. AliHaba says:

    I just have to say that Lars Eller is great. He’s had a tough go but he’s coming into his own.

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

    #GHG!

  26. twilighthours says:

    I was fine with cooper’s presser until he said “we only scored 3… I mean 2 goals…”

    That was some whiny stuff right there.

  27. The Jackal says:

    Continued… On phone.
    It needs to be addressed to keep up with the speed of the game and to maintain the game’s integrity.
    Nonetheless, it’s not correct to say we got favourable calls or benefited from bad calls. We definitely caught a couple of breaks but they were the right calls. The luck of getting them is from the closeness of those calls and the potential consequences of making or not making them.

  28. Mr. Biter says:

    Is a player showing concussion like symptoms not supposed to be let back on the ice during a game?

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

    • slapshot777 says:

      I always thought he had to spend a certain amount of time in the quiet room. Stamkos was struggling to keep his balance. I think Tampa make a wrong decision letting Stamkos play. Their choice.

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

      • Mr. Biter says:

        No Doctor to check him out like in NFL?

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

      • stephen says:

        I suppose he would have had the intermission to spend in the ‘quiet room’, but I honestly didn’t expect to see him back.

        He’s not the sort of player to malinger after the collision, so if he felt bad enough to go off for the rest of the period, you would think it was a pretty significant knock to the noggin.

        Hope for his sake that he puts his health above all else in the days to come.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          Hope the team makes the decision on it, as a player will want to be on the ice till they carry him off. Not worth the permanent effects he may sustain if hit again. Also makes it difficult for the Habs as who wants to give him a shot on the boards or heavy body check if it could finish his career.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        Maybe he was faking to try and get a Emelin penalized.

        Don’t think you need to go to the quiet room for faking.

        —–
        Moving. Forward.

  29. The Jackal says:

    TBH the if the reffing has been an issue it has been so for both teams. The right call was made on the disallowed goal and the offside, but they were close and controversial and other officials may have seen it differently in real time, others may have not made a call because of the potential controversy or closeness of the play. But if the reffing will be criticized on those instances then we need include the missed and questionable calls against us, which have been many.

    The reffing is an issue in the NHL and it needs to be addressed so it can keep up wo

  30. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Don’t know if you guys noticed but both goals scored on Price tonight, Josh Gorges was blocking Price’s view. Just saying.

  31. Caesar is along for the ride for 25 says:

    WOW I love the win but I can’t stand the blown calls. Stamkos was not offside on the breakaway pretty clear to everyone. I hate make up calls.Call the penalty properly the fist time and you won’t need to react on an iffy call.

    I need a shower that was so dirty.

    3-0 I’ll take it anyday of the week. Now we need to win 1 more which I think is coming in the next game.
    I’m a little ahead of myself here but how long does the
    Bs Wings series have to go before we see Chucky back? and where does he fit in? 1 week ago you’d say Bork sits or Briere etc. Right now that aint happenin. Also I would like to see Murray get some ice instead of Cube.I get the feeling Prust will have to go with Gudas again if Dougie is not there. Also a lot less pushing after the whistle if he’s in.

  32. nova scotia vees says:

    Terrific hockey game. So many good players..but please stop playing Prust when the game is on the line…too slow. Weiss and Bournival way better.
    And why no comments about our disallowed goal. Should have been 4-1.
    V.

  33. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Can’t believe Max has not scored yet.

  34. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Just watched Sportsnet, the panel included Nick Kypreos & he talked like he lost a family member. That panel thought that if the play was reviewed the goal would’ve stood.

    • slapshot777 says:

      What do you expect, a former Leaf having to side for the Canadiens. Not going to happen. I say it takes all their time for anyone on Sportsnet to talk about the Habs period. If that happened to the Habs They would be saying you go with the call on the ice.

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

  35. AliHaba says:

    Always liked Elliotte Friedmann but he crossed the line tonight.

  36. sprague cleghorn says:

    ‘ow could we forget that?

  37. kalevine says:

    what’s happened to Danny? Didn’t seem to have that same bullheadedness this game. Vanek was also off a bit. I thought everyone else played well

  38. DipsyDoodler says:

    Carbonneau is completely incoherent. Talking about Formula One.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  39. chesterfiled says:

    Bourques’ goal could of been counted.. what are you going to do? Game was all over the place. What is swagger, not exactly sure but this CH team seems to have it. Damn the high stick salute, at least everyone seems quick about it now. A simple fist pump is sufficient for me

  40. DipsyDoodler says:

    Rules pretty clear: if a goalie initiates contact with an opponent in the blue zone, the goal is refused.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  41. habkin says:

    Well, what a perfect day! Family, Easter meal, birthday gifts and the Montreal Canadiens winning. WOW! Not sure if I will get to it tonight, but does anyone know where I can get the Habs record on April 20? If I am not on tonight I will ask again tomorrow. Our power play needs a couple of lucky ones. The coffin is shut, we need some nails. I hope Tuesday is the day to move on.

  42. DipsyDoodler says:

    Cooper not happy about the officiating. I think he does have a point, but his team was outplayed.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  43. db says:

    I feel St Louis would have made a big difference… glad he’s in NY.

  44. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Why do I feel that the goal would have counted if it happened in Boston…LOL. Anyway, who cares. The Lightning are not going anywhere but home as they should be. The sweep will be huge as it will give time for guys like Prust to get healthy for the next series which will be a war. Hopefully, the PP will be better then.

  45. Captain aHab says:

    Someone might get killed in the LA game.

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

  46. UKRAINIANhab says:

    3-0 compared to 2-1 is HUGE

  47. howiemorenz7 says:

    So the coach didn’t like the ref’s call on Price/interference. I’ll bet he didn’t mind the call on Briere moments earlier for, um, shoving? I love it when coaches look for excuses like this bozo is doing, giving no credit or blame to either team for the other 59 minutes and 59 seconds, instead, becoming a martyr, and we know what happens to martyrs.

    Go friggity Habs GO!!

    Maroons Suck. #7 foreva.

  48. Prop says:

    Berkshire made me chuckle at this…

    Headman and Carle talking to Lindback in the dressing room…

    http://imgur.com/MVHN156

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  49. Max says:

    Cooper looks like a serial killer.Nice win though! phew.

  50. 24AW says:

    whom ever can take Boston out is going to the Stanley Cup.

  51. The Jackal says:

    I don’t get what etchverry is saying. I remember him complaining about some calls in the Olympics too and how Canada wins because of the refs. What? Look, the call was made, it was the right call, and it’s in the books. But if you actually have a point to make about reffing then don’t leave out the bad calls that have cost us goals, goals for, and games altogether.

  52. habs001 says:

    Close game but expected as Tampa on its last breath..The Habs will need a bit more size when playing more physical teams as a lack of size on the D started to show in this game…

  53. AceMagnum says:

    Cooper’s post game comments….breath of fresh air. Good coach.

    Therrien’s good too

    —————————-

    THE KINGS ARE KINGS!! 2012

  54. twilighthours says:

    Really don’t like your language

  55. Denjen says:

    Up 3 games to none all the haters must be cringing right now! I was thinking earlier today as well – explain this to me…… J.Quenville gets a 25,000 dollar fine for a inappropriate gesture that if you blinked you missed it- Lucic totally sticks a guy in the ” you know where” and lays him out poor D Dekeyser, seen on national television and he gets only a 5000 dollar fine??????? Dont tell me what’s inappropriate NHL! AND he s done it before!

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    • Coach K says:

      It shows you exactly what is important to the brain-trust that runs the NHL doesn’t it…

      If I were Babcock I’d have my GM call up some career American or East-Coast leaguer who’s sole job it would be to teach Lucic an important lesson about the consequences of chicken-sh!t cheap shots.
      It would be worth the possible fine. And I’m 100% certain that every player in that dressing room would gladly ante up just to get that P.O.S. out of the game.

      But I could be wrong…

      —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  56. AceMagnum says:

    I’m sorry but….I like Cooper

    I wish he spoke french

    —————————-

    THE KINGS ARE KINGS!! 2012

  57. Mavid says:

    The honey badger does it again..he is badass, he doesn’t give a shit, even with gauze up his snozh

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  58. Millsie says:

    IMO when Stamkos went down, Emlins knee barely brushed over the back of his head. Then Stamkos played it up by pretending to stumble as he got up. This fake injury was proven when he came out and played regular shifts in the third. The Hockey Gods will
    get you every time.

  59. The Jackal says:

    You know what other team gets away with a lot of dirtbag play? The Kings! They run roughshod all over the ice, specially Brown – he’s a huge douchebag. I like Quick and Kopitar but that team plays a dirty game.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  60. AliHaba says:

    All the leadership left Tampa with St. Louis. And when Bishop went down (through his own fault I might add), the Lightning fizzled out.

    • CH Marshall says:

      oh yeah, this series would have a different dimension if St. Louis was still a Bolt. Just thinking to myself, Yzerman should have sat pat no matter how irate the two were with each other

  61. DipsyDoodler says:

    Stephane Auger (ex-ref) also says it was the right call.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  62. Lil Snapper says:

    First off, yeah!!!!!!!!! Great win!! Second, Tampa wasn’t robbed of a call, We were, Stamkos was cross checking Desharnais like hell then they score! Tampa can whine all they want, Habs won, shut up! Let’s go buy our brooms!

  63. UKRAINIANhab says:

    MT is my idol.

  64. scarboro_habitant says:

    this game shouldnt have been this close. habs took it to them for the most part.

  65. UKRAINIANhab says:

    3-0… Boys wont want to travel to Tampa, 4-0 Habs next game

  66. HabsKid says:

    NHL Channel is saying Lightening goal should not have been allowed as per rule book.

  67. JohnBellyful says:

    Can someone give RoofDaddy a ride home?
    He just lost his horse and cart.

  68. Captain aHab says:

    Still puzzled by Stamkos coming back in. It’s honestly the first time I see a guy still shaking his head to clear coming back into a game. Didn’t think teams had an option.

    LA scores…that was fast.

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

    • CH Marshall says:

      Yeah I was thinking hooo boy that’s dangerous stuff. If he got smacked hard one more time, coulda been bad

      • Captain aHab says:

        Be interesting to see if he plays next game…..they have to be careful he doesn’t get hammered so hard that he misses part of next year.

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


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