Liveblog: Canadiens lose 3-2 in OT

The Rangers dominated Overtime and were full value for Mika Zibanejad’s winning goal, almost 15 minutes in.

It was the Rangers’ 10th shot, to three for the home team.

The Canadiens dominated the second period until the dying minutes, when Rick Nash skated out of the corner and fed an unattended Brady Skjei for the goal that tied it up.

After a lively start during which the Rangers had the better chances, Artturi Lehkonen’s wraparound beat Henrik Lundqvist for the game’s first goal, 12 minutes in.

The visitors tied it up on Jesper Fast’s shorty, 16 minutes in.

But 25 seconds ends later. Brendan Gallagher restored the Canadiens’ lead, scoring on the PP with a 15-foot wrister.

Shots were 36-36.

870 Comments

  1. roberge12 says:

    Habs 63, good idea, stop thinking we got gold in Patches or Chucky. The real problem is they are taking up valuable space when they are playing (playing?). So they got to go!
    They just want to look like they are trying, getting by.
    I don’t no where Gallagher gets his motivation but he is the role model for the team. How can The “CAPTAIN” look him in the eye? He is an embarrassment.

  2. Gerry Pigeon says:

    @toneez

    Wow! You are quite the drama queen!☺

    Blaming me for the loss because I cheered for the team? Really? I critique the team and propose trading Carey to find offence and you say I hate Carey and am not a Habs fan. I cheer for the team and they lose on a lucky bounce in OT and you say it’s my fault! lol Calm down! Habs are still in it, and if you ask me they deserved the win last night. On to game six!

    Go Habs Go!☺

  3. cbhabsfan says:

    This series isn’t over, but it will be on Saturday night if we don’t get even a scrap of puck luck.

    The Rangers are getting great goaltending, but it’s amazing the number of seemingly sure Habs goals that juuuuuuuuuuuust fail to get over the goal line.

    And then the puck goes the other way and the Rangers score a goal that seemingly comes out of nowhere.

    We haven’t really caught a break of any kind since Game 2. It’s as if all of our puck luck was used up in the thrilling OT win.

  4. ProHabs says:

    – Pleks is gassed
    – No compete in Galchenyuk at all
    – Beaulieu and Galchenyuk on the ice together costs the teams at least a goal a game

  5. colinmyatt says:

    I know I’m in dispair but am agreeing with comments made. Better to give up on 27 for a top pick if anyone is sucker enough. And Max too, he’s 29 I beleive and not going to change. Although we have a favourable contract get a top pick and start the rebuild and make Gallagher captain.

  6. CHicoHab says:

    I believe Hawks and Jackets much more superior than the Habs. But they are gone. But seriously. Does anybody here really think we have a chance without a number 1 and 2 centre. Home ice should have been enough to win this game. We get scored on during the pp. Cant score on a 4 minutes. The last 2 min of that pp I think we may have had one shot on goal. I will hope we win Saturday. But reality setting in.

  7. stjrandy says:

    So much for guys who get you through the playoffs. Patches is an embarrassment in the 2nd season every year. It seems the moment scares him. Maybe it’s too physical for him until he mentally adjusts in the later going. Can’t win with only a couple of players scoring.

  8. habs001 says:

    It really was a fluke play that won the game for the Rangers…The the Habs have two 20+ goal scorers on the team thats it…How many playoff teams have had that and pretty sure no modern times cup winning teams…

  9. PK says:

    Once the Habs are out of the playoffs, which happens often, HIO’ers either turn off hockey or follow another team or two.

    If the Habs lose, I will adopt the Preds and the Ducks as my 2017 choices to win the Cup.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

  10. Old Bald Bird says:

    Puck luck has been on the Rag’s side in this series. However, some of that is likely due to superior offensive talent.

    As in the first game, Habs shot their bolt and had nothing left.

  11. billylove says:

    Very disappointing. Can they force a game 7? Of course they can, but having lost 2 of 3 on home ice doesn’t give one a lot of confidence in a game 7 scenario. Even if they pull off a semi-miracle comeback, its quite apparent this group is not going on a deep run. 27 is physically talented, but not gifted with hockey sense and its not working with the Habs. Move him while he has some return value. Not blaming Price at all, but the assumption many made years ago about the inevitability of a Cup win with/because of Price is looking a bit unrealistic. Too bad, I was one of those who thought it was only a matter of time with Price.

  12. HNS says:

    Should have never taken game 4 off for one. Team could not score since Feb so no surprise here. They suck.

  13. habsinnyc says:

    I have been reading HIO for several years. And I post every once in a while. I am now completely convinced that there are some complete and utter morons on this site.

    Game 1 — Habs lose 2-0 (with one an empty netter0
    Game 2 — Habs win in OT
    Game 3 — Habs win 3-1
    Game 4 — Habs lose 2-1 (with a goal post while we had pulled the goalie)
    Game 5 — Habs lose in overtime.

    Yes, everyone, we are just terrible. We can’t win a thing. Our goalie is no good. Our coach is no good.

    Either team could have one every game this series (except game 3). That’s NHL parity and that’s playoff hockey.

    Sucks that we are down. And sucks that we will probably be eliminated on Saturday night. But the doom and gloom on this site is just utterly ridiculous.

  14. I_Am_Second says:

    I can’t believe the negative comments towards Price. The series would have been over if not for the King’s Posts and cross bar. A great goalie can only do so much a average team. Really people?

    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”

  15. berc says:

    MT always seemed evasive in his press conferences and Julien always seems honest and straightforward. Much prefer Julien’s personality and I believe that he will have a positive impact on the team, and indeed already has. But perhaps not enough to carry the team beyond the first round this year.

  16. habsr4ever says:

    We can still do this.
    Rangers usually suck at home.
    Adjustment is needed. Take markov off top pairing.
    Put benn on it.

  17. berc says:

    There seemed to be a lot of line-blending tonight, especially with regard to Galchenyuk. One wonders whether this created some confusion. Pacioretty lost a lot of battles tonight and Galchenyuk, yet again, was terrible. There may come a point when the organization will give up on Galchenyuk. If the Habs lose this series without Galchenyuk doing anything in the remaining 1 or 2 games, that time may have arrived.

  18. shakey says:

    Chucky needs to go back to the wing. He is not good at centre – doesn’t skate or work hard enough.

    • habsr4ever says:

      Nope leave him there. Shaw is more effective on wing. Chucky needs to step up along with max. If they don’t expect another major trade this offseason.

    • cbhabsfan says:

      No, it’s his defensive awareness and lack of decent faceoff skills that are letting him down at the centre spot, but I wish people would stop going ballistic every time it’s mentioned that he’s not quite up to the standard needed to centre a scoring line on an elite team.

      He’d make a very good NHL winger, but as a scoring line centreman he lacks a couple of the essential tools.

      If we had a couple of quality centres to play ahead of him, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Everyone would be too busy admiring his great plays at a position he’s better suited for.

  19. montreal ace says:

    2 more chances, for the dream to be more then a dream. I will wait for the season to be done, before expressing some changes I would like. Playoffs and a close first round is about what I expected. Next year my demands, just say wishes are going to be greater, so I expect to be watching less games then now.

  20. Frank2468 says:

    Let’s face it folks this team doesn’t have the horse’s to finish. Even if they should happen to get pasted the Rags they won’t pass the second round. This team lacks a number 1 center and not enough goal scorers. You can’t expect Radulov to do it all by himself. David Copperfield I mean Max Pacioretty has to show up and I mean hit the back of the net and not wait for game 8.

    • D Mex says:

      Disagree.
      The horses are there – question is, do they bring it.
      First round of playoffs is as tough as any, and sometimes tougher.
      The guys in the room will spend the next day or so getting themselves back up for game 6 / posters here should try to do the same.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      Look, the first 30 minutes the Habs got the Rangers 2-1. It was that goal by Hayes that they panicked. Part of what athletes have to endure is the psychological factor and the mental fortitude to overcome when games like these are tight. So we to be optimistic of the team’s chances.

    • piper says:

      I thought the big bodies would have helped with that but King’s not good and Mac and Martinsen are sitting.
      I have a feeling Max and Chucky will do something next game.
      But probably fade again for a game 7.

  21. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I’ve watched the Danault line and I’ve notice that the Rangers know how to clog the neutral zone when both Patches and #24 are coming in. Also, I’m thinking that if CJ wants to rotate Chucky, why not put him with Pacioretty and let Shaw stay on the RW. Or maybe, keep the 3rd line in tact. The Galchenyuk-Shaw-Lehkonen line is a good one so I’d rather keep this and move Radulov back with Patches and Danault. Its just a matter of figuring out how the top-9 forwards can make scoring chances.

  22. habsr4ever says:

    Pk got a second assist on the empty netter. His other point was also a second assist on the 5th goal of a 5-0 win.
    I am happy for pk and seeing the hawks go down and a changing of the guard.
    But pretty sure pk isn’t paid $9 million to produce no factor second assists.

    • haberoo13 says:

      yeah but we always heard he was all flash and not solid, and now he was the one tasked to shut down and Toews and I would say he did

      Haberoo13
      MAAAA!!!! THE MEATLOAF!!!!!

  23. habs001 says:

    The last 3 times the Habs were in the playoffs their season ending game was poor..They will probably not score more than 1 goal Sat…Hope i am wrong but i have a feeling there will be no need to watch the game after the second..


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