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. Congrats to Team Canada says:

    Is that Steve Thomas or Dave Thomas behind the Tampa bench.

  2. Et le but says:

    RoofDaddy….still think it’ll end 5-3 for the Bolts?

  3. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    They’re driving me to drink. Good of Cooper to call a time out now.

  4. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Breathe!!

  5. HardHabits says:

    Check the wall of merch. Ka-ching!!!

  6. RockinRey says:

    Huge Block by Prust earlier Boone.

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    ‘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

  7. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Eller line great!

  8. RockinRey says:

    Raucous Crowd

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    ‘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

  9. sCOTT1243 says:

    comon boysssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Storman says:

    Has Briere seen the ice in the third

  11. RockinRey says:

    Eller coming out gingerly

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    ‘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

  12. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Heart attack city!!

  13. danhabsfan says:

    Need to go the attack boys

  14. Captain aHab says:

    Habs are real nervous….if they get through this, I think the hands won’t be strangling the sticks so much.

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

  15. Et le but says:

    Playing with fire here…

  16. Storman says:

    Prust is still getting back into hockey shape,, still does not have his regular motor and legs

  17. johnnylarue says:

    Still a lot of rust in Prust. But also trust.

  18. Storman says:

    PK with almost a huge hic up

  19. danhabsfan says:

    Can we sit cube and weaver the rest of highs is game?

  20. Danno says:

    Gallagher = Warrior

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  21. johnnylarue says:

    Man, 4-1 on a PP goal would have been pretty nice… This I don’t like so much.

    Clog the neutral zone for another 6 minutes and you’re done!

  22. Storman says:

    Lindback is hilarious,, I mean he has taken playing goalie on your knees to another level

  23. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Pleky and Gio. Play them a lot here.

  24. habsfan1144 says:

    ELLER had not been on for a long time until that post…wTF?

  25. Haberoooo13 says:

    Did that Eller shot go in?

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  26. RockinRey says:

    Heavy doses of Markov, Pleky and the reliable vets to finish it off

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    ‘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. danhabsfan says:

    That’s two posts for the good guys tonight

  28. Storman says:

    Eller that would have been gorgeous

  29. duffy says:

    With all the chances they missed , this Game should be well out of reach for CH

  30. Storman says:

    Be very careful boys,,Refs will look to give TB a late man advantage.

  31. RockinRey says:

    Dont sit on this!

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    ‘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

  32. Haberoooo13 says:

    I don’t think Stamkos should be playing and Habs have to unfortunately still treat him as a “healthy player”
    Prust kinda skated by him on that goal

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  33. RoofDaddy says:

    Cue the comeback Bolts!

    5-3 TB final as I predicted

    Stammer’s got the next one!

  34. Mondou6 says:

    We’re still going to win this one!

  35. Storman says:

    Compete level dropped for a second and a puck gets through 4 legs in front of Price

  36. Hoegaarden says:

    Time for the big line to pop one.

  37. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Never fails, just saying, a goalie looks the wrong way, and bang, back of the net!

  38. Prop says:

    Price was screened and looked at the wrong side.

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  39. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    One shift with a touch less focus – Tampa is still alive.

  40. Et le but says:

    Get it right back!!!

  41. kalevine says:

    Caught running around a bit

  42. big_green_puffin says:

    That line looked lazy for the habs! Price never saw it

  43. RockinRey says:

    Thats what habs aren’t doing on PP. Its Ok get ‘er back boys

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    ‘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

  44. UKRAINIANhab says:

    REGROUP REGROUP

  45. aversglay says:

    Saw that coming there.

  46. danhabsfan says:

    Oh boy, not good

  47. johnnylarue says:

    Ehhhhhhhh…

  48. CH Marshall says:

    uggghhhh

  49. AliHaba says:

    Stamkos looks concussed but still playing.

  50. w.p.d says:

    I’m just about convinced that the forum ghosts have found their way to the Bell Center ( finally !!!!).

  51. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Bork is sooooo engaged I LOVE ETTT

  52. Congrats to Team Canada says:

    I totally feel for the stammer, from his leg, to missing the Olympics, and possibly a concussion. He’s a great guy too.

  53. HabsKid says:

    Vanek keeps going too deep to get a shot off.

  54. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …pre-orgasm stuff

  55. Storman says:

    Bournival couple of nice lunch pale shifts

  56. Captain aHab says:

    So Stamkos is clearly trying to shake the cobwebs out still and he’s allowed back in? I thought there was a concussion protocol?

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

  57. sCOTT1243 says:

    Bournival got away with one there.

  58. durocher says:

    BournID lucky he didn’t get a boarding call there

  59. johnnylarue says:

    DD is friggin’ awesome on the boards tonight.

  60. Haberoooo13 says:

    Vanek and Patch….SHOOOOOOOTTTTTT

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  61. big_green_puffin says:

    Weaver had looked really weak over three playoff games! Time for a change back there

    • RockinRey says:

      Huh? Weaver has been fine

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      ‘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

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      No problem tonight – that’s yesterday’s opinion!

  62. Et le but says:

    Bournival paying the price to make a play… NICE

  63. HardHabits says:

    Bourque is signed through to 15/16. Wow.

    The Habs have 4 lines rolling, all threats. To think Murray, Beaulieu and Tinordi could step in at any time. Who sits when Galchenyuk’s ready?

  64. Storman says:

    That a boy Bournival

  65. sCOTT1243 says:

    Crazy how our guys get tackled behind the net…

    Prust or Bournival or Gionta on Stamkos and shut him down boys.

  66. Mondou6 says:

    Wow, only 1:30 til the “event begins”.

    I hope the event is as entertaining as this game.

  67. RockinRey says:

    that would have been nice. Nice to see PK with wrister. Get it on net and rebound boys

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    ‘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

  68. DipsyDoodler says:

    Something not quite right with Vanek.

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    Moving. Forward.

  69. duffy says:

    Wish we had a few more GALLAGHERS ,,,,,,

  70. Haberoooo13 says:

    saw some “knowledgeable people” on Twitter criticize Lindback on that Pleks shot? Where’s the defense????

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  71. slyCH says:

    Non mais vraiement, quel debacle pour les BOLTS.

  72. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …BOURQUE ???

    …if only, if only, if only

    …Gawd …if only

  73. mark-ID says:

    haha etcheverry92….go suck on some lemons. PLEKS!!

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  74. twilighthours says:

    So… That goal should have counted.

  75. UKRAINIANhab says:

    What a shot Plek! Great job Gally and Prust WHOO


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